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What does God have to say about coming together in fellowship and community?

"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!!

This weeks focus is on News around the Nation. The presence of God is everywhere, even in the worst of times. Evangelism is alive and well.

This column contains  news about the local activities, etc. of the Church of Christ. 

  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 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 in 33 AD. When sinners repented and were baptized by immersion in water for the remission of their sins. Each received 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.    

Prov 16:3  Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. 

News, But we already knew this: The governor of Idaho has signed into law a measure explicitly declaring that there are only two genders, as the idea that there are multiple genders has permeated popular culture and global politics.

Christianity is the only religion in the world that promises heaven as our eternal home.

  Deron Smith, Mike Mazzalongo and Jerry Anderson share the pulpit on a weekly rotation.
The Speaker for each week will be posted on this page. (Speaker This Week: Mike Mazzalongo)

Gathering Together To Worship And Praise Our God

Sunday 04/14/2024 

10:30 AM Sermon Will Be:

"Having It All" 

 

Presented by Mike Mazzalongo  

 

Churches of Christ are asking you to:

"Come Back To The Bible"

 

God gives us the following guidelines for Worship 

 

1 Corinthians 14:40 (Decently and in Order) 

 

Our order of worship:

Announcements

Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19;1 Cor 14:15)

 

Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19;1 Cor 14:15) 

 

Prayer: (1 Thes 5:16-17)

 

 Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19;1 Cor 14:15)

 

Communion:    (Acts 20:7;1 Cor 16:2)

 

 Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19;1 Cor 14:15)

 

Prayer:  (1 Thes 5:16-17)

 

Contribution:  (1 Cor 16:2)

 

Scripture Reading:  Ecclesiastes 3:12-13;  Rom 7:24

 

 Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19; 1 Cor 14:15) 

 

Sermon: (2 Tim 4:1-2)  

 

 Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19;1 Cor 14:15) 

 

 Congregational Singing: (Eph 5:19)

 

 Prayer & Dismissal: (1Thess 5:16-17)

 

 Note: Please read each of the above Scriptures. Gods    Word tells us what pleases Him in Worship. 1 Cor 14:40

 

We Love Visitors, B 1

Churches of Christ Plea For Our Nation is to:
"Come Back To The Bible"

Potter Children Home

Supported entirely by Churches of Christ

Since our donation room was so full for the December pickup, Potter Home is sending another truck on June 2nd, 2024

                         The History of Potter Home

It was Monday, October 9, 1899. Eldon Potter, the only son of Clinton and Mary Potter, died from Typhoid Fever. Clinton and Mary knew they would not have any other children or any descendants. They decided to start Potter Bible College on their 140-acre farm in honor of Eldon Potter and that school began classes in 1901. The school lasted for more than a decade but had financial difficulties and had to close. The Potters always had a heart for children and on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1914, the deed was filed and “Potter Orphan Home and School” was established where Potter Bible College once was. Since the Potters were members of the Church of Christ, they stipulated that the home was to always be under the control of members of the Church of Christ. Therefore, those on the Board of Trustees and all employees are members of the Church of Christ.

Clinton Potter passed away in 1934 and Mary Potter passed in 1936. Over the years, there have been difficult times. A series of fires in the 1940s destroyed the buildings on campus. But with the help of supporters, new buildings were built.

Since 1914, many changes have taken place in laws, regulations and policies but more than 7,000 children have called where the Potter’s farm used to be, “home.” As regulations changed over the years, services have been modified and added. For many years, children lived in the dormitory in a traditional “orphanage” setting. But as regulations changed, that way of providing for children passed into history. At that time, we began building new houses on campus for children in more of a typical family-style model. Rather than living in a hall with a “matron,” they live in a family setting with a set of “parents.” After the children moved out of the “dorm building” and into houses, the “dorm building” was converted into apartments for single-parent families who are unable to support themselves. Since that time, we have built additional housing for single-parent families in the form of quad-plexes. Single-parent families are provided individual apartments, utilities, food from the pantry, training in life skills and counseling.

The single parents work on goals, with the ultimate goal being to become self-supporting and move out. But, in addition to educational goals, they may have financial goals, parenting goals or goals in any number of areas. Potter Children’s Home has had single parents complete degrees or training in all kinds of areas of interest including business degrees, education degrees, nursing, vocational therapy, cosmetology and many others. While at Potter, they have many of their needs taken care of in a safe, caring environment.

Today, we still have children on campus who either don’t have parents or whose parents are not in a position to take care of them and provide for their needs. We want to help them have a “normal” life that other children experience and enjoy. Many have difficulties in their lives they need help in working through. Counseling is provided for all the residents.

As the number of residents has grown, the staff needs have grown, also. Significant remodeling has occurred to accommodate needed staff. Although changes and modifications have been made in the services over the years, the mission is still the same: guided by the love of God, we want to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. We believe Clinton and Mary Potter have left quite a legacy that has now lasted for more than 100 years here in Bowling Green.

Potter Children’s Home is supported through and by private donations and does not charge anything for any of the services provided. If anyone is interested in taking a tour of the campus, we are happy to do that. Just call to set up a time.

2350 Nashville Rd: Bowling Green, KY 42101

Questions? See Carolyn M.

 

ARRIVING IN JULY
Dale Ridge is looking forward to welcoming Ebenezer Amable, our  2024 Bible Student at Memphis School of Preaching (MSOP)

GIVE YOUR HEART TO JESUS

  Don't encourage your children to follow a "PHASE": A recent study out of the Netherlands found that "gender non-contentedness" is largely a passing phase among young people if they are allowed to grow out of it.

Eleven percent of the 2,772 children tracked over a 15-year span reported feelings of "gender non-contentedness" during early adolescence at around age 11, according to the results of the study released in February by researchers at the University of Groningen. But that number dwindled to 4% by the time they were about 26. 

The study assessed "gender non-contentedness" by reviewing the share of respondents who said, "I wish to be of the opposite sex."
 

"Gender non-contentedness," which the study defined as "unhappiness with being the gender aligned with one's sex," was relatively common during early adolescence but generally "decreases with age and appears to be associated with a poorer self-concept and mental health throughout development," the researchers noted.

Researchers also tracked gender non-contentedness and its association with self-concept, behavioral and emotional problems, as well as sexual orientation in adulthood, which respondents were asked to self-report at age 22.

A little more than half — or 53% — of those studied were biological males.

Researchers discerned three developmental trajectories regarding gender non-contentedness: 78% reported no such feelings as they grew older, while 19% reported a decreasing gender non-contentedness and 2% reported increasing gender non-contentedness.

Those who reported increasing gender non-contentedness with age were typically females, the study observed, noting that "both an increasing and decreasing trajectory were associated with a lower global self-worth, more behavioral and emotional problems, and a non-heterosexual sexual orientation."

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the world's leading transgender healthcare body, drew scrutiny for leaked internal documents published last month by the think tank Environmental Progress.

WPATH's Standards of Care, now in its eighth edition, guide many leading health authorities worldwide regarding transgender healthcare.

According to the leaked documents, members of WPATH admitted internally that minors are incapable of giving informed consent regarding irreversible treatments such as puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones.

During a May 2022 workshop included in the leak, Canadian endocrinologist Dan Metzger said it was "always a good theory" to discuss "fertility preservation" with 14-year-olds seeking transgender procedures but conceded that in such cases he knows "I'm talking to a blank wall."

"We try to talk about it, but most of the kids are nowhere in any kind of a brain space to really, really, really talk about it in a serious way," Metzger said. "That's always bothered me, but you know, we still want the kids to be happy, happier in the moment, right?"

WPATH Executive Committee President Marci Bowers, M.D., who identifies as transgender, defended the organization in a statement to The Christian Post.

"WPATH is and has always been a science- and evidence-based organization whose recommendations are widely endorsed by major medical organizations around the world," Bowers said.

God call the Male and Female, that's good enough for me: Idaho passes law protecting school employees who refuse to use trans pronouns
Dale Ridge C of C Ladies Day April 20th 
8:30am - 9:00am
Registration with light Breakfast
9:00am - 12:30pm Lessons and Activities
Lunch to follow
Presenters: Endi Bond, Charlotte Cockrell, Donna Coffey and Suzanne Smith

Pre-Register: daleridgechurchofchrist.net 

RSVP Link
daleridgechurchofchrist.net/sisters-2-sisters
OR  "Register for Ladies Day 2024" above 
Walk-ins Welcome


Bedford (Central Church of Christ) April 13 423-202-1783 for info
 
Central C of C in Johnson City, Tn. Ladies Day April 6th. 423-282-1571 for info.

Northwest C of C in Greensboro, NC Ladies May 18th Day. 855-347-2845 for info.
Ukrainian Evangelical Christians facing torture, destruction of churches in Russian-occupied areas

COULD THIS HAPPEN IN AMERICA?
Dale Ridge Ladies Class
10 AM Thursdays
Current Study: Luke
Led by Donna C.

Attention Men
Men's Breakfast
 on 
April 6th has been postponed.
STAY TUNED MEN...

 

In keeping with our emphasis on evangelizing in 2024
Wednesday April 10th at 6:00 PM Bible Study
we will be covering House to House School of Evangelism. This will be a series of lessons on "Back To The Bible". 
Come Back To The Bible and learn about:
 

Who = (Jesus), What = (The Gospel) & Where = (Inspired Word of God) = How (Obedience)

The 34th annual Men's Retreat is now history. Looking forward now to 2025
Thank you Lake Drive Church of Christ for sponsoring and organizing. 
Prov 16:3  Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. 
This Saturday, April 13th from 2-4 pm Dale Ridge members will be passing out come "Back to the Bible" material in front of Lowes in Bonsack, Va. THANK YOU LOWES FOR SUPPORTING THE BIBLE IN THIS FASHION.
Our 2024 Crusade is to spread the Word
"Come Back To The Bible" 

It Is Our Hope For Such A Time As This

Sunday  AM Worship is available Virtually

Follow These Instructions

ON-LINE ACCESS: Please join us from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

To Join us Online:

Type or copy/paste the following on your search line: GoToMeet.me/DaleRidgeChurchofChrist 

Use Access Code 345-551-253

To Join by Phone (listen only)

Call +1-571-317-3116;  Use Access Code 345-551-253

NOTE: Tuning in "virtually" was never intended to take the  place of gathering together, enjoying fellowship, receiving and giving each other encouragement. Christians should love to gather on the first day of the week just as the early Church did. (Acts 20:7)

 

Sunday: Bible Class:  9:30 - 10:15

 

Attending Bible Class is the perfect way to prepare our mind and Soul for worshipping our creator.

 

Subject:  Currently Studying Matthew presented by: Deron Smith

It's Our Golden Opportunity of the week

To Commune With God in memory of Jesus' Life, Death, Burial, Resurrection and His return in the sky to gather those who are His to God 

"Communion" This Sunday,

Just As Jesus instructed and the Disciples practiced.

In memory of Jesus Death, Burial and Resurrection: Come Join Us 

(Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 11:26)

Wednesday  April 17th Bible Study:  6:00 PM

Studying "Back to the Bible" from H2H school of evangelism lesson # 3

Ladies Bible Class: Thursday 10 AM

A Study of Luke 

Conducted By: Donna C.

Bring A Visitor

  God's Word is the Only Guide to The REAL Truth.

 

Our Plea: Come Back To The Bible

Volunteers From Dale Ridge Church of Christ will be passing out "Back to the Bible" material in front of Lowes in Bonsack from
2pm - 4pm April 13th

The Greatest Event In The History Of Man

 

The Church of Christ was Prophesied by Jesus himself in:

Matt 16:15  Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 

Matt 16:16  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Matt 16:18: Jesus said to Peter: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock (the fact that Jesus is the Son of the living God) I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt 16:19 Jesus said: I will give you (Peter) the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 
Peter used those "Spiritual keys" to open the Church that Christ built on Pentecost in 33 AD. Many people whom Peter had just taught Acts 2:1-37 that Jesus is the Son of the living God then repented and were baptized for the remission of their sins and received the gift of the Holy Spirit were added to the Church (Acts 2:38-42)
In 33 AD, There Was Only One Church in Jerusalem and there is only one Church of Christ today.

It's Not Just an appeal, it's a CRUSADE

Our Plea To All: Come Back To The Bible.

Was the Church you attend established in 33 AD?

 HIS Church is a reality, 

His Church worships and glorifies Him. 

His Church accepts the Bible as His Inspired Word.

His Church makes this plea to the world around us: "Come Back To The Bible".

God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It

And we can take that to the Bank

Praise God For Keeping His Promises

Matt 11:28 Jesus  said:
"come to me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest" 
 
Do you believe in the promises of Jesus?

Life isn't perfect, but it is so much better with Jesus.
Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Read it like it is mean't to be: 1+1=2
Out of the initial 10 commandments delivered to Moses by God, the pharisees and Scribes added approximately 613 additional commandments and thus MAN has continued in vain to improve/change/add to/take away/abuse/mis-interpret and defile God's Word.
Christians, ring out the message loud and clear: "COME BACK TO THE BIBLE" 

 
When Ministry becomes Performance,
then the Sanctuary becomes a Theater,
the Congregation becomes an Audience, Worship becomes Entertainment,
and man’s Applause and Approval become the Measure of Success.


John Exum
Hannibal Church of Christ
Hannibal, Mo.
I LOVE THIS QUOTE, IT IS SO TRUE

Every Child Is A Gift From God
IF YOU ARE A PARENT, YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY  IT IS RAISING A CHILD. Each one is like a sponge. They soak up knowledge from their environment, so provide the best possible.

Bring Them To Church!!
Prov 22:6; Eph 6:1-3

 

Has the condition of our nation and the world caused you, as a Christian to doubt your faith?
Make a commitment right now to:
Read Gods Word every day.

Pray More every day.
Worship God Every 1st Day of the Week.

The ONLY Remedy for OUR Nation is to: 
"Come Back To The Bible"

 
    ARE WE SOUL SEARCHING?
Worshipping God in Spirit and Truth is different than entertaining ourselves. 
Think about it: God is only interested in our heart.

John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 
Where can we find what qualifies as Spirit and the truth. (Only In The Bible)

The Church is everything, 
everything else is just everything else.
Is it everything to YOU?
Read about the conversion of Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8. He believed what Philip was teaching. He was baptized just like the others. All became Christians, but Simon committed a sin against God after He became a Christian. Peter called him out by saying his heart was not right with God. Simon acknowledged his sin. Peter told him to pray to God for forgiveness. Simon asked Peter to pray for him also.  
From this example we learn that when we sin after becoming a Christian, we don't need to be re-baptized for the remission of those sins. We are told to repent and pray to God for forgiveness. And ask others to pray also.  Taken from 1 John 1:7 

 
Remember to pray for those in Ukraine, Gaza and Israel. Many Christians are being persecuted all over the world.
Don't forget to pray for OUR country, we are in trying times. 
Pray also for OUR Church Family and those whom we endeavor to teach the Gospel.
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