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Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
--2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

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Smoked Chicken Fundraiser - April 20

We continue to whiddle down our disafiliation loan with our offerings and fundraisers. The next fundraiser is Saturday, April 20 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (or until it's gone!). Plates include smoked chicken, green beans, slaw, roll, choice of homemade dessert with tea, coffee, or water. Take out or Eat in. Donations requested. Proceeds will go toward paying off the loan we acquired to exit the UMC. We thank you for your continuted support.

April Newsletter pdf is now online.

 

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Quote to Ponder

"Moral truth is an elixir that can revive the soul and strengthen the body.  It is a cup of water that can be passed from one person to the next without ever needing refilling.  Truth and virtue grow hope and purpose in once barren lands." 

American Thinker article, A Time for Good People to Fight Back.

 

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For Meditation

Excellent article and I concur that only the next Great Awakening can save the promise that America has always held. However, there have been three (maybe four, depending on how counted) Great Awakenings in America. These can be a bit confusing because the 3+ have been RELIGIOUS awakenings, however, they have been accompanied by POLITICAL awakenings that occur somewhat simultaneously.

Just study the history of the Israelites in the Old Testament to see how God's hand protected and guided the Jews, then they got prosperous with no war/conflict, then they turned their back on God, He steps aside, they face tremendous crises looking like the end, they get on their knees (almost always led by a man of God) and pray. God hears their repentance and saves them. Then the cycle starts again - wash, rinse, repeat.

The 3 acknowledged Great Awakenings are the two you list: mid 1700s - Jonathan Edwards, etc - Christian revival that fed the power for the people to toss off British domination by the end of the Century. It only lasted about 15 years and saw the first mass adoption of Christianity by Blacks. It fed the Second.

The Second was late 1700s thru mid 1800's. In addition to massive religious growth and influence, it was the ground swell for women's rights, abolition, and temperance, the latter because of the negative affects alcohol was having on the family structure.

Third was 1850s into the 1900s - Dwight L Moody's efforts saw a large increase in religious growth, the founding of the YMCA. The fourth awakening is debatable, but is considered to be generally the "Jesus Movement" of the late 1960s to about 2000, and saw the general decline of mainline Protestant denominations and a large growth of Southern Baptist and Missouri Synod Lutherans. There is more to detail here, space is limited, but each of the religious awakenings also had a major impact on not just the religious denominational structure, but on the political policies and structures.

My prayer IS that we see the spark of events such as Asbury reaches a new 'flashover point' and we see a national revival. While it will start religiously (again) this time, it will spill over into people who aren't specifically religious but revolt against the Marxist, leftist, progressive repression and socially evil policies we've seen in the last decade with the gender movements, teaching of CRT, etc. The bad news is that it will be a cathartic event.

The biggest problem is these awakenings get the fires of family, patriotism, and morality burning brightly, but then tend to die out in 20 or so years.

Just like the OT Israelites. From comment section on American Thinker. Com.

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Mini-Bible Lesson #82: The Rising

References: Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV)
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:5-6 NIV)
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:4-8 NIV
So she (Mary Magdalene) came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb…Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) John 20:2-3, 6-9 NIV

With the rising of the sun, the greatest miracle of all occurred: Jesus, who had been crucified, rose from his death bed, and changed a tragedy into the greatest victory over sin and death ever. Angels opened up his tomb; Jesus opened up the door to heaven to those who believe in him. Satan and his demons, and the men who had arranged Jesus’ cruel death were laughing and declaring victory over this troublesome man (as the men thought he was) and over this Son of God (as Satan and the demons knew him to be) just two days before. All for nought. The men would soon have all their power and prestige and wealth they were clinging to taken away; Satan and his demons, likewise, saw that their days of power and ruling over the earth were diminished and numbered.

Read all the accounts of the different gospels about Jesus rising from the dead. There are differences, which are normal for eyewitness testimony. And how many eyewitnesses have seen a dead man rise? The shock must have been extreme. It was a joyous occurrence, but also frightening and stupefying. How could this be?

We have lived all our lives hearing about Jesus rising from the dead. They had only recently heard about people being raised from the dead since Jesus had been on the earth. This was not expected, not normal, not how they thought it was supposed to be. Their conquering Messiah had become a literal sacrifice. Then he had risen from the dead!

And, as you read on, you find that, though he retained some scars from his ordeal, he did not appear dead, but very much alive and healthy. What kind of man is this? He is the God/Man. He is the Savior of all people that accept his call to belief and discipleship. His ultimate sacrifice showed everyone who has “eyes to see and ears to hear” the message of God’s great love for humans, created in his image, and for his glory. Praise and glory be to God the Father, who sent God the Son to pay the price we owed for our rebellion against our Creator, and soon sent God the Holy Spirit to pull us into his circle of love and guide us in our devotion to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Have a glorious joyful Easter celebration of our Lord’s amazing resurrection. And praise His Holy Name for raising us up from the grave of sin we dwelt in before accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

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Special Resources

The picture below is our new Resource Room with books, dvds, videos, and a TV screen (not shown in photo). Individuals are encouraged to take resources home for Bible study or reading; and classes can use the room to show videos related to their studies. We would appreciate donations of books or dvds, especially for young children for this collection.

 

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Ongoing Collections - Updated - 10/09/2023

CCC & TI Food Pantry Collection - Yearly in April

Throughout the month of April, we will be collecting single serve, microwaveable or ready-to-eat items for students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Suggested items: single serve Ramen Noodles, macaroni and cheese, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, cookies, single serve canned meats, etc.

Oakhill Backpack Ministry

We are beginning to collect single serve, easy to microwave or use food items to send home with needy children, such as, fruit cups, mac and cheese, snacks, noodles, etc. The children will receive a backpack of these items to take home on the weekends, and use for themselves and their families. Put the items in the old fellowship hall. We thank you for helping.

Local Schools Supply Closet

We continue to collect items for our local teachers.This ministry provides items for teachers and their students that they cannot obtain through the regular budget.

They include the following: Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, facial tissues, sharpies, dry board markers highlighters, black/blue/red ink pens, colored pencils, glue sticks, composition books and notebook paper (wide and college ruled), crayons, scissors (children's type), index cards, construction paper, pencil sharpeners, sheet protectors, file folders, large and small legal pads, white out, paper clips, staples, pencil pouches, markers, rulers, ring binders, card stock white/assorted, 3 ring note books, large and small pencil top erasers, and post it notes.

South Caldwell Christian Ministries

We are collecting non-perishable food and clean used clothing in good condition that will be taken to South Caldwell Christian Ministries. You may leave the items at the church on Sundays or during normal office hours (8:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday).

We thank you for helping us to minister to the needs of our community.

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