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The special documentary, "The Drop Box", by Focus on the Family will be shown at the Cinema Twin at 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4 and 5.
"Did you know that hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea every year? This documentary tells the true story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community's most vulnerable children.
Watch the movie trailer here.
P.S. - Terry & Penny G.'s care group plans to see this movie together Thursday evening.
The Lenten Worship Services will be held at East Side Church the next few Thursdays at 12:00 noon, with lunch at 12:30. Come on out!
Ladies, for our March lunch get-together, let's celebrate Michelle's birthday! Instead of coming to the church with a bag lunch, let's go out to Russell Up Some Grub for lunch at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 18. Please RSVP by Monday, March 16 so we can make reservations.
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February 25, 2015 - "Booze" Edition
Make no mistake. Alcoholism is a massive problem in our society today. No, this is not a rant on the evils of alcohol in general (heck, Jesus made the stuff...and it was real stuff no matter what other misguided preachers may say) but rather a rant about using booze to help you cope with life. Now, I'm not an expert in the field, but it doesn't take a genius to see how alcohol can be misused and cause a boat load of problems in someone's life. And this rant is prompted by the sudden death of my cousin, which was undoubtedly fuelled by his overuse of alcohol.
The Bible is clear: don't get drunk but be filled with the Spirit. Drunkenness is listed over and over again as being sinful and hurtful. So, where do we draw the line from "drinking" to "drunkenness"? I think the answer is simple. If you drink to get the "feeling" (buzz), then you've crossed the line. In other words, if you need booze to alter your brain chemistry in order to enjoy it... then you're probably moving to the danger zone. (Here's a "test" which is probably more intuitive than my assessment.)
But, the bottom line is control. If we are being controlled (impaired), then we've let something else be in charge. Being sober minded, and just plain sober, means we are in control of our faculties and then can willingly be led by the Holy Spirit. If alcohol is in charge, then the Holy Spirit isn't (along with common sense and judgment) and, well, mistakes will be made. These mistakes have a nasty habit of repeating themselves until you are trapped (aka: addicted).
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