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Pastor Appreciation Month – October 2017
In Honor of our Pastor - Reverend Brian Hauk
(Modified Poem – Original by: Judy Crowe) 

When you came to us, we were unsure.
With all of our needs, would you endure?
There has to be times you wanted to quit,
But the Lord said no, stick around a bit. 

That bit of time, well it came and it went.
Because we needed a pastor, you were sent.
We have been through good times and bad
But you stuck around and that made us glad. 

We share eight years of wonderful memories here
And all of them in our hearts, we hold dear.
You have been our pastor, our guide, and friend.
Your wisdom is so helpful as on God you depend. 

It has been eight years of good times and bad,
Most of them were happy, but some were sad.
Some of us have gone on to be with the Lord
But we are still here with rivers to ford. 

We will have trials and storms to go through,
But you have been there and shown us what to do.
Our prayers each day include you as we pray
And we must give thanks for you each day. 

Now, may the Lord be with you all of your days
And continue to use you as you give Him praise.
We love and appreciate you for all you have done
And all the souls for Christ you’ve won!


After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up." "That's okay with us, but what made you decide that?" "Well," said the little boy, I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen." 


A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?" "Sixteen," the boy responded. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. "How do you know that?" "Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up, like the preacher said: '4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer'." 


God’s Painting
Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright

Summer waves good-bye to all
Yet waiting in the wings are signs of fall
Mother Nature puts on her best clothes
And the smell of fall is as the fragrance of a rose.
The sun reflects the morning dew
And the day begins fresh and new
Blades of grass are turning brown
And falling leaves are covering the ground.
Stars illuminate the darken skies
And the stillness of the night gently lies
A chill is felt is the air
As GOD creates His master piece with a flair!
Brilliant colors catch the eye
As the sun sets low in the sky
Golden rays give a captivating view
As multi colors of fall compliment the sky of blue.
GOD’S paintings can’t be bought or sold
Framed by His word since the time of old
A mere image of His love to all
Can be found in GOD’S painting of fall!


Praying Big 09/22/17
Today’s Devotional ACTS 12:1-17
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Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him (Acts 12:5). 

Persecution was daily fare for the early church. Stephen was stoned to death. James, the brother of John, was executed by King Herod. Imprisonment was common, the only crime being telling the good news of the Gospel. 

When Peter was arrested and jailed it was probably no surprise. Still, the church was not willing to ho-hum the matter just because the practice was common. They began to pray unceasingly for Peter’s release from prison. 

Meanwhile, back at the slammer, Peter was sound asleep — a good indication that he wasn’t overcome by his difficulties. The one who had been such a coward before the crucifixion now relaxed awaiting the will of God to unfold. Clearly, he had traded fear for faith. 

God answered the prayer of the church. An angel unshackled the sleeping apostle from his chains and set him free. It all happened so quickly and miraculously that Peter wasn’t sure he was awake. He thought he might be seeing a vision (verse 9). 

Finally, certain that this was for real, Peter hurried to where the church was at prayer — praying big — asking for Peter’s release. However, when their prayer was answered they could hardly believe it. Rhoda, who answered the door when Peter knocked, was thought mad when she reported that Peter had arrived. 

These early Christians learned two important lessons. First, it pays to pray big. Second, God is greater than our faith. They asked, but didn’t really expect an answer. In spite of their frail faith, God answered.  

Ask big. The answers may surprise you!

Special Little Shoes
Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen

Walking by the store window
I couldn’t help but see
The cutest little girl’s shoes
They brought a big smile to me. 

These are special little shoes
They shine bright - they’ve got some bling!
I can just see them on her feet
She’d be the cutest little thing! 

I don’t know anything about her
But I know Lord she’s a gift from You!
I’m praying for this precious child
May she live happy, faithful and true. 

If she ever suffers being mistreated
By evil people that just don’t care
Please let her know she’s loved
And someone remembers her in prayer! 

Please guide her steps daily
Protect her from this world’s strife.
I pray she grows up to serve You
And Your love shines bright in her life! 


Difficult Tests – Written by George Whitten
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I don’t know about you, but it seems that the tests we’re going through are getting harder and harder. Do you remember when you took tests in high school? At the time they may have seemed hard. But imagine if you had to take an elementary school test when you were in high school. You’d probably think—oh this is so simple. 

So if it seems that the testing of your faith is more intense, it simply means that you’re graduating to new levels of faith. Our faith is being tested, and as we pass each “faith” test, we’re finding different means of being tested. I suppose in a few years, we’ll look back and think to ourselves—wow that was a hard test, but now it doesn’t look so difficult! 

If you’re going through a tough time right now, be encouraged because it simply means that God is graduating you to new levels of faith! The harder the tests, the greater the difficulty, then the greater the reward. An increased blessing awaits you! Stay focused, stay alert and remember that God is trying to stretch your faith so that you can accomplish even more for His Kingdom!

A teacher writes on a chalkboard the sentence:
"A woman without her man is nothing."

The teacher then asks the boys to punctuate it properly, and they all write:
"A woman, without her man, is nothing."

The teacher asks the girls to punctuate it and they write:
"A woman: without her, man is nothing." 

My Answer

Written by: Rev. Billy Graham
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I don't believe in some kind of last judgment or hell. I think Christians just dreamed them up to scare people into believing the same way they do. Once this life is over, that's the end as far as I'm concerned. 


Jesus didn’t just teach about these things, however. He also demonstrated beyond doubt that death isn’t the end and our lives continue beyond the grave, either with God in heaven, or in that place of absolute despair the Bible calls hell. He proved this by doing something no one else ever had done, or ever will do: He died and was buried, then came back from the grave by the power of God. Only Jesus could say, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). 

I can’t help but wonder why you’ve chosen to believe there is no judgment. Only you can answer this, of course, but I suspect the real reason is because you want to be free to live any way you want to. But why gamble with your soul for the sake of a few short years of empty pleasure? 

Instead, face honestly the hopelessness of your life, and turn to the God who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. The Bible’s words are true: “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28). 


C. H. Spurgeon once said” “What, is our faith such that it sings only in the sunshine? Have we no nightingale music for our God?” 


Don’t be fooled by your emptiness, there’s so much room for happiness! 


Food for the Soul… Are You Sure About Heaven? 

The Bible teaches you exactly what you need to know to be 100% sure of where you will go when you die: 

You are a sinner.  Romans 3:23 ”For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”


What is the price of sin? Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is   eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”


Who paid the price of sin? Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”


How to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior and be assured that you will live with him in Heaven? Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


How do you call upon the name of the Lord? Pray this simple prayer:


“Dear Lord, I know that I’m a sinner.
I know that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sin.
Please forgive my sins and come into my heart and save me,
in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”