September 30, 2001
Volume 11, Number 39

Where Now Is Thy God?

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, will forever be remembered as a time in which a dark menace of evil, through sudden shock of surprise, murdered thousands of innocent American lives and destroyed billions of dollars in property. It was a day in which the voices of unbelief cried out "Where is thy God?" The despicable deeds of that day flood our minds with bewilderment and impinge on our faith like a dismal fog.

The prophets of the Old Testament kept saying, through all the ups and downs of life, "God is here." God is with His people, through His Word, and the world is alive and alight with His Presence. A little boy in Florida was troubled about all the Space Shuttle flights soaring upwards from Cape Kennedy, "I sure hope they don't kill God," he said. I say, "No danger of that, son!" The divine order of Jehovah is not likely to be dislodged by terrorists. When you think of the unleashed power of our God, the worst explosion a terrorist has, is as a firecracker, by comparison..

God is here in His people. The church on earth is the wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). We forget that in times of turmoil and universal upheaval; when the world seems to be falling apart because of impious and unholy groups: when our little lives get shaken to pieces; then, deeds of heroism are seen in the bravery of policemen and firefighters and in compassionate acts of doctors and nurses and in humble deeds of goodness by the thousands. God is there where men and women rise above their petty prejudices and pray for their enemies and for justice to prevail in the earth.

Where is God? He is at the door of every man's heart that has been stirred by the recent clamorous events; whose empty heart now cries out for the God they previously thought it was possible to live without (Revelation 3:20; Acts 18:8). Many are beginning to realize that when we try to live without Him, or apart from Him, nothing goes right. When life loses its center, it loses its sense!
The gospel is the cure for what ails us. Only by means of the good news of heaven, can men learn to be in a state of peace with Christ and other men (Ephesians 2:13-22).

God is as near to us as we will let Him be. Where is God? Not far. The poet said:

"as near as green grass to a hill,
as petals of gold to a daffodil,
as near as the sunlight to the sod
so near to the human heart is God."

Bill Dillon

Responses

On Sunday evening: Susan Johnston was restored and Jamie Haines was baptized into Christ.

On Wednesday night: Courtney Keathley came forward asking for the prayers of the church.

— SONG SERVICE —

Sunday night at 6:00 pm

Be sure to check out thr latest prayers and messages
from our brethren in Ghana

www.ghanamissions.com

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 30th: Jude, Ezra 9-10, Psalms 95
Monday, 1st: Revelation 1, Nehemiah 1-2, Psalms 96
Tuesday, 2nd: Revelation 2, Nehemiah 3, Psalms 97
Wednesday, 3rd: Revelation 3, Nehemiah 4, Psalms 98
Thursday, 4th: Revelation 4, Nehemiah 5:1-7:3, Psalms 99
Friday, 5th: Revelation 5, Nehemiah 7:4-8:12, Psalms 100
Saturday, 6th: Revelation 6, Nehemiah 8:13-9:37, Psalms 101

If absence makes the heart grow fonder,
many people would find the church the dearest place they know.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Robin Vowell - Jamie Haines - Fred Baker - Delbert Leavens

Larry Jenson - Charlie White - Bill & Jeanne Sherman

Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Shelley Lund

Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Mary Kaupilla - Charles Furr

Daniel Powah - Ernest Bowker - Naomi Morton

Sunday’s Lessons:

AM ... "Approved Unto God?" (2 Timothy 2:15)
PM ...
"Song Service"

5th Sunday Contribution

This Sunday (29th) we will be having a 5th Sunday contribution. Everything contributed above our budget will be placed into our building fund.

Currently the work has been put out for bid. We are hoping to have that process completed in the next few weeks.

Service Opportunities

 

Time of Services

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 

Sunday

Ushers:

 Walt Thompson

 

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

 

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Wayne Vowell  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

 Mike Weber  

Wednesday

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler

 

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney

 

Evening Services

 

 

Opening Prayer:

 Jim Treece

     

Songs:

 Mike Weber

 

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

 SONG SERVICE  

Closing Prayer:

 Ted Wheeler

  Attendance:
71

Communion

  Contribution:
$ 1361.91
Delbet Leavens
  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Jim Dougan
Kerry Keathley
   

Sean Keathley

   
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