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Apples of Gold

Apples of Gold contains articles to help you draw closer to God and grow in your worship of Him.  It is our desire that these truly will be words "fitly spoken" to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.

Well of Living Water

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

While reading the account of Jesus meeting with the Samaritan woman, I was struck by one phrase He used to pique her interest. The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. – John 4:14b

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Getting Ready: Not a "Last Minute" Job

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

We have a group from Berean Baptist Church going to Turkey and Greece to see the sites where the churches of Revelation were in the first century A. D. This week we received a “What to Know Before You Go” notice including recommended clothing, weather expectations, notes about food, and accepted currencies in the countries we will be visiting. I was thankful to get this information to get ready for the trip.

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Using the Bible in Everyday Life

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

It was my first mission trip as a “grown up.” A large group of adults from Berean Baptist Church had descended on the small town of Sandy Point on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Our purpose was to encourage the national pastor there by conducting a Vacation Bible School as well as nightly services in the church. It was truly a life changing experience for me as I observed God’s work in a foreign country. God’s gospel work through missions “came alive” for me in a new way that week. Mission trips have a dramatic impact on Christians that are willing to grow in the Lord.

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Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

“This is just a test” EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE….(irritating buzz for thirty seconds)
“This has been a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.”

Do you remember hearing that announcement? What was the reason of that test? Was it just to annoy us? According to the FCC website, a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System was performed on November 9, 2011. This was the first time it was tested nationwide, not just locally, so they issued the following statement to explain why:

“…we need to know that the system will work as intended should public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States.”

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What Is Most Important?

Rob Stroup
Written by Rob Stroup

How can we do better this year? As we look ahead to the next twelve months, we need first to evaluate the past year to discover what we could improve. As we look back, there are several things to consider. Circumstances beyond our control, goals we had set, and impact on people are three areas I think we should evaluate.

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