Christ changed the cross forever


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Charles Warner | The Union Times Crucifixion has always been a horrible way to die and because of that the cross for centuries was, as the hymn says, a “symbol of suffering and shame.” It was something to be dreaded and therefore the perfect weapon of intimidation for tyrannies like the Roman empire to use to terrorize its subjects into submission to its imperial authority. Crucifixion remains a horrible way to die, but the cross itself no longer inspires the terror it once did. Instead, it is now a symbol of hope, of redemption, of love, because of one very special victim of crucifixion. That victim was Jesus Christ who, unlike the other victims of crucifixion, willingly submitted to pain, torture, degradation, and death on a cross. Alone among the victims of crucifixion, Christ did not have to die on the cross but instead chose to allow Himself to be executed in such a horrific manner. He chose to do so because in doing so He became a living sacrifice for the sins of all human beings, becoming the only path to eternal salvation that the human race has ever had or will ever have. Since Christ’s death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection and ascension, the cross has been changed forever, from a symbol of cruelty and death, to a symbol of love and salvation that invites all who will to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and share in His victory over death, hell, and the grave. Christ changed the cross forever and He can change your life forever as well.


Wednesday, May 3

5:30 p.m.: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will have a Poor Man’s Supper.

The menu will include meat loaf, stewed potatoes, pinto beans, cornbread, dessert, and a drink.

Singing starts at 6 p.m.

For takeout call 427-5319.

Thursday, May 4

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC Union gazebo. THIS WILL BE THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. We will not have a gathering at the courthouse this year, so let’s all make a special effort to participate in the observance at the gazebo.

Our country is experiencing unusual dangers and stresses at this time. Our leaders need extraordinary wisdom and courage. Our support of them with prayer is vitally important.

Let us give thanks for our country, and pray fervently for its future. Pray for God’s guidance for our leaders. Please pray for our military, our police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us.

Please come and join fellow citizens of Union County to pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church.

ALL ARE WELCOME. If you can’t get to the gazebo, please take some time for special prayer during the day.

Saturday, May 6

6 a.m.: New Horizon United Christian Church will hold a Big Yard Sale and Consignment. The day will also feature food, music, raffles, bingo, and Wrapping the May Pole.

The Big Yard Sale and Cosignment will be from 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Food service will begin at noon.

Bingo will be at 1 p.m.

Music will be from 2-3 p.m.

The raffles will be at 3:30 p.m.

Wrapping the May Pole will be at 4 p.m.

To place items on consignment call 864-426-5399. New Horizon United Christian Church reserves the right to except or reject all items placed on consignment.

9 a.m.: Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church will be having their Annual Fellowship Breakfast.

The guest speaker will be Bishop Gerald McCleave, Pastor of Holy Temple Baptist Church in Cowpens.

Please join us as we are expecting a powerful move from God. Your presence and prayers will be a blessing to everyone at GCMBC, 478 Cedar Grove Road, Jonesville.

We thank our Lord for this gifted Man of God. The theme is “There’s Power in Prayer,” Acts 16:25-26.

Pastor Edward Pressley and the CGMBC Family.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: New Emanuel Chapel will be having a Community Outreach Giveaway it will be held at the Church future location on Eisontown Road in the Kelton Community.

There will be tons of free items!!!

Dr. James L. Mason, Pastor.

Sunday, May 7

2:30 p.m.: The Red Hill Baptist Church will have its pastor, Rev. Geoffrey Stephens’ 6th Anniversary..

The speaker will be the Rev. James Mason. Rev. Mason is pastor of the New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church, Union.

Pastor Stephens and the Red Hill Baptist Church Family invites the public to come and share in this very special service. Please come and help honor this dedicated and devoted man of God, the best pastor in Union County.

Rev. Geoffrey Stephens, Pastor.

Sis. Robin Rodgers, Secretary.

3 p.m.: Bethany Baptist Church, 618 Forest Street, Jonesville, will celebrate their Annual Homecoming and the 145th Anniversary services.

The guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. George Washington Shell Jr., Pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church.

The public is invited to attend these services.

Saturday, May 13

Pendleton Fundraiser

8 a.m.-2 p.m.: A fundraiser will be held for Donna Pendleton at the First Baptist Church of Union Christian Family Life Center.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, back sale, and yard sale.

All proceeds will go to help Donna battle cancer.

Sunday, May 14

11 a.m.: Bethel Baptist Church, 904 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, will celebrate their Mother’s Day Service.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Doris Patterson, Assistant Minister of Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Gaffney.

Everyone is invited.

Rev. Jame E. Tillotson, Pastor.

Sunday, May 21

2 p.m.: Bethel A.M.E. Church on Hamlet Street will be celebrating its Church Anniversary.

Rev. Ronald McFadden, Pastor of Bethanty AME Church, Jonesville (Kelton Community) will be the guest speaker.

The public is invited to join us in this celebration.

Rev. Terry Hillyard, Pastor.

Saturday, May 27

5 p.m.: The Voices of Faith Gospel Chorus will celebrate their anniversary at the Bethesda Baptist Church in Santuc.

The public is invited to attend.

Rev. Roderick Oglesby, Sr. is pastor; Mary Ann Gist, Manager

Charles Warner | The Union Times Crucifixion has always been a horrible way to die and because of that the cross for centuries was, as the hymn says, a “symbol of suffering and shame.” It was something to be dreaded and therefore the perfect weapon of intimidation for tyrannies like the Roman empire to use to terrorize its subjects into submission to its imperial authority. Crucifixion remains a horrible way to die, but the cross itself no longer inspires the terror it once did. Instead, it is now a symbol of hope, of redemption, of love, because of one very special victim of crucifixion. That victim was Jesus Christ who, unlike the other victims of crucifixion, willingly submitted to pain, torture, degradation, and death on a cross. Alone among the victims of crucifixion, Christ did not have to die on the cross but instead chose to allow Himself to be executed in such a horrific manner. He chose to do so because in doing so He became a living sacrifice for the sins of all human beings, becoming the only path to eternal salvation that the human race has ever had or will ever have. Since Christ’s death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection and ascension, the cross has been changed forever, from a symbol of cruelty and death, to a symbol of love and salvation that invites all who will to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and share in His victory over death, hell, and the grave. Christ changed the cross forever and He can change your life forever as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0837.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Crucifixion has always been a horrible way to die and because of that the cross for centuries was, as the hymn says, a “symbol of suffering and shame.” It was something to be dreaded and therefore the perfect weapon of intimidation for tyrannies like the Roman empire to use to terrorize its subjects into submission to its imperial authority. Crucifixion remains a horrible way to die, but the cross itself no longer inspires the terror it once did. Instead, it is now a symbol of hope, of redemption, of love, because of one very special victim of crucifixion. That victim was Jesus Christ who, unlike the other victims of crucifixion, willingly submitted to pain, torture, degradation, and death on a cross. Alone among the victims of crucifixion, Christ did not have to die on the cross but instead chose to allow Himself to be executed in such a horrific manner. He chose to do so because in doing so He became a living sacrifice for the sins of all human beings, becoming the only path to eternal salvation that the human race has ever had or will ever have. Since Christ’s death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection and ascension, the cross has been changed forever, from a symbol of cruelty and death, to a symbol of love and salvation that invites all who will to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and share in His victory over death, hell, and the grave. Christ changed the cross forever and He can change your life forever as well.
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