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Gospel Meeting – May 11-14, 2014

Gospel Meeting - May 11-14, 2014

Featured Speaker : Wesley Simons

Times of Service : May 11 at 10, 11 and 6:30. Fellowship meal after the 11am service.
May 12-14 at 7:00pm

Come and join us !

Pulaski Church of Christ
3712 Newbern Road
Pulaski, Va 24301
(540) 980-9817

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Family and Death

My 90 year old Granny died on January 5, 2014.  I am so sad, I miss my Granny.  It seems like ever since her death that our family is just falling apart.  I’ve been struggling with feelings of alternating anger and sadness.  It seems like the people who tried to bring happiness, care and love to my Granny are being cast aside for those in our family that didn’t dare to darken her door.  I’m not casting stones, blaming or judging.  Just stating fact.  I’m by no means innocent of not coming up as much as I should have.  I do know this… My Husband and Myself tried to do the best to help her and my Uncle out as much as possible.  Even if it was something as simple as dropping off Granny’s favorite food, taking the garbage out or just simply sitting and talking with her.  I never let the order of her house, the words that sometimes happened to come out of her mouth or anything else keep me from allowing our kids to get to know their Great Granny.  I’m struggling with anger, feelings of wanting to yell from the roof top that people need to see the truth.  I will love my Family, but this loss has caused so much strife and fighting over materialistic things.  Tonight the last words sent to me : Don’t Come.  I’m good.  I will celebrate the life of my Granny with loving thoughts.. Letting the bad go, forgiving and moving forward.  I will pray for my feelings of anger can be replaced with love.  Causing myself to sin over words isn’t worth it.  My family might not have the fancy lodgings, gadgets, “in style” clothes.. The thing we do have is Love, God, Friendship, Peace.

 

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Granny

So it’s been a really long week.  Emotionally I’m all over the place.  My Granny has been sent home with Hospice.  I am sad beyond belief.  I’m trying to keep my emotions in check, to hide my pain.  I love my Granny.  I miss her and she’s not left yet.  I don’t want her to leave, but I have no choice in her departure.  I’m sad.

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Merry Christmas 2013

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted here ! 

I just want to tell everyone in my life that I hope that their holiday season is filled with joy and happiness !

To my family near and far:  Even though we don’t always see each other, interact, or even communicate, I love you. 

To my Church family:  I am so blessed and happy to be apart of your lives.  Please know that I appreciate you and pray that we continue to grow to know each other !

To my co-workers past and present:  We may not always understand each other, but I wish you all happiness and peace in your lives.

To the people I consider my family(my friends):  I love you.  There isn’t a simple sentiment that can explain my depth of care of love. (Even if we don’t always talk!)

To my Kids:  You are my heart beat, my breath, my everything.. No words can sum my love up for you.

To my Husband:  You are my Best Friend, my Husband, the only person that I can just be me around.. My love for you can’t be explained in a few words or sentences.

 

 

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Upcoming Gospel Meeting

Upcoming Gospel Meeting !!

Mark your calendars for :  September 22-25, 2013

Where:  Pulaski Church of Christ  3712 Newbern Rd, Dublin VA

Speaker:  Brother David Hill

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Trayvon Martin

My prayers today are for justice.  My prayers will include Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman family.  I pray for peace for the Trayvon Martin family as well as the Zimmerman family.  I’m saddened by the fact that a young man is dead, and there are people out there that can’t see the truth of the situation.  I’m not a “jump on the band wagon” type of person.  The truth is that if that had been a “white” caucasian male instead of a “black” male, we wouldn’t be in this situation.  I have no idea if Zimmerman is a racist, probably was just a “racial profiling” situation.  At the end of the day, Zimmerman’s actions were wrong and he deserves to be sentenced as such.  I pray for peace in the nation, and most definitely in the Sanford area. 

 

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Fibromyalgia

So.. I try to not whine.  I hate being thought of as weak, or someone who has to constantly talk about a medical condition.  I try to always think of myself as a warrior.. but tonight.. and for the past few days.. I don’t feel like a warrior.  I feel exhausted physically and mentally.  I have to figure out what I’ve been doing different that has caused this flare.. I’m on vacation this week, not doing anything, thankfully.  I need to be at 100% for work.. So I will take the remainder of my days to figure out.. what I’ve done differently.. Sigh.. I’m whining.

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The Tragedy of Racism – Article from: The Christian Courier

 

The Tragedy of Racism

By Wayne Jackson

No one with a modicum of awareness will deny that racism—the inclination to judge a person solely on the basis of his skin pigmentation or ethnic background—has been a human problem for centuries.

Paul addressed this problem before the haughty Greeks in Athens; there he affirmed that “God made of [out of] one [masculine – one man, an allusion to Adam] all men to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26). This ran counter to the ancient Greek notion that they were superior to others.

Many have been racist out of ignorance or weakness. Others, with a more ingrained disposition, have sought to defend it. Many past advocates of evolution were racist to the core. Charles Darwin’s, The Origin of Species (1859) was even subtitled “The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” The notion of a “superior race”—that later was argued by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) and so brutally implemented by Adolf Hitler—clearly had Darwinian roots.

But many religionists—of all ethnic backgrounds—have been racist as well. An old rhyme that lacked as much in style as in ethics hatefully blurted: “Ham [the son of Noah], he was ‘cussed,’ and so ‘they’ [the dark-skinned] ain’t as good as us.”

This poetic (?!) “theology” has been all too prominent in American history—though it has no sanction at all in the Bible. The fact is, it was Canaan, the son of Ham, who was destined to be a “servant of servants” to his brothers (Genesis 9:25). This involved the Canaanites, but certainly not all of the offspring of Ham. It bears no relation to racial problems today.

There are, of course, black militant groups that are intensely racist also, as indeed there are racists in all ethnic segments of humanity.

Jesus, in his parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), renders a death-blow to racist ideas.

Back in November (1999), Royce Money, president of Abilene Christian University (Texas), stood before a black audience and confessed the university’s past sins of practicing discrimination. He apologized and asked for forgiveness. We applaud Money for this acknowledgment.

When I read of this event I was reminded of a letter I wrote and which was published in The Christian Chronicle more than a third of a century ago (October 25, 1963). In part, I said:

I sincerely hope that your [recent] editorial on the “White-Negro Issue” will stimulate many to get off the “fence” and stand steadfastly for love among brethren [and] against ignorance and bias . . . Some of our . . . colleges refuse enrollment to Negros, fearing either social pressures or the withdrawal of funds, or perhaps both.

I vividly recall, when I was a student at David Lipscomb College in the mid ’50s, that Marshall Keeble would be invited to speak on occasion; yet all the black brethren would be required to sit in the balcony.

We’ve made a lot of progress since then. There is still prejudice, however, among all groups of the human family. But as the spirit of Jesus progressively invades our souls, racist attitudes must evaporate. Racism is morally wrong for the following reasons:

  1. It denies the basic unity of the human family as the offspring of God. Adam and Eve are the grandparents of us all (Genesis 3:20).
  2. The denigration of any human being, made in the image of God, is an assault upon the Creator himself (cf. Genesis 9:6).
  3. Since Christ died for all people (1 Timothy 2:5-6), any attempt to castigate a segment of humanity, suggesting its unworthiness, reflects upon the Savior’s sacrifice.
  4. Racism militates against one intended design of Jesus’ mission—to eradicate all ethnic barriers (Galatians 3:28).

May God help us be more like the little boy who, returning from his first day at school, joyfully told his mother, “Mamma, I’ve found a new friend.” “What color was he?” she inquired. His pure response was, “I forgot to ask.”

Note: we cannot but observe, however, that the president of ACU would have done the university a favor had he confessed some additional matters as well (e.g., the countenance and cover-up of the teaching of evolution on that campus—a controversy which stirred things mightily in Abilene in the late ’80s, and which has not, to this very day, been acknowledged in spite of the most overwhelming evidence of culpability).

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About the Author

Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and Science, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth, The Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife, and life-long partner, Betty.

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R-Word : from the Christian Courier

 

The New “R-word” Label

By Wayne Jackson

For more than two centuries the despicable “N-word” has been hatefully hurled at “people of color.” Now its use virtually is the equivalent of profanity and borders on being verbal hate speech, worthy of criminal prosecution. Another term rapidly finding a new and intensified niche is “racist.” If one wishes to defame another with whom he has a grievance, label him a racist. No one wants to be thought of as a racist. The epithet received a celebrity boost recently when former president Jimmy Carter charged that a significant portion of those who oppose the current president’s policies are motivated by racism.

Racism is a reality that is gray-headed with history. It probably began to foment after the dispersing of the human family in the days of the post-Flood era. Early humanity largely neglected the Creator’s charge to “fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). A significant portion absolutely refused to do so (cf. 11:4). Accordingly, God “confounded” their speech and “scattered them abroad” (vv. 6ff). The subsequent separations created the circumstances that accommodated the physical variations of the human family. An incredibly rich genetic pool, together with a population dispersal, created just the right diversity of environments for the development of multiple physical features.

Yet in his book, Human Heredity, noted anthropologist, Dr. Ashley Montagu, a militant evolutionist, conceded that “all the ethnic groups of man must have originated from a single ancestral stock. . . . [T]he more we study the different ethnic groups of man the more alike they turn out to be” (1960, 184).

When God chose the nation of Israel for a special role designed to facilitate the coming of the Messiah, a tendency to disdain other peoples eventually developed. They had been elevated by God, but not because of intrinsic worth, rather it was due to the role to which they had been appointed. It was not the divine ideal that racial barriers be erected. Realistically, however, the worship of Jehovah isolated the Israelites from the pagan polytheists, and a new word became prominent in Old Testament literature—“strangers,” i.e., non-Hebrews (cf. Exodus 12:38; Numbers 11:4).

It is interesting that the law of Moses embodied a number of ordinances that were designed to show kindness to the Gentile “strangers.” They were not to be oppressed (Exodus 23:9); instead, the Hebrews were to love them and show them hospitality (Leviticus 19:33-34). Strangers were classed with widows and orphans as deserving of special care (Exodus 22:21-24). They could be incorporated into the Jewish worship system by becoming proselytes (cf. Acts 2:10b), which involved full legal rights (Numbers 15:14-16).

It was never the divine intention, however, that hostilities develop that would cause hatred and bloodshed among the greater community of divine offspring (cf. Acts 17:26, 28). Yet in the New Testament era, “Jews had no dealings with Samaritans” (Luke 10:31-32; John 4:9), Samaritans hated Jews (Luke 9:52-53), and the Jews felt contaminated by all Gentiles (cf. Mark 7:3-4), hence engaged in multiple ritual washings to purge themselves of “contamination.” It was social chaos.

Our beloved nation was bathed in its own blood as a result of the black-white conflict over slavery, namely the Civil War (1861-65); and that legacy lingers today. What many people forget, however, is that while whites trafficked in black flesh (a practice condemned in Scripture—see “menstealers” [1 Timothy 1:10]) many Africans sold their own people into bondage. It was not a one-sided sin. Nevertheless, for the past century and a half there has been a legacy of hate, suspicion, abuse, and reactionary strife because of racism.

Nothing can be resolved unless it is defined. Racism is not restricted to one element of our population. It is white, black, brown, and yellow. How is racism to be recognized?

  1. A racist generally is a person who judges others on exterior features, such as skin pigmentation, language accent, or other externals.
  2. A racist will resist hiring one of another race, or will hire a less qualified person over a more qualified one, to accommodate his own race.
  3. A racist cringes to see people of different color in marriage—“People need to marry their own kind.” We are all the same “kind.” We are descendants of Adam and Eve. Each human cell contains that marvelous chemical substance known as DNA (short for deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA is the code that was programmed by the Creator for the productions of different varieties of biological organisms, which includes the potential for variability within humankind. The responsibility for “race diversity” lies ultimately with God.
  4. Those who define as “racists” others who disagree with them are in fact racists themselves. For some, every act of conflict is perceived as racially-motivated.
  5. Racists have priorities reversed. As Martin Luther King Jr. expressed it, they make decisions according to the “color of one’s skin,” rather than “the content of his character”—either against people or for them.
  6. A white racist believes all blacks somehow are inferior. (Charles Darwin, the apostle of evolution, argued this position.) Many non-white racists believe all whites are racists!

Racism is an insidious evil. It dishonors God’s plan of human development and ethnic diversity. It is judgmental. It constitutes “respect of persons” and thus is not God-like (Acts 10:34; James 2:1); the Greek text literally reads, “God is no respecter of faces.” Human beings ought not to be either.

No person should be exalted merely because of his color or disdained because of it. The issues of life are: what does a person stand for in his life and his teaching?

Sources/Footnotes

  • Montagu, Ashley. 1960. Human Heredity. New York, NY: Mentor.

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About the Author

Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and Science, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth, The Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife, and life-long partner, Betty.

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Seems like

Seems like when I want things to be easy and peaceful.. It’s not.  I’m sad.  I’m Happy.. I’m me.  I try.  It’s weird to be me.  I’ve got too much on my mind.

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