The Real Lincoln Bible


 

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Can You 'Read'?


Some people can read the signs, others never will! 

 

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The Exception


 

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"By Doing Good"



 

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Lift One Another Up


     Last Sunday, right after the third service here at OT, I jumped in the car with a couple of our men and we raced up to catch the 1:00 service at Calvary Chapel Godspeak in Thousand Oaks. I somehow thought we'd get there on time, but it's at least a 90-minute drive and we arrived about ten minutes into the sermon. 

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Modeling Christ To Our Children!


And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:6–7 NKJV)

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Your Redeemer Lives!



      Far back into the record of my wife's ancestry is the story of a woman who was kidnapped by the Narraganset Indians. Her name was Mary Rowlandson, and she was Sharilyn's great-aunt eleven generations back; I don't even know what to call that except to string eleven 'greats' together.

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Not Without Testimony


Article was written by Pastor Rod Schorr from our July 2001 Messenger Archives

 

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We Will Fight On!


       “You, therefore, must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim. 2:3 NKJV)
       October 8, 1918, the soldiers of the United States 328th infantry were witnesses to the most unbelievable sight! They watched as three US Soldiers escorted one hundred and thirty-two German captives into the battalion command post.
       The Batallion command did not want the responsibility of 132 german captives and they instructed Corporal Alvin York to take the surrendered enemy to regimental headquarters. In his own words, York said, "We had such a mess of German soldiers that nobody wanted to take them from us. So we had to hike back quite a far piece ourselves." Upon finally arriving at the regimental headquarters Brigadier General Lindsey came out to greet Corporal York and said, "Well York, I hear you have captured the whole...German army." York replied, "No, I only have 132."
       The events leading up to the capture and surrender of the German enemy are quite marvelous! The allied army was finally outnumbering the German army and pushing forward to break through the Hindenburg line. As the allies were moving forward toward the front in the Argonne forest York recounts in his diary "...we were stumbling over dead horses and dead men and shells were bursting all around me and then it was that I could see the Power of God helped man if he would only trust him. Oh, it was there I could look up and say: O Jesus, the great rock of foundation where on my feet were set with sovereign grace; Through Shells or Death with all their agitation thou will protect me if I will only trust in Thy grace. Bless thy holy name."
      Three days deeper into the woods York's squad was cut down to seven men by entrenched machine gun nests. York wrote, "There must have been over twenty of them (machine guns) and they kept up a continuous fire. Never letting up. Thousands of bullets kicked up the dust all around us. The undergrowth was cut down as though they used a scythe. The air was just plumb full of death."
      While the few remaining soldiers in York's squad were hunkered down trying to survive, York had made his way into a position where he could begin firing on the machine gun nests with his bolt action US Enfield rifle. In order for the enemy to reposition the machine gun to fire at him they had to lift up their heads and in York's words he, "touched them off". For the Kentucky mountain man, it was easier than shooting turkeys back home. This went on and on twenty times until a German Major surrendered, shouting, "English?" York replied, "No". The German commander said, "What then?". York said, "American." "Good Lord!", said the German major, "If you won't shoot any more I will make them give up." Thirty soldiers surrendered themselves to a single man and came out of their machine gun bunkers!
      In order to learn about the surrender of the other 102 soldiers that day you will have to read Sgt. Alvin York's biography. If it had not been for the war, the story is so extraordinary it is almost comical.
      York's life story is so intriguing and inspiring. It is a wonderful story of heroism, conviction, and Christ! York wrote that all the trials, hardships, and battles were only to prepare him for his greatest battle for the future generations of his home town.
      York knew he had to help the future generations of the Kentucky mountains with giving the children an opportunity at education, trade schools, and a Biblical foundation. His greatest fight was for the generations coming behind him! As he was trying to get a good school built he writes, “So I raised about $15,000 myself and the state and the county each put up $50,000. That gave me $115,000 to build new schools. I wanted a modern, up-to-date vocational school, which later on could be a sorter developed into a mountain college. The Board they give me couldn’t see things the way I did. So I have had a most awful hard fight, a much worse one than the one I had with the machine guns in the Argonne. The politicians and the real estate people tried to use me. The small-town bankers tried to get in on it. Jealous factions wanted to get a-hold of it and handle it their way. So it done got held up. And oh, my, I had a terrible time. But I knew I was in the right. So I kept on fighting jes the same.” Eventually, he won the battle and got that school built! Alvin York was a man of strong conviction and when he knew something was right he kept on fighting.
       Barna came out with a troubling survey about church attendance through the pandemic. The survey showed that over 50% of the Millennial generation who was attending church prior to Covid-19 shutdowns have altogether stopped attending church! Make no mistake we are in a fight for the generations to come! We will endure and we will keep fighting!
       The recent battles have been training us. We understand best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our church. As Covid cases increase I want to ask that we all take extra caution for our church. I encourage everyone to have a mask on their person and wear it if you come within six feet of another. Let’s put off handshaking and hugging for the next couple of Sundays. Please be mindful not to congest walkways or exits. I have asked our ushers and security team to remind us of our guidelines if we forget or are unaware. Please do not be offended if they remind you to keep social distance or move a conversation out of a walkway, away from the sound booth, or outside instead of the front pew. God has protected our fellowship and we will continue to “trust in His grace”! The fight is not over and we need to endure for the safety of others. We must keep our church open and our people safe! 

 

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Crossing Out Dragons


     Okay, I’ll just come right out and confess it: I am addicted to maps. I’m not sure what they call that addiction (cartoholism?), but whatever it is, I have it and I don’t really want to be cured. 

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That Beautiful 'Crack'


*Every Liberty Bell should be cracked! 

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"The Gates Shall Not Prevail"


      The distance between Taipei and Southern California is only a quarter of the way around the globe, but on one particular day, I felt like I'd fallen off the edge of it. I think it goes down as the loneliest, strangest moment I've ever experienced.  

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Da Vinci's 'Roadblock'


 

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Your Lifeboat! Get In!


I've read shocking things about the sinking of the Titanic; I wonder if you have as well. When the celebrated "Unsinkable" suddenly went down—"Why, not even God Himself could sink this ship"  was how one employee of the White Star Line had put it; did you know?—but when it went down into the icy waters of the Atlantic, it took 1,527 people along with it.

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Who Rescued Jessica Lynch?


      Back in 2003, we were all deeply moved by the details of the heroic rescue of Jessica Lynch. The US Army Private First Class was injured and captured during an ambush of her convoy while crossing the Euphrates near the town of Nasiriyah, during the invasion of Iraq. 

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No Time To Waste




     

      Last Sunday was awesome! I'm so glad we did this. It was so good to be together again and it was a very important start! Of course, it wasn't what we are all accustomed to, but we'll try to return to full normalcy just as soon as we possibly can.  

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These Doors Will Open


 

 

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His Image...in You!


 

      I read the most wonderful story about a devout follower of the horrible Peter Singer. Perhaps you've heard the name. He is the so-called 'scholar' at Princeton University who teaches all his students not only that abortion is perfectly fine, but that infanticide should be legal as well if ever a child is 'unfit' for normal everyday living, or even just an 'inconvenience' to the parents. 

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Singing Through the Uproar, Winging Through the Turns

don't suppose I fit the stereotype of a 'birdwatcher'—and I'm not one, really. I'm a hundred pounds too heavy, not that easy to conceal and way too impatient. That's always been my impression of bird-watching anyway. But that day in the Rockies, when I came across that Water Ouzel, I must admit I was enthused! 

I'd read about this amazing bird from one of John Muir's books—he devotes an entire chap-ter to it in The Mountains of California. And—just like a new vocabulary word that, once you've learned it, confronts you everywhere you look—not long after I had read about the Water Ouzel, I saw one!

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Apocalyptic?

few weeks ago, as life trudged on under the shadow of the "V", one troubled soul came up to me and sadly asked: "Do you think we are in the end times, Pastor? The news keeps using the word 'apocalyptic'".  

Oh, now why am I not surprised at that? This from the same group that used the word 'Carmageddon', a few years ago, to describe congested freeways in LA.

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