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July 30, 2017, 9:00 AM

Wanted: Dependable Person


     In virtually every classified section of the newspaper, we find some employer advertising for a "dependable person" to occupy some position of trust and responsibility. I have talked with many business owners who state that finding employees they can count on is their number one problem. No organization can succeed without dependable personnel. The lazy, irresponsible, hit-and-miss type is a shame to his company and hinders its effectiveness.

     It is equally true that the local congregation cannot be an effective organization unless it consists of "dependable" Christians; tht is, members who will shoulder their responsibilities along with the rest and cooperate to fulfill the mission of the church. While the Bible does not use the word "dependable," it does use equivalent terms such as "steadfast" and "zealous" (see 1 Corinthians 15;58; Titus 2:14, etc.). Every Christian should be characterized by these terms. He should be one who can be "Counted on" at all times. The sad, but true, fact of the matter is, however, that many congregations have a percentage of undependable members: members who couldn't hold down a job for a week if they conducted themselves toward their work like they do toward the church and its work. Let's look at a few examples.

     Most congregations adopt a particular series of studies for their Bible classes. This is to facilitate the edification program of the church. Members of the church need to be instructed in the knowledge of the Bible. But the effectiveness of the Bible classes and any sermon series is compromised because of those members who are present only now and then, and thus fail to receive the overall benefit from the series of lessons. To have a thoroughly effective edification probram, we need members whose presence we can depend upon.

     The Bible authorized a pooling of resources of the members on the first day of the week in order to facilitate the work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Obviously, any kind of budget or planned expenditure of funds from the church treasury depends upon the consistent, generous contribution of the members. The church needs members who are dependable in their contribution. We need those who not only are generous, but can be depended upon to plan ahead and give regularly. Because of some who give on an irregular, inconsistent basis, important work of the church must be curtailed, plans left unfulfilled, work not completed.

     The sum of all that we are trying to say is simply this: the church of our Lord needs each member to be dependable in shouldering our responsibilities, more didicated in our efforts to put the kingdom of God foremost in our lives. --

Bob West, The Milpitas Messenger, August, 1996




July 30, 2017, 8:03 AM

What Is Your Heart's Desire?


GOOD MORNING UNITY AND COMMUNITY;
What a week! It was Church Camp week at Budd Creek near Geers Ferry, AR. 13 churches present, 197 registered campers, of whom 17 were 6 and under. 32 came to know Jesus as Savior and many other lives changed.
How come so many are saved at camp? Is it because of pressure? Or, is it because there is a desire to see people saved at camp. Churches bring children of all ages, races, and conditions. There is a great desire to see people to come to an encounter with Jesus. The world is shut out. No TV, no video games, just a constant reminder three times a day that Jesus Saves and He is willing to save them. A lot of adults needs this kind of week where the world is shut out from them and all week all they here is about Jesus.
This morning we will be looking at a subject entitled "What Is Your Heart's Desire?" Many people have all kinds of desires, but what is your desires? Come join us at 9:45 for Sunday School and 10:45 for worship! Pray I see you there and you have an encounter with Jesus today!!!!!!!




July 23, 2017, 9:00 AM

No Room


My gracious Master knocked one day
Upon my heart's closed door.
He longed to come up and sup with me
As He had supped before.
I bade Him enter, but He said,
"I see no room, today."
And with a sad reproachful look,
He turned and went away
.

Dismayed I looked within my heart--
Unlovely things were there.
For a while I slept the enemy
Had entered unaware.
I saw a root of bitterness,
Of envy, wrath and pride,
And for my Lord no room was left,
So fast they multiplied.

I Prayed, "O Father, cleanse my heart,"
And hearing this my prayer

The devil fled, nor left he ought--
He feared to tarry there.
My Lord no longer knocks without,
Sweet fellowship have we,
For naught impure, unholy, stands
Between my Lord and me.




July 23, 2017, 8:25 AM

Christmas in July


Good Morning Unity and Community:
First, let me apologize for not posting my usual Sunday morning post. Not going to make excuses, just simple laziness on my part. But hopefully I'm back. Please pray for me as I will be at Church Camp at Buud Creek in Geers Ferry this wee. I am the director for the Lonoke Baptist Camp. Also this week I will be the evening evangelist Monday through Thursday nights. Pray for the salvation of lost souls. We start each night at 7:30.
Is it HOT enough for you? Ever think about Christmas in July? Well today at Unity we will be doing just that. Today, we look at Luke 2:1-7. Joseph and Mary are looking for a place for her to give birth to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But there seem to be no room for them. As in those days people were busy taking care of the world (paying their taxes) and there seem to be no room. So it is today, people seem to have "No Room For Jesus." How much room does He have in your heart and life?
Come join us at 9:45 for Sunday School and 10:45 for Praise and Worship!!!




July 9, 2017, 9:00 AM

Have Courage, My Boy, to Say "No"


Have Courage, My Boy, to Say "No"
You're starting, my boy on life's journey,
Along the grand highway of life;
You'll meet with a thousand temptations
Each city with evil rife;
This world is a stage of excitement,
There's danger wherever you go,
But if you are tempted in weakness,
Have courage, my boy, to say, "No."

The bright ruby wine may be offered,
No matter how tempting it be,
From poison it stings like an adder:
My boy, have courage to flee.
The billiard saloons are inviting,
Decked out in their tinsel and show;
But if you are tempted to enter,
Have courage, my boy, to say, "No."

In courage alone lies your safety,
When you the long journey begin;
Your trust in the Heavenly Father
Will keep you unspotted from sin,
Temptations will keep on increasing,
As streams from a rivulet flow;
But if you'd be true to your manhood,
Have courage, my boy, to say, "No."


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Each week Bro. Dennis Ingle has a short message in the Sunday Bulletin. This “Blog” is made from these bulletin entries and also messages he posts on Facebook.

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