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 group is meeting on select Saturday mornings this fall beginning on Saturday November 1. The group is sponsoring The Great Courses American Lecture Series titled How Jesus Became God. Meeting’s begin at 8:30 am with a duration of 60 to 90 minutes. 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 available!
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The most recent tally of the Church's Italian Supper indicates $940.50 was realized from the evening!
A big THANK YOU to all who contributed time and money to the effort -- and a lot of different folk did just that! And, of course, a special thank you to Bill and Lois for all the effort and worry they expended in leading the NSUMC crew to another successful church supper!
Check this out - sent to us from a fellow Christian, John Horne, of the Byfield Parish in Byfield, MA for the viewing pleasure of the believers here at the NSUMC. Thank you, John!
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Fra Giovanni in a letter to a dear friend back in the 16th century shared this thought:
"Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you."
Life is so generous a giver - the words are so true and the gift comes in all parts of our lives.
Digging some potatoes up last evening; I almost missed some which were still covered with the dirt and started to cast them away and realized it was what I was looking for, so in life we sometimes experience dirt and want to cast it away but if we look it has a truth for us, a lesson, a generous gift we almost missed.
In conclusion of this my View From The Pew regards the Fall of Man, I am convinced that the Fall of Man was planned and executed by God himself for the purpose of bringing man to glorious perfection. Furthermore, and in light of the above statement, I am also convinced the universe is not autonomous, somehow spinning on its own through time and space, going on and doing as it does with God chasing on behind constantly reacting to its erratic behaviors. Creation was initiated and is held together by God, actively and continually. Nothing happens, nothing can happen, unless God initiates and sustains it. So, once again, I hold the Fall of Man was a setup by God, a setup which continues to this day, and fully for the benefit and maturation of His Elect. And, of course, therein lies a paradox - from a human perspective.
Although we constantly face choices in our lives, choices we must make daily, in reality all that we experience, do and decide is the active manifestation of God’s preordained plan for creation and his creatures. And, we are living it out to its preordained conclusion. (Acts 4:28, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 9:22-24)
What appears to us as an ongoing, freewheeling series of events that could result in an infinite number of conclusions, the human experience at present is, in fact, a solidly determined and executed divine plan with just one predetermined outcome. Undoubtedly, it is a massively intricate, complex and mind boggling plan, a cosmic undertaking so immense in scope and so microscopically detailed, it is far greater than any man can fully fathom -- at present -- as a singularly detailed effort.
Some find that biblical fact impossible to accept. Man's persistence in reserving for himself the prerogative to be governed only with consent is, of course, fundamentally human, an ingrained characteristic of the natural man. But whether or not one holds to God's complete dominion over His creation and its creatures, neither understanding exists outside the predetermined workings of His plan. Thusly, it is a comfort for many to know God is running this show -- and completely so.
To me it is much like this, as my parents provided me with instruction and experiences to educate me in anticipation of adulthood, at times permitting me to fail, sometimes to fail miserably, it was all done in love and care for my well being, then and for my future. Unlike our physical parents, however, God is a perfect parent, and His provided instruction and life experiences are perfect, perfectly designed and perfectly executed. As the writer of Hebrews declares: “...His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3) And as Isaiah stated, “God will accomplish all His purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10) Thus, God has no need to repeatedly revise His Perfect Plan, going to Plan B, C, or D because we humans seem to endlessly throw Him a curve with our rebellious back sliding and humanistic behaviors. I certainly do not precisely understand much of history or the sufferings the world endures. But I do understand and believe this, “...I consider that our present suffering cannot even be compared to the coming glory that will be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
From the beginning to the end, God provides perfectly for His offspring. And it was at the Fall that our divine education began, and it will culminate in God's perfect conclusion. History, all of it, all that was experienced in the garden, what we have experienced since then to now, and what is yet to be realized is undoubtedly, and thankfully, a Perfect and Divine Setup -- a setup designed and executed entirely for the conception, upbringing and eventual glorification of us -- His preordained elect.
A must see video. Check it out!
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From Elaine Heinrich
~Just looking at all the work that Mark does to make out website so wonderful. A BIG THANK YOU for all your time and hard work. It's a wonderful way to stay in contact with everyone while we are away! :)
From Elaine Heinrich
~I was so surprised at the insight of this reading. It is a totally different way to look at what God is teaching us. I always looked at the literal meaning only. Love it!
Video From John Horne...
~Just wanted to comment on the beautiful video you shared with us and would encourage everyone to watch and listen to the word. It is beautifully done.
The Happenings Page here on our site. There you will find photos and videos of current and past activities at our church. Moreover, posted there is the current week's sermon and an archive of past sermons listed by date. The is also a list of external links with tons of interesting info. Check it out! Get a gander at what is "Happening" at the NSUMC!
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!