North Salem United Methodist Church
Over on the Happenings Page, in the list of links, is a link to BibleGateway.com. Bible Gateway is, in my opinion, an excellent online site for bible reading and/or study. Additionally, its content can be listened to via audio bibles.
I find that I use Bible Gateway daily. Its tools and bible options/versions are tremendously useful in one's ongoing bible reading, study and research. Moreover, if you are a user of a mobile device, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Kindle Fire, the BibleGateway app is extremely useful, convenient and powerful. With its tools for searching, adding notes, pinning favorite verses, instantly switching between bible versions, and of course, audio (Max McLean is by far my favorite reader) so much can be experienced anytime, anywhere, right at one's fingertips.
I highly recommend this site and its mobile app for our mobile users. Head over to the Happenings page and check it out!
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The North Salem United Methodist Church men’s fellowship group is sponsoring The Great Courses American Lecture Series titled How Jesus Became God. Meetings are tentatively planned for the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes a pre-meeting meet and greet, an opening prayer, presentation of the Video Lecture, followed by an open discussion. All men interested in Christian fellowship and exploring the history and teachings of Jesus Christ are Welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the North Salem Church located at 389 North Main St., Salem, NH. There is no charge to attend. Coffee & doughnuts will be provided!
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...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
Over the coming weeks keep checking "The View From The Pew" as this matter will be explored in some depth. This is a concept that all Christians today should know and understand -- and understand clearly!
Not always do we have it happen but we are all blessed with moments which transcend our normal experiences. Tonight as I came home from a meeting the sun was setting in such a way with the clouds that a long red glow gleamed from the horizon - it was unusual to see and memorable.
As a young girl, poet Denise Levertov wrote about an experience, in which she felt the boundaries dissolve between herself and a flower to reveal the endlessness:
"It was a flower.....from a bare patch of that poor soil, solitary, sprang the flower, face upturned, looking completely, openly into my eyes. I was barely old enough to ask and repeat its name...
It looked at me, I looked back,
delight filled me as if I, not the flower,
were a flower and were brimful of rain.
And there was endlessness.
Perhaps through a lifetime what I've desired
has always been to return
to that endless giving and receiving,
the wholeness of that attention,
The moments which we experience the dissolving of barriers between ourselves and another, ourselves and nature, ourselves and God. Take a moment to recall those "moments" and what made them special for you.
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Just watched the video (Mary Did You Know) provided on the website and I thought is was beautiful. No matter what the season, this is something beautiful and inspiring. I loved it. Thank you for posting.
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Chapter 2 in Acts speaks of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the believers in Jerusalem on Pentecost following the Passover of Christ’s crucifixion. This event is believed by many to be the birth of the Church. The scene is described as believers gathering in a room in Jerusalem when a sound, like the rushing of a great wind, resounded through the room. Then the Holy Spirit descended upon the believers with a visual manifestation likened to tongues of fire upon their heads. Moreover, some of those receiving the Holy Spirit began to speak in strange tongues -- foreign languages. Visitors to Jerusalem from all over the mideast and beyond came to see and hear all of this and ask what it all meant, especially with Galileans speaking in the various languages of the many different visitors. Of course, some were amazed while others mocked the goings on as simply the result of too much wine. This is when Peter stepped up to explain what was happening, and he recalled the writings of Joel (2:28-32) to do that.
“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:17-21)
It is understood, of course, that Peter was addressing the matter of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. But by interpreting Joel 2:28-32 as he did (apparently under the influence of the Holy Spirit) Peter actually went beyond the immediate witness to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit -- far, far beyond to be precise. In citing Joel as he did, Peter was also prophesying of the next 2,000 years! He, of course, was not prophesying in exact, detailed terms; he was prophesying in a broad sweeping manner -- but prophesying to the next 2,000 years nonetheless. It is with the words of Peter, “And in the last days…” that this series of essays will focus. But before that is explored, the remainder of the sentence must be addressed.
Through Joel, and then Peter, God declares that he will pour out His Spirit on all flesh, not just some, but all. That fact will be very important to remember as this series of essays progresses. Then God goes on to say to the listener/reader, “...and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams…” And, then God makes a distinction. He continues with, “...even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.”
Pentecost was a turning point, the end of one age, the age of Abraham and Israel (as some propose) and the beginning of another age, the age of the church (as some also propose.) It was a turning point where God now poured out His Spirit on all flesh -- not just on the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but on all flesh, all mankind.
This universal outpouring of the Holy Spirit is curious to be sure. We can readily understand God’s Spirit being poured out on his “servants”, but on all flesh? even those not considered His servants? His Elect? God does as God wills; and God can empower any He chooses to empower at any time -- whether any such person is willing or unwilling of it, whether any such person is even aware of it or not. God used Pharaoh for His purpose, whether Pharaoh was a willing participant or not. God used Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian Empire to chastise Judah, even calling Nebuchadnezzar His servant. God caused King Saul of Israel, in Saul’s madness, to prophesy without even being aware that he was. God can empower anyone He chooses, however He chooses and whenever it suits His purpose.
So, God is now pouring out His spirit on all flesh, on those that are His and even on those who have no thought of God. Such is an interesting happening, and that matter, too, will be explored as this series of essays progresses.
But what are these Last Days that Peter spoke of? that Joel eluded to? Peter spoke of being in the Last Days nearly 2,000 years ago. The sum of which is quite a few days in excess to be reasonably labeled “Last Days”. Well, it is, of course, if one is speaking about 24 hours days. As it is, Peter was not. He was referring to days of much, much longer duration. And, such will be explored...but later.
...to be continued
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Below is a link to a YouTube video of poor visual quality, but of immense informational content. It is about the Star of Bethlehem. However, it is much more than that; it is about our time, and how we, today, can understand things of Scripture, because of present technologies, that none in the past could fully comprehend. Truly, it is, in the opinion of this writer, an indication of our special place now in the Plan of God. The video is long, 1hr5min, and of poor quality, but indicative of what the angel said to Daniel: "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end." (Daniel 12:9)
Sunday School has started up for its new season. Be sure to visit the "Sunday School" page (see above) for all the happenings going on with our kids and with any ways you might help out the staff. They work hard for our little ones. Let us give them all the support they need!
An excellent video offered by Elaine Heinrich of David Archuleta singing "to" the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's beautiful!