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So the Bible is wrong again…


Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist churches 

616-636-5659

 

A month or so ago, a news article showed up in the national papers. The article, titled New DNA results disprove the Bible, told of an archeologist who found remains of a Canaanite that were around four thousand years old. The DNA from the remains was compared to people living in Lebanon today and they were found to be a match. In the Bible, God told Joshua to kill every living thing in Canaan. According to the DNA test, this could not have happened so the bible must be wrong. Well…we already know it did not happen—not because of DNA results but because the Bible says so. At the end of the book of Joshua, God tells him that he is old and he has only started the task. In fact there is a list of the areas that were not yet conquered in the book of Judges, which include Lebanon. Also in the book of Judges, an angel scolds the people for not obeying the command to destroy all the peoples of this area. Therefore, in reality the DNA results actually prove that the Bible is correct. You just have to read it all and not just the part that says what you want it to say.

I find it interesting that two thousand years ago Jesus intimidated the leaders of His time because He had a power and an authority that they did not understand. However, they should have because it came from the God that they claimed to represent. Now two thousand years later Jesus is still intimidating people because of the same reasons. He has power and authority that many do not understand and do not want to understand. The good news is that we who know Him do not need to be intimidated by Him; instead we get to celebrate with Him. Repeatedly the Bible is proven true. Archeology and other sciences show the truth in God’s word. The best proof of His word is the transformed lives that we experience in Him. If you don’t know Him then you should get to know Him. You will understand the peace and love that the world just cannot seem to understand, because it comes from a place that the world rejects but believers know and experience. Visit a local church and see for yourself!

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LLOYD RAYMOND HANSEN


 

Lloyd Raymond Hansen, beloved and loving husband of Beth Allison Hansen for 72 years. Father of four loving children: John (Joyce); Beth (Ray); Thomas (Paula); David and former wife, Teresa. He also leaves eleven beloved grandchildren: James, Jeffrey, Katrina, Anthony, Roy, Crista, David, Lloyd, Michelle, Andrew and Matthew. A granddaughter, Tamara, is already in Heaven to greet him. He also leaves two brothers, Russell and Winton, and two sisters, Eda Fae and Marda. Four siblings have passed on: Mildred, Loren, Elwood and Paul. Many other relatives mourn his leaving. Lloyd was ordained a minister in 1949. He served faithfully in several churches, both Evangelical United Brethern and United Methodist. His faith took him to Africa where he served three years in Zambia and after retirement served one year in Puerto Rico at a Seminary. He served as interim pastor at several churches after retirement for short periods of time. In 1995 he and his wife moved into Clark Retirement Community. He organized and ran an in-house TV channel for about 15 years. He also taught residents how to make stained glass ornaments and sun-catchers. He also was a great help to the “Clark Artists” by matting and framing their paintings. He made himself available to helping others in many capacities. He was in the nursing center at Clark for about four months before passing. The Benevolent Fund at Clark Community would be happy to receive any donations in his honor. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Clark Memorial Chapel where friends may visit with his family beginning at 1 p.m. To sign his guestbook, or to share a favorite memory, visit www.lifestorynet.com

Arrangements by Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Grand Rapids

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Working together


Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist churches 

616.636.5659

 

Philippians 2:2 New International Version: then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

I had a rare opportunity this Sunday to visit a church other than the ones that I serve and to be ministered to. I love it when these opportunities come around. Most people don’t think about we pastors needing to be ministered to occasionally. The pastor had a wonderful message about the acceptance of Christ. How he welcomes everyone. This got me thinking about my faith journey. When I just got out of High school I joined a Christian band. There were two members who attended the Catholic church, one who attended a Baptist church, one who attended a Lutheran church, and one who attended a non-denominational church. We ministered to young people as a family of believers. I wondered why we couldn’t do that as “mature” Christians. When I first began pasturing, I actually had some pastors refuse to take my call because I was a “competitor.” I never understood this. Yes, I am a United Methodist pastor but I still worship the same God as the church next door.

There was a time when I was searching for a church that would be my home when I ran across a church who had cards that read: “If you do not feel at home here, let us help you find a church where you do.” This is one of the things that made me feel comfortable at this church. That was 25 years ago and now I pastor that very church!

The above scripture is a key part of Christian life. We need to work together. One church can do a lot of ministry, but several churches working together can do amazing things through God. As time has gone on we have begun to understand this idea more and more. In the community where the churches are that I serve, we regularly work together with all the other churches. And God has done amazing things through us. I love to see the different pastors supporting various ministries in our communities together because that is what God wants. We are a family. And together we are one.

If you want to be a part of this family, visit a church near you. Everyone is welcome in God’s house!

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