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This weeks " gold nugget" comes from II Kings 17:16 which says, "And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal."
When God no longer has His place in a society's life; when His Word is not read; when His commandments no longer dictate our morals and lifestyles; when His worship is mere externalization and not from the heart, idolatries will become the prevalent mark of a nation. Idolatry is anything you put before God or make a higher priority or substitution for Him. People will choose anything that makes them feel comfortable and won't correct them.
The part of the verse that sticks out to me is the phrase "and worshipped all the host of heaven". It's amazing to see the amount of worship given to the "host of heaven" these days. Much weight is put into scientific theory. You hear a lot about star and planetary "worship," i.e. Astronomy, and Astrology. The gods of the Rain, Moon, Sun or what we would generically call "Mother nature" are revered. Angel worship is a hot topic these days and of course there is much praying to the those who have gone before us and are in "heaven," better known as Saint worship. The Scriptures are quite clear that there is one true and living God (Deut. 6:4). There is one Mediator or "go between," between God and man - Jesus Christ (I Tim. 2:5)and salvation is only by Him (Acts 4:12).
King David, whom the Bible says was a man after God's own heart, said these words; "Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their Idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths but they speak not: eyes have they but they see not; they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they but they smell not: They have hands but they handle not: feet have they but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them: so is everyone that trusteth in them." Ps. 115:2-8.
False gods and theories may soothe the conscience, but cannot give the peace and security of eternal life. Have you turned to Jesus in repentance and faith yet? For nothing will fill the void in your soul like Jesus!
Angel Beginnings Christian Learning Center, a ministry of the Montrose United Methodist Church, will be holding a dedication and open house on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All are invited to tour the classrooms and meet the staff: Phyllis Quinn is Director, assisted by Karen Morgan and Barbara Zeck. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local and district church leaders and representatives of the community at 10:00 a.m.
Angel Beginnings currently enrolls 51 preschool children in three sessions. For information about the Learning Center, call 278-3553.
A Veterans Day Service will be held on Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main Street, Great Bend, PA. Area churches will gather to honor the service personnel of our country who are giving of themselves to protect our freedom.
This Veterans Day is especially important to this area because we have local service personnel attached to the National Guard housed in New Milford, PA serving in the Middle East. Attend this service to spend time honoring local men and women as well as all the other personnel who are representing our country with prayer and music.
Share your thoughts of loved ones who have served or are serving this country. Last year, this service was well attended. All are welcome to join, recognize and honor the efforts being made by these men and women.
A very special evening program will be held at Montrose Bible Conference on November 12. This "Ladies Night Out", with a theme of Abundant Joy, will provide a refreshing break from normal busy schedules.
Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in Dreyer Lodge Tea Room and after the meal Carrie Brush, vocal soloist, will be in concert. The program will conclude at 8:00 pm. Childcare is available (feed children before arrival please). Reservations requested.
The registration desk will open at 5:30. Contact Montrose Bible Conference at (570) 278-1001 or 1-800-598-5030 for reservations.
Come, sing old favorite hymns at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. This is the little white church on the hill, located near Milk Can Corners on Franklin Hill Road between Route 29, Lawsville Center and old Route 11, Summersville.
This will be an old fashioned sing-along, with beloved hymns sung by the congregation. A variety of special selections will also be presented by people using their talents for the Lord. A free will offering will be taken for a building fund. Fellowship and cookies will be shared following the evening of music.
Please join in making a joyful noise, and let the rafters ring with music!
The South Montrose Community Church Players are pleased to bring another delightful comedy/mystery dinner play, "A Case of Time," Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9; seating begins at 6:15 p.m., play begins at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner reservations are required, please call Lois Moore at 278-3230.
The play will take place at Ticka Tocka Restauranta in the Fellowship Hall of the South Montrose Community Church, Rt. 29, South Montrose, (next to Robinsons South Town Market).
The churches in the Mountain View area are looking forward to producing their third annual cantata. All voices are needed. They will also need a few actors for a dramatic presentation. This year's cantata is "A Child is Born, Child Divine", by Dennis and Nan Allen.
Rehearsals will begin on Thursday evening, November 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Greenwood St., Hop Bottom (across from the borough park). Come and join your friends and neighbors for some good singing and fellowship. Call 289-4468 or 289-4640 for more information.
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