June 30, 2017


Did You Feel It?

 One of my electives during college was a “Physics of Astronomy” class – it was a night class (that’s where you laugh).  For a two-hour elective, I thoroughly enjoyed the class – the experiments exploring the heavens were fascinating.  Along with our study of galaxies, constellations, and black holes we spent a little bit of time on our own star, the Sun; especially as it interacts with Earth.

 With all of that in mind I have a question for you – did you feel it?  No, not an earthquake - or even a quiver.  Since writing about my knee episode last Friday, we’ve moved about 7 degrees in our terrestrial trek around the Sun.  It’s amazing to me at times what impresses the mind so much that it becomes a permanent part of our memories.  For example, since my love affair with space that began in the early 60’s I still remember that our Earth is 93,000,000 from the Sun.  So, if we use a little math – some that I still remember – we can determine how fast we’re moving as a planet.  It looks something like this:

 Circumference = π x diameter

93,000,000(radius) x 2 = 186,000,000 x π(3.1416) = 584,338,000 miles

584,338,000 miles ÷ 365 days = 1,601,000 miles a day

1,601,000 miles ÷ 24 hours = 67,000 mph! (rounding off)

 So, did you feel it?  I doubt it.  We’ve been traveling on a solar vacation this last week – to the tune of nearly 12 million miles!  Pretty smooth ride – eh?  And on top of that – no one’s reeling from all the rotating and revolving – nobody fell off! 

 Here’s a little something more – especially for all you waiting for 24/7 Christmas Music!  Not only did we move that far in our yearly path, we now find ourselves on the other side of the Summer Solstice, June 21st – the tipping point for the tug-of-war between day and night.  Since then we’ve lost 2 minutes of daylight; you know what that means – we’re on the other side.  And, since Christmas falls on day 359 of the year, as of today we’re now officially over halfway there! 

 You’re probably asking yourself at this point, “Bob, where on earth is all of this going?” 

 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants,

You have established strength because of Your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

 the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,

what is man that You are mindful of him,

and the son of man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 

You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 

all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the seas.  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8

 To Our Majestic Lord!






 Title:  “Who’s in Charge of Your Wallet ”

Text:   1 Timothy 6:2-21  

Pastor Bob Clark

 CONGRATULATIONS RICHARD & KATHY ANDERSON! – Congratulations to Richard and Kathy Anderson on the birth of their granddaughter!  Ella Violet Stiner was born to Aaron & Alissa Stiner at 12:33am on June 29th.  Ella weighs 6lbs 15oz and is 19 1/4 inches long.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we will be taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED– the church office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursdays from 6-7:30pm at the Schrage’s home for a study on the book of Acts.  For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – meets at the church on Saturday, July 8th at 8am

DEACON’S FUND OFFERING – Next Sunday, July 9th we will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church and community

EXPEDITION NORWAY VBS – Expedition Norway VBS will be July 10th–14th from 9am –noon.  Please sign up at the Welcome Counter.  You may also register your children on line https://vbspro.events/p/events/cpc-vbs2017  If you would like to make a donation of items need for VBS, you may do so here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080948a4ab28a2fc1-vbssupplies See Jeff Schrage or Emily Fredrick if you have any questions.




Turkey: Daughter Kept from Father

 Byram, a believer in Turkey, has lost most contact with his 9-year-old daughter, who he says has been essentially “kidnapped” from him since he became a Christian.

 Byram came to the United States from Turkey years ago to attend university. During his time in the U.S., Byram often had discussions with Christians about religion and after many years, gave his life to Jesus. Meanwhile, he married a woman from Turkey, and they had a child. When Byram returned to Turkey for a visit and he revealed his new faith to family members, they reacted by dragging him to a mental hospital for evaluation. His parents were certain his conversion was the result of a mental breakdown. After being held in the hospital with some “really crazy people” and being given four pills a day for two weeks, doctors determined Byram was mentally sound and released.

 Though the trip was only supposed to be a visit, Byram was further stunned when his wife decided she would be staying in Turkey with their only daughter, leaving Byram.

 After failing to change his wife’s mind, Byram returned to the United States to manage the several businesses he owned here and spent several years as a member of a large evangelical church. He continued to travel back to Turkey, hoping to win over his wife or at least develop a relationship with his daughter. His wife, however, divorced him.

 After a few years, Byram felt he should return to Turkey to be near his daughter and so that he could share the gospel with his countrymen. It was a potentially risky move as a convert from Islam, but so far the only conflicts over his adopted Christian faith that Byram has faced have been with relatives, including his ex-wife.

 The initial custody agreement for his daughter allows Byram to see her every other weekend, but his wife often makes excuses or cancels the visits. As a believer, Byram is learning how to balance showing grace to his ex-wife with standing up for the right to spend time with daughter. Sadly, Byram told VOM his daughter is showing signs of being influenced toward Islam by her mother.

 His relationship with his parents is improving, but his mother still prays daily that he’ll return to Islam. His family is supportive as he continues an extended court battle to have more time with his daughter.

During one court appearance, Byram’s ex-father-in-law assaulted him in the courthouse. Another time, during a scheduled visitation, his ex-brother-in-law punched him in the face to prevent Byram from seeing his daughter.

 As he fights for his daughter, Byram continues to serve the Lord. He now works full-time with a ministry where he engages online with many Turks questioning Islam. Over email and on social media they carry on long discussions about God, human suffering and some of the misconceptions Muslims are taught about the Bible. He’s also pursuing a master’s degree in theology.

 During a recent visit, he told a VOM worker, “There are 80 cities in Turkey; only 41 have a church. We’re continuing to pray for churches in those cities.”

 Posted: June 19, 2017

Sources: VOM Sources Posted: June 13, 2017©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and State Disclosure Statements Powered by NCOLInternet





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