BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
This week we will celebrate the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day. People will have picnics, wave flags, play games and enjoy a variety of activities. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet are how it was depicted in the past. It seems we have forgotten that this is a Patriotic Holiday, celebrating America’s history, heritage and hope for the future. We fail to remember to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy, the liberties we have gained and sacrifices made to get us where we are. I know America is not perfect and that there are a lot of things our leaders do that I disapprove of, but SHE IS STILL AMERICA, and SHE IS STILL THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH!
Last week, when five judges in robes decided they knew better than God, better than the States and better than the people as they ruled same sex marriage to be legal, my heart broke and I asked, “How can this happen?” Then I realized it happened, because Americans have been “WEANED” off the Word of God and given a diet of humanism. It happened, even though America has been “WARNED” by preachers of old, by the Word of God and by the happenings of the past. America has turned from God’s principles, precepts and practices. Because it happened, I, along with Christians around the country, “WEPT” for our nation, knowing what lies ahead. So what can we do? We can pray (I Timothy 2:1-3). We can practice Biblical living. (I Peter 2:12; II Peter 3:11)
Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. our church is hosting a concert for the Trio, Forgiven. This trio is described as dedicated, talented and sincere. Cloid, Debbie and Jeremy form this trio, whose music and testimony communicate to the listener their love for Jesus Christ. This concert is free. Only a love offering will be taken for those that want to give to this trio. If you would like to find out more about this trio, go to www.forgiventrio.com .
If you are interested in sending your child to youth camp, Broadway Baptist Church’s youth have two camps to go to this summer. Junior High and Senior High Camp (for students finishing sixth grade through 12th grade) is July 9-13 at Oasis Youth Camp. It is being held at the Plains Baptist Camp, located in the Blanco Canyon, Northeast of Lubbock. The cost is $200. Junior camp (for children finishing first grade through finishing fifth grade) will be held at Circle 6 Ranch in Stanton on July 15-18. Cost of this camp is $120 per camper. You may contact us by phone at (325) 235-2730.
If you don’t have a church home, we would love for you to visit us at Broadway Baptist Church on 710 E. Third Street, this Sunday. Our Life Groups, which is for all ages, starts at 10 a.m. Our morning service is at 10:50 a.m. and our evening service begins at 6 p.m. Come and let us be a blessing to you as we worship the Lord together.
EMMANUEL FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We invite you to join us this Sunday at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. Our Sunday morning services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Both morning services are filled with the same warm fellowship, dynamic worship and life-giving messages, as well as top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade.
This week, we will launch our July sermon series, “Box a Fox,” as we take a look at some of the “foxes” that sneak their way into our lives. God desires to show us how to knock out the things that can destroy us, so join us Sunday as we invite Him to do just that by studying His word together.
Lifegroups are on a summer break, but the Celebrate Recovery group is still meeting in the Sweetwater Prayer Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Please be in prayer for our youth as they travel to Extreme Camp this week. We know they are going to encounter Jesus and come back ready to change their world.
We also invite you to step into The Growth Central Bookstore when you visit EFC. It’s stocked with Bibles, study aids, devotionals, marriage and parenting resources, worship music, inspirational gifts, original art and fiction books — there’s something for everyone. The bookstore is open between Sunday morning services, from 10:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m.
For more information about the ministry of EFC, log onto the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com .
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
Faith Lutheran Church, located at 1607 Josephine, welcomes you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. We begin the morning at 9 a.m. with a 30 minute devotion at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center. If you have family or friends at the center, please join us in singing our favorite hymns. Bible study is at 9:45 a.m. with group discussion along with Pastor Chester McCown or Keith Hills. If you are a newcomer, please join a small friendly congregation.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist Church invites you and your family to join us on this Sunday July 7, for Bible study, beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all ages, followed by the Sunday morning service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 213 East Third Street, next door to the Post Office. We warmly greet you. Your presence will enhance our worship experience and our fellowship together.
Koinonia Coffee is held at the Welcome Center before Bible study each Sunday morning. Coffee is the perfect complement to meeting old friends and new. It is an invitation to sit and talk for a while, to share stories, to get to know one another better. You are invited to join friends each Sunday morning as we all share a warm cup of Koinonia Coffee.
There are many opportunities for service. If you have not received a church participation form, please pick one up in the church office. As members of the Body of Christ at First Baptist Church, we are all called to serve in one way or another. We have many areas of service available to you. Children’s Church facilitators are always welcome. Camp volunteers are still needed.
Sign up today for summer camp. There is a camp for every age group. Missions Camp will be July 30-August 2 for grades 3-5. Lad and Lassie Camp will be Aug. 2 and 3 for grades 1 and 2. Day Camp for Pre-K and Kindergarten will be Aug. 3. P3 at Coral Cove will be Aug. 5-8. All the summer camps are tied together under one church theme: “Refuge: Who Is Your Strength?” with a theme verse of Psalm 46:1.
P3 Ministry is five years old and has only gotten better with age. God has blessed our church. A number of our P3 families now attend church and these relationships continue to grow each year we serve our community. Join us this week at Circle Drive where we will share Jesus with our friends and neighbors. The action starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30 p.m.
For our summer Bible study series, we will be going through The Purpose Driven Life. This study will continue July 7 at 6 p.m. and continue through Aug. 18. The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God’s amazing plan for you-both here and now and for eternity.
Sheila Walsh will be at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church to teach “The Shelter of God’s Promises” as a one day summer Bible study, July 10, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are available at Pioneer Drive or purchase online at www.pdbc.org/women  or 325-692-6776.
For in depth information on First Baptist Church Sweetwater, find us on Facebook or at www.fbcsweetwater.org .
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater welcomes all to join us for worship. Our church is a warm and loving church and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need pastorally. We would love to have you be our guest.
Kenny Maxwell will bring the message on Sunday July 7. Cole Maxwell will be the worship assistant. Greeters are Richard Gesin and Gary Brown.
The youth will have Coke floats and Wii at the church on Wednesday, July 3. The younger youth will meet at 5 p.m. and middle school and high school will meet at 7 p.m. Kary’s Ann Clan will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 at Amole’s.
The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by being an oasis of God’s love. Worship services are each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. We are located at the corner of 14th Street and McCaulley, across from the high school. Find out more information about our ministry by calling 235-5491 or visit the church’s website www.fpcsweetwater.org .
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our Church’s Mission Statement: “To glorify Christ in all that we do by bringing People to Christ and equipping them to serve Christ.”
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m., with Pastor Claude bringing the message entitled, “Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked; Lambs among wolves.” Worship assistants are Lisa Peterson serving as worship leader, Brenda Alexander leads the congregational hymns and plays the keyboard, pianist is Eugenia Hill and our greeter for the month of July is Betty Merrell. We observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. It is a time to give thanks to God for the sacrifice of His one and only begotten Son for saving the souls of mankind. Each one has the opportunity to recommit his/her personal walk in their daily lives with Jesus Christ. Remember to bring your altar rail offering that is designated for our family funds as directed through the United Methodist Church of the Northwest Texas Conference.
Evangelism committee meets on Monday, the 8th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Friendship Sunday School classroom. Following coordinators reporting on their individual outreach ministries, decorative snack sacks will be compiled for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.
Even though the present school year has come to a close, we know the summer months go by rapidly. With the new school year approaching in early August, our next community outreach is our school ministry. Highland Heights will once again collect school supplies for needy students in the second and third grades at the East Ridge Elementary campus. A list of suggested items to purchase is available at the back of the sanctuary. Please bring your selections to the church on or before Sunday, Aug. 4, and they will be delivered the following Monday to the school campus.
Oklahoma has been ravaged this spring by strong thunderstorms with high winds, hail and tornadoes. Businesses and churches have been destroyed or severely damaged. Many have loss loved ones, their homes and all their possessions. “Bless This House” calls upon prayer for the residents and all who have suffered in the destruction and devastation. Pray that God continues to strengthen their faith and endurance in rebuilding their lives through all of us who extend His love, materially, monetarily, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
You are always invited to join us at 1801 Lamar Street, sharing in our vision of making Disciples of Jesus Christ, growing spiritually, fulfilling our God-given gifts, witnessing to others, and ministering to ones in need.
LAMAR STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
Our church-wide breakfast is in the morning at 8 a.m., and afterwards we will have a special prayer time for VBS, and then set up and decorate.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) starts Monday, July 8 and goes through Thursday, July 11 each evening from 6-8:30 p.m. for all children age four though completed fifth grade. This year’s theme is Athens: “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth”. Early registration is important; please call the church office at 235-1779 and leave message or call Linda Kite at 235-9277 or 725-2800.
We invite you to join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, followed by our 10:40 a.m. service including children sermon, hymnals and praise songs and Bro. Billy Oliver will bring a message from the Bible. Our evening service starts at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., we offer activities for children in first through sixth grade; activities for preschool age; youth activities for 7th-12th graders; and Bible study and prayer for adults led by Bro. Billy Oliver.
Camp for children in first through sixth grade is Tuesday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 2; the kids are collecting the following items to take to camp for mission project: coloring books, sticker books, crayons, word search books and fuzzy socks (age 3-12). There is a box in the foyer to put items. Day Camp for Kindergarten through third grade is Saturday, Aug. 3. Please get forms and $10 deposit to Linda Kite.
We are excited to be celebrating our 100th year. We are gathering addresses of past and present members and staff, so please turn these address in the church office. The celebration is set for Sunday, Oct. 13. Our next committee meeting will be Sunday, July 21, at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
To learn more about Lamar Street Baptist Church, visit us at 513 Lamar, find us on Facebook or call the church at 235-1779 and leave a message and someone will return your call.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (THE MORMONS)
The Constitution - A Glorious Standard
(from a talk given by Ezra Taft Benson)
The framers of the Constitution were men raised up by God to establish this foundation of our government, for so the Lord has declared by revelation in these words: “I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:80)
Yes, this is a land fertilized by the blood of patriots. During the struggle for independence, nearly 9,000 of the colonist forces were killed. Among those 56 patriots who had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor by signing the Declaration of Independence, at least nine paid that price with their life’s blood.
Who were the “wise men” whom the Lord raised up to sign the Constitution? They were mostly young men in the prime of their life, their average age being 44. Benjamin Franklin was the eldest at 81, George Washington 55, but the others were as Alexander Hamilton age 32 and James Madison only 36. They were men of exceptional character, sober, seasoned, distinguished men of affairs, drawn from various walks of life. Of the 39 signers, 21 of them were educated in the leading American colleges and in Great Britain; 18 were, or had been, lawyers or judges; 26 had seen service in the Continental Congress; 19 had served in the Revolutionary army, 17 as officers. Four had been on Washington’s personal staff during the war. Among that assembly of the 39 signers were to be found two future presidents of the United States, one the “Father of his Country;” a vice-president of the United States; a secretary of the treasury; a secretary of war; a secretary of state; two chief justices of the Supreme Court, and three who served as justices; and the venerable Franklin, a diplomat, philosopher, scientist and statesman.
The Constitution has been criticized by some as outmoded, written for an entirely different period in our nation’s history, but the threads of this great document are what holds our nation and government together. The founders had a strong distrust for centralized power in a federal government. So they created a government with checks and balances. This was to prevent any branch of the government from becoming too powerful.
When James Russell Lowell was asked, “How long will the American Republic endure?” he replied: “As long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant.” Constitutional government, as designed by the framers, will survive only with a righteous people. “Our Constitution,” said John Adams, “was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Many Americans have lost sight of the truth that righteousness is the one indispensable ingredient to liberty. Perhaps as never before in our history is our nation collectively deserving of the indictment pronounced by Abraham Lincoln in these words: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the Offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Yes, I repeat, righteousness is an indispensable ingredient to liberty. Virtuous people elect wise and good representatives. Good representatives make good laws and then wisely administer them. This tends to preserve righteousness. An unvirtuous citizenry tend to elect representatives who will pander to their covetous lustings. The burden of self-government is a great responsibility. It calls for restraint, righteousness, responsibility and reliance upon God. It is a truism from the Lord that “when the wicked rule the people mourn.” (D&C 98:9)
May God bless us to protect this sacred instrument. In the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith, “May those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.” (D&C 109:54). For this I pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
WORD OF GOD CHURCH
What is the abomination of desolation? Do you know? As a Christian you should have learned or been taught what this is. Jesus says in Matthew 24:15, When you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy place.
So, Jesus said this after he spoke of the signs of his coming back. He tells us we should be looking for this abomination of desolation. But if you don’t know what you’re looking for, how do you know when it is in front of you. Daniel says in Daniel 12:11, that once the abomination of desolation is set up there will be 1,290 days. Now we don’t know what happens at the end of those days, but Jesus said during that time, “stand in the Holy place.”
So what are we looking for? Still don’t know. The abomination of desolation has already been set up to be put into place. This is the time we as children of God have been waiting for.
Jesus also said in the same verse in Matthew 24, whoever reads this let them understand. Do you understand?
When this abomination is put into place the desolation starts. Are you ready?
The Word of God ministry has just finished sending all of its children’s ministry to camp and we are leaving Monday, July 8, with our teens to Extreme Camp. We are blessed to have 30 going this year. Please pray for the whole trip.
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