Be On Guard!

Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8).

During the first week of boot camp, the new recruits were taking a written examination. When one of them was asked why he wasn’t working, he replied, “Sir, I have neither paper nor pencil.” “Well,” exclaimed the instructor, “what would you think of a soldier who went into battle with neither rifle nor ammunition?” The recruit thought for a moment, and then answered, “I’d think he was an officer, sir.”

Unfortunately, too many Christians today think they are “officers” in God’s army and don’t really have to prepare for the battle. Not true and very dangerous thinking! The best way to avoid sin is to stay prepared to face temptation. The minute we let our guard down or the minute we are unprepared, the enemy strikes. Here are three actions we can take in order to be on guard against temptation.

Action One: Be Alert.   “Alert” literally means “to stay on guard” or “to keep watch.” Our Father wants us to stay alert and always be on guard. It doesn’t matter how long we have known God, we must get up each day, prepared to guard against sin, knowing we will face temptation. The best way to stay alert and the greatest deterrent to sin is the word of God.

I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119: 11) It is important to remember that God’s truth came before Satan’s lies. When God’s truth comes first in our lives, we will be able to recognize the lies of Satan and temptation will be easier to withstand. When we get away from God’s word, however, we become an easy target for temptation and sin. Sin will keep us from God’s Word or God’s Word will keep us from sin.

Action Two: Pray continually. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing,” But many times, we pray only as a last resort when it should be our first response. A kindergarten class went to the fire station for a tour. The fireman was explaining what to do in case of a fire. “First go to the door and feel the door to see if it’s hot. If it is hot, fall to your knees! Does anyone know why you should fall to your knees?” A little voice spoke up, “Yeah, to start praying and asking God to get us out of this mess!” How true! The power to withstand temptation comes from a praying heart. The devil will do anything to keep us from praying. He laughs at our religious activities and mocks our human wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.

Action Three: Practice self-control. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived it gives birth to sin… (James 1:14-15a) Temptation is the first step on the road to sin. It begins in human desire and can stop there if we learn how to control those desires. Sin is not usually one giant leap, but the result of many small steps. When we choose to give in to, rather than control our natural desires and physical appetites, we will sin. Self-control is the choice to do the right thing in preparation for facing temptation. To win the war with temptation, we must be prepared by staying alert, praying continually, and practicing self-control.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Bob

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Small Groups

Sunday School. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Any one willing to volunteer as a sub please email Robin Stolarcyk. Open to all youth pre-k through high school. Please contact Robin Stolarcyk for more information. (Contact the church office for Robin’s email address)

Christian Fellowship Class. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM.  Please join us. Please contact Shirley Prentice for more information.

Pastor’s Study & Prayer Group: Sunday mornings 11:30 AM, Room B6. Everyone is welcome to join. Questions contact Pastor Bob (910) 260-0551 or 648-4326. No Class 4th Sunday, join us for Pot Luck Luncheon in fellowship hall.

Youth Group meetings Monday evenings 6:30 PM. All youth 5th – 12th Grade are invited to attend. Please contact: President: Mason Stolarcyk, or Advisor: David Black, for more information & meeting times.

Unity Circle: Ladies Group, 2nd Monday of every month 11:00 AM. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm for more information. (Some dates the ladies have luncheon’s instead so check with Bev if you are interested in joining.) No meetings in January, February, July & August.

Ladies Monday Night Book Study: Monday evenings 6:30-7:30, Room B4 (Disciple Room). All are welcome! Contact Karen MacKenzie if interested.

Rachel Circle: Ladies Group: 3rd Tuesday of every month 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the Frazer Room (B18). All ladies are invited to join. No Meetings in July & August. Contact Marita Root  for more information.

Knitting for the Lord: Tuesday, evenings, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Room B2. Prayer shawls are available for those in need. Please contact Sue or Lynne if you know of someone in need. Contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland for more information & for summer meeting places & times. 

Choir: Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako for more information. No meetings after memorial day for the summer.

Note: If you need contact information for any of the leaders above, please contact the church office at or 607-648-4339.

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September Mission: Care Packages for Soldiers. We are collecting the following to send to our troops overseas:  gum, dental floss, lip balm, eye drops, cards, crossword puzzles, individual powered drink mixes, dried fruit snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes. We will be collecting until September 29. Please support our troops as we start to move into the holiday season. 

CHOW Hunger Walk, Oct 6th 2019. Registration will start at 1 PM and the Walk will start at 2 PM.  Each walker that donates or raises $50 will receive a Hunger Walk t-shirt. Register at or call the BCCC at 724-9130 for more information.

Night to Shine Fundraiser: Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends!  Purchase a shopping pass for $5 and on October 16th, you will receive 25% off the full day of shopping for most items. Buy one for you and your neighbor!  Karen at (845) 729-0857or the church office.    

Southern Tier Mobil Pack. Please join us on November 2 (8 AM- 10 AM) to help pack food for Feed My Starving Children at Endwell United Methodist Church.  Sign up limited to 16 people.  

Volunteer signups for packers for the meals for the MobilePack will be open on September 16th at 2 hour shifts on Nov. 1st & 2nd. (Registration will not open until 6 weeks prior to the packing event. If you would like more information regarding the packing events please contact John & Nikki Hrustich – the Event Hosts directly at 607-754-9551 or

Knitting for the Lord has prayer shawls & prayer blankets available for those in need please contact Sue Alcott or Lynne Masland if you know of someone in need. 

Knitting for the Lord is once again accepting machine washable yarn. Thank you for all of your help & support in our missions.

Maines Give Back Program Fundraiser: For every twenty (20) dollars spent, our church receives $1.00. Obtain your Maines membership card application from the church secretary Monday – Thursday 8 AM – 1 PM or email: or from this website under the forms section. You may also apply directly at Maines store. If you do this please give us your name so that we may add you to our list. Thank you!

Fund Raiser for First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge.     Present this advertisement (below) and 10% of all work done will be donated to the church. For all questions and appointments please contact Quality Steam Cleaning. (You may also find this coupon in the back of the church or contact the church office.

For all questions or appointments contact Quality Steam Cleaning.

Pot Luck Luncheon Following the Worship Service the 4th Sunday of each month. Please bring a dish to pass & join us in fellowship hall for the luncheon!

Welcome Sunday/Pot Luck, Volunteers needed to sign up to help out. This is the 4th Sunday of each month. There is a sign up sheet in fellowship hall for those of you that would like to help out. Thank you.

Coffee Hour: Volunteers Needed! Nothing fancy just light refreshments & coffee needed. Sign up sheet by the refreshments. Thank you in advance for your help.

Trustees Project Board in the back of the Narthex for those of you that may want to sign up for projects or may wish to contribute to a project. Please contact Hudda Aswad if you have any questions. Thank you.

If you drop off items to the CRC room please leave your name & contact information for the ladies. Thank you for your help & assistance.

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