Where Can I Go From His Presence?

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

shutterstock 129381665 web  Hide and Seek can be a fun game for kids. Backyards, churchyards, and parks have long provided perfect places for youngsters to find that one person who will count to twenty-five while everyone runs and hides. The scurry as they hear the numbers “ . . . 10,11,12 . . . 24, 25! Ready or not, here I come,” is the resounding cry. Child’s games are fun!
       Do you remember the first game of Hide and Seek? Sure you do! It was the occasion when God was “It!” and Adam and Eve were hiding. They had just eaten the fruit God and told them not to eat. When they realized they were naked, the Bible said they sewed fig leaves together and hid themselves. “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden,” Genesis 3:8. That passage has always been a little odd. Think about it! Knowledge of good and evil was the prize they sought and found as a result of the serpent’s temptation, but something they had not quite learned was the foolishness of their naiveté. What “games” were God’s children playing that day?  You cannot hide from God! For certain it was not long before they realized that this was no game at all. Read the rest of Genesis 3.

BYG at UPLIFT 2013

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

UPLIFT2013UPLIFT 2013 was an incredible journey of faith. Twenty-six teens and adults headed out for Searcy, Arkansas and the Harding University campus for a week of spiritual growth, fun, and encouragement and boy, what a week!

The week’s theme was  “Follow Me” and we dived into the lives of the apostles, disciples, and the early church in our search for what it truly means to “follow” Christ. The classes focused on answering four main questions surrounding “following” Jesus – “What are you passionate about?”, “Where does your money go?”, “Where do you go for comfort?,” and “What disappoints and frustrates you?”

China Mission Trip Recap

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

OrphanageView logoWell, we are back. We just finished an incredible two weeks in Southwest China and we couldn’t be happier with how it went. So, here is a little recap of all that happened over the two weeks!

First of all, traveling is never as fun as it sounds. We had a few issues on the way over with some of our plane tickets. Some of our tickets had the wrong names on them (Jenny instead of Virginia – couch, cough) and this caused a few headaches along the way. We basically had to beg our way onto every flight….or leave Jenny Burnette behind! We managed to get everybody on EVERY flight and we thank God for that.

The Longest Day

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

shutterstock 89951416 webThe longest day in the year was last Friday. The sun rose around 6:30am and set just before 9:00pm. That gave us about fourteen and a half hours of sunlight that day. With the passing of Summer Solstice every passing day of sunlight will begin to get shorter and shorter. Longer days and more outdoor activity is one of the reasons why summer is one of the best parts of any year.

What was the longest day in history? The longest day we have recorded in Bible history is the day when the “sun stood still” for about a whole day. Yes, the sun stood still when Israel was in battle with the Canaanite nation of Amalek. The Bible says, “At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel,” Joshua 10:12-14.

Days can often be measured, not in the time the sun shines in the sky, but by how circumstances and events of life distress us. Struggles can often turn nights into sleepless days of worry, often of things over which we have little control. Obsessions not only lengthen days, but can shorten lives because of stress.