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Aug 10
Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, 5:30 AM - 6:15 AM
Aug 10
College Bible Study
Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 14
Sunday School
Sunday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Aug 14
8:00/ 10:30 Worship
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Aug 14
Jr & Sr High Youth Union Church of La Harpe Illinois
Sunday, 5:00 PM
Aug 15
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Monday, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Bible Study
Monday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 17
Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, 5:30 AM - 6:15 AM
Aug 17
College Bible Study
Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Aug 21
Sunday School
Sunday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Aug 21
8:00/ 10:30 Worship
Sunday, All day
Aug 21
Jr & Sr High Youth Union Church of La Harpe Illinois
Sunday, 5:00 PM
Aug 22
Bible Study
Monday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 23
Taylor Blythe
Tuesday, All day
Pastor's Devotional
Opportunity Knocks 8.9.22
Opportunity Knocks 8.9.22

Bruce Goettsche • August 09, 2022

“You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.* 19When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.”


Jesus tells us to view the challenging times of life as opportunities. You are brought into contact with people you may only see once (a Doctor, nurse, attorney, police officer, judge, tow truck driver, fellow patients in a treatment center, hotel managers etc.) We are to see these people as coming across our path purposefully. We can plant seeds in their lives and also benefit from their wisdom.


Don't let the trials of life keep you from your responsibility to tell the world about Jesus.

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The Best Path 8.8.22
The Best Path 8.8.22

Bruce Goettsche • August 08, 2022

we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. (Titus 2:12–13).


It is easy to get immersed in the world around us. We can easily embrace the ways and nonsense of the world without even thinking about it. We like to be accepted by others.


The Lord calls us to set a different path. We are to live for the Lord and align our lives with His ways and commands. It will be a different path from the mainstream, but it is the better path. It is the way to a deeper enjoyment of life and it is the path that will reveal Christ to others.


It's a simple question to ask yourself regularly. Do I believe this (or am I doing this) because it is popular or because it is true? 

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Seed Scattered 8.7.22
Seed Scattered 8.7.22

Bruce Goettsche • August 07, 2022

The seed is God’s word. 12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. 13 The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. 14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. 15 And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. (Luke 8:11–15).


This is Jesus' explanation for the parable of the seeds. It is about the different ways people respond to the message of Christ. I believe only the last person described is a genuine follower of Christ headed for eternal life.


Many people make professions of faith that "don't stick." In other words, they are caught up in a moment and respond. However, that faith is not based on a true desire to trust and follow Christ, it is a desire to act on the emotions of the moment.


People may spend all their lives thinking the "experience" they once had is all that is needed. Jesus said, the only true believer is the one whose life is surrendered to Christ and therefore begins to change in their thinking and living.


The key question is: which kind of response to the gospel describes you?

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