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Sunday, December 17, 2017
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 Pastor Dave's "Thoughts" for 2017                                                 
Parting Thought
December 17, 2017 
Here's some news from the "great" institution that serves the children of the United States: Elementary
School forced to remove cafeteria plaque that thanks God for food.  Showing thanks to God for a meal in a
public school makes atheists upset! (Sept 17, 2017) reports that "an elementary school
in Virginia has removed a plaque from its cafeteria that thanks God for the food following a complaint from a
prominent professing atheist organization.  The plaque at issue, which had been displayed in the cafeteria of
Spiller Elementary School in Wytheville, read, "Our Father, we thank Thee for this food.  Bless it to the        
nourishment of our bodies and our lives to Thy service, Amen."... "However, the Wisconsin based Freedom
From Religion (FFRF) wrote to the Superintendent of Wythe County Public School...after being contacted by
a local complainant, whose identity it kept anonymous.  FFRF asserted that the plaque was problematic     
because their prayer could conflict with the beliefs of some of the students and their families."                   
Parting Thought
December 10, 2017 

Here is a thought that is very appropriate during this Christmas season...  "When we wish to know the love
of God, we should go to Calvary.  Can we look upon that scene, and say God did not love us?  That cross
speaks of the love of God.  Greater love never has been taught than that which the cross teaches.  What
prompted God to give up Christ to die-if it were not love?  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends."  Christ laid down His life for His enemies; Christ laid down His life for His
murderers; Christ laid down His life for them that hated Him; and the spirit of the cross, the spirit of Calvary,
is love.  When they were mocking Him and deriding Him, what did He say?  "Father forgive them, for they
know not what they do."  That is love.  He did not call down fire from heaven to consume them; there was
nothing but love in His heart.             - 365 Days a Year with - D.L. Moody
Parting Thought
December 3, 2017 

"The pietistic movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them;
there is nothing about them that needs the Death of Jesus Christ; all that is required is a pious
atmosphere, prayer and devotion.  This type of experience is not supernatural or miraculous, it did
not cost the passion of God, it is not dyed in the blood of the lamb, not stamped with the hall-mark
of the Holy Ghost; it has not that mark on it which makes men say, as they look with awe and
wonder- "That is the work of God Almightly."  That and nothing else is what the New Testament
talks about.
The type of Christian experience in the New Testament is that of a personal passionate
devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ.  Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is
detached from the Person of Jesus.  There is no regeneration, no being born again into the
Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our pattern.  In the New Testament,
Jesus Christ is Saviour long before He is Pattern.  Today He is being dispatched as the
figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example.  He is that, but He is infinitely more: He is
salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God.         -Oswald Chambers
Parting Thought
November 26, 2017 

Continued thoughts on the article I have been quoting:  "Christians are quickly becoming marginalized
as ill-tempered, mean-spirited bigots who want to inflict pain on innocent people who just happen to be
different from them in their sexual orientations and values.  We are truly off the grid.  There has never
been a time in history in which homosexuality has been seen as an "orientation" or when homosexual
marriage was considered acceptable and normal.  The homosexual community has attempted to revise
history (with much success) and make traditionalists appear to be the ones out of step with the past and
on "the wrong side of history."  But even a brief glance into human history reveals that the homosexual
movement of today is simply out of stride with how homosexuality has been viewed as far back as it can
be traced.  To be sure, homosexual attraction and behavior has existed throughout antiquity but not
in the forms we are seeing today."
                                                                                -Gary Gilley, The Voice-Nov/Dec 2017
Parting Thought
November 19, 2017 

Here are some continued thoughts from the article I quoted from last week- "Christians who
believe in the Scriptures as their final authority are in a most difficult place.  If we live in obedience
to written revelation, we cannot accept homosexual behavior as any less than immorality.  (God
calls it an abomination - Lev 18:22)  Yet, if we speak against the homosexual lifestyle, we are accused
of hatred, judgementalism and homophobia. Add to this fact that most Christians have never seriously
examined the biblical teachings on homosexuality and that issues are now arising that have rarely been
seriously debated throughout church history, then we can readily see why the faithful children of God
are being squeezed.  They find themselves between the immovable Word of God and its clear
teachings on all forms of immorality, including homosexuality, and the changing Western culture,
which now sees homosexuality as perfectly acceptable and normal, as it does most other
forms of immorality.     
                                                           (to be continued...)
Parting Thought
November 12, 2017 

Have you thought about how rapidly our world is changing?  Especially recently?  There has been
a wholesale collapse of resistance to things God has clearly said was wrong!  What was condemned
as immoral and wrong is now widely accepted and even praised!  People are afraid to go against the
tide of what is promoted as good...even though a person's conscience and heart may tell them
something different!
Please consider these thoughts regarding an issue the God calls an abomination:  "What was
considered throughout most of human history as sinful behavior and, until 1961, declared a
crime in all American states and more recently a psychological disorder, has now been embraced
by people from all walks of life.  "State sanctioned" homosexual marriage, which was unimaginable
a few years ago, and as recently as 2012 banned in 32 states, is now being framed as a basic
human right.  Blatant transsexual and transvestite activities are now regarded as natural and normal.
And if anyone dare express another opinion, even if expressed graciously and kindly, they are
considered homophobic, and risk serious ridicule as well as loss of job, position in society, family
and friends.
In a culture where tolerance is paramount and all people have a right to their own opinions,
irrespective of their veracity, different views on homosexuality are seldom tolerated."
                                                                                (to be continued)
Parting Thought
November 5, 2017
A Student’s thoughts about our Country
Now I sit me down in school, where praying is against the rule.
For this great nation under God, finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites, it violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow, becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green. That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise, prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we meditate, God’s name is prohibited by the State.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, and pierce our noses, tongues, and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible, to quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen and the ‘unwed daddy’ our Senior King.
It’s inappropriate to teach right from wrong, we’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls, study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed. Not a word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here, I must confess, when chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make: should I be shot; my soul please take!
Parting Thought
October 29, 2017
On Tithing 
I wonder why the Lord did ask
For tithes from you and me
When all the treasures of the earth
Are His eternally.
And why should He depend on us
To fill His house with meat
When we have so very little
And His storehouse is replete?
But He said to bring our little,
And He would add his much;
Then all the heavenly windows
Would be open at His touch.
And blessings running over--
Even more than has been told--
Will be ours; but there's no promise
 If His portion we withhold.
Are we afraid to prove Him? Is our faith
And love so small that we tightly
Grasp our little when He freely gave
His all?      
                                             --Roselyn C. Steele
Parting Thought
October 22, 2017


Time and Tide - If a man had a bank that credited his account each morning with $86,400, that
carried over no balance from day to day, that allowed him to keep no cash in his account and every
evening cancelled out whatever part of that amount he failed to use during the day, what would he do?
Draw out every cent of course!  Well, every man does have such a bank, and its name is "time."
Every morning it credits him with 86,400 seconds.  Every night it rules as lost whatever of this he has
failed to invest in good purpose!  It carries over no balance and allows no overdrafts.  If he fails to use
day's deposit, the loss is his.  True enough is the ancient saying: "Time and tide wait for no man."
There is no going back and no drawing against tomorrow.  So invest your seconds
wisely in an effort to bring forth fruit for the Lord.  Psalm 90:10,12 says:  "The days of our years are
threescore and ten: and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour
and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." "So teach us to number our days, that we may
apply our hearts unto wisdom."
Parting Thought
October 15, 2017


Last week we were talking about the believer’s responsibility with the Great Commission . . .
it is not just the hired church staff that should be involved . . . it’s all of us!
Also, if we pray and support a missionary that’s not all of what the Lord has commanded,
though it is good and necessary! Here is more of the article that I quoted . . .
"The map in the church foyer with the many lights that represent all the missionaries the church
faithfully supports around the world through its prayers and money too often satisfies its
Great Commission conscience while members ignore Christ’s command to reach their own neighborhoods.
They have wonderful programs to meet the particular needs of each group in the church:
youth, seniors, children, women, men, etc., and the 'missions program' is placed in the same list
with all the other activities as just another equally fine program. 
Yet, the Great Commission is to be the foundation for all the other programs in the church.
It ought to provide each outreach ministry with its primary focus and guide all of its activities.
Everything done in and through the church ought to revolve around
Christ’s command to 'go, preach, teach, observe, and make disciples.'” –Mark Batory
Parting Thought
October 8, 2017
"The Apostle Paul planted churches in many different cities, but he was on-site in most of them for only a brief
period of time.  After his departure, those churches continued to flourish because each took seriously the Great
Commission responsibility to reach its own community and beyond.  It is important to note that believers in the
early church did not consider their financial and prayer support of Paul as their fulfillment of Christ's command
but rather as their way of helping Paul accomplish abroad what they were already doing at home.  They
understood that the work of spreading the Gospel is everyone's responsibility and that a church cannot
properly fulfill Christ's command by delegating the work to hired staff or merely supporting missionaries. 
Many churches today seem to be lulled into thinking that fulfillment of their Great Commission responsibility
is found in their 'missions programs.'"  (To be continued next week)
                                                            -Mark Batory/GFA Missions
Parting Thought
October 1, 2017
Regarding the Prodigal Son, and his labor among swine, famed preacher of old, R.A. Torrey said this:
"Jesus was speaking to Jews; and if there is any position low and degrading in the sight of a Jew, it is that
of a swineherd. Christ meant that you and I have our choice between being God's sons or being hog tenders to
the Devil. That is the choice open to every man.
"That young man might have been a son in his father's home--in glad, ennobling and well-requited service--
but instead of that, he is hog tender to a stranger. 
It is open to you to be a child of God in full and joyous surrender to His will,
in glad and ennobling and well-requited service or to be hog tender to the Devil.
"Men say 'I will not be a Christian. I want my own way.' You cannot have it. No man has his
own way.  It is either God's way or the Devil's.  You can't have your own way--unless you make God's
way your own.  Which will you choose?  To be a child of God or to be a swineherd for Satan?"
Parting Thought
September 24, 2017
  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.  (Rev.14:9)
Another great thought from the pen of D.L.Moody!
I would rather die tonight and be sure of sharing the bliss of the purified in yon world of light than live for centuries
with the wealth of the world at my feet, and miss the marriage supper of the Lamb.  I have missed many appointments
in my life, but by the grace of God I mean to make sure of that one.  Why, the blessed privilege of sitting down at the
marriage supper of the Lamb, to see the King in His beauty, to be forever with the Lord, who would miss it?
                                                                           - 365 Days A Year With D.L.Moody
Will you be there?  We don't want to miss that date!  What an appointed time!... and to think - All
are invited!  He wants you there!
Parting Thought
September 17, 2017
   When there is no one else-God is enough!  David Livingstone is a legend and a hero to anyone interested in missions.
He grew up in Scotland.  As a child, he lived with his brothers and sisters and parents in a one-room apartment building.
To help make ends meet, Livingstone worked as a boy from six in the morning til eight at night.  Then to prepare himself,
 He studied until the wee hours of the morning.  His rough life prepared him for his future in the wilderness of Africa. When
Livingstone had pioneered the work in Africa and had become well known, a man by the name of H.M. Stanley became  
his friend and benefactor.  When Livingstone was up in years, Stanley with his caravan came to see him and found him in
desperate straits.  He ministered to his needs and stayed with him a long time.  However, after a time he had to leave.  He
  tried to get Livingstone to at least take a furlough and gave him all kinds of reasons to go home and recuperate.  Livingstone
refused to go.  He had not found the source of the Nile or affected much of the African slave trade at that time.  He had not
finished his mission.  So Stanley and his party sadly said farewell.
When they said goodbye and the expedition of Stanley left, they left Livingstone alone.  When all the noise of the
caravan had finally died out, Livingstone went back to his hut and wrote in his diary a vow of dedication to the Lord.  He knew
 that God was his portion, not man.  Though he had no one else, the Lord was his portion.  You and I will always be held back
 from being all that we can be until we learn that the Lord is enough.  Thank God for all his bounty, for all the friends, for all the
  blessings; but when no man stands by me, God is my Refuge and my Portion.  David didn't learn that on the throne.  He didn't
even learn it on the hillside as a dedicated young man.  No, he learned it in the cave, alone and forsaken.
What a lesson - God is enough!                  
                                                                                     - Dan Reed
Parting Thought
September 10, 2017
Here is some relevant news considering our topic for the weekend. Let’s stay aware!

Leader of Islamic Center in California calls for elimination of Jews -- The Islamic Center of Davis
is under fire after a translation of a sermon posted online said it called for the annihilation of Jews.
The Davis imam’s two-hour long sermon is mostly in Arabic. According to a translation from the
Middle East Media Research Institute, Ammar Shadhin calls for the annihilation of Jews
and asks his higher power to liberate the Al Asqa mosque from their filth.
He’s referring to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem… “He spelled out that he wishes for every Muslim
who follows the Quran and the Hadith to follow what the Hadith says, which is . . .
find the Jews hiding behind trees and stones and kill them.”
Sorele Brownstein,
Parting Thought
September 3, 2017
  Here are some thoughts from an author regarding the church that will stand until Jesus comes:
"God has given His people everything they need to stand in the midst of the fiercest apostasy...
Churches do not fail because of apostasy.  They fail because of compromise and backsliding...
The church that will be standing when Christ comes is simply a biblical church.  A new testament
church is not something to attend.  It is a spiritual entity where disciples of Christ are trained,
encouraged and protected."
"One man described the church as follows: "Most of the men stand around and talk about sports,
going on cruise ships, going to Disney,etc. and when I walk up and want to talk about the things of the
Lord Jesus Christ, they stand there and have no idea what I am talking about and normally walk
off..."  " In contrast, disciples of Christ are described by Malachi:"  "Then they that feared
the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of
remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought
 upon his name." Malachi 3:16       -David Cloud, The Discipling Church
Parting Thought
August 27, 2017
  Here is a poem with powerful words that I pray we would all consider!
My Friend?
                                        My friend, I stand in the judgment now and feel that you're to blame somehow.
                                        On earth, I walked with you day by day and never did you point the way.
                                        You knew the Lord in truth and glory, but never did you tell the story.
                                        My knowledge then was very dim; you could have led me safe to Him.
                                        Though we lived together on the earth, you never told me of the second birth.
                                        And now I stand this day condemned, because you failed to mention Him.
                                        You taught me many things that's true; I called you "friend" and trusted you.
                                        But I learn, now that it's too late, you could have kept me from this fate.
                                        We walked by day and talked by night, and yet you showed me not the light.
                                        You let me live and love and die - you know I'd never live on high.
                                        Yes I called you "friend" in life and trusted you through joy and strife.
                                        And yet on coming to the end, I cannot now call you "my friend".
Parting Thought
August 20, 2017
  We spoke in our parting thought last week about the critical need of spending time with the Lord each
day.  Here's some examples of how Biblical characters ordered their time with the Lord: Daniel, with
 his windows open toward Jerusalem; he knelt upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave
thanks before his God, as aforetime. (Dan 6)  The greatest of all Bible characters, The Lord From
Heaven, arose a great while before day, and departed to a solitary place to pray to His Father.(Mark 1)
He went to the Mount of Olives as a place to pray.
You can make a special time, a special place, (a pastor friend of mine had a rock that he climbed to
each day to read and pray.)  Whatever you choose, surrender your heart to the Lord and commune
with Him who is worthy of our time and energy!  Your won't come out of that experience sorry for the
precious time spent!
Parting Thought
August13, 2017
  How do you start your day?  As each one of us is uniquely made by our Creator, with different looks,
abilities, talents and gifts etc; so we may plan our daily time with the Lord in unique ways.  What is
most important is that we do spend time with the Lord in prayer and meditating on His Word!  Some
use devotionals, along with their reading...these can be good to add into your time, because they
may cause you to think on something you hadn't before.
We can all learn from others!  But there must be a time for us to stop...with all the craziness that we
experience in this world, we must take the time to remove ourselves from things for a bit each day to
be refreshed from God's Word and to let him speak to us, then pour our hearts out to Him in praise,
and to speak to Him about our needs!  He wants to hear from us!  
We also need to intercede for others!  A preacher once said..."A day without prayer is a boast
against God!"  We cannot be strong without God!  As we grow weaker and less healthy without
food and drink, so we will be weak and less effective, without time with our Maker!
However you do it, spend time with the One who loves you!
Parting Thought
August 6, 2017
  On Sunday evening we looked at David's personal walk with God.  We saw that this personal
relationship contained singing.  His heart sang of mercy and judgment.  His singing was directed to and
was about God.(v.1)  He was committed to walking purely in his house, walking wisely in his home,
before God while alone, while before his family.(v.2)  He determined to set no wicked thing before his
eyes, he hated the work of them that turn aside, he said it would not cleave to him. (v.3)  He said he
would put away a froward heart and would not know a wicked person. (v.4)
We are focusing on the idea.."It''s a command!"  Our eyes are important! We were given them to
behold the glories God has put around us: the beauty of creation, to Hbe able to complete our
daily tasks, to enjoy our wives, our children, etc.  He has given us eyes to see the lost all around
us, so that we can fulfill our task from the Lord! (Matthew 9:36-38)  But He has not given us our
eyes to use for evil!  In Leviticus 18 we saw the warning of some things our eyes should never
behold...yet America is scourged with the plague of pornography!  One fine writer said, "We should
be moved by the commands of the Lord.  Ignoring those will certainly put us in peril and  make for
an unholy life.  The promises of God are exceedingly great and precious."  May we
all walk in the fear of the Lord!
Parting Thought
July 30, 2017
  Did God ever rebuke bold praying?  Was there ever a time when God said, "You are asking too much;
you want too much power; you want too much demonstration"?  Did God say, "Moses you ought not to
ask for the Red Sea to open"?  Or did He say, "You ought not to expect water to come out of the rock"?
Did God say, "Moses you should not ask the ground to open and swallow up these enemies"?
Did God ever say, "Moses, you can't expect Me to bring in quails to feed this vast crowd"?  Or, Moses, I
can't feed you manna from Heaven every day for forty years"?  No, God never said, "You are asking
too much"!  Did God rebuke him when Joshua said "Sun, stand still right over there until I win this Battle"?
Was God against that?  No.  Did god rebuke Elijah when he declared there would not be rain nor dew
until he said so?  Did God say, "You are taking too much responsibility"?  Did God say, "Wait! I am
running this universe Myself.  Keep your hands off"?  No!  No!  God says, "I am glad somebody cares
to get things done right, I will give him the keys to Heaven.  He can have it."  God never rebukes bold praying.
                                                       - Who Wants the Mantle of Elijah - John R. Rice
Parting Thought
July 23, 2017
  Baptists are not Protestants! - A number of weeks ago, we looked at the beginning of the Protestant
movement.  It started in the days of the Reformation when men left the Catholic church, protesting its
teachings that were not scriptural.  But since the time of Christ, there has always been believers that stood
on the Word of God as their only rule of faith and practice.  As the term Christian may have initially been
used as a derogatory term to name the disciples of Christ, so the term Baptist started in a similar fashion.
We are called Ana-baptist, i.e. "re-baptizers."  The believers would re-baptize those that came to Christ
in salvation.  Their infant baptism was not valid, not being scriptural.  Baptism was always after a person
came to faith.  Though not always called "Baptist", there has never ceased to be churches that put the
Bible as their only authority.  This is where we derive our heritage!  This is the church that Jesus said
the gates of hell would not prevail against!
Parting Thought
July 16, 2017
  Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
                                                                                                              - 1 Peter 5:5
A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all other graces, but it is
very difficult to counterfeit humility.  You soon detect mock humility.  They have a saying among the Arabs
that as the tares and the wheat grow they show which God has blessed.  The ears that God has blessed
bow their heads and acknowledge every grain, and the more fruitful they are the more their heads are
bowed.  The tares lift up their heads erect, high above the wheat, but they are only fruitful of evil.
If only we get down low enough, God will use us to His glory.
                                                                                     - D.L. Moody
Parting Thought
July 9, 2017
  A Christian should consider where they educate their children!  You have a right and a responsibility to train
your children in the ways of the Lord!  Consider this news article:  A mother's lawsuit against a Minnesota
school system for secretly helping her 15-year old son "transition" to "female" was dismissed by a
federal judge.  An-marie Calgaro of Iron Junction discovered all too late... that her son's school was
secretly giving him female hormone treatments with funding from the government.  She sued the school
district, the county health board, and local healthcare entity for violating her rights as a parent.
Parting Thought
June 25, 2017
My, how Ivy League schools have changed! Check this out:
All scholars shall live religious, godly and blameless lives according to the rules of God's Word, diligently
reading the Holy Scriptures, the foundation of light and truth, and constantly attend upon all the duties of
religion both in public and secret. - Yale University Laws of 1745
Harvard "Student Guide"  declares students can change gender daily!  Harvard University has published
a student guide that state's one's gender can "change" from day to day and merely saying that's not
true "is a form of violence."  "Gender is fluid and changing," the guide instructs.  The word violence is used
to describe anyone who does not endorse the fluidity of gender...."Misgendering someone" is considered
life-threatening.  "Traditional understandings of the roles of men and women and distinctions between male
and female are 'violence'."
Parting Thought
June 18, 2017
Father's Day history.....There are two stories of when the first Father's Day was celebrated.  According to some 
accounts, the first was celebrated in Washington State on June 19th, 1910.  A woman by the mane of Sonora
Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother's Day
sermon at church in 1909.  Her dad was quite a man.  William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left a
widower when his wife died delivering their sixth child.  He raised them by himself on their small farm, and
Sonora felt there should be a day to honor him and other dads like him.
The other story of the first Father's Day in America happened  on the other side of the country in
Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5th 1908.  Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local
Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men.
It was never officially recognized though until 1972 with the Nixon administration....adapted -
- A Brief History of Father's Day/The Art Of Manliness
Parting Thought
June 11, 2017
Charles Finney delivered a powerful sermon in New York on December 4, 1873.  Wrapping up his sermon entitled
"The Decay of Conscience," Finney concluded,
"Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great
degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If the public press lacks moral
discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible
for it.  If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If Satan rules our halls of
legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our
government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."
Parting Thoughts
June 4, 2017
Be aware of what's going on!  And know your voice counts, if we would just speak up
and pray for our country!
Teacher Labels Kids' Notebooks With LGBT Stickers,
Demands Students Remove Cross Necklaces
Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the Hillsborough County (Florida) Public Schools regarding
a teacher who has prohibited Christian jewelry, is engaging in outrageous LGBT political activism in her
classroom, and punishes students who do not agree with her LGBT propaganda.
Lora Jane Riedas, a math teach at Riverview High School, placed LGBT rainbow stickers on her
students' notebooks.  Riedas' classroom decor blatantly promotes a pro-LGBT agenda.  Riedas
retweeted, apparently during the school day, "favorite queer web series for kids: from ' huffpostqueer'," stating:
"here's how to talk to kids about what it means to be an LGBTQ ally."  She is part of the Gay,Lesbian and
Straight Education Networks' (GLSEN) Leadership Institute.
Riedas has prohibited at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom,
claiming they are "gang symbols."
                                                                           -- Liberty Counsel
On Memorial Day
May 28, 2017
We need to remember and memorialize those that have given their all for our country!
In the first hundred years of our existence, over 683,000 Americans lost their lives, with the Civil War
accounting for 623,026 -- of that, total (91.2%).  Comparatively in the next 100 years another
626,000 Americans died through two world wars and several more regional conflicts (WWII representing
65%of that total).  These gave their lives to preserve our country -- for this we should ever be thankful.
-- --
There is One we should NEVER forget, and ALWAYS remember...the Lord Jesus Christ who gave
His life, His all to preserve our souls for all of eternity!
We have a lot to be thankful for!
Parting Thought
May 21, 2017
Many people naturally assume that Baptists fall under the category of Protestants -- but is this true? 
What is a Protestant?  The Protestant movement originated with the Reformation which was in reaction to what
its followers considered to be errors in the Roman Catholic Church (adapted from Protestantism,Wikipedia).
Was there a Bible-believing church prior to the Reformation?  Of course!  Since the time
of Christ there have always been those who have banded together as born-again baptized believers to worship
and carry out the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ!  What were they called?  Where did they meet?
Did they suffer for their faith?  We will explore this topic in future Parting Thoughts.
The Origin of Mother's Day
May 14, 2017
In the United States, Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the
Battle Hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace.  Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day
meetings in Boston, Mass. every year.
In 1907 Anna Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day.  Ms. Jarvis
persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second
anniversary of her mothers death, the 2nd Sunday of May.  By the next year Mother's Day was also
celebrated in Philadelphia. 
Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to
establish a national Mother's Day.  It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost
every state.  President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's
Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.  He established the
day as a time for "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."  By then
it had become customary to  wear white carnations to honor departed mothers and red to honor the
living, a custom that continues to this day.
Stay Informed
May 7, 2017
 Uk, Australia won't fund free abortions after Trump Defunds
International planned parenthood
The United Kingdom and Australia did not give money to a new global abortion fund (early March),  despite
intense pressure from abortion activists worldwide.
The new "She Decides" abortion fund comes in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order
prohibiting American Taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.
USA Today reports representatives from more than 45 countries attended a meeting about the new abortion fund on
(March 2) in Brussels, Belgium.  About a dozen countries and several private donors pledged money totaling
181 million euros (about $190 million), according to the report.
While the UK and Australia sent representatives to the meeting, neither country promised money.
EDITOR'S COMMENTS:   The Associated Press reported that  "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (gave) a
sum of $20 million...Another anonymous U.S. Donor pledged $ 50 million.....
Canada, Finland and Sweden each promised $20 million, while Belgium,
Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway dedicated $20 million each to the
abortion fund.....Other countries also pledged smaller amounts.
                                                                                     ----Sword of the Lord
Parting Thought
April 30, 2017
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
Mark 16:15
I CAN imagine Jesus saying: "Go search out the man who put that crown of thorns on My brow; tell him I will
have a crown for him in My kingdom if he will accept salvation; and there shall not be a thorn in it.  Find out
that man who took the reed from My hand, and smote My head, driving the thorns deeper into My brow.
Tell him I want to give him a sceptre.  Go, seek out that poor soldier who drove the spear into My side; tell
him that there is a nearer way to My heart than that.  Tell him I want to make him a soldier of the Cross, and that
My banner over him shall be love.
- D.L. Moody
Thought for The Day
April 23, 2017
"Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except
we find it against him concerning the law of his God." --Daniel 6:5
What a testimony from his bitterest enemies!  Would that it could be said of us!  He had never
taken a bribe, he had never been connected with a "ring."  Ah, how his name shines!  He had commenced
to shine in his early manhood, and he shone right along.  Now he is an old man, an old statesman, and
yet this is their testimony.
Character is worth more than money.  Character is worth more than anything else in the world.  I would
rather, in my old age, have such a character as that which Daniel's enemies gave him, than have
raised over my dead body a monument of gold reaching from earth to sky.
Thought for The Christian Life
April 16, 2017
Never be a prisoner of your past - let it be a lesson, not a life sentence.  (Author Unknown)
In the middle of the madness of life, in the face of death and dying, we celebrate the Christ who
conquers death, crushes death -- Jesus who is  Alive and makes Alive.
(Adapted from Charles Lyon)
Thought for Today
April 9, 2017
 "And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
WHEN we are weak then we are strong.                                                                                                                             
People often think that they have not strength enough:  the fact is we have too much strength.  It is when we feel
that we have no strength of our own, that we are willing God should use us, and work through us.  If we are leaning on
God's strength we have more than all the strength of the world.
                                                                                               - D. L. Moody 
Hello From the Packards
April 2, 2017
 We all would like to thank Big Valley Bible Baptist Church for allowing us to come and take on the big task
of continuing what God has done through your dear Pastor Gene & Mrs. Wilburn.
We do not take this opportunity lightly!  We want to continue the ministry of preaching the Word of God
straightforwardly as He has laid out.  We will endeavor to continue to seek the lost and teach them the ways of
the Lord.  With all of our hearts we want to serve and encourage you who are in our congregation.  We want
to continue to point all of us to our Lord, Who is our Hope!  (Romans 15:13)
As We begin our ministry, please pray for us, all of us; that God would give us His wisdom and strength
to go forward and do what only He can do.  And then we will know that God would get the glory and that this
church and His kingdom would be furthered!
Pastor Dave, Heather, Kaity, Jon, Aimee and Josiah
Welcome New Pastor
March 26, 2017
 Brother David Packard and his wife are now on duty as Pastor and wife.
Get acquainted and pray for them as they take the wheel and guide the church.
Big Valley Bible is an Independent Church. We are associated with other Independent Baptist Churches  for
fellowship and mutual encouragement.  We pray for all of our church family to get behind and help the new pastor
in any way you can. He will not make any immediate changes.
When he has been here awhile, he will make changes and programs to move the church forward for the Lord.
I will be attending church at times if I am needed to help the pastor.  We do ask you to pray for us as we come to this
huge change in our lives.  I have been preaching for over 60 years, pastoring at the age of 20 and founding my first
church in 1956. God is so good. I praise Him for His leading over our lives.
Now we move forward expecting great things.
 He told me to tell you,
Pastor Gene