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April 10, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, April 10, 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 What's In A Name? Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Ricky Kurth Continued on page 2 Love that Lasts A Lifetime Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin Our present day culture is no friend to a lasting marriage. Our marriages are un- der constant attack from the media and en- tertainment world. Our educational sys- tem, workplace and culture often discour- age the fidelity and respect that keeps mar- riage strong. For love to last a lifetime there must be commitment. Marriage is about love and sacrifice for one's spouse and for God. I of- ten remind couples that Christ is the glue that holds a marriage together. I often see friends divorce whom I thought would be loyal and faithful to each other until death. My wife and I have been married for more than 60 years. Today there are three children, several grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Grace and I share so ma- ny wonderful memories together. Together we dream and plan for the future. Marriage has been a beautiful journey and our love grows stronger day by day. We have had our hard times, but never considered life without each other. The secret of a good marriage is to express love and seek to be unself- ish. Try to think of the other person's needs and yours too will usually be met. In a pagan culture where half our marriages end in divorce one must be on guard. Ultimately, the love of God is what holds two people together. It is true; families that pray together stay together. A good marriage is worth all the sacrifice and commitment that holds it together. That's the question Juliet asked upon learn- ing that Romeo's last name was Montague, the family name of her rival. When she went on to say, "that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet," it is rumored that Shakespeare was poking fun at the Rose The- ater, the rival of his own Globe Theater. The less-than-desirable sanitary conditions at the Rose were said to have created an atmosphere that was somewhat odoriferous! The name "Paul" means small or little, but the apostle who bore that name was origi- nally called "Saul" (Acts 13:9), a name that means desired. When the people of Israel de- sired a king (I Sam. 8:5), God told the prophet Samuel to choose a man named Saul (I Sam. 9:17). In relaying this to Saul, Samuel said, "On whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee? " (v. 20). This prompts us to ask about the Apostle Paul, "Why would a man whose name means desired choose to go by a name that means small? " We believe the answer is that he no longer wanted to be desired of men. He now wished to appear small in the eyes of men, so that the Lord would loom large in their sight, and they would begin to desire Him instead. If you are looking for fulfillment in life, you might want to consider following his exam- ple, for that is the only path of joy for a believ- er in the Lord Jesus Christ. We see this clearly emphasized in the case of King Saul, who chose a path that was op- posite of the path chosen by Paul. King Saul started out little in his own eyes and then got "too big for his britches," as they say. We know Saul started out well, for when Samuel told him that God had chosen him to be Israel's king, he responded, "Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me? " (I Sam. 9:21). As a member of the smallest family in the smallest tribe of Israel, Saul felt unqualified to lead God's people. But God chose him be- cause he considered himself to be less than the least of all the saints in Israel. We know this because when he rebelled against God, Samuel said to him, "When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel… Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD…" (I Sam. 15:17-19). Samuel's use of the past tense here indi- cates that Saul was no longer little in his own sight. Evidently he began to think, "I'm the king of Israel, I can do as I please! " If you're thinking that you're the king of your life, and can do as you please, you'll soon find yourself like Saul, someone who is no longer "meet for the Master's use" (II Tim. 2:21). Beloved, it's human nature to want to be desired of men, but it's an evidence of divine nature to desire to look small in the sight of men so that the Lord might loom large in their eyes. Why not learn from King Saul's poor ex- ample, and choose the path the Apostle Paul chose. He started out as one who was desired of men, but learned to look at himself as "less than the least of all saints" (Eph. 3:8), one who longed that "Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death" (Phil. 1:20). Do you long for the Lord to be magnified in you? This has been a good week so far after we got all of our funerals done. It was back to normal from Tuesday on with some success at getting lawn mowers fixed and using the cyclone to sweep up some of winter's mess. Still doing my best to reorganize the shop and I have come to the conclusion that I have much more stuff than I have room. We have been married more than 51 years and we have graduated from collectors to accumu- lators. To make things worse I am a hope- less rat-holer and can see a future use in ev- erything and have to save every nut and bolt because, "I'll need this someday." The trou- ble is if I ever need it, I can't find it. Thank God for free day at the landfill. I not only save my own junk I save other peoples as well. Sunday we had church with another great lesson in Sunday school which was about believing after you hear the word of God. The Bible tells us we have to hear the word and accept it with faith. To hear God's word there must be Christians willing to go out and share to those we come into contact with. Be ready to live what you say you are and be ready to share your relationship with Jesus. The morning sermon was about the im- portance of using your talents and gifts with others but never do it from a have to spirit. Do what you do for God by going where He sends us, saying what He needs us to say, and being what He needs us to be. There are many Spiritual gifts and we all have a talent or a gift to share. So let's do them for God's Kingdom. All gifts are important and it will definitely take all of us working together to make it through. In God's world there is no room for big me and little you because we are all part of of the body of Christ. A fter church we went St. Joe Catholic Church to watch our new granddaughter be baptized. I must say it was a touching cere- mony. The Priest doing the service made us all feel very welcome and kept us all involved with renewing our own vows to live up to our Winslow Christian Church to host community service April 18 On Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., the Winslow Chris- tian Church is hosting a community service in hon- or of Holy Week. It will fea- ture singing, prayer, scrip- ture and a new dramat- ic monologue about Abra- ham. A very old Abraham reflects on his life and the near-sacrifice of his son, Isaac, and asks what it meant to God. The public and all churches are welcome. Good Friday and Sunrise service at Hornady Park The Pike County Min- isterial Association and the Monday morning Bi- ble study group are hosting Good Friday service, April 19 at 3 p.m. and Sunrise ser- vice Easter Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 a.m. at Hornady Park. Everyone is welcome to follow Jesus carrying the Cross Live. For more infor- mation, call 812-354-9552. National Day of Prayer, May 2 National Day of Prayer celebration in Pike Coun- ty is scheduled for noon, Thursday, May 2 at the Pe- tersburg Courthouse rotun- da. The event is sponsored by the Pike County Ministe- rial Fellowship. It was estab- lished in 1952 by President Harry Truman as a time for the United States to pray to- gether at one time. This year's celebration will start with the Pike Cen- tral Swing Choir singing the National Anthem in the ro- tunda. Pledge of Allegiance will be lead by Chuck Froeh- le; greeting by Rev. Leon D. Pomeroy, Petersburg First United Methodist Church; opening prayer by Pastor Jim Gidcumb, River of Life Church; scripture read- ing by R.C. Klipsch, May- or of Petersburg; the Lord's prayer will be lead by the First Baptist Church; prayer of repentance will be lead by Pastor Tammy Powers; prayer in Unison for the Na- tion will be lead by Father Frank Renner, of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church; and closing prayer by Rev. Leon D. Pomeroy. Rev. Vernon Smalling to speak at Ayrshire Valley G.B. Church, Easter Sunday The Ayrshire Valley G.B. Church will be having spe- cial guest speaker Rev. Ver- non Smalling, of Indianapo- lis, Sunday morning, April 21 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Everyone is welcome to come and hear a message of hope for you and your family. For more infor- mation, contact Pastor Frank Coleman at 812-789 -3968. 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.; 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 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 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.; Wednesday, adult Bi- ble study at 6:30 p.m. • First Wednesday of each month before Bible study, Advisory Board meet- ing with business meeting to follow. • April 21—Easter Sun- rise service. Time TBD. Thought for the week: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). 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), and Patch Club (four years old through 5th grade) 6 p.m.; Thursday, prayer ser- vice 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor Be in prayer for the lost, 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 • Sunday, April 14, Palm Sunday. Regular business meeting, after morning wor- ship service. • Wednesday, April 17, Bible study, will be study- ing Job 4-7. • Friday, April 19, Good Friday. • Sunday, April 21, Easter Sunday. Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., with breakfast to follow. Easter Egg hunt 9:30 a.m., during Sunday school. • Sunday, April 28, fourth Sunday and morning wor- ship offering will go to the building fund. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to What did the chief priests say when Pilate told them to judge Jesus according to their law? Answer: "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death" ( John 18:31). Q: Why did the Jews want the bodies taken down from the crosses before sunset? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter See R AMBLINGS on 3

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