Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Romans 12:17-19
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There are times when it is difficult to be a Christian.
One of those times was covered in the news a week or so ago. It seems a Shiner, Texas, family was having a get-together for friends and family. Most people were outside the house while the family's four-year-old daughter and a 47-year-old family acquaintance were inside.
The girl's father ran into the house when he heard his daughter scream. There he found the guest trying to molest his child. The father stopped the molestation by hitting the man. He hit the man hard enough and long enough that the man died.
Looking back on what he did, the father says he feels terrible. It was not his intent to kill. Evaluating the event (as of this writing), the police have not arrested the dad. Although the investigation continues, they have said, "You have a right to defend your daughter."
Every father and mother who has read that story has stopped and asked, "What would I have done in that man's situation?" Christian parents, knowing that God has told us to pray for our enemies and avoid taking vengeance, must add that compelling factor to their consideration.
There are times when it is difficult to be a Christian.
As a father with two daughters, I hope I would have stopped the incident and turned the man over to the authorities. That's what I hope I would have done.
But I am a father, and I have a temper, and I know that sometimes such perverts avoid punishment. I am a father and I know that someone who does such a thing once will often repeat his offense a second time and a third and a ....
You understand. Yes, there are times when it is difficult to be a Christian.
This is also why I need God's help in being a good Christian all the time and not just when it's easy, convenient or when I am in control. Like the Savior, I always need to be about the Father's business.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant me the wisdom and faithfulness to follow Your will and not my natural inclinations. This I ask in the Name of Jesus who set His wishes aside, so I might be saved. Amen ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Athaliah? Athaliah was the wife of Jehoram who led a rebellion and was eventually killed because of it.
Sat- worship 5pm Sun- worship 9; Sunday school and Bible class 10:15; worship 11am __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEWS:
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERVICE PROJECT HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY!! KIDS LEAVE FROM CHURCH TO GO TO KEN WAGNER'S HOUSE AT 9:45!!! ICE CREAM SERVED AFTER SERVICE IS COMPLETE!!
All kids who show up for Sunday school this SUnday will get a treat. They will get to go out to Ken Wagner's house (just a mile down the road in Woodrigde subdivision) to clean up his yard of branches, sticks and old leaves. The kids will leave from church around 9:45 and return to church around 10:30 for an ICE CREAM TREAT!!! YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT! ICE CREAM DURING SUNDAYS SCHOOL!
SUNDAY WORSHIP TIME CHANGES THIS SUNDAY!!! EARLY SERVICE BEGINS AT 8:30!!!!!
Hopefully I will see you all here at one of our worship services!!! Even though Summer Vacation is here, don't take a vacation from worship!!!
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE JULY 16-20!!! 5:30-8pm each night!!! Our theme is going to be "Jump In with Jesus"
(Call or email Karin Klaustermeier, Christy Winn, or Naomi Johnson to volunteer to help out or to sign up your kids.)
We will review and learn about some of the many Bible stories that take place in and around water.
Mark your calendars today to attend and to help out if you are able! This is a great fellowship and growing time for all who get involved!!! __________________________________________________________________________________________________ THE CHURCH DIRECTORY WILL BE UPDATED THIS SUMMER If you have a new address or phone number please, please, please call Marilyn and let her know. Or just reply to this email and I will get her the corrected info!! Thank you!! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ MISSION AND SERVICE TRIP TO SOUTHERN INDIANA AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY JULY 8-14 THIS WEEK IS THE LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP!! EVERYONE MUST BE SIGNED UP BY FRIDAY!!!
There is still room for just about anyone to go!!! You need to be 14 years old or be accompanied by a parent.
Please call Pastor at 359-1061 if you want to go! It is going to be a great time.
Accomodations will be a Best Western while we are there.
We are going to be working hard to clean up and repair many people's homes throughout the week!! NO SLACKERS OR LAZY PEOPLE NEED APPLY! There will be plenty for everyone to do regardless of skill level or ability! I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SIGN UP TODAY!!!! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ALPHA CLASS EVERY TUESDAY AT 6:30 PM!!! All are welcome to join us every Tuesday to learn more about our own faith, to learn about the world around us, and to grow in the Spirit and in fellowship with each other. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STEWARDSHIP SPOLIGHT FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE IS Warrenton Community Home Repair Ministry.
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