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Prime Directive


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you...." Joshua 1:7a NIV

The technology, strategy and the terrain in which wars are fought has changed. Drones, guided missiles, precision guided artillery and other developments are used to lessen the loss of military personnel. Armored transports and personal armor is being refined to protect life. Still the military death toll is high. Some of the best young people enter the military with the realization that their lives are being offered in service to our country. How very appropriate it is for our nation to remember the sacrifice of veterans with a national Memorial Day. It is a day to remember.

The Bible passage above is a portion of Godly advice given to an Old Testament military commander, Joshua. The battles Joshua would face would consume the remainder of his life. For decades he would lead troops into battle. Many lives would be lost in the process. God reminds Joshua of the principles on which Joshua was to base his life. Joshua was to live and protect the religious belief of his people. Joshua was to fight to keep the Ten Commandments the guiding force for his life as well as for others.

Those Ten Commandments still serve as a basis for our rule of law. Our soldiers still need to be strong and very courageous so that rule of law might not be destroyed. Take time during the national holiday to pay your respects to the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Take time to learn why God's advice is still important today. Learn of Jesus, the warrior God sent to fight the ultimate battle. See you in church!



Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Phone: 608-799-0990.

Climb aboard Make a Splash 2010 Vacation Bible School

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Come set sail on an exciting High Seas adventure! Kids ages Pre K-6th grade are invited to High Seas Expedition and plunge through rugged waves and experience the deep, rolling waters of God's love. Join us June 7-10 at Mabel First Lutheran Church. ..... 
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What Does It Mean?

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"'We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!' Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, 'What does this mean?'" Acts 2:11-12 NIV

The people who experienced the first Pentecost had good reason to be amazed and perplexed. ..... 
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What Goes Up...

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11 NIV

My daughter recently purchased an inexpensive rubber bracelet in remembrance of a school friend who had ..... 
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Still Water Gospel men's quartet coming to Preston

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Still Water, a Southern Gospel men's quartet, will be in concert at First Baptist Church in Preston Sunday evening, May 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Their home base in Hopinsville, Kentucky, but the group has traveled all over the country, including Nash ..... 
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A Day of Prayer is Not Enough

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"I urge then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority....This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the tr ..... 
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A Different Arbor Day

Tue, Apr 20th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:9 NIV

Whethe ..... 
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Children need...

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures...." 2 Timothy 3:15b NIV.

During the "Week of the Young Child," parents are alerted to important developmental goals. Along with the physical and mental milestones, consider the importance of ..... 
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Fillmore youth places first in conference finals

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

On April 10th, youth from the Fillmore Free Methodist Church placed first at the North Central Conference Bible Quiz Finals in Platteville, Wisconsin.

The Fillmore team of Katie Roberts, Lydia O'Byrne, Corrin Lee, and Maggie Kiel was undefea ..... 
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