PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
October 24, 2018
A wealthy businessman was on his deathbed. His preacher came by to visit and talked about God’s healing power and prayed for him. When the preacher was
done, the businessman said, “Preacher, if God heals me, I’ll give the church a million dollars.” Miraculously, the businessman got better and within a few short weeks was out of the hospital.
Several months later, the preacher bumped into this same businessman on the sidewalk and said, “You know, when you were in the hospital dying, you promised to give the church a million dollars if you got well. We haven’t received it as of yet.” The businessman replied, “Did I say that? I guess that goes to show how sick I really was!”
Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God? This is the basic oath used in the United States to affirm the statements given by witnesses in court trials. We live in a culture in which telling the truth has fallen upon hard times. Many people do not tell the truth and some blatantly lie, even in sworn depositions and in court cases.
A few years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim interviewed thousands of people, and they published their findings in a book titled The Day America Told the Truth: What People Really Believe about Everything that Really Matters. Of those surveyed:
A. 91% said that they lie on a regular basis.
B. 86% said they lie to their parents regularly,
C. 75% said they lie to their friends,
D. 69% said they lie to their spouses.
E. 50% said they regularly called in to work sick when they weren’t sick.
After talking about such issues as murder, adultery, and divorce, the issue of taking an oath does not seem as significant; but what Jesus says in Matthew 5:33-37 is at the heart of all the others: “Again you have heard that it was said of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn . . .’”
Certainly, many people today do not believe in “objective” truth. We live in an age of moral relativism. Some would say there are no moral absolutes. “That may be YOUR truth; but that is not MY truth.” We heard this exact sentiment in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh recently.
Friends, when we promise to tell the truth, may we tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? So Help Us God! But more than that, may we live by what Jesus declared in Matthew 5:37, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
Heather & Ramsey Persing (CRU)
Last weekend we had our Fall Retreat and it went great! One of the highlights was that 5 out of the 60 students were professing non Christians, but all talked about how much they enjoyed spending time with us and felt welcomed unlike many other experiences they have with Christians. Two even accepted Christ over the weekend!
Rehab for my knee is progressing well too. As of today I'm officially off crutches. I'm still using a big knee brace, but strength and flexibility are coming back. Thank you for your prayers!
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen continues his new sermon series entitled, “Pursuing Spiritual Maturity” based upon 2 Peter. His message this Sunday, will be “Important Reminders,” based upon 2 Peter 1:12-15. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship!
Women’s Bible Study - The Hope Community Women’s Ministry invites you to our Fall Bible study, In the Middle of the Mess, by Sheila Walsh. The study will be at Beth Laughlin’s home at 525 Bader Ave. Refreshments at 6:45pm and Bible study 7-8:30pm. Contact Marty Porter with questions or to sign up!
Harvest Party - Join us for a Harvest Party with games, music, treats and lots of family fun, at the Roberts’ farm, THIS SUNDAY, Oct 28 at 3pm! Invite your friends and family! There are still several things we need so please contact Cindy Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kelly King (email@example.com) to sign up to bring something or volunteer to help with activities!
The Gathering (Prayer for the Persecuted Church)- On November 4th at 3:00 p.m. we will gather to pray for the Persecuted Church at Staunton Mall (in the former Peebles store). Please plan to join us as we gather with our community to pray for persecuted Christians around the world!
Prayer for Revival Gathering - Join us on November 6th (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. at Cliff & Lynn Scott’s Home (741 Rosser Avenue, Waynesboro).
Women’s Business Bible study with a Christian Worldview - Why do we have those books that we read for work, and then another set of books we read for church? What if we read the books for work, and see if there are Christian principles to apply, or how we as Christians can stay true to our faith when challenged with things possible counter to our faith. The study, using the book, Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, will meet at Starbucks on Tuesdays beginning on October 16th for 7 sessions, ending November 30 or December 6 depending on Thanksgiving week.
· 5:45: Place your coffee order and visit
· 6:00 Discuss the book and reflect on Biblical principles
· 6:45 Prayer time
· 7:00 Time for work