Meeting Times at 4th United Presbyterian Church

Cafe' Worship: 9:15 a.m. each Sunday in Gathering Hall (activities provided for children; coffee; snacks)
Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Bible Study: each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Community Forum: last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with meal (no community forum in November, 2011)

About the 4th United Presbyterian Bible Blog

Posts on this blog are from me, Rev. George H. Waters, one of the two organizing co-pastors of 4th United Presbyterian Church. Our other organizing pastor was Rev. Sonya McAuley-Allen, who is now pastor of a church in Charlotte, N.C. Since June of 2011, Rev. Elizabeth Peterson has been our parish associate pastor for new church development. The earliest posts are sermon notes from the few I have typed the last two years. Then, there is a series of notes posted on the book of Romans. After that, it varies from week to week, sometimes church news, sometimes reflections on a happening, a passage of scripture, or even some pictures. This blog is meant to open the conversation we have going on in our church to others in our community.

The picture below is of our church's sanctuary, built in 1913.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Words of Hope for All People from Christoph Blumhardt

"Do not allow any teaching to arise other than that of salvation; otherwise the Devil will at last obtain power over us. When we give up mankind, we also give up a part of ourselves. For instance, if I think of someone else as being damned, I always feel that part of me is at the same time damned. Who can separate himself from his fellowmen? If you would once damn one another seriously, just think -- if your neighbor is to have no salvation because of his present nature, how much of your nature has also to go down into Hell? Or do you think that an exception will be made for certain people? God would not dream of that -- He is just."

Christoph Blumhardt, From Sermons and Talks from the years 1880-1888.

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