Roanoke Church of Christ



“Members of the jury; in my summation I would like to refresh your memory as to the testimony you have just heard. When I am done, I’m sure you will come back with a proper verdict.

“My opponent will tell you that God did not punish New Orleans with hurricane Katrina. But you have heard testimony that God brought about that terrible event due to the sin that runs rampant in that city. He will try to tell you that the earthquake that shook Washington DC. was not the result of God’s displeasure about that city’s ratification of gay marriage. However, several Christian preachers, as well as at least one rabbi, have testified otherwise. He will try to tell you that the recent hurricane that struck the state of New York had nothing to do that state also making gay marriage legal.

“You have heard from no less than the Bible itself. You have heard about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. You have read about the plagues in Egypt. You have almost heard the walls of Jericho fall.

“I would remind you again that God’s only son calmed a storm. All natural events are the direct result of God’s direct action.

“So, members of the jury, after hearing such a preponderance of evidence, you have no other rational choice but to render the verdict that indeed, all such things are the action of God!”

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, it has been my job to give you enough evidence to render a fair and impartial verdict in this case. This will not be easy, since we
are trying this case in absentia. God is not here to either deny or admit the charges.

“Therefore, we must again review some of my opponent’s charges. As we do, we must try to understand that man’s understanding of God is joined to his understanding of the world in which he lives. At one time the world seemed flat. That was a reasonable observation. Since the live-giving rain and sun came from above, and earthquakes and volcanoes came from below, generally things from above were good and things from below were bad. In the natural advancement of knowledge we have come to understand that all theses things are a part of the earth on which we live. We know that earthquakes happen because of the shifting plates beneath the earth’s surface. Photographs exist of the underwater changes that take place after an earthquake. It is just as much a part of our world as a volcano. We also know that in ancient times volcanoes were seen as the result of an angry god. Young women and small children were thrown in them as a sacrifice to appease the god, or gods. It has been some time since a preacher blamed a volcano on sin.

“So, without direct testimony, other than an ancient understanding of God, how are we to understand this? Since all of you were selected because you believe in God and that Jesus was God’s unique son on the earth, then it would be safe to say we must take his words as truthful. You will remember he was quoted during the course of my defense as saying, ‘If you have seen me you have seen the Father’. You will remember the testimony from the gospel of Luke where Jesus was told he was not welcome in a Samaritan village and two of his followers asked for permission to call fire upon the city, and Jesus not only refused, but rebuked them. In the same book, Jesus said that God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Also in Luke we looked at the time when they came to Jesus and asked if God caused towers to fall on people and people to be slain because they were worse than others. Jesus said no, and told them unless they changed their view about God acting that way, they too would perish.

“Remember we read the story of the man born blind and Jesus was asked if it was God’s punishment for some sin, his or his parents, Jesus told them God did not act that way, and then, by healing the man he showed them how God would act. And finally, because I feel the case has been made, remember we read the passage where Jesus said God gives the blessing rain on the just and the unjust, and how a good father gives good gifts to his children. Your decision will not only be a reflection on God, but it will reflect what kind of person you are as well.”

CONCERNS: Wayne Phlegar had a treatment for his back. It may take a week or so for it to take effect. Connie Crites’ father is about the same. Two of her brothers are dealing with cancer. Daughter Kelly is close to delivering a new baby boy. Upon surgery it was determined that Tooney, the daughter of a friend of Judy McWhorter’s, thyroid was not cancerous. Remember also Helen Nicklas, Eleanor Crush, Wilma and Jenni Cullum, Alma Martin, Mike Breeding and his wife, Joni Beach’s mother Randy Conner, Tim Elder and the work being done by those who care about others who have suffered hardship and loss in resent natural events as well as those with Health Talents Int. BFAW and others like them all across the world

Monday: Ephesians 1:3-14
Tuesday: Philippians 1:3-18
Wednesday: II Cor. 9:6-15
Thursday: Luke 5:17-26
Friday: I Timothy 6:1-10
Saturday: Psalm 111:1-10

Monday: John 1:1-18
Tuesday: Luke 18:1-4
Wednesday: II Cor. 1:3-11
Thursday: I Cor. 5:1-8
Friday: Job 1:13-2:10
Saturday: Psalm 97:1-12

Even though this article is being written before the actual Bar B Que, its success is sure (minus some unforeseen problem). The weather was to be perfect, the meat was ready; the cooker was in shape, the patio and surrounding area cleaned and the cooks ready. Chef Jeff brought out some new ways to make the brisket, pork and chicken even better than before.

The actual cooking started about twenty hours before the meal was served. Between forty and fifty people were expected. What more can be said than thanks to all who worked to make it happen. The Peaks of Otter picnic is next.

One more week on the peanut butter drive for the hungry. If you can, bring a jar or two.

It may take a little readjusting to switch from peanut butter to the things we will be sending to those serving in Afghanistan, but don’t forget we need individual packets of water flavors such as crystal lite, etc., slim jims, wet wipes, cracker snacks, small toys for the children, and home-made cookies. There is a box on the downstairs table where the peanut butter is for these items.

The Pulaski congregation has sent an invitation to attend a gospel meeting featuring two speakers from the Tri-Cities School of Preaching. It ends Wednesday. Services at 7:00 PM. For more information see the downstairs bulletin board

If you like gospel music, Gold City will be in concert on October 7, at the Grandin Court Baptist Church on Brambleton Ave. The cost is $10.00 per person and tickets are needed. According to the flyer, seating is limited. Tickets are available at the church. The flyer is on the downstairs bulletin board.

As soon as possible we will hear from Susan, Mike and AC about their week at the Ezell Clinic working with Health Talents Int. We have also received two notes from the children we help with the ABC program in Guatemala. If possible they will be read at the morning service.

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