Friday, November 13, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Such a relevant quote for our consideration:

As the youth go out into the world to encounter its allurements to sin,—the passion for money getting, for amusement and indulgence, for display, luxury, and extravagance, the overreaching, fraud, robbery, and ruin,—what are the teachings there to be met?
Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that “each mind will judge itself;” that “true knowledge places men above all law;” that “all sins committed are innocent;” for “whatever is, is right,” and “God doth not condemn.” The basest of human beings it represents as in heaven, and highly exalted there. Thus it declares to all men, “It matters not what you do; live as you please, heaven is your home.” Multitudes are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty, and that man is accountable only to himself.
With such teaching given at the very outset of life, when impulse is strongest, and the demand for self-restraint and purity is most urgent, where are the safeguards of virtue? what is to prevent the world from becoming a second Sodom?
At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the world-wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution—all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France.
Such are the influences to be met by the youth of today. To stand amidst such upheavals they are now to lay the foundations of character.

White, E. G. (1903). Education (pp. 227–228). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

The following message was shared with me this week and provides a very articulate look at spiritualism’s role in the last days. I highly recommend you check it out by clicking here.

In the news:

  1. This Sabbath we will continue our “The Mystery Revealed” series on the book of John with a look at John 2:13-25 and the cleansing of the temple. Our GAA students will be providing the music this Sabbath for our worship time.
  2. Sabbath school will be available via zoom for those who can’t make it in person.
  3. This Sunday will be another GREEN/RIVER project in which members from the two churches are invited to participate in spurcing up yards in our community. Those who wish to participate are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. at teh AMC Movie Theater parking lot. Bring your rakes and leaf blowers.
  4. There will be a Sabbath school council meeting this Tuesday at 6 p.m.
  5. Bob Champaign, the brother of Carl Champaign, passed away this week and his graveside service will be today at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Johnson City. All are welcome to attend. Please keep Carl and the family in your prayers.
  6. JT, the son of Todd & Samantha Lewis, came through his heart surgery with great success and we join the family in praising God for His protection and mercy. Please continue to keep JT in your prayers as he recoverrs.
  7. We also praise God that Connie Fiedler came through her surgery successfully. They said it was a difficult surgery but none the less successful. Connie is already back home with Ron and is recovering nicely.
  8. We will continue our study of Romans with a look at chapter 12 this Wednessday at 7p.m. via ZOOM.
  9. Liz Holt’s online memorial service is scheduled for Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. We will provide a link next Friday morning for those who can join th service.
  10. For those who are interested in following up on leads, praying with people, and giving BIble studies, please watch the following video and let me know if you are interested. So far I have only three who have expressed interest. You can learn more about how this program works along with a sample script of the follow up call by visiting this link.

Blessings as you prepare for the coming Sabbath!

In His Service,

Pastor Jeremy

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