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  1. Maye you have the daunting task of putting together your church bulletin, or just maybe you have read the church bulletin on a Sunday Morning and got a little chuckle on how a sentence was worded or the wrong placement of a comma. Here is a list of some of my favorite things that have somehow made its way into our church bulletin. Reminds us that we all need proofreaders at times. Enjoy. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery down stairs. The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 pm. The congregation is invited to attend the tragedy. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. Thursday night: Potluck Supper - Prayer and medication will follow. Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. Weight Watchers meeting has been moved to 6pm. Please use the double doors when entering. Evening massage - 7 p.m. Next Sunday we have a soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then preach on "It's a Terrible Experience." Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. Don't let worry kill you off - let the church help. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice. The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir. You have a funny blooper from your church bulletin? Please comment it below.
  2. Stats suggest that millennials are leaving “religion” in droves. According to pewforum.org, only 28% of millennials attend church weekly, 38% a few times a year, and 34% never darken the door of a church each year. In society millennials seem to get a bad reputation, but what is leading them to leave church? One of the primary objectives of every generation of the church is to hand the faith and the church over to the next generation. Has the church failed in this objective? The Bible teaches this in Titus 2:4-5 "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed". So the question must be asked: How does the church to reach the next generation? Music and technology are probably the two most things used to reach this generation. We're told that music must reflect the culture of the generation. A.W. Tozer says it best, “Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” How the church wins people is how they have to keep them. What do millennials want? The same thing everyone is looking for. Our time. Our heart. Our attention, along with a chance to actually connect with people. That is one reason why small groups do well with Millennials. Relationship is something every church can be good at. Everyone at your church doesn't need to know everyone. But everyone needs to know someone. While culture changes, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We don't need to have our churches reflect entertainment and the culture to draw people to His church. Christ like love still draws people to Christ. Please let us know in your comments below why you feel our young people are leaving the church.
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    Revival Services at Riverside Baptist Church in Terryville, Ct. Sun - Wed. with Evangelist Dan Souza https://www.riversidebaptistchurchct.com/
  4. Redsox fan here. I usually try to go to a few games each year.
  5. So which is your favorite team?
  6. My thoughts exactly. It's so sad/gross to see this happen so much.
  7. Topic moved. Back in the early days I could support Jack Van Impe, not now. I can explain more later, heading out for church now.
  8. Thank you. That is a typo, it should be Feb 24. I'll update the article.
  9. Yea, this should be fun. Who doesn't like free gift cards?
  10. BELLEVIEW, Fla. A 30 year old Youth Pastor has been arrested for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15 year old girl. Christopher Patrick, a youth pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Belleview, Fla was arrested on Tuesday morning, Feb 12 after the authorities were alerted by teen parents of the youth group. Patrick denied knowing anything about text messages when arrested and instead requested a lawyer. Authorities was able to retrieve text messages from his phone including ones Patrick telling the victim to deny everything to the church and authorities. He also told the victim to tell investigators that she changed the name on the text message to make it look like it was him. It seems that the victim still had feelings for Patrick as she did not fully cooperate with police in this matter. According to the detectives’ report, two other teens looked at the victims phone and found sexual texts. One of the teens recognized the number sending the text messages as belonging to Patrick.The teen knew the number because Patrick, the youth pastor, would pick her and others up and drive them to church. The teen said it was the same number she used to communicate with Patrick. Patrick has been charged with obscene communication using a computer, soliciting and luring a child, and cruelty towards a child by transmitting harmful information to a minor. Patrick, who has served at Grace for a year, was born in Florida, is married and has two children.Christopher Patrick has been released on a $4,000 bond.
  11. Matt Souza

    The Moment.

    Lol, I know the feeling. Got to have my coffee in the morning.
  12. Online Baptist turned 17 today. We are so thankful for each of you that are part of Online Baptist, and as a thank you and for a little fun for our birthday month, we are having a contest. The winner of this contest will relieve a $25 Amazon or Visa gift card. Rules of the contest are simple...the last one to post in the following thread below in the month of February 2019 will win. That means the last one to post in that thread on February 28 before the clock hits midnight will win, and you can't post back to back. We will be going with the time of the server that Online Baptist is hosted on, so watch the boards the correct time zone. Here is the thread for the contest. Anyone can win except me. Long time member or a new member, makes no difference as long as you are the last one to post in that thread in the month of February 2019
  13. Westboro Baptist Church is planning on picketing the Oscars on Feb 24 in Los Angeles California. Westboro Baptist Church has claimed that they have protested 63,540 events during a stretch of 1443 weeks. Westboro is know to picked events such as American soldier funerals, weddings, high schools, sporting events, and many other public events. They are known for their hate speech and crude methods of protesting. Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of the founder of Westboro Baptist Church has since left the church and made these comments after leaving. Since leaving the church, Megan has become an activist for civil discourse and public speaking, traveling to many colleges across the country. It is unknown the purpose or the plan of the protest at the Oscars. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
  14. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- On a foggy and cold February morning, despite the dreary and frigid weather conditions, more than 1,000 pro-life faithful flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the 29th Annual Rose Day Pro-life Rally. The fourth floor rotunda of the capitol was full of rose colored masses proclaiming that each life, no matter how young, old, able bodied, or handicapped, is precious in the eyes of Jesus. The event began at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 6 when pro-life advocates of all ages knocked on the office doors of their legislators at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. These visitors presented roses to encourage pro-life voting during the current session of Congress. Following rose distribution, Oklahoma evangelicals packed the House of Representatives to capacity, with overflow seating in the Senate across the rotunda. To begin the rally, pro-life State Senate and House members were called by name and lined the front of the House of Representatives, signifying that they chose to fight for the rights of the Oklahoma unborn. Accompanying some representatives were their own children and grandchildren. Children were a common sight at the Rose Day Rally. The voices of the "Little Light Choir" from Little Light Christian School filled the House chambers as the choir performed songs like "This Little Light of Mine." Little Light Christian School is a school that provides a free, private education to children of incarcerated parents. Those in attendance joined in song, stirring emotional reactions from many in the audience. One Oklahoman who has spent his lifetime being a voice for the voiceless was honored with the Rose Day "Pro-Life Champion" Award. Tony Lauinger, long-time Rose Day Committee member, was awarded the honor of "Pro-Life Champion" as tears filled his eyes and a look of shock covered his face. Lieutenant Governor Matt Pennel reassured all within earshot that the state of Oklahoma has a pro-life lieutenant governor, a pro-life governor and pro-life legislators, "Defending life will continue to be a priority in this building," Pennell said. He then introduced Gov. Kevin Stitt saying, "[What] I respect more than anything in this man is that he is a great dad." Stitt, who earlier that week delivered his state of the state address in the same chambers, said, "Monday I talked about our state being top 10 as one of my goals. Pro-life is an issue that we want to be number one in." The governor referenced recent legislation passed in New York and proposed in Virginia, which makes late-term abortions legal. Stitt said there are only seven countries in the world that allow abortion past 20 weeks' gestation, which puts the United States in the same category as countries like China and North Korea. "I believe life begins at conception. Jeremiah 1:5 He knew every one of us before we were born. "As a believer (and) as a father of six, protecting life is one of the reasons I ran for Governor. I want to make sure to work with our legislators and influence our Supreme Court to change things and move this forward. As your governor, I will do everything I can to protect life in Oklahoma," Stitt said. Rally keynote speaker Jen Bricker shared her story with those in attendance. Bricker was born with no legs. Her biological parents left her in the hospital with no name and no family. Bricker told rally attendees, "By being here today, you all are supporting someone like myself, someone who couldn't speak for themselves." Bricker said her biological mother didn't know that she would be born without legs. She only had one ultrasound during her pregnancy. "You know that if there had been an ultrasound and they would have known, I would not be here today," Bricker said. Bricker was adopted and grew up in an environment not unlike other children. At one point, a doctor told Bricker's parents that she would never be able to sit up on her own. Her parents refused to accept that and went to another doctor. "My dad asked this doctor to tell him one thing, 'Will she ever be able to sit up on her own?' To which the doctor replied, 'She is going to do things that are beyond your wildest imagination.'" Bricker said from that moment on, her parents taught her never to make excuses, and that if she wanted to accomplish something she would need to work hard at it. With this in mind, Bricker went on to do normal activities most children do, including roller skating. Eventually she would compete as a competitive power tumbler and win state in high school against able-bodied athletes. Ultimately, she would become an aerial performer for organizations like Disney. Today, she still performs but primarily travels around the world, telling her story and how her parents chose life for a little girl they had never met. "This really shines light on my parents, who are the true heroes," Bricker said. "So if you're here today but you're wondering why, you have a purpose. You are here for a reason; you are not an accident."
  15. Good point. I'll need the $25 million in order to pay for the money transfer. I promise I'll pay the $25 back after I get the $25 million.
  16. $25.5 million. It's got to be at least a billion for me to reply. Lol
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  19. I personally have never come across anyone that calls themselves Baptist that believes in reincarnation. I'm curious if this something you have come across, I'm asking because I'm wondering what scripture would be used to support it.
  20. I've seen may Christians divided on this topic, Should a person who is suffering from a terminal illness be able to end their own life? Should they be able to end their own life of pain and suffering? Please give me your thoughts on this along with Bible verses and/or Biblic principals. I'll give my thoughts later.
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  22. Thank you. Please continue to keep us updated so we can keep praying for Randy. I'm not sure what I can do, but if we can do something, please let me know.
  23. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/79101-thomas-nelson-faces-15m-in-fraud-breach-of-contract-lawsuit.html "Thomas Nelson, a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP), faces more than $15 million in damages owed to a printing company after a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee found it liable for breach of contract and fraud."
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