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October 21,2012 Bulletin

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New Requests:   Jerry Love, Keith Bloomfield Family, Luke Vergne

Continued Requests:   Marlene O’Cull, Gary Iery, Betty Porter

Cancer Patients:  Chris Weddington, Earl Cooper, Tara McCann, Kathy Sower, Edith

Westfall, Alexandra Mason, James Pierce, Jean Kamer, Chris Ross, Kelly Myers, Jim

Hamilton, Lonnie Orcutt, Douglas McCann, Verde Weese, Trippy Bervard

Elderly and Shut Ins and their Families:  Jason Cox, Maxine Soards, Helen Dixon,

Sammy & Gardena Ginn, Flora Wells, Mary June Roe, Mont Kegley,

Johnny Polley, Patty  DuBose, Pauline Chinn, Mabel Bloomfield, Westy Adams

Our Web Prayer Requests, Our Troops, Unspoken Needs, Missionaries, the 

   “Lost”, the Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually Troubled

 

 

 

Birthdays                            October 23                      Dean Ginn

                                               October 23                      Laine Porter

 

 REMINDERS

  Bible Study Tonight — Begin study of the book of Matthew

Women’s Retreat—Saturday—October 27—8:30 Registration begins

 

   The poem explores the issues of color, race, class, religion, prejudice, preference, discrimination, bigotry, racism, classism, poverty, bias, partisan, and a double standard. Topics also covered, include: intolerance, ageism, animosity, antipathy, apartheid, aversion, bad opinion, bias, bigotry, chauvinism, oppression, contemptuousness, detriment, discrimination, disgust, dislike, displeasure, disrelish, enmity, liberty, favoritism, injustice, jaundiced eye, mindset, judgement, misjudgment, narrow-mindedness, one-sidedness, partiality, pique, preconceived notion, preconception, prejudgment, prepossession, racism, repugnance, revulsion, sexism, slant, spleen, tilt, twist, umbrage, unfairness, and xenophobia. Yes, prejudice, prejudice, prejudice…ie, a lack of fairness, impartiality, justness, justice, acceptance, non-judgement and tolerance. Regardless of being black, white, rich, poor, of different skin color, heritage, religion, gender, socail status/class, or age, we’re all brothers and sisters…part of the one human family.

Six humans trapped in happenstance In dark and bitter cold,
Each one possessed a stick of wood, Or so the story’s told.

Their dying fire in need of logs, The first woman held hers back,
For of the faces around the fire, She noticed one was black.

The next man looking across the way Saw not one of his church,
And couldn’t bring himself to give The fire his stick of birch.

The third one sat in tattered clothes. He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use, To warm the idle rich?

Yes, prejudice, prejudice, prejudice…ie, a lack of fairness, impartiality, justness, justice, acceptance, non-judgement and tolerance. Topics also covered, include: intolerance, ageism, animosity, antipathy, apartheid, aversion, bad opinion, bias, bigotry, chauvinism, oppression, contemptuousness, detriment, discrimination, disgust, dislike, displeasure, disrelish, enmity, liberty, favoritism, injustice, jaundiced eye, mindset, judgement, misjudgment, narrow-mindedness, one-sidedness, partiality, pique, preconceived notion, preconception, prejudgment, prepossession, racism, repugnance, revulsion, sexism, slant, spleen, tilt, twist, umbrage, unfairness, and xenophobia. Regardless of being black, white, rich, poor, of different skin color, heritage, religion, gender, socail status/class, or age, we’re all brothers and sisters…part of the one human family. The poem explores the issues of color, race, class, religion, prejudice, preference, discrimination, bigotry, racism, classism, poverty, bias, partisan, and a double standard.

The rich man just sat back and thought Of the wealth he had in store,
And how to keep what he had earned, From the lazy, shiftless poor.

The black man’s face bespoke revenge As the fire passed from sight,
For all he saw in his stick of wood Was a chance to spite the white.

The last man of this forlorn group Did naught except for gain,
Giving only to those who gave, Was how he played the game.

The logs held tight in death’s still hands, Was proof of human sin,
They didn’t die from the cold without, They died from the cold within.

- by James Patrick Kinney -

 The Affluent Poor

You cannot save yourself. Not through the right rituals. Not through the right doctrine. Not through the right devotion. Not through the right goose bumps. Jesus is crystal clear. It is impossible for human beings to save themselves.
Jesus doesn’t say improbable. He doesn’t say unlikely. He doesn’t even say it will be tough. He says it is impossible to save yourself. No chance. No way. No loopholes. No hope. Impossible. It’s impossible to swim the Pacific. It’s impossible to go to the moon on the tail of a kite. You can’t climb Mount Everest with a picnic basket and a walking stick. And unless somebody does something, you don’t have a chance of going to heaven.
Does that strike you as cold? All your life you’ve been rewarded according to your performance. You get grades according to your study. You get commendations according to your success. You get money in response to your work.
That’s why the rich young ruler thought heaven was just a payment away. It only made sense. You work hard, you pay your dues, and “zap” your account is credited as paid in full. Jesus says, “No way.” What you want costs far more than what you can pay. You don’t need a system, you need a Savior. You don’t need a resume, you need a Redeemer. For “what is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
You see, it wasn’t the money that hindered the rich man; it was the self-sufficiency. It wasn’t the possessions; it was the pomp. It wasn’t the big bucks; it was the big head. “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23). It’s not just the rich who have difficulty. So do the educated, the strong, the good-looking, the popular, the religious. So do you if you think your piety or power qualifies you as a kingdom candidate.
You don’t impress the officials at NASA with a paper airplane. You don’t boast about your crayon sketches in the presence of Picasso. You don’t claim equality with Einstein because you can write “H2O.”
And you don’t boast about your goodness in the presence of the Perfect.
HOW THIRSTY

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” In South Africa I have heard that you can sometimes see an amazing sight; deer defying lions in order to drink at the river. Their thirst will not be denied. They must have water or die.

Spiritually as Christians we are either moving forward or moving backwards. There is no status quo for the child of God. In our own lives there will be spiritual starvation unless we have a continual intake of the spiritual, such as: the Word of God; prayer; and, fellowship with other Christians. The question we should ask ourselves is how thirsty are we? Are we thirsty enough to defy that old lion, the devil, who is going to and fro across this world seeking whom he may desire? Are we thirsty enough to go to church this Sunday? Are we thirsty enough to wake up each day and spend some time reading God’s Word and praying? Are we thirsty enough to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him?

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