July 15, 2017


“I Should Have Known Better”

I follow the news.  Perhaps that would be better said, “I try to find the news.”  No, don’t worry; this is not an article about “fake” news - I’ll let the pundits parse that one.  But because I do like to follow the news, especially religious and political, I sometimes feel as though I could actually have something that might contribute to the analysis – silly me!  So, last week when I received an email from the Trump triumphant asking for my opinion of the President’s performance thus far I was drawn to the challenge like a moth to a flame.

So there I was, sitting at my desk attempting to write a cogent reply to a fair question.  I worked through a number of issues were I feel the President could improve in his role as the chief executive of our nation.  I won’t be sharing any of that in this article; I would like to remain on speaking terms with a number of you.  But because curiosity killed the cat I’ll give you just an inkling of my direction.  In my opinion – and that’s all that it is - I think it’s time – well, past the time – when our President needs to pay more attention to the unvarnished truth and less time with his unvarnished twitter.  I’ll stop with that.

And, after about ten minutes of waxing eloquently I hit the submit button.  Want to take a shot at what happened next?  I was directed to the donation page – with no option for $0.00!  Well, when I clicked on the continue button I couldn’t leave the page – not without selecting a pledge amount with the option of setting up a regular payment plan.  I sat there, staring at my computer screen, thinking to myself – “I should have known better.”  They want my money, not my mind.  They’re not the first, and they won’t be the last – of this I’m certain.  And, there’s ten minutes of my time that I’ll never get back.

Over the last two weeks you’ve allowed me to share with you some of the biblical principles regarding the stewardship of our monetary resources and the potential weeds that grow from our relationship with it.  My prayer at this point is this – I hope you’re not feeling the same way I did after my attempt to reason with a software program!  Many of us, perhaps most of us, struggle with money at some point in our lives.  Why, I’m still basking in the afterglow of reading my Social Security Account update letter.  It wasn’t very social, I wasn’t feeling a very secure, and it didn’t look very much like an account!

So may I offer just one closing thought that I’m not sure came out as strongly as I had hoped - Pray about your money.  Pray that God would give you the wisdom and the grace to handle it well.  Pray that you might demonstrate a faithfulness in what the Lord entrusts to you now with the hope that He might bless you with more for the Gospel and the eternal Kingdom of Christ.  Pray that your Heavenly Father would give you the grace of His Spirit to smile and even “cheer” as you bless others with the generosity you have received.  It’s always a matter of the heart, friends.  Paul said it this way in his first letter to the Corinthians.

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,

but have not love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:3







Title:  “Children In The Open Arms of Jesus”

Text:    Mark 10:13-16

Pastor Bob Clark


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

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

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“GRILLIN’ & THRILLIN’” MEN’S EVENING OUTING – Monday, July 24th at 6:30pm at the Golden’s. Everything you wanted to know about your grill! The meat will be provided –bring a side dish or dessert. Please sign up at the Welcome Counter if you plan to attend.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Sunday, August 13th at 4:30 at CPC. The Missions Committee will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and ice cream. Please bring a side dish to share. All donations will support our sponsored orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti.





United States: Dying Boy Gives to VOM


Fourteen-year-old Philip “Phil” Parks’s life may have been cut short by cancer, but his bold faith  — which only grew stronger as he confronted death — continues to help persecuted Christians today.

During his battle with stage 4 glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive brain cancer, Phil used his God-given artistic talents to create greeting cards, which he sold online. The front of the cards feature his drawing of a cardinal — a symbol of hope during his cancer fight.

Days before he slipped into a coma and subsequently died on April 13, 2016, Phil told his mother he wanted the profits from his greeting card sales to be given to The Voice of the Martyrs.

“He once told me that he was thankful for brain cancer because it was enabling him to share Christ with more people,” Phil’s mother, Lydia Parks, wrote in a letter to VOM. “He then told me that martyrs have suffered much more for their faith, and that he had it ‘much easier.’”

Phil shared this with his mother after he had been told his cancer had progressed and had become terminal. He heard this news after he had endured several surgeries, chemotherapy, and dozens of rounds of radiation therapy and cell treatment. Through it all, he held onto hope, joy, love and faith.

“I know this was God’s miracle of many earnest prayers for him, and I also believe that the hope, faith and strength displayed by his persecuted brethren further sustained him,” his mother said.

Phil had long been inspired by the stories of enduring faith in the face of fear from our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

“He had grown up hearing stories from (VOM’s) newsletters and ‘Jesus Freaks,’” Lydia said in her letter. “We also wrote letters to our persecuted brethren, made parachutes and prayed specifically for those written about, as a family (myself and four sons). My boys often watched every ‘Torchlighters’ movie, as well. I believe this established a foundation of trust in a Father who ‘would never leave nor forsake them.’”

Eight months before he died, Phil wrote his last letter to a persecuted Christian in prison. In the letter, he encouraged Farshid Fathi, who had been imprisoned in Iran, and told him he had been praying for him. He also wrote, “I’ve been scared of dying and don’t want to die but I have trusted in God to give me hope; and He has.” He signed the letter, “Your friend, Philip.”

Authorities released Farshid four months later, on Dec. 21, 2015, after spending nearly five years in prison.

When he needed it most, God gave Phil hope in the form of a cardinal. During one of his worst days in his cancer battle, Phil struggled with fear as he faced the reality of death. His mother encouraged him to pray for God’s peace. Phil went outside to pray and soon returned joyful.

“He came to me and said, ‘I prayed that God would show me that He is near through one of his creatures. And then, I thought of a red cardinal. When I opened my eyes, a cardinal flew down and stayed with me,’” Lydia told her church’s newspaper. “He told me that he knew God was with him. He wasn’t afraid to die.”

Today Lydia’s house is covered with cardinals, which she feels God continues to use to give her and her other sons hope.

“He died on a beautiful day,” she said, remembering Phil. “The sun was coming up, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. There were cardinals on the tree in our front yard.”

Even though Lydia misses her son terribly, she continues to remember his bold faith.

“He said he knew God gave him cancer for a reason,” she added.

To purchase Phil’s notecards, the proceeds of which support VOM, visit www.philparks.com.

Sources:Posted: July 10, 2017 VOM 7©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and State Disclosure Statements Powered by NCOLInternet






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