“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” (Proverbs 4:7 NLT)
“Fear (reverential respect and obedience) of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7 NLT)
Congratulations to the Graduating class of 2019. Whether you’re graduating from kindergarten, middle school, high school, college or graduate school, you’re about to enter another exciting and challenging stage of life.
Along with the above two verses from Proverbs, I would like to share with you five important thoughts on Christian living from the wonderful Christian thinker and writer, C.S. Lewis and his book Mere Christianity, a must read for maturing and mature Christians.
■ Possess True Humility - “True humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”
■ Choose Truth Over Originality - “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original; whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
■ Pursue God Over Happiness - “And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history -- money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery --the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
■ Understand Progress Often Means Turning Back - “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road, and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”
■ Listen to the Holy Spirit - “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming; coming in out of the wind.”
Lewis has it right. These five points concerning Christian living may not make life easier, but that should not be our goal. Our goal should be to find success and contentment the way God defines those two elusive elements.
We hear so much of the “American dream” which seems to be money, power, prestige and material things. Let’s be more concerned, not about the “American dream” but the glory of God and let’s live our lives for Him.
As you leave this stage of learning and go on into “life”, remember these truths: there is a God, and you are not He! God created you unique and has a plan and purpose for your life. Discovering and following that purpose is the only logical thing in life.
Don’t listen to the liars; Satan is the father of lies and his goal for you is the opposite of God’s; Satan desires to destroy you, your mind, your body and your soul.
God has given him much control in the world today and our culture is being shaped into his lies and for our destruction. Remember: there is truth, objective truth. It is all God’s truth and is found in His Word. If anyone, your friends, Facebook, Wikipedia, your professor/teacher, your textbook or even your “pastor” tells you something that is contrary to God’s Word, they are wrong!
This world is not the end! Unless God intervenes, we all will face death sometime in our “mortal existence”. Beyond the cemetery there is a heaven for those who accept the finished work of Jesus Christ; there is eternal hell for those who do not.
The world today is difficult. It is more difficult today to live for Jesus Christ than it was 49 years ago when I graduated from college. But living for Jesus is the only way to go!
And finally, please know that there are those who love you and are praying for you; when you need help, go to them and to the Lord and you’ll find it.
I often told my classes when I was teaching, “My generation has pretty much ruined this world. But your generation can fix it, if you and your generation turn us back to the Lord.”
May God bless you as you follow Him into your next exciting adventure!
First Friday Prayer
Conway’s First Friday Evening of Prayer will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Bethany Bible Chapel, 1668 Four Mile Road. Our nation needs prayer; our homes, schools and churches need prayer. You and I need prayer! Let’s all make it a habit to attend each month. Phone (843) 369-7729.
Help4Kids Golf Tournament
The Knights of Columbus Council 8980 is sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Help4Kids and you are invited to play. This Eighth Annual Invitational Charity Tournament will be held June 15 at the Wachesaw Plantation East. Registration and breakfast are at 7 a.m. and tee time is 9:30 a.m. Cost is $85 per player.
There will be prizes for the top teams plus prizes for top Twosome Teams of: Mixes Couples, Ladies, Father and Son or Daughter. And you could win a brand new car in the Hole-in-One Contest!
Contact Vin Vecchio at (845) 222-9681 or e-mail him at VincentVecchio40@gmail.com.
Ground Zero Sunday Celebrations
They’re back! Again, this summer, Ground Zero is hosting Sunday Celebrations on the Boardwalk (between Eighth and Ninth avenues North). These free concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday evening. Bring blankets or lawn chairs (but no tents, please).
The lineup is as follows: June 23, Citizen Way with KJ52; June 30, Building 429 with Unspoken and Outcast BMX and special speaker Andrew Palau; July 7, Sidewalk Prophets with Blanca; July 14, Hollyn with 7eventh Time Down. Each week DJ Pdogg will also provide music. Go online to www.mygroundzero.com.
Conway, Loris, Aynor and Western Horry
■ Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 504 Church St.t, invites you to its 2019 Family Fun Day and End of School Bash Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy food and games, arts and crafts, kids’ zone and more. Everyone is welcome! Phone (843) 248-4900.
■ The Catholic Church of St. James, 1071 Academy Drive, invites children going into Kindergarten thru grade 5 to a two-day VBS. This Friday come from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. and come all day Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s theme is Digging for Treasures, learning the “hidden” messages in some of Jesus’ parables. Enjoy music, skits, food, games, crafts and more. Phone (843) 347-5168 to register (registration is limited).
■ Juniper Bay Baptist Church, 5265 Juniper Bay Road, will have Vacation Bible School In the Wild and you’re invited. VBS will be held June 9-12 with dinner served each evening at 5:30 p.m. and activities from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This is for all ages 1 through grade 12. Enjoy crafts, snacks, games, songs and learning more about God. Phone (843) 397-2787, e-mail to juniper.bay@ sccoast.net or visit the website www.juniperbaybaptist.com/vbs.
■ New Home Baptist Church, 1685 S.C. 139, will have VBS In the Wild June 9-12 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
n Homewood Baptist Church, 3290 S.C. 319, will have VBS on Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and Monday-June 13 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Phone (843) 365-3403.
■ Bayboro Baptist Church, 3901 Green Sea Road in Aynor, will have VBS Monday-June 13 at 7 p.m. Phone (843) 756-8132.
■ University Baptist Church, 1740 U.S. 501 East, will have VBS for young people age 3 and up. This will be held June 17-21 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
■ Happy Home Baptist Church, 2864 Nichols Hwy., Galivants Ferry will have VBS In the Wild for ages 3 thru adult. This will be held June 17-20 at 6:30 each evening. Phone (843) 995-0183.
■ Waccamaw Family Worship, 508 S.C. 90, will have VBS June 19-21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Phone (843) 347-2376.
■ Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4301 Red Bluff Road in Loris, will have Vacation Bible School July 8-12 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Make plans to attend and to go Into the Wild with games, crafts and exciting Bible stories. There will be classes for all ages. July 12 will be Commencement and Family Night at 6:30 p.m. Phone (843) 756-6221.
■ St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3449 S.C. 65, will be distributing food on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 11 a.m. until all food has been distributed.
■ Loris First United Methodist Church, 3507 Broad St., has a Blessing Box in the church and it is available each Friday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. This box contains nonperishable food items and individuals in need are encouraged to come to the church at those times. Also, if you would like to donate items, please place them in the box.
■ Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 1040 Mt. Zion Road in Loris, has a food pantry on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
■ Salem Baptist Church, 4008 Salem Road in Aynor, opens its Food Bank on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon. The mission: “We serve Christ when we serve people.”
Myrtle Beach/The Coast
■ The Men’s Club of Holy Lamb Lutheran Church, 2541 Forestbrook Road, will have its first Pancake Breakfast, Bake Sale and Yard Sale Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. Enjoy pancakes, bacon, juice or coffee for only $6 adults, $4 children. Get your tickets at the door or call John at (631) 375-8493 or Charles at (843) 236-1344. Proceeds will assist those still recovering from recent storms as well as help other community needs.
Holy Lamb will have VBS “The Miraculous Mission” for children age 4-10 on June 17-21 from 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Phone Pat at (847) 502-3751 or Merilyn at (843) 839-5331.
■ Timberlake Baptist Church will hold its annual yard and bake sale June 14-15 inside the air-conditioned Christian Life Center. There are items too numerous to mention, so you’ll have to come see for yourself. And there’s also a silent auction. The church is located at 9850 S.C. 707 (next to Sonic). Contact Gail Harmon at (843) 222-6308 or Bev Anderson at (843) 294-9006.
■ St. Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 N. Kings Highway, will have VBS for kids ages 2K thru fifth grade. This will be held June 16-20 with a kid-friendly supper in the fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m. and the VBS program from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Call the Church Office at (843) 449-5345 or visit the church website www.stphiliplutheranchurchmb.com.
■ Calvary Bible Church, 4511 Dick Pond Road, invites you to VBS The Incredible Race June 17-21 beginning at 9 a.m. Explore God’s love for the nations while traveling around the world. Register at www.cbcmb.com.
■ Temple Emanu-EL by the Sea, 65th Ave. North and N. Kings Highway, invites you to Friday night service at 7:30 p.m. (Kosher Oneg), Shabbat Service at 10 a.m. (Kosher Kiddush).
Current Second Nature Project: we are collecting individually-wrapped snacks and juice boxes to help both the Community Kitchen and Helping Hand. Place in the basket by the front door of the Rosen Center. All Mitzvoth greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Karen Osborne at (843) 446-1060.
Annual Indoor Yard Sale: Aug. 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Camp Judaea: Israel, Judaism, Nature, Community, Individual growth. For boys and girls age 7-15. Phone 1-404-634-7883.
■ New Beginnings Food Distribution, a ministry of Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand, held at the Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach. This will be held June 15 from 10 a.m.-noon. Free groceries, free lunch, social services information and children’s craft table. Phone (843) 215-4500.
■ Miracle Deliverance Word Ministry presents A Supernatural Holy Ghost Latter Rain Elijah Mantle Conference June 17-21, 7 p.m. at Free Methodist Church Brazilian Community, 220 Ronnie Court. The coordinator is Bishop Brunson Davis; speaker is Prophet Joseph Martin and church pastor is Jose Arimatia Pereira. Phone (843) 269-4802 or (843) 504-4995.
■ Knitting Hearts Ministry announces two upcoming events: Releasing Heaven’s Power with apostolic, evangelist, pastor/teacher Kyle Meyer on June 15 at 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Bible Ministry, 4869 U.S. 17 Bypass S.
Unleashing the Signs with Chuck Smith of Gateway Prophetic School in Charlotte. This will be held at Socastee Church of God, 4475 Mill Pond Road, July 20 at 10 a.m. (Also enjoy music by Trista Smith, Psalmist/worshipper.)
■ Myrtle Beach Christian Church, 1226 Burcale Road, opens its Thrift Store each week, Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You are encouraged to come out and browse and buy and, in so doing, you’ll be supporting this community outreach. Phone (843) 236-1121.
■ Temple Shalom, 4023 Belle Terre Blvd., invites you to Shabbat services each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Phone (843) 903-6634 or go online to templeshalommyrtlebeach.net.