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October 10, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, October 10, 2018 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg What a disappointing scene! A terrifying storm, souls in danger of death, but Jonah, the man of God, fast asleep. Sailors are not soon frightened in a storm, but this time the fury of the gale was so great that "the ship was like to be broken" and even the sailors were driven to their knees "and cried every man unto his god" ( Jonah 1:4,5). Can it be that Jonah, the only man aboard who knew the true God, was sleeping? Sleeping while souls were perishing? This was the shameful truth, and not one of us would blame the terrified captain for rudely awakening him and crying: "What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God! " ( Verse 6). But let us not be too ready to condemn Jonah, for we may be more guilty than he. Surely the world today is passing through a fearful storm and souls all about us are in peril of their lives. If they do not accept God's way of salvation; if they do not trust in Christ, they will perish. And what are we doing about it? Are we pleading for them in prayer? Are we doing what we can to reach them for Christ? Or are we fast asleep? "What meanest thou O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God! " And when you have cried to God in behalf of your unsaved rela- tives, friends, and business associates, He will send you to witness to them of Christ and His love. Not until you have talked to God about them will you be ready to talk to them about God. Politically, morally, spiritually, the night is dark, the storm is raging and souls are perishing, but "God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts" (IICor.4:6). "…We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as do others" (IThess.5:5,6). You can tell the election is getting close because of all the political advertising in the media. There are many good people run- ning for offices from opposing political par- ties. I only hope we all vote for who we feel will do the best job after they assume their elected position. Please let's do our best to think of America first and our political con- victions second so our country can regain its composure as a great nation that can be looked up to. This past week was another week spent at hospitals and doctor visits. My wife had two appointments for check up and one for der- matology. At one appointment we both re- ceived a flu shot and a pneumonia shot and the next day neither of us could move our sore arms and we felt miserable for most of the day. If the shots keep us from getting down this winter it will be worth the dis- comfort for one day. Last winter was a terri- ble time for us because anything and every- thing out there visited with us and seemed like it came to stay. Thursday my friend and I drove to IU Methodist to be with our friend Steve Ed- wards and his family as he had to be moved to their critical care unit. As most of you who read my writings Steve is my partner in entertaining residents at several nursing facilities in the tri-county area. I miss my friend being there with me and for me. Ma- 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 America at the Crossroads Asleep in a Storm Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Continued on page 2 See R AMBLINGS on 3 In recent days we have seen the deceit, evil and ugliness that exists in our Senate. Christians and good people should remem- ber this evil at the polls. Look at Gallup's most recent survey on American values. Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs Survey tracks attitudes on a host of issues. Of the 1,024 adults surveyed re- cently, here are the percentages of those who think the following behaviors are mor- ally acceptable: drinking alcohol, 78 %; di- vorce, 76 %; gay and lesbian relations, 67%; pornography, smoking marijuana, 65%; abortion, 43%; polygamy, 19 % . I remember when America was unasham- edly called a Christian nation. The motto, "One Nation Under God" had real mean- ing. As I listen to some of our national po- litical candidates I hear about a new Amer- ica evolving into something thoroughly secular, but still wrapped in a few mean- ingless religious phrases. We have been brainwashed by all kinds of religions and true biblical Chris- tianity has been ig- nored. Much of what we hear reflects a false theology. Many in America have lost their moor- ings and forgotten what we were called to believe in and fight for. For a politi- cian to win a nation- al election it seems he must favor abortion, become an advocate of gay marriage and remove any hint of moral rigidity. Religion is in the public arena only when it is talked about in short sound bites without a Biblical foundation. Many deeply committed Chris- tian leaders are concerned about America's spiritual state. Never in our history has there been such a departure from our long held values, fam- ily traditions and faith in God ny prayers have been sent up for Steve and his family and many more are needed and sought. My friend's wife had ridden to the hospital with Steve's wife and we brought her home. It feels good to be able to help others and it is something we should all do if we have the opportunity. The Sunday school lesson this week cov- ered Noah and the building of the ark. A question was asked by our teacher what would we think if we could look down up- on the world with God's eyes. I said if I were God I'd likely be so disappointed in the way mankind acts and behaves toward one another that I would have to turn my head from the scene. In Noah's day only he could be found with enough righteous- Mt. Pisgah G.B. Church to haver a Revival Oct. 14-16 Mt. Pisgah G.B. Church, Augusta, Broadway Street, Winslow will be having a Revival, October 14-16 with Matt Hoffman bringing the message. Services on Sun- day evening will be at 6 p.m. and Oct. 15 -17 services will start at 7 p.m. PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT JOHNSON FOR SHERIFF, JEREMY BRITTON, TREASURER 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 WASHINGTON ASSEMBLY OF GOD 320 S. Meridian Street Washington Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Wednesday evening dinner and Bible study at 6 p.m. and from church services, call 812-354-8800. Jim Gidcumb, Pastor 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 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 8th and Poplar Street Petersburg 812-354-6582 Welcome to our church family Sunday activities: 9 a.m. Praise Band practice; 9:30 a.m. Sunday school for two yrs. old-adult and 10 :30 a.m. Sunday worship. Wednesday activities: 6 -7:30 p.m. Grub to Club. Everyone is welcomed to Grub (meal) from 6 -6:30 p.m.; Club for two yrs. to fifth grade from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.; 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Adult Bible study; 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Youth: sixth grade through 12th grade. Bill Slaven, Deacon Chairman IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street Petersburg Church 812-354-9659 Pastor 812-890-9942 Email: awordfitlyspoken@ Sunday adult Bible study and children's Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday morning worship at 10 :40 a.m.; Sunday evening ser- vice at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Adult Bible study at 6 p.m.; 6 -7 p.m. Youth choir prac- tice. Up coming events: • Trip to Noah's Ark, Wil- liamstown, Ky. will be Sat- MT. PISGAH G.B. CHURCH 6100 S. Augusta Broadway Street Winslow Pastor 812-582-0756 Sunday morning worship at 10 :15 a.m., children's Sun- day school during morning service; Wednesday evening family devotions and fellow- ship at 6:30 p.m., in the fel- lowship hall. Youth group sixth-12th grades, Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Work day at the church, Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. The children will be sin- ing during the morning wor- ship service, Oct. 14. Revival services, Octo- ber 14-16 with Matt Hoffman bringing the message. Ser- vices on Sunday evening will be at 6 p.m. and Oct. 15 -17 services will start at 7 p.m. "Every good gift and ev- ery perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights" ( James 1:17). The key to understanding tragedy is to understand the source. Death and pain and every other tragedy came in- to this world because of sin. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they weren't just doing some- thing God had told them not to do. It was an open act of re- bellion- -in thought, word, or deed- -against the God who had made them and supplied their every need. It was say- ing God was a liar and be- lieving Satan instead. It was a yielding to the temptation to "be like God" (Gen. 3:5). What was sins greatest tragedy? It was the Cross- - for had it not been for sin, Jesus would never have had to die. But Christ triumphed over tragedy- -and so can we because of Him. 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 7:30 p.m. • Mark you calendar for Bethel Revival, Nov. 9 -10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, during the morning worship service. • Sunday, Oct. 14, Pastor and Pastor's wife Apprecia- tion Day; regular business meeting after the morning worship service. • Wednesday, Oct. 17, continue Bible study of Zechariah 7-10. • Saturday, Oct. 27, Dea- con Ordination at 11 a.m., fellowship and meal to fol- low. • Sunday, Oct. 28, fourth Sunday and morning wor- ship offering will go to the building fund; Fall Outing, Trunk or Treat from 5 -8 p.m. Refreshments and fun. • Sunday, Nov. 4, Assis- tant Sunday and Daylight Saving Time ends. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: Q: When God cursed the ground, what did He say it would bring forth? An- swer: Thorns and Thistles. Reference: Genesis. 3:17-18. Q: A dove released by Noah returned with what in her mouth to indicate she had found dry land? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter urday, Oct. 13. Bus leaves church at 8 a.m. If interest- ed, call Pastor Joe at 812- 890 -9942. Cost for the trip will be $ 99, which includes your admission ticket for adults and children. There is a buffet style restaurant on- site. Cost for the meal will be $14 adults and $10 seniors, children cost is lower. Price includes drink and dessert. • October 27, Trunk or Treat from 6 -8 p.m. Other upcoming event: Thanksgiving Fellowship, Cookie Exchange; watch for announcement of date and time. Mission Statement for 2018 New Beginnings: What would Jesus do? We will strive to be more like Jesus in all that we do. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, creat-

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