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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

61 days until SPRING 2014!!!

By Pastor Darryl Carr | Jan 16, 2014

I have been labeled by many people as the eternal optimist. I have a way of seeing the possibility of something good coming out of whatever is going on. The glass is always half full not half empty. Some of these attitudes, I imagine, come from being a follower of Christ. He offered hope to anyone and everyone who would follow Him. I haven’t always been a follower of Christ. I spend the first 30 years of my life following whoever would offer me something that was even a little bit better than what I had. It seemed like I was almost always chasing the next best thing that would come along. I had attended church as a little boy. I went through all the proper classes and instructions that were required of me. You are absolutely right, just enough to get by, just enough to try and please whoever was in charge at the time. I must admit it is very easy to go along with the crowd. It is much easier to go with the flow and not rock the boat. You know what I mean, the organized and traditional way of religion.

But I am very thankful that a very close friend of my wife and I cared enough to invite us to a church which used the Word of God to instruct people into a personal relationship with Christ. It was after attending that church for a while that we made a decision to become followers of Christ. We were convinced that we needed a Savior. We were convinced that the Bible taught that Christ was that Savior. He had given His life on a Cross to die for people like us. It was then that I really became an optimist. I believed that the Bible was true. I believe that the Bible had answers that I was looking for. I came to know that Christ had come to offer hope. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” The hope of eternal life, an eternal relationship with God and His Son forever and ever, do you have that hope?

You have 61 days from today or nine Sundays starting this Sunday Jan. 19, until the first day of Spring. My challenge to you and your family is this: find a church in the city of Washington to attend for the next nine Sundays. I am optimistic that you will find the spirit of Hope being shared. The hope of eternal life in Christ. This is your invitation from someone who knows about that hope.

 

Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 27, 2014 11:55
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 27, 2014 11:01

America, you may have a new Sodom and Gomorrah
The two least “Bible-minded” cities in the United States are the adjacent metros of Providence, R.I., and New Bedford, Mass., according to a study out Wednesday from the American Bible Society.
Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa, came in at number 96, next to San Francisco at 97th. The study defines “Bible-mindedness” as a combination of how often respondents read the Bible and how accurate they think the Bible is. “Respondents who report reading the bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible are classified as ‘Bible Minded,’” says the study’s methodology.
Christian missionaries can apparently steer clear of Tennessee, as the report suggests the state is the most devout in the union. Chattanooga was found to be the most Bible-minded city in America, a title it won from last year’s victor, Knoxville.
Overall, the study found an inverse relationship between population density and “Bible friendliness.”
“Not surprisingly, many cities in the East Coast continued to rank as the least Bible-minded in 2013,” says a press release.
Surprisingly, that den of sin called New York City didn’t make the top ten least Bible-minded cities, coming in at 89th in the list of 100. Suspecting New York’s large Jewish population may have rescued it from the bottom ten, TIME inquired as to whether the Torah counted as the Bible for the purposes of the survey. A spokesperson said questioners left it up to respondents to determine what they considered to be the sacred text, but the question asked was, “How many times do you read the bible outside of church or a synagogue?”
“We want people to know that whether you live in the least or most Bible-minded cities, the Bible can speak to your needs, challenges and concerns and help you make sense of your life,” said American Bible Society communications officer  Geoffrey Morin.
Read more: And The Most Godless City in America Is... | TIME.com http://nation.time.com/2014/01/22/godless-cities-in-america/#ixzz2rNyMANd6
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