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PAGE 6A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Religion I Reflections By Dr. James White STAND UP AND BE COUNTED! "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then fol- low him. And the people answered him not a word." I Kings 18:21 KJV The people had strayed from following the Lord God and had followed idol wor- ship. Instead of worshipping the true God, the people had followed their King Ahab and his wife Jezebel and worshipped Baal, the most popular Canaanite god. Baal gods were most often made in the shape of bulls, representing strength and fertility and reflecting lust for power and sexual plea- sures. If this does not sound familiar, then you have not been reading the latest newspapers, watching tele- vision, and reading articles about where we are spiritu- ally in our country. The prophet Elijah had chal- lenged King Ahab to a duel to settle the question as to was the real god. Was the real god the god of Baal or was in Jehovah God? When Elijah put this question to the people of Israel, note their answer: "...and the people answered him not a word." See they knew the answer but chose to not make it known and they did not they have any loyal con- victions to the Lord. All they wanted was to be on the winning side. They wanted to be identified with the win- Bt&apos;ts From "Bateer., [ Gene Baker r Philippians 2:6 says "although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped." Jesus gave up heaven to become a human being. Jesus chose to live, to die and rise again i Jesus became a man so that as a man He could overcome sin and death. Hebrews 2:14 says Jesus chose life and death "that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." At birth, we are doomed to die because of Adam and Eve. They brought death into the World when the sinned in the Garden of Eden. Because of that, Jesus chose to die for our sins! In John 10:17-18 Jesus says, "For this reason loves Me, be- cause I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay id down on My own initia- tive. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This com- mandment I received from May Father." Jesus could have let us all die in our sins. For without the gift of Jesus, God would have no choice but to condemn us to hell for all eternity. You have a choice today too! A new birth, a new life and ev- erlasting life. Or, an old birth, an old life and everlasting death. What if the Lord were to come right now? Would you know for sure, nothing doubt- ing, that you would go to heaven? Don't know? Can't decide?'I'd like to help! Write to Gene Bakers at P.O. Box 395, Malakoff, Texas 75148- 0395. Or e-mail me at HairyEye@tvec.net. Hope to see you in church on Sunday! her regardless who that was going to be. Elijah challenged the people of Israel to take a stand. Will tkey follow the true God or will they follow the idol of Baal? Why did the people waver? Many knew that the Lord God was the true God, but they were enjoying the sinful pleasures and other benefits that came with following the gods of King Ahab. Elijah was tell- ing the people, it was now time to take a stand for the Lord. There had been a drought in the land for over three years and he was go- ing to ask the Lord for rain if the people decided to fol- low the Lord. The challenge was on. It was Elijah and the Lord against the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Jezebel; 850 in all. The challenge was to take place on Mount Carmel and the god that answered by fire would be declared by the people of Israel as the true God. Elijah's audience was noncommittal. Too many people who claim the name of the Lord; hence calling themselves Christians are in the grand- stand when they should be on the team. They want to be called believers but also want to enjoy the sinful pleasures of our society and culture. Too many people who claim the name of Christ are snug at home reading communiques from the spiritual battle font in- stead of joining the battle. Too many are spectators in- stead of participators. They Crusade to b,', held May 6-9 Does God exist? Is Christianity true? Come find the answers at the Henderson County Cru- sade scheduled for May 6- 9 at Bruce Field (Athens High School Football Field) starting at 7 p.m. nigmy. Featured speaker is Dr. Frank Harber. Special guests include the African Ladies Ensemble from Af- rica, Susie Luchsinger, Reba McEntire's sister, Cody Custer, Champion Bull Rider, Illusionist Rob- ert Devargas, and contem- porary Christian Band, Rhythm, along with the Power Team's strong man, Trey Talley. are great onlookers. They got used to it all the movies, watching television, and in the stadium during the sport- ing events. They are used to being entertained. But rather we like to face the issue or not, all of us are par- ticipants in eternal issues both in the private and pub- lic sector. The great day on Mount Carmel had all the elements of a mighty moving of God. There was the promise of showers of blessing (v. 1). There were the human ef- forts of Ahab and Obadiah to meet the need of the hour (vv.2-16), There was God's man, Elijah, who was in a sense of trouble of Israel as the disturber of a false peace (vv. 17-20), There was the test of fire. Not the God that answers by fi- nances or fame or feelings but by fire. (v.24). There was the repairing of the bro- ken altar (v.30). "Then the fire of the Lord fell" (v. 38) and "There was the sound of abundance of rain (v. 41). Elijah had prayed down both fire and water. We need both today. We can have both today. When the Fire us His Holy Spirit falls from above, the floods of His blessings are sure to follow. Will you take a stand today? Or will you try to take a stand after the fact? First Assembly of God Church 906 E. Royall Blvd. ° Malakoff 489-0188 Assembly of God • Mankin 210 S. H. 274 778-2205 Antioch Baptist Church S.H. 31 W. • Malakoff 489-0785 Calvary Baptist Church 155 Legg ° Trinidad 778-2660 Faith Community Baptist Hwy. 198 S. ° Payne Springs 451-3860 First Baptist Church Cross Roads Hwy 59 • 489-0625 Eirst Baptist Church 220 W Mitcham • 489-0228 First Baptist Church 404 N. Walker St. ° Malakoff 489-1769 First Baptist Church • Trinidad 220 Lawrence • 778-2732 Fishers of men Compassion- ate Ministries 14999 Barron Road, Caney City 489-0763 Malakoff Baptist Church 306 W. Mitcham 489-0228 or 489-2064 : Parkview Missionary Baptist Church 903 Smith • Malakoff 489-1138 Grace Baptist Church 218 CR 2930 & Hwy 334 Benny Wofford Sr., Pastor 489-2136 Cedar Fork Baptist Church Hwy. 31 ° Trinidad 778-2882 Willow Springs Baptist Church Hwy 59 • Athens 677-3672 St. Jude's Catholic Church 103 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City • 887-1425 Mary, Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Corner of Star Harbor Road & Fisherman's Wharf Road Malakoff • 489-2366 Presbyterian Church Mabank 112 Mt. Vernon St.° 887-25721 First Baptist Church of Eustace Hwy 175 425-2261 Trinity Pentecostal Church 102 Lawrence St., Trinidad, Tx. 778-4567 Pastor: The Rev. Dr. F.R. Burns Heritage Baptist Church 1604 E. Royall • Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-1615 (903) 676-0348 Pastor: James Diesch Lakeview Assembly of God Hwy 85 E • Seven Points 432-2682<, Full Gospel Tabernacle 316 South - Across from li,)tball field Eustace, Texas United Methodist Church Of Trinidad t 410 Mclntyrc • 778-)144 Pastor, Tommy Williams Area (00hurch These Area Attend The Tomlins0n Funeral Home Hwy 31 • P. O. Box 2050 Malakoff 489-1500 Seven Points 432-4441 Micheal G. George Attorney-AtrLaw 105 S. Terry Malakoff, Texas 489-1600 WAL-MART SuperCenter Athens - E. Tyler Hwy. 677-5400 Cedar Lake Nursing Home 30 Years of Care Giving * 90-Bed Facility * Licensed by Tx. Dept. of Health * Medicaid Certified by Tx. Dept. of Human Services 489-1702 ° Hwy 31 West ° Malakoff mala !courage You To Your Choice ,! Tanner Motor Co. MALAKOFF WRECKER SINCE 1925 24-Hour' Wrecking & Towing Service Open Monday-Saturday 7am- 6pro 105 E. Mitchum • Malakoff 75148 489-1292 " 1-800-723-5506 Malakoff Insurance Agency 102 S. Terry • Malakoff 489-0512 Mike & Belinda Brownlow 409 West Royall • 489-1909 Marlin & Karen Perkins The Malakoff News 111 East Mitcham ° Malakoff 903-489,0531 Fax: 903-489-2543 I THANK YOU FOR READING THE MALAKOFF NEWS Church of Christ • Mabank Fifth St. & Mt. Vernon 887-0311 Church of Chrilt,%lCllSlace .i.., 316 W. SH 175' • "42-645 Church of Christ • Gum .Barrel Hwy 85 & Harbor Point Rd. Mabank, Tx 887-8916 Church of Christ ° Malakoff 214 Martin St 489-1718 Minister: Gene Baker Church of Christ • Trinidad 241 Scruggins ° 778-2536 St. Matthias Episcopal Church 215 Willowbrook Dr. ° Athens 675-3210 Rev. Donald Hickman Four Mile Lutheran Church, ELCA Located 10 miles north of Mabank on Hwy. 90 in Prairieville Win. Clayton McCord, Pastor 887-0833 St. Peter Lutheran Church, LCMS 101 Luther Lane ° Gun Barrel City 887-0436 Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church Hwy 274 on Wilwhite Road • Tool 432-3657 United Methodist Church Highway 59 • Cross Roads New Hope Corinth CME 120 N. Havana & Hwy 31 W. Malakoff • 489-1388 United Methodist Church E. Mitcham & S. College Malakoff ° 489-1467 Church of the Living God 1506 W. Washington Ave. Malakoff • 489-2911 . Cedar Creek Bible Church Hwy 274 N • Tool - Seven Points #.32-2175 Full Gospel Tabernacle 362 Front St. • Eustace 887-1792 Trinity Baptist Church Hwy 274-1 mile N of Hwy. 31 Trinidad ° Tx (903) 778-2139 Payne Springs Baptist Church Hwy 198 ° 451-2443 Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church W. Royail Blvd. Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-2828 Pastor: Rev. Joey Baggett Trinity Faith Center Hwy 90 • Mabank, Tx. 887-4138 First Baptist Church Gun Barrel PO Box 399 • 887-6887 Living Word Church • Mabank 2(15 E. Mason • Business Hwy 175 887.5014 Athens Seventh Day Adventist Church FM 1616 & HWY 3, Athens. Tx Church - 9am. Sabbath Schtl - 1(J:30am Pastor: Charles Buursma Village Church 5410 CR Hwy. 3054 ° Log Cabin 489-1171 Pastor: George Dooly Co-Pastor: Randy Huffman New Hope Cornith CME Church A warning to the people: God doesn't judge people on the basis of race, sex or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God's will are like healthy, fruit bearing trees with strong roots and God promises to watch over them. Jeremiah 17:5-7. The Lord says cursed is the man who puts his treat in mortal man and turns his heart away from God. He is like a stunted shrub in the desert, with no hope for the future; he lives on the salt encrusted plains in the barren wilderness. Good times pass him by forever but blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord had has made the Lord his hope and confi- dence. We welcome eve,,/one to come visit us at New Hope Cornith CME Church on Highway 31 West, Malakoff, Texas. Rev. Joe Radford, Pastor. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.; Worship Service is at 11:00 a.m. and Bible Study is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Cedar Lake Childrens Center is now accepting enrollments We accept ages 6 weeks to 12 years Hours 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday 1613 W. Royal Blvd. Malakoff 903-489-2400