The auditor

We hear a lot about fact checking these days, as we in the United States navigate billows of assertions in preparation for Election Day in November. Actually, doubt is nothing new. Pursuing evidence to determine what’s real, and uncovering fabrications dates back to the beginning of time. For example, imagine the rumors that must have swirled around Jerusalem and environs after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection! What information could be trusted?

Jesus’ disciple Thomas was fact checker–a realist, perhaps? One day, as he analyzed the escalating turmoil surrounding Jesus, he predicted Jesus’ imminent death at the hands of His enemies. John 11:16 Thomas was also a man of character. He thought that the disciples might perish along with Jesus, but he didn’t hesitate to remain with his Lord. His foretelling proved accurate at Calvary, and in his anguish, he did not join his ten fellow disciples who gathered fearfully behind closed doors on Resurrection evening. He missed hearing the risen Jesus’ glorious blessing: “Peace be with you!” Not only that, he questioned his colleagues’ understanding of what had happened when they told him about it! Auditor Thomas clearly stated his fact-checking requirements: “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.” John 20:25

Thomas was searching for answers. Could his doubt have been a precursor to faith–a catalyst for rethinking, a sharpening of mind, a springboard to the truth? Jesus gave him a week to mull things over before appearing to His disciples again–this time with Thomas in the room. First, He repeated His beautiful salutation: “Peace be with you!” Looking straight into His questioning disciple’s eyes, Jesus offered precisely the proof that Thomas had stipulated: “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27 With conviction Thomas responded: “My Lord and my God.”

This Sabbath morning, in Part 3 of our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship series about “Meeting Jesus,” Pastor James Winegardner will lead us deeper into Thomas’ encounter with faith in a sermon entitled “Indoors – Thomas.” The Southwestern Adventist University Choir, directed by Jonathan Wall, will exalt our Creator with resounding anthems and hymns, with Devon Howard ministering at the keyboard. Makala James will tell the Children’s Story. This weekend brings guests celebrating University Days; be sure to welcome our young adult visitors!

Young adults and University Days guests, we welcome you to The Middle Service–designed especially for you! This week Pastor Albert Handal continues Elevate’s exciting sermon series, Positive Apocalypse – good news in the book of Revelation. Contagious Faith will minister to you with music in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15.

Everyone is invited to an autumn picnic after second service this Sabbath! Our pastor families are having a picnic at Elisa Carver Park in Keene, and we’d love to have you join us! Bring a picnic lunch for your own family, and folding chairs or lawn blankets, and let’s have a refreshing afternoon together!

Our Hope Trending series concludes this Saturday night. We hope you’ve been blessed! If you have been hosting or leading a watch party at your home, would you kindly get in touch with Pastor Allison and let her know how your experience went? If you’ve enjoyed meeting in small groups and would like to continue studying and fellowshipping in similar settings, please contact Pastor Allison at

SPF (Study, Prayer, Fellowship) meets Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the Chapel. Every week Pastor James Winegardner teaches exciting truths about God’s grace, as portrayed in the book of Genesis. Next week we will learn more about God’s plans for Abraham and his son Isaac.

7th and 8th Grade Sabbath School members are invited to an outside Friday evening vespers on October 28 at the home of Joe and Clara Cavallaro from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. This will include games, a veggie hot dog supper, singing, and God’s Word shared by Pastor Travis Patterson. Parents, feel free to come and bring a lawn chair. If it is raining, vespers will be held in the 7th and 8th Grade Sabbath School Room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church. For directions and more information watch for the Sabbath School flier, or call Jeanne Laughlin at 817-559-4433 or Clara Cavallaro at 817-558-0828.

“Tell the World,” a unique, fully dramatized cinematic production which powerfully tells the story of the birth and development of the early Advent movement, will be presented in our Sanctuary on Sabbath, October 29, at 3:00 p.m. Highlighting the major events that shaped the early church over 60 years, the film traces the period from William Miller’s 1814 wartime experiences at the battle of Plattsburgh, through the rise of the Great Awakening and the disappointment of 1844, to the birth and formal organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the consequent beginnings of its dynamic worldwide missionary movement in the 1870’s. It provides wonderful insight into the characters that paved the way forward including William Miller, Joshua V. Himes, Ellen Harmon, Joseph Bates, James White and J.N. Andrews. Please join us next Sabbath afternoon!

General Keene Church Potluck is scheduled for November 5 after the second service. The theme is Thanksgiving Dinner. The objective is to foster a friendly relationship with our friends, visitors, and students. Eating together strengthens our family ties. It will be nice if you can sign up at our visitors’ reception desk indicating the dish you will bring, in order for us to make a more realistic plan for the meal. Thank you so much for your wonderful cooperation for the October 1 potluck!

Chisholm Trail Academy conducted the Fort Worth Adventist Junior Academy Week of Prayer this week. Ben Jones was the speaker and students led out with praise teams. CTA students expressed “what a joy to watch the little ones sing about Jesus.”

CTA says thank you to all in the community who support Christian Education on all three levels: elementary, secondary, and post-secondary.

And please pray for our CTA students and sponsors as they leave this Sunday, October 23, for the Big Bend Biology Trip!

Just before the new academic year began at Keene Adventist Elementary School, the school determined that their Kindergarten classroom’s air conditioner didn’t function. The administration stepped forward in faith and purchased the necessary equipment for our children’s learning environment to be comfortable. Generous donors have provided most of the funds to cover this expense; we still need a little over $1,000. If you can help bring the balance to zero, please contact the school (817-645-9125) or the church office (817-202-6450). Thank you!

Do you have PC or phone problems? Help is at hand! Southwestern Adventist University’s Computer Science Department is having a PC Clinic tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m!

Wellness counts at Keene Church! Join Southwestern Adventist University for Family Fun Exercise, Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. starting October 24 at the Senior Center. Selected beginning sessions are October 24, November 7, and November 14. Join us for healthy fun for the whole family, including fitness kickboxing, aerobic movement, and more. No charge for participation, but donations are appreciated. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your own water, and be ready to move to music. All ages are invited. Info:

A Carter BloodCare mobile unit will be in our upper parking lot this Sabbath morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to receive your blood donations. All blood types are needed. Thank you for contributing to our community’s well-being!

Keene Camerata invites you to the first concert of their 35th season, featuring cellist Dace Sultanov, this Saturday night at 7:30 in the Chapel. A $10.00 donation is suggested.

Get ready for Game Night on October 29! Just bring games and a snack to the Senior Center for a great Saturday night out with your friends!

Did you know that Jesus blessed you when His disciples were gathered in that house a week after the Resurrection? He said to Thomas: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John adds, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:29-31

It’s true! Jesus is risen! Believe it, Forever Family, and rejoice!

Your Keene Church Pastors