For “Scripture Sunday”:
Message to the IRS: Put Away Lying!
“Doesn't anyone in high government office understand the lesson of recent political history, the truth always comes out?”
http://youtu.be/I-WnpZhc7Ek Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Transcript and video at: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-daily/christian-living/message-irs-put-away-lying
Chocolate in the Bible?
“Friday, June 7, 2013, National Chocolate Ice Cream Day was a reminder of a valuable spiritual principle.”
In the News: A Wolphin? This Is No Fishy Story
“Back in April, officials at Sea Life Park in Hawaii announced the birth of a brand-new baby wolphin.
Back in April, officials at Sea Life Park in Hawaii announced the birth of a brand-new baby wolphin (APNews, April 23, 2005). A what? A wolphin —a cross between a whale and a dolphin. The playful female calf is one-fourth false killer whale and three-fourths Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.
Her father is an Atlantic bottlenose named Mikioi who, despite his brief romantic encounter, "seems to be totally oblivious to this happening," according to the park's general manager, Dr. Renato Lenzi. Mikioi shares a tank at the park with the mother, a wolphin named Kekaimalu.
Usually, hybrid animals are sterile and cannot produce young. A mule, for example, which is a cross between a horse and a donkey, is typically sterile but on rare occasions one will turn out fertile.
Actually, according to the online Wikipedia , "the False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is . . . one of the larger members of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae)."
These rare dolphins are the only known wolphins in captivity. Kekaimalu has had two previous offspring; one lived only a few days, the other lived nine years and never reproduced (Kekaimalu is 19 years old). So while some see evidence for evolutionary development in this unusual pairing, others see proof of the strict genetic checks and balances God ordained at creation.
For more information on the evolution versus creation debate, write for our free booklet, Creation or Evolution: Does It Really Matter What You Believe? From: http://www.ucg.org/news-and-prophecy/news-wolphin-no-fishy-story/ Article by James Capo
God's Appointment With You
“Did you know that God set aside a special day so you can have meaningful, lasting contact with Him? Nearly 6,000 years ago our Creator declared the seventh-day Sabbath a day of rest and fellowship with Him.
Observing the Sabbath day
We all need rest from our general labor and occupational work. So the Creator commands us to rest every seventh day (Exodus 20:8-11 See All...; and Deuteronomy 5:12-15  Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.  Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.  And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. See All...).
The Sabbath commandment actually dates from creation since God Himself rested on that first seventh day and sanctified it—set it apart—as an example for all mankind, beginning with Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-3 See All...).
Spiritual fellowship with others of like mind is one of the most beneficial tonics to the human psyche. We all need it! Of course, this can succeed only in and through our fellowship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. See All...). Successful relationships, whether with God or other people, all require quality time.
A weekly day of rest enables us to use the other six days much more profitably. People who work seven days a week generally burn out sooner rather than later. As well as physical and mental rest, we need sufficient time to meditate, thinking about those matters that bring us special meaning and divine purpose.
The Sabbath provides time and space for families, couples and friends to draw closer together. This seventh-day rest provides precious time for prayer and to read and study the Bible, the book that tells us how to live in ways that are infinitely rewarding, purposeful and fulfilling. It is also a time for assembling with others for collective worship, as the term "convocation" in Leviticus 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. See All... denotes a commanded assembly (compare Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. See All...).
Observing the Sabbath is an integral part of the Ten Commandments. It is no less valid a commandment than those six specifically designed to cover our relationships with other human beings—do not murder, do not steal, do not commit adultery, etc. It is one of the vital first four that help us to express love to our Creator, worshipping Him in a proper and respectful manner.
All too many in mainstream Christendom are either dismissive or ignorant of this weekly get-together with their Creator and are missing out on the spiritual edification that observing the seventh-day Sabbath provides. Why not start keeping your weekly appointment with God?” Complete article at: http://www.ucg.org/sabbath/gods-appointment-you/ By John Ross Schroeder
The program on WGN TV this morning:
Whatever Happened to Sin?
“Even though our world is morally and ethically adrift, discover how your life can be based on a set of moral absolutes.”
On This Day:
Cartier discovers St. Lawrence River, Jun 9, 1534:
“French navigator Jacques Cartier becomes the first European explorer to discover the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec, Canada.
Previously thought to be a barren and inhospitable region, Cartier's discoveries of the warm and fertile lands around the Gulf of St. Lawrence inspired Francis I to dispatch him on a second expedition in 1535. On this voyage, he ascended the St. Lawrence to the native village of Hochelaga, site of the modern-day city of Montreal. On his return voyage to France, he explored Cabot Strait along the southern coast of Newfoundland. Cartier led a final expedition to the region in 1541, as part of an unsuccessful colonization effort. His extensive geographical discoveries formed the basis of France's claims to the rich St. Lawrence Valley in the 17th century.”
Secretariat wins Triple Crown, Jun 9, 1973:
“On this day in 1973, Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner since Citation in 1948. Secretariat ran the mile-and-a-half race in 2:24, a world record that many believe will never be broken.
Years later, Secretariat’s dominance as a race horse was attributed to the size of his heart, which was found to weigh 22 pounds, more than twice that of a typical thoroughbred.
In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat No. 35 in its list of the Top 50 North American athletes of the 20th century, the only non-human on the list.”
Only 11 horses have ever won the Triple Crown, none since 1978. The 11 Triple Crown winners are Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978). From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Triple_Crown_of_Thoroughbred_Racing
After my daughter Wendy’s Saturday phone call, I fed Misty, and leisurely got ready for church. I had an early lunch and lay down for a bit, as these allergy meds make me sleepy, and I wanted to be wide awake for the service in the afternoon.
Misty and I went to pick up Jay, and had our walk down there. He wasn’t ready, because he didn’t want to go to Bible Study, but it was Bible Trivia game, like Password, this week. We came in near the end of it, so we didn’t participate, but Jay was laughing with the rest of us, as we were all having a great time.
The Song Service was by the pastor and his newly married daughter. She is moving to Brenham soon, so we will all miss her, though we wish her and Nick all blessings in their new life together.
The sermon, “Wrestling With Life”, was given by an elder who tends to be long-winded. It is as if another idea comes into his head, and he has to elucidate, so he went way over time. Jay always gets antsy when this elder speaks, and we didn’t stay for the pot luck. But he is glad he went yesterday.