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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Happy Independence Day! We celebrate our country’s Freedom on the 4th of July. Throughout history, wars have been fought to win Freedom. We fought the Revolutionary War to win our Freedom from Great Britain. Wars have been fought to end all wars - WWI. But the world is still a dangerous place.
We have just experienced another mass killing in Florida, this one the worse mass killing in modern US history. What’s going on? Why this sudden upswing in people killing other people, just because they hate them? It is evident there is still evil in the world.
Peace is the cry on the earth today. Patrick Henry’s speech before the Revolutionary War – “Men may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace, the war has actually begun.” People long for peace, they cry out for peace, especially in their own lives. But because of Sin that mars lives & corrupts mankind, most people never find the peace they’re looking for. There are always people who are willing to be a pawn of the devil, who want to take life; to “steal, kill & destroy.” The Bible says when people believe peace & safety are at hand; then sudden destruction comes upon them.
We fight a different kind of battle, not the kind where we go off to war on foreign soil, but an invisible war, a spiritual battle against the powers of darkness, the spiritual hosts of wickedness. This is a battle for our minds, & there are plenty of people who hate anything good, or decent, or even different. Whether terrorists, or simply troubled, these kinds of people will go to extremes to get rid of anything they don’t like. But the Bible says God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. And Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!
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A few weeks ago I was looking ahead to our July 3rd worship service and began to think about what hymns to sing that day. Because so many of our favorite patriotic songs and hymns are in the mini-musical, “Heal Our Land” the choir is presenting, I began to search for other hymns we could sing. In the “Family of God” section of our hymnbook I came across a hymn I learned years ago but don’t believe we have sung at Trinity. The hymn is entitled “In Christ There Is No East or West”. I liked the message of the hymn but was unfamiliar with the writer so did a little searching. Let me share with you some interesting facts I discovered thanks to a history of the hymn by Kenneth Osbeck.
The author of this hymn is shown in our hymnbook as John Oxenham. His real name was William Dunkerley. Under the Dunkerley name he was a successful wholesale grocer in Europe and the United States. Under the name Julian Ross, he wrote fictional stories for a newspaper. As John Oxenham, he wrote poems and hymns. It is said that he published over 40 novels and twenty volumes of verse and prose. During WWI his “Hymns for the Men at the Front” sold eight million copies. Upon his death it was discovered he had written 62 books under different names. It makes me tired to even read about all this man did! Despite his busy financial and literary interests, he was (most importantly) known as a devout and active layman in his church.
An interesting story came from WWII concerning this hymn. It was told that two ships were anchored together, one bearing Japanese and the other bearing Americans waiting to be repatriated. One day they lined the rails staring at one another. Suddenly someone began to sing “In Christ There Is No East or West”. Someone on the opposite ship joined in and soon there was a chorus of former enemies praising God together.
Won’t it be wonderful in Heaven when we are united as His children, raising our voices in a mighty chorus singing praises to our God, no issues of this present world dividing us. Then we truly will be “One Nation Under God”.
Hope you enjoy your 4th of July cookouts and family gatherings. Along with all the good food and fun of being together with family and friends, don’t forget to pray for our country and the men and women who stand in defense of our freedom all around the world. Have a jubilant July and, as always...KEEP SINGING!
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Trinity Baptist Church will be starting a Bus Ministry on Sunday mornings throughout the city of Bedford.
We will pick up people and have them here at the Church for Breakfast, SS and Worship Service.
The Bus Route:
|Salem Court Apts||8:30 am|
|Raintree Apts||8:35 am|
|John Early Apts||8:40 am|
|Public Library Apts||8:45 am|
|Pinecrest Apts||8:50 am|
|Liberty Manor Apts||8:55 am|
|Trinity Baptist Church||9:00 am|
If you, or if you know of someone who would like to be picked up, please contact Bob Chittum, 875-9789, or the Church Office, 586-8010.
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(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
Breakfast Foods: Cereal, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Jelly
Boxes of Mac & Cheese
Canned Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup Kids Food: Canned Ravioli, Canned Spaghetti O's or Spaghetti
Canned Chicken, Canned Pork & Beans
Canned Fruit, Applesauce
Boxes of Instant Potatoes, Boxes of Stove Top Stuffing
Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
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