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Where in the Land of Faith Do You Live?

The remarks of the burdened father in Mark 9:24 regarding his cry for help for a suffering child have always caught my attention. "I believe, help thou mine unbelief." There was a measure of faith, and yet at the same moment there was the need for a fuller understanding and commitment to believing what God was able to do.

The place of unbelief in the life of a godly person is intriguing. At first blush we are tempted to say that unbelief is contrary to true faith; that a person who exhibits a lack of belief must be far removed from God. It seems reasonable that the mature will have moved well beyond the weak days of unbelief and no longer struggle in that place of their youth.

But when it comes to unbelief and the faithful, the Bible maps out the paths of hundreds of godly personalities who walked with God but also struggled with unbelief, and these struggles came as often toward the end of their days as during their early years.

Adam walked with God in the cool of the Edenic garden. Perfection, beauty, communion, peace. But very early in the story of the first man and woman to breathe the pure air of new creation they chose to disbelieve God in favor of Satan. We still suffer the consequences of their unbelief today.

Moses and Aaron were constantly dogged by unbelief, an on-again off-again relationship with God that charted the course of a nation for generations.

The great king and psalmist David wrestled throughout his life with unbelief. How is it that the writer of such profound wisdom and blessed ruler of such an expanse of territory could stumble into unbelief not once but many times?


Area-wide Youth Event
(Food/games/prizes/worship band/speaker)
Saturday, September 8, 4-10 p.m.
Palestine Baptist Church

Tickets ($5.00 each) are available at the church office from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday, and must be purchased by Sunday, September 2.

See You at the Pole

Mentow will sponsor their 3rd annual See You at the Pole Rally on Sunday September 23, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. If someone from your church would like to participate, please contact Rock Chocklett of Mentow by e-mail or phone at or 540.875.8776. Please be in prayer for the event, and thank you for your help in spreading the Word.

Special Fall Ministers' Conference

We are planning a Special Fall Ministers' Conference on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at Beaverdam. Attendees may view either "How to Grow a High-Impact Church: The Law of the Kingdom" or "Shaped by God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches."

Following the 10:00 a.m. presentation, we'll fellowship while enjoying the complimentary luncheon that Beaverdam will have prepared for us. We ask that those wanting to share in this Fall Ministers' Conference please RSVP to the SBA office no later than September 25.

In Sympathy

Virginia Ruddle Gooding, 93, died August 19, 2007. Her funeral service was Tuesday, August 21, at Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Rev. Norman Gooding.

Wedding Anniversary

Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)

CenterFest & Rally

SBA's Rally for CenterFest will be at Trinity on Thursday, September 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. This brief orientation session will prepare everyone for what we will be doing in the booths and among the crowd as we prayerwalk and pass out literature on the 29th.

If you are willing to be a missionary for a day at an SBA booth, pray, or take part in the various street ministries, please contact Julie Arthur at or the Association office at 540.586.8345 or

Our service as witnesses must first begin at home if it is to be genuine and effective on the distant field. Please help us promote this "mission trip," and come join your brothers and sisters for a fun and eventful day at CenterFest 2007!

Nic at Night

On July 23-27, forty-two young musicians came together to learn about Nicodemus and his relationship with Christ. These young music makers from 11 different churches in our community came together for one week and presented a program on Friday evening at Bedford Baptist entitled "Nic at Night." Many adults aided these musicians in a number of ways from building set pieces and decorating the stage to working with crafts, music, drama, interpretive movement and, last but not least, fixing snacks. It was a great week of learning, singing, and growing in our own relationship with Christ. As your church makes plans for 2008, keep June 23-27 open so you will be able to participate in next year's SBA sponsored Summer Music Camp.

Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam is seeking experienced volunteer praise band instrumentalists for Sunday worship. Call the church office (540.890.1294) Tuesday through Thursday.

Glade Creek is seeking a qualified childcare giver for two services on Sunday and one service and choir rehearsal on Wednesday. For additional information, call 540.309.1908.

Hunting Creek will celebrate its 175th Anniversary, beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, September 29, with a Socializing and Youth Happening, followed by dinner on the grounds at 5 p.m. Special music and speakers will follow at 6 p.m. On Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., a two hour service will feature guest speakers and musicians from the past. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service.

Mentow is looking for a pianist to play for Wednesday choir rehearsals and two Sunday services. Send résumé to Karen Woodford, 3282 Mentow Drive, Huddleston, VA 24104.

Mount Hermon has called Elizabeth Syre as Minister to Children as of August 5. Elizabeth is a recent grad from Eastern Mennonite University. Also, Mount Hermon has a new Website,

Fred Anderson, of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, will portray Dr. William E. Hatcher during Homecoming services at Mount Hermon on September 23, 2007, 11 a.m. The church is celebrating its 220th anniversary since it was founded by Dr. Hatcher's grandfather.


Oct 11 Rick Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
Oct 24 Ken Butterworth (Diamond Hill)
Oct 25 Chris Smith (Staunton)
Oct 29 Todd Childress (Norwood)

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Bedford Hospice Care

The volunteer committee for Bedford Hospice Care is organizing the 6th annual Hundreds of Feet/Miles of Care Carewalk to be held on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will be from 8:45-11:00 a.m. Funds raised go directly for patient care services, helping to provide for needs not covered by insurance. To learn more about the walk or to organize walk groups, please call 540.587.6592.

Rainbow Forest Student Ministries

Rainbow Forest Student Ministries presents: Building 429 & The Afters on Tour! with Storyside: B & Jackson Waters coming Friday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door) and may be purchased at or through the church office at 540.977.1789. (Concessions will be available for purchase during the concert.) Beginning at 5 p.m., youth pastors/directors are invited to tour the church's new Student Ministry facility and then gather for light finger foods at a meet and greet time to pray for the evening and discuss counseling for the invitation portion of the concert. If you have questions, please call Pastor Jay Richards at the church or at 540.589.7569.

Celebrate the Glory Of God's Word In God's Family

Date: October 20, 2007
Location: Sedalia, VA- just outside Lynchburg, Virginia. Located at the base of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains (Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail)

Speakers & Musicians:

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Simple Church

What are we trying to accomplish with persons in our churches—to simply keep them busy, or something more intentional and significant?

Eric Geiger, co-author of the book, Simple Church, will attempt to answer those questions in a workshop on Monday, December 3, at Bonsack Baptist Church, 4845 Cloverdale Road (corner of US 220 and US 460) in Roanoke. Time for the event is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the cost of $20 per person includes lunch and all materials. Registration for ministers and lay leaders interested in the workshop is being accepted NOW by contacting the Southwest Virginia Christian Leadership Network, 540.777.3014 or 866.223.9344 (toll-free). You may also register by emailing

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Roundtree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-7409

Women on Mission: Bedford is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in September; Thaxton will lead them in October. Thaxton will host the September birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Timber Ridge will host it in October.

The Women on Mission Get-Away will be November 2-3 and November 3-4 at Eagle Eyrie, featuring Kate Campbell, musician/song writer/storyteller. The Women's Rally/WMU Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 3, at 2-3:30 p.m., with Kaye Miller, President, National WMU, as the keynote speaker.

When you're looking for faults, use a mirror, not a telescope.

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