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Ninth Sunday of Pentecost-July15

12 Jul

Personal Witness Up until the middle of the last century, the church was often the center of the community. It held Vacation Bible Schools, church dinners, and concerts where many in the community attended. However, few outside the church attend church activities today. If the church is to reach the lost, it must go where they are. In addition, church members must be trained to reach out to those around them and establish contacts that will enable them to recognize needs and respond to them. The early church attracted new members as they saw the love they had for each other and those around them. The church today has isolated itself and does not provide opportunities for unbelievers to see that love.

 

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost-July 15th

12 Jul

Personal Witness Up until the middle of the last century, the church was often the center of the community. It held Vacation Bible Schools, church dinners, and concerts where many in the community attended. However, few outside the church attend church activities today. If the church is to reach the lost, it must go where they are. In addition, church members must be trained to reach out to those around them and establish contacts that will enable them to recognize needs and respond to them. The early church attracted new members as they saw the love they had for each other and those around them. The church today has isolated itself and does not provide

 

Politics-A-P

12 Jul

We are seeing how far liberal politicians will go to hide their actions from the public. The State of Montana has been trying to force the National Association of Gun Rights to turn over a complete list of it members and supporters opening them up to harassment and intimidation by those who want to ban the use of guns. This is similar to the action that occurred  in Texas where the State tried to force pastors to turn over copies of their sermons. It is sad that Americans have to go to the Supreme Court to secure their basic right of freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution. Liberals are using their positions as government officials, supported by taxpayer money, to launch lawsuits against conservative organizations requiring them to use money donated by their supporters to defend themselves against frivolous lawsuits designed to drain their treasuries and prevent them from exposing the corruption in their government. They are being aided by liberal judges  who have no respect for the rule of law and use their position to push their liberal agenda. Its time voters wake up and vote liberal legislators and judges out of office.

 

 
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Immigration-II-B

10 Jul

Liberals plead for mercy for the poor illegal immigrants but letting people freely cross the border without registering hurts them as well as us. Many of the current immigration policies hurt not only those who come, but their children as well.  The booklet is a factual look at what is best for those coming into our country and how we should shape our immigration policies to help them.  See it and other books, booklets, and videos available on our website neighborhoodministries.net.

 
 

Eighth Sunday of Pentecost-July 8

08 Jul

Fishers of Men-Christ told His disciples, if they would follow Him, He would make them fishers of men. His admonition was not only for the disciples, but for all who would follow Him. The pastor has very few contacts outside the church so he has little opportunity to draw people into the church. The members however, are in constant contact with those who have no contact with a church at work, at school, as they shop, and as they interact with their neighbors. AS those around us see the change that takes place in us, and how we differ from unbelievers, they will be led to seek the source of that difference. It will open an opportunity for members to invite them to church and show them the source that can make a difference in their life.

 

Homelessness-A

06 Jul

Many think of the homeless the way I found them in the early 1960’s. My church sent several of us teens to Detroit’s Skid Row to see the effect of alcoholism first hand. It was a bright, sunny day, yet as we walked the street, it seemed like a darkness hung over everything. There were only three kinds of buildings, bars, pawn shops, and abandoned buildings, their windows busted out and their floors littered with broken glass and beer bottles indicating that the homeless often sought shelter there from the rain and the cold. Some people wandered aimlessly while others slept, curled up in doorways and alleys. A scattering of patrons wandered in and out of the bars, catching a few drinks with friends before heading elsewhere. As we neared the end of the street, we found a large old building, a bright Salvation Army shield hung over the door. Inside we were met by a small gray haired lady, her bright blue officer’s uniform a welcome sight to those we had seen. She led us to the chapel where she led us in a couple songs including the Army’s favorite which begins, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave”.

 
 

Unions-W

06 Jul

Currently, many States allow union shops where workers must pay union dues to get a government job or a job in any company controlled by the union. Much of that money is used to support candidates for office who will help the unions maintain their control. Many of those candidates also help enact laws pushing   abortion  and Gay privileges. Union dues are also used to support those organizations directly in spite of the fact that many union members do not want to support the unions or the organizations which the unions support with their dues. The Supreme Court just ruled that government workers do not have to pay dues to the union. They can choose whether or not they want to support the union.

 

 
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Unioins-V

06 Jul

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is taking unions to the Supreme Court to seek funds illegally taken from home care workers in Illinois in Riffey vs Rauner. A former governor classified about 80,000 home care workers as government employees, solely on the basis that they received government subsidies. This enabled the unions to unionize them and force them to pay dues against their will. In 2014, the Supreme Court in Harris vs Quinn ruled that the workers could not be classified as government workers solely because they received subsidies and stopped the unions from taking dues from them. However, the unions have not returned the $32 Million which they illegally took from the home care providers. Many of these workers are mothers who were simply trying to feed their families and needed this lost income. Contact the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation join the fight against the union’s abuse of power to force workers to pay dies against their will.

 
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Seventh Sunday of Pentecost-July 1

29 Jun

Personal witness-The most effective way to reach those outside the church is through the personal witness of members. As members fellowship and interact with other believers, their lives are changed and they grow into the likeness of Christ and become the witness God desires. As members are changed, those around them will notice the difference and desire that kind of life. Unfortunately few church members today grow spiritually because the churches have drifted away from Christ and have become little more than social clubs. Members may attend church together for years and never get to know those around them. There is no close interaction of members with spiritual leaders to enable them to grow spiritually through watching spiritual leaders in action. There needs to be active mentoring of new members by those who are spiritually mature. Unfortunately, many church leaders are chosen for their business ability, not their spiritual maturity, so they do not provide good spiritual role models to follow.

 

Politics-A-O

29 Jun

Title X regulations also state that no service under the program shall be exempt from State laws requiring notification or reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest. It is estimated that up to a third or more of abortions are performed on minors and Planned Parenthood not only does not report them but its workers have been documented telling minors not to say how they became pregnant because Planned Parenthood would be required to report it if it involved any of the above. It has been discovered that several teens who have died from botched abortions had had multiple abortions that had not been reported. In addition, Title X funds have income guidelines which Planned Parenthood routinely ignores.

 

 
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