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    MonMondayJulJuly3rd2017 July 4, 2017
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    Ponderings of the Preacher . . .

         Tomorrow, we will celebrate our country’s 241st birthday.  During those 241 years, there have been many times of strife and disagreement.  Our present time seems to be characterized by division and sectarianism.  Are there any lessons from the past that we can learn from that might be able to help us through our own troubled times?  Let me share one such incident from our past that can serve as an example to us today.

         On Thursday, June 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin delivered a powerful speech to the Constitutional Convention, which was embroiled in a bitter debate over how each state was to be represented in the new government.  The hostile feelings, created by the smaller states being pitted against the larger states was so bitter that some delegates actually left the Convention.  Franklin said the following: “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that built it.’  I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: …I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.” 

         We know that as a result of those prayers the Great Compromise was struck and as a result our government has two legislative bodies in its Congress.  It would be good if we employed this same method – prayer – to end the gridlock that plagues us at both the national and state levels.

         Enjoy your Fourth of July and be sure to pray for our country, its citizens, and its leaders.  Please God, bless America again!

                                                                                                    C U N   Church,

                                                                                                    David

    MonMondayJulJuly3rd2017 July 2, 2017
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    THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

    Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15

    The New Testament is God’s agreement or covenant with all people made possible by Jesus Christ.  The books commonly called the New Testament give details about that agreement.

    I. THE GOSPELS TELL ABOUT THE ____________________

        OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

     

     

    II. THE BOOK OF ACTS TELL ABOUT THE

         ______________________ OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

     

     

    III. THE EPISTLES SHARE THE ________________________    

          OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

     

     

    IV. THE REVELATION FORETELLS THE

          ______________________ OF THE NEW  TESTAMENT

     

     

    As Christians, we should all be familiar with the books of the New Testament because in them we come to know our Lord

    Do you know Jesus as the host in your life?  Have you opened the door of your heart and let Him in?

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    WedWednesdayJunJune21st2017 June 20, 2017
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    Ponderings of the Preacher . . .

         I found the following article in my files and thought it was worthy of reprinting.  It is almost 20 years old, copied from another church’s newsletter, but the message is still relevant.

    Are You a Consumer or a Contributor?

         Nearly everyone is familiar with the statement John Kennedy made during his inaugural speech in 1961.  “Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”  Why is this so memorable?  I believe it is because it challenges us to grow beyond our natural selfishness and adopt a more mature attitude as citizens.

         In a similar way we most naturally ask, “What can this church do for me?”  We see the church through the eyes of a consumer as we are “shopping” for the preaching, Sunday School, music, and youth program merchandise that will best meet our needs or the needs of our family.

         But at some point, we need to hear God challenging us, to ask more than, “What can this church do for me?”  but also to ask, “What can I do for my church?”  After all, what if every church member continued to think like a consumer?  Who would be doing the serving while everyone was consuming?

         For sure, we never outgrow the need to consume fellowship, teaching, and other benefits which church involvement should give us.  However, for the church to be healthy, a significant number of us, ideally all of us, must eventually grow beyond the consumer mentality to take on the contributor mentality.

         A Christian who remains a consumer will more easily become dissatisfied that the church is not meeting their needs like it did at one time.  The contributor, on the other hand, is more fulfilled because of service.  He is also patient with what the church lacks, because he understands that the “somebody” who ought to be “doing something” is himself or herself and other strugglers.

         We truly live in a consumer society, and people often see the church through the same set of glasses as they do when visiting a store at the mall.  Although we may at first prolong our visit because the church is merchandise we need, God wants you and I to assume some responsibility for the store and begin serving other customers.  That is a maturing church.

         Are you a consumer or a contributor?

         I hope to see each of you this coming Lord’s Day as the church meets for worship!

                                                                                        C U N   Church,

                                                                                        David

    MonMondayJunJune5th2017 June 5, 2017
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    Ponderings of the Preacher . . .

         On Monday morning, I drove down to Fairfield to pick up Mom for a doctor’s appointment.  The round trip from Effingham to Fairfield and back to Effingham is about 120 miles.  In that 120 miles, I was able to see some different weather conditions.  When I started, it was quite foggy.  I was grateful that it was daylight thus making it easier to see.  During my trip, I would drive in and out of the fog.  It wasn’t until I was back in Effingham County that the fog completely disappeared.  I could tell that some of the areas I was driving through had received rainfall but other areas were dry.  Just north of Fairfield they had received a rather heavy rainfall because there was water standing in the fields.  In fact, just north of Geff on Highway 45 there were signs that had been put out warning of water on the pavement.  When we got back to Effingham, the sun had burst through and was shining brightly    

    .  You may be asking why I am giving you this detailed account of my little trip. 

    Each of us is on a journey through life.  As we make our way through life on that journey, we encounter different conditions and circumstances.  Those conditions will change as we travel on.  The conditions we face early on in life will not be the same as those that we face in mid-life or in later life.  The important thing is that we remain alert and are prepared to deal with those conditions.   When going through clear patches I still had to be prepared for more foggy areas.  Although I was sure there was no water on the pavement, the warning signs needed to be observed and I needed to be alert for possible dangers.  The best preparation we can make for our journey through life is to have Jesus by our side.  If we have Him by our side, then I can assure you that at the end of our life’s journey, the Son will be shining brightly as we are ushered into the presence of our Heavenly Father.

         I hope to see each of you this coming Lord’s Day morning.  Let’s all do our best to be present when we meet for worship and fellowship!

                                                                                            C U N   Church,

                                                                                            David

    FriFridayMayMay5th2017 May 3, 2017
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    Ponderings of the Preacher . . .

         A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for a “Mother and Son Duet Cake” in my morning sermon.  Several commented on it saying that it was good.  Since Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I would share that recipe in my column.  I hope you enjoy. 

    MOTHER AND SON DUET CAKE

    Light oven to 350 degrees.  Get mixing bowl and measuring spoons out.  Get ingredients out.  Crack and pick nuts.  Grease and flour cake pans.  Remove blocks and toy autos from table.  Remove Johnny’s hands from flour and measure 2 cups, Ooops!  Measure 1 more cup of flour to replace cup spilled on floor.  Put flour, baking powder and salt in sifter.  Get dust pan and brush up pieces of bowl which Johnny knocked on floor.  Get another bowl.  Answer door bell.  Back to kitchen to remove Johnny’s hands from bowl.  Wash Johnny.  Get out egg.  Answer phone.  Return to kitchen.  Take out greased pan.  Remove 1 inch of salt from pan.  Look for Johnny.  Get out another pan and grease it.  Answer phone.  Return to kitchen and find Johnny.  Remove hands from bowl.  Wash ingredients from him.  Take up pan and remove nut shells.  Head for Johnny who runs knocking bowl on floor.  Put Johnny in bath tub.  Wash walls, floor and table.  Call baker.  Put Johnny down for a nap and lie down for awhile.

     

         Praise God for mothers who have exercised extra love and patience with their children through the years.  They are worthy of our appreciation and praise. 

         “A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies. … Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.  Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”  Proverbs 31:10, 28-31

          I hope to see each of you this coming Lord’s Day.

                                                    C U N   Church,

                                                    David

     

    Ponderings of the Preacher...Tuesday, June 11, 2013by Weekly Ponderings of Pastor David McConnell
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