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Our ministry of the month for October is Shayil Home in Regina - a year-long, residency-based addictions program for women.
We'd like to help them out. They have expressed the need for a large crockpot, as well as various personal items for the girls, including:
- sanitary napkins (thin) and tampons,
- bobby pins/hair ties,
- dryer sheets,
We will have a bin set out for these donations. Please bring them by the end of October.
Ladies: Our next Bag Lunch Fellowship will be Wednesday, October 26 at noon.
October is ...
Coming November 5 and 6 ...
If you find it difficult shopping for an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, we are hosting a shoebox packing party on Wednesday, November 9. You bring $20 and then pick your shoebox items from the display tables set up. The $20 will even include your $7 shipping fee.
The shoebox packing party will run from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. and from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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September 29th, 2016 - "Democracy" Edition
So, everyone can't help but hear about the election for the country south of us. Wringing of hands and ringing of alarms are happening all the time! I've heard people complain about democracy and, citing that it is the only Christian form of government, warning that the end of the world is near (slight exaggeration). And then I jump in and say, "you do realize that democracy is not directly supported by the Bible". And then.....crickets.
Yes, a case can be made that the democratic principles can be gleaned from the Bible (a foundation principle being that we are created equal and, therefore, should have equal say), but theologians have a hard time figuring out which type of governance churches should have, let alone national governments. There's just no clear support for any type of nation-state government in the New Testament... and, in the Old Testament the best supported model is a theocracy, which became obsolete when Christ died and rose again, instituting the New Covenant.
So, which government is God's government? Well.... technically....all of them. Romans 13:1 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."
So, regardless of who is elected, appointed, or born into the role, he/she is "instituted" by God... and, therefore, to be heeded. Now, that does set up some very serious predicaments, especially when the government is instituting evil. But, when Paul wrote that, he was living in a world controlled by the Roman Empire...which, only a few decades later was throwing Christians to the lions.
Oh, by the way, we'll be covering this topic in depth when we eventually get to Romans 13... in about.... 20ish weeks from now. :)
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