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Salvation  

What greater word can we ponder than the word salvation? It is the most important word that any man, woman or child will ever deal with. The Bible tells us clearly that we must have salvation “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. 

Not only do we need the eternal peace that comes with salvation in Christ, but our loved ones need to know that we’ve had that personal experience with the Lord that comes with repentance of our sins. When a loved one passes away, which happens too often, my first thought is of their salvation or the lack of it. The big question is did they ever experience that special time in their life when God changed them forever? The scripture tells us in Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  

The Holy Spirit is faithful to speak to all people about their need of salvation. The assurance of salvation is a must for real inner peace that makes life really worth living. This real inner peace comes into our soul and can only come from our Lord Jesus Christ. He stands at our heart’s door and knocks. It is up to you and me to let Him in. 

Salvation is not a trivial matter as so many treat it. Eternity is ahead of each one of us. There’s no way to express the significance of the salvation of our souls. Think about it – a soul never dies. Our Lord Jesus Christ had such a burden for all lost souls of the whole world that he took the plight of all mankind upon himself as He willingly died on Mount Calvary’s old rugged cross. 

Jesus presented His sinless body as a perfect sacrifice to God the Father who cannot look upon sin nor condone it. Almighty God commands perfection and nothing less! Thank God you and I have perfection the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior! He is the unspeakable gift of John 3:16. 

Written and Submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

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Grandparents Should Tell Their Grandchildren:  

I'm so glad God made you.

I will always listen to you.

You are precious.

God loves you.

God has a plan for your life.

Loving God is the secret to loving others.

Be quick to forgive.

Be content.

I'm praying for you.

Tell others about the hope of Jesus.
(Your grandkids will know your burden for the lost.) 

Courtesy of Rhonda Stoppe, speaker and author ~ Copied Article  

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Anne Graham Lotz on Finding Strength in 1 Samuel 16:7 

Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has shared images of her shaved head after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and expressed her thankfulness that God values other things above outward appearance. 

On Monday, Lotz posted an update on her battle against breast cancer, revealing that she has drawn inspiration from 1 Samuel 16:7 in the Bible, which reads: "Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 

"I have been reminded of this in a very fresh, personal way as a result of hair loss due to chemotherapy. When my hair began to fall out in large amounts, I went to my beloved Christian brother and hairstylist extraordinaire, Doug David, owner of The Douglas Carroll Salon," Lotz revealed. 

"Looking on were his wife, my daughters, and two of my granddaughters who helped to turn a dreaded event into something that was actually fun. Under their watchful eyes and with their affirming comments, he shaved my head," she added. 

"For those of you who have been through this, you know that it is also a humiliating trauma. I was almost shocked to hear the familiar sound of my own voice coming from the face under the shorn head I saw reflected in the salon mirror! My immediate reaction was to quote God’s words…that God looks on the heart, not the outward appearance. I am so thankful!" 

The Christian speaker and author said that David also cut and styled a wig for her, one that matches the length and color of her own hair. 

"What about you? If your outward appearance has been scarred, altered, deformed…or if your outward appearance is flawlessly spectacular…remember. God looks on the heart. The real treasure is on the inside," she said. 

In September, following surgery, Lotz admitted that there had been complications with her cancer treatment which were not what she "prayed for." 

"Yesterday I had my one-week checkup after breast cancer surgery. While there are some issues to be expected, the doctor believes that all seem to be healing nicely, for which I praise God. The surgeon then revealed, with compassion in her eyes, that she had the pathology report," Lotz revealed back then. 

 "As she went over the numbers, it became evident that the results were not what I had prayed they would be. A trace of cancer was found in the lymph nodes which alters the follow-up treatment significantly," she added. 

Earlier in November, marking what would have been Billy Graham's 100th birthday, Lotz vowed to fight for her father's message of the importance of preaching the Gospel through her cancer journey.  

"I am committed to faithfully pass it on to those with whom I come in contact, whether through this blog, or those I pass at the hospital during chemo treatments or doctors' visits. Because Daddy's message is God's message. And it's a message of genuine hope for the future, of love for the present, of forgiveness for the past," Lotz wrote.  

www.ChristianPost.com, Written by: Stoyan Zaimov, 11/20/18 ~ Copied article 

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Thank you Lord for answering prayer
And showing me you’re always there!
Allow each day my faith to grow
Help me share so others can know! 

Pat Lewallen ~ 12/01/18 

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Meeting Santa

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town

And doing some last minute shopping, I needed to sit down

As I was watching the crowds go by

Something caught the corner of my eye

Across the street stood a jolly old man

And was checking a list he had in his hand

His beard was white as the driven snow

And his glasses rested on the tip of his nose

Handing out candy canes to every little girl and boy

His laughter was full of joy

Who could this be?

After all, he looked a lot like Santa to me

But where was his sleigh

And why was he not on route, this late in the day!

Where were those famous reindeers?

Could they be somewhere near!

And while checking that list out twice

I thought surely this must be that famous list of who’s naughty and nice!

And check out that mysterious book!

But before I could get to my feet

He was already crossing the street

And before I could even think

He gave me a wink

And said, “I’m in a hurry and I must go

But there is something you need to know

Make sure you stockings are hung by the chimney with care

For I will soon be there!

And as you know, milk and cookies is my favorite dish

And look under the tree on Christmas morn and there you’ll find your Christmas wish!”

Then I was so excited, this truly had to be Santa Claus

But then I had to pause

For where was his red suit, black boots and even his red signature hat

I didn’t know what to make of all that!

I was about to ask him about all of the things

When it was like he grew wings

And made a quick dash

And he was down the street in a flash

I hurried home and opened the door

And saw crumbs all over the floor!

As I was about to sweep up the mess, I heard a noise on top of the roof!

And to me it sounded like a reindeer hoof!

Hurrying outside and looking up toward the sky

To my surprise I saw Santa and his reindeers go flying by!

And as he made a turn, I heard him call them by their names

Now Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen

And the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph, who perhaps was missing those reindeer games!

Dash away, dash away all and as he drove out of sight

He exclaimed, “MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!” 

Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright
(Written for the child in all of us!)


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Larry: What are you going to give your little brother for Christmas this year?
Billy: I haven’t decided yet.
Larry: What did you give him last year?
Billy: The measles.
 

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Vestal Goodman
December 13, 1929 - December 27, 2003 (aged 74) 

Vestal Goodman, known by millions as "The Queen of Gospel Music", was reared in the rich Gospel Music tradition around Sand Mountain. She began singing as a child in church in her home state of Alabama. The multi-award winning group performed together until the early 1980's when they disbanded due to health reasons. Vestal and Howard's career was revived in the early 1990's when they began to appear on Bill Gaither's "Homecoming" series of gospel music videos and the subsequent tours that followed. She recorded several solo projects which included duets with the likes of George Jones and Dolly Parton. 

She was distinguished by her strong powerful voice which told a story in itself because she had a soft singing voice until at a revival one night she had to sing without a PA system because of the terrible storm and suddenly Vestal found a new strong powerful voice that God had given her. Vestal reached the tops of the Southern Gospel Music industry with the Happy Goodmans' popular rise in the mid-1980s. 

Howard Goodman met Vestal Freeman, an aspiring Opera singer and sister of noted gospel tenor vocalist Cat Freeman, in 1949. They began singing and traveling together and spent the rest of their lives singing and promoting Southern Gospel Music. They were married for 53 years. Howard and Vestal Goodman along with Howard's brothers Sam Goodman and Rusty Goodman, became known as the Happy Goodman Family. The Happy Goodman Family were regulars on the Sunday Morning broadcast of the Gospel Singing Jubilee. 

Vestal received several Singing News Fan Awards and was inducted into the GMA Hall Of Fame and the SGMA Hall Of Fame. She died in Celebration, Florida and is buried in Christ Church Memorial Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee.  

http://sghistory.com/index.php?n=V.Vestal_Goodman ~ copied article 

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What Can We Give God? 

Christmas is a time of giving, and I’ve found it to be true that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If you are like me, you can’t wait to give your gifts. When you get something for someone, you want to see the joy he or she has in receiving it. 

The wise men brought gifts to Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What kind of gifts are these for a child? Myrrh, after all, is an embalming element. Why give an embalming element to a baby? 

I believe these wise men had insight into who Jesus was. They gave Him gold because they recognized it was a proper gift for a king. They gave him frankincense because that is what a high priest used when he went into the temple to represent the people before God. They gave Him myrrh because they recognized that this King would die for the world. 

What can we give to God? What do you give to God, who has everything? What does God want from us? 

He wants our lives. The greatest gift you can give to God this year is yourself. The greatest gift you can give to God is to say, “Lord, I give You my life. I give You my talents. I give You my abilities. I give You my dreams. I give You my future. I give You my weaknesses. I offer myself to You. Here is my gift to You.” 

Let’s be like these wise men and worship Him and give to Him. You will be glad you did, because you can never out give God. 

Written by: Greg Laurie ~ Copied Article 

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Merry Christmas 2018! Happy New Year 2019!

 

 

 

 
 

+++ The Christian Banner - November 2018 +++ 

 

Let us Give Thanks 

Let us give thanks to the Lord above
For His mercy and great love
Let us bow our heads
And thank Him, for by His hands, we are fed
Let us thank Him for His many blessings every day
For He is the truth and the way
Let us think Him for His sheltering arms
For He keeps us safe from all harm
Let us thank Him for His guiding light
For He leads us through the perilous night
Let us thank Him for His healing powers
For He strengthens us in our darkest hours
Let us thank Him for the rain
For He plants the seeds that we reap not in vain
Let us thank Him for His only begotten son
For through His blood salvation was won
Let us thank Him for laying down His life for you and me
For He paid the price that day as He was nailed to that old tree
Let us thank Him for the most precious gift He could give
For He gave us the choice of an eternal life to live 

Written and submitted by: Irene Wright
 
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Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. 'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.' 

'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his Mother asked. 

'Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'

 
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A woman was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store for Thanksgiving Day, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

“No, ma’am. They’re dead.”

 
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The Old Family Bible 

Most every family wants a family Bible. It is a beloved book, but sad to say, it’s a neglected book. Too often it becomes nothing but a collection place for keepsakes such as baby hair, pictures, obituaries, birth certificates, recipes and four leaf clovers. My dad gave me my Grandparents Lewallen’s old family Bible. I’m presently looking in it as I write this article. 

The first thing I see under the front cover is a lock of baby hair with a pink ribbon on it. There’s no telling how old it is or who it belongs to. But it has been well kept over the years. This Bible was given to my Grandparents on their wedding day in 1916, over 102 years ago! Inside are priceless birth dates of the whole family. I remember my dad telling about the tough times he grew up in and them moving often as they followed jobs just to be able to get by. 

The old family Bible looks rough now, its pages are worn and the cover is coming apart. I can’t help but think of all this old family Bible has witnessed. My Grandparents lost two small children and no doubt experienced other hurtful things over the years. Only God knows how many times family members reached for this old Bible for a source of comfort and strength. As I hold it now, it seems as though I still have somewhat of a connection with my parents and my grandparents who have gone on before me. We all will pass away in time, but the Bible says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35 KJV) 

Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen
 
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No Time to Pray 

I knelt to pray but not for long
I had too much to do
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due. 

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer
And jumped up off my knees
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease. 

All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer
No time to speak of Christ to friends
They'd laugh at me I'd fear. 

No time, no time, too much to do
That was my constant cry
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time to die. 

I went before the Lord, I came
And stood with downcast eyes
For in His hands God held a book
It was the book of life. 

God looked into his book and said,
"Your name I cannot find
I once was going to write it down
But never found the time." 

Written by: Author Unknown; Submitted by: Nancy Davis

 
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Be a Voice… Not an Echo! 

I’d taken Cymbalta medication for several months to relieve pain in my legs and bulging discs in my back. It worked great until I noticed problems. I searched the internet for what could be wrong with me. Not finding anything, I figured the new problems where from having lots of birthdays. I even joked with my friends that “Growing old ain’t for wimps!” and they agreed. 

I asked Google why I was sweating like a pig, having severe dry mouth, my hair was falling out like crazy and I felt really bad. There were lots of possible causes according to Google. I made an appointment with a dermatologist because I might become bald before I could find out what was wrong with me. The dermatologist told me to stop using a lot of hair spray, wash my hair two or three times a week, and I could start using Rogaine for Men if I wanted to. I would have to keep using Rogaine for Men if I wanted to keep my hair. I chose to leave Rogaine alone. 

I looked through more possibilities and read that some medications can cause excessive sweating and hair loss. What was my latest added medication? Yep, it was the one I had bragged about for a longtime and told others about it too. Then Hurricane Michael came roaring by our house and took out our electricity. I think Hurricane Michael dislodged my brain too because I decided to stop taking Cymbalta -- cold turkey! What a terrible blunder! 

It was just a very short time before withdrawal pains hit me hard. I called my neurologist for advice. He said he’d write me a new prescription so I could taper off Cymbalta. Hardheaded me thanked him and said “No, I’ll tough it out!” Oh my, that was a dumber decision! I finally gave in and texted my neurologist and admitted he was right and I was so wrong. Richard and I went and got the new Cymbalta RX at the drugstore. I’ll follow my doctor’s directions. It’s tough, but with prayers and God’s help, I can overcome this! 

Our youngest son Brad got hurt on the job and was prescribed Vicodin. He told me about it and I warned him to be careful taking it. He lived at Wilmington NC. I saw Brad only once that I knew something was wrong with him. I told Brad how bad his eyes looked. He said he’d taken allergy meds and he would go see his brother Mark and lie down and get some sleep there.  

My brother Ricky died 07/15/09 from pancreatic cancer. I called Brad and he gladly volunteered to come home and help serve as a pallbearer. Brad commented to Richard and me, when he was alone with each one of us, that he’d done some things he wasn’t proud of. I still remember telling Brad that we’ve all made mistakes and we need to ask God to forgive us for our mistakes. Brad never once mentioned his drug problem to Richard, Mark or me.  

On 08/02/09, eighteen days after Ricky’s death, Richard and I were awakened by a 2 am phone call and Detective Swan told us that Brad was dead. Richard and I had to wait some days before we knew that Brad had overdosed. Why didn’t someone speak up and warn us about Brad’s addiction? They knew what we didn’t know. I told Richard had I known about Brad’s situation, “I would have crawled all the way to Brad’s home if I thought I could help him.” There is no way Richard, Mark or I could describe the pain, the deep loss and the despair we felt. 

Do you know someone who’s hiding addiction from their parents or loved ones? My Cymbalta withdrawal struggle has shown me a little of the horror my son’s addiction caused him. I miss Brad daily and I’ll miss him until the day I die. I want to be a voice now for my beloved Brad and ask you to use your voice too! If you know someone with an addiction problem, please let their parents and loved ones know. You may save their life and keep family and friends from grieving for a precious loved one. I’m more determined than ever to be a voice… not an echo! 

Written and submitted by: Pat Lewallen 10/23/18

 
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So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

 
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The Empty Chair 

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and beganto give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”— Luke 24:30–31, NIV 

“Hey! That’s my chair!”
 

I imagine you’ve gotten upset at some point when someone took your seat—or someone has gotten upset with you for claiming theirs. If not, perhaps you played musical chairs as a child. How did you feel when there wasn’t a chair left for you? Did you push and shove to claim the remaining chair? Did you walk away upset because you lost the last seat? 

Regardless of what we lose, we’re prone to get upset when someone takes something we believe is rightfully ours— even if there is music playing in the background. 

No one likes to feel cheated, but what about when we cheat ourselves? Do we even realize when we do it—or care? 

The heartbreak is we cheat ourselves and seldom bat an eye. Then, to add insult to injury, we repeat the behavior. 

We rob ourselves of quality time with those we love, fritter away hard-earned money, and squander our days. We choose the path of least resistance, make poor food choices, and give television sitcoms priority over reading God’s Word. 

The Word is where I want to sit for a moment, so pull up a chair (your own, please) and let’s talk. 

There are plenty of chairs at the Lord’s table. There’s one reserved for each of us, so no one needs to worry about someone stealing their seat. The question is: Do we want it? I ask because there are often empty chairs at his table. Do misplaced priorities rob us of time in God’s presence? 

A few days after Christ’s resurrection, the Emmaus disciples failed to recognize Jesus. Not until they invited him into their house and received the Bread of Life from his nail-scarred hands did their eyes open to his identity. 

Do you wonder where Jesus is in your circumstances? Wonder if he cares? If so, refuse to substitute the world’s fare for the Bread of Life that comes through reading God’s Word. God paid the ultimate price for our reservation at his table—the blood of his only Son, Jesus. To know we’re robbing ourselves of a relationship with him and to do nothing about it is foolish. 

If we could pull back the curtain of eternity and see what is to come, there would be no empty chairs at the King’s table. Push away from the world’s table and claim your seat. There’s a place reserved for you.

Now it’s your turn. What is one thing we can do to safeguard our time with the Lord? 

https://starrayers.org; Devotion 10/31/18, Written by: Starr Ayers ~ Copied by permission

 
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The Energetic Turkey 

The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout. 

Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, "You're terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I'll see to it that you get a huge bonus." 

"Forget the bonus," the turkey said, "All I want to know is if I’ll be playing Thanksgiving Day?” 

 

 


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The Christian Banner - October 2018 +++

 

 

How to Find Wisdom about Everything in Life

 The older I get and the more experiences I have in life both increase my appreciation of the Bible. The Bible is like God speaking to us, and He wants to share with us His wisdom about everything that is important in life.

Every day, my daughter and I read 50 verses and groups of verses that have mainly to do with the subject of healing, as she has been burdened with a congenital disease called alpha-mannosidosis which has gradually destroyed her neurological system and cannot be cured except by a miracle from God.

Our studies have given us wisdom about many things.

We know, for instance, that humankind has been created by God, not by accidents of evolution. We know that God loves all of us and does not want any to be sick or to enter the next life without obtaining the free gift of salvation.

It is no wonder the Devil has worked so diligently to get the Bible out of the school system. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the Bible back into our public schools? We need God in everything we do. It reminds me of what a minister in Grandville, Mich., named Duane Vander Klok once said, that the greatest day of his life was when he realized that God was smarter than he was!

 

Written by: Dr. Marion Griffin, Asheboro NC ~ Copied article, Used by permission 

 

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Far too many parents
Are more interested in
Their kids making the team
Rather than making the kingdom. 

~ Dr. Tony Evans 

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“Today my friend ended her conversation on the phone with ‘Love you too’ and I thought she was talking to her boyfriend but it was her dad. I just wish my dad would tell me he loves me…”
~ A lonely daughter 

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At the pearly gates, St. Peter greeted a minister and congressman and gave them their room assignments.
      "Pastor, here are the keys to one of our nicest efficiency units. And for you, Mr. Congressman, the keys to our finest penthouse suite."
      "This is unfair!" cried the minister.
      "Listen," St. Peter said, "ministers are a dime a dozen up here, but this is the first congressman we've ever seen!"

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6 Ways to Thank Your Pastor 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It is an important time to thank your pastor and leaders. But what exactly should we do to show our appreciation for them? We decided to do a crazy thing—we actually asked pastors. What did we discover? 

We found that 98 percent of them agree it is a privilege to be a pastor, we also know there is a great honor and reward that comes along with being a pastor. Yet, more than half (55 percent) also agree with the statement “I find that it is easy to get discouraged,” and 55 percent say being in pastoral ministry makes them feel lonely at times. 

Being a pastor is no cakewalk. It’s more than preparing sermons and having coffee with people. It’s doing funerals of toddlers; it’s counseling couples with family problems; it’s praying for a mother who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Pastoring the people of God is hard work; it’s a high calling for a reason. This high calling of pastoring the local church is emotionally, spiritually and even physically stressful at times. 

So what can we do? How can we support the leaders of our local churches? How can we show them our appreciation and encourage them as they fulfill the calling the Lord has given them?  

 

1. Pray for them.
What better way is there for you to uplift your pastors and church leaders than through approaching the throne of grace with confidence? The Lord hears the prayers of His people, and the Lord cares for the leaders of His people. Take time regularly, each day, to pray for the men and women on your church staff. Pray for their emotional well-being, their physical strength, their spiritual wellness, and any specific needs you know. This is definitely the simplest and perhaps most impactful way you can support your church leaders.  

2. Encourage them.
After the service, tell them how much you appreciate their message. You can also send them a letter or card of encouragement too! Be faithful in your church attendance. This is a sure way to encourage your pastor and you and your family will benefit too! 

3. Serve in the church.
Churches are always looking for more volunteers. Willing hands and warm hearts are so needed in the local church, especially when it comes to children’s ministry or nursery help.  

4. Give generously. 
Giving is usually a pretty sensitive topic in church, isn’t it? You can show your appreciation for your pastors and church leaders by giving generously and viewing your gifts as an act of worship, not merely ministry maintenance.   

5. Encourage their families.
We’ve already seen the toll leading a church can take on the pastor, but often, the pastor’s family feels the toll of ministry as well. Encourage the families of your pastor in much the same way you encourage your church leaders: prayer, notes and acts of kindness.  

6. Speak well of the church.
One of the most discouraging parts about leading the people of God is hearing them talk bad about others in the church. Don’t gossip about the bride of Christ. The body of Christ is a wounded body because it is made up of wounded people. Don’t add salt to its wounds. Speak of the bride of Christ as you would like someone to speak of your spouse. October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Don’t just give a card — be an encourager. 

Written by: Ed Stetzer & Chris Martin ~ Copied from: HomeLife magazine  

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I want to say a special “Thank You” to our interim pastor, Rev. Clint Kearns and his family for being so willing to do the Lord’s will. I love and appreciate them so much! Have you told your pastor lately that you appreciate him and the work he does for the Lord? ~ Pat Lewallen 

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Sinister Opioids Impact Children and Families 

She stands at the window looking out into the darkness. Her mind races as she tries to under- stand what has happened to her family in the last 24 hours. She knew her mom was sick –– heartbroken after her father died. It seemed after he hurt his back on the job things never got better –– only got worse. He only had relief when taking his medicine –– and then one day he died.  

Her younger sisters have fallen asleep. She worries about them. They became her responsibility since her mom had gotten into the habit of sleeping all day. The medicine her father took seems to be taking her mother away from she and her sisters. She would give anything if things were like before. 

Now, she and her siblings are at this strange but safe place. She notices that her stomach is not rumbling. The sandwiches, milk and cake silenced her almost constant pangs of hunger. “Last year, Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) was home to 74 groups of siblings. Brothers and sisters, who for their safety, could no longer live with family. Just six years ago, BCH cared for only 12 sibling groups. Those numbers have risen sharply because opioid use has gripped and indiscriminately ripped families apart,” BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell says. 

The statistics are stunning: Every 12 minutes in the United States, someone dies from opioid use; every 25 minutes in the United States, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal;

8.7 million children in the United States have a parent who suffers from substance abuse.  

The human stories are even more stunning: In North Carolina, 5,679 children were placed in foster care two years ago; 19% of these children were infants; in 38% of these placements, substance abuse by a parent was the cause (second only to neglect). 

As North Carolina families and communities struggle with the effects of opioid addiction, infants and children suffer from the fallout. While the news concerning opioid use is pervasive, the facts may not be clear to the public. “Opioids” is a term for drugs that bind to receptors in the body for the relief of pain. They include medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine which are prescribed to manage pain after severe injuries and surgeries and for certain chronic health maladies.  

“I have seen the effects of broken families from a myriad of reasons –– heartbreaking reasons,”

Blackwell says. “Some children are impacted by heinous behavior by those to whom they are entrusted. Some children suffer because of the effects of substance abuse –– alcohol and street drugs. Never have I seen such a result from something so sinister as the impact of prescribed opioids.” The opioid epidemic is real. Children in North Carolina are suffering. What can you do?

Pray. We are reminded in scripture that the enemy is like a lion roaming about, seeking those he can devour. The destruction of families is a concern of God. He is passionate about children and families. Turn to Him in prayer as intercessors and to seek ways you can help. 

Support organizations like BCH who are on the front lines helping children and aiding families. 

And finally, get involved. The more you know the better you will be able to help. As you learn more, share what you learn with others. It will take an army of concerned Christians to help stem the onslaught of this destructive epidemic. 

Be ready to respond as God leads.

Article written by: Jim Edminson, Editor of “Charity & Children” ~ Used by permission

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“No drug is harmless, and experts I have consulted agree that almost any drug can become addictive—including marijuana. When that happens, a person becomes more and more dependent on it, and may find it almost impossible to break away from it on their own. Gradually it ruins their life and destroys their relationships.” ~ Rev. Billy Graham 

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Be an Encourager

A survey asked mothers to keep track of how many times they made both negative and positive comments to their children. The surveyed mothers admitted they criticized at least ten times for every one time they said something favorable. Another survey taken in one city’s schools found that the teachers were negative 75% of the time.

This study concluded that it takes four positive statements to a child from a parent or teacher to offset the effects of one negative statement.

When I think about how many times I’ve said negative things to people in my lifetime, I have some positive paying back to do!

Many times we justify our criticizing, hurtful words and actions by thinking we’re right in a matter. But, in fact, the only one who’s all right is the Lord! And He has called us to be the encouragers of the world.

We have the gift of God residing within us, and we are ambassadors of God’s love. We need to constantly remind ourselves to operate under that love in every circumstance, even the most difficult ones!

When we find ourselves getting ready to criticize, let’s strive to stop in our tracks and say something encouraging instead. Not only to the world around us but to ourselves!

 

www.AllWorship.com, Written by: George Whitten ~ Copied article 

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End-Time Praying

Memory Verse: But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4:7) 

In these last days, prayer ought to have priority. We live in turbulent times. Iniquity is increasing. War threatens. The Middle East is explosive. Signs of the countdown are all about. 

During the crucial hours preceding His betrayal, Jesus instructed His disciples to remember the importance of prayer in times of crisis: “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). 

The end time is a crisis time. Though the Rapture of the church is itself sign less, evidences of the Lord’s return to set up His Kingdom are already here. And the Rapture of the church precedes the establishment of the Kingdom by seven years. His coming for His own may take place momentarily. 

As the clock of prophecy ticks off the final moments, there are many things to be done. Souls must be won. His Word must be given to as many as possible while time remains. Laborers are needed in the whitened harvest. 

How shall we ever meet the demands of these trying hours? Prayer is the only answer. So, pray! Pray earnestly, fervently, and continually. Pray in faith. Pray for others. Pray for pastors and evangelists. Pray for missionaries. Pray for revival. The Lord is coming! Watch and pray! 

Today's Devotional, Written by: Dr. Jack Van Impe ~ Copied article 

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More than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

More than three quarters of these deaths were among men, the U.N. health agency said. And despite evidence of the health risks it carries, global consumption of alcohol is predicted to rise in the next 10 years.
 

Reuters News 09/22/18 “Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year” - copied from article