As we defend our faith to an unbelieving world, inevitably, one of the first questions we face is how can a loving God allow such suffering to go on in the world. This question is nothing new. It has always been something that has spiritually plagued those searching for explanations. It has always been a challenge for believers to respond to with sensitivity and empathy.
But in the past few years, it seems that this challenge has been increased and this question has escalated to a point where unbelievers are more convinced that the God we profess cannot exist. Perhaps it is because evil and suffering in the world has increased to the degree where it is all the more important that we ask this question.
In an interview with Lee Strobel, Peter Kreeft concludes that the answer to suffering is not an answer at all. “It’s the Answerer,” says Kreeft. “It’s Jesus himself. It’s not a bunch of words, it’s the Word. It’s not a tightly woven philosophical argument; it’s a person. The person. The answer to suffering cannot just be an abstract idea, because this isn’t an abstract issue; it’s a personal issue. It requires a personal response. The answer must be someone, not just something, because the issue involves someone — God, where are you?”
When we don't have answers to questions, doesn't it make all the difference in the world that we can personally know the One who does have the answer? If our questions cause us
to turn to the Lord and trust in Him in the midst of the questions, then that is all the answer we need.
Thanks be to God for our salvation from sin and our deliverance from evil. In the blessed assurance of the eternal and abundant life found in knowing Christ, we can have the “peace that passes understanding.” It is a peace that doesn't make sense to those who don't know Him. May you all know that peace.
With love, Pastor Scott
Attention youth Super Bowl fans (Grades 7th – 12th),
join us Sunday, February 12th for a Super Bowl watch Party from 6:15 PM until halftime (about 8:30 PM). We’ll have food, games, and more! Bring snacks and/or desserts to share. Pizza & Drinks provided. Friends welcome! Pick up time at 8:30pm. Please contact a leadership team member for further details.
- Women’s Breakfast will be February 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am.
- February 15, 2023 ~ Team Meetings ~ 6 pm and Church Council ~ 7 pm
- Church Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023
Join us for a time of crafting with others of the church. Bring you craft, whatever that may be, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, card making or any other project you may have going. We will be meeting at 7 pm on the 4th Friday of the month. For more info contact Michelle Prince @ 937-689-1017.
Join us as we celebrate Connie’s Coles 90th birthday on February 14, 2023. There will be a party and lunch at noon @ 10 Wilmington Place. Reservations for lunch will be $10. Please contact Pat Trent @ 937-293-1402 with reservation info. Please bring cards or a small gift.
VBS 2023 SPARK STUDIOS!
Mark your calendars! Vacation Bible School 2023 will be the week of July 16-21 from 6pm-8:30pm (Sun – Fri).
It is truly amazing how quickly the year is flying by.
It seems like we were just celebrating the New Year and here it is February already, anybody see January, it seems to be gone.
God continues to bless the Awana Ministry here at SRBC. We arrived back to club January 4 after a holiday break from club spending time with family, friends, and playing with new toys etc. Clubbers got back to the business at hand, of learning and reciting
Bible verses, completing sections, and playing games.
January 18, Clubbers arrived dressed and ready for layer night our January theme. They dressed in as many layers of clothes and accessories as they could either find, and/or walk/waddle to club. Many layers were worn in, requiring many bags to carry them back home. One clubber was counted as wearing over 60 layers, whew, they survived as it wasn’t such a cold day outside.
February 8 Clubbers are scheduled to arrive wearing their favorite NFL gear and most importantly bringing cans of soup to help refill our Church’s food pantry. This “Soup ’er’ bowl” theme night focuses not on football, but on needy families right here in our community.
A few exciting things are happening in Awana during the month of February! It’s time to start thinking about our Awana Grand Prix! Car kits are available for purchase ($5 per kit) at the registration table on Wednesday nights before and after club! Awana Grand Prix 2023 Race Day is Wednesday, March 15!
Sparks late night out party, Fri. February 24, 6-10 pm.
Finally, our theme nights for this month are Soup ‘er Bowl Night on February 8, Card night on February 15 and Glow night on February 22.
We remain committed to serve and honor our Lord in teaching and reaching the kids of our neighborhoods and community thru this important ministry. We are truly blessed! Please remember to pray for all involved as we attempt to bring the word of God to young lives from our church & community, with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve him!
Cool with Christ,
We will be taking candy to residents of Mad River Manor as an outreach of love and care for them on Valentine’s Day. If you would like to contribute candy for this purpose, please put it into the baskets in the foyer sometime in the next