Dear Immanuel family,
The Apostle Peter in his first letter wrote, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme…” (I Peter 2:13). But what do we do if the laws of the land conflict with God’s law? In Acts, Peter had experienced this conflict first hand when he and the early Christians were told by the high priest, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching,” to which Peter responded, “We must obey God rather than men…” (Acts 5:28, 29).
Our world is becoming more and more hostile toward Christianity. This week, Fox News ran a column about Barronelle Stutzman, who is a florist and a follower of Jesus. Last year she refused to provide flowers to a long-time customer who was marrying his male partner. Mrs. explained, “My relationship with Jesus Christ teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman, I couldn’t do his flowers and create something that was special for him because it would — it would dishonor Christ.”
A superior court judge has now ruled against her saying the first amendment protects religious beliefs, but not necessarily actions based on those beliefs. The attorney general has agreed to settle the case for a $2,000 penalty if Mrs. Stutzman agrees not to discriminate in the future. The article goes on to say, “Stutzman compares the deal to the one Judas struck saying, quote, I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important.” What a courageous woman who is choosing to obey her God rather than man.
Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – March 1, 2015: We have a special Sunday morning of worship and a Baptismal service. You will be encouraged as we worship together, Pastor Michael shares about baptism, and many of those being baptized share their testimonies.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:
· Winter Bible Conference – Sunday, March 15th – Dr. Jim Schuppe, will be with us again this year for a conference entitled, “Hearers and Doers” from James 1. Dr. Schuppe will bring three messages during the Sunday school hour, AM service and PM service. Dr. Schuppe is a former Pastor, Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, and professor at Liberty University. You will love how he handles the Word of God in a precise, practical and humorous manner.
· CEF Good News Across America – Summer Missionaries – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks this summer. For more information and questions please call Amy Haines.
· Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party! It will be March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks!
· Church Photo Directory – Don’t Miss Out –Photography dates NOW include March 19, 20, 24 & 25 (2pm to 9pm) and March 21 (10 am to 5pm). Sign up at the Welcome Center – 1) after Sunday School, 2) after AM service and 3) before PM service! Registration available online through the IBC website at the bottom of the home page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.