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March 13, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, March 13, 2019 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg 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 White Stallion Energy Evansville — 812-473-0700 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 Legitimate Prayer Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Continued on page 2 The Changing Family Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin We must never depart from God's origi- nal plan for the home. God's plan is for mar- riage between a male and female. Every so- ciety has followed this plan until recently. The basic building block of our society is the family. When the husband and wife structure for a family is destroyed eventu- ally our traditional way of life will disinte- grate. The church must proclaim the message of the Bible as it relates to the home. No pastor should be afraid to share the Bible's teachings regarding marriage. The great Dr. Karl Menninger, in his famous book, "Whatever Became of Sin? " makes it clear that immorality will destroy a society. He urges pastors to preach about sin and define sin. He says the two most important words are sin and grace. In simple language speak about and define sin and share the grace and forgiveness of a living God. Our cul- ture today is one that anything is permissi- ble if it feels good. The liberal media, Hol- lywood, porn on the Internet and cohabita- tion have grown like a cancer in the lives of many people. Dr. Menninger asks the question, "Is no one any longer guilty of anything? " The dis- appearance of sin in preaching has left people lost, lonely and with a sense of spiritual darkness. The American fam- ily is in crisis and on- ly the message of Jesus Christ can change things. Each year in America one million children see their parents divorce. Over one half of all marriages end in divorce. If one is involved in a second marriage 70 % will divorce. The church must be in the fore- front of helping troubled families. I know many pastors today who believe they can change the Bible and accommodate the sins of their congregation. God's Word is eternal and will not change to fit in with a sinful cul- ture. We must always remember the abso- lutes that hold our society together. Prayer, in Old Testament times, was based upon a covenant relationship with God, or it was an appeal to His revealed na- ture as merciful, gracious, etc. Today it is based upon the redemptive work of Christ, whose death opened the way for us into the Father's presence. This is why acceptable prayer today is offered "in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ". With our Lord's depar- ture from this world in view, He said to His disciples: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me" ( John 14:6). "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name…At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you that I will pray the Fa- ther for you, for the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me…" ( John 16:24-27). Thus today we pray directly to the Father in the name of the Son. Our prayers, however, are often faltering and sometimes the way is so dark before us that we do not even know what to ask for. Thus Paul declared: "We know not what we should pray for as we ought"(Rom.8:26). But he was quick to follow this with the dec- laration: "And we know that all things work togeth- er for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His pur- pose" (Rom.8:28). This is why the Apostle Paul encourag- es God's people: "Be careful [anxious] for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil.4:6,7). "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mer- cy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb.4:16). As usual last week was another busy one. Kind of like an email joke I received once "How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb? " The answer is one but it takes him all day long. As you age slowing down comes easier because getting done quick- ly doesn't usually have much of an impact. Friday was a bad day that kept going from bad to worse, I remembered one of my re- cent sermons where when frustration over things going bad happens, then thank God for things that have gone right. It does work because my frustration level sure decreased. There will come another day and the things which went bad will get fixed in the end. Tuesday morning our family will receive another member because little Willow Lynn Thomas will make her appearance. I'm sure it will be a great relief for Abby. I pray for a safe surgery and healthy baby and momma. Please join me with your prayers for them. We were busy at Somebody's Place as we had three trucks to unload as well as stor- ing some of the frozen goods we received. We moved and cleaned the area for the re- placement of two new freezers. My wife and I finally got our garage emp- ty enough to park both cars in their spaces and I even had room enough to change bat- teries in our Sunfire. I was able to attend the Indiana Lions Club District 25E convention which was at the Jas- per Day's Inn. It was a long day but full of in- formation. Our guests were from Gumneck N. C. and their names were Rhett and Gw- en White. Rhett delivered a talk on recruit- ing new members from all ages because we are getting older with very few younger new members. PETERSBURG CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 118 W Pike Ave., Petersburg • 812-354-8851 FREE COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER WEDNESDAY March 20 4-5:30 PM ALL ARE WELCOME! Parking in rear Ayrshire Valley G.B. Church to host Sonlight Gospel Singers The Ayrshire Valley G.B. Church will be having a Gos- pel Sing, Sunday evening, March 17, starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring the Sonlight Gospel Singers, from Odon. Revival hosted by House of Mercy House of Mercy Church, located at the corner of East and Porter streets in Win- slow, will be having a revival Thursday, March 21-Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. nightly and Sunday morning March 24 at 10 :15 a.m., with Pastor Roger Tab. See R AMBLINGS on 3 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 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. Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Gos- pel Sing, featuring Sonlight Gospel Singers. BETHEL G.B. CHURCH 4933 E. Co. Rd. 900 S. Stendal Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m. • Saturday, March 16, the 159th Annual Session of the United of Indiana As- sociation of General Bap- tists will be at Mt. Pisgah G.B. church. Registration 8:30 a.m. CDT, 9:30 a.m. EDT, meeting begins at 10 a.m. EDT. • Sunday, March 24, fourth Sunday and morning worship offering will go to the building fund. • Sunday, March 31, fifth Sunday and we will have Communion service during morning worship service. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: Q: What king's description says he came "delicate- ly?" Answer: Agag. Refer- ence: I Samuel 15:32. Q: Where can a trea- sure be put so that moth and rust do not corrupt it, and thieves cannot steal it? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter GR ACE G.B. CHURCH 1007 E. Union St. Winslow Sunday school 9:30 ; Sun- day morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening wor- ship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Bi- ble study at 6 p.m. Bill Chesser, Reporter NEW LIBERTY G.B. CHURCH (Coe) 1820 S. Co Rd. 800 S. Oakland City Gary Pancake, Pastor 812-664-4716 Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Faron McLaughlin, Super- intendent, Ryan Edrington, Assistant and Sunday morn- ing worship at 10 :30 a.m. and Wednesday evening ser- vices at 6 p.m. It was good to be in God's house on Sunday. It was es- pecially special because we had a baptism service. Gary's message was enti- tled "Why Baptism? " and came from Romans 5:20 - 6:4. Baptism is done to fol- low the example of Christ and is the showing to oth- ers of an outward change. It shows the death of the sinful being and the resurrection of the new person in Christ. May God Bless Brad, An- ik and Leo. They are such special people to us. We ap- preciated the Spurgeon G.B. Church for the use of their baptistery. 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 follow. Thought for the week: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when- ever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" ( James 1:2-4). Be in prayer for the lost, 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- the sick, our church, our country and leaders, and always each other. God's 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 vice 10 a.m.; Sunday evening 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 • March 16, United Asso- ciation meeting at Mt. Pis- gah G.B. Church. Registra- tion is at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. • St. Patrick's Day is on March 17. Don't forget to wear green. • March 20, first day of Spring. • March 24, Assistant Teacher and Building Fund Sunday. • Pike County Schools will have Spring Break the week of March 25. • March 31 will be our Fifth Sunday. There are crocus in bloom and Easter flowers with buds ready to pop open. Rob- ins cover the yard. Bring on Spring. Our Mission Statement: Loving the 99, always look- ing for the one. Gary Pancake, Pastor Ivan Mason, Reporter

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