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  • Aloha Sunday at the Christian Church

    August 16 - 10:30 a.m.
    WORSHIP - We come from different cultures and backgrounds, but we worship the same Lord. On this special Sunday “The Instruments of Praise” Hula Ministry Team will join us at the Christian Church (92 East Road) in worshiping the Lord. They will praise the Lord through a beautiful, traditional Polynesian dance as we praise Him in song. Feel free to dress “Hawaiian.”
    LUNCH - Mike and Michelle Irish will host a fund-raiser luncheon after worship to help this Hula Ministry Team travel to Oregon to minister. Menu: Teriyaki chicken, Teriyaki SPAM, rice and dessert.
     
     

  • Church listings 8-7-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Local family heading to Africa as missionaries

    The Blake Family, a local family of five, plans to enter full-time mission work with SIM (sim.org) in Niger, Africa. Carrie (Valentine) Blake, daughter of Allen and Judy Valentine, grew up in White Rock. She, along with her husband Sean and their teenagers Caitriona, Garrett and Derrick, will be leaving in August for French language training in Paris to prepare them for their mission work in Galmi, Niger.
    The Blakes will join the SIM team at the Galmi Hospital in Niger. Sean will be the IT administrator/consultant for the hospital, working with Nigeriens to find culturally relevant solutions to complex technology issues. Key projects will include clean power, electronic healthcare records and mentoring Nigeriens to move into the role of keeping the IT side of the hospital running.
    According to sim.org, SIM is a community of God’s people who delight to worship him and are passionate about the Gospel, seeking to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ in the world.
    Carrie will serve as the midwifery tutor for the hospital, with goals of introducing compassion into the childbirth paradigm and reducing mortality through addressing issues like obstructed labor and neonatal resuscitation.

  • What does the Bible say about same-sex marriage?

    “Is there anything in the Bible that might allow for same-sex marriage?” — Mark

    The Bible is unabashedly straightforward: the ideal for marriage is heterosexual.
    There are admittedly various forms of marriage in the Bible that may not meet the definition of what is often called the “traditional family” (e.g., multiple wives, concubines), close degrees of marriage (between half-siblings, cousins, et al.).
    Furthermore, wedding “ceremonies,” as we moderns practice them, do not appear in Scripture. The arranged marriages and politically and religiously motivated unions found there are neither openly endorsed nor forcefully proscribed by Scripture.
    This fact, however, does not sidestep the fundamental biblical understanding that God’s idea is one man and one woman for life in a “one-flesh” relationship (Gen. 2:24).

  • Church listings 7-3-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • America regarded as a Christian nation?

    “Can America be a ‘Christian nation?’ What does the Bible say about that?”—Ray

    The nation may, in its corporate actions, demonstrate evidence of some sort of Christian ethos; e.g., care for the poor, oppressed, sick and dispossessed, and a generous response to conquered enemies. Furthermore, there are many good people in the United States who live by the golden rule.
    It is also possible that some of the founders, Christian in orientation or even in genuine faith, hoped to imbue the new nation with values that were consistent with their faith.
    But strictly speaking, America cannot be a Christian nation. For Christians, Jesus is at the core of their faith.
    The founders, as it happens, rarely spoke of Jesus. They used terms like “Almighty God” or “nature’s God” but were reticent to refer to Jesus.
    When redactors of history claim that the founders intended America to be a “Christian nation,” they fail to explain why Jesus is not in the founding documents.
    The founders, in fact, were very clear on the idea that the nation would be secular, establishing no single religion as the state religion.

  • Church listings 6-26-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • How should Christians feel about war?

    “Is there a biblical model for how Christians should think about war?” — Katrina

    The Old Testament, of course, is rife with examples of war in which the enemy of God’s people is to be utterly wiped out (Deut. 20:16-18; Josh. 6:17-21). Some debate exists regarding whether or not the Israelite practice of the “ban” (i.e., “dedicated to God for the purpose of utter destruction”) is any way a justification for modern warfare.
    We will note here only that ancient Hebrew regulations concerning war represent a step forward from surrounding cultures in which wanton marauding and murder were the norm. Such passages do not serve as evidence of God’s approval or preference for killing (see Ex. 20:13).
    The subject is fraught with ambiguities. Argument may be made that Jesus did not forbid the soldier from being a soldier (Matt. 8:5ff; Luke 3:14). He recognized the harsh realities of this broken world with its wars and rumors of war (Matt. 24:6-7).
    Simultaneously, war is always an evil. Conflict is the result of human passions (James 4:1-3) and, in its essence, is not compatible with Christian life.
    So, there are principles that guide Christian thought in this arena.

  • Church listings 6-19-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Bible Answers: There is no dress code in the Bible

    What does the Bible say about clothing and what is appropriate dress for Christians?

    Clothing is a big deal and has been in ancient and modern societies alike.
    The clothing industry is a vast enterprise because our culture encourages people to invest a great deal of time, energy and money in assuring that their wardrobe is up-to-date.
    Well, who doesn’t like nice clothes? Who isn’t concerned, at least a little, with being fashionable?
    The Bible does not provide a specific dress code. As you might guess, numerous Scripture texts go beyond the mention of clothing to address the deeper issues; i.e., the attitude of the heart, outward behavior and character, and matters of faith.
    Jesus cautioned about worrying too much about what you will wear (Mt. 6:25). “There are more important things to consider,” He said. “Trust God to provide what you need.”
    Paul advised women to dress modestly, “with decency and propriety.” Their appearance should reflect their heart and the fact that they worship God. What matters more than outward adornment, he wrote, is that they “dress themselves in good deeds” (1 Ti. 2:9-10).