July 7, 2017


More Than A National Anthem

Having just celebrated The Fourth – with friends, food, fireworks, fun, and freedom – a number of memories decided to pay a visit.  Their pleasant appearance wasn’t quite as startling as local fireworks – but thankfully, still as bright!

I have to admit that without younger children in our home these days I’m not up on current curriculum choices in our schools.  You see, I come from a time in our country were certain school activities were simply a “given” – the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, classroom prayers, and weekly trips to the local Episcopal Church for religious instruction.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we also hid under our desks for Air Raid Drills!

Channeling my best Andy Rooney, “I wonder how many kids today actually know who wrote the Star Spangled Banner – and the war it commemorates?”  I’m not sure I want to know – the anticipated answer is troubling.  But for most of us who grew up with blackboards and cloakrooms we remember that it was Francis Scott Key; and it was the War of 1812.  Along with composing our National Anthem, Mr. Key, a lawyer with a deep faith, also wrote a number of hymns; some that you may actually know but never looked at the small print to discover the composer’s name.  So, in honor of our National Holiday, I’ve decided to pass today along one of his more popular hymns as an encouragement for your life and faith! (here’s a link if you would like to here the hymn played in one its more familiar tunes: http://hymnary.org/media/fetch/182691 - it may take a second or two to load)

“Lord, With Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee

1 Lord, with glowing heart I'd praise thee
for the bliss thy love bestows,
for the pard'ning grace that saves me,
and the peace that from it flows.
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
this dull soul to rapture raise;
thou must light the flame, or never
can my love be warmed to praise.

2 Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
wretched wand'rer far astray;
found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
from the paths of death away.
Praise, with love's devoutest feeling,
him who saw thy guilt-born fear,
and, the light of hope revealing,
bade the blood-stained cross appear.

3 Praise thy Savior God that drew thee
to that cross, new life to give,
held a blood-sealed pardon to thee,
bade thee look to him and live.
praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
roused thee from thy fatal ease;
praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
praise the grace that whispered peace.

4 Lord, this bosom's ardent feeling
vainly would my lips express;
low before thy footstool kneeling,
deign thy suppliant's pray'r to bless.
Let thy love, my soul's chief treasure,
love's pure flame within me raise;
and, since words can never measure,
let my life show forth thy praise

For a Faith yet protected under a Raised Flag!






Title:  “Weeds in the Christian Life”

Text:    2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Pastor Bob Clark


CONGRATULATIONS to Jesse & Melissa Owens as we celebrate the marriage of their daughter!

Congratulations Kayla Owens & Grant Esposito

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

DEACON’S FUND OFFERING – Today, we will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church and community

VBS VOLUNTEERS – Meet today at 1:00pm at the Church to set up for VBS week.

EXPEDITION NORWAY VBS – Expedition Norway VBS begins tomorrow! Join us for VBS week form July 10th–14th from 9am –noon.  Please sign up at the Welcome Counter.  Today is the last day to register your children!

You may also register your children on line at:


To make a donation of items needed for VBS, go to:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080948a4ab28a2fc1-vbssupplies

See Jeff Schrage or Emily Fredrick if you have any questions.





Laos: Homeless


“Aelen” woke up one night to the sounds of someone burning her house down. Thankfully, she was able to grab her baby son and escape. Unfortunately, it was one of many hardships she’d been forced to face since deciding to leave her tribe’s traditional religion and follow Jesus instead.

Many in her village, including her family, perceived the change in her religious beliefs as an offence to their culture.  Many Laotians believe Christianity is an American religion. When someone in the community becomes a Christian, the community worries that the spirits they worship will be offended, and that the community might also suffer ill-effects as a result.

Though she escaped the attempted arson of her home, Aelen’s problems weren’t yet over. A little while later, she visited her sister in another city for a while. When she came home, she found that her father and brother had moved into her home and were claiming it as their own.

Aelen went to the local authorities to complain. She then found out that the village headman had even issued her father a new property deed for her home. Further lobbying for justice at the local level and even provincial level hasn’t helped. It looks like Aelen will be forced to leave the village. When she asked her father how he could do such a thing to her, he told her, “Because you are a Christian.”

It’s not just young people who suffer like this.

An older gentleman, “Keowynn” and his wife and daughter were also recently evicted from their home, in this case by their own son. Keowynn is a key Christian leader in his area and he leads a church that he planted many years ago after he moved to an unreached region as a missionary.

In spite of Keowynn’s faithful example, his oldest son despises his parents’ faith. He also drinks and uses drugs. Much like the prodigal son in the Gospel of Luke, his son demanded his inheritance from his father and said that the house should be his portion. The conflict between the oldest son and the family has been ongoing for at least three years, and on March 15, 2017, the son finally forced his father, mother and sister from the home.


This is the thatch home Keowynn’s family are living under in the rice field.

Keowynn and his family are now living under a roof they erected in a rice field. It’s a tough life, but they don’t want to abandon the other believers in their community. They are afraid if they leave, the other believers will become too discouraged and renounce their faith.

Please pray for both Aelen and Keowynn and their families. Other Christians in Laos are assisting them, but it’s difficult to lose home and family. Pray that they and other believers in Laos will stand firm in Christ, no matter what they encounter. 

Posted: June 28, 2017

Updated: June 29, 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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