Someone I know was given the “Wonder Bible” (As Seen On TV). This battery-operated device reads God’s Word to you; or at least it’s supposed to. This one however had a problem; something in the battery-charging portion didn’t work, so try as you might, the device did not read to you. That Bible don’t work no more!

But wait; there was nothing wrong with the Bible. The Bible was still there, in its entirety. Every word spoken by God into the quills of the writers and as translated under King James back in the 17th Century is still intact. It was the manmade element that made this device not work and it was the manmade part that rendered this Bible “ineffective”.

That’s a problem too many people have with God’s Word today. They think the Bible doesn’t work in the 21st Century. Today’s modern man and woman think that God has not been paying attention all this time. Surely the precepts and commandments written hundreds of years ago cannot be relevant today?!

After all, our culture has changed. We are “progressive” and “liberal” and have “freed” ourselves from outdated ideas. We have outgrown God’s commandments as He gave them to Moses on Mt. Sinai. We have gone beyond the beatitudes and the morals preached and modeled by Jesus Christ. It’s time to put the old-fashion Bible back on the shelf where it belongs. Because, after all, as anyone can see, the Bible simply don’t work today!

Love thy neighbor? Turn the other cheek? Don’t seek revenge when wronged or hurt? Love your wife, husband and children? Confess your sins (sins! why even that word is an affront to modern civilization)? Follow Christ? Serve others? Put others ahead of yourselves? Be faithful to the church and serve there? Not in this “Me” generation!

And how outdated are these Biblical precepts: God created each one as either male or female; marriage is a covenant with God and one man, one woman; practicing sexuality outside of the bond of marriage is sin; practicing homosexuality is sin!

Yes, and so is gossip, lying, cheating, killing (the unborn, babies, children, adults) and more.

No, my friend…your Bible isn’t broken. God’s Word is still as true today as on the day He gave it. It is eternal and will be used to judge us in a coming day. The precepts and commands in the Bible were given for our good and for our protection. The promises were given for our comfort and joy. And the God who wrote it loves us so much He gave His Son to die for our sins!

The Bible is still very much intact; it always will be. But you and I, well, we’re broken. Born in sin, deserving eternal hell. But God (I’m glad those words repeat in the Bible) stepped out of eternity into our world to save us. And in faith believing, as He wrote it in the Bible, we can be saved forever.

So dust off the Bible; whether you have it in paper and ink, or on your phone or tablet; or maybe you’ve got the Wonder Bible. Read it! Study it! Understand it! (God will give you the ability)! Then obey it!

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (II Timothy 3:16)

“The Bible stands like a rock undaunted, ‘mid the raging storms of time; its pages burn with the truth eternal, and they glow with a light sublime.

“The Bible stands like a mountain tow’ring far above the works of men; its truth by none ever was refuted, and destroy it they never can.

“The Bible stands and it will forever, when the world has passed away; by inspiration it has been given, all its precepts I will obey.

“The Bible stands every test we give it, for its Author is divine; by grace alone I expect to live it and to prove and to make it mine.

“The Bible stands though the hills may tumble; it will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble; I will plant my feet on its firm foundation for the Bible stands!” (Haldor Lillenas 1917)

CEF Softball Tournament

Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Pee Dee will host its first Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament to benefit Good News Clubs.

The tournament will be held Aug. 16-17 at 8 Oaks Park in Georgetown. This is a co-ed tournament, teams of 10-15 players, age 15 and over. Cost is $15 per player.

Go online to www.cefgpd.org, phone (843) 365-4233 or e-mail susie@cefgpd.org.

Volunteers Needed

Holy Lamb Lutheran Church will host a BBQ Fundraiser for Help4Kids on Aug. 24. A lot of volunteer help is needed.

What can I do, you ask? You can pull pork, set up tents and tables, work in the kitchen, serve, clean up and take down. Email to info@help4kidssc.org.

Children’s Ministry Conference

Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Pee Dee will hold its annual Children’s Ministry Conference on Sept. 7 at Calvary Christian School.

This conference is a great training event and refresher for all who work in any children’s ministry: Good News Club, Sunday school, Children’s Church, etc. Go online to www.cefgpd.org.

Conway, Loris, Aynor and Western Horry

■ Salem United Methodist Church, 2376 S.C. 90, invites all elementary and middle school-age boys and girls to Salem Summer Fun Saturdays. The activities will be held from 10 a.m. noon and parents may either drop off the children or stay and help! (And of course, snacks are provided!)

This week: Saturday Art Festival: help create a work of art in the church parking lot (chalk art masterpieces) and learn to paint with water guns!

July 27: Saturday Sports Challenge: have fun testing your skills in basketball, horseshoes and an obstacle course. Aug. 3: Saturday in the Park: celebrate summer with balloons, bubbles, hula-hoops, hot dogs and ice cream.

Email name and age to salemumc@gmail.com, leave message at (843) 347-3045 or just drop in!

Contact Jenny Johnson at (843) 340-5185.

Salem UMC will have its annual golf tournament at Myrtle Beach National-South Creek on Aug. 17; register at 8:30 a.m. This is a Captain’s Choice Format; cost is $60 per person, $240 per team. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Epworth Children’s Home.

There will be lunch provided and door prizes. Phone (843) 251-8409 or e-mail to salemumc90@gmail.com

■ Macedonia Baptist Church, 2360 Red Bluff Road, Loris will have VBS through Friday of this week from 6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. (commencement will be on Friday). There will be a meal each evening. Phone (843) 907-8616.

■ Evergreen FWB Church, 4070 W. US 501, will have VBS Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Phone (843) 365-0210.

■ Good Hope Baptist Church, 6101 Privetts Road, invites you to hear “Johnson Edition” in concert Sunday at 6 p.m.

Johnson Edition is a sibling group from upstate South Carolina. They grew up on the small town of Salem, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their blend of progressive country and southern gospel strikes a chord with people of all ages, walks of life and musical interest. Plan to attend and bring your family and friends.

■ Langston Baptist Church, 763 S.C. 905, will host Christian Cross Roads in concert Sunday at 6 p.m. Phone (843) 365-5141.

■ Five Rivers Friend Meeting (Quakers) will host Christine Ashley Sunday at noon (following light refreshments at 11:30 a.m.) at the CAP Center, 307 Wright Blvd.

Christine Ashley, outreach coordinator for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will share thoughts on issues of concern to Friends including election integrity, criminal justice reform, climate crisis and immigration. All are welcome to learn how Quakers and others can advocate for a more peaceful world.

Phone (843) 365-6654.

■ Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 1040 Mt. Zion Road, Loris will host “Who Am I?”, its Second Annual Women’s Conference on July 27 from 8 a.m.-noon (brunch included). RSVP to (843) 756-3450 or e-mail Sherry Whisnant at bandmamawhiz@gmail.com.

■ There will be special singing with Molded Clay Sunday at 11 a.m. in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2610 Mt. Zion Road in Loris. Phone (843) 756-2720.

■ Salem AME Church, 8381 Salem Church Road, Bucksport invites you to Family and Friends Day July 28 at 10:45 a.m. Speaker will be Johnny Coe. Phone (843) 397-2626.

■ Brown Swamp UMC, 4725 U.S. 501 W, is offering a Free Music Camp as VBS for ages preschool-middle school. This will be held from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 (with dinner served at 6 p.m.). Check the Facebook page for registration information or phone (843) 283-8261.

■ Bethany Bible Chapel, 1668 Four Mile Road, will have VBS Aug. 4-8 with a meal beginning at 6 p.m. Boys and girls will learn the interesting and inspiring story of Corrie Ten Boom. And High School/College and Career-age young men and women will have a special class.

There will be a “kickoff” Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Phone (843) 369-7729.

■ 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, 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

■ St. Philip Lutheran Preschool, located at 6200 N. Kings Hwy., is now accepting new students for the 2019-2020 school year. There are openings for 2, 3, and 4-year-olds.

The first day for the new school year will be Sept. 4. Before and aftercare is available upon request (fees apply). To register your child, call Preschool Director Janice Myers at (843) 449-4322 or visit the Preschool page on the church website at stphiliplutheranchurchmb.com.

■ Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand will hold its monthly New Beginnings Food Distribution (with free groceries, free lunch, social services information and a children’s craft table) Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. This will be held, as always, at the Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass in Surfside Beach. Phone (843) 215-4500.

■ Have you ever secretly wished you could try your hand at acting in a small part or have you actually acted before? The Well By The Sea on Forestbrook Road is launching a new Creative Expressions Department.

The Well has a script in hand and is seeking community members from age 5-85, who would like to be considered for a volunteer part in the drama. Speaking parts and nonspeaking parts are available. And there is a need for various volunteer stage crew members. No experience is necessary! If interested, email Deborah at personalityprism@gmail.com.

■ Knitting Hearts Ministry will sponsor “Unleashing the Signs” with Chuck Smith of Gateway Prophetic School in Charlotte. This will be held in Socastee Church of God, 4475 Mill Pond Road on Saturday at 10 a.m. (Also enjoy music by Trista Smith, Psalmist/worshipper.)

■ 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. (rain or shine). Browse treasures galore, toys, clothing, books and much more. Phone (843) 748-0612 or (843) 685-6100.

Camp Judaea: Israel, Judaism, Nature, Community, Individual growth. For boys and girls age 7-15. Phone 1-404-634-7883.

■ 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.

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