Sunday, August 30, 2009

Creation Museum Trip Update

As I previously posted the other day, Boonville Wesleyan Church and IWA are planning a trip to the Creation Museum near Cincinatti Ohio on Saturday October 10th, 2009. A charter bus with room for 5o will leave the church at 7:00Am and return at 7:00 the same evening. More details about cost will be given as soon as they are available. The church is having a Bake Sale this Saturday September the 5th at the Boonville Walmart as a fundraiser for the trip.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

God is Not a Vending Machine

By Vicki Courtney – Have you ever stayed in a hotel? You know how they have soda machines and ice makers on almost every floor? Have you noticed the machines that have all the snacks? For only sixty-five cents you could have just about any snack you can think of. That’s all you have to do: put your money in and make your selection. D-5. Then those peanut butter crackers or M&Ms or Cheetos are yours! It’s that easy.

Sometimes we can treat praying kind of like a vending machine. We give God our prayers, and we expect him to give us what we asked for. Unfortunately, prayer doesn’t really work that way. Let me tell you a little about how I learned about prayer.

When I was little, I used to pray “wish-list prayers” to God. They were kind of like quarters I would put in the vending machine, hoping I would get what I punched in. “God, I’ll take an ‘A’ on my test tomorrow.” Each night I went over my list of wants with God. It went something like this:

Dear God,
Please, please, please help me remember my spelling words even though I didn’t really study. And please let Mark like me and not Missy. And please make my brother vanish into thin air. Amen.

As I went on to middle school, my prayers were still all about what I wanted: making the cheerleading squad, winning track meets, getting invited to the cool kids’ houses, and praying my parents wouldn’t find out I got in trouble for passing notes in class.

By high school it was clear that he didn’t always answer my prayers in the way I wanted. I had pretty much decided that he either (a) must not be listening or (b) must not care. Either way, I didn’t think that praying worked, so my prayers basically stopped except for when I was in real big trouble. Then I might say a prayer to God to see if it got any results.

When I finally became a Christian in college, I figured out that I had a lot to learn about prayer. Someone taught me the ACTS model of prayer. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanks, and Supplication. People of any age can use this model. In fact, I still use this method today!

The ACTS Prayer Model

The “A” of ACTS stands for adoration. Adoration simply means to brag on God. We should start prayer by praising God for how awesome he is. When you pray, start by remembering what you love about God and “adoring” him for those things. Examples would be praising him for his perfection, his enormous power, his ability to forgive us, his control of all the earth and the skies, his desire to love us
completely, his gift of Jesus, etc. The list goes on and on! You can praise God for anything. Praising God—adoration—helps us take the focus off ourselves and direct our attention to God.

The “C” of ACTS stands for confession. Confession is basically telling God about when we’ve done something wrong and feeling sorry for it. When I get to the confession part of my prayer time, I try to think of specific ways that I have been wrong that day rather than simply saying, “Forgive me for my sins.” An example would be: “Lord, I confess that I was wrong when I had a bad attitude when my mom asked me to unload the dishwasher.” If my confession involves a sin against another person (Mom, in this case), many times God uses my prayer time to direct me to talk with that person and ask their forgiveness. Confessing our sin every day helps us to remember that sin is serious to God. As you confess your sins to God, remember that no sin is too big for him to forgive. Our part is to admit our sin. His part is forgiveness (see 1 John 1:9).

The “T” in ACTS stands for thanks. I bet you can think of the one holiday when it is easy to remember to thank God for his blessings. That’s right! Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving not only because of the annual turkey and pumpkin pie feast but also because, as a family, we offer thanks to God for what he has given us. We also thank him for the prayers he has answered (even if it wasn’t the answer we wanted). Did you know that we’re supposed to have Thanksgiving all year long? That’s right; every day should be Thanksgiving, with or without the turkey and dressing!

It is easy to forget to thank God on a regular basis. One way to remember is to use a prayer journal. Start by taking a notebook, journal, or even a piece of paper and make a list of things you are thankful for, like your church, your friends, your parents, or for your brothers or sisters (yes, even if they do drive you crazy!). If you can’t think of anything, you should always be thankful for God’s Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for you. With all that we have been blessed with, we should have no problem thinking of things to thank God for.

In addition to thanking God for the blessings he gives us, we should also thank him for answering our prayers. Begin by taking that same prayer journal, or notebook, and divide the pages into two columns. In one column, list your prayer requests, and in the other column, mark how or when the prayer was answered, even if the answer was “no!” (The Bible tells us to be thankful in all circumstances.)

Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 NLT)

The “S” in ACTS stands for supplication. Supplication means asking God for something for ourselves or for others. When you ask God for things, try to think of others first, and lift up your own needs last. This is the part of prayer where you talk to God about your grandmother who is sick, or your dad who needs a new job, or maybe your best friend whose parents are getting a divorce. After you say your prayers for others, then you can pray for yourself. Be honest with God. Are you sad? Tell him. Are you scared? Tell him. Talk to him as you would your very best friend, and remember that your prayers are heard. Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayer in the way we would like. Like the time I prayed and prayed to make seventh-grade cheerleader, but I didn’t make it. Now I understand that God’s ways are higher than our ways.

So, what about you? Do you treat God like a vending machine when it comes to prayer? If so, you’re missing out on what prayer is all about. Put your change away and try using the ACTS model. It is important that you talk with God on a daily basis. You don’t have to wait till bedtime to say your prayers. Get in the habit of talking to him throughout your day as things come up. He can’t wait to talk to you.

1. Have you ever treated prayer like a vending machine?
2. What are some things you adore about God?
3. Name something that you need to confess to God.
4. What are three things you are thankful for?
5. What are some requests you would like to make to God?

Congratulations! you just completed the ACTS model of prayer! See how easy it is? Try to get in the habit of using it each day.

Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Meet Him now.

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Excerpted from Between: A Girl's Guide to Life by Vicki Courtney, copyright © 2006. Published by Broadman & Holman Publishers. Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

About the author: Vicki Courtney is the founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, which reaches more than 150,000 girls and moms a year through events, an online magazine for teen girls (, and other resources. She is a national speaker and the best-selling author of TeenVirtue: Real Issues, Real Life ... A Teen Girl's Survival Guide. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Keith and three children, Ryan, Paige and Hayden. To learn more visit or

Monday, August 24, 2009

God Bless the Adams in Their New Ministry

Our Assistant Pastor Rev. Allen Adams, and his wife Joyce are now pastoring a Wesleyan Church in South/ Central Indiana. We will miss them as Pastor Allen helped out a lot with pastoral visitation and filled in when Pastor Ames was away. We will keep you updated with their new ministry. We wish them the best in this endeavor. Please keep them in your prayers.

Creation Museum Trip in October 2009

We are planning another trip to the Creation Museum near Cincinatti Ohio. We are working on obtaining a charter bus that would leave in the A.M. from Boonville Wesleyan Church and return in the evening. We will be posting more info and details as they become available such as cost per person, departure time, and date in October 2009.Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Blessing
by Geraldine Neighbors

Lord, you blessed me with three wonderful boys,
and a darling little girl.
Now what more could a mother want,
In this old sinful world.

But I cried and prayed to you dear Lord,
And asked, "How can this be?"
My little girl can't speak a word,
Why did this happen to me?

Then I prayed and asked you Lord,
To help my baby talk.
But, I looked around me in this old world,
And said, "Thank you Lord. my baby can walk."

Here's a child with twisted legs,
She will never run and play.
This little girl will never hear,
Or see the light of day.

My baby can't say "Mommy, I love you"
And if she does it will be your touch.
But you gave her two loving arms,
Sparkling eyes, and a smile that can say so much.

Dear Lord I'm not asking you
to take my burden away.
I just Thank You Lord, and ask you,
To help us from day to day.

Poem submitted by Renee Lunenburg.
Renee is active in the ministries of
Boonville Wesleyan & also has a music ministry.

Special Prayer Requests This Week

We have several special prayer requests at this time. Ron Knirs, Sr. is recovering from surgery at Deaconess Gateway room 303. Eugene Heidorn has been dealing with kidney failure. He is residing at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Pastor Ames son, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, is residing at an Indianapolis hospital at this time. Please put these names on your prayer and fasting list.To review current prayer list, go to left hand column of this blog. Please contact us if you have a prayer request.

"So Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief, for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."Matthew 17:20,21 NKJV

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Persecution of Christians a Life & Death Matter

A young Ohio girl in hiding in Florida says she fears for her life because she is a Christian.

Fathima Rifqa Bary left her temporary home in tears, begging social workers to not send her home.

She's staying at the Orlando home of Pastor Blake Lorenz of Global Revolution Church. Bary says she ran away from her home in Ohio because she converted to Christianity and her Muslim father wants to see her die for rejecting his faith.

"They have to kill me. My blood is now halalh which means... because I am now a Christian," she explained. "I'm from a Muslim background. It's an honor, if they love God more than me. They have to do this."

Bary says she walked to a bus station and took a bus to Orlando.

She'd made friends with people from Lorenz's church, which is why she went there. Social workers from the state of Florida were called in to investigate and Monday a judge gave Florida emergency jurisdiction into the case until the court is sure Ohio will completely investigate if the girl returns there.

"There are too many conflicting things going on with this child and with the circumstances - it needs to be investigated thoroughly," said DCF attorney Karlene Cole-Palmer. "So that's our position that the child should be returned to Ohio."

Bary's father came to Florida to get his daughter and denied the charges she's making.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Chandler Camp Board Member 2009

Meet our new camp board of trustees member, Jeff Knirs. Jeff replaces the retiring Dick Bosma who has served
faithfully for many years.
Welcome aboard Jeff!

Friday, August 7, 2009

If you haven't been to Chandler Camp Meeting 2009 yet, you are missing a great time of music and preaching of God's Word! Only two nights left, with a special healing service in the air conditioned sanctuary Saturday night at 7:00PM. Closing service is Sunday night at 6:00Pm, Boonville Wesleyan will be moving their Sunday night service to Camp Meeting. Services begin at 6:00PM. Pictured L-R,Rev. Dennis King,camp President, Rev. Bob England, camp evangelist. To see more photos, click here: Camp 2009 Photos

Thursday, August 6, 2009

SWU Home to Big League Players

Aug. 4, 2009


Eleven teams from across the nation and around the world arrived at Southern Wesleyan University's campus on July 27, where they will be housed while the Big League World Series takes to the baseball diamonds at J.B. "Red" Owens Sports Complex in Easley, S.C., through Aug. 5. Members of the West team of Thousand Oaks, Calif., (pictured) head across the Southern Wesleyan University campus in Central, S.C., shortly after arriving for the Series.

Reflections on Camp Meeting 2009

God met with us again in Camp meeting last light. I observed a General Baptist, a Nazarene, and a Wesleyan pastor praying with an individual at the alter. I thought to myself, this is what camp meeting is all about! This is a time we we as Christians can join together and take down the denominational barriers. Those of you who are church history buffs like myself remember reading about the great camp meetings of our past. The Camp Meeting at Cane Ridge Kentucky, known as the great revival, is noted in almost every history book about early America.(except maybe in our new government school textbooks) Beginning on Friday August 6, 1801, this meeting went on for a week. Twenty to thirty thousand people traveled by foot and horseback to attend. Lives were changed and people were divinely healed of their maladies. Francis Asbury said"The work of God is running like fire in Kentucky." This Saturday night service of Camp Meeting has been set aside as a special time of seeking God for healing. Those Christians like us who believe the Bible is still true believe that God still chooses to heal people at His will and choosing. Yes, I know He can work through doctors and circumstances, and sometimes does. Sadly the "dispensationalists" among us in the church world have relegated these acts to the past or the time of the apostles. Maybe that is why the hospitals are full and so many churches sit empty on Sunday Morning! I know God still heals because he healed me and others I know personally. Hope to see you at camp meeting this week...keith 1 Cor 13

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Stormy Night, but a Great Night in the Lord!

Another great time of preaching and singing last night at Chandler Holiness camp 2009. It was a unique night with Rev. Bob England preaching against a backdrop of thunder and lightning. I think the Holy Spirit may have added a couple of amens in there! Hope to be posting photos of nightly singing and testimony. Chandler Church of the Nazarene did an excellent job last night of providing special music. We have been blessed with excellent weather this year, so be sure to visit us this week You will be blessed for attending. Here is a photo our missionary speaker Jamie Friedrich took Monday night. The Bell family from Evansville will be helping with song service the rest of the week. See ya there!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

2009 campmeeting off to a Great Start

We are already experiencing God's presence in our 2009 Chandler Holiness Campmeeting. Rev. Kenton Daugherty and his wife Jaquita led us in a special prayer service to kick off this years Campmeeting on Sunday night. Last night World Gospel Missions missionary, Ms. Jamie Friedrich inspired us with her presentation. She will soon be ministering in Uganda. Please keep her in your prayers. You can send your financial support to her at:
World Gospel Mission P.O. Box 948 Marion, IN 46952 Be sure to mark your check: Jaime Friedrich. Your can follow her blog or email her at:
Be sure to come out tonight as Rev. Bob England is our evangelist tonight through Sunday at 7:00PM nightly and at 6:00PM Sunday.God bless...keith 1 Cor 13

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Senior Citizens Left Off Government’s
Swine-Flu Vaccination Priority List

Friday, July 31, 2009 By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

( - Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to minimize suffering and death from influenza, the Health and Human Services Department says on its Web site. But some senior citizens complain they’ve been left off the list of people who will be first in line to get the swine flu vaccination, when it is ready. One reader suggested the omission is in line with the Obama’s administration’s plan to "minimize" health care for the elderly, as the reader put it. On its Web page, HHS says the government is working to produce enough vaccine for the entire population, but there will be shortages when a vaccine first becomes available – probably in mid-October. That means the “limited supply” will have to be “prioritized for distribution and administration.” On July 29, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices – a group that advises the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- recommended that novel H1N1 flu vaccine be made available first to the following five groups:
-- Pregnant women -- Health care workers and emergency medical responders -- People caring for infants under 6 months of age -- Children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years -- People aged 25 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes) Nothing is said about people over the age of 64, with or without underlying medical conditions. That irked one reader, who expressed concern that the Obama administration – in both its health care plan and vaccination priorities – is putting seniors last: Reading the (health care overhaul) bill, it is clear what is being purposed concerning seniors, make them comfortable and minimize their care and let them die with dignity. When asked, the President and others explain it away that it will not be like that but the facts speak for themselves. Before the bill is even passed, we are seeing this plan's philosophy working already. On the news (the) night before last, they told who would be given the swine flu shot and in what sequence of priority. Pregnant women, children and young adults through 24, then 24 to 64 years of age. No mention was made at all about those over 64. I believe this philosophy is beginning to permiate (sic) society and it is so wrong. I cannot remain silent and want to speak out against any discrimination against senior adults. We play a major part in society for our children, our grandchildren and many of us who continue to work and pay into the tax system the same as others. HHS admits that its vaccination plans have changed as swine flu has spread: “Now that an actual flu pandemic has arrived, we must be flexible and adjust our response based on the nature of the actual virus that has emerged, is circulating and causing disease around the world,” says. “Based on what we know now about the novel H1N1 virus and the most vulnerable groups that are being affected most by this virus and those most likely to encounter it —younger people, pregnant women, healthcare personnel, and people who have underlying health conditions—it is necessary to revise and refine our vaccine prioritization guidance based on real world events.” HHS says it already has invested more than $1 billion to produce a bulk supply of vaccine and to prepare pilot lots of potential vaccine for use in clinical studies. In addition Congress passed and President Obama recently signed a supplemental appropriation for $7.5 billion to cover the costs of preparing for H1N1, including a vaccination campaign. “As we prepare for the fall flu season, we will be working closely with our partners in the medical community to develop, test, distribute and produce flu vaccines for prevention and anti-virals administer an H1N1 flu vaccine and to distribute and dispense antiviral medications for those who may require treatment. “We will make every effort to have a safe and effective H1N1 vaccine available for distribution to those who are identified as target audiences as soon as possible, but our current estimate is that a vaccine for H1N1 won’t be ready for distribution until mid-October,” HHS says. To encourage the manufacture and dispensing of the H1N1 vaccine, the government is granting “liability protection” for vaccine manufacturers and administrators. HHS notes that on June 15, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signed a declaration to extend liability immunity against tort claims (except for willful misconduct) to individuals and entities involved in all stages of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine development, testing, manufacture, distribution, prescribing, administration, and use. Liability immunity means that there is no legal tort claim that can be pursued in state or federal court.