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February 17, 2013

The New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania

The Slippery Slope of Conflict


Conflict can make life very awkward. It often catches us off guard, and leads us to say or do things we later regret. When someone offends us, we can react without thinking. Soon it's as if we're sliding down a slippery slope, with things going from bad to worse. ESCAPE RESPONSES
People tend to use escape responses when they are more interested in avoiding, or getting away from a conflict, rather than resolving it. DENIAL One way to escape from a conflict is to pretend that a problem does not exist. Another way is to refuse to do what should be done to resolve a conflict properly. These responses bring only temporary relief, and usually make matters worse (I Samuel 2:22-25). FLIGHT Another way to escape from a conflict is to run away. This may take the form of ending a friendship, quitting a job, filing for divorce, or changing churches. Flight may be legitimate, in extreme circumstances (I Samuel 19:9-10), but in most cases, it only postpones a proper solution to a problem. SUICIDEWhen people lose all hope of resolving a conflict, they may seek to escape the situation (or make a desperate cry for help) by attempting to take their own lives (I Samuel 31:4). Suicide is never a right way to deal with conflict.

ATTACK RESPONSES

People tend to use attack responses when they are more interested in winning a conflict, rather than preserving a relationship. ASSAULT Some people try to overcome an opponent by using various forms of force or intimidation, such as verbal attacks (including gossip and slander), physical violence, or efforts to damage a person financially or professionally (Acts 6:8-15). This type of behavior always makes conflict worse. LITIGATION Although some conflicts may legitimately be taken before a civil judge (Acts 24:1-26:32; Romans 13:1-5), lawsuits usually damage relationships, diminish our Christian witness, and often fail to achieve complete justice. This is why Christians are commanded to make every effort to settle their differences After Tonights PM Service within the church, rather than the civil courts (I Corinthians 6:1-8; Matthew 5:25-26). Your invited to help us TAKEOVER a local fast food MURDER In extreme cases, people may be restaurant after tonights evening service. Pastor so desperate to win a dispute, that they will try to kill those who oppose them (Acts 7:54-58). Fisher will announce the restaurant in the Sunday While most people would not actually kill evening service. Come prepared someone, we should never forget that we to enjoy some food & fellowship stand guilty of murder in God's eyes when we after the evening service. Each harbor anger, or contempt in our hearts person/family will be responsible toward others (I John 3:15; Matthew 5:21-22). for their own food and drink. 724.282.2494 437 North Duffy Road, Butler, Pennsylvania 16001 www.VisitNTBC.com

Thank you for choosing to worship at the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler. Our prayer is that your heart will be stirred for the eternal as we sing songs & hymns that direct your heart toward Christ and challenge you through the preaching of Gods Word. There are friendly people at our Welcome Center in the lobby who will gladly assist you with any questions you may have during your visit. Allow us to make you feel at home during your visit. First-time adult visitors and families are asked to visit our Welcome Center to receive a hospitality bag with a gift card to Chick-fil-A.

First Time Visitors

Out of respect for your loved ones and those in attendance, we ask parents to use our clean & well-equipped nursery. This free service is available for newborns and infants (birth through 24 months). Your cooperation is needed and appreciated. Assistance is available at the Welcome Center.

Parents with Infants and Young Children

A group from our church has tickets for the evening performance of Noah at the Sights & Sounds Theatre of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. If you are interested in joining us for this spectacular evening, please talk with Kasey Fisher. There are a limited number of tickets still available.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The winter months provide a great opportunity for our church to transition from our organized soul winning program on Saturdays to our TAKE 5 Gospel leaflet (tract) distribution program. Share Christ! Every Christian should be involved in actively sharing Jesus Christ with others.

Food & Drink Items


In the spirit of worship, and as an act of courtesy, please do NOT bring food items, coffee, bottled water, or soft drinks into the Auditorium. Thank you for your courtesy!

Weekly Service Schedule


Sunday: 10:00 AM Adult & Childrens Bible Study Classes 11:00 AM Morning Preaching 6:00 PM Choir Practice 7:00 PM Evening Preaching Patch the Pirate Childrens Choral Club Wednesday: 7:00 PM Midweek Bible Study & Prayer Saturday: 10:30 AM Bus Visitation

Electronic Devices
Cellular devices, pagers, and electronic devices should be turned off or placed in vibrate mode. We would ask that parents do not allow their children to bring electronic video game systems with them to church.

Youre invited to listen to our internet radio station, GlorifyRadio.com, on your computer, smartphone, or iPod/iPad.