Live the simple life that’s centered around God


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The ancient Greeks believed that a man who thinks only of filling his stomach is a slave. Thinking only of our material needs can and often does lead to a life that is obsessed with gaining as much in material wealth as possible. This can in turn make us greedy, shallow creatures for whom nothing and no one matters if they do not advance us on our endless quest for more material possessions. Such a person is unpleasant in the extreme because despite all they might possess, they will never be happy because they will never have enough to satisfy the emptiness that is at the core of their being. That will be the case even if they were to possess all the world’s treasures because having everything would still not be enough for them. That’s because to focus exclusively on our material needs is to ignore our spiritual ones and to ignore God who can help us meet our spiritual needs if only we turn to Him and stop thinking only of material desires and ambitions. The truth is that the simple life, that is a life, that puts God first, is a life that is fulfilling, that is worth living because helps us see that all the treasures of the earth will not give us the happiness, the joy, the love that all humans need more than anything else. When we embrace that simple, God-centered life, we find that the things of this world pale in comparison to the spiritual riches we gain and we truly begin to live a life that is blessed and is a blessing to others who we come to love as much as God loves us.


Tuesday, Sept. 15-Thursday, Sept. 17

7 p.m.: St. Paul Baptist Church holds revival. The Rev. Charles B. Jackson Sr., pastor of the Brookland Baptist Church of West Columbia, will be the speaker during the 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday services. Rev. A.L. Brackett, Pastor.

Saturday, Sept. 19

11 a.m.: The pastor, members and friends of Kingdom Heart Ministry are extremely excited about our upcoming Women Conference.

Our theme is Ultimate Survival and we would like to personally invite you and your friends to share this with us.

The conference will be held at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 478 Cedar Grove Road, Jonesville.

Be sure to save the date so we can personally spoil you while you experience our outstanding worship and amazing speakers Sister Eliza Thompson, Lady Vonda Wilson, Sister Jocelyn Peake, Minister Rita Mims, Deacon Sonja Harris, and Minister Jackie Peake Thompson. Please join us with an expectation to be loved, embraced, strengthened, and uplifted.

Our prayer for this conference is that we all will be more fully awakened and receptive to God’s incredible love, that we will experience his presence more deeply and intimately, and that we will allow his Holy Spirit to quicken us to understand our value and purpose. The attire will be camouflage if you wish.

Rev. Edward Pressley, Pastor. Sister Teresa Nash, Secretary.

7 a.m.-3 p.m.: The McBeth Baptist Church Praise Dance Team Ministry holds a Yard Sale, Hot Dog Sale and Car Wash at McBeth Baptist Church, 105 Lawson Avenue, Union.

The menu includes:

• 1 Hot Dog — $1.25

• 2 Hot Dogs — $2

• Chips — .50

• Canned Sodas — $1

• Bottled Water — $1

The Car Wash portion of the event includes:

• Cars Washed — $10

• SUV’s/Trucks — $15

The funds raised will be used by the Praise Dance Team to purchase new uniforms.

Sunday, Sept. 20

11 a.m.: Covenant Baptist Church is having Homecoming. Preaching is at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack Bratton. Lunch will be served afterwards. Please bring a covered dish. Everyone welcome.

11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.: Community Missionary Church, 2230 Lockhart Highway, holds its Annual One-Day Revival on

The guest speaker for the 11 a.m. service will be Minister Chris Dillard, Associate Minister of Changing Your Mind Ministries in Taylors.

Our guest speaker for the afternoon service will be Dr. Karras Cohen Pastor of Abiding Grace Ministries in Greer, SC

Dinner will be served from 2-3 p.m.

2 p.m.: Woodson Chapel Baptist Church holds their Annual Women’s Day Program. Minister Jannie Gist, Assistant Minister of Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church in Buffalo, will be the speaker. The public is invited. Rev. Robert E. Collins, Pastor.

11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.: Community Missionary Church 2230 Lockhart Highway, will have its Annual One-Day Revival on at 3 p.m.

The guest speaker for the 11 a.m. service will be Min. Chris Dillard, Associate Minister of Changing Your Mind Ministries in Taylors, SC.

Our guest speaker for the afternoon service will be Dr. Karras Cohen Pastor of Abiding Grace Ministries in Greer, SC.

Dinner will be served from 2-3 p.m.

3 p.m.: Corinth Baptist Church holds its annual revival. Rev. Terry W. Norman, former Union resident and current pastor of Old Pilgrim Baptist Church in Greenville County will be the guest speaker. Rev. J. Archie Calhoun, Pastor.

Sunday, Sept. 20-Wednesday, Sept. 23

9:30-10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Bethlehem United Methodist Church holds Homecoming and Revival.

Homecoming will begin with Morning Worship on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. The Rev. Mike Scales will bring the message.

Sunday School will follow from 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

There will be a Covered Dish Meal at 12:30 p.m. following the morning service. Everyone is invited to stay for the fellowship over in the Family Life Building. Please bring a well-filled basket.

Tea will be provided.

Sunday Evening Service begins our revival at 7 p.m. Mr. Michael Grady will bring the message.

The revival continues on the following evenings with the following speakers:

Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Ron Towery of Buffalo United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Dalton of Landrum United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Tuie Wentz of Duncan Acres United Methodist Church and Bethel United Methodist Church.

There will be special music each night. Come out and join us and receive a blessing!

Friday, Sept. 25

2:15 p.m.: Maple Ridge Baptist Church holds their usher program. The speaker will be Rev . Roderick Oglesby of Bethesda Baptist Church in Santuck. We look forward to fellowshipping with you all.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church holds a Churchwide Yard Sale and Breakfast from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m. The cost is $5 per plate and includes eggs, toast, grits, bacon or sausage, tea or coffee.

The church is located at 843 Old Buncombe Road, Cross Keys. To get there from SC 49 East, take the right on to Old Buncombe Road at Cross Key House and church is 1.8 miles on the left. To get there from SC 49 West, take Bombing Range Road and it is two miles on the right.

Everyone welcome!!!

Sunday, Sept. 27

3 p.m.: The Union County Prayer Foundation will be having their 1st Fellowship Service. It will be held at The Clinton Chapel on South Enterprise St in Union.

Come and help us lift up the Name of Jesus in fellowship with one another.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The ancient Greeks believed that a man who thinks only of filling his stomach is a slave. Thinking only of our material needs can and often does lead to a life that is obsessed with gaining as much in material wealth as possible. This can in turn make us greedy, shallow creatures for whom nothing and no one matters if they do not advance us on our endless quest for more material possessions. Such a person is unpleasant in the extreme because despite all they might possess, they will never be happy because they will never have enough to satisfy the emptiness that is at the core of their being. That will be the case even if they were to possess all the world’s treasures because having everything would still not be enough for them. That’s because to focus exclusively on our material needs is to ignore our spiritual ones and to ignore God who can help us meet our spiritual needs if only we turn to Him and stop thinking only of material desires and ambitions. The truth is that the simple life, that is a life, that puts God first, is a life that is fulfilling, that is worth living because helps us see that all the treasures of the earth will not give us the happiness, the joy, the love that all humans need more than anything else. When we embrace that simple, God-centered life, we find that the things of this world pale in comparison to the spiritual riches we gain and we truly begin to live a life that is blessed and is a blessing to others who we come to love as much as God loves us.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_IMG_00031.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The ancient Greeks believed that a man who thinks only of filling his stomach is a slave. Thinking only of our material needs can and often does lead to a life that is obsessed with gaining as much in material wealth as possible. This can in turn make us greedy, shallow creatures for whom nothing and no one matters if they do not advance us on our endless quest for more material possessions. Such a person is unpleasant in the extreme because despite all they might possess, they will never be happy because they will never have enough to satisfy the emptiness that is at the core of their being. That will be the case even if they were to possess all the world’s treasures because having everything would still not be enough for them. That’s because to focus exclusively on our material needs is to ignore our spiritual ones and to ignore God who can help us meet our spiritual needs if only we turn to Him and stop thinking only of material desires and ambitions. The truth is that the simple life, that is a life, that puts God first, is a life that is fulfilling, that is worth living because helps us see that all the treasures of the earth will not give us the happiness, the joy, the love that all humans need more than anything else. When we embrace that simple, God-centered life, we find that the things of this world pale in comparison to the spiritual riches we gain and we truly begin to live a life that is blessed and is a blessing to others who we come to love as much as God loves us.
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