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July 11, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, July 11, 2018 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Missionary Ben Anderson, International Di- rector at Things to Come Mission, taught a class and shared at chapel time while I was a student at Berean Bible Institute. At the end of his chapel time, he shared a story from a recent trip to Indonesia. He told of a certain village where there was a church-planting ef- fort under way, in spite of the fact that the vil- lage was almost entirely Muslim. One of the Indonesians, a recent convert, spoke with Ben and the president of the Grace Bible Church- es in Indonesia. The man was poor, and without shoes, es- tranged from family having trusted Christ, and he told Ben, "I want you to have my house for the church." They at first resisted and said, "But that's your house, where will you live? " The man said "I have a small goat pasture, I'll sleep by my goats." They asked him, "But why would you do this? Why would you give up your home? " The man replied, "Because Jesus died for me." "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling sa- vour" (Eph. 5:2). No sacrifice is too great to make for Christ who gave Himself for us. The Church is taught by God to "walk in love." God wants us to be devoted to pursue His selfless love in each step we take in life. We are to "walk in love, as Christ also ha- th loved us." Christ's love is about sacrifice. In His love, Christ willingly allowed Himself to be hit in the face over and over, to have His back ripped raw in His scourging, to have a crown of thorns forced down on His head, to be spit upon, mocked, and to be struck across the head with a large stick. In His love, Christ was crucified for us, having nails driven through His hands and feet. In His love, Christ faced the wrath of God against our sins as our Sub- stitute. He sacrificially took the punishment we deserved and paid sin's penalty for us so that we might be saved from our sins and live eternally with Him. Christ gave everything in His love for us. As that love touches our hearts, we too should give ourselves and be willing to give anything and everything for Him. To love as Christ loved us means to be willing to make sacrific- es for Him. We should, like this Indonesian brother, be willing to give Him even our house and "sleep by the goats" if necessary, because He died for us. Still been warmer than we are comfort- able with and it makes working outside dan- gerous because dehydration comes on fast and gives little warning. Forecast is not as oppressing as last week but please keep an eye on those working out in the sun. If win- ter follows suit we could be in for a cold bone chilling winter. Sunday was Cup Creek General Baptist church's Homecoming and it was a great day with good preaching from Jeff and Rich as they tag teamed the prodigal son pas- sage. Your sin can and often makes you feel so unworthy of the forgiveness of God. The prodigal son lived it up for awhile un- til his follies brought him to pits of despair and he had no where to turn except maybe his earthly father would have mercy on him and allow him to earn his keep by working for him. As it turned out the father accept- ed his apology and welcomed him back in- to the family instead of having to come back as hired help. The prodigal lived it up, found rock bot- tom and finally humbled himself to seek help and forgiveness. We are no different for our follies bring us low but a humble heart and a prayer seeking forgiveness shall be answered by a loving Father God Almighty The Church Page is made possible by the following Firms and Businesses: Amber Manor Care Center Petersburg — 812-354-3001 Benner & Co. Heating and Air Petersburg — 812-354-3433 Computers Plus Radio Shack Petersburg — 812-354-9633 DougGlass DBA Hold Everything Self Storage — 812-354-1110 Four Star Fabricators Petersburg — 812-354-9995 Harris Funeral Home 7th and Walnut Streets, Petersburg Phone: 812-354-8844 Play & Learn Preschool Campbelltown — 812-354-3999 Solar Sources Coal for Steam and Industrial Market Petersburg — 812-354-8776 Baptist Baptist Baptist Assembly of God CHURCH CHURCH Notes Notes Notes Continued in next column Continued in next column Ramblings of my mind by Lowell Thomas Make Your Faith Public I'll sleep by my goats Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Kevin Sadler Continued on page 2 See R AMBLINGS on 3 In a changing world, one thing seems to remain unchanging. The economy has its ups and downs. The political winds shift from liberal to conservative and back again. The scientists tell us one thing and a few years later correct their mistake. The thing that matters most is what doesn't change. That is our need for God and our religious beliefs. If religion is so important and constant, why is it shunned and ignored in much of our public life? Television devotes hours to sports and the newspapers devote entire sections to sporting events and fake news. At the same time, a few columns on Satur- day may be devoted to religion. The fact is, more people go to church on Sunday than to all the sports events combined. Our ur- banization, mobility, and education has not changed our desire to worship God and practice our religion. The American people believe in God after years of suppression by gov- ernment and public education. All the re- spected polls tell us that nine Americans in ten believe in God. Seven in ten believe in life after death. Eighty percent be- lieve in a supernatural God who performs miracles today. Nine in ten say they pray. Isn't it strange when everyone believes in God and prays that our society insists that religion be kept private. It's time something so important goes public. It's time a small minority stops dictating and controlling the religious faith of what most Americans be- lieve and practice. Union Community Church 3082 North CR 850 West • Hazleton, IN July 13-14 July 15 6pm (EDT) 11am (EDT) Vacation Bible School FAMILY STYLE VBS • ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! For more information, call: Angela 812-664-5970 Hamline Chapel UM Church 188th Homecoming July 15 The Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church will be celebrating their 188th year with a Home- coming, July 15. A carry-in lunch will be at noon. The speaker will be District Su- perintendent Michael Gie- selman and the music will be provided by the Woose- ly Band at 1:30 p.m. Every- one is welcome. Otwell Holiness Camp July 16-22 The Otwell Holiness Camp, located on Hwy. 56, one-half mile east of Hwy 257 junction, will be hav- ing services July 16 -22. Services will be 7:30 p.m. EDT nightly with Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. Evangelist and singers will be Rev. and Mrs. Ar- lan Kratz. For more information, call Rev. Brent Myers at 812-354-4273 or Rev. Tony Frankum at 812-644-7124. RIVER OF LIFE 342 E. CR 300 N. Petersburg Sunday morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening worship 6 p.m. and Con- sumed youth group 7 p.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 7 p.m.; Men's ministry meeting every other Thurs- day 10 a.m. If you would like a ride to and from church services, call 354-8800. Jim Gidcumb, Pastor AYRSHIRE VALLEY G.B. CHURCH 1947 E. Co. Rd. 375 S. BETHEL G.B. CHURCH 4933 E. Co. Rd. 900 S. Stendal Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m and all Wednesday evening activities at 7:30 p.m.; first and third Wednesday of each month Bible study at 7:30 p.m. GR ACE G.B. CHURCH 1007 E. Union St. Winslow Sunday school will be starting this Sunday from 9:30 -10 a.m.; Sunday morn- ing worship 10 a.m.; Sun- day evening worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study at 6 p.m. Bill Chesser, Reporter MT. PISGAH G.B. CHURCH (Augusta) Broadway Street Winslow Pastor 812-582-0756 Sunday morning worship at 10 :15 a.m., children's Sun- day school during morning service. We will no longer be having Wednesday night BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH An Independent Baptist Church 4995 N. Co. Rd. 850 E. Otwell (Meeting in the Iva Union Church building) Sunday school for chil- dren and adults 9 a.m.; Sun- day morning worship ser- vice 10 a.m.; Sunday eve- ning service, Youth Group (6th grade through 19 years old), and Patch Club (four years old through 5th grade) 6 p.m.; Thursday, prayer ser- vice 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor service, until school starts back up in August. • Business meeting, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. "They shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40 :31). Never in history have the nations of the world pos- sessed so many lethal ar- maments, so many ways to bring death and destruction to the human race. Some of our most brilliant minds spend their entire lives de- veloping new and more so- phisticated ways to destroy life. But have all our weap- ons brought us lasting se- curity? On the contrary; if anything, they have made the world less secure. At any one time at least thirty wars wage in various parts of the world, in addition to count- less instances of civil unrest. We could be reminded of the false prophets of Jeremiah's day: "Peace, peace, they say, when there is no peace" ( Jer. 8:11). In the midst of an uncer- tain and threatening world, however, we can have peace. It comes from putting our trust in the living God. Isa- iah's words written in a time of great upheavel still speak to us today: "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength- -they shall walk and not faint" (Isa.40 :31). If at any time you have no church to attend, feel free to join us for services. Your presence will be greatly ap- preciated and I am sure you will receive God blessings. Jerry "Tuffy" Blackwell, Pastor Sharon Kendall, Reporter • VBS will continue Wednesday-Friday, July 11- 13 from 6 -8 p.m. • Wednesday, July 18, we will continue Bible study of Esther 3-5:8 at 7:30 p.m. • Sunday, July 22, is the fourth Sunday and the morn- ing worship offering will go to the building fund. There will be a Baptism at a local pond, following the worship service. • Sunday, July 29, fifth Sunday. There will be a Communion service during the morning worship ser- vice. • Wednesday, Aug. 1, we will continue Bible study of Esther 5:9 -8:2 at 7:30 p.m. • Sunday, Aug. 5, Assis- tant Sunday; F.R.O.G.'s and Tadpoles will meet during the morning worship ser- vice. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: Q: What was the name of Timothy's mother? An- swer: Eunice. Reference: II Timothy 1:5. Q: From what location did Moses send the twelve spies into the Promised Land? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter Winslow Phone: 812-354-3862 Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Jim King, superintendent, Paul Couts, assistant; morn- ing worship 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 6:30 p.m. My hope and prayer for all people who read this is that you will make a decision to confess the past, repent from your sins and accept Je-

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