Archive for August, 2008

Preaching Schedule, September 7-11

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Sunday, September 7
10:00 AM — Evangelist Clarence Hafelin
6:30 PM — Evangelist Clarence Hafelin

Monday, September 8
6:30 PM — Evangelist Russell Williams; Evangelist Clarence Hafelin

Tuesday, September 9
6:30 PM — Pastor Emeritus Ronald J. Meldrum; Evangelist Clarence Hafelin

Wednesday, September 10
6:30 PM — Dr. Paul McLaughlin; Evangelist Clarence Hafelin

Thursday, September 11
6:30 PM — Pastor Ron Meldrum; Evangelist Clarence Hafelin

Preachers for next month’s meetings

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

 Evangelist Clarence Hafelin

Evangelist Clarence Hafelin was converted in 1977 out of a hardened and rebellious lifestyle. Several years later God called Clarence to preach. He pursued formal training and finished degrees in both Pastoral and Missions Ministries. Clarence had 8 years of pastoral experience before entering the evangelistic ministry in 1994. He has worked with numerous churches both at home and abroad and has a heart for revival and evangelism. Clarence’s wife, Linda, and their three children, Isaac, Rebekah, and Elijah, travel with him. They are sent from Cornerstone Baptist Church of Hamilton, NY, where they are members.

 Pastor Emeritus Ronald J. Meldrum

Rev. Ronald J. Meldrum is pastor emeritus at King’s Valley Chapel. He has pastored six churches in Missouri and two in Maine during his lifetime of service to God. After honorable discharge from the Air Force, Meldrum attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, MO, graduating in 1960. While still a student at Southwest, he began preaching at a small country church, driving 70 miles (one-way) to get to the church. He was King’s Valley Chapel’s first pastor, being called shortly after the church formed 33 years ago.

 Dr. Paul McLaughlin

Dr. Paul McLaughlin is director of Hope Haven Gospel Mission, a homeless shelter / soup kitchen in Lewiston. McLaughlin was saved in 1983 and graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL, in 1987. He has preached at rescue missions, churches, and other venues, including chapel services at Hope Haven. He has been a Certified Pastoral Member of the National Christian Counselors Association since 2001 and a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association since 2002.

 Russell Williams

Russell Williams, who now lives in the Sanbornville, NH, area, has ministered in a variety of settings since he gave his life to Christ while living in Florida in 1994. Nurtured under the preaching of James Knox of Bible Baptist Church, Deland, FL, he ministered in nursing homes, rescue missions, on the radio, on the Internet, and at public events. In 2000 Williams began a ministry as a reenactor of the famous early-twentieth-century evangelist Billy Sunday, speaking at locations including Sunday’s birthplace of Ames, IA, and at the Billy Sunday Home and Visitor Center in Winona Lake, IN. In 2005, Williams returned to New Hampshire and settled in Sanbornville, where he has continued to minister through writing and preaching.

 Pastor Ron Meldrum

Pastor Ron Meldrum has pastored King’s Valley Chapel since 2001. Meldrum, who grew up in Kingfield, also serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Hope Haven Gospel Mission in Lewiston, and founder/director of Baptist Ministries, an Internet ministry that helps in the creation and maintenance of web sites for independent Baptist organizations.

Evangelist Mike Patterson

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Please continue to pray for Evangelist Mike Patterson.  He had a heart attack in July and has been off the road since.  He has had to clear his schedule through October.  His cardiologist has not yet determined the best way to treat him.  Pray for his health and for financial support for his family during this time that they are off the road.

“For such a time as this…”

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Mordecai uses those words when corresponding with Queen Esther about the peril facing the Jews.  Mordecai had urged her to speak with the King about Haman’s plan to destroy the Jews, and Queen Esther responded that it would be a dangerous thing to do, and that the King may have her killed for daring to approach him without first being summoned.

In his return message, Mordecai suggested that God had put Esther in her position as Queen at this point in history, “for such a time as this.”  God had preordained that time, place, and circumstance for Esther in order to use her to save tens of thousands of lives.

Today we may sometimes wish we had been born in different times.  Wouldn’t it have been great to be a Christian during the great revivals that periodically swept our nation?  Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have lived during our grandparents time, when conservative Christian principles were accepted by society as “normal”?  What about during the great foreign missions movement of the 19th century and early 20th century?

The fact is, though, that God did not make a mistake when He put us here in this apostate, pagan, God-rejecting generation, a day when the lifestyle and mindset of most self-professing Christians is more worldly and selfish than even the unsaved of a couple generations ago.

God has placed us here in this time and place for a reason, and He is calling upon us to serve Him here and now in the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

This thought, “for such a time as this,” is the theme of this year’s preaching meetings at the church.  The meetings will be held September 7-11, beginning with the regular Sunday morning service and continuing at 6:30PM each evening.  For complete details, see Fall 2008 Preaching Meetings at KVC.

I will be posting information about the speakers here at the blog.

More about Georgia

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I wrote a few days ago about what I thought was the real reason for the Russian invasion  of Georgia.  Basically, it boiled down to an illustration of the biblical principle, “for the love of money is the root of all evil.”

 I have since learned that when the pipeline that runs through southern Georgia was being planned, the Russians lobbied hard to have the pipeline take a more northerly route (through Russia).  Instead, it was decided to send it through the southerly route, thus Russia lost the significant money and leverage it otherwise would have had.  It all keeps coming back to money, not principle, as the cause of the invasion.

Georgia has also had a propering economy — the best of all of the former Soviet occupied regions by some estimates — because of significant free market reforms spearheaded by the President of Georgia.  This is part of the motivation for Russia’s draconic scorched-earth military retreat.  Before withdrawing, the Russians are blowing up train bridges, destroying communications facilities, and wiping out all the infrastructure they can tape a bomb to.  Security cameras even caught Russian soldiers robbing a Georgian bank.

If the Russians thought that this invasion would intimidate other former Soviet territories and bring them more inline with Moscow, then it has severely backfired on them.  Asian and Eastern European nations formerly a part of the Soviet empire have nearly universally — and boldly — stood up and spoke defiantly against Moscow.  Poland has agreed to let the U.S. base part of it’s anti-missile system there.  Ukraine has announced that it will not renew Russia’s lease on the naval base where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based when it expires in 2017, and said that it will expell any ships used in the aggression against Georgia.  To top it off, Ukraine also offered a Soviet-built satellite monitoring facility to the U.S.

To be honest, there is probably a whole lot more behind these events that we know — and more than we will ever know.   There is so much that goes on behind the scenes with the powers that control and manipulate world events (and I’m not talking about nations or politcial movements) which will never come to light until Judgment Day.

I agree with atheists?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I was shocked this afternoon to find that I agree with some atheists!

A group of atheists in Italy have sued to ban baptisms.  At first I thought, “these guys are crazy.”  On what grounds would they want to ban baptism?

 I read the news article a little further and found that they were not seeking to ban all baptisms, just the baptism of infants and children.

I found myself somewhat in agreement, though not for the same reasons.  They say that it infringes upon the right to free religion for parents to have their infant or child baptized.  I say it infringes on God’s law — a much higher domain.

Now, to be clear, I certainly don’t think that this is a matter for temporal courts to decide.  There should be no law telling parents what “religious” activities they should be involved in, and what activities are suitable for children.

However, I would say that it is silly for parents to have their infants baptized, in light of what the Bible says.  The Bible very clearly gives us baptism as an ordinance for professing believers, not infants or children incapable of understanding the Gospel.  It is wicked to have a man in a dress sprinkle water on a child, then let that child grow up believing that they are a part of the Church and have been baptized because of that ceremony.

Not until someone has sought and obtained the absolution of their sins through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross should they ever be considered as a candidate for baptism.  Before that point, it is just meaningless ceremony.

 So, I do agree with these atheists that baptism of infants and children is a bad thing.  I do not agree with their reason for it being bad, and I certainly do not agree with their solution.

Here’s the news article:  Atheists abandon attempt to ban baptisms

Wars and rumors of war

Friday, August 15th, 2008

I want to say something about the Russian invasion of Georgia.

Really, these types of events are to be expected in these times, and they are not very pertinent to our ministry in Maine. But, it is pertinent in that this is the lead-up to the war that my kids will be fighting on the ground in Europe and Asia some day.

Most folks, I believe, are missing the biggest motivating factor for the Russian invasion.

Yes, Georgia is a democracy with close ties to the USA, right on the Russian border.

Yes, Putin has megalomaniac dreams of rebuilding the old Soviet Empire – sort of a Second Reich for the Russian Motherland.

Yes, Russia wants to intimidate other little states nearby to bring them into line … “or else.”

But I think that the key motivator was a lot more basic: money.

Russia is the largest energy producer in Europe. They have ample oil resources, which has been key in rebuilding the economy and military after the devastation wrought by the communists during the Soviet era.

Instability in the Middle East always works in their favor. High oil prices mean huge profits for the Russian energy industry. The recent run-up of oil prices has brought billions of dollars into their hands.

The announcement by the U.S. that off-shore drilling will resume is widely credited for the plummeting oil prices of the last two weeks. Plummeting oil prices mean plummeting profits for Russia and other oil producers.

People are sensitive about their pocket-books. Just look at our churches: preach about morality and people shout “Amen,” but preach about money and people get mad and leave.

Putin, who has been more of a gangster-crime-boss figure (and probably runs the Russian mob) in Russia than a government official, is not about to sit by and watch his pocket-book take a hit to the tune of billions of dollars. He wants oil to trend upwards, not plummet downward.

He chose Georgia for its proximity to the Middle East, its Black Sea oil terminals, and for the key pipelines that run through the southern part of the country. Putin’s ultimate hope, I believe, was to destabilize world oil markets to stop the downward trend of energy prices.

If Russia had wanted to, they could have taken the whole country within 5-6 days, while the world sat watching the Olympics and hesitated to act. But conquest is not the goal. They don’t want another costly military occupation, such was the one they have in Chechnya.

They want to create instability and doubt. Conquest would have quickly brought stability (albeit under the Russian fist), and stability would have continued to drive oil prices downward and the U.S. economy upward.

A worldly commentator once said that if you want to know the truth of a situation, you must “follow the money.” There’s a lot of truth to that.

Work Day at the Church

Monday, August 4th, 2008

KVC Work DayWe had a great work day at the Church on Saturday.  Over half the Church showed up and a lot was accomplished.

We tore out a section of floor in the entry-way where it was getting soft, because of a roof leak a few years ago, and replaced the plywood to make it solid again.  Thankfully the beams underneath were in perfect shape.  We also replaced a couple broken window latches and pulled down some stained ceiling tiles.

The ladies pulled everything out of all the closets and the attic, reorganized everything, and threw out about half of it.  It’s amazing what gets accumulated over three decades.  We kept all of the old sunday school attendance books and other “historical” records but tossed out the 15-year-old cans of paint, broken decorations, faded plastic flowers, and everything else that we could not imagine having a use for again.  All the windows were washed, and the place was vacuumed and swept.

There are a few more things to do before our preaching meetings next month, but it’s looking like everything will get done in time!