Advent Christian Church

Advent Christian Church
Advent Christian Church is listed in the Churches category in Bangor, Maine. Displayed below is the only current social network for Advent Christian Church which at this time includes a Facebook page. The activity and popularity of Advent Christian Church on this social network gives it a ZapScore of 36.

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2141 Broadway
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 942-4327

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From tomorrow's sermon on Ephesians 4.1-7 titled "It takes a choir:" "The Christian life is not a straight run on a track laid out by a vision statement, formulated by committee. Life meanders much of the time. Unplanned interruptions, unanticipated people, uncongenial evens cannot be pushed aside in our determination to reach the goal unimpeded, undistracted. Goal-setting in the context and on the terms intended by a leadership-obsessed and management programmed business mentality that infiltrates the church far too frequently, is bad spirituality. Too much gets left out. Too many people get brushed aside. Maturity cannot be hurried, programmed, or tinkered with. There are no steroids available for growing up in Christ more quickly." (Eugene Peterson in Practice Resurrection)

From Contemplative "When you speak to someone who is afflicted or suffering (as we all are, at different points in our life ) remember that they don't need a teacher. They already have a teacher in the form of their affliction. What we can offer is our encouragement - which is very different than helping or trying to solve a problem. Encouragement is grounded in empathy. And empathy is grounded in humility. And humility is grounded in personal experience, and personal experience is often grounded in suffering."

From Clayton's good friend, David Roper. A great musing to consider as Father's Day draws to a close: WHAT’S A PARENT TO DO? Lord, I will straighten all I can and You / take over what we parents cannot do. —Ruth Bell Graham When our children make unwise choices: when they abuse alcohol, do drugs, get pregnant, drop out of school, turn their backs on family and God, we ask ourselves, in one way or another, “What did I do that I should not have done?” “What should I have done that I did not do?” We collapse into self–doubt and condemnation. We feel like failures, our children the tragic victims of our mismanagement. There is, however, no absolute correlation between the way people parent and the way their children turn out. Good parenting does make a difference, but it does not guarantee that the product will be good. We’re all are acquainted with families where cruelty, abuse, neglect, violence and alcoholism are the normal state, yet the children turn out remarkably well. They have good friends, they do well in school, they get jobs and hold them, they end up in stable marriages and handle their parental responsibilities with wisdom and love. On the other hand we all know of families where the parents are warm, nurturing, kind, firm, wise and giving and yet there is at least one prodigal and sometimes more than one. It’s certainly better to be one kind of parent than the other, but the fact remains that despite our best efforts sometimes our children choose to go the wrong way. But, you say, what about the proverb: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6)? That sounds very much like a guarantee—except it’s not. The biblical proverbs are not promises; they are premises—general rules or axioms. Proverbs 22:6 is a statement of general truth much like our contemporary saying: “As the twig is bent so the tree is inclined.” It’s an adage, a saying that sets forth a truth applicable in most cases, but not necessarily so. There are always exceptions to the rule. The reason there are exceptions is that children are not mindless matter that can be shaped and formed at will, but thinking, choosing individuals who may, even with the best of parenting, choose to go his or her own way. Even God, who is the perfect parent, has had trouble with his children—Adam and Eve to name only two. (You and me to name two others.) You and I cannot produce godly children and if we believe that by applying certain techniques and rules we can secure good behavior we may be in for bitter disillusionment and heartache. No one can determine nor can they predict what their offspring will do. It was Joaquin Andujar, poet and pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, who said you could sum up baseball in one word: “You never know.” His word count was off, but he captured the essence of childrearing as well as baseball. Given that uncertainty the question we should ask ourselves is not, “How can I produce good children?” but rather, “How can I be a good parent?” The two questions appear to be the same, but they’re not. The first has to do with results; the second with process. The first puts the responsibility on us; the second leaves the results to God. The first is concerned with matters beyond our control; the second with things that are well within our control. If our focus is on process rather than results the questions then become, “How can I deal with my impatience, my temper and rage, my selfishness, my resentment, my stubbornness, my defensiveness, my pride, my laziness, my unwillingness to listen? How can I deal with my addictions? How can I strengthen my marriage? How can I develop my parenting skills? How can I build bridges of grace, forgiveness and acceptance, that make it possible for my prodigal to return?” And more important than all, “How can I grow in love for my Father and become much more like him in all that I do?” These are the matters that ought to occupy us—the things that we can do. And then we must leave the outcome to God. David Roper (With a lot of help from psychiatrist, Dr. John White)

From tomorrow's sermon on Ephesians 3.20-21 titled "When Imagination Fails Us": Yesterday Paul Pastor spoke the word of the Lord to me in a devotional titled "Let Light Be": "You do not understand, Child of Adam, that existence is war. Every sound you ever heard was a mighty triumph — a victory over infinite silence. Every beam of light comes to you after winning a battle for its life among the hosts of darkness. What does that mean for me? That you must expect nothing less. The life of God is the roughest kind of work: a field that must be plowed, a road that leads through steep and strange places, a lover who must be wooed, a battle to win in the coming morning. All that has been done for you in Jesus, but now you must live it out. You must fight for the kingdom that has been won for you before your race drew breath. Help me." ... Paul could have prayed that the Ephesians be spared persecution. That they be protected from the temptations of the temple prostitutes. But he prayed daring, imaginative prayers. Prayers inviting God to work in their lives in ways that dwarfed their imaginations.

Forgive the long post but if you read far enough into the Bangor Daily News article, you will discover a name familiar to the BACC family. One of our own has been promoted. Since it sounds like a stressful situation, you might want to pray for Joanne :) AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine finance chief Richard Rosen resigned on Tuesday, surprising key legislators as they were making a final push to finalize a two-year budget with barely a week to go in the legislative session. Rosen, a former legislator from Bucksport, was named commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services in 2015 after stints as a deputy commissioner in the budget department and directing Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s policy office. His departure is another hurdle for legislators, who have presided over a dysfunctional budget process to date. The Legislature’s budget committee failed to produce a consensus budget recommendation amid a standoff between Republicans and Democrats over education funding. On Tuesday, the Senate moved toward convening a six-member conference committee on the budget after the respective Republican and Democratic majorities passed different budget proposals along party lines. Lawmakers must effectively pass a budget — which takes two-thirds votes in each chamber — by Friday, giving them time to get it to LePage before scheduled adjournment on June 21 and later return to override a likely veto. In a statement, LePage announced Rosen’s resignation and appointed David Lavway, who was the finance bureau’s deputy commissioner of operations, as acting commissioner.