The guys over at Living Waters have done it again. Exit confronts the appeal of suicide.
The ladies will be going to the Heber Bison Ranch on 19 August for a women's retreat from 8:00am to 4:30pm. There will be a Continental breakfast and lunch, four teaching sessions, and lot's of fellowship. Guest speaker will be Dana Daigle. Seating is limited, so contact Cindy soon if you're interested.
The ladies at MBC will be studying "The Names of God" a book by Ann Spangler. This class will start on 6 June and go to 29 August on Tuesdays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at the church.
From the Amazon page: "By studying such rich and varied names as Adonay, El Shadday, Abba, Yeshua, Lamb of God, and Prince of Peace, readers will encounter a God who is utterly holy, powerful, surprising, merciful, and loving. Each week’s study includes: • Background information to help readers understand the name • A key Scripture passage in which the name was first or most significantly revealed • A series of questions for individual or group study • A list of Bible passages for further reflection Based on Praying the Names of God and Praying the Names of Jesus but containing additional questions for reflection and study, this unique Bible study is designed to help individuals and groups explore the most important of God’s names and titles as they are revealed in the Bible. Also included is a helpful pronunciation guide to the Names of God in Ancient Hebrew and Koine Greek."
North Koreans are indoctrinated from an early age to adore "The Eternal Leader" and his two sons, including the current dictator. Last fall, Christian Solidarity Worldwide described testimony from defectors: "Christians are reported to have suffered brutal violence. Forms of torture include beatings with fists or implements such as electric rods, wooden pokers, metal poles, water torture through forced submersion, and being used as test subjects for medical training and experimentation." Underground churches still exist, though the number of Christians is difficult to quantify. (Open Doors USA estimates 300,000 Christians out of the country's 25 million citizens.) Since most assemblies are forbidden, gatherings might include a small family or a married couple who don't include their children until they are old enough to keep a secret. Christians aren't the only North Koreans who suffer. Gulags are filled with other prisoners, including North Koreans sent back after fleeing into China. In other cases, a citizen might be merely suspected of disloyalty and imprisoned with his whole family.
A landmark 2014 report by the United Nations described a litany of atrocities: "beatings, starvation, exposure to cold, various torture techniques, rape, infanticide, and public executions."
When the ultimatum was put to these three men in Daniel chapter three, we do not read that they took time to think the issues through. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego seem to have responded at once: "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.