200 West Center Street
Galax, VA 24333

Pastor - Dr. Thomas J. Whartenby
Minister of Music - Mary Elizabeth Whartenby

Weekly Sunday Services     Sunday School 10 a.m.     Worship 11 a.m.


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4/17/16 Wolves and the Good Shepherd
4/24/16 From the Garden of Eden to the City of God
5/1/16 The Blessings of Hunger

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4/17/16 Wolves and the Good Shepherd
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5/1/16 The Blessings of Hunger

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How can I make a difference in a broken world?

Stained Glass Cross


No doubt this is most oft quoted and well-known verses in the entire Bible. And yet no verse has been less understood. The verse is actually proclaiming something very radical. In this Gospel "the World" is shorthand for everything and everyone on earth ignorant of or opposed to God and God's ways in the world. This verse proclaims that God loves His enemies. This verse proclaims that God gave His only Son to save His enemies.

This verse is John's way of proclaiming what Jesus says in his Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew's Gospel. Jesus says that if we want to be children of God we must act like our Heavenly Father who "makes his sun rise on the evil and the good and sends his rain on the just and on the unjust." That is all to say we must pray for them and not seek to get even. We must be willing to give of ourselves to insure that "they do not perish".

When we remember this verse or quote it or write it on a sign to be viewed by others at ballgames, it should make us uneasy. All of us are so very far from loving our enemies and therefore so very far from Christ-like perfection.


"The prince of darkness is a gentleman."



May 3rd - Judy McKinley
May 4th - David Fant
May 5th - Grace Sexton Harmon
Carlos Blatner
May 14th - Tracy D. Burcham
Rex Loftin
May 19th - Sam Clemons
May 20th - Erica Leigh Johnson
May 22nd - Phoebe Fant
David Martin
May 24th - Len Lastinger
May 27th - Gayle Elizabeth Higgs
May 29th - Mark Luague

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