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America, The Bible, & The Family

I heard a radio talk show host say last week that one of the unspoken issues of today is that we need to get back to the American family. The individual mentioned that children need loving parents to come home to, and how it is important to share meals together, and support one another like we used to.  After listing  to these and a few other positive points about the family, the host said we need to get back to the American family.  I immediately thought about how the family originated with God, not America, and we need to get back to God first; then the family will follow.  “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews  13:4). Carefully think through the following comments on Hebrews 13:4:

“Even those who look no further than the temporal happiness of individuals and the welfare of existing society, are not insensible to the great importance of our domestic relations, which the strongest affections of nature secure, and which even our wants and weaknesses cement. We can form no conception of social virtue or felicity, yea, no conception of human society itself, which has not its foundation in the family. No matter how excellent the constitution and laws of a country may be, or how vast its resources and prosperity, there is no sure basis for social order, or public as well as private virtue, until it be laid in the wise regulation of its families. After all, a nation is but the aggregate of its families, and unless there be good husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, there cannot possibly be

good citizens. Therefore the present decay of home life and family discipline threaten the stability of our nation today far more severely than does any foreign hostility.”  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews).

Many of the problems we are facing in society can be traced back to a breakdown in our families. Our homes face an increasing number of challenges, such as: sexual immorality, influence of the media (internet, television, movies, music, fake news), absentee parents, divorce, shortage of biblical instruction, a distorted view of money and material things, ungodly world-views, alternate lifestyles (homosexuality, lesbianism, transgenderism), epidemic use of illicit drugs, disobedient children, lack of parental discipline, a self-centered selfie presence, and the list continues.

Parents have the responsibility of providing a home-life that is productive for each family member. Fathers and mothers should have concern for their children’s well being. Attention should be given in the area of time spent as a family, being aware of their school life, their friends, balance of extra-curricular events, sports, etc…with priority emphasis and adequate time for church and Bible study. Rules and discipline (political incorrect terminology in today’s society) must be implemented for home-life to be successful! Shortage of rules and discipline, minimal time spent together, and a lack of concern for the children’s life can lead to terrible consequences.

We need strong, faithful families in the church, our communities and our country.


Steve Miller


Family Events

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: goldhillrobert@gmail.com or on his cell, 803-526-7478.  Their current address is 5460 Altamaha Drive, North Charleston, SC 29420.

Food Pantry

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.

Indian Land Service Tonight

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

No Wednesday Fellowship In June

There will be no Wednesday evening fellowship dinner in June.  Join us again on July 31st for dinner and VBS

Service Opportunity

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.

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!

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.

Save The Date VBS

ROAR! Life is Wild, God is Good! Registration is now open for VBS. Age two thru rising 6th grade! Vacation Bible School is Wednesday, July 31st – Friday, August 2nd from 5:00 – 8:30. Dinner will be served. Please sign up by filling out a registration card, one per family, and placing it into the VBS box by the bulletin board.

Adults and Teens: We have a need for adult/teen volunteers to help with VBS. Many different roles are available. Please sign up on the bulletin board as soon as possible if you are able to commit. Thank you!

VBS needs your help collecting clean and empty toilet paper rolls. There is a basket by the bulletin board for collection. Instead of throwing away or recycling these rolls, please consider donating them to VBS. Thank you!

Congregational “Family Legacy”  Weekend

Save the date for an exciting congregational family 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,  Pelican’s snow balls,  ultimate frisbee and Devos! Watch for details soon. Mark your calendars NOW!


Area Events

8.3 Mountain Empire Men’s Fellowship/ Johnson City, TN


Youth Events

Wednesday Night Cool Down

Wednesday night cool down this Wednesday, June 26th  at  Bruester’s 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! This week, June 25th the devo will be at the home of David & Allison Andrews. Their address is 430 Glandon Court; Fort Mill. Dinner is being provided. Tuesday’s from 7-830.



* Cris Newell fell and broke her arm, she also continues to deal with back pain.

* 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.

* 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 what 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 requests prayers that Mr. and Madam Beljour get their US Visas to come from Haiti for her emergency heart surgery in time to save her life.

* Don Blackwell has been receiving therapy and training daily at the Shepherd Center.

* Former member, Somia Schell has been diagnosed with cancer.

* Remember our shut-ins: Gloria Girard, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.


Sermons & Classes

Preaching Today:


Brett Pharr


Alan Jopson


Summer Quarter Classes (June 2)

Sunday Adult Auditorium:

Chad Garrett

      “13 Incredible Prophecies”

Adult Downstairs:

Steve Miller

“Consider One Another”


Summer Quarter Classes (June 5)

Wednesday Adult Auditorium:

Summer Series

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