Lifeline Online- weekly e-news of Lebanon Christian Church- October 19, 2016
Ella Cave, home following gall bladder surgery
Louise Church, Karen Barnett's aunt, hospitalized in critical condition
Leigh Crawford, brain tumor, recovering from surgery
Kristen Dethlefs, daughter of Mike and Irene Dethlefs, home from hospital, low white blood cell count
Eddie Henderson, recovering from arm surgery
Norma Potter, stress fracture in foot
Mimi, Orpha Wright's sister, cancer, radiation treatments
Willard Price, fell, compressed vertebrae in back, St. Francis Nursing Home, Room 10B, physical therapy
From Ongoing Prayer Concerns
-Leigh Crawford, cancer
- Johanna & Dwight Donavant, Johanna suffering from major depression
- Jemme Gay, ongoing health issues
- Clarence Goodwin, non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver & heart related issues
- Hal Holland, cancer
- Joe Magyar, home from hospital, concerns regarding
- Chuck Pritchard, recovering from stroke
- Carl Shelton, new cancer treatments & shingles
- Ed West, ongoing health issues
Pray for our College Students- Renee Denny, Eric Harp, Jordan Hudgins, Skyler Kuehnel, Cameron Neill, Casey Neill, Michelle Runnels, Alexis Terry, Brandon Terry
Pray for our shut-ins @ home- Rose Hall, Homer Purcell, Orpha Wright
Pray for shut-ins in care facilities- Howard Brown, The Gardens at Warwick Forest, The Monticello, Room 7
Dolores Ridings, Masonic Home, Richmond, Room 120
Phyllis Torr, Riverside Convalescent Center, West Point, Room 6B
Offering from Sunday- General Fund- $3,476.00 Build Up The Walls- $750.00 Thanksgiving Offering- $100.00
Tonight- 6 p.m.- Wednesday night meal-by reservation only
6:30 p.m.- Awana Bible Clubs for pre-schoolers-2nd graders
7:00 p.m.- Ladies Bible Study- "Having a Mary Heart In A Martha World"; Adult Bible Study- Book of Ephesians
Sunday- Promised Land for children, grades 1-5, meets for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and for Junior Church @ 10:45 a.m. Drop your children off in the chapel
October 30th- Family Sunday, Junior Church will not meet.
October 31st- G.L.O.W. Halloween Alternative, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for children age 12 and younger. Games, puppet show, refreshments, lots of candy, Trunk or Treat. Children may wear non-scary costumes. Volunteers and donations are needed; sign-up sheets are located in the foyer. Questions, see Barbara West, 757-877-0863.
NURSERY VOLUNTEER NEEDED- for the 4th Sunday of the month. Contact is Donna West, 757-887-5536/757-509-1469
THANKSGIVING OFFERING- for repairing and replacing the floor in the chapel. Goal is $15,000.00. You can give your Thanksgiving Offering anytime between now and November 20th. Special offering envelopes are available in the pew racks in the sanctuary.
It's time for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD-give an impoverished child a special gift this Christmas by filling a shoebox with small gifts. Boxes and brochures will be available in the foyer beginning this Sunday. See Dawn Worsham for details or go to www.samaritanspurse.org. Deadline to return shoeboxes is November 13th.
EasyTithe- online giving available using EasyTithe via the church's website. It is easy, fast and secure. Go to:
Reflections- "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires." - Psalm 37:4
The Pastor's Perspective
There is a belief I am reading about regarding the upcoming presidential election. The belief is that God has already determined the outcome of this election. That is a strong Calvinistic position, that God pre-determines the events in our lives. In this case that God has already decided who will be the next president of the United States.
But what does the Bible have to say about this? Romans 13:1 says- "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."
God has ordained that there be governments to rule nations and communities. But does the establishment of authority mean that God has specifically established a certain form of government or a certain person to be a ruler, president, etc? If you believe that, you have to accept that God put the Roman government in place, the government that persecuted the early Christians and you would also have to accept that God put Adolph Hitler in power.
I believe that Romans 13:1 is telling us that God has established the standard of governmental authority. Because God has established the concept of government, certain authorities do exist today. But that is not the same as saying that God put this specific government/governmental leader in power.
Does God know who will win the 2016 presidential election and will be our 45th president? Yes he does. But that does not mean that he had a hand in determining who will win this election.
If I believed that God has already chosen our next president, then I would not have to pray about the election or even go vote. Why do that if God has already selected our next president? But since I do not believe that, I still pray about the election and I will show up at my polling place on November 8th and cast my ballot for one of the presidential candidates.
And, whoever wins, I will continue to put my hope in my God who occupies his throne in heaven and not in the person who occupies the oval office.
Kick the Bucket List sermon this Sunday is- "Be Confident of Your Salvation".
I'll see you on Sunday,
Lebanon Christian Church
409 Yorktown Road
Newport News (Lee Hall), VA 23603
Phone: 757 887-5536
Nursery - High School
|Adult Bible Fellowships||Sunday||9:30 AM|
|Morning Worship Service||Sunday||10:45 AM|
No bones about it, the Kruppets will be at Lebanon Christian Church in two weeks for Trunk or Treat!