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    9/15/21

    No Wednesday Service

    We started the week with a plan to host an extra service on Wednesday but after a water issue and some other related issues it turns out we will not be hosting any Wednesday services.


    To be clear: there are no services this Wednesday. There also will be no services next Wednesday as Pastor and his family will be out of town.


    Cancelling a service is always a disappointing decision, however circumstances sometimes dictate us to do so.


    The pastor and his family have limited water due to a pump/well issue. This issues has monopolized a great deal of time, but God has maintained enough water for most needs. Please pray that God will allow this issue to be resolved no later than tomorrow.

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      ReadSLBC Newsletter
      September 8, 2021

      Will you join us tonight for Bible Study? We hope you will. Keep in mind, if you join us in person SLBC will provide pizza from Little Caesars. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can make sure we have enough pizza for everyone.


      Here is the zoom link for those who will be attending through zoom.


      slbcofdanville@comcast.net is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


      Topic: slbcofdanville@comcast.net's Personal Meeting Room


      Join Zoom Meeting

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      Meeting ID: 801 036 5039

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        SLBC ministry opportunities

        Reintroducing our Mission/Vision Statement

        Can you repeat the mission/vision statement for SLBC? If not we apologize for not keeping our mission/vision statement in front of you as often as we should.


        Truth is, our mission/vision statement has rarely been mentioned lately. This means, as a church, we are probably not allowing our mission/vision statement to guide our ministry. The best step we can take right now is to re-introduce our mission/vision statement and make sure our ministry matches our mission.


        Mission/Vision Statement: "SLBC exist to be Voices 4 Gods Word & Hands 4 Gods Work"


        The statement describes our purpose (mission) as being voices for God's word. This involves many aspects of life. What does this look like? There are countless ways to be voices for God's word: sharing sermons; sending bibles; posting scripture; stating biblical truth when appropriate; etc...

        The second part of our mission/vision statement says being Hands for Gods work. What does that look like? The work of God requires physical labor; packing bags, maintenance, sitting with a hurting person, cleaning, nursery work, or just any number of physical jobs.


        Think of how you would like your church to impact the world, or how you would want it to impact your community. Now think about what that would look like, and the logistics necessary to make it happen. Next consider what role you could play in making the impact a reality.


        Put it in practice:

        Below are a few ideas SLBC is considering to impact specific groups and make a difference. We would like to get your ideas of ministry opportunities and narrow our focus down to maybe four to six areas where we can make a difference. The list below is just a start of ideas and we are asking you for more ideas then help us narrow down our focus and turn these ideas into impactful ministries.

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          Zoom Link

          I sincerely hope you will decide to join us tonight for our study in Acts. We are in person and on zoom @ 7pm.


          slbcofdanville@comcast.net is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


          Join Zoom Meeting

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          Meeting ID: 801 036 5039

          Passcode: 491EmY


          1. Time for a DNA Test: Part 5

            You are reading part 5 of Time for a DNA Test, if you have not read the first four please read them and return to this article.


            I recently listened to a missions podcast where the speaker was a former missionary to Islamic countries. He related how many of the people in non-Christian countries generally associate everyone from a Christian country as being "Christian". He shared his experience of being in one of those countries and people assuming he is Christian simply because the recognize he is American. The missionary found it necessary to ask them: "when you assume I am Christian what comes to mind?" or, "what do you think it means for me to be Christian"? He discovered many of them associate his nationality with Christianity. We may find it understandable that Muslims in a third world country are unable to discern the spiritual difference between a devoted Navy chaplain and a man who "cusses like a sailor"; however, there is no excuse for the number of church members in America who are unwilling, or unable, to identify a Christian by the fruit of the Spirit.


            The DNA test is a way of allowing the bible to discern between those who associate with the religion of Christianity and those who share the DNA of God. This article takes a look at the term "forbearing one another in love" from Ephesians 4:2. Paul urged the Ephesians to walk worhty of their calling. Furthermore, he described what "walking worthy" looks like: to begin with Christians are humble; second Christians are meek; and third, longsuffering.


            Finally, Paul calls on the Ephesians to practice forbearing one another in love. While longsuffering and forbearing are similar in thought there is a way to know the difference. Think of longsuffering as enduring a circumstance, such as a hardship or trial; and forbearing as being patient with a person.


            Thankfully, God is both able and willing to forbear with us. In comparison to God, we are sinful, immature, ignorant, and often speak when we should be silent. Why does God forbear with us? He does it to give us a chance to repent of sin, mature in our faith, and grow out of ignorance unto godly wisdom. This may be difficult but take a moment to consider how many church leaders, church members, and Christian friends have demonstrated forbearance with you in love just to allow you to grow, keep you connected to the church, and let God develop your walk. The way Jesus forbear with the disciples is a great example of how forbearance in love allows others to develop and grow.


            No church can develop more disciples of Jesus unless they are willing to forbear with them. The type of forbearing Paul is speaking of requires the assistance of the Holy Spirit to enable us. He says we are to do this in love. Anyone can say "I love my church family", but only those who share the DNA of God can forbear with immature Christians, and help mentor them to maturity, gentleness, and wisdom.


            Just for fun, or maybe not so much fun, how would you rate yourself in forbearance (in love)? 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10? What is your number and what can you do to increase that number? If you think this is not worth the effort just consider two things? (1) God forbears with you even today? (2) you would not be the Christian you are today without the forbearance of others toward you. Now you share Gods DNA and you can do this!

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              ReadTuesday Update
              8/31/21

              September Emphasis Reminder

              Hello & Happy Tuesday!


              I realize you are not used to receiving multiple newsletters in a single week, but this week is special because tomorrow is the first day of September, and September is Support & Reinforce Month. We thought it would be a good idea to remind you of the special September emphasis & the four things we are asking each one to do this month.


              Would you take a moment to review the four special efforts we are asking for this month:

              (1) Pray for God's protection from our enemies attack

              (2) Pray we will be successful in supporting & reinforcing each other.

              (3) Patiently wait for God's help in your life & situation: "Help is on the way".

              (4) Participate in the Sunday services & weekly efforts through the month of September.

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                ReadMonday Update
                8/30/21

                Help is on the way!

                Have you every felt yourself growing physically, mentally, and emotionally tired? Sure you have, and many in our SLBC family are feeling it right now.


                WARNING!!!!

                Physical, mental, & emotional fatigue increases the opportunity for spiritual attacks. Just consider when Satan wanted to attack Jobs faith; he did so by attacking Job with devastating loss (emotional attack); Satan also went after Job's health (physical attack), & finally by speaking criticism/bad advice through Jobs friends and wife (mental attack).


                Good News!

                Now that we have identified the danger of physical, mental, & emotional fatigue I a happy to declare that "Help is on the way!"


                One of my responsibilities as pastor is to stand watch for the enemies attacks. I am confident in these two statements: (1) Our enemy is attacking our church family. (2) Help is on the way!


                We are dedicating September as "Support & Reinforcement Month". Each Sunday in September will focus on supporting one another in prayer, encouragement, and even acts of kindness for one another. In addition, each week we will focus on reinforcing the truth that is stated in the picture above "Bear one anothers burdens". One of our goals is to reinforce lasting relationships with one another.


                Here is what I ask of you:

                (1) Pray for God's protection from our enemies attack

                (2) Pray we will be successful in supporting & reinforcing each other.

                (3) Patiently wait for God's help in your life & situation: "Help is on the way".

                (4) Participate in the Sunday services & weekly efforts through the month of September.


                Your Friend & Pastor

                Clayton Murphy


                1. Time for a DNA test: Part 4

                  You are reading part four of a series of articles, if you have not read parts 1-3 please do so and return to this article.


                  Thank you for continuing to read these articles. By now you are aware that the body of Christ shares His DNA and that means individual Christians should all share the character of Jesus.


                  The DNA test will continue with Pauls letter to the Ephesians. In Eph 4:2 Paul was identifying what it looked like to walk worthy of the calling of God. This means he was identifying the character that identifies God's children. In part 3 we discussed the character of lowliness (humility). This article will discuss longsuffering, which can also be called patience. Again it is not possible to identify as patient, but being patient in action will identify you as a patient person. I was curious to find some biblical examples of longsuffering/patience. Some suggest it means being slow to avenge a wrong.


                  How are you doing in the DNA test so far? Does longsuffering identify you as a child of God. Look further at the biblical examples of this character. Exodus 34:6 reads "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,". Most Christians are used to talking about Gods mercy, grace, & love; but rarely speak about his longsuffering. Consider how patiently God endured your sin while lovingly building a bridge for you to come to Him. God suffered your sinfulness and may be continuing to suffer long with you as you are misrepresenting Him in this world. Are you identifying as a Child of God while failing to demonstrate patience and longsuffering with others?


                  Be careful not to dismiss or excuse your lack of longsuffering because the people you are attacking, mocking, or speaking evil toward are deserving it. Consider 1Thessalonians 5:14 "14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men." There is not BIBLICAL mandate to belittle people, or mistreat them. Perhaps you are saying well that is all good for those who can do it but I am just not able to be longsuffering with them. Then it is possible you have failed the DNA test and the Spirit of God is not in you! Are you willing to accept that conclusion? God's Spirit dwelling in you, will live through you. In other words, He will generate longsuffering/ patience in you.


                  Before we conclude that you have failed the DNA test, it may be that the Holy Spirit does live in you and wants to live through you. Will you be willing to take another test? Come on it is worth your time. Here we go: Does this teaching convict you? Do you hear the voice of God calling you to repent of your behavior? If so I have good news for you. The choice is yours, you can yield to the Holy Spirit, repent of your mistreatment of others and determine to practice patience with them. Love your enemies as the Bible teaches (not in theory, but in action). In Galatians 5:22 longsuffering is named as one of the fruits of the Spirit. Decide today that you will submit to the Holy Spirit in this area.


                  Does this mean you are not allowed to call out sin? Not at all, 2 Timothy 4:2 says "...reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." These articles are examples of calling out sin, reproving, rebuking but with longsuffering and doctrine. Longsuffering does not ignore sin, or wrong it seeks to gain influence to correct it rather than destroy those who are in error.


                  The next article will examine forebearing one another in love from Ephesians 4:2

                  1. Time for a DNA Test: part 3

                    You are reading part three of Time for a DNA test, if you have not read parts 1-2 please do so and return to this article.


                    It is time to take the spiritual DNA test. For starters we will test your character against what Paul stressed to the Ephesians in chapter four of his epistle to them.


                    "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" - Eph 4:1-2


                    Look at the word lowliness in verse two. It means humble. Perhaps you are like me and you take much pride in being the humblest person you know (excuse my humor). As you can see it is not possible to identify oneself with humility, however the characteristic of humility identifies those who belong to God. Philippains 2:5-8 tells us to have the mind or character of Jesus who humbled Himself. Paul was speaking in that section of the act of Christ, not the attitude. Professing Christians sometimes try to present the attitude of humility, but Jesus performed a humble action. He set aside His glory to become a human. He not only became a human He submitted Himself to the cross where He accepted the cruel treatment of the Roman soldiers and the rejection of His fellow Jews; He also took your sin on Himself and became sin for you and me. He absorbed the wrath of God while taking your punishment for sin.


                    The bible teaches says love our enemies because God loved you when you were His enemy. So looking down on those who oppose God, or who are different than you in race, nationality, or ethnicity, or politics is not humility, or biblical love.


                    Disclaimer: The conduct of professing Christians who are following the behavior of political leaders in disrespecting, mocking, name calling, speaking evil, etc... scares me. Paul called on the Ephesians to walk worthy of their calling. I am calling on Christians to walk worthy of the name of Christ. I suggest it is time to take a DNA test. The evil characteristics being demonstrated do not belong to Christ; and God is not responsible for those who are not His. Please take the test, repent, make changes where necessary. You can not simply identify with humility you have to perform acts of humility. Lay down the pride, stop drawing a line in the sand, cross over that line and be a friend to sinners. I Pray from this point on your humble actions will identify you as one of Gods children.


                    The Holy Bible: King James Version., electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version. (Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995), Eph 4:1–2.

                    1. Time for a DNA Test: Part 2

                      The previous article discussed the idea of taking a spiritual DNA test to determine if we belong to God. Professing Christians who have doubts about their salvation are often told to re-pray a prayer for salvation and get re-baptized to settle the doubts. I also stated in the previous article that the bible does not give us examples of this method to settle doubts. Rather the bible does give us something to test if we belong to God. We know from the bible that the Holy Spirit produces fruit in the children of God (thus we are calling this fruit His DNA). The bible also expressly says in Romans 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." How serious do you consider this statement to be? Very serious I hope. The biblical test of salvation is to examine the fruit (DNA) of the Spirit in our lives.

                      It stands to reason that if the Holy Spirit living in us produces specific fruit then those who are "born again" will possess the DNA, or fruit of the Holy Spirit.


                      In Galatians 5:22-24 Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, & temperance. I find it necessary to state that salvation does not occur by identifying with the fruit (DNA) of the Spirit. Rather, the fruit (DNA) of the Spirit identifies those who belong to God. Perhaps this illustration will clarify my point. Pretend someone knocked on your door and said "hi I am your daughter". While you may be certain that she is is not your daughter she may continue to insist she is. Furthermore, she wants you to take responsibility for her. That right she wants all the benefits of being your child. Now she is wiling to take you to court to get you to take responsibility for her. What options do you have? First you may contact an attorney to represent you, and he will likely advise you to order a DNA test. If the girl in question possess your DNA then the judge is likely to conclude she belongs to you and order you to take responsibility for her. This means she not only identifies herself as your daughter but her DNA identifies her as your daughter. However, if the DNA test concludes that she does not posses your DNA then the judge will conclude that she is not your daughter and order her to cease identifying as belonging to you.


                      Many people identify as belonging to God. They even want God to take responsibility for them. They pray and tell God what they need/want from Him. They expect God to respond and answer those prayers. In this case they are identifying with God's family; however God has given us a DNA test to administer to see if our DNA identifies us as His children or not.


                      In the next article we will look closer at the DNA test and its results