"Immanuel: God is With Us"
9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team
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Sermon streams live at about 11:45 am
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10:00 am—Impact Hour: Del Lewis
“Searching and Finding Purpose in our Walk With God” session 4
11:00 am—Worship for all ages
11:30 am—Children’s Church and Nursery meet in Creekview Room
Welcome Special Speaker Lance Renfro from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
Morning Message: Pastor Clay Stidham
12:15 pm — Commitment and Dismissal
1:00 pm Council meeting at the office
August 7—Young Life Prayer/planning at Office 6 pm
August 10—Prayer Meeting at home of Arnie Abrams 7-8 pm
August 11—Benefit concert 4 pm at White Mountain Bible Church $10 per person for Operation Christmas Child
August 12—I-Teen 11:45 am in Hampton breakfast area
August 13—Monday Marys fellowship 10 am at Ebert home
August 15—Men’s Bible Study 7 pm at Office
In the News
The two stories below were in the news this past week. The story about Catholic Charities and foster homes demonstrates a method of targeting faith-based agencies and putting them out of business. Although the agency might win in court, the cost can be devastating. The First Amendment must be continually defended.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The second story uncovers grants awarded by the NIH to a company developing "Health apps" for two targeted populations. Not very long ago, the behaviors described were considerd deviant and unhealthy. Certainly not worthy of government taxpayer supported funding.
These stories demonstrate the power of the judiciary to shape our culture. Once behavior gains legal protection in court, any refusal to embrace and accept the behavior is defined as bigotry. Christians who seek to live according to a biblical worldview can expect to be required to comply with government directives or face the consequences of being labeled as bigots and prosecuted accordingly. NS
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With Foster Homes Idle and Children Languishing, Catholic Agency Fights Back Against Philadelphia LGBT Policy Barring It
Although at least 250 children in Philadelphia are in need of foster homes, 35 homes willing to take them in are still waiting—and the private religious charity that could bring them together is fighting back against a city that doesn’t want its help.
After a 50-year relationship with Catholic Social Services, the city decided to end the latter’s role in foster care referrals in March and is threatening to terminate its relationship with the leading provider of social services in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But the private social services agency has taken the city to court over it.
“[The city of Philadelphia made this decision] because of Catholic Social Services’ religious beliefs regarding marriage,” Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a recent conference call for the press. Becket is a nonprofit public interest law firm that defends the freedom of religion.
While Catholic Social Services does not require applicants to be Catholic, applicants do have to be married, although single parents are eligible if the birth parent of the child is OK with it. Its website does not specify sexual-orientation requirements for applicants.
“Although there is no evidence that any person has ever been harmed by those religious beliefs, the city has chosen some particularly punitive actions,” said Windham. “Unless there is urgent court action to protect these plaintiffs’ rights, then Catholic Social Services will have to begin the process of shutting down.”
Caution: This story contains disturbing information that may not be appropriate for all readers or all ages
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dfusion, inc., a "science-based" technology company based in California, received the funding for two apps...
The researchers said their app will fill a "problematic" lack of health apps for their target audience. They hope their app serves as an alternative for gay black teenagers, who they say, "often rely on older partners, the internet, and porn for education."
The project began in 2015 with $224,838 from taxpayers, which was used for focus groups and to develop the app prototype.
Word for Worship
Israel Resists the Holy Spirit
51 “You stiff-necked[g] and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53 who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”
Stephen the Martyr
54 When they heard these things they were [h]cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.