MANHATTAN - I have discussed in past articles the fact that persecution of Christians has come to America. Scripture gives us advice on how to handle this when it occurs. For instance, 1 Peter 3:15-16 states. "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."
May 01, 2014|
Frankly Speaking by Frank Clark
WICHITA - Disaster response is underway in Baxter Springs. Great Plains Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Linda Stewart and the disaster response chair, Steve Burnett, are working with the Rev. Wayne Handle of the First United Methodist Church, in Baxter Springs, and multiple agencies to coordinate rescue, relief and recovery efforts.
Apostolic Assembly Church, located at Forest and McKinley, has received a donation of two laptop computers from UnitedHealthcase of Kansas. These computers will be available for anyone in the community to use. Call the Rev. Abdias Rodriguez, 620-282-2643, for hours of availability.
Jim Burr will show the latest Hubble photos and talk about them from a biblical perspective, at 7p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, located 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road.
• National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1, will be acknowledged in Great Bend by a prayer walk around the Barton County Court House at noon. Sponsors invite the public to join with fellow Christians to pray for our city, our state and our nation.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality will explore Christian contemplation through photography with an online study of the book "Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice," by Christine Valters Paintner.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway, will be the site of a Joyful Praise Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The concert will include the chancel choir, kid's choir, Trinity Ringers, a french horn quartet, vocal and instrumental soloists and duets and guest singers from Escue Chapel.
Terry Fellers, 59, didn't need to watch the movie "Heaven is for Real" to know that is the case. After seeing the story of a 5-year-old boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, Fellers decided it was time to share his own experience of heaven.
There will be a Breakout in Worship at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Perkins restaurant, 2920 10th St. Worship will be led by Christina Ball, and the message will be delivered by Christy Burris of Stafford. A freewill love offering will be collected.
• Sponsors of Royal Family Kids Camp, which provides summer fun for children in foster care, will hold a 5K run/walk at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Brit Spaugh Park. For more information contact Melissa Widiger, First Assembly of God, Great Bend, by calling 792-5211. On the web: greatbend.royalfamilykids.org.