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The Young Women N Christ will load up in the church van immediately after school, Friday, to be taken to the Hammond Mill Campgrounds for a weekend Youth Retreat. Darlene Sorensen will be driving and staying with them for this event. It is an opportunity for our young people to meet young people from other churches in the area and to hear messages that are relevant to their lives.

Some of our young people are also looking forward to attending Camp JOY this summer. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the opening of Camp JOY, a work that began under the direction of Oscar and Gladys Cunningham, who had been American Sunday School missionaries in this area for a time. Oscar continued his work for the Lord as an evangelist many years after that, but always focused upon the Camp ministry. Over the years, Oscar and Gladys saw many young people get saved there and many have dedicated their lives to God’s service. Van Kelly is carrying on with the ministry there, but not without the support of many individuals and churches in south central Missouri and elsewhere.

Darlene Sorensen sang a special song, Sunday morning. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought his message, “Crushed, Judged, and Found Guilty” based on Jeremiah 23:9-12.

It begins with a lament, “mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets;” and ends with “…I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah mourned because he saw the apostasy of the false prophets and know that judgment was about to fall upon his beloved nation, Judah. What he saw was a disregard for the holiness of God. The land was full of violence, adultery and foul language. The priests and prophets not only practiced those sins, but prophesied in the name of Baal and caused the people to deny the one true God.  Because the people had turned away from the LORD, they were already suffering from droughts and trouble in their economy. When Jeremiah warned them of the coming judgment and called for repentance, they mocked him and put him into their prisons. Judah was carried off into captivity for seventy years and some of them never saw their homeland again.

Today America has leaders and clergy who condemn holiness calling it “legalism.” Adultery is a preference and foul language is accepted. Many church leaders do not want to preach about hell and judgement but hell is a reality for those who ignore the warnings of the old preachers and do not repent and do not accept the offer of a free salvation paid for by the precious blood of Jesus.

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