The Scriptures reveal the mind of God as it relates to the principle of honoring our parents: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 5:16). “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise)” (Ephesians 6:2).
Christ condemned the Pharisees for setting aside the command of God to respect and honor our parents: “He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mathew 15:3-8).
Consider an acrostic on the word “father.”
F – aith. A man of faith will honor his marriage vows because he respects God’s arrangement. He will honor his wife, be there for his children, provide for his family, and be a good neighbor because God expects that of him (1 Peter 3.7; 1 Timothy 5.8; Matthew 22.39). It all starts with his commitment to God. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22.37).
A – ction. The Bible does not just tell us what to think but what to do (James 1.22-25). A man can talk about being godly and how to walk with God, but what is needed are the actions of a godly man.
T – eacher. Fathers have the responsibility of teaching their children (Ephesians 6.4). We teach by our priorities, what is important to us will become important to our children. We teach also by our example. “My boy grew up just like me, yea, my boy grew up to be just like me” (Harry Chapin).
H – oliness. 1 Timothy 2.8 points out what God expects of us. Pure and holy lives are required. Who is the most spiritually minded man your children know? Who could your family call on to pray for them? (James 5.16).
E – ncourager. Fathers lead their children to treasure the word of God in their hearts. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:9-11).
R – everence.“He hath sent redemption unto his people; He hath commanded his covenant for ever: Holy and reverend is his name (ASV, Psalm 111:9). May all fathers respect God and His word and honor the commitments you have made and will make in your life to be the Christian that God wants you to be.
Let us thank our fathers remembering their blessing our lives.
GHR Wireless Access
For wireless access during service and while at the building, please use the wireless network “churchguest”. The password is “praisehim” this info can be found on the bulletin board. Please see Justin Powell for questions or assistance.
Hatfield Contact Info
If you would like to contact Robert or Emily Hatfield: email@example.com or on his cell, 803-526-7478. Their current address is 5460 Altamaha Drive, North Charleston, SC 29420.
For the month of June we are collecting cereal & oatmeal. Please see William Ireland if you have any questions.
Autumn Leaves Service
We conduct a service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Autumn Leaves memory care facility next door.
Love Where You Live Success
We are thankful for the efforts made by the Love Where You Live Crew for all the work done around the building and to volunteering this week. (The Tuesday Crew also thanks everyone for their assistance with pine straw at the building). Great job everyone!
Charlotte Knights Family Outing
Charlotte Knights game Friday, June 21st at 7:04 pm. Please turn in your money to Tracy VanHamme or Clay Batts by Wednesday, June 19th. ($19 per person. Children under 2 are free).
Veterans BBQ & Fellowship
Saturday, June 22nd at the home of Karen & Steve Shelton 3:00—6:30. (4112 Blaydes Court, Charlotte) It’s open to all veterans and family members from our congregation (and close friends who are veterans and may also benefit). Please sign up in the foyer before Sunday, 6/16, and plan to bring a side dish, beverage, or a dessert.
Save The Date VBS
Vacation Bible School will be July 31, August 1st and 2nd! Details coming soon!
Save The Date Ladies Retreat
Ladies mark your calendars and plan to attend our ladies retreat at Litchfield Beach Resort, October 11-13, 2019 . Cost is $80 per person. Details to come soon!
Indian Land Service Next Sunday
The Indian Land group with be having their monthly Sunday evening worship service on June 23rd at 6:00 pm. Come be with us at the Indian Land Rec Center, 8286 Charlotte Hwy. Steve Miller will be bringing our lesson. For any questions see Tim Bannister. Check out the new web page: indianlandcoc.org
Save The Date Morality Seminar
July 19-21 David Powell will be with us for a seminar titled: “Morality In An Age Of Corruption”. Friday night at 7:00 pm Men’s ONLY session with tailgate dinner sign up now on the bulletin board. Lesson titles for Saturday and Sunday coming soon.
Saturday, July 6th in Wilmington, NC, we have the opportunity to assist an Elder from the Pine Valley congregation with yard clean up and landscaping. The situation was caused by damage from Hurricane Florence and by serious medical issues Mr. Kirby has experienced since (not because of) that storm. There will be work for all ages, including our youth group and seniors. Please let me know if your interested or have questions. Thank you! Josh Buchanan.
“Family Legacy” Weekend
Save the date for an exciting weekend with speakers Lonnie Jones & Ben Hayes, August 30, – September 1.
Saturday, August 31 we will have our congregational picnic at Westminster Park (Rock Hill), a fun-filled family day is planned. We will have a cook out, bounce house, Pelican’s snow balls, ultimate frisbee and Devos! Watch for details soon. Mark your calendars NOW!
8.3 Mountain Empire Men’s Fellowship/ Johnson City, TN
Wednesday Night Cool Downs Are Back
Wednesday night cool down this Wednesday, June 19th at Sonic, Fort Mill following Bible Study.
Stay In The Loop/ Remind App
Parents and young people, make sure you have the remind app downloaded to your phones to stay connected to all of our youth events and details.
Middle/ High Summer Devos
Tuesday night MS/HS devo sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board! If you are interested in hosting one please sign up! They will be every Tuesday from 7-830.
* Cris Newell fell and broke her arm, she also continues to deal with back pain.
* Joe Theado had some outpatient surgery this past Monday.
* Owen Hatfield is now home from the hospital.
* Prayers for Tim Bannister & Sandy Ibbetson to continue doing well.
* Shontrell Overton requests prayers for herself and for her mother, Carol Jackson who will be having kidney replacement (donated by her husband) July 8th.
* The mother’s of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, Linda Hill, Jim Passmore, Len Patterson, Ron Shepherd, and Mark Walker, are all dealing with various health issues.
* The father’s of Jerry Brooks, and Greg Gross are dealing with various health issues.
* Cheryl Ford’s Uncle, Grover Fincher has been diagnosed with cancer.
* William Ireland’s nephew suffered two seizures recently.
* Wayne Cherry’s nephew, Tony Harris has been diagnosed with non-alcoholic Cirrhosis.
* Mark & PJ Inness’ neighbors, the Stillwell family update* Linden is currently undergoing proton therapy (targeted radiation); her parents are trying to determine wht her next steps will be.
* Sue Burkhammer’s co-worker’s 8 year old nephew has cancer and is now looking at a prospective stem cell transplant.
* Tim Mastenbrook If you have American Airline miles you could donate to get Madam Beljour, here from Haiti for heart surgery, for her husband and an interpreter will you please let Tim Mastenbrook know.
* Don Blackwell has been receiving therapy and training daily at the Shepherd Center.
* Former member, Somia Schell has been diagnosed with cancer.
* Former member Ginger Thomason received positive news that she does not have cancer.
* Remember our shut-ins: Gloria Girard, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.
Sermons & Classes
“When Does God Send A Strong Delusion?”
Steve will be speaking at Charlotte Ave. this Wednesday, the 19th in their Summer Series.
Summer Quarter Classes (June 2)
Sunday Adult Auditorium:
“13 Incredible Prophecies”
“Consider One Another”
Summer Quarter Classes (June 5)
Wednesday Adult Auditorium:
6.19 Jacob Nunn
“Life of Samuel”
6.26 Mark Walker
“ Andrew, the Apostle of Small Things”
7.3 Jim Passmore
“The Character of a Man through the Eyes of God”
7.10 Eric Haskin
“ Walking In Jesus’ Shoes”