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From the Pastor’s Desk...July 2018

    I heard a former ESPN sportswriter talking about the shift in morality in our culture.  At first I thought it was odd that a sportswriter had any insight into cultural shifts especially in morality, but then I remembered how far ESPN has gone out of its way to help that shift along (in a bad way) to more liberal and anti-Christian points of view.  The sportswriter spoke of a term that I remembered hearing years ago – false narratives.  His particular point was that social media, like Twitter, has given birth to many false narratives that would have never gained any traction prior to Twitter and Facebook.  Twitter often serves to exploit and overstate things to the degree that it produces a false narrative, a false story, that stirs people toward lies and misinformation about any particular topic.  
    Narratives are all around us and within us.  We all have a story and stories to tell.  Narrative is defined as “a way of presenting or understanding a situation or series of events that reflects and promotes a particular point of view or set of values”.*  Our world has always had narratives that present a false point of view.  The serpent in Genesis offered Adam and Eve a false narrative.  Satan tempted Jesus in the desert with multiple false narratives.  The world is filled with offers of false narratives.  One great problem is we now have to sort through news media and social media to arrive at what is false and what is true.  Every false narrative has its level of evil intent, from leading us to destruction to simply playing a joke on someone.  Many people today are so engrossed in their false narratives that they can see no other narratives and refuse to acknowledge the possibility that their narrative is false.  I suppose one becomes so arrogant that their narrative is the only narrative and all others must be opposed and even attacked at all cost.  
    Narratives have power to form and reform.  It is sad to think that so many people will one day understand that their narrative was a lie.  It is a sad day to discover that your life is a lie.  I remember the old story about the mother who, every Christmas dinner, cut the end off the ham before baking it.  “Why do we cut the ham?  Because that’s what my mom did before me and her mother before her.”  The narrative was set and no one knew why, only to find out grandma cut the ham only because her pan was too small.  “Oh, we don’t have to cut the ham.”
    Narratives give life or lead to death.  Narratives shapes lives for good or for evil.  Narratives lead us to God or away from God.  Our narrative is the Bible.  The more I am presented with false narratives, the more I want to know the true narrative of Scripture.  When a Tweet or Facebook post is presented, I wonder first how that narrative stacks against the narrative of Scripture.  When the news spews its own version of a false narrative, I want to remember only the narrative of life.  Webster’s definition speaks of a set of values, but a false narrative exists with a lack of values.
          The good news is that false narratives will eventually die.  False narratives have no power for life and thus have no power to continue forever.  The grass withers, the flower fades, and so do false narratives, but the Word of God stands forever (just a slight paraphrase of Isaiah 40.8).   What is your narrative?  What will be your narrative?  May our narrative begin with “Thus says the Lord...”  Amen.  *(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narrative)




Sheri Daisey            07/01
Joe Allen            07/03
Logan Evans            07/03
John Putorek            07/08
Regetta Parsons        07/10
Mark Gatchell        07/19
Frances Sparks        07/20

The July birthday recognition will take place on July 22 after Worship Service.

Fred & Frances Sparks    07/03
John & Diana Putorek        07/07
David & Sheri Daisey        07/21
John & Donna Perry        07/25


Chancel  Flowers

July   1 - open
July   8 - open
July 15 - open
July 22 - open
July 29 - open

If  you would like to sponsor flowers for the worship service in memory or honor of a loved one,

please call the church office. 

The cost is $15.00. 

Ushers for July
Steve Farley
David Burks
Sammy Martin
Joe Swim

Coffee Hosts & Greeters

Beverly Stott & Belinda Burks

July Liturgists
July 1   – Pastor Ed
July 8 – Mitchell Lawhorn
July 15 – Joe Allen  
July 22 – Wilber Jones
July 29 – Bill Draper

Time With Children
         July  1 -  Pastor Ed
   July  8 - TBA
  July 15 - TBA
        July 22 - TBA
July 29 - TBA