Weekly Article - 11/2/18

Golden Valley Christian Church



Our nation has just experienced another senseless crime of hate this year. The recent shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue was one of the deadliest attacks of any religious organization. As Americans, we should all grieve for those murdered and for those few among us that can hate so violently. Hate is a terrible emotion, and those who hate are ripe for the devil to manipulate. Therefore, we do grieve for those individuals that let hate get the best of them. Hatred is not new, and many verses in the Bible warn us of this emotion. Jesus tells us to do good to those that hate us (Luke 6:27). We are also told to love our enemies (Matt 5:43-44). As Christians, we are commanded to love our neighbor (Matt 22:37-39). Anyone invoking hate will stand before the judgement of God.


God gave us a beautiful day last Sunday, and it was so much joy to be in the house of the Lord. Frances Burris blessed our congregation, singing “One Pair of Hands.” It was an immensely inspiring song, and Frances sang it beautifully. We have finished our study on the book of James, but our Sunday night study of the book of Jeremiah continues, at 6:00 PM. You are cordially invited to join us.


Bro Tim’s message came from the fifth chapter of James. James was not writing to the wealthy people, but to the scattered Jewish Christians. He chastised the wealthy for how they were treating and abusing the poor people. There should be a balance between poverty and prosperity (Prov 30:8). James reminds us to remain strong in our faith and to continue to pray. James used Elijah as an example of praying, and God hearing prayers (1 Kings 18:41-46).


The Bible challenge question: Why did God ask Jeremiah to buy a linen belt? (Jeremiah 13:1-11 NIV)


Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton. Sunday Bible classes begin at 9:30 AM; morning worship is at 10:30. Our minister is Tim Randall (office phone #660-890-0252), and our website is www.goldenvalleycc.org