June 16 Bulletin
“The Word is Quick, Powerful, Sharp”
Expect the Unexpected !
Impact Hour streams live at 10 am
Sermon streams live at about 11:45 am
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9:00 am—Music and Prayer with Worship Team
10:00 am—Impact Hour with Del Lewis
"False Teachers" 4
11:00 am—Worship for all ages
Celebration of birthdays and anniversaries
11:30 am—Morning Message from Pastor Clay Stidham
“A Lesson from the 23rd Psalm”
1 Peter 2:25
12:15 pm—Commitment and Dismissal
12:30 pm —Pot Luck at Fool Hollow Bluebird Ramada
June 17—Monday Marys Dolly Peck Farewell Party 10 am
June 26—Men’s Bible Study 7 pm at Office
June 21—Open Bible study at the Office 7 pm
June 24—Hopeful Treasures Truck 8 am
June 24—JLA Lunch 11 am behind Lakeside Library
July 3—water bottle labeling at noon Cal. Baptist
July 4—parade 7:15 at NPC
July 24-28—Father/Son campout at Luna Lake
In the News
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Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned for two years in Turkey before the Trump administration helped free him in October, told the Southern Baptist Convention Monday night he believes the next generation is going to experience more intense Christian persecution.
The North Carolina native missionary warned the thousands of pastors gathered in Birmingham, Ala. to be prepared.
Brunson, who prayed for President Trump in the Oval Office upon his return to U.S. soil, opened his remarks on a "Blessed are those who are Persecuted for Righteousness" panel by asking those in the crowd to raise their hands if they prayed for him so he could thank them and point to the importance of those prayers for the nation of Turkey overall.
"Your prayers sustained both me and my wife," Brunson told them. "The Lord just made me a magnet for prayer, and I think someday you're going to see that it was really something tremendous that God was doing."
The evangelical pastor shared that he was suicidal during the two-year imprisonment but was sustained through Bible reading and prayer, especially from his wife, Norine. Brunson shared that the Lord spoke to him in 2009 about warned him that in Turkey difficult times were ahead.
"I don't think that we're prepared for what is coming," Brunson added. "Especially the next generation, I fear that many of us are complacent and we're unaware and this means that the people in our churches are going to be blindsided by what comes. You are the ones as pastors and leaders of churches who have the task of preparing the next generation."
The missionary of 23 years in Turkey was arrested and charged with terrorism and espionage and accused of "Christianization," which was deemed a "hostile act." He told his fellow pastors that persecution is nothing new but they must be prepared for it.
"Many of you are going to have the opportunity to stand in that line of suffering and you have to prepare yourself for that," Brunson said.
Brunson explained that his time in prison "tested my love for God," but that he resolved never to compromise his relationship with God.
"I made a decision towards the end of my first year in prison that was a turning point for me. I decided that I am going to fight for my relationship with God. If I lose my intimacy, my closeness to Him, then I've lost everything."
The SBC annual meeting concludes Wednesday night with a panel on sexual abuse, a topic at the forefront of this year's meeting, as membership has been steadily declining among the 47,000 churches in the denomination.
Word for Worship
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)
Who are these mysterious “watchers” who are so concerned that we know that “the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1), sometimes even including the “basest of men”? They are mentioned in the Bible only here in the fourth chapter of Daniel (see also vv. 13, 23), all three times evidently synonymous with “the holy ones,” beings who come down from heaven. Such phrases could apply only to angels, created to serve the Lord and the “heirs of salvation” (Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:14).
The word is used here in reference to Nebuchadnezzar’s vision and period of insanity. Although it is used nowhere else in the Bible, it occurs frequently in such apocryphal books as Jubilees and Enoch, where it refers both to God’s holy angels and to the fallen angels, who have direct interest in people on Earth as they “watch” them—even on occasion directly controlling events that affect them.
In any case, the Bible does indicate that “the angels desire to look into” the outworking of the gospel in the hearts of men (1 Peter 1:12), and that “unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10). Children, as well as adult believers, also seem to have guardian angels who “watch” them (Matthew 18:10; Acts 12:9-15).
This is a mysterious subject because we cannot see these “watchers,” but we at least need to know they are there. In fact, we can praise God that “the angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Psalm 34:7). HMM