1. Pastor’s thoughts
Have you noticed how fast time seems to be going now? It seems like just yesterday when many Americans were fearful of January 1, 2000, called Y2K. Some thought the end of the world would occur. Many purchased extra food and related supplies to get through this supposed terrible day. Many declared that computers would go wild, the banking system would be a mess and America would fall. Many declared the Rapture would take place and churches across the land had increased attendance due to fear of this terrible day. But, January 1, 2000 came and passed by. No Rapture occurred, the banking system didn‟t collapse nor did the computers of the country go wild.
The latest date we are hearing now is December 21, 2012. I found it amazing to “Google” December 21, 2012. Here is a sampling of what I found on the “Official Website of December21 2012.com“:
Solar Flare Could Unleash Nuclear Holocaust Across Planet Earth, Forcing Hundreds of Nuclear Power Plants Into Total Meltdowns Forget about the 2012 Mayan calendar, comet Elenin or the Rapture. The real threat to human civilization is far more mundane, and it’s right in front of our noses.
Porn Studio Building Massive Underground Bunker to ‘Ride Out the 2012 Apocalypse’ Adult entertainment studio Pink Visual announced today that the company has begun construction on an enormous underground bunker in preparation for the widely-anticipated global apocalypse that various prophetic sources have predicted will take place in late 2012.
Homeland Security Issues Warning about Potential Cyber-attacks and Civil Protests Cyber-hacking groups have gotten the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, which recently issued a warning about potential cyber-attacks and civil protests from the hacking group known as “Anonymous.”
2. Preparing for the 2012 apocalypse Post-apocalyptic worlds may exist on the big screen and in sci-fi novels, but that’s where the similarities between a disaster-ravaged planet and daily life in America end.
And on and on and on. In the New Living Translation (©2007), Jesus said, “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” And in 2 Peter chapter 3 we read:
3 “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this „coming‟ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God‟s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. “
Verse 8 is the icing on the cake. The time will come when the Father has ordained it to happen. The slowness in the Rapture is because God loves humanity so much He is giving humanity as much time as He can to make heaven our home. The most important thing is not “when” but that we need to be ready “whenever” He comes. It is my prayer that you and yours are ready right now!
2. Something to think about
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller
3. Take time to smile
Three women die in a car accident and arrive at the pearly gates of Heaven. St. Peter greets them and says before they ever enter Heaven, “Whatever you do, don’t step on the ducks!” Well the women thought that this was a very odd thing to say, but when they enter Heaven, they see why he did! Ducks are EVERYWHERE! The 1st woman was talking to the 2nd and, not paying attention, stepped on a duck. St. Peter appears at her side with a pair of handcuffs and a hideous man. “Now that you have stepped on a duck, you shall be chained to this man for the rest of your days here.” A few weeks later, the 2nd woman suffers the same fate. Now the 3rd woman is determined to not step on a duck. Weeks, months even years pass, and she’s yet to step on a duck. Soon, St. Peter has appeared at her side with the most beautiful man she’d ever laid eyes on and a pair of handcuffs. St. Peter handcuffs them and walks away without a word. “Whatever have I done to deserve this?” the woman asks. “I don’t know about you, but I stepped on a duck.” said the man.
This 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise. When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they “oohed and aahed” the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. “It’s free,” Peter replied, “this is Heaven.” Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, “what are the green fees?” Peter’s reply, “This is heaven, you play for free.” Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. “How much to eat?” asked the old man. “Don’t you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!” Peter replied with some exasperation. “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?” the old man asked timidly. Peter lectured, “That’s the best part…you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven.” With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly. Peter and his wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong.
The old man looked at his wife and said, “This is all your fault. If it weren’t for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!”
This minister just had all of his remaining teeth pulled and new dentures were being made. The first Sunday, he only preached 10 minutes. The second Sunday, he preached only 20 minutes. But, on the third Sunday, he preached 1 hour 25 minutes. When asked about this by some of the congregation, he responded this way. The first Sunday, my gums were so sore it hurt to talk. The second Sunday, my dentures were hurting a lot. The third Sunday, I accidentally grabbed my wife’s dentures… and I couldn’t stop talking!
4. Nazarene and related websites
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansasnazarene.org
Southern Nazarene University: www.snu.edu/home.asp
Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
5. Rose Hill News
- On Sunday, October 2nd at 8:30 A.M. Join us for the Sunday School sponsored breakfast.
- Prime-timers meet at the church on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at noon for a potluck lunch and a time of fun, food and fellowship.
- Men‟s Prayer Breakfast is the third Saturday of the month at 8:00 A.M.
- The Tribe of faith, small group, meets at the parsonage on Mondays at 6:30 P.M.
- Ladies‟ Bible study meets at the church on Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M.
- A Sunday School Board Meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12th at 6:00 P.M.
- Be sure and plan on joining us for our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29th at 3:00 P.M. We will be roasting hot dogs and marshmallows outside; there will be lots of games, food and fellowship. Sam will have the train there for free rides. Kids from 0 to 95 are invited.
Birthdays for Rose Hill in October include: Carolee Cox (9th), Terry Baldwin (18th), Faye Williams (21st) and Jonathan Marshall (31st).
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or have an incorrect date, please let us know so we can correct it.
Be sure and look at our church website. Laurie does an outstanding job! Check it out at www.rosehillnazarene.org
Who do you know that is not attending a local church? Invite them to Rose Hill. Please get the contact information to the Pastor and he will make contact with them.
We are always looking for noteworthy items for the Rose Hill Herald. Feel free to submit any suggestions, articles or links.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26)
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road, Little Rock, AR 72211 (501-225-1082)