May 28, 2017

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LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

 May 28, 2017

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.

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Memorial Day

2017

May our lives continually be a MEMORIAL To Our Great Lord & Savior… who gave His life to free us so we can let others know of His Grace & Love for them.

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Remembering….

     Memorial Day is a special day for all of us, remembering, in a special way, loved ones, soldiers and others who have died.  Many will spend this day giving honor to those who gave their lives for our country…to give us our freedom – and going to cemeteries to visit the graves of loved ones. Certainly, it is right that we should do this.

But I wonder how many Christians – myself and all of you who are INCLUDED in the Life & Love Of Jesuswill take time to – remember in a special way, the One who gave His life for us?  Memorial Day can also be a day when we remember what Jesus has done for us, is doing for us and will do in and through us as we allow the Holy Spirit to make us more like Jesus.

You are loved and deeply appreciated ~ Pastor David

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North Korea: Christian Persecution as Severe as Nero’s Rome, Experts Say

Amanda Casanova Religion Today Contributing Writer | Thursday, May 25, 2017 –  www.christianheadlines.com

Human rights activists told Capitol Hill lawmakers that Christians in North Korea are facing persecution that is likely “on par” with the level of persecution that the Early Christian Church endured under Roman emperor Nero.

“Our colleagues in South Korea have thoroughly documented cases of religious persecution,” said Greg Scarlatoui, the executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

“Organizations such as Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the Korean Institution for National Unification [have] interviewed thousands of defectors who brought testimony of extremely severe religious persecution,” Scarlatoiu said. “Like other Communist leaders, as mentioned earlier, Kim Il-sung and the Kim regime has rejected religion as the ‘opium of the people.’”

For the past 15 years, North Korea has ranked as the top persecutor of Christians by Open Doors USA. Any Christian worship, or religious worship, is illegal and can be punished be arrest, torture or execution.

“One can confidently say that it is the Kim family regime that has taken religious persecution, in particular the persecution of Christians, to a level, perhaps, on par with Nero’s Rome as well as the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian genocide of World War I or the Yazidi genocide today,” Scarlatoiu said.

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HOW DO WE TREAT OTHERS?

By GCI Pastor Jeff Chandler

To the degree you believe that God judges you, reflects the way you judge and treat others.

To the degree you believe God extends Grace to you, reflects in the way you extend grace to others and treat them.

This world needs us to Embrace the Grace that has been given to us and let that grace live through us on to others.

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IN YOUR HONOR

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams-your lives.
On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
‘Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel The pride and respect;

my reverence is revealed In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.

~ Author Unknown ~

Posted on Facebook at The Cowboy Church at Crossroads

Memorial Day is a special day for all of us, remembering, in a special way, loved ones, soldiers and others who have died. Many will spend this day giving honor to those who gave their lives for our country…to give us our freedom – and going to cemeteries to visit the graves of loved ones. Certainly we should do this – it is right and appropriate to do so.

 

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