America bless God so that God will bless America

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

Why has God blessed America? He has blessed America because this nation for much of its history has blessed Him. How does — or did — America bless God? America, like ancient Israel, blessed God by recognizing Him as its Sovereign Lord, as the source of all that is good and righteous, and acted accordingly, obeying His laws, striving each and every day to do what is pleasing in His sight. When it blessed God in this away, both America and ancient Israel were blessed with success, prosperity, safety and independence. When Israel did not bless God, He withdrew His blessing and allowed the Israelites to suffer the consequences of turning away from Him. For much of its history, America blessed God and was in turn blessed by Him. In recent decades, however, there has been a turning away from God and His laws and America has increasingly ceased to bless God and during that time it seems that God has in turn been withdrawing His blessings. It makes one wonder how long it will be before America completely ceases to bless God and He in turn completely ceases to bless this nation and let Americans suffer the consequences of their actions. It also makes one wonder if God hasn’t done so already.

Sunday, July 19

6 p.m.: First Baptist Church, Union hosts a concert by Ronnie Lybrand.

3 p.m.: Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church celebrates the 42nd Anniversary of the All Male Choir. Rev. Elijah Ray, Pastor.

Sunday, July 19-Wednesday, July 22

2 p.m.: The McBeth Baptist Church Family cordially invites you to our Annual Revival Services. Our revival will begin Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Willie Davis of New Beginning Christian Church, Newberry.

Monday, July 20 — Pastor Emma Ruff, Nehemiah Pavilion, Whitmire, SC

Tuesday, July 21 — Pastor Kevin Allen, Mt. Alexander, Woodruff, SC

Wednesday, July 22 — Pastor Jerry Wilson, Weeping Mary, Blair, SC

Service will begin at 7 p.m. nightly, we welcome you any night.

Sunday, July 19-Thursday, July 23

5:30-8 p.m.: Morningside Baptist Church holds Vacation Bible School. The theme will be “Firefighters.”

Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24

6-8:30 p.m.: Kids will meet real Bible people and discover how God works through us at Camp Discovery VBS. This fun-filled week will be at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 151 Connector Road. Puppets, videos, music, good food, and exciting stories will be some of the activities. To register, call 674-5083 or 764-5311.

Saturday, July 25

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Morningside Baptist Church holds its next infant care giveaway.

Sunday, July 26

6 p.m.: First Baptist Church, Union hosts a concert by Monty Allen.

6 p.m.: Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 2153 Mt. Lebanon Road, Buffalo, hosts a concert by “Band of Brothers. Everyone welcome. Rev. Melvin Shelton, Pastor.

Sunday, July 26-Wednesday, July 29

2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church holds its Annual Homecoming Service on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Revival Services Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. each night. Rev. Dr. Dennis Rector of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Cowpens will be ministering the message on Sunday and will continue the services each night. Come join us, we give Honor and Glory to our God.

2 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.: Galilee Baptist Church in the Sedalia Community holds Revival Services Sunday through Wednesday. Pastor Malachi Rodgers Sr. will bring the Sunday morning message. At 2 p.m. Rev. James Farr, the pastor of Flint Hill Baptist Church in Newberry will bring the afternoon message.

At 7:15 p.m., Monday night through Wednesday night, Rev. Timothy Hunter, Pastor of Island Creek Baptist Church in Gaffney will be the evangelist.

The public is invited to come share with us in these services.

2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: The Red hill Baptist Church holds its annual revival. The speaker for the 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday through Wednesday 7 p.m. services will be the Rev. George Shell, Pastor of the St Luke Baptist Church Buffalo.

Pastor Stephens and the Red Hill Baptist Church Family, the Little Church with the Big Heart, welcome each and every one to come out and share in these services with us.

Friday, July 31

At Dark: First Baptist Church hosts a Drive-In Movie. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 1

10 a.m.-Noon: The Pacolet River Baptist Sunday School Convention will observe its 131st Annual Session. The practice sessions for the Youth Convention Choir, Youth Convention Dancers and Youth Bible Quiz will be Saturdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 2015 from 10-12 noon at the Baptist Center. The host church is Red Hill; the host pastor is Rev. Geoffrey Stephens; and the host superintendent is Dea. Robert Foster. Moderator Dr. James L. Mason and President Lena J. Thompson.

Noon: The Union County Prayer Foundation Back to School Bash will be held at Bethany AME Community Life Center in Kelton. There will be gospel artists, motivational speakers, vendors, food, free snow cones, school supplies for the children. There will be fun for the whole family. Most importantly, dignitaries will be praying for the success of the County and the children before the new school year begins. Come out and be blessed. For any questions, feel free to email Elder Ysante McDowell/Visionary @ [email protected]

Sunday, Aug. 2

6 p.m.: Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 2153 Mt. Lebanon Road, Buffalo, hosts a concert by “Pathfinders.” Everyone welcome. Rev. Melvin Shelton, Pastor.

Sunday, Aug.9

Noon-Until: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 1622 Kelly Road, Union, serves Sunday dinner.

The menu includes fried chicken, roast beef, steak and gravy, creamed potatoes, rice and gravy, macaroni pie, green beans, lima beans, slaw, rolls, tea, and dessert.

Cost is $8 per person.

Call 427-1622 for takeouts which will be ready at 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9-Wednesday, Aug. 12

2:15 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Maple Ridge Baptist Church holds their Annual Revival Service. The Rev. Lee Byars of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Gaffney, will deliver the message at all four services.

Bible Study

Shiloh Outreach Baptist Church, 194 Maybinton Road, Whitmire, holds a Community Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

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