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Gold From God's Word
Spring Revival At Wesleyan Church
Mother's Day At St. Peter's Cathedral


It all started innocently enough. A local community leader and business man in Upshur County, West Virginia, a small community of 20,000 people, wanted to make Bibles voluntarily available to public school students one day out of the year. He asked for permission from the school's principal to simply set up a table to display the Bibles, to which students can help themselves.

The school's attorneys were consulted and said that they could find nothing illegal with making Bibles available. This concerned business man also went to ministers and citizens in the community, told them of his plan, and asked for their support at a school board meeting to discuss the issue. About 700 supporters attended the meeting. In face of overwhelming support, the school allowed the materials to be made available. Fifty-seven businesses provided the funds to purchase the Bibles!

Everything was now ready... But on the Monday the Bibles were to be made available, the ACLU struck swiftly. They acquired a last minute court injunction prohibiting the Bible distribution, pending the outcome of a lawsuit they had filed against the school board.

But over a year and a half later, through the legal assistance of the Rutherford Institute, a federal district court judge ruled in favor of the board and religious freedom! The bibles could now be passed out.

The volunteers made 1,850 Bibles available to the students. All but 27 were voluntarily taken! One student even asked for two, so he could take one home to his mother.

Incredibly, the ACLU has appealed the case to a higher court. Can any thinking person in their right mind believe that distributing Bibles will harm any student? It would have been fine to hand out reading material on Occultic Rock bands, Magic and Sorcery and even Gangs and violence, but not a Bible? The rebellion, attitudes, drugs, sex, low test scores and discipline that seem to be plaguing our schools is a result of this kind of thinking! Why not let them hear about the Love of God, being kind, forgiveness, honesty, being truthful, etc...?

At Harvard, Yale and Princeton back in the late 1600's and early 1700's, Bible knowledge and a prayer life were not only expected, they were required! They knew "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). We've come a long way baby! But the wrong way indeed.

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Spring Revival At Wesleyan Church

All are invited to attend the Spring Revival Services of the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church, located one mile north of Great Bend, PA on Route 11, that are already in progress, each evening at 7:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning, through to May 4.

The guest Evangelist for the services is Rev. (pictured) and Mrs. Mark Hamaker, who are singing and preaching, from Logansport, Indiana, Bible Holiness Church.

The public is cordially invited. You may call the Church for more information, at (570) 222-3600 or (570) 879-2699.

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Mother's Day At St. Peter’s Cathedral

The eighth annual Mother’s Day Adoption Mass will take place Sunday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. The theme is "Celebrating the Choice for Life." This liturgy is co-sponsored by the Adoption: A Choice for Life Committee and the Diocese of Scranton. Most Rev. James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop of Scranton, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. The Mass honors all mothers, especially those involved in the adoption process. CTV: Catholic Television, the diocesan TV station, will provide live coverage. The public is invited to attend.

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