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Newsletter February 26, 2016

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,

This Tuesday is Super Tuesday! In the Church calendar that means absolutely nothing, but in our culture, it means a great deal. This Tuesday many Americans, especially in the South, will have the opportunity to vote in the Presidential election primaries. This begs the question, "Should Christians care about politics that much?"

The short answer is, Yes! The reasons for this answer will vary a great deal. Unfortunately, many believers and non-believers in our country have a mis-placed hope in politics. There are many who believe that God's sovereignty resides in who gets elected, while others simply turn the channel to binge on their latest television show in order to ignore the political world around them. What should be the posture of the Church?

I'm going to advocate to you that we absolutely need to participate in the election process because the Church is called to be active in culture. Christians are to be salt and light. Salt and light are two elements that radically effect their environment. One practical way we can do this is by voting - specifically voting for a candidate and for policies that reflect the teachings of Christ in our broken world. 

A friend recently share some information that was quite discouraging. In the last three major election cycles, it is estimated that 10 to 20 million evangelicals did not vote or were not registered to vote.  It is estimated that 45% of voters say that their faith influences their vote, yet there are still a large number of evangelicals that simply do not vote. It is also estimated that the number of evangelical Americans is about 25% of the population - maybe upwards of 100 million people. That is huge! Are evangelicals affecting culture? Could the church actually make a difference in the political climate of our country in 2016? 

Now that we are full-steam-ahead in a moral revolution, or dare I say an amoral revolution, that has left nothing unaffected including the definition of marriage, sex-change, etc..., could an election season actually make a difference in the moral direction of our culture? 

This same friend opined that, "A democratic society depends on moral people to participate.  If they do not, our democratic republic and constitution will fail." Are Christians called to make a moral difference in our culture?

I purposely left most of the questions unanswered. I would like for you pray about them and pray about your answers with regards to a biblical world and life and view. How would Jesus have you be salt and light? 

Perhaps another way to help you think through a Christians' part in the political process are a few thoughts from the late Irish Statesman, Edmund Burke:
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
  • Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
  • Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
These statements are worth pondering as we meditate on Jesus' call to be salt and light and our right to vote in this country. 

See you Sunday!
 
Your pastor,

 

 
Wilson's Weekly
           AL.com: Are you worried that parents are giving 12-year-olds smartphones with
                              unlimited internet access?   
          Moore:  That's one of the great frustrations of my life. I have five sons, ages 14 to 4.                             They are the only ones in their peer group that don't have a phone. It
                            amazes me that Christian parents devoted to bringing their kids to church
                            on Sundays give their children a phone with no restrictions on the
                            internet. I wonder how I would have handled that when I was growing up.
                            It would have destroyed me as a pre-teen. As parents we're not thinking
                           through what we're doing.
 
Prepare for Worship

 
February 28, 2016
  • This Sunday we will continue in our new year sermon series, Sovereign Grace: The Marks of a Christian, Ephesians 1:15-16
  • In preparation for the sermon: There are two tests in the Christian life. "One refers mainly to our belief; the other mainly to our practice. Once more we have faith and works; they go together and must never be separated. They are indissoluble; and there is no value in having the one without the other." - Martin Lloyd-Jones
  • A new hymn for the week: By Faith
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
  • We are podcasting! Catch up on sermons on iTunes.
  • We are LIVE STREAMING! Click here. 

Announcements

Sunday School Construction Class Locations:
    Builders - Fellowship Hall
    Trailblazers - Sanctuary

New Members Class - Meeting in the Pastor’s office on the first floor.

Bookshelf Ministry -  Check out these books in preparation for Easter, all free on the lobby bookshelf! Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, Why the Cross by John Blanchard, and Blood Work (How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation) by Anthony Carter.   If you have questions about books, would like to make a donation, or anything else related to this great resource, please see Craig Akridge.

Vacation Bible School - Save the date: June 6-9, 2016

Easter at Cornerstone - Easter Sermon Series: Easter According to Luke.
  • Palm Sunday, March 20th, children singing.
  • Good Friday Communion Service, March 25th, 6pm
  • Easter Sunday, March 27th. 
Prayer Requests

Healing - Please pray for the health of the following individuals:  Ellie Kate Dupre’, Krissy Sedlack, Bill and Dot Barnes (Carol Cox’s parents), Nellie Jo Williams (Emily Hinson’s mother), Ann Lammons, Ann Keown, Bill Baldwin, Adam Williamson (Sean Williamson’s father), Betty Carter (Dee Petcher’s stepmother), Marlene Sullins (Chip Sullin’s mother), Cynthia Shady (Shep Park’s sister).

Pray for our nation during election season.

Expectant parents - Al & Robin Knight

Ministries:  INFOCUS Campus Ministry-UAH, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pray for Youth on retreat this weekend that they would grow in their faith.

Please pray that that the Lord would raise up a Children's Ministry Coordinator to serve at Cornerstone. 

Men's Ministry



Men’s Fellowship Dinner - Sunday, March 6th, 6pm. Our speaker, Rev. Brad Mercer, will present “Where is Jesus?  Learning to Find the Presence of Christ in a Band of Brothers”. BBQ Ribs will be served. Tickets are on sale in the narthex or in the church office for $10. Teenage sons and guests are invited.

Children's Ministry
 
****Notice date change!****
 
Vacation Bible School - Save the date!  June 6-9, 2016 

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 Upcoming Youth Events
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No Youth Group Sunday - We will resume on March 13th.

The Edge Junior High Conference - June 25-29.  Cost is $285/person.  Sign up by e-mailing mikeking@cornerstone-pres.org.   Details on the website.

High School Summer Retreat - RYM High School Florida 2 Retreat, July 11-16, 2016 at Laguna Beach Christian Center in Panama City, FL. Theme:“The Church?” Speaker: Brian Habig. Cost $385/person. Twelve spots are reserved for our students. A $100 non-refundable deposit holds a spot.   See the website for more information.  www.cornerstone-pres.org/youth

 

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