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r H()GANSVILLE HOME NEWS - APRIL 20, 2000 00Most Paradoxical Religion in the Worm PARKWAY ieason, 1 .ledge, J! aaes, Hou! Towns Rodney ratae B mjay Jessi 5stianity is the single adoxical religion in the In the first place, it does- he common definition of a. Religion is a system of and practices that a per- ly follow in an attempt to ia god or gods. igion is man's attempt to god. Christianity, on the aand, is about the mes- fcGod's attempt to find ter to Genesis 3:9). Christianity is ld exclusive. It tsive in that it extends an to anyone and every- hear and accept its ifollow Christ. No one is Wrong" ethnic group, any other group keep him/her from a Christian. is inclusive in its to everyone. CHRISTIANITY is in its insistence that only system that leads i.e., forgiveness of eternal life. the only Savior the the Bible that the God of Whom it is the only God. He is of everything that the sustainer of a-t "Know ye that the is God: it is He Who [ad, e us and not we our- JL. (Psalm 100-3) tion may -" -s s been true throughout cauon s nt. ,,,,,"lr es, that these truths have leoracted and repelled )ughtron ev,m,,e-ity" For people who are "-Z..%,tl'_" trying to find the truth 'r'* -,,- EaCundel.ace of mind, these truths -l'tracted them to both the Paction eSta ,, ,,, ment Jewish beliefs [deSrM t New Testament ossible I God and only one Truth and only one way of redemption. Savior, but inclusive in its invi- tation to all to accept Him. enough to become one of us, pay the price of our redemption and Christianity. In the Old Testament days, people who were frustrated by and skeptical of the multitude of gods that were worshiped by the pagans, often were drawn to the Jewish religion because of its monotheism (and the eth- ical standard that was an inte- gral part of this religion). Beginning with Jesus, Christianity has drawn people to its faith because of the mes- sage of redemption already accomplished in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and because of His ethical standard. HOWEVER, "THE times, ' in " theyarea chang g. Manypeo- pie now are repelled by the very exclusiveness of Christianity. The attitude of many Americans is that of tolerance. They want to include a little of every religious teaching, to be open to any new idea. Many people wonder if they might discover "real truth" by believing some of every reli- gious doctrine. Yet, the Bible (God's Word, the Christian Manifesto) insists that it alone tells the way to for- giveness and eternal life, that the God who is its Author is the only God. It insists that anyone may accept its invitation, but that no one may be saved any other way. The idea of tolerance can- not accept that there is only one '96 -'98 SUV's 18 to choose from! arly on the first day of the it was still dark, .went to the from the " the story of the arose from the dead, is our celebration of over death. Our Day in the Considers why an so important. end of that first alive to and gave them their Again Jesus said, As the Father I am sending you." special sig- Easter is that Jesus arose from the grave, is alive today, and commissions His peo- ple to share the good news of sal- vation. HIGHLAND IS HOSTING the Community Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m., followed by a full breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited. "The Miracle of Easter" Cantata is at 11:00 a.m. in our Sunday morn- ing worship service. No evening worship service is scheduled on Easter. Join the Happy 60's in having a covered dish supper of finger foods beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. Afterwards, we are attending the Holy Week Service at First Baptist Church conducted by Union Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. With the Word was Bagwell (Psalm Adult Choir Welcome, Holy sequence Holy Art Welcome, The Has Come and He Is Willis's morning sing Eternal (Matthew 6:31-34). , many vis- HOLY WEEK, we Services at our church Y at 7 p.m. The Sunday' School Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday at 2 e bring six eggs - or hard boiled and if you can help, call Sondra Lee). Our pastor will speak at the Easter Sunrise Service at Highland at 7 a.m. and the Adult Choir presents their Easter musical, "The Night Before Easter" during the morning wor- ship in our church sanctuary, under the direction of Lynn Campbell and with the narration by Rev. Willis. Soloists are Alyson Lee "The Man on the Middle Cross" and Sondra Lee "love Was in the Room." Remember the sick, shut-ins and bereaved in prayer. CONGRATULATIONS TO our honor roll students. They are: Carson Keith (sixth grade Principal's List), A/B honor roll- Tabitha Chaffin and Kendra Palmer. Seventh grade A/B honor sermon, Jeremiah ahead: Caution. m our lives. :at us and say do it, it's all right are Christians. We andtalkthe are always on dis- sermon was prayer, ING TO have foot washing and communion Easter Sunday evening. James 4:10, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up" We will also be having an Easter Egg Hunt for the children and a carry in dinner April 22nd at 3:00 p.m. Come and fellowship with us. Come and visit our church. We would love to have you. If you need prayer or someone to talk Modern humans have a "let me do it" mentality. But that mentality has brought the prob- lem, not the solution. Yes, Christianity is exclusive in its insistence that only Jesus is As Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this Easter, let that celebration be a reminder to a watching world, that there is one and only one Savior Who loved and loves us guarantee us eternal life if we only believe in and accept Him. That is both inclusive of any believer and exclusive of all unbelievers. Let Jesus Christ be glorified! MOTORS, INC. '98 r,sm Auto, 4 DR, 33,000 mi. *10 900. 00 PRAYER REQUESTS INCLUDED all sick and shut- ins of the church community. Minutes of the March meet- ing were approved; and report was given by Treasurer Gayla Jones. President Thrash read a let- ter from District Officer Ida Jones requesting information for a scrapbook in 2000. Wanda Costley and Gayla Jones announced plans are being made for Easter Lilies to be placed in the church sanctu- ary in memory or in honor of loved ones, April 16-23. The Rev. Dane Wagner, pas- tor of the Mountville, Big Springs and Odessadale United Methodist Churches, has announced charge-wide servic- es for Holy Week include: April 21, 7:00 p.m., Good Friday service at Big Springs UMC; April 23, 7:00 a.m., Easter "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart .... 0 Lord, God of hosts." (Jeremiah 15:16) Make God's Word a part of your !ife each day through read- ing, study and memorization, it will make a difference. The Bible is food for thought and nourish- ment for the soul. Then let me love my Bible roll-Stuart Lee and eighth grade Principal's List Joseph Lancaster. All attend Callaway Middle School. And Latisha Mitchem, a second grader at Hogansville Elementary School on the Principal's List. This is for the third nine weeks. MAVIS GARRETT, Mary Kathryn Gillespie, Patti Phillips, Lillian Howell, Belle Willis, and Dr. and Mrs. Billy Burks attend- ed the WMU Spring Inspirational and Installation of Officers at Central Baptist Church in Newnan last Thursday night. We are hosting the Fifth Sunday night song service April 30th at 7 p.m. at our church. This is a community-wide event. Refreshments served after- wards. more And take afresh delight By day to read these wonders o'er and meditate by night. --Watts The Bible is bread for daily use, not cake for special occa- sions. Larry Williamson's message Sunday morning was from Joel 3:14. Sunday evening Dorothy Herndon was our guest speaker. Her text was Genesis 22:14. Our sympathy is extended to family and friends of Mary Roughton. God's Love I know God's love surrounds me, I can feel it everywhere, in the warmth of morning sun- shine, in the cool of evening air, in the melody of song birds, in the fragrance of the flow- ers, in the autumn's golden har- vest, in the gift of summer showers. In these blessings and all oth- ers that are given me each day, I can feel God's love surround m--.- and it never goes away. --Vera E. Johansen to, please call 812-9306. THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: The church is a livir.g body, con- taining all the parts. It lives, it moves, it functions and touches many hearts. When his members are united, His purpose they ful- fill. If God gives you a gift, use it, don't hide it under a basket. Let , your light shine. Hug someone today. Rezulin has been linked to liver dysfunction. Rezulin use has also been "linked to the need for liver transplants, and has even been linked to death. On March 21, 2000, the Federal Food and Drug Administration Sunrise Service at Mountville UMC Cemetery; April 23, 11:00 a.m., Easter worship service at Mountville UMC; and Church School at the regular 10:00 a.m. hour. Marry Wagner shared mate- rials and suggestions for a Vacation Bible School this sum- mer. Announcement was made that Dr. and Mrs. Richard Chambers will escort a group of twenty MountviUe Methodist Youth Fellowship members and parents to the annual ICTHUS retreat on the Asbury College campus in Wilmore, Kentucky April 27-30. This spotlights Christian contemporary music. Next UMW meeting will be at the home of George and Clara Andrews Monday, Mary 15, 7:00 p.m., with Program Chairman Marty Wagner presenting part two of "Living in the End Times." '96 Cadillac Deville White, Blue Leather, Loaded '12,500. 00 JJ Whitworth Parkway Motors LaGrange 0082-2990 i i 1 ,,. 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Attention users of announced that Rezulin would promptly be withdrawn from sale. If you are suffering from any health problems related to Rezulin, you may have a claim dgainst tts manufacturer. Call us today for more information. M_52tin TRIAL L!YERS Offices In: ATLANTA AND RALEIGH Toll Free 1-800-662-1234 www.MartinandJones.com Mountville United Methodist Women met April 10 at the home of Ric and Angela Chambers in Mountville. Mrs. Chambers presented the pro- gram entitled "Living in the End Times," and distributed notes on part one of the Bible study of Paul's letter to the Thessalonians. The UMW discussed the, guidelines outlined for Christian living and how we can apply these to ourselves. President Helen Thrash wel- comed members, read the poem, "One Solitary Life," and shared other comments appro- priate to the Easter Season 2000. UMW members participat- ing in the program included: Clara Andrews, Angela Chambers, Wanda Costley, Gayla Jones, Willette Phillips, Leslie Pike, Helen Thrash, Susan Whitlock, Alma Wood, all of Mountville; and Marty Wagner of Moreland. Community Easter Sunrise Service A community-wide Easter  Lutheran Church & Rev. Hugo I I \\; Oropeza, First Hispanic Church Sunrise Service will be held on  of LaGrange. '92 Honda Accord LaFayette Square, Sunday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by the LaGrange- ,$f'*  MUSIC WILL BE offered up International Friendship  , .\\; \\; l_ - in praise to our Savior's resur- Exchange, the services will be  ,\\;, \\; " 1 rection by Rev. Smith, world open to everyone of any denomi-  ,;]', /.,,'/h' reknown Organist, Rev. Hugo & nation in celebration of our "" Team, and Stephanie Pritchett, a friendships in the community cre- member of Faith Baptist Church. ated by God - our world, of Restoration in Christ Everyone is invited to partic- Leading the service will be Ministries, Inc. he will be joined ipate in this special day for Rev. James Wesley Smith, pastor by Pastor Amy Onstad, Advent Christians around the world.