Saturday, March 31, 2012

Calhoun Baptist Church News March 25, 2012~

Calhoun Baptist Church

Rev. Jordan Hodges, Pastor

Our Worship Service was opened this morning by our Pastor, Brother Jordan Hodges with a dedication of a new baby girl! Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also Mom and Dad. Brent and Miranda Carney are the proud parents of little Emmilyn Elier Carney who was born March 12, 2012. Our Pastor, the Deacons and her parents presented Emmilyn before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. It is very important as the Church to help and encourage new parents in any way that is needed. Also, each one of us has the honor and previlege of seeing her grow into a young lady who one day will trust Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin.

Recognition of Birthdays and Anniversaries are always a time of celebration too! Charles and Maragret Fields and Charles and Claudean Brown were celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week.

The G. A. Girls are making a Paper Chain of Messages! A message on each link of the chain. There will be a link for every 10 cents donated to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. Our goal this year is $200.00. There will be a lot of message links on this chain because there is a sum of 960 links on the chain already. It will be on display in the church to encourage others to financially support missions here in North America.

After a short Mission’s Message shown on the over-head big screen, Brother Jordan brought the message from the Book of Romans Ch:3:20-31.

“I am not good enough.” What ever you are offering, it is not good enough, as stated in verse 20. God put out a new way and that is Faith in Jesus Christ. God changed the rules about what is good, not just what, but WHO. There should be no boasting about who you are and what you do. We are justified by faith, not by works.

We are entering the time of year when we recognize what God’s son Jesus did on the cross. He was and is the only perfect person whose life was slain for the sins of a lost world. He is in Heaven now to be an intercessor for our prayers to God. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. He lives! After the services this morning we had a “Water Baptism.” This does not wash away our sins, that was already done when we first beleaved in Jesus as God’s Son. It is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith. A sinner is saved the moment he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a visible testimony to that faith. Brother Jordan ask the question. What keeps you from being Baptized?

Our Prayer Concerns: Janice Ivey~ Bob Ketchum ~Debbie Willings~ Jim & Sandy Paul~ Jay Lilly~ Helen Reynolds ~ Janet Taylor~ Rosa Williams~ Rusty Cowen~ Pete Hansen~ June Berry ~Elsie Onwiler ~ Jennifer Strouse ~ Claudean Brown ~ Chad Price ~ Shaine Thompson ~

Remember our men and women in the Service for our country.

The extended Prayer Concerns List is on our bulletin board.

Events to look forward to for the month of April.

North American Mission Board and Annie Armstrong Offering~

April 4th. palm Sunday

April 8th. Easter Sunday

April 10th.. WMU Mtg. at 7 P.M. at the church.

April 27th Brotherhood Breakfast. 8 A. M.

April 29th. Singspiration @ New Life Church

Each Sunday Morning Fellowship with a light Breakfast 9:30 A.M. Sunday School – with a Class for all ages 10:00 A.M. Worship Services 11:00 A.M. We have Children’s Church and Nursery for the little ones. Sunday Evening Worship at 6 P.M. Wednesday evening services 7:00 P.M Youth Group, RA’s and GA’s Come to see us 3 blocks off of 52 on V Highway, Calhoun MO. 64735

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This was the month after Charles and I were Married in 1965~

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an athiest to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.