The importance of answering God’s call to action


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Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times God calls all of His children to make a difference in their community, their country, and the world. He is still making that call today, especially to the Christians of America, a nation He has long blessed as He has no other nation except perhaps ancient Israel. Despite God’s blessings, America is a nation facing many problems, problems are that growing both in numbers and size, problems that increasingly seem insurmountable. Yet, as The Bible shows repeatedly in the story of the ancient Israelites, nations blessed by God flourish, but sadly come to take those blessings from granted and turn away from the source of those blessings, either arrogantly assuming them to be a natural right they will always enjoy and/or deceiving themselves into believing they come from a different source. Ancient Israel did this repeatedly and repeatedly suffered the consequences of their abandoning God. The Bible, however, also shows over and over again that though He let the Israelites suffer the consequences of their actions, God did not abandon them the way they abandoned Him. Instead, when they suffered and cried out for mercy and deliverance, He heard their cries, delivered them from their enemies and restored them. America today is in much the same situation as the Israelites were, increasingly abandoning God and increasingly suffering the consequences of that abandonment. As He did with ancient Israel, God will let America suffer the consequences of its turning away from Him but will not abandon it as it is abandoning Him and will turn things around for it if the American people turn back to Him and rely on and trust in Him as their ancestors did in the days when America could truly be called a Christian nation. For that to happen though, the Christians of America must answer God’s call to action and without apology stand up and be counted as Christians and turn this country back to the God of The Bible. Unless that happens, then, like Israel before it, America will suffer even worse consequences of its lack of faithfulness than it has already.


Thursday, Aug. 6

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC-U gazebo. Please come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places as we pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church. Please pray for our military and our police, who risk their lives to serve and protect us.

If you can’t get there, please take some time for special prayer during the day. All are welcome.

6:30 p.m.: St. Luke Baptist Church, 718 Lukesville Road, Buffalo, celebrates Revival. Revival evening services begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with Rev. Robert Ward as guest minister on Tuesday and Rev. Stanley Watson as guest minister on Wednesday and Thursday. All are welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 8

10 a.m.: McBeth Baptist Church will be hosting a Leadership Conference entitled “How To Use What We Learned At Baptist Congress To Benefit Our Church” in the Fellowship Hall. The public is invited. Rev. Freddie L. Wicker, Jr.,Pastor.

Sunday, Aug.9

Noon-Until: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 1622 Kelly Road, Union, serves Sunday dinner.

The menu includes fried chicken, roast beef, steak and gravy, creamed potatoes, rice and gravy, macaroni pie, green beans, lima beans, slaw, rolls, tea, and dessert.

Cost is $8 per person.

Call 427-1622 for takeouts which will be ready at 11:45 a.m.

2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Saint Matthew AME Zion Church, Whitmire, holds its Annual Revival Services on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Marion Wilson, Presiding Elder of the Columbia/Camden District.

The public is invited to attend.

Rev. J.B. Robinson is the Pastor.

3 p.m.: Paradise AME Church holds its Annual Revival. Licentiate Johnathan Seay guest preacher. Rev. Terry Gillyard, Pastor

Sunday, Aug. 9-Wednesday, Aug. 12

2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Jeter Chapel AME Church holds revival. The speaker for the 2 p.m. Sunday service will be the Rev. Dr. Jefferson W. McDowell of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Laurens. The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday services will be at 7 p.m. and the speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Derrick Scott of St. Paul AMEC, Columbia. Rev. Anthony Washington, Pastor.

2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: New AME Zion Church, Sedalia Community, holds Revival Services beginning Sunday at 2 p.m. and continuing Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Malachi Rodger, Galilee Baptist Church. All are invited to worship with us. Rev. Ronnie McCrorey, Pastor.

2:15 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Maple Ridge Baptist Church holds their Annual Revival Service. The Rev. Lee Byars of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Gaffney, will deliver the message at all four services.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Noon: The Bethesda Baptist Church will have its annual Family and Friends Fun Day. There will be a softball game in memory of Bro. David Smith. Come out for food, fun and fellowship. Please bring your lawn chairs because seating is limited.

Sunday, Aug. 16-Thursday, Aug. 20

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Laurens will hold Homecoming and revival services at 10:15 a.m. with church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jefferson N. McDowell. Revival services will be held Monday-Thursday with the Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr., senior pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist church in Charlotte.

Sunday, Aug. 16-Wednesday, Aug. 19

5 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Chambertown Community Lighthouse, 413 South Mountain St., holds Revival Services. Sunday’s service will be 5 p.m. while the services Monday through Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. The theme will be “The Voice of God.”

We’re asking your choir, praise team/praise dancers to share with us on the day of your choice.

The Chambertown Community Lighthouse cordially invites you to fellowship with us during our 10th Church Anniversary and Revival. We’re looking forward to the fellowship. Bishop Trina Parham, Pastor.

Sunday, Aug. 16-Thursday, Aug. 20

11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: The Bethesda Baptist Church, Santuc Community, holds its Annual Revival Services beginning Sunday. Pastor Roderick Oglesby, Sr. will deliver the 11:15 a.m. message. Guest Speaker for the 2:30 p.m. service will be Rev. Elijah Sutton, Pastor of the Thomas Chapel AME Church, who will be accompanied by his church family. Nightly Services will be at 6:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Dr. Michael Bridges, Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church, Gaffney will deliver the message.

Saturday, Aug. 22

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Morningside Baptist holds its next infant care ministry give-away.

Bible Study

Shiloh Outreach Baptist Church, 194 Maybinton Road, Whitmire, holds a Community Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

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Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times God calls all of His children to make a difference in their community, their country, and the world. He is still making that call today, especially to the Christians of America, a nation He has long blessed as He has no other nation except perhaps ancient Israel. Despite God’s blessings, America is a nation facing many problems, problems are that growing both in numbers and size, problems that increasingly seem insurmountable. Yet, as The Bible shows repeatedly in the story of the ancient Israelites, nations blessed by God flourish, but sadly come to take those blessings from granted and turn away from the source of those blessings, either arrogantly assuming them to be a natural right they will always enjoy and/or deceiving themselves into believing they come from a different source. Ancient Israel did this repeatedly and repeatedly suffered the consequences of their abandoning God. The Bible, however, also shows over and over again that though He let the Israelites suffer the consequences of their actions, God did not abandon them the way they abandoned Him. Instead, when they suffered and cried out for mercy and deliverance, He heard their cries, delivered them from their enemies and restored them. America today is in much the same situation as the Israelites were, increasingly abandoning God and increasingly suffering the consequences of that abandonment. As He did with ancient Israel, God will let America suffer the consequences of its turning away from Him but will not abandon it as it is abandoning Him and will turn things around for it if the American people turn back to Him and rely on and trust in Him as their ancestors did in the days when America could truly be called a Christian nation. For that to happen though, the Christians of America must answer God’s call to action and without apology stand up and be counted as Christians and turn this country back to the God of The Bible. Unless that happens, then, like Israel before it, America will suffer even worse consequences of its lack of faithfulness than it has already.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_0002.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times God calls all of His children to make a difference in their community, their country, and the world. He is still making that call today, especially to the Christians of America, a nation He has long blessed as He has no other nation except perhaps ancient Israel. Despite God’s blessings, America is a nation facing many problems, problems are that growing both in numbers and size, problems that increasingly seem insurmountable. Yet, as The Bible shows repeatedly in the story of the ancient Israelites, nations blessed by God flourish, but sadly come to take those blessings from granted and turn away from the source of those blessings, either arrogantly assuming them to be a natural right they will always enjoy and/or deceiving themselves into believing they come from a different source. Ancient Israel did this repeatedly and repeatedly suffered the consequences of their abandoning God. The Bible, however, also shows over and over again that though He let the Israelites suffer the consequences of their actions, God did not abandon them the way they abandoned Him. Instead, when they suffered and cried out for mercy and deliverance, He heard their cries, delivered them from their enemies and restored them. America today is in much the same situation as the Israelites were, increasingly abandoning God and increasingly suffering the consequences of that abandonment. As He did with ancient Israel, God will let America suffer the consequences of its turning away from Him but will not abandon it as it is abandoning Him and will turn things around for it if the American people turn back to Him and rely on and trust in Him as their ancestors did in the days when America could truly be called a Christian nation. For that to happen though, the Christians of America must answer God’s call to action and without apology stand up and be counted as Christians and turn this country back to the God of The Bible. Unless that happens, then, like Israel before it, America will suffer even worse consequences of its lack of faithfulness than it has already.
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