As many as a dozen babies were killed in Greenville this morning…

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The abortuary was very busy this morning. By our count a dozen or more women entered the clinic to put their children to death.

Brothers in the area: That platform you see in the picture above is there all the time, built to hold the weight of those who preach the Word and fulfill Jesus Christ’s command to love your neighbor. The abortuary schedules abortions six days a week from 9 – 11 a.m M – F, and 8-10 Saturdays. Choose a day. “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back” (Proverbs 24:11).

Released-Time Bible Education

IMG_1245 For the past four Wednesdays Trinity has been hosting 27 fifth-graders from the elementary school just up the road from our building. The students are released to us during their lunch and activity period, which gives us a full hour to teach them the curriculum. In the five hour-long sessions we will work through the entire Bible, hitting creation, fall, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, the period of the judges, Saul, David, Solomon, Israel’s exile and return, Jesus’s birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and return. It is a whirlwind tour of Scripture’s teaching on God’s redemption of mankind.

IMG_0044The students have done excellently in paying attention through the whole hour and the mounds of material. Several local restaurants have donated meals for the students (Chick-fil-A, Fuddrucker’s, Pepperoni Express, and Zaxby’s). Trinity’s volunteers have done excellent and faithful work—thank you Fran, Gary, Joyce, Judy, Donna, Sarah, and the SCBEST leadership team.

I’m thankful for the constitutionally protected right of released time…which allows us to use a portion of the State’s time for teaching God’s Word.

Please pray that these students would be “the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil” (Mark 4:20).

Two new ministries at Trinity…

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I’m praising God for the new efforts of my dear brothers and sisters at Trinity. I’ve only hinted about these new ministries up to this point, so here’s a bit more information…

Trinity Schoolhouse

Beginning this summer, Trinity Schoolhouse will offer two courses primarily to homeschool families (or anyone else, for that matter) who wish to supplement the education of their children in areas where they may lack time or sufficient understanding. In June we’ll be offering two week-long courses in the area of music. The first, for children in grades 2 through 6, will be a class in music appreciation. The second, for young men and women in grades 7 through 12, will be a class in church music history. All of our efforts at the Trinity Schoolhouse will be focused on God’s Word and the discipleship of our children.

If these initial courses go well, we hope to offer another round of courses in the late summer—something home economics oriented for the young women; something shop economics oriented for the young men.

If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in these classes, please contact me.

Follow us: @TSchoolhouse

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R.C. Sproul Jr.’s post from yesterday had me thinking… With the blood of abortion applauded in these Unites States, the church must do more in her opposition to this bloodshed than writing blog posts and sharing links on Facebook. I’m ashamed that that is about the sum total of the work I’ve done opposing abortion. I am also ashamed to say that in many circles it is becoming orthodox not to protest at abortion clinics. After doing a little research I can safely say that the PCA churches in Greenville (where two local doctors are making money killing babies at their abortuary) are doing nothing to protest abortion. With Bob Jones University in the same city one would expect that a few fundamentalist churches might be engaged in this work. A well-connected brother at BJU told me he was not aware of any churches in his circle who protested. I would also safely assume that all of these churches send their money to local pro-life pregnancy centers. That is good so far as it goes, but it is also faithless. It is the same lack of faith demonstrated by all those missionary-minded churches whose members never do any evangelism, only throwing their money at missionaries. I know this temptation…I’ve spent more time writing checks than speaking to some of my neighbors.

We hope to challenge our faith by standing outside the abortuary in Greenville, taking the brief time we have with the mothers who are moments away from ending the life of their child to tell them we will do everything we can to adopt their baby. The other reason to be there is to protest, to be a visible witness against this genocide. The third reason to be there is to pray for the closing of this particular abortuary and for the repentance of our nation. There is a lot that goes into such an effort (money, time, prayer, wisdom—both legal and spiritual) but above all we will need faith. This effort will take the energy of the whole body here at Trinity, but I hope God will use this work to rescue children (even one child!) from being sacrificed on the altar of the god of convenience and choice. May God bless us in this effort to be fathers to the neediest among us…

“Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, and I made the widow’s heart sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I investigated the case which I did not know. I broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from his teeth” (Job 29:12-17).

God's Work at Trinity Presbyterian Church

For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy (Paul’s encouragement to the church at Thessalonica, 1 Th. 2:19-20).

319269_282869585060268_152871818060046_1268959_152252432_nA little over eight months ago I began shepherding the flock at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. These months have had their challenges—the Lord has disciplined me through this time—and the work of God is evident. For His blessing, I am very thankful. Some wonderful new families and individuals have been jumping into the work of the church. Our Home Fellowship Groups, which started last Fall, have been growing in intimacy and fellowship. The worship of the church has been blessed by the joy and piano chops of Herman (who we missed this last week as he recovers from a hip replacement). The children’s program on Wednesday nights have been blessed by the leadership and creativity of Wendy; the children have been blazing through their memorization of the children’s catechism. Karine faithfully leads our children’s choir though the cancer in her body causes her great pain, difficulty in breathing and sleeplessness; she is a beautiful example of faith in the midst of suffering. The young men and women of the church are happy (not to be taken for granted these days) and serve Trinity through music, sound-board operation, putting together food sacks for the children at the local elementary school, and loving on the widows of the church–just to mention a few things they do (Thank you, Jim and Tisha!). The Good News Club is blessed by the strong leadership and energy of Amy, who so naturally and obviously loves these children. The women’s Bible study on Tuesday nights has been well attended and blessed with fruitful and challenging discussions. The deacon board cares for the needs of the congregation with wisdom and compassion; they also diligently maintain our beautiful building, spending much of their “free” time there. The elder board works with faith, looking to God as the Word performs it’s work. When anyone is struggling with spiritual or physical issues, not only are they sure to be prayed for during our Wednesday night prayer meetings, but phone calls and visits and meals accompany those prayers. There are many men and women who quietly perform many tasks in the church for which I am grateful. What gives me the greatest joy and the strongest encouragement in my own faith is the fight many are making against their sins. May God grant us deeper repentance, and deeper love, and deeper faith, and deeper knowledge of His glory!

Men's Work Day at the Church House

 

Trinity’s Men’s Group beautified our already beautiful building this morning. Thanks go to Donnie, Paul, David, Will, Alvin and the three Jims for painting the fellowship hall and cleaning up the lighting fixtures. Thanks also go to Toby and Nathan who installed a new exhaust fan in the men’s downstairs bathroom. It was a joy working with you brothers. Shall we tackle the old fellowship hall next?

Trinity's Good News Club

Each Monday afternoon during the school-year Trinity Presbyterian Church leads a Good News Club at West View Elementary School which is located a couple hundred yards up the road from our building. In an hour and fifteen minutes we pack in as much as we can: a snack, a short video with pictures of the students (produced each week by our very own Mr. Bob), prayer, 2 or 3 songs, a puppet show, a memory verse, a gospel activity, the main Bible lesson (which this past week was Ananias and Sapphira!), and a review game.

Many of the volunteers have been sharing the Good News at West View for over a decade. We are especially thankful for our new co-ordinator, Amy Steiner, who brings all of this together each week (and for those who blazed the trail before her).

Many seeds have been planted, and we pray they grow into a mature faith. May God cause the growth (1 Cor. 3:6)!