Weekly Article - 8/14/15

Golden Valley Christian Church

            Albrecht Durer and Franz Knigstein were friends and struggling young artists.  Because they were both financially poor, they made a pact that one of them would work and support the other until that one became successful; then the agreement would be reversed.  Albrecht was the first one to study, while Franz worked at hard labor.  When Albrecht became successful, he went to Franz to keep the bargain.  Instead, he found a man whose fingers had become stiff and twisted from the hard labor, but clasped together in prayer.  Albrecht immediately sketched the folded hands and later completed the masterpiece known as "The Praying Hands."  (Copied)

            In the message Sunday, Bro. Tim posed a question, "Is Satan Real?"  In this study, we learn that Satan is absolutely real.  He was a created angel that wanted to be higher than God.  Isaiah 14:12 calls him the "morning star."  II Peter 2:4 tells us that angels can sin, and because of his sin, God cast Satan out of Heaven.  Satan is our real enemy and uses people to do his work.  His goal is to lure us from church or any relationship with Jesus.  He blinds us to what is right or wrong, and will use temptation in any way.  Satan is powerful, but not all-powerful, as God is.  As Christians, we must understand this truth in the Bible.  Jesus is the only one to destroy the devil's work.

            The Bible challenge question is:  "What did Paul say to provoke the Jews so violently?"  (Acts 22:21-22)

            The Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton.  Our Sunday Bible classes begin at 9:30 AM, and morning worship is at 10:30 AM.  Our full-time minister is Bro. Tim Randall (office phone #660-890-0252), and our website is www.goldenvalleycc.org.  We are happy to invite you to attend our services, where you will always receive a warm welcome.

            Thought for the week:  "Even when you cannot control your circumstances, you can control your attitude." -- Copied