3rd Annual Salem Lion's Club 1K Walk For Hunger to benefit four Salem, NH Food Pantries.
Saturday May 30, 2015, 12-3PM
(One week after Memorial Day)
Tuscan Kitchen Parking Lot, Salem, NH
T-Shirts and refreshments given to all walkers after the walk
Help us help them!
For information call:
Chairwoman Phylis Marchulaitis
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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!
April 22, 2015
THE VALLY OF THE DRY BONES - READ EZEKIAL 37:1-14
THERE ARE TIMES IN LIFE WHEN WE WILL INEVITABLY FIND OURSELVES IN THE VALLEY OF THE DRY BONES. SOME SETBACK, ILLNESS OR LONELINESS PUTS US IN THE VALLEY AND A WAY TO COME OUT OF THIS IS TO SIT BACK AND SMILE OVER THE DRY BONES, AND REPEAT TO OURSELVES SEVERAL TIMES WITH SILENCE BETWEEN THE WORDS, “DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF GOD.”
THEN PRAY FOR A RENEWAL OF YOUR SPIRIT AND THE ABILITY TO LISTEN TO THE POSSIBILITIES IN YOUR LIFE. A POET SAYS IT LIKE THIS:
…BUT JUST WHEN THE OLD HEAP OF BONES SEEMS MOST DRY AND DESERTED, A STRONG “BREATH OF LIFE” STIRS AMONG MY DEAD.
SOMEONE NAMED GOD COMES TO MY FRAGMENTS AND ASKS, WITH TWINKLING EYE: “MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?”
THE VOICE STRETCHES INTO ME, A STIRRING LEAPS IN MY HEART, LIFTING UP THE BONES OF DEATH.
THEN I OFFER MY WAITING SELF TO THE “ONE” WHO’S NEVER STOPPED BELIEVING IN ME, AND THE DANCE BEGINS.
– Joyce Rupp
A must see video. Check it out!
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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!
April 16, 2015
Days of the Lord
Part 9 - Day 7
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation". Genesis 2:1-3 ESV
The last Day of creation, the Seventh Day, is very special. It is so because it is blatantly separated from the previous six Days of creation. The Seventh is set apart from Chapter one of Genesis as it opens Chapter two. Was the Holy Spirit inspirational in having the translators of the ancient texts separate the Seventh Day description from the previous six? It seems odd that the Seventh Day description did not close chapter one but instead opened chapter two. Whatever the case may be, in the Scriptures, textually, the Seventh truly stands apart from the previous six.
The Seventh Day stands apart in another manner, as well. Where the descriptions of each of the previous six days close with: "And there was evening and there was morning," the Seventh Day conspicuously, does not. Neither evening or morning is mentioned regards the Seventh Day, and that, I believe, was done purposely because in the Seventh Day the earth may well rest fully.
It is no accident that the six Days of creation all begin in the evening - in darkness. It is in darkness that the experience of man outside the garden begins, blind to the Truth through deceit of the serpent, stumbling around following his own darkened and limited vision -- lost and headed for a very great fall. But then Light comes, as it did on Day Four, at the very middle of God’s seven day creation narrative. And, because of that, we can see the Way -- with relief, joy and, hopefully, heartfelt gratitude. And, of course, it is not the light of man that saves us from that great and lethal fall, but the Light of God personified in Jesus -- as He was foreshadowed to appear in the fourth millennium. With the six Days, the Days allotted for man to do his work, each Day is a reminder of how we start in darkness, spiritual darkness, then as a gift, receive light that cuts through and obliterates the darkness.
Yes, it appears there is no evening or morning for the Seventh day -- a Holy Day, the only Day that God declares to be holy. It is the only day that God commands us to "Remember" and to "Keep Holy." It is a most important Day in God's Plan for us. In the fourth commandment it is revealed that Man will rest from his work of six thousand years and enter into God's Rest, His Holy Sabbath.
As was witnessed in Part 8, the Sixth Day closes with the appearance of the Last Adam, who is Christ, and His wife, the Church/Israel. And immediately following that appearance, the Seventh Day begins. But, again, the beginning of this Day, this Sabbath Day of God’s rest, does not appear to begin with darkness. There is no declaration “and there was evening” for this Day. It is a 1000 year Day of the Lord where the whole earth will enter into a Sabbath rest. The twilight between the Sixth and Seventh Day ends the third 2000 year age, the age of the messiah/church/gentiles, and begins the fourth and final age of God's perfect plan, God's perfect design for His Elect.
Thus the Seven-Thousand-Year design of God for Man is veiled and dimly revealed within the creation narrative of Genesis. It is a story within a story. It is as Jesus always did, speaking and acting in parables, telling stories with hidden and double meanings. His miracles were also stories within stories, actions that had meanings hidden within the outward appearance of the action itself. This “hiding” of the meanings of things is by God's design. Jesus tells us so. He told his disciples such directly. (Matthew 13:10-15) And in those verses He also tells us an amazing fact; the more one has, the more one will receive. In other words, the more one learns from the Scriptures (and that being an act of the Holy Spirit), the more will be revealed to him. And to those who understand little, or perhaps, decline to understand, even what they do understand will be “taken away.”
In the final essay, Part 10 of this series, I will share my thoughts on how this “hidden narrative”, the hidden story within a story, benefits us and what we as the church now face -- here at the twilight of the Sixth and Seventh Millennium of God’s great Design.. The church has been praying and waiting a very long time for what is apparently “soon” to occur. In fact, I prayed this very morning as christians have prayed for millennia, just as Jesus guided us to pray: “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come…” And so it shall, and, I believe, far sooner than most understand.
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