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2003 can chonge skeptics' lives by having them watch faithful behavi to the home a man who had Lta short time to uest of his his imminent by his of unbelief, that I : Lord. this affect- to amount of most of his uestions made on of our had a par- SHOP eXhaust system specalists & Gifts hterpdm '.433-4731 A church with a heart where the Word of God 8 comes alive to the hearer. We're still here for all your spiritual needs. ,1~,119 S Central Ave. Sidney 433-3335 Catholic Church hurch Church SERVICI~S Main, Sidney Sidney 406-4334417 APPLIANCES Culbertson Service Estimates ,- "Licensed Reasonable Rates Fairview 480"2144 Gene 406488-4450 Town Brenda rot with a vile vocabulary who kept adding com- ments about his owner's illness and his negative feel- ings toward Refledi0ns preachers. While these 0n faith constant interruptions and barriers Roger C0mpbell to a flow of conversation slowed our exchange of thoughts, it gave ample time to carefully con- sider each statement. And in this case, I was eager to make every word count. The imminency of death had not shaken unbelief from 488-7504 the mind of this troubled man. Having built his case against believing in God over a period of several years, he was not about to be stamped- ed into faith. Most of his con- victions were based on what he saw as the injustices of God, especially relating to the suffering of good people. A relative, who had been a dedi- cated Christian, had suffered long from a serious illness, a fact he couldn't reconcile with the existence of a loving God. As a result, he insisted on retaining faith in his doubts. Then I dropped the bomb that shattered his unbelief. Convinced that the daugh- ter's faith was genuine and that her life demonstrated a daily walk with her Lord, I asked: "Is there anything about the change in your "daughter's life that you can't explain apart from, the work of God?" "Yes," he admitted. "Thu l the bomb that shcdtmd his unbetef." Uosw R onf=th Suddenly the old arguments this confirmed skeptic had parroted about God's injustice were inadequate. He now had to face up to the evidences of new life he had observed in his daughter, and all the logic of his unbelief couldn't hold up before her living example, Ranting against religion had been this man's specialty. He had argued so effectively. he thought, that he had shut the mouths of any who tried to share their faith with him. Now, however, my challenge to consider a divine dimension to the change in his daugh- ter's life caught him off guard. There was something going on in his daughter that he did- n't understand. He knew she was different but hadn't known it was because her faith had made her new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now he had to reckon with that possi- bility, a thought that made Worship services SIDNEY HERALD him rethink his skepticism and fmaily reject it. An ounce of example had become more effective than a pound of argument. Remembering the skeptic's surrender reminds me that others are watching us, observing how we five. Well- rehearsed arguments failed the skeptic and undoubtedly have often failed people trying to share their faith. How we live speaks so loudly people can't hear what we say Do you know someone who is so changed for the good that you can't explain the transfor- mation apart ti'om the work of God? Accept what God has done in that person at face value and give thanks. You'll fred your skepticism disap- pearing, too. l illings 1 arket 616 3rd St. SE, Sidney. 433-3410 "Serving the MonDak area since 1961" 114 2nd Ave. SE, Sidn~ 433-1411 Auto IIIg st. & Am Church, Rev. Marianne Ell, Vicar 572- 9278 or call 744-5310 Sunday worship 8:30 a.m. (CS1], 7:30 a.m. (MT} Sunday school, 8:15 (MT)a.m.; Mr. Holy Commu- nion 1:15 p.m. ECW 2nd Monday. First Lulheran Church, worship service Sunday l l a.m., Sunday schod 9:45 a.m., Pastor David Aaseng. FIIVIW Comm / Church, cor- ner 4th & Cenlral, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. F= ,iew . ikmee churdt, ?02 Western Ave., Phone 747-5425, Kelly Sloan, pastor, Sunday, 11 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., evening worship, 6 p.m. 410 S Ellery Ave., (the old Cattonwood building), Sunday, 11 a.m., Sunday school 10 a.m., Wed. night, 6:30 p.m. St. xill~ne's ~ chue~h, mission Church, 309 West 7tfl, phone 747-5293, Father Greg Staudinger, Mass 8 a.m., preschool- 8ttl grade religion ed. classes, Sunday at 9 a.m.; senior high religion ed. classes Wed. at 7 p.m. st. John'= Lu~ church, 310 Ellery Ave,, Phone 742-5332. Sunday worship 5:30 p.m. Bible study 7 p.m. In~m Pastor Goorge Draper. :rmn Lutheran Church, 309 S. Central, phone 742-5523. Holy Communion 9 a.m., Pastor Lan'y Quanbeck. I Chrlm n t miom='y .aJIktm= chut'ch, phone 774-3368, Sunday school 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m., Sunday eve service 6 p.m. First Luthemm Church, Sunday worship service & Sunday school at 8 a.m. St. therwat Odholk Church, mission church, 219 7th St. SE, Sidney, phone 482- 1068, Ft. Greg Staudinger. Sunday Mass 11:45 a.m. Amedcem church ELCa., wor- ship 9 a.m. & Sunday school 10 a.m., Pas- tor David Aaseng. chrlmi=n Misi=m='y Alim , PaW Vaughan White. St. Fmmw =fl chu h, phone 485-3520 for informalion, Circle, Mont., Sunday 11 a.m. eucharistic service. Ue~ed Meth~li=t chm'h, worship ser- vice, 8:30 a.m. Pastor Susan Twidwell. Windshield Replacement & Rock Chip Rq~r 710 W. Holly, Sidney. 482-1544 Trinity Lutheran Church 214S0uth Linc01n, Sidney I~ Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. / : I