November 2, 2018
Recently we have seen news coverage of a terrible tragedy with the mass killing in a Pittsburgh Synagogue. We have been having reports of a large group of people traveling towards the US southern border with the intent of coming to America. I think there has been a greater tragedy occurring in our nation and in our state for the past several years…unfortunately it has not had much attention…the killing of the unborn babies.
Last year the state of Kansas reported over 6 thousand abortions for 2017. Abortion is an act of direct killing that takes the life of a tiny human being - a life that begins at conception.
The Bible does not specifically mention the word abortion, but it has a number of significant things to say about unborn children. These Biblical statements indicate that the unborn are persons. Therefore, abortion is wrong since it is killing a human being. A simplified form of our argument is the following:
Premise #1: It is wrong to murder a person.
Premise #2: The unborn is a person.
Conclusion: Therefore, it is wrong to murder the unborn.
Exodus 21:22-23 strongly indicates that the Mosaic Law viewed the unborn as persons worthy of the same protection and rights as adults.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
In Matthew 1:20 the angel tells Joseph that “the Child who has been conceived” is “of the Holy Spirit” indicates that Jesus certainly was a person at the moment of conception.
The Church of the Nazarene affirms the sanctity of human life as established by God the Creator and believes that such sanctity extends to the child not yet born. Life is a gift from God. All human life, including life developing in the womb, is created by God in His image and is, therefore, to be nurtured, supported, and protected.
The Church of the Nazarene also recognizes that many have been affected by the tragedy of abortion. Each local congregation and individual believer is urged to offer the message of forgiveness by God for each person who has experienced abortion. Our local congregations are to be communities of redemption and hope to all who suffer physical, emotional, and spiritual pain as a result of the willful termination of a pregnancy. (Romans 3:22-24; Galatians 6:1)
Next week we will have an important election for both the state Kansas and the United States. There are many issues that are hot topics: taxes, marriage, health care, and immigration to name a few. For me it is hard to see an issue that is more important than abortion. We should support the unborn and oppose candidates who support the murder of the unborn.
I want to encourage you to pray for our elections next week. I encourage you to pray for a revival in America where we be convicted for our sins as a nation. The Bible is clear God will not bless a sinful nation.
On behalf of Pastor Eva and Pastor Rick I want to thank everyone for the Pastor Appreciation dinner last Sunday.
Fall Back - Daylight Saving Time ends
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 4, and as you make that mental note to change the clocks back an hour, you should also remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
This Sunday, November 4th, at 4:30pm we will have a wedding shower for Nick and Susie in the Fellowship Hall
Youth Movie Night
The youth group will be watching a movie on November 9th at the Cruz home.
Operation Christmas Child Boxes
The Operation Christmas Child boxes need to be returned to the church on Sunday, November 11th. If you would like more details, please contact our local Missionary President (NMI) Nelly Bertrand
Wednesday Prayer Meeting
We have Prayer Meeting each Wednesday evening from 7pm until 8pm in the Church sanctuary. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 21, we will not have prayer meeting that week.
Children’s Christmas Program
The Children’s Christmas Program is scheduled for Sunday morning December 9th, during the worship service. Saturday December 8 they will have a rehearsal.
"Prayer is not telling God what to do. Prayer is partnering with God to see that His will is done. You don’t have to fully understand what God’s will is in order to pray that His will be done." - The Power of Prayer for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian