Responding to criticism with God’s help


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Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times There are times in our lives when we all could use some constructive criticism, but many times the criticism directed at us is anything but constructive and we resent it and our resentment at the destructive criticism can cause us to resent and ignore the costructive. One of the problems with critics, a category that we all occupy at times in our lives, is that they are just as human as those they are criticizing and therefore open to criticism themselves. Furthermore, our own flawed natures can result in flawed critiques that can miss the point or be presented in such a way as to make others miss the point leaving us all the poorer for it. There is, however, someone who is not flawed and whose critique of our actions and attitudes gets to the heart of the matter without being destructive. That someone is God, our creator, who knows our every need and will guide us rightly if only we listen to Him and take what He has to say to us to heart and live accordingly. When we do that, then the criticism of those around us, whether merited or not, can be taken in stride as we are able, with God’s help, to separate what is good from what is malevolent and better understanding the thinking and purpose of those criticizing us and respond to it with Christian love and compassion.


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.

2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Bethel Baptist Church, 904 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, holds Homecoming and Revival. Homecoming is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Ronald McFadden of Bethany AME Church in Jonesville as the guest speaker. Revival service are Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Bishop Joseph K. Stringfellow, pastor of New Emanuel Missionary Church, Chester as the guest speaker.

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-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

10:15 a.m.: 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.

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.

Sunday, Aug. 30

2:30 p.m.: The Mitchell Chapel Christian Church Dance Praise Ministry would like to invite you to come celebrate our 5th Praise Dance Extravaganza.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
There are times in our lives when we all could use some constructive criticism, but many times the criticism directed at us is anything but constructive and we resent it and our resentment at the destructive criticism can cause us to resent and ignore the costructive. One of the problems with critics, a category that we all occupy at times in our lives, is that they are just as human as those they are criticizing and therefore open to criticism themselves. Furthermore, our own flawed natures can result in flawed critiques that can miss the point or be presented in such a way as to make others miss the point leaving us all the poorer for it. There is, however, someone who is not flawed and whose critique of our actions and attitudes gets to the heart of the matter without being destructive. That someone is God, our creator, who knows our every need and will guide us rightly if only we listen to Him and take what He has to say to us to heart and live accordingly. When we do that, then the criticism of those around us, whether merited or not, can be taken in stride as we are able, with God’s help, to separate what is good from what is malevolent and better understanding the thinking and purpose of those criticizing us and respond to it with Christian love and compassion.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_00012.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
There are times in our lives when we all could use some constructive criticism, but many times the criticism directed at us is anything but constructive and we resent it and our resentment at the destructive criticism can cause us to resent and ignore the costructive. One of the problems with critics, a category that we all occupy at times in our lives, is that they are just as human as those they are criticizing and therefore open to criticism themselves. Furthermore, our own flawed natures can result in flawed critiques that can miss the point or be presented in such a way as to make others miss the point leaving us all the poorer for it. There is, however, someone who is not flawed and whose critique of our actions and attitudes gets to the heart of the matter without being destructive. That someone is God, our creator, who knows our every need and will guide us rightly if only we listen to Him and take what He has to say to us to heart and live accordingly. When we do that, then the criticism of those around us, whether merited or not, can be taken in stride as we are able, with God’s help, to separate what is good from what is malevolent and better understanding the thinking and purpose of those criticizing us and respond to it with Christian love and compassion.
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