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ORANGE CHURCH CALENDAR 2017

19 AUGUST (SABBATH) - CHURCH (9.30AM AND 11AM)
ALL welcome. Come and join us to worship God together.
Sabbath School 9.30am: Enjoy studying and talking about Bible topics
Today's 11am Message: "The Last Commandment" by Dean Fairall
Key Text: Exodus 20:17
Hymns: 290, 311

WEDNESDAYS 7.15PM - OPEN BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Join us to discuss important topics in light of Bible teaching each Wednesday evening 7.15pm. Confirmation with David is essential each week, to make sure it will be on. You can call/text on 0466 971 766, or simply email anytime and before 3pm on a Wednesday.


PATHFINDERS - WHY NOT JOIN US!

This year we have some great ongoing activities. If you - or someone you know - will be in Years 5-10 in 2017, live in the Orange/Bathurst area, and would be interested in meeting with a great group of young people a couple of times each term, as well going camping, learning new things, and getting to know more about God, then please contact our church Pastor, and he will be happy to give you some more information.

THE PREACHER

Brent had just arrived from New Zealand and his rough workmates in the industrial firm wanted to save the young man from Keith Barry--one of those "weird Adventists." But despite the taunts and the odd crust thrown Keith's way during their lunch break, Keith never retaliated or altered the long-suffering smile on this face.

Little by little, Brent came to admire this man. Keith had a sincerity and concern that Brent had never seen in any other Christian. They began to talk about the issues of life and what happened after death. Keith's ideas were different to anything Brent had ever heard but he was always able to back them up with scripture.

When Keith invited Brent to come to his church to hear the evangelist, George Burnside, Brent accepted his invitation and never missed a meeting of the series. Bible studies began with the church pastor and at the end of 1988, I had the privilege of baptising Brent, along with others, as a result of the "Preacher."

Not only would Keith witness to his workmates but on Sabbath afternoons and Sundays, he would be found letterboxing, knocking on doors or giving out literature.

"Pastor," he would say, "Please come and meet some of my interests." Keith was always anxious to have someone follow up and study with his interests. Although he had a good knowledge of the Bible, he felt he had a poor education and was incapable of taking a series of Bible studies. He would never speak in public.

One Sabbath afternoon when I went out with him, his "interest" had changed their mind and told us so in no uncertain terms. So at the next home, I suggested he knock on the door while I sat in the car. If they were still interested, he was to call me. A few minutes later, Keith returned and said the people told him they were busy and it was not a convenient time to talk.

"We'll go back next Sabbath afternoon then!" he said with unabated enthusiasm. I said nothing but wondered if this man ever realised when people were not interested. Keith never seemed to give up! The next Sabbath, he returned to the car with a smile. "Come in," he said. "These people will talk with us. The parents' names are Graham and Robyn."

We were to discover that Robyn's father had been an Adventist as a young man. For years after his marriage, he had still anonymously paid his tithe to the Adventist Church. I was able to commence Bible studies in their home and they began attending church. They were later baptised. I often pleaded with Keith not to work in Sydney suburbs a distance from our local church. If he had followed my human reasoning, he would never have located Robyn and Graham. Keith lived close to the Lord and when he felt the Spirit was directing him, he obeyed God's leading!

Thus, in a distant Sydney suburb one Sunday morning, Keith was putting leaflets into letterboxes. When Barbara heard her letterbox being opened, she went out to investigate and discovered Keith making his way along her street. She called out to him and asked what the leaflet he left was about. Right there in the middle of her lawn on this first contact, she was told about the "mark of the beast." She told Keith she attended a church where they never discussed prophecy and asked for more information. Bible studies commenced with my assistant pastor and even before Barbara was baptised, she joined Keith and others in the work that brought the Adventist message to her.

Keith has now been laid to rest in Avondale Cemetery. Among those who mourned were many Keith had brought to the Lord.

Brent and his wife, Marian, have now been involved with more than 10 years of volunteer Bible work and a further seven years in full-time ministry. Some years, Brent has been the most successful soul winner of his conference.

Graham, who was a Qantas engineer, built his own airplane after retirement and has flown volunteers to witness with Signs magazines in towns of the Australian outback.

Robyn, who was a senior nurse in the emergency department of Hornsby Hospital, has now given years of service in the Medical Centre of Sydney Adventist Hospital. Barbara, for many years, was a soul winner and great worker for the Lord until she recently passed away. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!" Revelation 14:13. E Bruce Price is a retired pastor who now lives in Pelican Waters, Queensland.


This story is used with permission from Signs Publishing Company.


GLOW TESTIMONIES - TRUCK STOP SURPRISE

The following story comes to us from the GLOW secretary:

I just got off the phone with a young man that found a stack of GLOW tracts in a truck stop restroom. He was calling to request Bible studies and also to see if we send Bibles. He lives in Vancouver, WA and is a part of a door-to-door international ministry that leaves tracts behind. He grew up Baptist, then later his parents became Pentecostals. His life took a totally different turn in his teens to serious drugs, seeing many of his friends end up dead, or worse, deranged for life. He came to a point that he was crying out to God. That's when his life changed full circle to realize God had a plan for his life.

I asked him if there was a particular tract that caught his attention, he stated, "Myths About Hell. As I read it and checked the texts, I realized it was truth, that's when I saw there was the offer for free Bible studies."

We had an amazing discussion on Bible truth. We prayed together and I will be connecting him with someone locally to have personal Bible studies. He was truly open for God's will in His life. That has been his prayer. Please keep him in prayer.

You too, can be part of this... check out this video about GLOW.


CURRENT SUNSET TIMES




GENERAL INFORMATION


GLOW TRACTS
The Personal Ministries Department has Glow Tracts available for you to share with friends, neighbours, acquiantances, anyone you bump into in the grocery store or petrol station, and so on. See David to get some of these tracts to share with people you love, know, and don't know
New edition to the range is now available: "Why I go to Church on Saturday".

CHIP (COMPLETE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM)
Highly recommended and based on sound scientific research, this program focuses on making healthy lifestyle choices, and has already helped more than 60000 people. More information can be found at: techdavo.com/chip.html

SABBATH SCHOOL AND MID-WEEK MEETING ATTENDENCE

It is not the same without you! Sabbath School is one of the gauges which can be used to determine the "life" of a church, as are mid week meetings. How is it looking for our church? Make a difference this Wednesday evening and Sabbath! And just as important, bring a friend!

A LOVE LETTER FROM JESUS

Dear Friend

How are you? I just had to send you this letter to tell you how much I love you and care about you.

I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your friends. I waited all day, hoping you would walk and talk with me also. As evening drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to rest you. Then I waited, but you never came. O yes, it hurt me, but I still love you because I am your friend.

I saw you fall asleep last night, and I longed to touch your brow so I spilled moonlight upon your pillow and your face ... Again I waited, wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you.

You awakened late this morning and rushed off for the day. My tears were in the rain. Today you looked so sad, so alone. It makes my heart ache because I understand. My friends let me down and hurt me many times but I love you. I try to tell you in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in the leaves and trees and breathe it in the colours of the flowers. I whisper it to you in the mountain streams and give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you with warm sunshine and perfume the air. My love for you is deeper than the oceans and bigger than the biggest want or need you could ever have.

We will spend eternity together in heaven. I know how hard it is on earth. I really know because I was there and I want to help you. My Father wants to help you, too. He's that way, you know. Just call me, ask me, talk to me. It is your decision ... I have chosen you and because of this I will wait ...

Because I love you.

Your Friend, JESUS


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