October 22, 2014
Where will you be?
Just recently on TV I saw an advertisement for the new “Left Behind” movie. This movie, according to the online and TV trailer, is based on the bestselling “Left Behind” book series. The movie trailer was complete with disappearing pilots and empty hospital maternity wards. It really made me start thinking and talking to others about the soon coming rapture of the Christian church.
The rapture of the church is one of the most emotion-producing topics you can bring up in a regular conversation. I have seen people change the subject, leave the conversation altogether or simply brush this topic away as if to suggest that it was simply a conversation about a weekend thunderstorm that will pass. I can only assume these knee-jerk reactions are to avoid the simple truth of the Bible, that one day our Heavenly Father will look at Jesus and say that it is time to gather his church. In that moment, every person on Earth (and even astronauts in space for that matter) who has accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and has trusted in him daily will disappear and be called home to spend eternity with God. But don’t take my word for it. Jesus stated in Matthew 24:40, “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.” –NIV
The one line I remember the most from the trailer was this, “I can’t believe a loving God would do this to the people he created,” speaking of what was going on in the post-rapture world depicted in “Left Behind.” I thought to myself, “But God has been lovingly telling us for 2,000 years through his word and world events that the time is near. I don’t know a single “good” parent who doesn’t inform his/her child of rules and boundaries and consequences for breaking those rules and boundaries. God is no different. He has laid out in his word the cost of sin, penalty of sin and, best of all, the cure for sin.
If the thought of the rapture makes you uneasy, take heart. John 3:16 says it best, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –NIV. So, where will you be after the rapture happens?
Church Notes - Week of 10-22-14
St. Stephen’s to hold a healing service tomorrow
The public is invited to participate in a Christian healing service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Romney, based on the international order of St. Luke the physician on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m., led by Ms. Candy Ponchak. Prayers and intercessions of healing and/or thanksgiving are welcome for yourself or others.
Romney UMC contemporary service Saturdays
The Romney First United Methodist Church is holding a new contemporary Christian service every Saturday. Coffee will be served in the library at 5:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 6 p.m. There will be contemporary music and various speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info, call the church at 304-822-3023.
A call to prayer for Hampshire County
The community is invited to gather with other Christians, pastors and intercessors to pray for revival in our county. Our churches, families and individuals are in need of a mighty move of God. This will only come by prevailing prayer, unified prayer, to be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at Fox’s Hollow Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Traveling west of Romney 3 miles on Route 50, turn right onto Fox’s Hollow Road, bear right and go 1/10 mile. The church is located on the right. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., prayer is offered up for Hampshire County at Zoar Baptist Church, 4 miles south on Ford Hill Road, Augusta. All pastors, churches are invited to join this weekly time of interceding for our county, churches, families and lost souls.
Evangel Holiness invites community to services
Evangel Holiness Church invites the community to an exciting time of ministry. Free Gospel Bible Institute will be ministering at the church facility on Heidi Cooper Road, Shanks. On Friday, Oct. 24, a service will be held at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments to follow. On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a service at 2 p.m. with a hayride and hot dogs to follow. On Sunday, Oct. 26, services will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All are welcome. For more info., call 304-822-7772.
Romney Assembly to hold revival
Evangelist Charles Walters will hold revival meetings Nov. 2-5 at Romney Assembly of God. On Sunday, Nov. 2, the services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The service time Monday, Nov. 3, through Wednesday, Nov. 7, will be 7 p.m. nightly. The church is located across from Romney Cycles. For more info., visit romneyassembly.org or call 304-822-4263. A love offering will be received.