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Below are extracts from the Pastor's Corner from the Sunday bulletins.
He is always good about giving us things to thinks about.  
We thank God for the effort that he puts into each lesson 
that is taught whether it is verbal or written.

We live in an age of unbelievable communications.  
With e-mail and fax machine we can contact anybody almost immediately.  
As Christians we have an even better communications opportunity.  
We can pray of any and all before the throne of grace any time, anywhere.  
Please don't let the mountain of prayer requests be a burden, but use them as a wonderful opportunity.

  If storms don't come and blow off the blossoms, we may be enjoying the most beautiful spring in remembrance.  
The week before last week got about 10 inches of rain on one day, and the flowers are celebrating that 
heavenly gift with a unparalleled display of color.  
This parade of beauty is a good reminder of our dependence upon the Lord for life's best.

Does it seem to you that we're particularly flooded with prayer needs of every sort?  
I think we better take a long look at our prayer life, and see if we can spend more quality time on our knees.  
Only God can give us victory in Iraq and here at home, And in the multitude of needs that surround us.  
May it not be said of us that the end of the day, "We have not because we asked not."

This is an exciting time of the year to be a Christian and a preacher.  
Nature bears testimony to Jesus' promise "Behold I make all things new ".  
It is so wonderful friends, regardless of our past, it cannot destroy our future if we 
turn it all over to Jesus "The New Maker ".

It has been a busy summer. God has blessed our church families as we have traveled many safe miles.  
I especially want to thank all of you who are willing to help in all we undertake.
Now we all must ask the Lord for special strength as we start the new school year.  We are excited about 
beginning a new Sunday School year with graded lessons for each age group beginning the first Sunday 
in September.  I hope Sunday school will be a a big part of your family's Sunday in the months ahead.  
Remember breakfast at 9:30, assembly 9:45 and classes at 10 AM.

Our hearts have truly been blessed by the young folks from Romania this week.  
Old Charleston will never be the same since the visit of these wonderful kids.  
It is a joy to get see first hand how God is using our missionary Marilyn Ramsey in the lives of these kids.  
A special thanks to all of our church folks who had a hand in caring for Marilyn and the kids.

My brother Jack wrote this poem when he was diagnosed with cancer two months ago:

You loved me when I was but a child,
And somehow I knew you were there.
You loved me when you revealed Christ to me.
The Rose of Sharon so fair.
And when I knelt before his feet
And looked trembling up Calvary's mount,
You loved me and washed me in His blood,
Oh blessed eternal fount!
Then countless times down through the years.
You loved me and always dried my tears.
It was your love. Father, it was always you
Who gently led and carried me through.
So now when dark seas gather round,
My ship won't founder or run aground,
For to my great Navigator I'll look above,
And laugh in the wind, for Thou are Love!

Jack Harrison, 2002

My heart overflows with emotions I cannot adequately express.  No preacher ever had a more 
loving church!  He has used you all to comfort me in these days.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude!  
Joel and I will need your prayers more in the coming weeks and months than ever before.  
Above all, let's pray that God will use Martha's home-going for His glory, the blessing of the saints, 
and the salvation of many precious souls.

Since the very beginning of the early American colonies, Christians have been free to spread the Gospel to 
their neighbors.  The Christians from the Old World spread the Gospel among the native Americans.  
Wherever settlements were started, the Gospel went.  Circuit riding preachers took the Word on horseback 
beyond the reach of large settlements.  In our wars, faithful chaplains told the troops of the power of Jesus 
to save.  Aren't you grateful with me, that today we still have the opportunity to take the Gospel wherever 
we go in this fair land.  God give up more diligence to tell the sweet story of Love than ever before!

Probably, almost everyone in our church, except those who are ill, have been asked to commit themselves 
to be a part of some special committee.  We hope that arranging the work around the church in an organized 
fashion might help us to work together more efficiently.  Our church does operate on the principle of church 
membership.  Membership forms some responsibilities and opportunities, which would be very difficult to 
have if we operated without it.  It is desired that church membership be a great aid to unity and we hope that 
it will always be a cherished part of the life of our dear people.

In this tragic hour of our nation's history, I want to encourage those who don't regularly attend our weekly 
Wednesday night prayer meetings to consider doing so.  If there was ever an hour when we need to unite 
to pray for our many sick, the salvation of souls, and our nation's needs, it is no nation's needs, it is now.  
Wednesday night is especially set aside for this purpose. 

I believe that most Americans, too young to have experienced the attacks on Pearl Harbor would say this is 
the most heart rending week of their lives!  It is good to belong to Christ all the time, but how wonderful to 
be His in a day such as this.  Our prayers and witness should be that many unsaved Americans will truly 
turn to Christ in repentance and faith in these troubled times as we together look to the Lord for comfort 
and victory for the difficult days ahead.  
It means so much to be an American today, but it means ever so much more to be a Christian.

I wish to express my appreciation for all the kindness about my birthday.  It almost 
makes a fella feel younger instead of older to have so many nice things happen.  
One thing for sure -- we don't have as long to serve Him as we have had.  
Please pray for me and my family.
The verse that the world does not know: 
"For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

Young People Who Attend Public School
Wednesday, September 19th will be "See You At the Pole."  
Christian students all over America will meet at the school flag pole to pray for America, 
and souls, to take their stands for Christ.  Please check on the details at your school.
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your 
sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich."  II Corinthians 8:9

Isaiah 55:12 tells us that at the Lord's return to earth for His Reign, and all the attendant blessings: 
"The trees of the field shall clap their hands."  
Nature will do what mankind has often been so reluctant to do--Praise the Lord for His abundant benefits.
I believe my cedar tree in the back yard is getting some early practice clapping its green branches to the 
rhythm of the rainfall.  May I add my thanks to that of the trees: "Thank you Lord for the wonderful rains."
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  It shall not return unto me void, 
but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."  Isaiah 55:111

Special Thanks:  To those who worked so hard to load building materials on a truck for Romania.
Praise God for the arrival of our new church sign!  
Thanks to all who gave, prayed and played a part in making it all possible.
Now join us in prayer that God will bless the Gospel presented on the church sign 
to the hearts of our many passersby.
"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in 
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."  Colossians 3:16

Thirty-eight years ago tonight, as a 19 year old, I stumbled into the arms of Jesus and have never
been the same.  Every step I've taken, every breath I've drawn, every passing day -- Jesus has  been 
a constant reality and the reason for my life.  He said, "Behold, I make all things new, " and 
like all His promises--He fulfils it totally.
"But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."  II Peter 3:18

Independence Day Sunday

 July 4th is celebrated in America as Independence Day.
On that first July 4th in 1776, the delegates actually declared their independence from England, 
but that did not make it a fact.  It took eight years of bloody conflict before America was truly free.  
The blood of these patriots stained the soil of the Carolina Lowcountry that we might 
enjoy our independence forever.

Our Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic
for which it stands; One Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Our Pledge to the Christian Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for Whose Kingdom it stands;
One Savior - crucified, risen and coming again with Life and Liberty for all who believe.

Our Pledge to the Bible
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word.
I will make it the Light of my path, the Lamp unto my feet, and will hide the Word in
my heart that I might not sin against God.

I want to include a special word of praise to the Lord for the wonderful rain He's given us in recent weeks.
"Praise ye the Lord, Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, 
who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.? - Psalm 147:1,7
Thank you again , Jesus

Father's Day
A preacher once asked some children at church, "Why do we pray, 'Our Father in Heaven,' 
when God is everywhere?  One little fella brightly answered, "Because Heaven is His 
headquarters!"  I hope today every father is in touch with God's Headquarters.  
Happy Father's Day

As we have the Lord's Supper this morning, I trust God will bless this morning's message
that the truth of remembering Christ's suffering will be the emphasis of the whole sermon.
We are asked to remember things because the trend may be that we are prone to forget
 or lose sight of those things.  Could it be friends, that some of us are involved in church, 
and regular in attendance and yet have never really see a view of the central place of 
the cross in it all?  Have we, with all our religion, forgotten Calvary?

Monday is Memorial Day and we need to appreciate all who have served and suffered 
to give us America.  Another thing to remember--We Christians are in the Lord's army.  
We should be like Alexander the Great's war horse.  
Anyone could ride him ordinarily--but when his war saddle and bridle were put on him, 
only Alexander could touch him..  What a privilege to be a war horse for Jesus!

A popular quiz show host often asks, "Is that your final answer?"
Religion has always been a subject for casual discussion.  However, there will come
 a day when all men will be found either right or wrong about their relationship to God.  
Time will then be over, and opportunities will be past.  Then will mankind's eternal destiny  be finalized.
Since we do not know the hour of our death, what you believe today may be your final position.  
As your friend, I ask you concerning Jesus Christ and His Great Salvation, 
"Are you satisfied with your present opinion to  be your final answer?

Mother's Day
O mothers, so weary, discouraged, Worn out with the cares of the day, 
You often grow cross and impatient, Complain of the noise and the play; 
So many things going amiss; But mothers whatever may vex you 
Send the children to bed with a kiss!

The dear little feet wander often, Perhaps, from the pathway of right, 
The dear little hands find new mischief to try you from morning 'til night: 
But think of the desolate mothers who'd give all the world for your bliss, 
And, as thanks for your infinite blessing, Send the children to bed with a kiss!

Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, 
and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, 
and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
                                                                                Isaiah 55:7

Easter Sunday

And [the angels] said unto them, "Why seek ye the living among the dead?  
He is not here  but is risen."
                                                                                Luke 24:5,6

The longer I experience the ups and downs, the defeats and victories of the Christian life, 
I observe a great lesson.  It seems that we pray more for those things in which defeat 
seems most likely.  Low and behold -- how often de we see it -- that it is in these very 
seemingly impossible things in which God grants us glorious triumph.  
"He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
                                                                                I Corinthians 1:31

Easter Time
Each year, I guess, we think more of the time element around Easter than at any other 
time of the church calendar.  It was about six months before Christ died that He left 
Galilee for the last time.  As He passed through the areas across the Jordan, it was the last 
time those old roads would hear His footsteps or see His blessed face.  
About a month before the final Passover, the Jewish high court agreed to destroy 
Him because He had raised Lazarus from the dead.  Maybe we can make  a spiritual 
journey this year with our Savior all the way to the Cross. 

In Memory of Betty Rhine
A rose once grew where all could see,
Sheltered beside a garden wall,
And, as the days passed swiftly by,
It spread it branches, straight and tall.

One day, a beam of light shone through
A crevice that had opened wide--
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
Then passed beyond to the other side.

Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
Be comforted-- The rose blooms there,
Its beauty even greater now.
Nurtured by God's own loving care.

  A horrible noise came from the kitchen.  It sounded like an earthquake.  
The startled family met their dog heading for he hills with his collar pulling 
the bottom rack of the dishwasher, scattering dishes along his route. 
He'd been licking food from plates in the rack when his collar go caught on it 
and his effort to escape took the rack with him.
I suppose one good lesson is--finish even the little jobs--shut the dishwasher door.  
Hey folks--what kind of spiritual jobs do we leave hanging?

"Little is much when God is in it; Labor not for wealth or fame.
There's a crown and you can win it, if you go in Jesus' name.:

Valentines Day
  In a world where "LOVE" is sometimes just a word, 
I think of Christ's words, "Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)  
That is a definition of genuine love. 
 This love is faithful to wife or husband, country and friends. 
 This love "never faileth."  
This kind of love takes us to Heaven, and allows us to take some dear folks with us

       Thinking of the Super Bowl today, in the early days of bowl games, a college runner got spun 
around in the line and ran 40 yards, scoring a touchdown for the opposing team.  
Listen folks, you can think you are going the right way in life, and end up a loser in hell forever.
Proverbs 14:12

Praying for the President
If you will accept personal responsibility as a  Christian citizen of this nation to intercede for the 
President of the United States, ask God  to enable him to:
**Realize his personal sinfulness and his daily need for the cleansing power of Jesus Christ.
** Recognize his personal inadequacy for the task and therefore depend on Almighty God for 
Wisdom, Knowledge, understanding, and courage to carry out his task.
**Reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles, and then trust God to prove him right.
**Resist the pressure of those who would have him violate his conscience.
**Reverse the trends of socialism and humanism in our land, both of which dethrone God and deify man.
**Rely upon prayer and the Word of God as the source of his strength and the key to his success.
**Restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness and righteousness to the office of the Presidency,
**Remember to be a good example in his conduct to the fathers and sons of the lands.
**Reminded daily that he will be accountable to Almighty God for his attitudes, actions, and 
motives while serving as President.
                                                                                1 Timothy 2:1-3

       I know that simply the passing from one calendar year to the next year doesn't mean that 
positive changes will take place.   But since change is needed continuously, 
what are some things which would motivate these desired alterations?  
Tragedy or fear can bring rapid change.   
Things really change when war, disease, failure, death or financial crises come our way.   
I propose today, however that a new or improved love is the greatest and
most lasting source of real change.   Oh, may God help us all to so appreciate
the love of Jesus in the new year, that it will truly be a new year.

       Here's a good question to pose at Christmas to our unsaved friends.   
"What was the purpose of Christ's coming to Earth in Bethlehem so long ago?
I Timothy 2:5-6 is a good answer--Quote it.
Merry Christmas from the Harrisons to our wonderful church family, and 
Merry Witnessing for our Savior in these special days.

       Christmas is a depressing time for many people.  The director of mental health in California warns, 
"The Christmas season is marked by greater emotional stress and more acts of violence than any other time of the year."  Christmas is an excuse to get drunk, have a wild party, get something, give a little, leave work, get out of school, 
spend money, overeat and all kinds of excesses.  But for Christians, Christmas is an opportunity to exalt 
Jesus Christ in the face of a world that is at least tuned in to His name.

       Amid all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, let me encourage you to enjoy it all!  
No other time of year gives God's people the chance to discuss the gospel of our Savior.  
Let's use and not abuse it.

Oh Happy House

Oh happy house!  Whose little ones are given early to thee in faith and prayer,
To thee, their friend, who from the heights of Heaven guards them with more than mothers' care.
Oh happy house! Where little voices, their glad hosannas love to raise,
And childhoods' lisping tongue rejoices to bring new songs of love and praise

       In a way, I guess, the fair coming to town is the beginning of the "holiday season" in our country.  
While great portions of our world are starving--Americans can eat foot long chili dogs, funnel cakes, 
candied apples and elephant ears!
God has really blessed our land--and we'd better not take it all for granted--We'd better serve the Lord!!

Oh Happy House
Oh happy house! Where Thou art loved the best, dear Friend and Savior of our race,
Where never comes such welcome, honored guest, where none can ever fill Thy place;
Where every heart goes forth to meet thee, where every ear attends Thy word,
Where every lip with blessing greets Thee, where all are waiting on their Lord.

In an age of super salesmanship and telephone solicitation, it's great to be engaged
in representing to our fellowmen their greatest need, and the solution.  All challenges
and adventures pale into insignificance when compared with His Great Commission--
taking the Gospel, one person at a time to every creature! Halelujah--What a life!!

***A serious bumper sticker: "Eternity--Smoking or Non-smoking?
"How shall we escape if we neglect so great Salvation."
                                                                                Hebrews 2:3

I would like to share with you a poem my brother Jack wrote on a Christian camping 
trip almost 20 years ago as fall was beginning.
"Leaves falling, geese calling, autumn's lovely day.
Friends near and dear sharing with me the way.
Shadows lengthen, spirits strengthen; Christ Jesus is our food.
Lessons learning for minds yearning, cast away fleshly mood.
'Tis the autumn of creation; God's wrathful winter comes.
Blessed truth of salvation--His my eternal home.
Blessed Father, not mine, but Thy will be done
In my life, until the day of marriage to thy Son."

I almost hope no Christian saw "The Search for Jesus" with Peter Jennings on ABC, and 
I certainly hope no unbeliever watched the base denial of all the Bible teaches about our Blessed Lord.  
Both of today's services are devoted to  extolling the Holy Scriptures as the only true guide to Christ, 
which Mr. Jennings so blatantly denied.

I think that a great prayer for Christians today is that we may have a Godly view of the proper 
priorities of life.  Oh, that the little things maybe little to us and that the big things may their 
correct value.  Also, that remote things may be so seen and that those near to us maybe dealt 
with in their right time and manner.  

"So teach me to number my days that I may apply my heart unto wisdom."
Psalm 90:12

Back to school is just around the corner again.  Did you hear what the student turtle said 
about his teacher turtle? "She really 'tortoise' a lot!"  Seriously parents, more involvement 
by us in our kids' school, whether it be private, Christian or public is a real key to 
improvement, I believe,  You know what, Mom and Dad, kids are still the same.  
They still love for grown ups to take an interest in them.  One dad was walking with his 
son to the school office to do some volunteer and PTA work.  His son said, " Dad, do 
you realize that more than 30 kids have said hello to you in the hall in the last few minutes? 
 They must like to see you here at school."  And so they do!

"The Lord was crucified for us;
He gave His life so we would gain
Eternal life and endless joy
In Heaven where there is no pain.

It was a ladies' meeting. Women didn't go to foreign lands as missionaries way back then.  
The missionary speaker decided to proceed with his challenge about the spiritual needs in Africa.  
Unknown to the speaker, a young Scottish lad was busy opening the shutters of the second story 
church building to get some air on the sultry evening.  He was the one God intended the challenge 
for from missionary Robert Moffat.  The arrow struck its mark and young David Livingston became 
the greatest African missionary.  May God bring His hearers our way, and He'll get the glory for it all.

Oh Blessed day, which giv'st the eternal life
to self, and sense, and all the brute within;
O come to us amid this war of life;
To hall and hovel come: to all who toil,
In senate, shop, or study; and to those
Who sundered by the wastes of half a world,
Ill-warned and sorely tempted, ever face
Nature's brute powers, and men unmanned to brutes,
Come to them, blest and blessing, Christmas Day!
Tell once more the tale of Bethlehem,
And kneeling shepherds, and the Babe Divine
And keep them men indeed, fair Christmas Day!
Ah, Blessed Christmas Day--the beginning
Of the life of lives, that He might taste
the death of deaths for me!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.
Isaiah 9:6

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