Weekly Article - 5/4/22

Golden Valley Christian Church


            Mary Edwards Walker was a Civil War surgeon and the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor.  Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls; she did this by being sealed in a barrel before rolling down those tumultuous waters.  In an all-male political environment, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to hold a federal office in the United States.  Helen Keller, both deaf and blind, earned a bachelor’s degree.  These were strong, courageous women.  The Bible also tells of many courageous women in dangerous and treacherous times.  Deborah, wife of Lappidoth and a prophetess, was the leader of the Israelites during a very tumultuous period and also became a military leader (Judges 4:4-10).  Miriam saved her brother, Moses, while there was a commandment to kill all Hebrew baby boys (Exodus 2:1-10).  In a male-dominated Roman Empire, Lydia, a merchant, stands out as a powerful figure involved in starting the first Philippi church (Acts 16:13-15).

            GVCC has been blessed, so far this year, to welcome Jeff and Jill Blesky, David and Blenda Harrison, Les and Holly Smith, and Kevin and Emily Wisdom into our church family by transfer of membership.  We thank God for these four very faithful and dedicated couples.  The Charity Crafters and weekly Bible study are currently cancelled, due to schedule conflicts, until a later date.

            Brother Elmer’s message was taken from Daniel 1:1-21.  Babylon and King Nebuchadnezzar were the supreme power of this time period.  After the fall of Judah, young Israelite men were removed to Babylon, to be subjected to the Babylonian culture and beliefs, some to serve in the king’s palace.  Four young men, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were even given new names.  They were directed to consume the unhealthy food and wine of the royal house.  Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he convinced the chief official to allow him and his friends to have vegetables and water instead.  God blessed this effort, keeping the young men healthier and better nourished than the others, and also giving them knowledge and understanding.  When their training time was complete, the four were taken to the king, who questioned them in every matter of wisdom and understanding, and found them ten times better than all others.  Christians should never compromise their faith, and should dare to be like Daniel.

            Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton.  Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 AM, and the morning worship service is at 10:30.  Our interim minister is Elmer Fuller, and our website is www.goldenvalleycc.org, where you will also find links to access our Facebook page and YouTube sermons.  We are happy to invite you to attend our services, where you will always receive a warm welcome.