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St. John’s to host Reformation Recital

LEWISTOWN — The 28th annual Reformation Recital will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lewistown. The recital celebrates the 501st anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and pays tribute to Martin Luther. During the program, Scott Price will portray Luther’s ...

Speak as the oracles of God

Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment of a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run each week. In the last article we looked at the words, doctrine and teaching of Christ concerning legalism in His day. This time we want to focus on the life of Christ surrounded by legalism. Did He ...

Drop-off sites for Christmas project

Lewistown — Sites in the Lewistown area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19. Lewistown families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into ...

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Religion calendar

Editor’s note: To submit a nonprofit announcement to The Sentinel’s Religion section, contact Erin Thompson at (717) 248-6741 or by email at ethompson@lewistownsentinel.com. Items also may be faxed to (717) 248-3481 or sent to The Sentinel, 352 Sixth Street, Lewistown, PA 17044. Items ...

King: Hope exists through counseling

MILLERSTOWN — Hope is the theme this year’s Heartbeat Community Services Annual Fall Banquet. A certified abortion recovery group facilitator will share the hope that exists in counseling at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Family Life Center, 27 West Shortcut Road, Newport. Heartbeat ...

First Baptist to welcome new full-time assistant pastor

From staff reports MIFFLINTOWN — A new full-time assistant pastor was called to serve at First Baptist Church of Juniata County in Mifflintown. Pastor Caleb Hanna is a recent graduate of Clarks Summit University where he majored in pastoral ministries He will begin ministry in January. ...

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run each week. As we consider problems within the church today, there is one person we should look to as our example. Christ is to be the head of the church, so we must study His words, doctrine or teaching that He presented when He was here on earth. To simplify, the words teaching (noun) and doctrine often refer to the same thing in the New Testament. Jesus spoke out boldly against the religious leaders of His day; especially the scribes and Pharisees. Although many religious groups had been started with good intentions, groups like the Pharisees eventually turned into a bunch of hypocrites. “In truth, they made life difficult for themselves and bitter for others. They despised those whom they did not consider their equals and were haughty and arrogant because they believed they were the only interpreters of God and His word.” The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, page 647. Let’s take a quick look at how Jesus dealt with legalism in His day; we can then gain wisdom and insight to deal with it in our modern day. One text we had quoted earlier was Matthew 23:4, “For they (scribes and Pharisees) bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” Most of chapter 23 is a record of Christ condemnation of the attitude and lifestyle of these religious leaders. In Matthew chapter 12, Jesus condemned the Pharisees and referred to them as, “Brood of vipers.” Also in chapter 15, Jesus called the scribes and Pharisees, “Hypocrites.” Then in verse 9 of chapter 15 Jesus said, “And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.” Apparently they had raised their man-made laws to the level of God’s word, maybe even higher! This was totally condemned in the Old and New Testament; see Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, and Revelation 22:18-19. Here is a brief comparison of some religious leaders today and the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus condemned. A: Scribes and Pharisees B: Some legalistic leaders today. 1-A: They started with good intentions, but bad ideas. The legalism of man can never change a heart or bring about sanctification. 1-B: Same – To bring about sanctification. 2-A: They raised their man made laws up to the authority of God’s word, or higher. 2-B: Same – Mandatory church attendance. 3-A: They imposed these unscriptural demands on others. 3-B: Same- Disciplinary action could be taken if needed. 4-A: They began to overlook the weightier matters of the law, but enforced their own commands. 4-B: Same 5-A: In their own eyes, they were the only ones capable of interpreting God and His word. 5-B: As God’s chosen servants, they assume God’s authority to enforce manmade rules. I Peter 4:11 6-A: They became full of pride and arrogant, on a higher spiritual level than others. 6-B: Same 7-A: They fell into hypocrisy, but kept a different standard for others. 7-B: Same We have considered briefly the words and teaching of Jesus on legalism in His day. In the next article, we will consider the life of Christ surrounded by legalism. God bless. Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com. ¯¯¯ Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book. Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run each week. As we consider problems within the church today, there is one person we should look to as our example. Christ is to be the head of the church, so we must study His words, doctrine or teaching that He presented when He was here on earth. To simplify, the words teaching (noun) and doctrine often refer to the same thing in the New Testament. Jesus spoke out boldly against the religious leaders of His day; especially the scribes and Pharisees. Although many religious groups had been started with good intentions, groups like the Pharisees eventually turned into a bunch of hypocrites. “In truth, they made life difficult for themselves and bitter for others. They despised those whom they did not consider their equals and were haughty and arrogant because they believed they were the only interpreters of God and His word.” The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, page 647. Let’s take a quick look at how Jesus dealt with legalism in His day; we can then gain wisdom and insight to deal with it in our modern day. One text we had quoted earlier was Matthew 23:4, “For they (scribes and Pharisees) bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” Most of chapter 23 is a record of Christ condemnation of the attitude and lifestyle of these religious leaders. In Matthew chapter 12, Jesus condemned the Pharisees and referred to them as, “Brood of vipers.” Also in chapter 15, Jesus called the scribes and Pharisees, “Hypocrites.” Then in verse 9 of chapter 15 Jesus said, “And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.” Apparently they had raised their man-made laws to the level of God’s word, maybe even higher! This was totally condemned in the Old and New Testament; see Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, and Revelation 22:18-19. Here is a brief comparison of some religious leaders today and the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus condemned. A: Scribes and Pharisees B: Some legalistic leaders today. 1-A: They started with good intentions, but bad ideas. The legalism of man can never change a heart or bring about sanctification. 1-B: Same – To bring about sanctification. 2-A: They raised their man made laws up to the authority of God’s word, or higher. 2-B: Same – Mandatory church attendance. 3-A: They imposed these unscriptural demands on others. 3-B: Same- Disciplinary action could be taken if needed. 4-A: They began to overlook the weightier matters of the law, but enforced their own commands. 4-B: Same 5-A: In their own eyes, they were the only ones capable of interpreting God and His word. 5-B: As God’s chosen servants, they assume God’s authority to enforce manmade rules. I Peter 4:11 6-A: They became full of pride and arrogant, on a higher spiritual level than others. 6-B: Same 7-A: They fell into hypocrisy, but kept a different standard for others. 7-B: Same We have considered briefly the words and teaching of Jesus on legalism in His day. In the next article, we will consider the life of Christ surrounded by legalism. God bless. Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com. ¯¯¯ Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book. Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run each week. As we consider problems within the church today, there is one person we should look to as our example. Christ is to be the head of the church, so we must study His words, doctrine or teaching that He presented when He was here on earth. To simplify, the words teaching (noun) and doctrine often refer to the same thing in the New Testament. Jesus spoke out boldly against the religious leaders of His day; especially the scribes and Pharisees. Although many religious groups had been started with good intentions, groups like the Pharisees eventually turned into a bunch of hypocrites. “In truth, they made life difficult for themselves and bitter for others. They despised those whom they did not consider their equals and were haughty and arrogant because they believed they were the only interpreters of God and His word.” The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, page 647. Let’s take a quick look at how Jesus dealt with legalism in His day; we can then gain wisdom and insight to deal with it in our modern day. One text we had quoted earlier was Matthew 23:4, “For they (scribes and Pharisees) bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” Most of chapter 23 is a record of Christ condemnation of the attitude and lifestyle of these religious leaders. In Matthew chapter 12, Jesus condemned the Pharisees and referred to them as, “Brood of vipers.” Also in chapter 15, Jesus called the scribes and Pharisees, “Hypocrites.” Then in verse 9 of chapter 15 Jesus said, “And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.” Apparently they had raised their man-made laws to the level of God’s word, maybe even higher! This was totally condemned in the Old and New Testament; see Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, and Revelation 22:18-19. Here is a brief comparison of some religious leaders today and the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus condemned. A: Scribes and Pharisees B: Some legalistic leaders today. 1-A: They started with good intentions, but bad ideas. The legalism of man can never change a heart or bring about sanctification. 1-B: Same – To bring about sanctification. 2-A: They raised their man made laws up to the authority of God’s word, or higher. 2-B: Same – Mandatory church attendance. 3-A: They imposed these unscriptural demands on others. 3-B: Same- Disciplinary action could be taken if needed. 4-A: They began to overlook the weightier matters of the law, but enforced their own commands. 4-B: Same 5-A: In their own eyes, they were the only ones capable of interpreting God and His word. 5-B: As God’s chosen servants, they assume God’s authority to enforce manmade rules. I Peter 4:11 6-A: They became full of pride and arrogant, on a higher spiritual level than others. 6-B: Same 7-A: They fell into hypocrisy, but kept a different standard for others. 7-B: Same We have considered briefly the words and teaching of Jesus on legalism in His day. In the next article, we will consider the life of Christ surrounded by legalism. God bless. Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com. ¯¯¯ Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book. Daly: Friend’s assertion about marriage is wrong

Questions: A friend of mine claims he’s heard that having an affair can actually spice up your marriage. That sounds wrong to me, but I’m not really sure what to say to him. What’s your take? Jim: Having an affair will certainly NOT “spice up” the relationship. Infidelity has been ...

Now and then

McVEYTOWN —Spring Run Church of the Brethren, 6712 Ferguson Valley Road, will celebrate the 160th anniversary of its dedication on Sunday, Oct. 7. Worship will begin at 9:45am with the service featuring messages from Jerry Lee Miller former pastor, Craig Gandy, current co-pastor and ...

Speak as the oracles of God

Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run each week. There is an important passage of scripture we should consider in regards to the local church. I Peter 5:3 says, “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not ...