March 29, 2015
We hear much about the “separation of church and state”, a phrase which appears nowhere in the United States Constitution or any of its amendments. To say that this nation is not one established on Judeo-Christian beliefs is simply to deny the truth. And, to say that there should be no references to God, or religious beliefs, in public life – specifically in governmental affairs – is not what the founders of this nation ever declared. In fact, they said just the opposite.
In the 1952 case Zorach v. Clauson, the Supreme Court upheld the New York City school district practice of releasing students during school hours for religious instruction:
This is the truth of the Church – State relationship in the United States, under its founding documents. Denying this does not make it otherwise.
FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Friends & Family: Jon Shepler (uncle of Patrick Shepler in Florida) hospitalized with infection and low oxygen level. Roco (1 ½) & family (friends of Foster & Kim Pool): diagnosed with cancer; Remember our Shut-In members, those in the Armed Forces, our Brethren in Kenya and the Leadership of the Lord’s church here at Northwest.
Responses: Todd Scott responded to the invitation last Sunday morning to request prayers.
Placed Membership: Jeff Camarata placed his membership here at Northwest last Sunday morning. His address and telephone number are in the printed bulletin.
Jill Krisher also placed her membership here at Northwest last Sunday evening. Her address and telephone number are in the printed bulletin. Please welcome our brother and sister in Christ!
Thank You: A big “THANK YOU” to everyone who helped with the Youth Meeting this year. We are blessed to have so many people willing to lend a hand when it is needed. You are all appreciated so much! Thanks again, -Patrick & Theada Shepler
New Baby: Congratulations to Loretta Hartman at the birth of her great-granddaughter, Lilyana Rose Hartman. Lilyana weighed 5 lbs. 13 ozs and was 18 inches long. Mother and baby are doing well.
Lost & Found: Items are accumulating in our Lost & Found area. Please check to see if anything belongs to you.
New Address: Larry Book has a new address (listed in the printed bulletin). Please update your directory.
ONFTM: “One Night For The Master” will be held on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM beginning on April 13th and continue through May 18th.
Ladies Sewing: The ladies will be sewing each Monday from 10:00 AM – noon.
Golden Agers: Tuesday, March 31st: NO MEETING. Tuesday, April 7th: Hartville Kitchen
Birthday Fellowship: The Birthday Fellowship will be TODAY following evening services. Please bring finger foods, a 2 liter bottle of soda and plan to celebrate with us.
Current Bible Class Offerings
Classes are provided for children of all ages.
Cleveland Indians Game: This year’s trip to the Indian’s game will be on May 22nd. This is dollar dog night and fireworks after the game. Cost of the tickets and bus ride is $35.00. Seats are located along the 3rd base line in the upper reserved section. We have accommodations for 56 people (friends and family included) on a first come / first serve basis. Sign-up on the bulletin board and pay Richard or Ruth Smith to reserve your seat.
Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, April 11th at the building at 8:30 AM. Sign the list on the east wing bulletin board if you plan to attend.
Stark County Men’s Retreat - April 17th & 18th Registration forms are on the east wing bulletin board. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, April 5th.
Potter Children’s Home:
1. Baby Wash
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In this section of the “Sermon on the Mount” our Lord is showing His audience the changes that would be made between the thinking of the present day Jews and those who make up the coming kingdom (the church). In verse 20 He tells them, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” He is telling them that there had to be a big change in attitude if they were to be a part of His church. He uses several examples to illustrate His point. One of these examples was going the second mile.
Going the second mile involved the Roman soldiers who could compel a Jew to help with a task whether the Jew wanted to or not. This practice was started by the Persians. If a courier or soldier needed assistance carrying out a mission for the king he could commandeer any man, horse or wagon with no questions asked. Greek and Roman armies later adopted this practice. During the time of Jesus this was a common practice the Jews hated. Now here is Jesus saying that if a man were compelled to go a mile, to volunteer to go a second? To the Jews that was unreasonable.
Jesus is using some things the Jews thought to be unreasonable to teach His way of thinking and doing things. Jesus did not think, and do, as the scribes and Pharisees. His attitude toward things and actions did not match theirs. Let’s notice some examples.
In verse 39 Jesus said that if one is struck on the cheek to turn the other cheek also. The blow Jesus speaks of is to insult a man, not to injure him. What is the natural response to being struck on the cheek? Of course we say “strike back”. Not Jesus.
In verse 40 “If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.” To the Jew that is unheard of. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you is their motto. Again we see attitude being taught.
In verse 42 Jesus said for them not to refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. To the selfish Jews these things were just beyond belief.
Beginning with verse 43 Jesus gives the command most difficult to accept. “You have heard that it was said ‘You should love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven…”
Everything Jesus taught in these verses goes directly against the nature of man. But you see, those who make up the new kingdom are going to be different from those living at that time. Going the second mile is a part of the Christian’s life. We must not ask, “What do I have to do?” We ask what more can I do?
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Opening Prayer Elder Elder
April 05, 2015 A.M. P.M.
Opening Prayer Elder Elder