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Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Wednesday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - April 3

Dear Church Family –


Most everyone knows that Francis Scott Key wrote our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  In the last few days we have all become aware that a bridge named after him collapsed in the port of Baltimore, where the battle occurred that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner.  But probably few of us knew that Francis Scott Key was one of the founders of the American Bible Society and served as its Vice President for more than 20 years.


The American Bible Society’s first projects were translating the Bible into Native American languages.  In 1835, they produced the first Braille Bible for the visually impaired.  Today the American Bible Society is advancing worldwide digital access to the Bible, is involved with Bible translation and distribution projects around the world including in rural China, and distributes Bibles to U.S. military personnel.


Our National Anthem is sung at virtually every sporting event in America.  We’re glad that it is!  We thrill to be reminded of the freedom that our nation stands for and the price that it costs.  But undoubtedly, Francis Scott Key’s greater contribution to our American life was his involvement in getting the Bible into the hands and minds and hearts of people.


And the greatest thing that we can do for our nation is to help connect people with the Bible, its truths, and the Savior it presents.


Today, Emmaus Church is helping people connect with Christ and the Bible by supporting missionaries around the world, by supporting Bible translation projects, by teaching the Bible to public school students and college students and prison inmates, by distributing the Bible through the work of the Gideons, by nurturing a generation that is schooled in the Bible and that follows its teachings, and by keeping the light of the Bible glowing brightly in our church ministries and our daily lives.


“…the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)


“Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’” (John 8:31-32)


I hope we’ll think of that every time we hear the National Anthem.


Because of Christ – Pastor Tim

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