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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