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September 11, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, September 11, 2019 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg throw away another pint of blood. It is still a shame that my iron rich blood can't be giv- en to someone who needs the iron. My con- dition is hereditary and in the genetic make- up of my body, so I suppose someone could end up in the same condition from my blood in their veins. I'm writing this on Sunday morning because my wife's family reunion is today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so we would be in a rush and the other folks we worship with had a picnic scheduled at Spring Mill Park. So we decided to cancel church and those who wanted to join them at their pic- nic could go. We will be having regular ser- vices next Sunday morning. I have got to confess my trouble dealing with Frontier has made me a little more than grumpy, which I do not like to be grumpy. Playing on my guitar does seem to be a great release so I guess I had better pick it up more often. While I have this on my mind, Steve and I really have a lot sched- uled for this month, so I had better get over the grumpies and start flying right. Guess a preacher has to listen to his own preach- ing once in a while, so let's get out there and make a difference in our lives and the lives of those who are around us. So long for now. For the professing Church the day of theo- logical controversy has passed. Ecumenism is now the word on every tongue. Church leaders appear to have become convinced that the stifling confusion in the Church can be overcome only by all of us getting to- gether, minimizing our differences and em- phasizing those doctrines on which we all agree. As a result some of the most impor- tant doctrines of Scripture are neither de- nied nor affirmed; they are ignored. But lit- tle matter, for the objective now is not to be true to the written Word of God, but to see to it that the Church is "strong" and com- mands the world's respect. Ecumenism, sad to say, has made signif- icant inroads among evangelical believers too. All too seldom do men of God stand up to defend by the Scriptures the truths they believe and proclaim. Theological debate has given place to the dialogue, in which two individuals or groups sit down together to discuss their differences and see if there is not some basis for agreement. This ap- pears generous and objective but too often convictions are compromised and the truth watered down by such undertakings, with the result that the Spirit's power is sacri- ficed for numerical strength. No man of God can speak in the power of the Spirit when he places anything be- fore the Word and Will of God. Nor can the Church ever be truly united and strong un- less she puts God's Word and Will first and takes her place in the world as Christ's em- bassy on alien territory (See II Cor. 5:20). 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 The Day of Itching Ears Minutes with the Bible By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Restoring happiness to marriage Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin There is no union or contract that offers the joy, happiness and contentment that one finds in a good marriage. Most people say their marriage vows before God, in the pres- ence of a pastor, priest or rabbi and friends and relatives. They pledge to love, honor and cherish "till death do us part." I think of Christian marriage as a trinity made up of the husband, the wife and God. There are many things that hold this sacred covenant together. The love that brought you together must be the guiding light in your life. There are many things that helps fan the flame of love. Each part- ner must develop the art of sincere praise and be quick to compliment. Your love must be spoken and shown in kind and thought- ful deeds. Protect and guard your marriage rela- tionship. Don't allow the three "B" words to destroy your marriage. These are bick- ering, blaming and boredom. Avoid those "B" words at all cost. Getting married is the easy part. Remaining married is a little more complex. Don't allow your marriage to lose its luster. Many people enter marriage with poor preparation and lit- tle understanding of what it really means to be one in God's sight. A good and lasting marriage is a union of love, tender- ness and constant af- fection. There are many enemies of the home. No marriage can be happy when the husband feeds his lust by watching porn on the In- ternet. Learn that some movies and T V pro- grams paint a sick picture of God's plan for the family. Have faith in God for He will be your anchor when adversity comes. Fami- lies that pray together, stay together. Live to please each other and everyone will be pleased. The marriage is to be one of equal- ity and fidelity. Don't forget that marriage is between a man and a woman and this was God's idea. We spent Labor Day cleaning up the tree we had cut down Saturday and we worked most of the day on this project. Earlier in the morning, we had started a fire to burn our debris and we never start a fire with- out tending to it and by keeping it low so it doesn't get out of control. We do this by having our water hose on and available at all times. Can you imagine our surprise when one hot leaf got into a hole of another tree and it started an old nest afire? We tried to reach it with our hose, but it would just bare- ly reach that high, but we thought it was out several times. Fire has now gone to white ash and we are getting ready for supper, so I went out to check on ashes and the tree, where I saw it glowing red. Thanks again to Ron Wilson, who came over and fell this tree, so now I have another mess to clean up with my chainsaw down and ailing. One of these days, it will be cleaned up and we can start all over. When things seem to all go wrong, you start wondering what will be next, because troubles seem to multiply sometimes and we soon got our answer as the our home phones and internet went down. We called Frontier thinking it might take a couple of days to get someone to fix the problem, but after staying at home from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no one to help us on Friday and then from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again no help. Called them again and "we'll be there Satur- day." Again, we received no help but a new text saying now it will be Tuesday and I say, "I bet! " It is really not my way to bad mouth someone, but it doesn't seem as though their word is much good. We were told that once we got a text, it meant that there was a tech assigned to our job. Oh well, I am spending more time doing other things be- sides surfing the net. Went to the doctor for an appointment about my blood problem and then had to Continued on page 2 Revival at Twin Oaks Church will continue through Sunday The Twin Oaks Church, 1911 E. CR 650 N., Peters- burg, is holding a revival with Evangelist John Case. The revival started Sunday, Sept. 8 and will run through Sunday, Sept. 15. Servic- es will start at 7 p.m. night- ly and Sunday morning at 10 :30 a.m. and Sunday eve- ning at 6:30 p.m. 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, 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. • Sunday, Sept. 15, Rev. Ed Stevens Day. 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 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 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; youth on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.; Fami- ly worship and Bible study Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Ev- eryone is welcome. "God is not the author of confusion but of peace" (I Corinthians 14:33). Who of us has not asked in times of affliction and difficulty does God care for me? The Psalmist said "Refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul" (Psalms 142:14). Martha, over con- cerned with her workday duties said to Jesus, "Lord, do You not care? " How ma- ny faithful, loving mothers, overwhelmed by the bur- dens of motherhood, have NEW LIBERTY G.B. CHURCH (Coe) 1820 S. Co Rd. 800 S. Oakland City Gary Pancake, Pastor 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 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 the Savior and Lord. See our Facebook page: shireValleyGB. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor a.m. Sunday school for two years old to adult; and 10 :30 a.m. Sunday wor- ship. Wednesday activities: Adult Bible study 6:30 -7:30 p.m.; Starting Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. Grub to Club for all ar- ea youth; Also on Wednes- day evening from 6:15 -7:30 p.m. youth group for sixth grade through 12th grade. Michael Miller, Pastor cried anxiously, "Lord, do You not care? " That question is forev- er answered in those reas- suring words of Peter: "He cares for you" (Peter 5:7). This is the word of God. Even if the world passes away, it will not change. You can be confident God cares for you. If He didn't, would He have sent Christ into the world to die for you? Of course not. That is why you can always turn to Him for the strength and encouragement you need. Yes, life can be overwhelm- ing at times. But when it is, remember this: God knows what you are facing, and "He cares for you." If at any time you have no church to attend, feel free to join us for services. I am sure you will leave feeling blessed by the presence of the Lord. Jerry "Tuffy" Blackwell, Pastor Sharon Kendall, Reporter • Wednesday, Sept. 18, Bi- ble study. Studying Job 40 - 42. • Sunday, Sept. 22, fourth Sunday and morning wor- ship offering will go to the building fund. • Sunday, Sept. 29, fifth Sunday and we will have Communion service, dur- ing the morning worship service. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: In the book of Revelation, the church at Philadel- phia was told that if they overcame, they would be- come what? Answer: pillars in the temple of God. Refer- ence: Revelation 3:12. Q: Who fought a battle with torches hidden in pitchers? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter 812-664-4716 Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Faron McLaughlin, Superin- tendent, Gary Pancake As- sistant and Sunday morn- ing worship at 10 :30 a.m. and Wednesday evening Bi- ble study at 6 p.m. What a blessing our ser- vices were Sunday. Our Sun- day school lesson was Faith during grief. We all have experienced grief such as Hannah did in I Samuel 1:9 -14. We have cried out to the Lord and He has answered our prayers. They may not be answered in the manner in which we prefer, but we pray to a God who hears and cares. Our church service was based on Joshua 1:1-9. Gary spoke of courage and how it can only be carried out through faith. Acting on our own strength is sim- ply not enough, but when we are working with God by our sides, the results are always blessed. We claim those promises and move forward in our daily lives with the knowledge that God is with us. Our annual business meeting was well attended. Upcoming events: • Spurgeon Festival—Oc- tober 5. • Joint worship services at Spurgeon—October 6. • Communion at New Lib-

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