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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Test Answers 

1. What sport did Stuart Peele play in college? (Hint: It was possible that he played against Jim Stakely.) tennis
2. Who was the greatest quarterback of all time? Johnny Unitas (no debate)
3. Which is correct to say: I am going to lay down or I am going to lie down? lie
4. Name the five points of Calvinism. total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irrisistable grace, perseverance of the saints
5. The USC boasts of a Heisman Trophy winner. Can you name him? George Rogers
6. He is the very funny writer of the Jeeves and Wooster series. P. G. Wodehouse
7. This Swamp Fox outfoxxed British soldiers time and time again in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. Francis Marion
8. A hole, 3 foot by 4 foot, has how much dirt in it? none; that's why it is a hole
9. The four presidents depicted on Mt. Rushmore are: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt
10. She starred in "Singin' in the Rain." Debbie Reynolds

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Bookcase 

Tara Ward wants a bookcase. Who can help her?

You Put Your... 

Larry La Prise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey", died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. Then the trouble started.

From the Lips of Children 

These contributions were sent in by Craig Meyers:

Jesus' Dad's Name:

A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?" One child answered, "Mary." The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?" A little kid said, "Verge."

Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?" The kid said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge n' Mary.

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KIDS IN CHURCH

3-year-old, Reese: "Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen."

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A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."

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A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments.

They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."

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After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."

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I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime, she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayer: "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some E-mail.

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One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

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A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

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Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men
standing by the door? They're hushers."

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A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.

Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'" Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus"

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A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.

"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.

"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.

The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"

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A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep... 

That is I listen to day in and day out. It is the sound of the roadwork trucks and machines outside. It does look like progress is being made preparing the area for paving.

Depression 

Christian Weiss spoke to the men at last night's MIC dinner. Of particular note to a fine message was his description of clinical depression that he went through for four years and for which he continues to receive medical treatment. He wants it to be known in case anyone would like to talk to him about it. He notes, by the way, how helpful Reformed theology has been to him, because he can trust God to have caused his experience for a purpose. That is an important component of the Reformed Christian faith. Knowing that God is in control can sustain us in our trials. We may not know the why, but we can still know who it is that is in control; and because we know the character of God, we can know that every experience is for good.

The Crown Restored 

The ping pong crown has been restored to its rightful owner. I have three witnesses of my thorough handling of Christian Weiss at the table. I am getting nervous, though, watching the development of a young upstart named David Ehrlich.

Test Scores 

One test score has come in: 6 out of 10. I will not embarrass the person who put down Bart Starr as the greatest quarterback. (He/she had trouble with questions 1, 2, 5, 10.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Tuesday Test 

This week's test is especially challenging. It may be called the "whatever comes to my mind" test. Are you ready?

1. What sport did Stuart Peele play in college? (Hint: It was possible that he played against Jim Stakely.)
2. Who was the greatest quarterback of all time?
3. Which is correct to say: I am going to lay down or I am going to lie down?
4. Name the five points of Calvinism.
5. The USC boasts of a Heisman Trophy winner. Can you name him?
6. He is the very funny writer of the Jeeves and Wooster series.
7. This Swamp Fox outfoxxed British soldiers time and time again in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina.
8. A hole, 3 foot by 4 foot, has how much dirt in it?
9. The four presidents depicted on Mt. Rushmore are:
10. She starred in "Singin' in the Rain."

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Big Weekend 

My daughter Jean graduates from Santa Fe Community College Friday night. We've got family coming from all over. Sarah is leaving for a short trip to Philadelphia and then to New Orleans for the summer to hopefully work in the zoo there. Big changes coming for the Clark family.

So True, So True 

I saw this on the back of a man's shirt: "I fought the lawn, and the lawn won."

Sunday's Highlights 

We live in a Christian culture that downplays theology as much as possible. Much Christian theology has been watered down in evangelical churches. Indeed, theology has become a negative word, and Christians actually boast that they know little of it and have no interest in knowing.

We are like students taking courses they are not interested in, but must in order to graduate. All they want to know from the professors is what is needed to pass the course. "All I need to know is that Jesus died for me. I am not into theology.” But theology literally means “the study or knowledge of God.” How can Christians not want to study God?

And think about this. Granted that the gospel is simple, and by God's grace all we do need to know is that Jesus died for us, do you think that is all Jesus wants us to know? Do you think he doesn't care how interested we are in knowing all that Scripture teaches about him? Do you think God is satisfied that his redeemed children take only a passing interest in the study of his nature and character and work?

How important is doctrine? How important is God? How important is the work of God the Son and of God the Holy Spirit? How important is doctrine? How important is it to know the reason we exist, the cause of our troubles, and the hope for which we are to live? How important is doctrine? How important is knowing truth, of knowing how God would have us to live?

How important is doctrine? J.I. Packer, who wrote Knowing God, has said that if he were Satan, his plan would be to have Christians take no interest in doctrine? Why? Because of the great harm Christians can do without it.

We have taught our modern neighbors that God loves them, and he is sad that he can’t get them to know how much he loves them. They quite rightly cannot figure what the fuss is about. If God loves us, then he will accept us all. For us to infer the possibility of hell is hard to take, but especially when we convey nothing about God except that he is love and his greatest concern is helping us out with our daily problems.

J. B. Phillips wrote a book in the last century called Your God is Too Small. The God of the modern Christian church is rather small. There is little known of his holiness. When we do make reference to it, we treat it as nothing more than a sense of feeling spiritual. Where is the righteousness of God? Instead of presenting God as he is in scripture as righteous king and judge, he is presented as a greater version of Mr. Rogers who just wants to help everybody with their troubles.

We are so concerned that sinners feel comfortable and welcomed that we have covered over sin. And what Reinhold Niebuhr once said of the liberal church can now be said of the message that evangelicals are conveying to the world: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”

I hear our church described, usually in a negative sense, as a teaching church. I know the charge that we do not do enough to reach out, and I will address that next Sunday, through scripture. We should be doing more, but we should never apologize for wanting to get as deep into the study of God as possible. We should never apologize for taking too much interest in the Bible.

It is your knowledge of God and of his Word that will make the difference in your ability to persevere in your faith and live your life for God’s glory. Life is hard. Satan is a roaring lion seeking to devour you. The world is ever striving to lure you into its ways. Your flesh is weak. But God has not left you without means to hold fast to your confession. He has given us his Spirit, the most important gift. He has given us his church, by which we stir one another on, and he has given us the Holy Scriptures which teach us about God, about his promises, about all the precious work he has done and is doing for us. Make it your business to learn as much as you can, and then hold on to it fast.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Proverbs 

A grade school teacher collected well known
proverbs. She gave each child in her class
the first half of a proverb and asked them to come
up with the remainder of the proverb.


Better to be safe than punch a 5th grader.

Strike while the bug is close.

It's always darkest before daylight savings time.

Never underestimate the power of termites.

You can lead a horse to water but how?

Don't bite the hand that looks dirty.

No news is impossible.

A miss is as good as a Mr.

You can't teach an old dog new math.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll stink in the morning.

Love all, trust me.

The pen is mightier than the pigs.

An idle mind is the best way to relax.

Where there's smoke there's pollution.

Happy the bride who gets all the presents.

A penny saved is not much.

Two's company, three's the Musketeers.

There are none so blind as Stevie Wonder.

Children should be seen and not spanked or grounded.

If at first you don't succeed get new batteries.

When the blind leadeth the blind get out of the way.

Getting Ready for Sunday 

Sunday's text is Hebrews 10:19-23. The following week we will look at verses 24-25. We will get back to 1 Corinthians (and stay in it) after the church retreat. The reason for studying this Hebrews passage is to lay the foundation for understanding our calling as a church. I want you to be reflecting now, what these verses have to say to us as a congregation. I will be interested to know how your thoughts match my own.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex." "Good >>morning, Pastor," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. "Pastor, what is this?" "Well, son, it's a
memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex's voice was barely audible, trembling with fear, when he asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?"

Brick Removal 

Jeff, Tara, and Jonathan Ward came over yesterday to my home and took away the remaining bricks, over 400 in all. Jeff even recruited a friend from work to help and bring a truck. Despite the efforts of a couple of people in the church (we will not name names), they show no remorse beating out others to get the bricks. Don't forget, I've offered this site to publicize anyone in the church wanting to get rid of or sell items or services, or trying to find something.

Vacation Bible School 

VBS is early this year: June 7-11. Donna Schroeder is in charge. She doesn't have Cindy Keys this year as her partner and would certainly appreciate others stepping forward to lend a hand in the planning.

Mr. Fix-it 

George "Mr. Fix-it" Bowlin repaired my door knob this morning outside my study. I have to note what a practical blessing this man has been to the church. When something needs to be repaired at the church, we call George and the problem is resolved. He does the job right, timely, and even cheerfully.

Dan Peterson gets "honorable mention" as well. Last week, while devoting a lot of time at Lorene's home with practical chores and advice, he still found time to repair an outside sanctuary door (with his able assistant Leon Fox) whose hinge had broken. He came back again and repaired an old problem with the doorframe as well.

Let Us Draw Near 

Take time before Sunday to read Hebrews 10:19-25. This will be the text for the next two Sunday sermons. What I want you to be thinking about is what it means for us as a church to "draw near" to God, to "hold fast the confession of our hope," and to "stir up one another to love and good works." This text gives us the foundation for understanding what we are to be doing as a congregation. "Let us draw near," "let us hold fast, and "let us consider": be praying about these commands to us.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

WIC Supper 

Ladies, do not forget the WIC Salad Supper Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Encouraging Call 

I had a nice call this morning from Vicki Jordan. Most of you remember Tony and Vicki Jordan whose infant daughter, Anni, died in January. She just learned from the funeral home that our church family paid the remaining expenses for the funeral. She wants those who made the contributions to know the family's appreciation. They had hoped to come to the church retreat in May, but will not be able to. Pray for Tony, who is suffering from migraine headaches.

The real reason for her call, though, was to find out Craig Meyers' age. She is sending him a belated birthday card. My guess is he's fifty. Anyone else care to give a guess?

Judy Rogers 

Judy Rogers will be giving a concert at our family retreat, May 7-9. The concert will be Saturday night. To hear some of her music, go to this site: www.judyrogers.com
Roger Carey made me aware of this website that helps us to fulfill scripture's command to pray for our leaders. Click http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/

Church Family 

Last week was a sad time for our church family, losing two of our beloved members. And yet, it was also a shining time when Faith showed the value of having a church family. Both Tracy and Lorene have told me how much the church has meant to them during this time. Many of you have helped them through your calls, cards, and visits, as well as attending the funerals. A few I want to single out. Pat Riddle, Jayne Fox, and Carole Peterson were a dynamic trio seeing that food was provided and other practical ways of helping. Leon Fox and Dan Peterson were with Lorene from the beginning, along with their wives. Gary Houck took care of the facilities for both services. Craig Carter and Bob McIver handled sound. It was a pleasure for me to be able to focus on ministry knowing that "family" was taking care of the other necessities. It also was encouraging to hear from many of you that you were praying for me. I certainly feel the love and support of my family.

Go Figure 

SHOPPING MATH
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need.

GENERAL EQUATIONS & STATISTICS
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

HAPPINESS
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.

To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

MEMORY
Any married man should forget his mistakes, there's no use in two people remembering the same thing.

PROPENSITY TO CHANGE
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Funerals 

Hear is the info for both funerals.
Pat McLeod: Funeral is Friday, 11:30, at Faith. Viewing and visitation will be 10:30-45 at the church. Interment will be at Forest Meadows on 39th Avenue. The family will then return home. Joy Circle is providing lunch.

Paul Junkin: Funeral is Saturday, 11:00 at Faith. Viewing and visitation will be Friday evening, 5-7, at Milam Funeral Home. Interment will be at Forest Meadows. Lorene will then return to the church for a reception.

Lola Hekking is the accompanist for both funerals. Gary Houck is the Duty Officer for both as well.

Daily Devotions 

Thanks to Joffre for leading us through 1 and 2 Samuel. Joe Greer, a PCA minister living in Gainesville, is guiding us in 1 Kings.

At Such Times 

We are to be reminded at such times as this - the loss of two Christian brothers in two days - of the uncommon hope that belongs to the Christian, which is that our destiny is glory. As Christians we are to grieve when we lose our loved ones to death. Death is not natural; it was not our original destiny. And yet the Resurrection of Christ is his statement of victory over death, so that those who die in him find that death is but the entry way into eternal life. I am struck by the number of hymns that make mention of death and the Christian hope. Here are samples:

While I draw this fleeting breath; When mine eyelids close in death; When I soar to worlds unknown; See thee on thy judgement throne; Rock of Ages, cleft for me; Let me hide myself in thee.

I love thee in life, I will love thee in death; And praise thee as long as thou lendest me breath; And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow; If ever I love thee my Jesus t'is now.

Be near me when I'm dying; O show thy cross to me; And to my succor flying, Come, Lord, and set me free; These eyes new faith receiving, From Jesus shall not move;
For he who dies believing, Dies safely through thy love.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell's Destruction, land me safe on Canaan's side.

And when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease; I shall possess within the veil a life of joy and peace.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart; And all is darkened in the vale of tears; Then shall you better know his love, his heart; Who comes to soothe your sorrow and your fears. Be still, my soul: your Jesus can repay from his own fullness all he takes away.

Thursday Answers 

There is no correct answer to give for Tuesday's test. I was labeled as an Evangelical. How were you classified?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Paul Junkin 

I must pass on the news of another death in the church family. Paul Junkin died this afternoon peacefully, yet a complete surprise, in his armchair. A funeral is being planned for Saturday, 11:00, at the church.

McLeod Funeral 

The funeral for Pat McLeod will be Friday, 11:30, at Faith Church. The family will receive visitors from 10:30-11:15 in the Family Life Center. Viewing will be in the sanctuary. Burial will be at Forest Meadows on 39th Avenue.

The Joy Circle is handling food for the family that day after the service in the McLeod home. Pat Riddle is heading that up.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Tuesday Test 

What kind of Christian are you? Try this profile test. Let me know what happens. I'll give what I was classified as on Thursday. Go to http://christianity.about.com/library/weekly/blquiz.htm?PM=ss11_christianity. I'll warn you that you will find it frustrating. Most of the time you will want to mark most or all of the multiple choice answers. Don't take long with it. Answer with the words that seem most natural to you.

Pat McLeod 

With sorrow I pass on the news that our brother Pat McLeod died this morning at home. When we have further news I will pass them on. In recent years Pat was a fixture in the early service, sitting with his wife Tracy on the first seat, last row, on the west side of the aisle. He took charge of the offering. The last couple of years he and Tracy prepared the communion table. Other men will remember him as chief chef of the MIC dinners. Many, many others will remember him as a good friend.

Monday, April 12, 2004

A Joyous Easter 

We had a joyous Easter celebration at the church on Sunday. The deacons and duty officers made sure that every service went smoothly. By the time I drove up at 6:30 a.m. they had everything ready for the sunrise service, including a team to dry the chairs from the morning dew. The sound operators had the sound under control at all the services, including sunrise. I take time to mention this, because all of these men's efforts made the day an enjoyable one for me. I could focus on leading worship and preaching the sermons, because I knew they had all the important but unnoticed details taken care of. Sometime on a Sunday, speak to a deacon, duty officer, or sound operator and thank them for their efforts.

Egg Hunting 

I was invited to the McIvers' famous egg hunt on Saturday. Had a pleasant time and participated in the hunt. To my dismay, I only discovered the prizes available after the hunt. Some of the eggs actually contained money! And I had given away some of my eggs to the children! Why was I not informed a head of time? Then I learned that the prize for finding the gold and silver eggs were gift certificates to Best Buy. No wonder Craig Meyers was fighting off everybody to find them.

Sunday's Highlights 

The resurrection is not a symbol; it is a triumph. It is the victory of battle; again, the crossing of the goal line. The cross tells us that the resurrection is about giving us life, of giving us hope for our own resurrection. The cross tells us that the resurrection is no mere play that we watch as spectators. It tells us the resurrection is the good news that our champion has entered the city held by our enemy and has won our freedom. The resurrection is our proclamation of emancipation. Now we know that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Now we know that our God is reconciled and that we may with confidence draw near to the throne of grace and receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

The resurrection is Christ's message to us that he is with us in our struggles. It is his message that the cross given to us to bear…he has kept his promise to send the Holy Spirit to give us grace and strength necessary to bear it. He knows our struggles; he knows our weakness. All the more we can trust him as our High Priest to intercede for us. He knows how difficult the battle is, but he also knows the victory, the blessing to come.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

"If Thy Beloved Son, O God" 

By Johann Heermann, 1585-1647

1. If Thy beloved Son, O God,
Had not to earth descended
And in our mortal flesh and blood
Had not sin's power ended,
Then this poor, wretched soul of mine
In hell eternally would pine
Because of its transgression.

2. But now I find sweet peace and rest,
Despair no more reigns o'er me;
No more am I by sin opprest,
For Christ has borne sin for me.
Upon the cross for me He died
That, reconciled, I might abide
With Thee, my God, forever.

3. I trust in Him with all my heart;
Now all my sorrow ceases;
His words abiding peace impart,
His blood from guilt releases.
Free grace through Him I now obtain;
He washes me from every stain,
And pure I stand before Him.

4. All righteousness by works is vain,
The Law brings condemnation;
True righteousness by faith I gain,
Christ's work is my salvation.
His death, that perfect sacrifice,
Has paid the all-sufficient price;
In Him my hope is anchored.

5. My guilt, O Father, Thou hast laid
On Christ, Thy Son, my Savior.
Lord Jesus, Thou my debt hast paid
And gained for me God's favor.
O Holy Ghost, Thou Fount of grace,
The good in me to Thee I trace;
In faith do Thou preserve me.

Books on Tape 

If you have not tried it yet, let me recommend reading books on tape (or cd). Car travel has become a pleasant experience, even stopping at red lights or getting caught in a traffic jam. Just picked up another of James Herriot's books of delightful stories about an English country veterinarian. A good reader, such as the reader for this book, makes the listening experience a pleasure. I would be interested to hear what others of you are listening to or reading right now. Hit the "Comments" section.

Game Night 

Whom are you bringing for Game Night tomorrow night? Food begins at 6:00.

Maunday Thursday Service 

The Maunday Thursday service is tonight at 7:00. Christ Community and Grace Community churches will be joining us. Rob Pendley and Ty Keys will participate. I will add one more group of people to consider in the Who is Responsible? series - the crowd.

Thursday Answers 

Can you match the following exerpts with the above persons?

1. "They want it all. They want the religion without the obligations. They want to be connected with the divine without the divine encroaching upon their authority. They want pleasure without responsibility." Herod

2. "If ____ proves that one can be good enough to be saved, then the crucifixion truly is a sign of foolishness and barbarity." Mary

3. "There will be times that you fail to speak up for Christ or fail to speak in his spirit. There will be times when you will speak in the name of Christ and dishonor him because of what you say. You will fail, but your failure cannot strain God’s mercy." Disciples

4. "We might point to the failure of Jewish justice by the religious leaders; we might point to the failure of Roman justice by Pilate; but ultimately Jesus went to the cross so that divine justice would be properly satisfied." God the Father

5. "They were the ones devoted to the study of the law, to its interpretation and enactment. But what they could not do is the hardest job of all, and that is to examine their own hearts by the light of the law." Religious leaders

6. "His dilemma was not that truth is hard to know, but that it is hard to confess. It can be costly to hold, but even costlier is to let it go. How valuable is eternal life? That is the real question that everyone must answer." Pilate

7. "Do you not fear God, since we are all under the same sentence of condemnation? That is the question for us all, for we are all born under the same sentence of condemnation. All of us fall short of the glory of God. All of us stand in need of redemption." The thieves

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Guest Preacher 

Laurie Vidal, former pastor of Faith Church, will preach at the morning services on April 18. Laurie is now a chaplain ministering among Water Racing professionals. He also leads a discipling ministry for men.

Church Activities 

Thursday: Maunday Thursday service, 7:00 p.m.
Friday: Game Night, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m.
..............Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.
..............Early Service, 8:30 a.m.
..............Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
..............Late Service, 11:00 a.m.
..............Evening Service, 6:00 p.m.

Waiting to Happen 

An accident is waiting to happen at our church exit. Don't let it be you. Coming into the church from either direction, turn on your turn signal early and slow down more than usual. The entrance sneaks up on you. Your biggest concern is the car behind you who does not see the entrance and is not expecting you to nearly stop, which you have to do.

Getting out is difficult. Barriers make it hard to see in either direction. If there is much traffic, the safest thing to do is to turn right, go down the road and make a U-turn if you need to head east.

Tuesday Test 

Who is my star sermon listener? My sermon series has covered the disciples, the religious leaders, Herod, Pilate, the thieves, Mary, and God the Father. Can you match the following exerpts with the above persons?

1. "They want it all. They want the religion without the obligations. They want to be connected with the divine without the divine encroaching upon their authority. They want pleasure without responsibility."

2. "If ____ proves that one can be good enough to be saved, then the crucifixion truly is a sign of foolishness and barbarity."

3. "There will be times that you fail to speak up for Christ or fail to speak in his spirit. There will be times when you will speak in the name of Christ and dishonor him because of what you say. You will fail, but your failure cannot strain God’s mercy."

4. "We might point to the failure of Jewish justice by the religious leaders; we might point to the failure of Roman justice by Pilate; but ultimately Jesus went to the cross so that divine justice would be properly satisfied."

5. "They were the ones devoted to the study of the law, to its interpretation and enactment. But what they could not do is the hardest job of all, and that is to examine their own hearts by the light of the law."

6. "His dilemma was not that truth is hard to know, but that it is hard to confess. It can be costly to hold, but even costlier is to let it go. How valuable is eternal life? That is the real question that everyone must answer."

7. "Do you not fear God, since we are all under the same sentence of condemnation? That is the question for us all, for we are all born under the same sentence of condemnation. All of us fall short of the glory of God. All of us stand in need of redemption."

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Sunday's Highlights 

It is we who know we are sinners; we who know we have no hope based on our lovability; we who know and value God being a holy and just God; who know that Christ, the Son of God, died for us by his own free will and his love for us and even greater love for his Father; it is we who believe Scripture, all of Scripture; it is we, then, who, as the prayer of Ephesians 3:18-19 says, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

If you don’t know such love of Christ and of the Father. If you wonder what all the fuss is about regarding your sin; if you are mad at such a God that would condemn you; then my prayer for you is that you be given the eyes to see such mercy and love that are more profound than “are dreamt of in your philosophy.” For what you cannot have, what you cannot experience with your “nice” God is the grace of God who so loved the world that he gave he only begotten, his dearly beloved, Son to save whoever would believe in him.
May you come to know truly God’s love.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Gutting Golgotha 

This poem was posted in PCAnews.com, the web magazine of the PCA.

Gutting Golgotha


"My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"
This is not a question hanging in the air
but an agonizing scream as the sovereign mighty God
tips the bitter, brimming cup of His wrath
completely over His suspended Son.


The ground erupts with exploding rocks.
The Temple veil is ripped top to bottom.
Graves fly open
as a palatable darkness shrouds the earth.
Heaven expectantly watches.
Hell drops by for a visit.


"It is finished."
This is not a three-word sentence
mumbled by a dying man
fastened to a torture stake
but a ringing declaration of eternal truth
shouted by the triumphant Son.


The earth lies quietly waiting.
The veil exposes its' wound.
Heaven explodes with joy.
Hell slinks away defeated.
Golgotha is gutted.


And Easter morn is yet to come.


by Jane Lear, member of Northeast Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C.

Getting Ready for Sunday 

We come to the last of the series on Who is Responsible for Jesus' Death? This Sunday we consider "The Father," i.e. God the Father. The text will be Isaiah 52:13-53:10. It would be helpful to you to read all of chapters 52 and 53. I don't have time in the sermon to cover all the scripture verses I would like. What I cut out are Hebrews 10:5-7 and 12:2. I would have used these with other verses explaining that Jesus freely and gladly became our sacrifice. I encourage you to read them as well.

Dip Repair 

Road construction is going on in front of the church and will be for over a month. You can only enter the church by driving westbound, and only leave by turning right out of the church. On both sides of the road, there is only single lane traffic. I travel east to get home. I turn right, then make a U-turn at the second median break after passing the barriers. If I use the first break, I found that I cannot see oncoming traffic.

What, you may ask, is the purpose of this construction? To fix a dip. The next time you leave the church, look to the left. You will see a dip in the road where our property line meets the woods. If you walk over to the woods, you will see that it is swamp land. My guess is there is a concern that the road is sinking. The workers will tear up the road, drive in pylons, then rebuilt the road. Right now, they are removing the median so as to move all traffic to the other side of the street.

Remember, you heard the news first from "Clark News."

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Voices of Easter 

This was faxed to the church. I don't know anything about it, though it does look intriguing. It was sent from Carol Valasques. If anyone can tell me anything about this, write it in the Comments at the bottom.

From April 9-11, in celebration of Easter, Steve's Cafe Americain Dinner Theatre proudly presents a special performance of "Voices of Easter," written by Dr. Woodrow Kroll & Keith Ghormley and directed by Bob Woods. I am writing to personally extend an invitation to you, your family, and your congregation to share in what promieses to be an exciting and spiritually uplifting evening of theatre.

"In Christ's hours of dark sorrow, from his arrest in the garden to his agonizing death on the cross, friends, and followers abandoned him and foes assailed him. Yet voices of faith and adoration were still heard among the uncelebrated players in the Easter story - a common criminal, a Roman soldier and a weary traveler. The Easter story demands a verdict. Ambivalence toward Jesus, as Pilate learned, is unbelief. Will you join the voices of Mary Magdalene, Cleopas, Thomas and others, and recognize that Jesus is the risen Lord, the Savior of sinful man? Like Peter, you will discover that Jesus longs to offer you forgviness and a second chance."

At Steve's Cafe Americain Dinner Theater, located at 12 W. University Avenue, a sumptuous gourmet meal is always part of the total entertainment experience and our special Easter production is no exception. A full buffet style gourmet dinner will be served 45 minutes before the curtain rises for each show. Please join us for powerful performances and great gospel music to remind each of us of the reason for the season.

Thursday Answers 

1. John Wesley is credited with founding a movement that became this
denomination named for his systematic approach to spiritual life. Methodist
2. The English say Anglican; the Americans say... Episcopal
3. This church's name obviously comes from this German reformer. Lutheran
4. Mostly found in New England, this church's name comes from its form of
government which is very similar to that of Baptists. Congregationalists
5. Count Zinzendorf was a leader in this movement which was known for evangelism
and missionary zeal; many of the followers settled in Bethlehem and Nazareth
(towns in Pennsylvania). Moravian
6. This denomination points to the pentecostal revivals at the turn of the 20th
century as its beginnings. It is probably the largest of the pentecostal churches. Assemblies of God
7. It was organized in 1845 in Augusta, GA and has become the largest Protestant
American denomination. Southern Baptist
8. Whatever offshoot they may be, they look back to John Knox as their father. Presbyterian
9. This "world-wide" church's story is perhaps the most amazing of all. Founded on
unorthodox teachings and once regarded as cultic, it became orthodox in the
1990s. World-Wide Church of God
10. This African-American denomination was formed in the early 1800s in
Philadelphia as an offshoot of the Methodist Church. African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.)

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