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ISSN 0362—0816


THE ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN


VOL. 45 NO. 1


Susan L. Tanner, Editor arpeditor@arpsynod.org


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Contents FEATURES


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January/February 2020


Moderator’s Challenge - Spiritual Crisis We need to reintroduce truth back into our society. Open your heart, your congregation, and your home!—Leslie Holmes


Synod Emphasis - Revival Do we in the ARPC want revival?—Mickey Rice


20 Prayer Emphasis 2020 Praying with Daniel—Emily Woodard


26 Feature - An Opportunity for Prayer Derek Thomas gives the opening prayer to the United States House of Representatives.—William “Rusty” DePass


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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society. Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permis- sion. All rights reserved.


AGENCIES Bonclarken


Christian Education Ministries Erskine


Erskine Seminary


13 ARP Foundation 14 Outreach North America 15 World Witness 19 Women’s Ministries


Two ministries centering on food ARPC Spotlight


Food for the Soul By Lucy Kirkpatrick, ARP Magazine Intern


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round this time of year, when families are gathering togeth- er to enjoy the holidays and


friends are reuniting to call back to mind the joys of times past, the kitch- en table seems to take center stage. However, as the members of Due West ARP Church well know, there are always those who find them- selves without the company of others around the holidays as well as on a regular basis, and this reality opens a fantastic door for ministry.


January/February 2020


and fellowship flow from the kitchen at Due West ARP Church. “Martha’s Kitchen” is a meal preparation min- istry that began six years ago. About three or four times a year, volunteers arrive at the church kitchen ready to prepare casseroles or soups to deliver to shut-ins, bereaved families, or new mothers in the community. “The Chat- terbox Café” is a singles’ ministry of the church that provides a nice lunch on the first Tuesday of every month to single individuals of any age within the church. The church members who founded this ministry recognized the importance of fellowship with other believers and the joy that comes from joining together around a meal—both of which are blessings that single indi- viduals generally miss out on in their day-to-day lives. The beauty of these two ministries


EVERY MONTH 16


Family Pages 17 Prayer Calendar


24 News in Brief 28 ARPinterest 29


All in Our Family 30 Classified Ads


of Due West ARP Church is their sim- plicity. Mrs. Effie Jordan, who coor- dinated the church kitchen for the year 2019, remarked that these two ministries provide a way to “just help people out sometimes,” and that is truly the way that the church is com- manded to function. From the kitch- en of the church comes not only food for those in need, but also love and intentional fellowship, feeding both the souls and the appetites of the sur- rounding body of believers.?


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