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Have you ever heard those words from an unbeliever, " Show me God and I'll believe"? I hope you weren't too stumped by the request. The answer is simple. In fact, this is the same question that the Apostle Philip asked Christ. One day he said, " Show us the Father, and it sufficeth us" ( John 14:8). In other words, "show us God the Father and we'll be satisfied". Jesus' answer is the same one you can give today to that unbeliever you know. He said,..."he that hath seen me hath seen the Father..." Well, there you have it. When someone wants to see God, simply point them back to Christ. We need to understand that seeing Christ is seeing God. Touching Christ is touching God. Hearing Christ is hearing God. God is real, and that reality is through Christ.
God is real in other ways, too. His love is real through the cross of Christ and through the love of others in our lives. God is real through answered prayers. God is real when He speaks to our hearts through the Word of God or through a sermon. God is real when we see His provisions all around us. Instead of "Show me God," the question is," How can you fail to see Him?" And a more crucial question is, "What are you going to do with Him?" Reject Him? Mock Him? Or repent and receive Him as your Savior and only hope of eternal Life? Once you're faced with the reality of God, a decision needs to be made.
On Sunday morning, August 10 at 10:45 a.m. the "Teens Involved" from Faith Baptist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, will conduct the entire morning worship service at Thompson Baptist Church.
The Word of Life program, "Teens Involved", is used by many churches to teach teenagers Bible truths, leadership skills, ways of serving in their community and to use their God given talents to serve the Lord.
The Teens Involved choir from Faith Baptist Church, Wilmington, DE.
Throughout the year the young people who participate in this program will compete for awards , trophies and scholarships in preaching, singing, instrumentals, and puppeteering. Competitions are held in local areas. Then the teens may have opportunity to advance to regional competition and finally to competition with young people from all over the USA.
The group that is coming to Thompson Baptist Church have competed in all areas and have received many honors and awards. Two young men will do the preaching using a video that they produced themselves, others will lead the singing, and their award winning choir will perform several of the numbers they used in competition. Afterwards, they will join the congregation for a luncheon at the church. This will be followed by an afternoon service instead of an evening service, which will be conducted by the Youth Pastor of Faith Baptist Church.
The public is invited to come and enjoy this very unique service. For further information call 727-2461.
The recipient of this years William Jasper Burchell Scholarship is Beth Alt, of New Milford. The scholarship winner is chosen from the applications of students who are members of South New Milford Baptist Church, and are planning to serve in some type of full-time ministry or missions work. Beth is a 2000 graduate of Blue Ridge High School and has attended the Word of Life Bible Institute for one year. She now attends Baptist Bible College, majoring in pre-counseling with an emphasis on camping and missions. Her future ministry plans are to work overseas in a camping ministry. Beth is the daughter of Debbie Alt, New Milford.
The monthly Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose will begin after the 12:10 p.m. mass on Friday, August 1 and continue until Benediction at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, followed by the 9:00 a.m. mass. On Friday evening, August 1, at 7:00 p.m. mass will be celebrated, at which time the men of the Sacred Heart will gather. Father Nash serves as Pastor.
With the transferring of Father Charles Connor to Carbondales St. Rose Church, Father Robert (Bob) Simon, since July 3, 2003, became the pastor of St. Johns The Evangelist Catholic Church, Susquehanna.
In a letter to his parishioners, Father Bob had this (in part) to say:
"I grew up in Plains, PA. My home parish is a tiny one in Wilkes-Barre. My mom lives in Plains with my sister. I have one brother who, with his family, lives in Exeter. My dad died a couple of weeks after I was ordained a deacon., and a few months before I was ordained a priest. He was only 50 years old.
"I was ordained a priest in 1990. Father Connor and I were in the same ordination class. After ordination I served as assistant pastor at the Cathedral, St. Johns in Honesdale. I was the Director of the Office of Parish Ministries and Pro-Life Director. For the past six years I was pastor of St. David in Scranton; two years ago I was also given the role of serving as pastor of St. Stanislaus in Old Forge.
"I love being a priest. I love parish life with all my heart and soul. I pray that I might serve you well and faithfully. I look forward to working together with you. Thank you for the warm words of welcome that have been offered.
"I look forward to getting to know you, to learning from you the needs of the parish and your own needs and together continuing to see this parish grow."
In more of a jest, Father Bob offered an "apology" to Penn State fans in the parish, saying he is a Notre Dame fan. He received a Masters Degree from Notre Dame in Liturgical Theology. His seminary studies were done at Seton Hall University.
(PS to Father: we do have a large amount of Notre Dame fans in the parish and community, but we also have a large amount of Penn State fans. On the other "hand," baseball, that is, we have a large amount of Yankee fans, I being one of them and hope you are one of them, too!)
I, along with the Susquehanna County Transcript and its staff, offer you a warm welcome to our three boroughs and hope your stay here will be a warm and wonderful one.
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