Week of 2.22.2015-2.28.2015
THE STORM IS COMING
Those are the recent words of Franklin Graham in response to last week's ISIS beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. In a Facebook post on February 16th Graham said,
"The militant Islamic terrorist group ISIS has released a video called A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS showing the beheadings of the 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in Libya. Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we'd better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States. If this concerns you like it does me, share this," He closed by saying, "The storm is coming."
Note that ISIS titled their macabre video... "A Message Signed to the Nation of The Cross." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know who that nation is. Further, despite what this administration has called "random" acts of violence, the fact is, these acts are anything but random and they are religiously motivated. The killings in a Paris Kosher deli were not random at all, but anti-Semitic and orchestrated by Islamic terrorists funded from Yemen. The 21 Egyptian Christians brutally beheaded this past week were specifically murdered because they were Christians. Their murderers openly said they killed them because they were "people of the cross." Pope Francis publicly denounced the murders and said that Islamists murdered them precisely because of their Christian faith. Yet the White House refused to acknowledge that fact and instead referred to them only as "Egyptian Citizens," not Christians.
Franklin Graham in a follow-up interview went on to say, "We have to understand who we're dealing with and you have to deal with it accordingly...The president is ignoring the fact that these are Islamic extremists, these are terrorists, and ISIS is a terrorist organization and they are bent on destroying the West. They've already said they want the flag of Islam to fly over the White House." Graham goes on to say... "The president, his entire life, his whole influence has been Islam,...His mother was married to a Muslim. His father's a Muslim. Then she married a [Muslim] man from Indonesia. He [Obama] was raised in Indonesia, He went to Islamic schools...So, his whole life experiences have been surrounded by Islam. He only knows Islam. And he's given a pass to Islam. He's refusing to accept and understand the evil that is in front of him."
One renowned author and psychiatrist said, "We have an administration that is truly pathological in its inability to actually state what's going on." Columnist George Will speaking of this administration’s refusal to discuss radical Islamic terrorism called it "beyond burlesque, its pathological and clinical in their inability..." Greta Van Susteren, not known as bastion of conservative thought said, "I am perplexed as to why our president will not acknowledge the truth and call Islamic extremism what it is."
So you will know, my thoughts are not directed at whether you love President Obama or not... my point is simple, you cannot deal with something that you refuse to identify... you cannot face down evil by acting as if its expression is "random" and disconnected from the very source that it itself claims to be a part of. Refusal to identify the obvious doesn't make it less real, it actually enables it to thrive. The rest of the world has no problem identifying what's going on... and we'd better do the same. Already analyst are telling us that in America there exists hundreds of radical Islamic "sleeper" cells that are plotting and planning our demise. Should Christians be concerned? Ask the families of the 21 murdered Egyptian Christians.
St. Augustine, one of our early church fathers outlined a nation's appropriate and biblical response to an enemy...take action... 1. When God's law has been rejected. 2. When the results advance what is right and restrain what is evil. 3. When reasonable alternatives have failed... I think we are there! Church, The Storm is Coming! Remember God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!
For God's Glory Alone,
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
Costa Rica Mission Trip | If you are interested in being a part of this trip July 25 - August 1st, make plans to attend an informational meeting on March 1st. The meeting will be held in room C-101 at 5:00 PM. If you have any questions contact Lloyd at email@example.com.
Spring Golf Tournament | Join us on Friday, March 13th at Highland Oaks for a great afternoon of golf. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per 4-man team, includes golf, lunch and chance for door prizes. All proceeds fund Student ministry camps and mission trips. Registration forms can be picked up at Welcome Center or RFC desk. Any questions contact Student Ministry office or see Lloyd.
Widow's Fellowship | Will be on Thursday, February, 26 at 10:00 AM in the RFC Craft Room. The guest speaker will be Rebecca Kirkland. Hope you will join us!
Marriage on the Rock | Beginning Sunday, February 22nd at 5:00 PM in Room D 106. Learn God's principles that will turn disillusioned, divorce-bound marriages into satisfying dream relationships. Clint and Karla Rockwell, leaders.
New Ladies DLife Group | Free to Fly examines our callings, how they grow from the place where your burdens and gifts collide. Discover your gifting in the context of community. Introductory Meeting is Wednesday, March 11th in D109 at 6 PM. Monica Locke, leader
New Marriage DLife Group Begins Sunday (2/22)! | Join us in D107 at 5:00 PM for Marriage on the Rock led by Clint and Karla Rockwell. Preschool care provided.
DVD Sets | CD's and DVD's are available for purchase at the Resource Center for brother Ray's sermon series. The CD's are $5 each and the DVD's are $8. If you would like the DVD set of a complete sermon series in an album, they are $35 and the CD sermon sets are $25.
516 NATION STUDENT MINISTRY
D-Life Groups | No student classes/events tonight (2/22). Rest up from the great D-Now weekend!
Fundraisers | Two fundraisers are currently underway. The Student Ministry Golf Tournament will be March 13th. Registration forms for teams and hole sponsors are available at any drop box location, at the Student Ministry Office or at The516Nation.com. Also, Discount Cards are available to be sold. Contact the Student Ministry Office or see Lloyd to receive cards to sell.
Summer Camps | Gravity (grades 6-8) Summer Camp will be June 8-12 at Shocco Springs. Elevate (grades 9-12) will be June 1-5 at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. WIRED (grades 6-12) will be June 21-26. More information and registration forms are available at any drop box location, at the Student Ministry Office or at The516Nation.com.
Gravity Game Night | This Wednesday, February 25th, we're having a Foursquare competition in the gym for all Gravity (grades 6-8) students after service from 7:00-8:00 PM!
Gravity/Elevate | Every Wednesday night, Gravity (grades 6-8) is a high energy service at 6:00 PM in the RFC Meeting Room. Also, Elevate (grades 9-12) is a casual service at 7:00 PM at The Spot. The gym opens at 5:30 PM, so feel free to come hang out before or after services!
Breakfast Club | Start your week off right by joining us at 6:45 AM at Atlanta Bread Company for a weekly devotional. Bring a little money for breakfast!
TRUTH SEEKERS MINISTRY
Missionaries to Panama | Ed and Jane Skowron, will be here Sunday (2/22) teaching missions in Kids Church, GAs and RAs in all services, 8:15AM 10:50 AM and 6:00 PM. Come hear about their current ministry to the Chinese people. Their presentation includes: puppets, videos and native apparel. We will be meeting upstairs in the Kids Church room D-201.
Children's Ministry Parent/Leader Luncheon | Sunday, March 8 at 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall for families grades 1-5. Join us for a delicious meal and preview of the Spring and Summer Calendar of Events. Please RSVP for the free meal and childcare by 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 27th by calling Heather at the church office at 792-9406, ext 243. Camp discounts will be awarded to those who attend!
RA Pinewood Racer Derby Schedule | Friday, February 27 at 7:00 PM is RBC family night and Saturday, February 28 at 9:00 AM is the Associational Race sponsored by the CBA. Both will be in the Fellowship Hall.
Children's SS Leaders Huddle | Sunday, March 1 at 4:30 PM in room D-203. The agenda will include: "High 5" Easter Sunday, Walk with Jesus Easter Family Tour on April 4, plus distribution of curriculum and resources. Childcare is provided. Come support the SS team with 100% attendance.
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RECREATION FITNESS MINISTRY
Senior Adults | Our next Primetime gathering will be on Monday March 2nd from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM in the RFC Meeting Room. We will be having Italian type dishes this month so bring one of your favorites or a dessert to share!. Also, make sure to invite a friend! Hope to see you there!