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There was a group of people in the Bible who were very religious. They took all that their religion said very seriously. And that was their downfall! Why, you may ask? The reason is that they took their religious customs, manners and beliefs and made them a higher authority than the Word of God! In fact some of their beliefs made void what God had said. (Of course, it was only void in their own mind. God still meant it!)
Jesus called these types of people, " blind leaders of the blind." He went on to say that, "they both shall fall into the ditch." He even went as far as to call them "a child of hell!" (Matthew 23:15) Now that is pretty harsh language! Never the less He was quite accurate, of course. These people were lost, and the thing they needed to repent of the most was their " religiousness." For it was that, they were trusting in for their salvation.
Sad to say, there are many people like that today! They look to their church or religious beliefs they've been taught as their thermometer, and as long as "they" say theyre okay, they think everything is all right. One better make sure what a religion is saying is what God is saying! Don't take it for granted that they are. After all, the destination of your eternal soul is in the balance!
The most important doctrine to make sure lines up with the Word of God, is that of salvation. (What else matters if youre wrong here!) This can be found out very simply... just ask! Then see how it lines up with what god says in such passages as Ephesians 2:8, 9, Luke 13:5, Romans 10:9, 10, John 1:12 and 3:5. Do you have a "hope so salvation" or a "know so salvation"? God doesn't want you going through life wondering or hoping you'll make it. He wants you to know (I John 5:12,13).
If we could make it there on our own or by what we do, there would have been no reason for Christ to have come and die! Let me challenge you to sift your beliefs through the Word of God, so you don't end up like these people in the Bible... religious, but lost.
Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church, the little white church on the hill, invites everyone to a Christmas Carol Songfest. Celebrate with song the miracle of the birth of Jesus. The wonderful old carols are in season even on the first day of summer! Join on June 21, at 7:00 p.m. for "Christmas in June." They are located near Milk Can Corners on Franklin Hill Road, between Route 29, Lawsville Center and old Route 11, Summersville. Refreshments will be served. A free-will offering will go toward the building fund.
Thompson Baptist Church is pleased to announce that they will be having three keynote speakers filling their pulpit for the summer months.
Mark Wyman of Clarks Summit will be speaking the majority of the Sunday morning and evening services and will be conducting the Thursday night Prayer Meeting.
Pastor Wyman (pictured above with his family) is a graduate of Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pa and was in fact, ordained in Thompson Baptist Church. While he was a seminary student Mark worked with the teenagers at TBC. He is married and has four children. Mark is employed at Community Medical Center in Scranton.
Dr. Chris Rohrbach, a Christian businessman will challenge hearts from the Word of God for the last three Sundays in June.
Then in August a special friend of the town and of the church, Rev. Gerald Safstrom will be filling his former pulpit once again. On August 17 and 24 he will preaching the Word in his inimitable style!
For further information call TBC's Voice Mail at 727-2461.
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