Newsletter 2016-09

Branch Newsletter
Logan Elm Baptist Church
October, 2016

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12, NKJV)

An unusually hot September has yielded to cooler, more Autumn-like temperatures as the month draws to a close. The change in seasons reminds us that “Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifold witness to God’s great faithfulness, mercy and love.”
(by Thomas Chisolm)

In addition to our usual services and monthly meetings (see Calendar of Events below), we will have our final Sweet Hour of Prayer service on Sunday, October 16 during the morning service. The above verse (Ps. 33:12) will serve as the catalyst for our prayers as we cry out to God on behalf of our nation, especially since we will be just over three weeks away from the general election. We know that the Lord is the One who appoints rulers to serve His greater purposes in the world. “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” (Daniel 4:25) None of us knows with certainty who will be elected to each of the offices that are up for election. Even those who run for office unopposed are not assured that they will even be around come Election Day. But we do know the One who is sovereign over all, and we can cry out to Him to have mercy on us (His people), so that we might serve as His instruments to lift Him up and draw the world’s attention to Him who alone is King of all kings and worthy of all honor.

During the evening service on October 16 we will ordain Tom Kuhlwein as our newest elder. Having capably served as an elder apprentice for the past couple of years, the church has recognized his qualifications (See 1 Timothy 3:1-7) by approving the elders’ recommendation of Tom to the office. This will be a special time for our church family, as we set Tom apart to serve the Lord in this role.

Sunday, October 30, we will commemorate the 499th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will remember the courageous men and women, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude, who suffered the slings and arrows of persecution by the religious leaders of their day. They led the charge in opposing the errors of the “church” and reestablished the Word of God as the sole authority for the church’s doctrine, and faith in Christ alone as the sole means of salvation by God’s grace. We are so abundantly blessed to have such a great heritage. And it is fitting that we celebrate it and not take the sacrifice of our forbears for granted.

Becky and I want to thank all of you who made it possible for us to attend the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville, NC, the end of September. Your generous gift to us last October for Pastor Appreciation enabled us to attend the seminar led by Chip Ingram, pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California. Chip taught four edifying sessions based on his book God as He Longs for You to See Him. It was a spiritually refreshing, worshipful time of fellowship with people from all over the U.S. and even Canada. We met a 23 year-old young man from Saskatchewan who is a Christian rap artist! Until he was 19 years old he wanted nothing to do with the Lord, but a brush with death brought him face to face with his mortality—and he was radically saved. He now travels extensively, primarily to inner cities and areas of great need, to spread the gospel of God’s grace. Thank you for providing us with this very special experience.

Again, I would ask you to continue to pray fervently for those who are facing special health and family challenges, but especially for those whose loved ones need the gospel of the Lord Jesus.
Ever reforming for the glory of God,
Brother Dave

Congratulations to Ethan and Katie VanDette (and the proud grandparents!) on the safe and healthy arrival of Margaret Faye “Maggie” at 6 pounds, 2 ounces on September 8!

(Visit lebc.org for updates & additional announcements.)
Oct. 8 Deacons’ meeting, 7AM
Oct. 9 Voter registration available following the morning service
Oct. 10 MCBA Annual Meeting, noon, at the Associational Office, 888 Parsons Ave., Columbus
Oct. 15 Men’s breakfast and “Stepping Up” study, session 7, 7:30am
Oct. 27 Ladies’ meeting and Bible study “The Armor of God”, 6:30pm
Oct 16 Sweet Hour of Prayer service, 10am; Fellowship meal following morning service; Elder ordination &
Communion, 5:45pm
Oct 18-22 Circleville Pumpkin Show; no midweek service on Oct. 19
Oct 30 Reformation Sunday
Nov. 6 Daylight Savings Time ends
Nov. 8 Election Day
Nov. 20 Joint Thanksgiving Service at FBC, Circleville, 6PM

You are cordially invited to an Open House to celebrate the Retirement of Library Director Jim Guenther
And the Re-Dedication of the Donor Mural On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At the Pickaway County District Public Library 1160 North Court Street, Circleville, OH 43113
Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. OCTOBER & NOVEMBER WILL BE SOAP & HARD WRAPPED CANDY. THIS CAN BE DEPOSITED IN THE BROWN HAMPER BY THE CHURCH OFFICE.

Faith, Repentance, and Donald Trump

How can you vote for that despicable man? How can you not vote against that wicked woman?
Will you really support a man that brags about adultery? Have you thought at all about the Supreme Court?
The 2016 presidential election is vexing. Those that worship Jesus Christ in the USA tend to
vote for Republicans. While every candidate is flawed, it often seems that the Republicans
offers more hope of defending the unborn from slaughter and protecting our liberties from an
ever growing state. But is that true of Donald Trump? Is it true that anyone is better than Hillary Clinton? Does Christian discernment mean carefully choosing the lesser-of-two-evils?
First consider the criterion given when Moses was selecting judges to help him.
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating
covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of
fifties, and rulers of tens. — Exodus 18:21

..Able men, Does Donald Trump satisfy this standard?
Is Mr. Trump able to fill the office of the president? Does he have experience that would point to
the capabilities required? He has run various large businesses, and there are different opinions
about how well he has run them. He has no experience in government, but I’m willing to
concede that Mr. Trump could have the ability to execute the responsibilities of the presidency.

..such as fear God, Mr. Trump does not fear God. Does this need to be argued? He is a man that boasts of his sin, claims to be a Christian, and says that he has never asked God for forgiveness.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge –Proverbs 1:7a If we believe God, we understand that Donald Trump has not begun the path towards knowledge and wisdom. It follows that he would be very dangerous in leadership

..Men of truth, Is Mr. Trump a man of truth? The question is ridiculous. He has lied so consistently and repeatedly on such a variety of topics that his dishonesty is remarkable even for a politician. He has shown that he has no concern for what is true, only for what will persuade.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me. –John 14:6
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
–John 8:44
Jesus Christ is the truth. The devil is the father of lies. With every communication, we show our
allegiance. Donald Trump prefers the ways of the devil.

..Hating covetousness, Finally, we should choose men that hate covetousness. This is alternatively translated “dishonest gain” or “a bribe”. Can we imagine this about Mr. Trump? Much of his campaign has relied on covetousness, as he boasts about his wealth and claims he will increase ours. His career has depended heavily on covetousness, as that particular sin is the foundation of the gambling industry.

Simply disqualified.
Donald Trump is about as disqualified as possible. He is opposed to God in precisely the ways
that we are to judge those that lead. We must understand the idea that there are those that
cannot be supported in any circumstance. Among those with some discernment, it is not typically controversial to say that Mr. Trump does not fear God, is not a man of truth, and he does not hate dishonest gain. The controversy is over what we do when neither candidates are remotely qualified.

Faith and voting
So what to do?
“Sure, Trump is pretty bad. But Hillary is worse. We need to stop her, even if we hate voting for
him.” And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and
as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just. –Romans 3:8
We’ve been told that we are just to choose the “lesser of two evils” every time in the ballot box.
But God calls us to faith. From a worldly perspective, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will
be our president. But who knows what God is willing to do?
This is reminiscent of Asa’s pragmatism late in his life, when he relied on a treaty with Syria
instead of trusting in the Lord (1 Chronicles 16:1-10). If we study this in Sunday School we
should shake our heads at the lack of faith Asa demonstrates. Couldn’t he recall what God had
already done in His life? Had he no awareness of the many times that God’s people had been
delivered from situations far more hopeless than the current trouble he was having?
But if we don’t stop Hillary, the Supreme Court …”
Stop it. Our concern about the Supreme Court isn’t actually more difficult than what Asa was
facing with Baasha King of Israel. Supporting evil is evil. Donald Trump is evil. Hillary Clinton is evil.

How then shall we vote?
The Bible does talk about our responsibilities towards our governments, but there isn’t much
about voting particularly. And I think that we Christians have really confused our responsibilities
towards our country. We have been given the right to participate in our government through voting, and it is often sensible to do that. But we have several greater obligations.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be
made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable
life in all godliness and reverence. — 1 Timothy 2:1-2
If an evangelical says that they never pray for Obama, everyone understands. But if he says
that he never votes, we look at him like he has a third eye. In this “laying aside the
commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8)
Voting is our tradition, it is not a command. But in 1st Timothy 2, we have a command, and we
need to obey it.

Repent
Finally, we need to repent. Our candidates reflect us. They don’t fear God because we don’t
fear God. They don’t love the truth because we don’t love the truth. They don’t hate
covetousness because we don’t hate covetousness.
As we look at these terrible candidates, we are looking in a mirror. We need to repent, fast, and
pray for ourselves and our nation. God is judging us for our wickedness, but who knows if he will
yet have mercy.
This is what we must do. There is no hope for an unrepentant nation being blessed. And there is
no hope of all of the sinners “out there” repenting if we do not lead the way. Lord have mercy.
Submitted by Eric Wilson

Our next meeting will be October 27 at 6:30 pm. We will continue our Bible study entitled, “Armor of God”.
For those of you who haven’t received a book, yet, they have been ordered and should be here in a matter of days.

Our next men’s breakfast and “Stepping Up” study, session 7 will be on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 am. All men welcome!

“You are invited to an evening out to hear from current and past Logan Elm Fellowship of Christian Athlete students, enjoy listening to worship music, and eat a delicious spaghetti dinner while learning about Fellowship of Christian Athletes and how you can play a role in the lives of local high school students.
Saturday, October 15 from 5 — 7pm here at LEBC.
We’ll be serving spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade with an opportunity for donations at the conclusion
While children are invited, this could also be a night out with your spouse.
Please RSVP by email, text or call to: mkforte@gmail.com, 614-309-8142 by Wednesday, October 12.”

October Birthdays

Cheryl Burns-Oct. 2
Lil Voss-Oct. 3
Karen Clark-Oct. 5
Logan Cavanaugh-Oct. 7
Lydia DeLong-Oct. 7
Eric Anders-Oct. 18
Abby DeLong-Oct. 20
Jim Guenther-Oct. 26
Chuck Imler-Oct. 26
Pam Atkinson-Oct. 28
David Atkinson-Oct. 30

October Anniversaries

Bob & Heather Edmonds-Oct. 4
Tom & Beth Kuhlwein-Oct. 16
Matt & Penny Schall-Oct. 22
Tom & Kathy Kanitz-Oct. 29