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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZEITUNG June RELIGION Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 6259144 TIM JUDKINS Mars and Venus do not need Jesus Have you ever considered yourself privileged Did you know that you hold the privileged position of being a sinful human soul Now there is something that probably failed to cross your I believe in life on other Whether my belief is grounded in truth remains to be My the ology for vast possibilities of life in undiscovered sectors of our immense I believe this because I believe in I think as are pretty arrogant to think we are the sole proprietors of life in the cosmos and its most impor tant Galileo found himself in deep trouble when he suggested that the Earth revolved around the sun instead of being that around which all including I figure God must have a lot on his The cre ative source I worship each day must have oodles to keep him Why wquldnthe other planets with features and lifestyles that are as unique as ours The God I worship is able to not only do but also to show interest in all of his cre ations without slighting any of them of his atten While God might have plenty to occupy his inter my belief is that Earths occupants have a special place in his The truth of Scripture leads me to conclude that only the terrestrial souls of men and women have been scarred by sin since the tempter of evil has limited access in the universe and God has limited it to This is both bad and The bad part is that we fell victim to Satans temp tations and opted for selfish choices sin instead of the beautiful possibilities created in us by God for his glory and our eternal wel The good part is that God chose to do something special with us that he did not have to do with any aliens on any other God created a plan that would buy back to himself the fallen human He never needed to become one of his other life but he did choose to become one of us in Jesus Christ and offered us a way back to our original This makes us incredibly privi Neither aliens that live on other planets nor angels who live in the direct pres ence of God can identify with or relate to the experi ence of mans We as humans are the only creations of God who know the depths of depravity caused by our own sin and the joys of salvation provid ed by God You would think that our privileged position would inspire greater love for Tim Judkins discusses Snowballs in Summer this Sunday at the contem porary service of First Protestant Vacation Bible school keeps up with the times BY KELLI LEVEY BryanCollege Station Eagle BRYAN AP Vacation Bible that old stand by of is changing just enough to keep up with the Churches still open their doors for oneand two week sessions and still wel come youngsters from all denominations to play games and do crafts as they learn Bible verses and sto But more and more of the programs are shifting from daylong sessions to a few hours in the evening to accommodate working par ents and Bible school teach We have to do it during the evening because some of the parents work and have to come after they fin said Barbara vacation Bible school coor dinator at Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ in And we do some thing different We like to offer classes for the adults at the same That gives the parents a chance Photo submitted Participants in this past years vacation Bible school at First Protestant Church enjoy the The church offers evening hours for its vacation Bible school and at least two adult classes during the vacation Bible school time Communications Director Jerald Schroeder Vacation Bible school is an a to touch kids lives who may not have even heard of who may not go to church or who are looking for a new to come and relax and be taught while their kids are in The shorter evening hours have caused the teachers to plan more pre cisely and somewhat pare their said Clinton Getting your prayers answered BY CHERE PINKSTON Special to the HeraldZeitung Let me tell you about a little book called The Prayer of Jabez Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce I picked it up because a friend told me about and I am always looking for a better way to pray in hopes of getting my prayers Dont you want your prayers answered This lit tle book will tell you But who is Jabez He is barely mentioned in 1 Chronicles Two verses say it Jabez was more honorable than his Why Because of his He called upon God and asked for the fol lowing four requests bless me indeed Was this a selfish prayer It was a spiritual act and exactly what God wants to hear us God has unlimited goodness to give Jabez didnt ask for any specific things he left it up to God to decide what blessings to give and where and He wanted only what God wanted for Gods bounty is unlim How many blessings you receive really depends on you how many can you receive Gods very nature is to bestow good Enlarge my This doesnt necessarily mean more buildings and It means you ask God to take and enlarge everything you now have in your It is an opportunity to have more influence at your in your community and at Tt is a request to have more responsibility and opportunities to make your mark for Give your willingness to do Gods work plus your which limit to Accept Gods will for you plus his supernatural and your territory will be Youre asking for a Do you believe in miracles I When you ask for mira God sends strength and the people you need to accom plish what you are asking Your Gods hand be upon So you get your Can you handle them Of course Its too You become frightened that you will And you prob ably will unless you depend on Gods help and When you ask for Gods you release Gods power to accomplish what you With Gods hand on the touch of you dont become he becomes great through Ask every day for Keep me from With success comes greater opportunity for fail As you you will be tempted more and more to think you have done it all by Pray God keeps you from self You will be tempted to think you are so you can get away with stuff because you know so much more than others Pray God keeps you from pride and care Youll be tempted to think you deserve all youre getting or that you have a right to enjoy life because you earned Pray God to keep you away from what feels right but is Jabez was more honor able than his God favors those who He holds nothing back from those who want and earnestly long for what he Honorable men have left behind mediocre expectations and comfort able They are people who have faith in God and step out to act on that They think of They How can I help you God will bring you the people at exactly the right time and place for you to help When you help you open up Gods storehouses of bless which will pour upon Let God work in your life in his own Surrender to his power and and you will be surprised at what you are doing for yourself and for Keep away from sin because sin breaks the cycle of abun dant living and the flow of Gods power to CherePinkston is with Pastoral Care Ministries at Unity Church of Practical pastor of Beacon Baptist Church in If I had it during the day Id have to staff it by myself because most of our parents and volunteers have full time he This more people can be Everitt said he hopes a more aggressive promotion al campaign this which included radio adver and the pur chase of a specific curricu lum will triple the usual 30 or 40 children at Beacon Baptists summer Beacon Baptist was one of at least two Brazos County churches that bought the Veggie Tales which uses ani mated vegetables to teach lessons on Lily of the Valley Church personnel put up fliers throughout the surround ing North Bryan neighbor hood and sent a church van to pick up children from around the community for its June Other than the hours and the availability of more structured Everitt not much about vacation Bible school has Back when I was I went to the Church of Christ one for a week and the Presbyterian one for a week and the Methodist one for a it pretty much filled up my sum he Looking I think it was a way for Mom to keep me It helped me to learn and have but it helped Trinity Baptist Church in near Jane Long Middle School on North Harvey Mitchell attracts about 90 young sters each summer from around the Longtime church member Carol Loehr said the church has an opendoor policy but she said vacation Bible school is a specific activity in which visitors can become involved for a designated period of We accept anyone into our church at any she It does not mat ter what religion you or if you even have a reli It does not matter what color skin you In we have a melting pot of America hap pening at We just want to share the hope of Christ with whoever will hear the THIS IS A PUBLIC NOTICE After 20 Years of serving the San Marcos Smith Furniture is celebrating Stores in the area have come and Smith Furniture will be here All merchandise Living Dining Bedding and accessories are available at some of the lowest 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