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Fall Festival

From the moment the sun was rising on the group of volunteers who showed up early to help setup the first ever Fall Festival 5K, it was evident God was providing a warm and sunny Fall morning perfect for the race and the festival to follow. It was a far cry from our first Fall Festival the year before that we had to cancel due to the frigid rain and sleet.

As the 5K participants arrived the 135 preregistered grew to 168 participants in the Fall Festival 5K Fun Run/Walk. For perspective, for our first ever 5K, the company we contracted to help with the race told us not to expect more than about 100. Our participants were rallying in support of Allie Doell, the 17 year old who had cancer and is still undergoing treatment. As part of the race registration, $5 for each participant went to the Doell family along with the additional donations given that day. We had racers of all ages…from stroller to grandparents…joining in to support the cause. Once it was time to start the race, I guess you could say it got off to a rolling start. Pastor Ralph took the lead right out of the gate by falling down and rolling across the street. Don’t worry, he was fine. It made for great video that you can see on the church Facebook page. The race went from the church, through the neighborhoods by Heritage Elementary School and around Holt High School and then back to the church.

When the runners arrived back at the church, they and the others that joined us enjoyed food from food trucks and vendors like Just 1 Taste, Fire and Ice, and Duke’s BBQ. We had JoyFM and DJ Scott Anthony there playing music and helping us with giveaways. Every 15 minutes during the festival someone that registered won a prize from a local business that donated to the Fall Festival. The children enjoyed going around to the various games like knocking down cans, bean bag toss, knocking over clowns, getting their picture made with motorcycles and inflatables, all while filling out their punch cards in an effort to get the prize at the end…a full size candy bar. In all we had over 250 children participate in the Festival, and obviously many parents, grandparents, and loved ones were with them.

We’re thankful for the many ministry teams that contributed to the Fall Festival whether that was in advance or on the day of the event. It was an incredible opportunity for our church to provide a family friendly event where we could make connections with our community! We’ve already had families attend our church after making a connection with us at the Fall Festival. Pray with us that in the days ahead we’ll be able to make further connections with these families and ultimately have a gospel conversation with them! Also, look for opportunities in 2019 to get involved in the Fall Festival!

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STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF!

Is it just me?  I am really tired of this old world.  I’m tired of hearing every day how many people have been shot and killed the previous night.  I’m tired of hearing about suicides, and people overdosing on opioids.  I’m tired of the protests, violence, looting, and police ambushes.  I’m tired of the political fighting—calling each other liars, searching through records for something to smear the other candidate, collecting millions of dollars for “campaigning” while there are so many in our country that can’t afford a meal. I’m sick and tired of the lawlessness, immorality, corruption, materialism, greedy, jealous, hateful society we refer to as “civilized.”  To put it in one word, I’m tired of SIN.

We were told these things would happen.

2 Timothy 3:1-4  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, without self-control , fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 

And, it appears we’ve arrived!

So, as Christians what are we to do living in such an evil world?  Well, the Bible has an answer for that as well.  In writing to the churches in the Book of Revelation, Jesus said:

Revelation 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 

The word “overcometh” means to “prevail,” “have victory over.”  Another scripture says:

Matthew 10:22   And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

I know some may consider all this very “negative.”  We’d all like to think that things will get better, and if we all do our part we can bring about a peaceful, loving, sharing “utopia” on this earth.  So, I hate to drop this on you, but “it ain’t gonna happen!!”  This world we live in is headed for a time of wrath, retribution, and judgment from our Creator.  There won’t be “peace on earth” until the Lord of Lords and King of Kings sets up His Kingdom here on earth.  In the meantime, we are “occupiers” in this land with a mission.   Our mission is to follow the commands Jesus gave us: Love God, Love people!!

So, now I quote the title of a book by Charles Colson, “How now should we live???”  Should we be involved, and engaged in being good citizens?  Absolutely, but always remember you have “dual citizenship.”  As the old song says: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue”!!

I know the mid-term elections are here and I believe as citizens of the USA we should go to the polling booths and vote for candidates we believe uphold the Christian values.  That would not include killing unborn babies, transgender education, homosexual/same sex marriage endorsement, disobeying the laws of our land, or attempting to overthrow or undermine our government.  Vote for those who will protect religious freedom, and love and support Israel.  It’s not a matter of “party politics” for Christians—it’s good versus evil!  At the same time, have your hearts prepared for negative results.  We are not in control.  God uses people and situations for His purposes and to fulfill His plans.  Remember we are to “overcome,” not be defeated.

I feel I can hear you saying, “But it’s so hard!”  Don’t I know it!  As I started off saying in this article, I’m so tired of the evil going on around me.  But, I have the Word of God to sustain me.  I learn from Paul:

1 Thessalonians 5:14-23:

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 

Rejoice evermore. 

Pray without ceasing. 

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Quench not the Spirit. 

Despise not prophesyings. 

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 6:10-13   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

I don’t want to leave you with a fear of the coming “day of God’s wrath and judgment.”  If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can be reassured by the following scripture.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 

Luke 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 

Yes, I believe our “redemption” is very near, so be encouraged.  I leave you with a blessing:

Numbers 6:24-26  The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

God Bless,

Dan

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