WE ARE BACK!
Our June 28 meeting is set for Columbia Christian Church. We are still unable to have a fellowship meal. You are encouraged to patronize a local restaurant on your way to the meeting. The Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. (EDT) and the general meeting worship service will be at 8 p.m. (EDT). Scheduled speaker is Bro. Kerry Allen, President of Louisville Bible College.
If you have not yet experienced the joy of returning to worship with your friends at church, it’s time! It’s also time to make an effort to attend the meetings of Men for Christ. Even without the meals, the meetings can provide a time of Christian fellowship with our brothers in Christ. I don’t know about you, but I really missed it. –Charles Young
WHEN PEOPLE DROP OUT OF CHURCH
“If horse-racing fans can return to the Kentucky Derby and if customers can now eat in restaurants, it is time for genuine believers to return to church. Admittedly regular church attendance is not the only measure of a person’s commitment to Christ, but it is a significant indicator. Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it. If we love Christ, we are going to love His bride and long to fellowship with His family. Of course, I am not talking about people who are still vulnerable to Covid. Some feeble, elderly saints and some who are infirm…need to continue to watch online. But the rest of us should not pretend that watching at home is an acceptable substitute for actual participation in worship.” –Excerpt from Bob Russell’s blog, April 25, 2021
There’s nothing SOCIAL about SOCIAL DISTANCING!
Chasing Strays. It’s not the title of a new movie or video game. Chasing strays is a task that belongs to elders. For centuries, people have been straying from the local church. This is not a new phenomenon. While on death row, the apostle Paul was deserted by Christians (2 Timothy 4:9-16). Some elders in the church at Ephesus “distort[ed] the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). For a variety of reasons, the church has experienced an age-old revolving door of members—people come, and people go. The question is, do we chase strays? We should. After all, this is one of the responsibilities of elders as we shepherd the flock.
Church attendance has been declining for decades; COVID-19 simply exacerbated this phenomenon. At the height of the pandemic last summer, “one in three practicing Christians stopped attending church,” according to the Barna Group. In the third quarter of 2020, churches experienced only a 36 percent average in-person return rate after America reopened following the national lockdown, the UnStuck Group reported. Like it or not, many seats remain empty on Sunday morning, and rather than stew about it, we should do something about it. Now is the time to chase strays. –Read complete article in Christian Standard 1 May 2021; By David Roadcup, Jim Estep, and Gary Johnson.
NO ROOM FOR FEAR
“Regardless of your circumstances, you can take comfort in the fact that your identity, your worth, and your eternal security are not up for grabs. The Holy Spirit, who will never leave you, wraps your spirit in a warm blanket, surrounds your heart with a thick wall of protection and comfort, and says, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’ When you tune your heart to listen only to that voice, the Comforter drowns out all the other voices and noise, calming you in the most powerful way. And then fear will subside.” –Excerpt from His Mighty Strength, Randy Frazee.
Bro. Bill Welker is available for pulpit supply or interim ministries. Please call 270-566-0570.
Congratulations to Bro. Tim Underhill on his 20 years of ministry with Rolling Fork Christian Church.
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘Darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” –C.S. Lewis
“You can’t love someone or something if you’re always criticizing it. That’s not God’s heart for the church, and it shouldn’t be ours either.” –Jim Tune
“The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made” —A.W. Tozer
“Our aim is to build a church of Christ without denominational name, man-written creed or other barriers to Christian unity, whose terms of fellowship shall be as broad as the conditions of salvation, and identical with them.” –P.H. Welshimer
“The Bible doesn’t work like Facebook, where your likes or opinions matter. God’s Word is true whether you agree with it or not.”
FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
July 26 – Union Christian (Speaker: Delane Pinkston, Retired Minister, Bradfordsville
August 23 – Glendale Christian (Speaker: Nathan Ayers, Campus Minister at Western Kentucky Christian Student Fellowship.)
September 27 –
October 25 –
November 22 – Jamestown Christian