July 2020
Three Profound Viruses

"They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood." 
1 John 4:5-6 (NIV)
                                                                                                           
virus
  1. An infective agent that is microscopic and is able to multiply itself within the living cells of a host.
  2. A piece of code which is capable of copying itself with the detrimental effect of corrupting systems of destroying data, (ie. computer virus).

propaganda
Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to
promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

T he coronavirus has caused a lot of stress, confusion, sickness, pain, and death in recent months. It continues to puzzle health experts and politicians, and to cripple our society to some extent. There has been uncertainty about it all year. Certainly, Covid-19 is a profound virus.
R acism is another profound virus that plagues the United States. The death of George Floyd has brought about a renewed awareness of the racism that remains in our country. But an incident that everyone condemns, involving a rogue policeman, Derek Chauvin, has led to other problems, such as violent rioting. Yes, black lives matter, but there is a big difference between that truth and the organizations that disrupt the social order. We try to respect every person because they are created in the image of God. However, cultural, and economic factors remain in America that segregate races and prolong disparities. There are no easy answers to the profound social ailment of racism.
     When we need answers for any problem, I recommend using the Bible in its proper context. I will trust the bias and “propaganda” of scripture over what gets peddled as news by the mainstream media. The days of someone like Walter Cronkite simply reporting the news are past. Very little true journalism takes place anymore on the national level. It is often replaced by commentary, bias, and dare I say, propaganda. We used to worry about communist propaganda and “the red scare” during the cold war. Now we should worry that our own media has become part of the problem, fueling the fears over the coronavirus and even exacerbating tensions over race. Sadly, media corruption also constitutes a profound virus.
     As Christians, it’s crucial for us to evaluate what we hear, with godly discernment. “Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17a) We must protect our eyes, ears, and fingers (when we write or type), especially in an election year. It’s important to hear and share truth. The truth will set people free. (John 8:32)
Sometimes we need to turn off the television and listen for the direction of God through prayer or Bible Study. We have to evaluate our sources of information with spiritual wisdom, remembering that the world already thinks we are foolish. Hopefully, we are smart enough to recognize viruses and propaganda, no matter what form they present themselves. 

In Christ’s Love,
 Pastor Mo  
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Happy Birthday!

Laura Walters - July 1
Tim Nafziger - July 4
Jackson Stambaugh - July 6
Faye Hall - July 9
Leann Gerken - July 12
Ashlee Tressler - July 13
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Bill Rohn - July 16
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Ben Baldwin - July 25
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Happy Anniversary!

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Bob & Pat Vandemark - July 23

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Play Ball
Bob didn’t believe that Larry's dog could talk. So Larry asked his dog, “What’s on top of a house?”
“Roof,” the dog barked.
Bob wasn’t convinced. So Larry asked the dog how sandpaper feels.
“Rough.” Bob still wasn’t convinced.
“O.K., who was the greatest baseball player of all time?” Larry asked the dog. “Ruth.” With that, Bob walked away, shaking his head in disbelief. The dog turned to Larry and asked, "Why'd he leave? Should I have said Willie Mays?”
For those of you missing baseball here's some word fun!
Not only is baseball America's pastime but the most pervasive athletic metaphor in the American language. Whether or not we're fans, we speak baseballese just about every day, and all year round.

Fill in each blank below with a common word or phrase that has its origins in baseball. Don't worry. I won't throw you any curveballs. In fact, right off the bat, I'll offer an example for you to bat around: "I know you won't quit. You'll always be IN THERE PITCHING."

  1. We're not making a bit of progress with this project. We can't even get to _____.
  2. I'm so out of it. I'm in _____.
  3. Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, while others are born with _____ against them.
  4. Everybody's so enthusiastic about your proposal. You just hit a _____.
  5. I know you can't give me an exact price, but can you give me a _____ figure?
  6. These people are really serious. They play _____.
  7. On Broadway, the new musical "The Producers" has been a _____.
  8. I promise I'll consult you before I make any decisions. I'll be sure to _____ with you.
  9. I can't meet you today, but I'd like to in the near future. Would you mind if I took a _____?
  10. Let's act quickly. Let's do it right _____.
  11. He's always so silly - a real _____.
  12. Bill is away at a conference, so we're going to have Ted _____ for him.
  13. That performance was great. It was a _____ performance.
  14. They're chintzy, they're inexperienced; they're incompetent. They run a _____ operation.
  15. Bob will stay single for the rest of his life. Rather than settling down, he prefers to _____.


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