Thursday, September 20th
1556 Hwy 51, Madison
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“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” 1 John 3:13
ROSEBURG, Ore., Oct 1 (Reuters) – A gunman stalked onto an Oregon college campus on Thursday and opened fire, killing nine people and wounding seven before police shot him to death, authorities said, in yet another burst of U.S. gun violence that ranked as the deadliest this year. Stacy Boylan , the father of an 18-year-old student who was wounded but survived by playing dead, told CNN his daughter recounted her professor being shot point blank as the assailant stormed into the classroom. The massacre in Roseburg, a former timber town on the western edge of the Cascades some 260 miles (420 km) south of Portland, was the latest in a flurry of lethal U.S. mass shootings in recent years.
I have checked many articles on this shooting. There seems to be a consensus that the authorities are “working to find” the shooters motive. Nine people die, many are wounded and the authorities don’t seem to be listening, even to those who were in the room with the shooter. I believe they don’t want to know, or perhaps do not want to tell the truth.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (Associated Press) — The grandmother of one of the Oregon shooting victims says her granddaughter told her the gunman was singling out students who said they were Christian. Janet Willis told The Associated Press her granddaughter, Anastasia Boylan, was in the classroom when the shooter opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Willis, who visited her granddaughter in the hospital, says Boylan told her the shooter was asking students about their faith. “If they said they were Christian, he shot them in the head . . .”
I don’t know about you, but it seems the Oregon shooters motive was very clear—kill Christians. The gunman came prepared to kill as many who follow our Lord as possible. These brave young people stood their ground and sacrificed their lives because they believed in the grace Jesus had provided them by his redemption on the cross. This day they stood and announced, I am a Christian and took a bullet the head causing instantaneous death.
Did you hear what the student, who was wounded and in the hospital, said? I’ll repeat it for you. The “ . . . shooter was asking students about their faith. If they said they were Christian, he shot them in the head . . .”
Several weeks ago our congregation stood in orange t-shirts that stated “I STAND WITH CHRISTIANS. The purpose was to show unity as a congregation to stand with those who have given their lives in the face of those who hate us simply because of our faith—simply because, like no other god, we follow the one and only living God who loves us. So many have died in the last few years because they love their Jesus. We take our stand, as a congregation, with other Christians.
Unlike when we are worshiping in our congregation, we are sometimes alone, and without the support of others. We are at a point where we face a personal decision. Such is the case at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College. Others stood and watched as friends and classmates were murdered announcing their personal decision, knowing they would be asked next and understanding the consequence. If you stand in a place where you know you were going to die, simply because you are a Christian, I propose this question: When it is your turn to answer, how will you respond to the shooters demand, Are you a Christian? Now is your time. You have choice to make, life or certain death? It is your decision . . . only you can make it.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. – John 15:18-19
Shall we go a step further and ask, will you STAND for Jesus? Have you given your life to Christ? These young people knew Him personally and announced their decision in the face of death. They were killed, but are now alive in Christ Jesus for eternity.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1Peter 4:14, 16)
The Bible tells us that we are all dead in our sins and trespasses until we get saved and born again by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior – These young people at Umpqua were forgiven children of God. If you do not know Christ as your personal Savior would you determine today to give your life and heart to him? All you have to do is pray this simple prayer, with a sincere heart, and He will come to you:
I now believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son, that He came to earth in the flesh and died on the cross to take away all of my sins. I believe that your son Jesus Christ then rose from the dead on the third day to give me this eternal life.
Lord Jesus, I confess to You all of the wrong and sinful things that I have ever done in my life. I ask that You please forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that You have personally shed for me on the cross. I am ready to accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I ask that You come into my life and live with me for all of eternity.
Thank You Jesus, I now believe that I am truly saved and born again. Amen.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8)
Sinner’s Prayer adopted from:
Sin is a condition of the heart.
Sermon Outline for August 2, 2015 ~ If you would like to hear the entire sermon go to the following link:
Scripture Text: Genesis 3:9-17
9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? It is not a cry of a detective but of a broken heart.
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Ten Never Changing Facts to Remember About Sin:
Sin is a willful act. Sin is a transgression against God. He calls us out of darkness and into His wonderful light.
1 John 3:4 – Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. John 8:10-11 – When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 1 John 2:1 – My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 Peter 2:9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
Sin is a condition of the heart.
Psalm 51:5 – Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 58:3 – The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Matthew 5:19 – Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Sin never satisfies.
Hebrews 11:25 – Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Sin will find you out. (Note: This is the only place in the Bible that says BE SURE)
Numbers 32:23 – But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.
Sin brings sorrow.
Psalm 51:3 – For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. James 1:15 – Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Sin Hardens the heart.
Hebrews 3:13 – But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Ephesians 4:18 – Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Matthew 15:16-20 –And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Sin affects others.
Exodus 20:5b – for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
1 Corinthians 5:6 – Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Sin separates me from God.
Isaiah 59:1-2 – Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 – They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might
Romans 1:24 – Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves
Matthew 25:41 – Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Sin cost God His dear Son.
1 Peter 1:18-19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Sin can be both forgiven and cleansed.
1 John 1:7-9 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness
Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
John 8:36 – if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
God loves you.
He does not want to see you suffering in sin.
You can be free from the bondage of sin today, right now.
With a sincere heart ask the Father to forgive you and your faith will set you free.
Dad is the most Godly man I personally know. He is the greatest influence in my life, and I am so glad I’m lucky enough to call him Dad. He is always there when I need help with anything I am doing. He is the rock of our family that holds us together. He keeps the roof over our head and food on our table. I am so grateful for having such a strong, Godly man as my father.
My dad has been there through it all. From when I was in the NICU to now, he has never given up on me. He’s taught me how to stand on my own two feet but also to ask for help when I need it. He’s shown me that once I put my heart into something like school to never give up and do it to the complete best of my ability. He’s shown me to be patient with others and that a simple hug can make all the difference.
Mark Waters… how can I even put into the words what this man means to me and our children? This will be inadequate but I’ll make an effort.I met Mark when we were both 17 and dated until we married at age 21. We started our family when we were 22, inviting our precious Ryan into the world. At 24 we welcomed Princess and at 26 we finished our perfect little family with Reuben. Mark was hands on from the minute Ryan was born! He has always gone above and beyond as a Dad! Our lives here in this home revolve around each other, which wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Mark taking the roll of husband and father to heart like he has. He is a rock and I am blessed to call him my husband and the father of our children!
~ Suzie (Waters)
Thank you for everything you do for me. Thank you for always pushing me to strive for my very best in everything that I do. Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. Thank you for always giving me advice and listening to me when I have a problem. I know that I don’t always show it but I appreciate everything that you do for Momma, Krista and me. Thank you for always working so hard to give us a good life. I don’t know what I would do without you! I love you and hope you have a great Fathers Day!
I have so much I want to thank you for. You have given the vitality of life to me through your instruction as a child, discipline as a teenager and continued support as a man. I want to thank you for the tradition of Saturday morning pancakes that are now a part of my own family.
For the times when I was wrong and my conduct was unbecoming that of being called your son. For the times that you held me and comforted me. For the times that you disciplined in such a way that I always knew you loved me. For this I say, “Thanks Dad.”
I appreciate the hard work you did. The hours of study, the hours of visitation with your flock. The way you did not let your frustration get you down even when it seemed the whole world was against you.
As I child I never quite understood why we were always moving and uprooting our family. Now as an adult, I fully understand that to follow Christ is to obey Him, even when we do not know why. I thank you for your obedience, for it is “In Him” that your love toward me will continue to guide and instruct.
It is for one particular gift that you gave that I am most thankful. It was not yours to give but only to provide. That provision was presented in the introducing of Jesus Christ. For the gift was given in God’s Grace. It was your example of Christian faith that helps me, still, understand more fully the Grace I do not deserve.
I remember many years ago, you stated how much you miss Papa. That even though you miss him so much, the first thing you want to do when you get to heaven is meet Jesus. After you have your questions answered then you are going to spend eternity with Papa. You told me this before Granny died. I picture in my mind’s eye your arrival at the “Pearly Gates”. And right behind St. Peter stands not only Papa and Granny, but all your brothers and sisters, and my John Andrew. All with a big smile and arms stretched out to welcome you home.
Tell them I miss them all and will be there someday. For now it is my turn to wait. I will see you again. Until then I have a life to live, a family to raise and our God to follow.
Thanks for being my Dad and my example of faithfulness, a hero of the faith. Now that you are gone I pray that I can carry this mantle you have provided and pass it on to your grandchildren.
I Love You and Will Forever Miss You!!
You are the absolute best dad a girl could ask for. I owe you so much
(not only with money ). You have always been there to talk things through with
me, calm me down, make sure I feel loved, and sooo much more. There are no words
that could adequately explain how much I love you and how much you mean to me.
Thank you so much for your unconditional love. You are my twin. We love the same everything! You’re my encourager. You’re my leader. You’re the example of the husband I hope to have. You’re faith inspires me every day. You’re heart makes me want to love more people. You’re hard work pushes me to try harder. I can’t express to you what it means to have such a Godly father for us to look up to. Thank you for always questioning my friends (even though sometimes I hate it) to make sure they are in the right place in life. My friends adore you.
Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. You always want the best for us. That means so much to me. Thank you for always being the most supportive dad we could ever ask for. Every job/major I have thought to be one day, you have pushed me to go for it. I love that you are always there for us for anything we need. Thank you for always transferring money when I need it ☺ and always being on me when my account is low. You’re always looking out for us.
I can’t thank you enough for loving me so much. I hope one day my future husband will be the father you are.
I will always treasure the times you came back and apologized for my spankings, when we gardened together, when we went on fishing trips (and Reed fell in), when we ate peppers together, when you taught me how to ski, when you surprised us with a snack every time we got off the bus, when you snuck money to me, when we ate bad stuff the times mom left, when you built us a tree house (and fell in the back of your truck), when you did a back flip and hit your back on a rock trying to save me from drowning in the mountains, when you surprised us with Max, when you drove the bus and every body thought my dad was cool, and so much more!!! You have done SO much for us!
As I get married next year, you’ll always be the first man I ever loved. Thank you for setting standards so high for the guys I dated. It helped me end up with someone as awesome as you. I will always come to you for advice and encouragement. I know I will always carry everything you have taught me. I don’t tell you enough, but I love you SO much more than you know. I think the world of you. You are the best dad I could ever ask for. I thank God every day for you! Happy Father’s Day! I hope you have the best one yet!!!
The only daughter who calls their dad “Deddy”
My dad, Mark Waters, is the absolute best dad in the world. He has been there for me through everything and has always provided for me no matter what. From being my boss and getting me out of trouble to being my coach and winning back-to-back championships he has been the best role model in my life. He has taught me how to be a gentleman and I hope and pray that I will be as much of a man as he is one day.