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"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." Proverbs 27:17

"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them." Matthew 18:20

It's important to God that we come together and build great relationships with each other and our communities.  We believe in providing an inclusive and encouraging setting for our congregation and our guests, while giving praise to our Lord. 

 

We welcome you to join us!!

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  Churches of Christ are patterned after the actual congregations found in the New Testament. We have no "earthly" headquarters, but  getting our Spiritual direction from following only the Word of God.       

   The Church of Christ was established by Christ Himself, Matthew 16:18, we honor His name, realizing that He is the only "Head" of The Church. Colossians 1:18.  Christ's Church was  introduced to the world in Acts Chapter 2 approximately 33 AD. When repentive sinners were baptized by immersion for the remission of their sins. Each receiving the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide them/us in all truth. John 16:13 

  If you have been looking for a "BIBLE BASED" Church, then come visit us.    

America in turmoil: How should Christians respond?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of Incredulity,
It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” T
hus the great Charles Dickens described another revolutionary time when all presuppositions and values were severely challenged. As 21st-century men and women, we are in the midst of a similar epoch. 21st-century Christians have been called upon to follow the Lord and to be His disciples in a supremely strategic moment in history.

  In the epoch that Dickens so eloquently describes, the American and French Revolutions took place within the 25 years that encompassed the last quarter of the eighteenth century (1775-1800). The struggle for hearts and minds between the essential elements of these two Revolutions and their contrasting world views continues virtually unabated today, both internationally and intranational.

  Multitudes of observers have commented at length on the increasingly dominant influence of what Carl F. H. Henry as early as 1946 called "the secular philosophy of humanism or naturalism.”1 

  One of the most incisive analyses of this evolving cultural crisis was provided by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet exile Nobel laureate many, including myself, consider to be one of the 20th and 21st centuries’ greatest men. In Solzhenitsyn’s commencement address at Harvard University in June 1978, he sounded the alarm, warning of the grievous consequences of this fallacious worldview:

  “The humanistic way of thinking, which has proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on earth. It started modern western civilization on the dangerous trend of worshipping man and his material needs…as if human life did not have any higher meaning.”2

  As Christians, we have been called upon by the providence of God to know and follow the Lord and to be His disciples in a supremely strategic moment in history. It is a moment replete with devastating problems and ripe with promising opportunities.

  Christian theologian Carl F. H. Henry warned Christians 40 years ago of the drastic extent to which philosophies and educational theories have succumbed to this man-centered, rather than God-centered, focus, and orientation. Henry observed that man rather than God “now define ‘truth’ and ‘goodness’ in most modern universities and that this is the culmination” of “the greatest overturn of ideas and ideals in the history of human thought.” Such anthropocentric, man-centered thinking “assumes the comprehensive contingency of everything, including God; the total temporality of all things; the radical relativity of all human thought and life; and the absolute autonomy of man.”3 

  This humanistic philosophy has now thoroughly saturated all aspects of our American culture, including our nation’s public schools. As a result of the COVID lockdowns, millions of parents across America have been shocked as they have discovered what their children were being taught in their public schools.

Morally relative, humanistically-influenced education has pushed de-bunking American history and utterly rejecting traditional sexual mores. As former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has explained:

  “If our kids don’t grow up understanding America is an exceptional nation, we’re done. If they think it’s an oppressor class and an oppressed class, if they think the 1619 Project, and we were founded on a racist idea—if those are the things people entered the seventh grade deeply embedded in their understanding of America, it’s not difficult to understand how Xi Jinping’s claim that America is in decline won’t prove true.”4

  In fact, having surveyed the impact of these philosophies' major implementation in the public schools, Pompeo called the teachers’ union head, Randi Weingarten, “the most dangerous person in the world.” (ibid.).

This humanistic, morally relative society has been metastasizing within American society for several generations, and its destructive chickens have come home to roost.

  Popular culture has long reflected this trajectory. The song "Imagine" by John Lennon has been voted the most popular “rock” song of all time:

“Imagine there’s no heaven.
It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us
Above us, only sky.

Imagine all the people
Living for today.

Imagine there’s no countries.
It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too.

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace.
...

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man,

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world.

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one.”

Such naïve, incorrect thinking about fallen human nature cannot be sustained, even by Lennon. The very next song on the album is also written by John Lennon, and it’s entitled
"Crippled Inside":

“You can shine your shoes and wear a suit,
You can comb your hair and look quite cute.
You can hide your face behind a smile.
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside.

 

You can wear a mask and paint your face,
You can call yourself the human race.
You can wear a collar and a tie,
But one thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re cripped inside.”

 

  This false optimism about the reality of human nature should not be a surprise to anyone who has read the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. As 21st-century American Christians, we are now confronted not by a secular society, but by a neopagan society with its own new idols and its own new gods.

  As C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) observed many years ago,

“When men cease to believe in God, it is not that they believe in nothing. They believe in anything. Now we have supposedly intelligent twentieth-century people who wear pyramids around their necks and believe in crystal power.”

Now, with the transgender phenomenon being just the latest example of a triumph of a relativist mindset in the U.S., we seem to be closing in on G.K. Chesterton’s (1874-1936) dismal prophecy in 1900 (Heretics) that the West would reach a point in the future when “Fires will be kindled,” he said, “to testify that two and two make four. Swords will be drawn to prove that leaves are green in the summer.”

  Chesterton prophesied in 1900, “The great march of mental destruction will go on. Everything will be denied. Everything will become a creed.”

  So, how should Christians respond to this existential crisis concerning the objective understanding of truth and the belief that life has meaning and purpose?

 Today’s Christians should draw inspiration and encouragement from the fact that we face a situation remarkably analogous to the one which confronted our first-century spiritual ancestors.

  Like our first-century Christian brothers and sisters, we must be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:1-2). To be truly effective in changing lives and changing culture, we must first experience that spiritual change ourselves.

If we are going to be the salt and light Jesus commanded us to be (Matt. 5:13-16), we must be in the world (salt must make contact with that with which it wishes to preserve and light which is to “shine before men” must be seen by men). We are to be in the world, but not of the world (Jas. 1:27).

As we face our neopagan cultural milieu under the command to be salt and to be light, we must realize that our ability to do so successfully will first be governed not only by His presence in our lives, but also by the extent we surrender on a daily basis to His Lordship. As W. Graham Scroggie so beautifully put it:

“Christ’s presence in us has its degrees and advances, its less and more, its outer and inner. A life may be truly Christian and yet far from fully Christian. It is this which distinguishes one Christian from another. Some have made little room for Christ, some give Him more, and in some He has the whole house. Or, viewed from another standpoint, in some, Christ is just present, in others He is prominent, and in others again, He is preeminent.”

Let us renew our faith in our Savior and Lord this Christmas season. May God use our faithfulness as His instrument to bring about revival, renewal, and spiritual reformation in America and the world.

May God bless America and may He make us worthy of blessing.
 

By Richard D. Land, via the Christian Post

This column contains  information about the local activities of the Church of Christ. 

God has a plan for Salvation!!! God is not willing that anyone perish!!! God wants you to be Saved!!!   2 Peter 3:8-10

GODS PLAN IS:  "JESUS"   ACTS 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
OUR RESPONSE TO GOD'S PLAN:
Believe Acts 4:12
Confess Jesus To Others Matt 10:32
Repent Of Our Sins Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38
Be Immersed (baptized) in the likeness of His Death, Burial, and Resurrection Acts 2:38, Rom 6:5

It's The Event Of  The Week!!

Mike Mazzalongo will be Presenting the lesson Sunday 11/27/2022  10:30 AM Entitled: 

     "The God of the Bible"

                      Exodus 3:14  1 Peter 1:15-16

               Dale Ridge Loves Visitors!!!

The Bible Is Impossible To Fake

The Bible was written by 40 men during a period of 1,500 years. Most of these writers were not alive at the same time. They could not work together in any direct way. Yet the Bible has one continuing story  about Jesus and his love for you flowing through it.

Only 1 thing God left out of the Bible. Our Opinion!!!

Check Us Out This Sunday

Bible Class:  9:30 - 10:15

Subject: Lesson 7 of Colossians Taught by Rob K.

Let's Worship Our Creator @  10:30am

AND

We Are Honored To Serve "Communion" This Sunday

Are You Free On Tuesday, Join Our Ladies As They Get Into The Word

Ladies Bible Class: Tuesdays 2 - 3 PM

Wednesday  Bible Study:  6:00 PM

 "Around The Table" Directed by Blaine C.

Holiday Dinner and games Dec 17th

 

Dale Ridge Loves Visitors!!!

The Dale Ridge family is a Church with a past with a vision for the future. Proverbs 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. 
 Every Christmas is a special time for the children at Potter Children Home. A truck from Potter Home will be here  December 3rd to pick up the gifts we have purchased for them.
Do you have some items you want to donate to their thrift store? They are being gathered in a room off the fellowship hall.  
Have you been saving your spare change this year? "Gleaner Cans" will be picked up also. 

 

We call it: "Daleridge Reaching Out There"

It's Extending The Hand Of Friendship

This Ministry is in full "swing". Nearly 50% of the congregation is involved with contacting "new neighbors" in our community.

   We are taking a break for the Holiday seasons of November & December.

  Are you someone Looking for a growing congregation with "purpose and enthusiasm" for the Lord? Come join us on our journey with Christ.

Have you noticed that our daily lives are filled with great opportunities to interact within our community. Invite someone to Dale Ridge, it will make your heart glad.

Our friendly foyer with a fire place is designed for meeting & greeting. 

We are GROWING!!! A big THANK YOU to all those who are volunteering to teach our Bible Classes. You are "Special". We are also thankful for every one of you parents who understand the importance of Bible Study for themselves and their children and grandchildren. 

Invest in the future by planting Gods Word.

Our Valpak QUARTERLY mailing is completed for 2022. We had a GREAT year.  80,000 different homes in various zip codes throughout the Roanoke area have received an invitation to visit us. We are truly blessed to have this means of putting our name out there. They will know we are Christian by our love for one another. John 13:35

 There are extra copies on the N2N board  that you can mail or hand out to someone special. Makes a great conversation starter.

The Power Of The Pen & A Stamp!! 
Everyone needs a LIFT sometimes. 

Hearts are lifted, friends are made closer, prayers are offered, family relationships are healed, invitations to lunch; dinner; worship, edification and encouragement of each other. Send a card to visitors, Several of the ladies are "keen" on asking visitors to fill in information cards.  That's the beginning of a chain of events that can lead to closer relationships here and an eternity in heaven. 

            Evangelistic Outreach Effort:
 

"Verse A Day Plus", is an outreach ministry that delivers a daily scripture reading "plus" a short comment to individuals who have signed up on facebook. We now have 76 members 
What's it all about? Reaching out there!!!    Look for it on the "Nextdoor" app in the "group" section.

  Please pray that the Word of God will continue to grow in all those hearts involved.

Think Growth!!!
We are preparing to move our worship services back into the Auditorium by January. God has blessed us, even through the pandemic.