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  • Church calendar

    ‘Kidz Daze at Ovesen Heights

    Ovesen Heights Baptist Church will hold Kidz Daze 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July. Activities include games, Bible stories, music, snacks and field trips. Transportation provided. For more information, call the church office at 358-8041.

    Middle Creek holds Vacation Bible School

  • Seventh Seal is a prelude to the seven trumpets

    Seventh Seal: Prelude to the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:1-6)

    The trumpets announce severe judgment in response to the prayers of the saints. Trumpets are a warning signal and a call for mankind to repent of their sins. The plagues released by the blowing of the trumpets are similar to the plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7:17-21; 9:21-25; 10:21-23).

    The first four affect the natural world and the last three affect the unsaved. Some people believe these calamities are symbolic and not literal. They are seen as repetitive throughout history and intensifying as the age closes.

  • Speak the truth in love

    The desire of every Christian should be to please our heavenly father by our deeds, words and attitudes. James shows us ways the Christian can please God.  The book of James is a manual on the Christian life.

    God’s will for every Christian is that we grow spiritually. The writer of Hebrews challenges us, “… let us … go on to maturity” (6:1). God wants us to be like his son. As Christians our standard for measuring our growth is not another Christian, but the word of God.

  • Church calendar

    Kidz Daze at Ovesen Heights

    Ovesen Heights Baptist Church will hold Kidz Daze 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July. Program begins June 1. Activities include games, Bible stories, music, snacks and field trips. Transportation provided. For more information, call the church office at 358-8041.

    Friendship Baptist has Vacation Bible School

    Friendship Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 5. Call 358-8034 or 234-8090 for more information.

    Special singing at Barren Run

  • Scholars debate 'pre-wrath' rapture

    Sixth seal: Cosmic disturbances. Revelation 6:12-17 says, “The sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became like blood.”

  • It's time to move on up to maturity

    “After over a quarter of century, I am convinced that spiritual immaturity is the number one problem in our churches.”

    This statement was made by Warren Wiersbe, who is an internationally known Bible teacher, former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago and author of 150 books. Dr. Wiersbe should know what he is talking about when he says spiritual immaturity is our number one problem in the church today.

  • Slow down and give God thanks

    Sometimes life here on earth can be complicated, demanding and busy.

    With all the rain this past weekend our basement was flooded, and I’m certain others had to deal with the same situation. 

    More than likely all suffered some sort of loss, but you know I believe there was a lesson for us to learn. The business of life keeps us running from place to place with scarcely a moment to spare.

    Therefore, we may fail to pause and say a word of thanks for all the good things we have received.

  • Parents, listen to your children

    Adolescence is the in-between stage of rapid physical, mental and spiritual growth and a time during which young people begin making more of their own choices.

    As parents see their children growing up, the understanding and forgiveness is usually free-flowing as is the affection. They give their children love, but are firm, expecting and demanding appropriate respect.

  • Black horse represents famine

    Revelation 6:5-6; Third Seal scarcity on earth

    The rider on the black horse is a symbol of economic disruption and the resultant famine. The real problem is not famine but inflation and scarcity. A denarius was the daily wage for a laborer, which ordinarily would buy eight times the amount of wheat and barley under these conditions. In our time, it is not hard to conceive of a global economic debt blowout.

  • 'The Lord is like a lamb'

    The lamb opened one of the seals; the Lord is like a lamb, gentle, compassionate, loving, and kind, innocently suffering and dying to atone for our sins. Revelation 6:1