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Tim Haring— How should Christians approach the upcoming election? Pastor Tim shares how we can each make a difference.
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    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
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The Baby Dedication is right around the corner! Families interested in participating in the Celebration and partnering with the church must attend one of the informational sessions in the Hub: this weekend between services, or on October 30, immediately following the 11 am service.

Elizabeth Henry, from Operation Christmas Child, is here this weekend to share her story about receiving a shoebox as a young girl. Will you consider making a difference in the life of a child somewhere in the world? Pick up a box on your way out today, stop by the table in the lobby to meet Elizabeth and others from OCC, and make an #ipackedashoebox difference!

This Sunday, October 23, 3:30-7 pm: Church is more than just coming to a building on Sundays; it's about making a difference in the lives and community around us. If you've been wanting to find out why we do what we do, ask your own questions, meet others, and take a next step—whether you've been coming for a short time or for years—sign up to attend Getting to Know The Ridge. A light dinner will be served. Register at

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It's a lot like a weekly Wired Tuesday, but this one will be by a warm fire under a cool, autumn sky! Take a break from the noise of life to connect with other high schoolers and God. Doors open at 6:30, and Wired happens from 7-8:30 pm

The pressures of manhood can be enormous, and they're only intensified by the mixed messages received from culture. Men's (7) is a 7-week small-group experience exploring God's design for manhood. Begin your study October 27 at 6:30-7:30 pm. For more info and to register for this evening study, visit

College students! Come grow in your faith through Encounter! There will be free food, worship, and Bible discussion at The Cue (222 High St.). Bring some friends, and help kick-off the 3-week "Faith Meets Culture" series, exploring how college students can be both relevant to and distinct from the world around them. Thursdays, October 27 and November 3 and 10, at 7 pm.

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All students in grades 6-12 are invited for a Marvel/DC Comic-themed event, with a DJ, dance floor, carnival-style games and prizes, food and awesome fun. Come dressed as your favorite superhero! Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the event is from 7-8:30 pm and FREE. For more info, visit

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Dilemma [October 22/23, 2016] Tim Haring

Problem: We don't know how or if we should participate in the election.
Solution: Pray, Prepare and Participate.
“According to a new survey on stress in America, 52 percent of U.S. adults say the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll, found that the stress is bipartisan, affecting 55 percent of registered Democrats and 59 percent of registered Republicans.”
- The Week Magazine
Biblical principles we can apply:

1. Pray
Biblical principles we can apply:

1. Pray
2. Prepare

Biblical principles we can apply:

1. Pray
2. Prepare
3. Participate
"This election, as I see it, is the most defining one for the future of our world. It will all come down to the place and meaning of law, life at its essence, and moral worth. We must vote. Vote, if not for the now, at least for the future.” – Ravi Zacharias
...the new Barna survey of 1,023 adults, which included 627 likely voters:

Segments supporting Trump

Let me first tell you who is for Trump, according to their survey:

· Among evangelicals, 55% were for Trump and 2% were for Clinton

· Among non-evangelical born again Christians, Trump has a 49% to 31% lead

· Among adults who claim to have a biblical worldview, 57% support Trump compared to 30% for Clinton

· Among those who consider themselves to be theologically conservative, Trump has a 60% lead over 28% for Clinton.

· Among gun owners, he has a 55% to 34% lead over Clinton

· Among self-proclaimed pro-life advocates, he as a 54% to 31% lead

· Among those who say they love NASCAR, 50% are for Trump, 39% for Clinton

· Among people who currently or have previously served in the military, Trump leads 57% to 29%.

· Trump dominated among fiscal conservatives 71% to 19%

· Among people who want a government that is less active and far-reaching than we currently have, Trump leads 64% to 16%.
Segments Supporting Hillary Clinton

· Among people who consider themselves to be Christian but are not born again, she leads by a 48% to 36% margin

· Among people aligned with non-Christian faiths, she has a 37% to 30% lead

· Among atheists and agnostics, she has a 61% to 18% lead over Trump

· Among Catholics, she has a 45% to 35% lead.

· Among self-described environmentalists, she has a 64% to 23% lead.

· Among self-proclaimed advocates of LGBT rights, she has a 71% to 17% lead.

· Among fiscal liberals, she has an 81% to 6% lead.

· Among social liberals, she has a 76% to 14% lead

· Among those who want government to be more active and far-reaching than it is today, she has a 76% to 17% lead.
· Sometimes it may be part of a larger plan of God’s.
· Sometimes it may be because God’s people don’t act.
· Sometimes, I think God gives us what we deserve and not what’s best
for us.
Discussion Questions:

1. Why do some people say we shouldn’t talk about religion or politics? Have you seen some of the negative effects of discussing these subjects? Do you think we need to engage in these conversations anyway? Explain your answer.

2. How do you think most people feel about the 2016 election? Why do you think people are struggling so much over the presidential race?

3. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4. According to these verses, why is it important that we pray for our leaders? Why do you think Paul says it is such a high priority (e.g. “First of all, I urge you to pray…”)?

4. Have you personally been praying about this election? Why or why not?

5. Read Matthew 6:9-10. How might the Lord’s prayer relate to this election?

6. Read Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 14:34; Jeremiah 18:7-8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14. Why do you think God cares that nations pursue righteousness? What happens when nations abandon God’s laws?

7. Do you think it is important for Christians to vote? Why or why not?

8. Read Daniel 4:25 and Romans 13:1. When it comes to the election, why is it important that we remember that God is sovereign over the kingdoms of this world?

9. How can we love those who are on the opposite side of the political spectrum than we are?

10. How might you apply tonight’s lesson to your life?

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