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Religion

  • Concern about environment began with creation

    “Does the Bible have anything to say about the plastic bag ban debate?” — Eve

    Unfortunately, the Bible was written long before plastic bags existed; indeed, long before grocery stores and shopping were invented! Thus, there can be no direct comment from Scripture on the topic.
    Fortunately, this question provides an excellent example of how the ancient Book may speak, even to what some might consider mundane and inconsequential issues.  
    The Bible portrays a living God who is interested in humans and human affairs. Because we assume He cares about how we live our life, we may also assume that even when there are no specific instructions given in His Book, there are broad principles of truth that are related in some fashion.
    Clearly, the debate on this issue revolves around several topics: care for the environment, energy, use of limited resources and waste. Personal freedom, respect for individual choice and the power of the state to coerce also arise here.
    The Bible addresses the environment. In the creation account (Ge. 1:28-30) the earth is declared to be good. Furthermore, the world is part of the theological big picture: it reveals the invisible attributes of God (Ro. 1:20) and will somehow participate in His redemptive plan (Ro. 8:19-22).

  • Church listings 4-17-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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

  • Mixed feelings on making Bible ‘official book’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be — as an epistle writer put it — more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.
    Legislators here are deeply divided over a proposal to make the holy text an official state book, with some saying it’s far too sacred to be trivialized like the state fruit (tomato), the state amphibian (Tennessee cave salamander) and several state songs (“Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top”).
    Conversely, others believe the Bible is an integral part of the state’s history, or don’t want to appear to be against it. And then there are a host of constitutional questions to consider.
    Despite those problems, House lawmakers on Wednesday voted 55-38 in favor of the plan.
    On Thursday, the proposal was derailed when the Senate voted 22-9 to send it back to a committee that has been closed, effectively killing it for the year.
    Some legislators may have felt compelled to support the measure or face political repercussions down the road.

  • Church listings 4-10-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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

  • The Bible is second in importance to God

    “You refer to the Bible as the ‘penultimate authority.’ Doesn’t that lessen its authority?” — Katrina

    Christian faith holds that one God above all gods is ultimate authority (Ex. 20:3; Deut. 6:4). The eternal, sovereign Creator (1 Ti. 1:17), transcending time and space, He is the supreme, ontological ground of being (Is. 40:21-26, 28).
    The faith also contends that God has a message for humans. Referred to by the Greek word kerygma (which means “preaching”, Lk. 4:18-19; Ro. 10:14; Mt. 3:1), this message is that God has made a way, through the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to rescue a broken humanity that cannot save itself.
    In place since before the beginning of time, this message is the expression of God’s heart and purpose for His creation (Eph. 1:3-12). It is the essence of the holy, just, gracious, merciful God. It is for this reason that creation itself and all eternity venerate the living, loving God (Lk. 19:40; Rev. 7:9-12).

  • Religion class to start on April 19

    A new “Gospel Principles” class will begin on April 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    This free course will provide basic gospel instruction in a small-group setting where questions and discussion are welcome. Interested community members are invited to attend.
    The focus of the class will be to gain an understanding of basic doctrine as supported by the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets and apostles. Discussion on how gospel principles can be applied to daily living will be included.
    The course will enable participants to find answers to life’s questions, gain an assurance of individual purpose and self-worth and face personal and family challenges with faith.
    The class will meet 2:20-3 p.m. Sundays at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.
    Class attendees are welcome to join the congregation for worship services from 1-2:10 p.m., but attendance at worship services is not required in order to attend the Gospel Principles class. Course materials, including a course manual, are provided at each class meeting.
    For more information on the class, contact Joshua Miller at 695-7502.

  • Bible answers: What the Bible says about daily work

    “How does the Bible help me think about my job right now?” — John

    The Bible may not refer to your particular job, but it does have some important things to say about work.
    First, the Bible shows that work is right and good and not a curse. It mentions teachers, soldiers, physicians, construction workers, and scientists (perhaps that term is just a bit of a stretch: the magi in Mt. 2:1ff specialized in astronomy, astrology, and natural science.) Jesus was a carpenter; His followers were working men. Paul, the missionary, made tents for a living (Acts 18:3).
    Scripture does not elevate “sacred” over “secular” occupations. Jesus was certainly not a religious professional. Being a Christian does not mean you may do only religious work. Indeed, God calls you to your work and wants you to continue doing it well (I Cor. 7:20-24). It is how you provide for your family (I Tim. 5:8).
    Daily work is, in a sense, participation with God in His creative activity in the world.
    The significance of your work is based in the teaching that humans are created in the image of an active, creative God (Gen. 1:26ff).
    As such, you are a free, responsible person who is capable of leaving the world better than it was when you entered it (II Thess. 3:7-13).

  • Church listings 4-3-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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

  • Church listings 3-27-15

    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 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    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

  • Religion briefs 3-27-15

    Passover observance to be celebrated April 2

    Passover, or Pesach, is the first of the major Jewish festivals mentioned in the Bible. Passover celebrates God freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt — a story told in the book of Exodus. Each year, families gather to retell the story of their deliverance to pass along its message of hope, redemption and faith to their children.
    The observance of the Last Supper Seder will be 6:30 p.m. April 2 at The Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The observance will be a family-oriented dinner and celebration, which places special emphasis on Jesus’ use of the elements from the Passover meal to inaugurate the commemoration of His sacrifice. Patrons are encouraged to bring a Passover themed main dish and salad or dessert. However, the items should be in keeping with Paschal regulations. There are only two basic restrictions: (1) No Pork, (2) No Leaven. Googling “seder or passover recipes” should offer plenty of ideas. The church will provide drinks, paper supplies and the special meal elements used in celebrating the Passover.
    A sign up list will be in the church’s foyer, or can call 662-6468 or send an email to thechristianchurch@msn.com to RSVP.

    LAJC to host community Seder