Operation Christmas Child
Lookingglass Community Church participates in a mission project through Samaritan's Purse year around. The project helps kids around the world in areas less fortunate (ages for Boys and Girls are: 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14). If you would like to volunteer and take a part in our year around project to 1) contribute gift items to fill shoe boxes; standard size or small plastic container, 2) donate designated dollar amounts towards postage costs; write “For OCC” on your envelope, or 3) help this year in October to pack boxes to get them ready to ship, please see Carolyn (Project Leader), or contact the church office (541) 679-7282 to leave a message. You can pick up an items list in the foyer on Sundays, or go to our website and click on 'site index' and 'category' for some gift suggestions that we have listed by months and items. Again, if you can't or don't like to shop, then volunteer to give monthly donations, or help pack shoe boxes to ship.
Sometimes questions arise about the people in the Bible who are troubled by demons. What is going on with that one fellow from the Gerasene region (Luke 8:26-3926 And they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he was come forth upon the land, there met him a certain man out of the city, who had demons; and for a long time he had worn no clothes, and abode not in any house, but in the tombs. 28 And when he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the Most High God? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 For he was commanding the unclean spirit to come out from the man. For oftentimes it had seized him: and he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters; and breaking the bands asunder, he was driven of the demon into the deserts. 30 And Jesus asked him, What is thy name? And he said, Legion; for many demons were entered into him. 31 And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they entreated him that he would give them leave to enter into them. And he gave them leave. 33 And the demons came out from the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd rushed down the steep into the lake, and were drowned. 34 And when they that fed them saw what had come to pass, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. 35 And they went out to see what had come to pass; and they came to Jesus, and found the man, from whom the demons were gone out, sitting, clothed and in his right mind, at the feet of Jesus: and they were afraid. 36 And they that saw it told them how he that was possessed with demons was made whole. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes round about asked him to depart from them, for they were holden with great fear: and he entered into a boat, and returned. 38 But the man from whom the demons were gone out prayed him that he might be with him: but he sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thy house, and declare how great things God hath done for thee. And he went his way, publishing throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done for him. )? Or what about the man who came into the synagogue at Capernaum, shouting that Jesus had come to destroy them (Luke 4:31-3731 And he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath day: 32 and they were astonished at his teaching; for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, that had a spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 Ah! what have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no hurt. 36 And amazement came upon all, and they spake together, one with another, saying, What is this word? for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And there went forth a rumor concerning him into every place of the region round about. )? Were these people just mentally ill or really afflicted by a supernatural force?
To properly understand the role of demonic forces in the Greco-Roman world one must first consider the religious practices of the people. Their religion was influenced by the Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Moabites, Greeks, and Romans. The deities were generally viewed as supernatural entities that could bless or curse one's life. They were associated with the physical world and had particular responsibilities. Certain deities were viewed as efficacious in certain areas of life, so Isis was the god of fertility (as was Aphrodite and Ashtoreth). Those seeking help would engage in a variety of rituals to achieve the favor of these gods, including the sacrifice of animals such as a calf, a cock, bread, meal, wine, and oil. The worship of false gods can be traced in the Old Testament. In the Son of Moses the Israelites are reminded that their forefathers worshiped and sacrificed to demons (Deut. 32:16-1716 They moved him to jealousy with strange gods; With abominations provoked they him to anger. 17 They sacrificed unto demons, which were no God, To gods that they knew not, To new gods that came up of late, Which your fathers dreaded not. ; cf. Psa. 106:36-3836 And served their idols, Which became a snare unto them. 37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons, 38 And shed innocent blood, Even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, Whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood. ).
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Church Family. People from our church body and local community are blessed by our Food Barrel Ministry. Thank you for making this possible. We request no out of date (sell by) product. Current non-perishable needs include: Canned Tuna, Canned Meat, Mac & Cheese, Hamburger Helper, Canned Pasta, Canned Stew, Canned Chili, Peanut Butter, Jelly & Jams, Canned Vegetables, Canned Corn, Canned Fruit, Cereal (hot & cold), Soup (cans or mixes), Boxed Rice, Boxed Pasta; household goods such as laundry detergent and toilet tissue as well. We have a barrel in the church foyer to collect all non-perishable items.