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The Obituary of all time-Someone else

31 Oct

Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.
Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did
far more than a normal person‘s share of the work.
Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list, “Let Someone Else do it.” Whenever
leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; “Someone Else can work with that group.”

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed
Someone Else would make up the difference.
Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone
Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? When you are asked to
help this year, remember – we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.

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Your failures do not define you

26 Oct

What happens when people act in direct opposition to what they know is right? This activity happens on a number of levels. When a person who’s trying hard to lose weight consistently binges on pizza and ice cream, disappointment ensues. When an individual commits a crime, victims suffer and the perpetrator risks jail time. When a husband or wife chooses to engage in an extramarital affair, the marriage is damaged—sometimes beyond repair—and children suffer the consequences. When a CEO decides to overlook or sometimes even encourage accounting inconsistencies, giant corporations fail, high-level indictments follow and investors lose their savings.

What do all of the scenarios outlined above have in common? Every one of these accounts, as well as countless other failure-filled stories, can trace its origin to the book of Genesis. Today’s reading gives us a glimpse of the first failure to follow a direct command from God and the devastating results of that failure. We see the repercussions of this disobedience reflected in the daily news—and, if we’re honest, reflected in our own darkened hearts.

At first, Adam and Eve were sure of God’s instructions. There was no doubt. They knew exactly what God wanted because they received their marching orders straight from the Creator himself. Still, a simple challenge (“Did God really say …?”) from the serpent shook Eve’s confidence to the core. Once she questioned what she knew to be true, she became vulnerable to Satan’s temptation. When she and Adam then acted in violation of God’s direct command, sin invaded what had been an unimaginably perfect paradise.

Spiritually speaking, what are you sure of beyond the shadow of a doubt? What do you know to be true? Where does your certainty come from? These are important questions to answer because you face tests every day that can undermine your Biblical marching orders. People may question your mental capacity: “How can an educated person believe in intelligent design when there’s so much evidence to support evolution?” Others may accuse you of being narrow-minded: “How can you say Jesus is the only way to God?” Some may appeal to your sense of freedom: “Doesn’t God want you to have any fun?” Still others might attack the source of your trust: “The Bible is full of inconsistencies, and you’re choosing to base your life on this book?”

How prepared are you for the assaults that will come your way? Do you have a tight grip on God’s truth? Think about this today: How will God’s truth impact your actions—from the time you set foot on the floor in the morning to the minute you go to bed tonight?

To Take Away

  • What are your core faith beliefs—the spiritual truths you are sure of? Take a minute and write down three or four statements that sum up these truths.
  • When was the last time someone challenged your faith? How did it affect you?
  • How did you respond to the challenge? What would you do differently next time?

Read Genesis 3:1-15

If I were the Devil

24 Oct

If I were the Devil I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a law suit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young;

I would get sports heroes to take on the job to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family, the backbone of any nation;

I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable…..If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;

I would try to convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

Paul Harvey………….Good Day.

Christian Cheerleaders win

20 Oct
By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter
October 19, 2012|2:29 pm

A judge has issued a temporary injunction allowing for a Texas high school cheerleading squad to display banners with Bible verses on them during football games.District Judge Steve Thomas issued the injunction Thursday on behalf of the cheerleaders at Kountze High School, where officials had previously barred such banners in response to complaints from church-state watchdog groups.

“If the temporary injunction is not issued, the Defendants’ unlawful policy prohibiting private religious expression will remain in effect and the Plaintiffs will be prohibited from exercising their constitutional and statutory rights at all football games and other school sporting events,” wrote Thomas.

“The Plaintiffs wish to engage in religious expression at sporting events in the future, including the remaining football games; therefore, the harm to their constitutional and statutory rights is imminent.”

Kevin Weldon, superintendent of the Kountze Independent School District, said in a statement that his district “works hard to foster an atmosphere that values the voices and opinions of all students, teachers and the community.”

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to explain the district’s position regarding this matter in court, recognizing that Kountze ISD must follow all applicable laws in its operations, even if this practice is at times in conflict with personal beliefs of administrators and board members,” said Weldon.

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“Judge Thomas has issued an order granting the Plaintiffs’ application for temporary injunction. With this phase of the court case completed, the district will continue to focus on the important business of education, which must be our top priority.”

Last month, the Kountze School District ordered cheerleaders to halt their display of banners at games that included Bible verses. Their decision came in response to a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“You must take immediate action to stop these religious banners from being part of school-sponsored events. It is illegal for a public school to organize, sponsor or lead religious messages at school athletic events,” wrote Stephanie Schmitt of FFRF.

The judge’s decision came not long after Texas Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott announced their support for the Kountze High School cheerleaders.

“We’re a nation that’s built on the concept of free expression of ideas,” said Perry in a statement on Wednesday.

“We’re also a culture built upon the concept that the original law is God’s law, outlined in the Ten Commandments. If you think about it, the Kountze cheerleaders simply wanted to call a little attention to their faith and to their Lord.”

In response to Thursday’s decision Abbott stated that this was a success for students who want to express their religious beliefs.

“The Constitution has never demanded that students check their religious beliefs at the schoolhouse door,” said Abbott. “Students’ ability to express their religious views adds to the diversity of thought that has made this country so strong.”

The injunction against the school district’s barring of biblical banners will remain in effect for the duration of school year. The case will go to trial on June 24 of next year.