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    Virginia News Update Feed

    June 29, 2012

    It is a common thing today for churches to give much attention to what they call community groups. These groups are formed for the spiritual and physical care of the members of the church. In most cases they function very well, however, the term “community” doesn't carry with it the same dynamic as the term we find in the Bible. The Bible doesn't state that true believers are part of a community, but in fact a part of one body (1 Corinthians 12:12,26-27 - For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular).

    Here is the difference, and it is significant. When a member of the community is suffering, we can choose whether or not to be involved in helping alleviate their suffering. But when a part of the body is suffering there is immediate attention given to that part of the body. Remember the last time you stumped your toe. It didn't take long for attention to be given.

    There is a member of our body that is suffering. Our state director for Capitol Commission in Maryland, Brent Alderman, has recently suffered from a serious medical issue which resulted in the amputation of his foot and leg just below the knee. Without a lot of detail, you can understand the suffering this has created. Brent does have medical insurance, however, expenses will far exceed what the insurance company will provide. In addition, the care he has needed and will continue to need, will require his wife, Tracy, to miss most of her work which has provided supplemental income for their family. Would you please give immediate attention to this need?

    Please make your tax-deductible check out to the:

    Independent Bible Church
    Benevolence Fund
    2306 Hedgesville Road
    Martinsburg, WV 25403

    There is no need to note anything in the memo section of your check, as your envelope will identify the use of the gift via the churches benevolence program.

    Thank you for taking good care of the body. We thank God for your love and care.

    David Andersen
    State Director, Virginia