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February 6, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, Februar y 6, 2019 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg "How can Matthew 5:12 talk about re- wards in heaven for kingdom saints if their future will be here on earth? " This verse is not alone in promising heav- enly rewards to kingdom saints (Matt. 6:20 ; 19:21; Heb. 10 :34). But Peter wrote to them about "an inheritance… reserved in heav- en for you" (1 Pet. 1:4). Jews would under- stand from this that he wasn't saying they would go to heaven to receive their inher- itance. They would have known he meant that their inheritance would come to them on earth in the kingdom. The Lord told a parable in which… "A certain nobleman went into a far coun- try to receive for Himself a kingdom, and to return…And…when He was returned, having received the kingdom…" (Luke 19:12,15). The nobleman represents the Lord (cf. Mark 13:34). The "far country" to which He traveled after His resurrection was Heav- en. When He returns for Israel, He will re- turn "having received the kingdom" that He will establish on earth for them. But in the meantime, all of the "treasures" of the Jew- ish kingdom saints are "reserved" there in Heaven with Him. Really been a yoyo of a week temperature wise with pretty weather changing drastical- ly within the week. We were advised for days in advance about how terrible the cold was go- ing to be, but it still didn't prepare us for the impact of the freezing weather. I don't know about the rest of you, but my family had to get inventive with our ways of keeping the temperature warm enough in our home. We had to separate one section by using a heavy curtain and a piece of cardboard to isolate the stubborn North winds from the main liv- ing quarters. I'm glad this cold wave was as short as it was because I don't happen to be the polar bear I once was. We were able to have church services at Velpen General Baptist this past Sunday and we were short on numbers, but huge on Spir- it. Everyone there had a great time worship- ping the Lord. Our Sunday school was about getting our lives more in line with the love of Jesus and the life that he led. We should at- tempt to mirror our lives after His great ex- ample. A question was asked by our teacher about what do we expect from our Christian life as we grow closer with our walk with Je- sus. Most of us answered with being disap- pointed in ourselves as we often fail to dis- play Jesus' love to others and we expect too much of our fellow humans. Our morning scripture lesson had been ready for three weeks and when it was deliv- ered with God's blessings added to it, we all received it with gladness. It was about shar- 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 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 Kingdom Rewards in Heaven or on Earth? Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Ricky Kurth Continued on page 2 ing your joy of salvation with others and not keeping it to yourself. It was about letting your light shine to the world who desperate- ly needs to see it. We mentioned that we do need some time alone with Jesus to study to show ourselves approved as a workman in the Kingdom of God. But when you are strengthened and pre- pared to be be the worker you are called to be, go and help reap the harvest of souls need- ing help. We should never forget that we are in this world, but not of this world. I know I said this last week but it bears repeating. It seemed as though this lesson was meant to be preached and taught. My wife and I helped John Letson auction service at Vincennes as a ringer and a buy- er. We bought more than we made, but had a good time. Watched Super Bowl Sunday evening and it was a hard hitting game of defense which looked to me as though there were several excessive roughness incidents which could have been called. Overall it was just a hard fought game. The halftime show was full of fire and lights but maybe I'm just getting older because I wasn't impressed much. The Patri- ots won and it is nice to not have a pick so you can enjoy the game without getting worked up. It was fun to watch the Super Bowl. My unbiased opinion about our government this week is simple because I would like to try and quote something I read on Facebook, "We elect our representatives to represent us not be rulers over a nation." How much more can our country take be- fore we fall because of the partisanship fight- ing we are experiencing. There has to be an end to it soon. Let us do our part and be bless- ing to others. Insight by Dave Ingler Even He Provides the Fruit "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf al- so shall not wither; and what- soever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3) Like the roots of a tree which go deep into the earth for life giving water, Chris- tians must always be search- ing for a greater understand- ing of Christ and His indwell- ing presence if they expect to experience successful, fruit- ful living which comes as a re- sult of abiding in Him. Jesus taught that His fol- lowers should produce good works and bear Spiritual fruit as a demonstration of God's love flowing in their lives. These words of Jesus to His Disciples apply to all who will hear and accept His words, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." (John 15:16) We must always be on guard against the rebellious and independent nature that lies within us. Prior to these words of comfort and encour- agement to His disciples Je- sus said, "I am vine; ye are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) The words of Jesus make it very clear that all Spiritu- al fruit comes from our abid- ing in Him and His living His life through us. The fruits of the Spirit are indeed fruits of the Spirit, not attributes of the human heart. Beware of the idea that you can pro- duce Christ like qualities from within yourself. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentle- ness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22) No one is able to resist temptation or endure the council of ungodly men ef- fectively without dependence and surrender to God. All of the disciplines that we incor- porate into our daily behavior should give testimony that we are submissive to God's will and that we desire to obey Him without regard to cost or consequence. As a result of our surren- der to the laws of God and our confession that He alone is our strength, we experience peace, prosperity and know that we are useful and fruit- ful parts of the body of Christ. PC Swing Choir to perform at Sts. Peter and Paul Sunday Pike Central Swing Choir will be performing at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. EST. There will be a fellowship meal to follow. 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 ARTHUR G.B. CHURCH 5670 S. St. Rd. 61 Winslow 812-582-0354 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship and chil- dren's church 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening Bible study at 5 p.m.; Business meeting third Sunday of the month, following morn- ing worship. We are continuing our study of Revelation on Sunday evening. We invite you to join us. You will be blessed. "Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous. It's fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp, make music to him on the ten- stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song, play skillfully, and shout for joy" (Psalm 33:1-4). Nothing makes the wea- ry, stressed, overburdened feel better than praising the Lord. Don't wait until everything is going right in your life. Now is the time. Praise Him for his faith- fulness and goodness. You won't believe the dif- ference. We invite you to worship with us at any of our ser- vices. AYRSHIRE VALLEY G.B. CHURCH 1947 E. Co. Rd. 375 S. 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- sus as this Savior and Lord. See our Facebook page: shireValleyGB. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor BETHEL G.B. CHURCH 4933 E. Co. Rd. 900 S. Stendal Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m. • Sunday, Feb. 10, I Love My Church Sunday. Every- one will have an opportuni- ty to tell why they love their church. There will be a reg- ular business meeting after the morning worship ser- vice. • Saturday, Feb. 23, United of Indiana Sunday School Convention at Camp Brosend. Hosted by Little Zi- IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street Petersburg Church 812-354-9659 Pastor 812-890-9942 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 worship; Wednesday eve- ning family devotions and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Youth group sixth-12th grades, Sunday evening at 6 p.m. "You cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13). The Bible strictly forbids idolatry. One of the Ten WINSLOW G.B. CHURCH 600 E. Union Street Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening soup and sandwich fellowship at 5:30 p.m.; Youth group, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, adult Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. First Wednesday of each month before Bible study, Advisory Board meeting with business meeting to fol- low. Meeting tonight, Febru- ary 6 at 6 p.m. Thought for the week: When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives more than we his own time and his own way. Be in prayer for the lost, the sick, our church, our country and leaders, and always each other. God's 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 evening service, Youth Group (6th grade through 19 years old), blessings on you this week. Try to be kind and show God's love, because every- one is fighting some kind of battle. If you don't have a church home, we invite you to any of our services. Gary Watson, Pastor Kathy Henderson, Re- porter and Patch Club (four years old through 5th grade) 6 p.m.; Thursday, prayer ser- vice 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor Ralph Newkirk, Pastor Marla Morrison, Report- er on General Baptist church. Registration 8:30 -9 a.m. CST. • Sunday, Feb. 24, fourth Sunday and morning wor- ship offering will go to the building fund. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: Q: How does Paul say we will be transformed in- to what God wants us to be? Answer: And be not con- formed to this world; but be ye transformed by the re- newing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Reference: Ro- mans 12:2. Q: What is the reward of peacemakers? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter Commandments declares, "You shall not make for your- selves a carved image; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them" (Exodus 20 :4-5). But almost anything can become an "idol"—some- thing we worship and serve in place of God. It might be success, pleasure, pos- sessions, money or any- thing else we let control our lives. They aren't necessar- ily wrong in themselves, but they become "idols" when we make them the most im- portant thing in life. The Bible rejects idols for at least two reasons. First, idols are false. They cannot save us or change our lives for the better. Second, idols cut us off from God. We sub- stitute them for God and as a result, we turn our backs on Him and never come to know Him and love Him as we should. If at any time you have no church to attend, feel free and join us for services. I am sure you will leave be- ing blessed. May God bless each and everyone. Jerry "Tuffy" Blackwell, Pastor Sharon Kendall, Reporter

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