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Perspective

God did not design the world as a place of pain and misery, though He can use suffering for good.  Suffering divulges that the world is broken and is sinful (Genesis 3). The Christian desires the future time when God will wipe away all tears (Revelation 21:4).  While we sojourn here upon the earth; tears are an inescapable portion of our lives.  Setting up the argument to trust God when going through pain and suffering, in his brilliant volume, titled, Our Loving God, Our Sun and Shield, Thomas B. Warren observed the depth of loss Job experienced and how he still maintained his trust in God:

When one loses his possessions, he can usually gain strength and assurance from his children, his wife, his friends.  If he still has his good health and his sense of his place and worth as an individual, he can gain strength and comfort from them and launch out anew.  If one also loses (in addition to his wealth), his health, and his children, he can still grasp the hand of his wife, and the two may give strength to one another.  But when Job lost his wealth, his children, and his health, his wife also failed him.  If, after his wife had failed him, he had retained his good health, he might have gone on alone.  A healthy body gives one a vitality of outlook which is difficult to attain when one is in ill health.  But even after Job had lost everything upon which many human beings depend, he retained his faith in the one true living God (National Christian Press, Inc., Colleyville, 2003; 96).

Job lost his family, wealth, health, and his social status.  “And he said, Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong” (Job 1:21-22). “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips (Job 2:9-10). Through all of this, Job never received the knowledge of why all this had happened to him; causing him to conclude:  “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15 NKJV).  Job’s faith withstood, even though unsupported by:  any reason from God, man, from within himself, or by any hope of reward for enduring the terrible pain and suffering.  Job’s demonstration of his response concludes that when confronting the vast burden of actual loss, God should be praised rather than criticized for the suffering that is present in our lives. God never reveals the purposes behind Job’s sufferings and the Bible records that, “the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12).  Job’s endurance was rewarded by God.

Trusting God in times of suffering is the only avenue that will support our peace of mind and patient perseverance (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 9:10; Jeremiah 17:7-8; Philippians 4:6-7).

Steve Miller

Sermons for Today:

am: Robert Hatfield “Does God Change His Mind?”
Reading: Malachi 3:6-7
pm: Robert Hatfield “God’s Called Church”

 

Family News

New Horizons Senior Bible Study

The New Horizons Bible Study is here at the building Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. They are sharing Holy Land videos by Ray Vanderlaan. See Keith Franklin with questions.

Prayers For Haiti

Fonrose Teogene (one of our Haitian contacts and brother), requests prayers for the safety of Haitians due to the severe unrest there. Kidnapping has become a true threat for all those there. He asks us to pray also for the safety of the Church members and leaders and their families.

***Also be praying for Chuck Dohm he is conducting a week-long seminar at the Center for Biblical Training.

***Nancy Pharr is also on her annual trip to Haiti. Pray for her efforts and safety as well.

Ladies Game Night

Young ladies around middle school on up to those who are young at heart; you are invited to play games here at the building, Friday, March 20th at 7:00 pm.  Bring your favorite game, supper (if you don’t have time to eat beforehand) or snack to share (optional). Please note, no child care will be provided. If you have any questions, please see Angie Bedford or Jane Cherry.

Save The Date

“Identity Matters” with speaker, Alan Highers is scheduled for April 24-26th, 2020. Our theme is “In the Image of God” You are not going to want to miss this. Details on lessons to come; mark your calendars now!

 Spring Fling – Postponed due to limitations on group gathering

VBS Save The Date

Our vacation Bible school dates are set for July 22-24. Please mark your calendars. Our theme this year is: “Concrete & Cranes…Building on the Love of Jesus” Details coming soon about how you can help!

Lads to Leaders Youth Showcase

Please join us downstairs on Sunday evening April 5th to support our young men and women who will participate in song, speech, Bible bowl, and debate at the Lads to Leaders Convention. The ladies will meet to support the female participants at 5:00 pm. All are welcome to support the male participants along with debate and bible bowl at 7:00 pm. The speeches will center on the theme “Lost” from Luke 15. The debate topic is: “Resolved: Heaven and Hell equally involve eternal and conscious existence.”

Area Events
See the bulletin board for event details
4.25-26  Identity Matters/ GHR/ Alan Highers
4.25  Ladies Day/ Seneca/ Becky Blackmon
7.29-8.1 VBS /Charlotte Ave.

Youth

Most youth events and activities have been postponed due to the limitations of gatherings at this time. 

Prayers

* Barbara Berlin is home recovering from a fractured pelvis.

* Ernie Girard continues to recover following his recent surgery.

* Continue to pray for Harold Weston and for Sharon as she cares for him.

* Continue to pray for both Dave & Cris Newell.

* Tracy Passmore’s mother, Leah Davis has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Treatment options are being discussed.

* The mothers’ of Rodney Grant, Linda Hill, PJ Inness, Jim Passmore, and Margaret Wallace are dealing with various health issues.

* The fathers’ of  Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, Heather Powell, and Derrick Williamson are dealing with various health issues.

* Keith Franklin’s sister, Tan Franklin recently had a stint placed; she is now waiting to have surgery to remove a large fibroid and is in significant pain.

* John Wade’s brother-in-law, Bill Hyslop has a malignant tumor on his kidney and a mass in his lung.

* Barbara VonHelms cousin’s husband; Glen Masters has an inoperable brain tumor.

* Keith Franklin requested prayer for friend/member at Archdale COC, Billy Johns who has suffered a double stroke and heart attack.

* Charles Taylor’s co-worker, Helene Ward’s cancer has spread to her bones. Additionally, his co-worker Richard Ayers has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

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

* Harrison Brooks has deployed to Afghanistan. He can receive mail at:

1 LT Brooks, Harrison
A BTRY, 2-44 ADAR (C-RAM)
Kandahar, AF
APO, AE 09355

* Sympathy to Paul Lieck on the passing of his mother, Kaleen. Paul & Dian are in Texas for her memorial service.

 

 

Winter Quarter Classes

Today at “The Pearl” of Fort Mill

March 8, 2020

Speaker: Hampton Hager

Song Leader: Matt Ibbetson

Sunday

Spring Quarter Classes (March 1)

Sunday Adult Auditorium:

Keith Franklin – Luke

Sunday Adult Downstairs:

Robert Hatfield & Steve Miller – Current Events

Women’s Small Groups:

    Proclaimed: Study of Mark – (Women’s Connection Room & Library)

Wednesday

Spring Quarter Classes (March 4)

Wednesday Adult Auditorium:

Tommie Washington & Jeff Willis – Voices of Calvary

Women’s Small Groups:
    Proclaimed: Study of Mark – (Women’s Connection Room & Library)