God Still Speaks in Many Ways

On one hand, we affirm that God has spoken in the fire, the wind and the still, small voice. We find no problem that God sent the Flood in Noah’s day, confusion at the Tower of Babel, and compassion sending Jesus as the Savior of the world. And yet, many shun the idea that God would act in judgment in the events on earth today.

God spoke from the burning bush and took Elijah to heaven in the whirlwind; filled the room with a mighty rushing wind and set tongues of fire upon the apostles at Pentecost. He brought drought as punishment at the word of Elijah and rain when he prayed. God caused a storm when Jonah ran, and stilled a storm on Galilee with just a word. The question is, “Do we really believe God still works for blessing or judgment in the affairs of this world?” The reality is: Probably not; but we should. Let’s listen to some founding fathers’ words about this nation of ours.

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” (George Washington) “We have no government with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams) “I’ve 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. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who built it.” (Benjamin Franklin) “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (Thomas Jefferson)

As a nation we have turned from these convictions. Remove the rose-colored glasses. Take a hard look: the economy, The Koreas, the Middle East, terrorists in our nation, moral issues, political scandals, nuclear threats, weather and natural disasters. We struggle to hear the still, small voice of God. But, can we hear Him when He shouts? When He calls us to turn to Him, let’s not let the power of a deaf ear bring denial of His warnings. — Ben

 

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Sermon: 8/30/2015

“Crammed Full”
Colossians 2:6-10
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Brown Bag Auction, Saturday, 8/29/15, 5:30 – 8:00 PM: What is a Brown Bag Auction?

What is a Brown Bag Auction?  Each item up for bid is placed into a brown paper bag and kept confidential.  There is a clue to the contents of the bag written on the outside of the bag.  When you are bidding, you will not know what is in the bag, but will only know the clue on the outside.

We ask that each person that comes, brings at least one item in a paper bag for the auction.

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Sermon: 08/23/2015

“Of Sheep and Goats”
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Sermon: 8/16/2015

“Of Faith and Fear, Of Gain and Loss”
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Sermon: 08/09/2015

“You Can Share It, but You Can’t Give It”
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Sermon: 08/02/2015

“With All Your Heart”
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Where is the Church in Our Culture?

            With the winds of change blowing so fast, we have to address the challenges to the Scriptural mandates as they appear on the present scene. Before the latest turn-around by the Boy Scouts who now receive openly gay leaders, the California Supreme Court had issued an edict barring all judges in the state system from being Boy Scout volunteers. However, in that decision, it was stated that “there is one final exception recognized by the court in terms of judges in the California system who belong to a discriminatory organization: ‘Religious organizations,’ which means church.” Within two years the Boy Scouts went from totally closed to totally open to homosexuals. Such was the pressure that was applied. Yes, the pressure is great. Can the church really expect not to be challenged? Consider the following.

From the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLI), we find they are engaged in many cases representing Christians in court. “One state college rejected a Christian student saying  the medical ‘field is not the place for religion,’ and saying the student’s reliance on ‘God’ and ‘religious beliefs’ for wanting to serve others is not a ‘concrete reason.’” In another case a student was denied admission because he “brought up religion.” One university student was expelled for her faith, another was told to defile the name of Jesus, and another was failed for refusing to agree that Christianity is false.” These are from the ACL. These are real court cases.

Christian organizations are not exempt either. The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship groups have been dismissed from all the campuses of the California State University system. Why? “Because it holds to a radical proposal: That is, the student leaders of the Christian ministry ought to be Christian.” The idea that Christians should lead a Christian ministry….so appalling, the nerve!

Folks, this is not where we are headed. This is where we are. Can you imagine the pressure to come upon churches that hold that there is only one way to heaven and that is through faith in Jesus Christ alone? The true church will never give up this fact. So, Christian, strap yourself in the Holy Spirit and hold on. The ride of faith promises to be exciting. — Ben

 

 

                       

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Community Wide Parents Night Out/Back to School Bash

Saturday, August 8th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Aldersgate UMC (Celanese Road across from the Mayflower Restaurant)
All Children who are scheduled to attend school in the fall, PK – 6th grade (ages 4-12)
Dinner, games, crafts, music, stories, blessing of our backpacks, and a movie

Please help spread the word and invite the children in your neighborhood.
Registration and/or questions:  Kay Runyans, krunyans@rhmail.org

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Sermon: 07/26/2015

“The Word and Power”
Rev. Ben Herlong

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