|Posted by Site Admin on November 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM|
When I was in college, about a half dozen of my friends got together late one night to watch a movie. It was a pretty common thing for us to do, but what was different about this night was our reaction to the film we were watching. Usually when we watched movies, we watched comedies and laughed ourselves to tears. But on this night we chose to watch a "War" movie that none of us had seen up until that point.
On that night we sat and watched Steven Spielberg’s 1998 film Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. And if you’ve seen that before, you know that the film’s first thirty minutes or so consist of a reenactment of the D-Day invasion in June of 1944.
And while very bloody and graphic, the opening of the film pictures the Allied boats approaching the shore of France—hundreds of foot-soldiers sailing right into the teeth of heavy enemy fire on the beach. Just think about that: 18, 19, and 20-year-old young men huddled in those boats--cold and terrified--and some of them never having been in combat before. All of them were aware that this could be their last day on earth. For many, that was precisely the case.
When they reach the shore and those metal plates from the boats come down, allowing them to disembark, immediately from several yards away, the German machine gun fire opens up on them. History tells us that 90% of the first company was killed within two minutes. 90%...let that number sink in.
Then let this sink in: the troops just kept coming. All told, approximately 73,000 American troops participated in the bloody battle. They were wounded and they died by the thousands.
But those men did not die in order for America to have more territory, nor to gain wealth for their country. No, they acted sacrificially and bravely to preserve the freedom of the world that at the time was being threatened by the insane policies of Adolf Hitler. It was a monumentally courageous moment.
My friends and I watched those first thirty minutes or so, seeing this historic battle reenacted, and when it was over, we sat in stunned silence. You could hear a pin drop, because each of us had just been given a renewed appreciation for the horrendous price that had been paid on our behalf, and on behalf of the world.
For the umpteenth time, we were reminded that freedom is never free.
This Veterans Day, be sure to thank God for the sacrifice of men and women that have worn the uniform to represent this country. And please, be sure to thank a veteran for their service, for their sacrifice, and for our freedom.
|Posted by Site Admin on September 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM|
My name is Gordon's Jar Of Money (#437) and I would like to invite you to the Ladies Aid Silent Auction/Chili Supper that is taking place on Friday, September 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the AMCC Family Life Center.
Some of you will remember that one of my brethren (#202...born in 1959) made an appearance at last year's Silent Auction. He was donated as an item to be sold, and word has it that his presence last year created quite the buzz and bidding war. My brother ended up being purchased by that El Cheapo preacher of yours. Even though he spent more than my brother was worth, I am told that he was quite pleased with the purchase he made. I am also told that he has had to fight off all kinds of people who covet the jar, whether they be burglars or representatives from the Smithsonian Institution or even his own wife.
You see, there is a belief out there that my kind could be considered an endangered species, but nothing could be further from the truth. As my name indicates, I am one of at least 437 jars, presently buried in a deep underground bunker in Gordon Smith's backyard. Hundreds of us have been living here for decades and I myself was relocated to the spot I currently reside in the year 1962. For fifty-two years I have anxiously awaited the day of my release and I am hoping this will be the year--that I too will be put on display and that one of you kind folks would shell out the money and bring me into your home.
Time will tell whether that will actually happen, but I do want to take this time to invite you to this year's Silent Auction/Chili Supper. It is a night filled with great food--the chili is wonderful and so are the sweet tooth foods you can purchase at The Country Store. It is a night filled with quality fellowship, as you mingle and interact with everyone else in attendance. And it is a night that is put together for a wonderful cause. For years, AMCC's Ladies Aid has done wonderful work within the church and the community. All the money raised during the Silent Auction will go to the Ladies Aid for various projects they will have throughout the year.
The Ladies Aid also needs your help. They are looking for auction donations of baked items, craft items, woodwork items, and themed baskets. If you haven't dropped off your donations, please do so by Wednesday, September 24th (just drop them off at El Cheapo's/the preacher's office by that day).
In closing, I hope to see you there for this great event. If you attend and you happen to see me, be sure to place a bid for me. Or at the very least, just stop by to say, "Hi." I haven't had a lot of human interaction for these last five decades, so I'll be looking forward to it!
Take care and God bless,
Gordon's Jar Of Money (#437)
|Posted by Site Admin on September 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM|
Christian author John Eldridge wrote, “Nearly every Christian I have spoken with has some idea that eternity is an unending church service…We have settled on an image of the never-ending-sing-along in the sky, one great hymn after another, forever and ever, amen. And our heart sinks. Forever and ever? That’s it? That’s the good news? And then we sigh and feel guilty that we are not more ‘spiritual.’ We lose heart, and we turn once more to the present (world) to find what life we can.”
That quote has been a major motivating factor in the decision to offer a lengthy Wednesday night study on the topic of Heaven. When you look at various opinion polls, questioning both Christians and non-Chrisitans alike, an overwhelming majority of Americans have a belief in Heaven--or at least in a place of eternal peace and bliss. Most people believe there is a place--either in the sky or in another dimension or wherever--that they will go to upon their death.
And while most people do believe in Heaven, there are a number of differing views concerning it. Some people think of Heaven as a place where good people go after they die. Some people believe that it is a place where you exist in a spiritual state, but not a physical state. Others suggest that Heaven is simply a place of eternal relaxation—where we’ll never have to lift a finger or accomplish any tasks.
And then there is a group of people—some Christians included— who view Heaven in the way described by that original quote. They envision it as a place of boredom, because they think all we’ll do is sit on a cloud, strum a harp, eat fruit, and sing songs for eternity.
Yet the Bible paints a much different picture of this place called Heaven. So starting Wednesday night, September 3rd, Evan will be leading a lengthy study--one that will last until mid-December--and we will examine what Scripture has to say about the subject. Though we sing songs about Heaven, read verses about Heaven, and cling to the hope of Heaven when a loved one faces or experiences death, seldom do we sit down and opened up the Bible to see what it has to say on the subject.
In this series we will examine every aspect of our eternal home: What will we do there? What will it look like? What will relationships be like? Will we retain our identities? What about animals? What about children/babies? How old will we be in Heaven? Will we maintain the memories of life on earth? These and dozens of other questions will be considered and (hopefully) answered from a Biblical viewpoint.
We do not need a best-selling book to tell us that Heaven is for real. God informed us of this through His Word long ago (and still today). It will be the purpose of this study to see what God has to say about Heaven--and He has a lot to say--over 400 references in Scripture.
I hope you will join us as we begin this eye-opening journey this Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.
|Posted by Site Admin on July 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM|
You'll be hard-pressed to find a story in Scripture that offers more than the story of Jonah. Skeptics might scoff that the account literally took place, but few people scoff at the story itself. Even the hardest heart can read this brief autobiography of a wayward prophet and come away smiling and fully entertained. That's part of the reason Jonah's story is one of the first we learn about as youngsters--it is brief, attention-grabbing, and will elicit a chuckle or two.
But Jonah's story is more than just a frequent chapter for Children's books. It has humor, but it's more than just a comedy. It has action, but it's more than just special effects. It has an amazing miracle, but it's more than just a crazy tale about a fish swallowing a guy and the guy survives.
The more I read Jonah, the more I recognize I'm looking into a mirror. Jonah decides to ignore what God says and go his own way. So do I sometimes. Jonah eventually gets caught and is saddled with guilt. Same here. Having hit rock bottom, Jonah is humbled and reaches out to God, and God responds with a second chance. He does that in my life too. But even with the second chance, Jonah eventually throws a bit of a tantrum because God does something that he doesn't want Him to do. Sadly, I've been there and done that.
I hope you'll join us on July 27th as we begin a 4-week series looking at Jonah's story. I think you will reach the same conclusion that I have: I am Jonah.
|Posted by Site Admin on April 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM|
An announcement was made during both services a couple of weeks ago regarding a project that AMCC's leadership has been discussing for a while now: building a shelter on our Snake Lick Road property. As most of you know, we have used this property more in the last couple of years than we ever have and we hope to continue that. We've had a couple of Church Picnics there, a camping outing, volleyball games, and a few other events. The property has been a blessing to our church family and we believe it can be an even greater blessing if we have a nice sized shelter constructed there.
As was mentioned in the announcement, the cost for the type of shelter we are looking to build (40 x 70) is about $20,000. The Eldership has made the decision to build the shelter without having to borrow money, so essentially, once we raise the $20,000 we will start building.
You can donate to the Shelter fund at any time. You can do so by writing a check and placing the words "Building Fund" or "Shelter Fund" in the memo section on the check. Or if you are giving a cash gift, you can obtain an offering envelope at The Welcome Center and write "Building Fund" or "Shelter Fund" on the offering envelope. We do not presently have any plans to set aside special Sundays for giving to the fund.
Below are the two pictures that were shown during the announcement from a couple of weeks ago. This shelter is one that another nearby church has built and it is what we are hoping to build on our property.