SOME RESOURCES DURING CORONAVIRUS

CHURCH RESOURCE LINKS

Highland Lakes Church of Christ:

hlcoc.org – the congregation’s website featuring local church news

facebook.com – search for “Highland Lakes Church of Christ”

Church of Christ resources:

apologeticspress.org – archive of great Biblical information

video.wvbs.org – many free online video lessons

gospelgazette.com – archive of many biblical lessons

google.com – search for “Church of Christ streaming” to stream services

sunset.cc – Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock (many resources)

Medical Information:

Webmd.com

cdc.gov – Centers for Disease Control

cidrap.umn.edu – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

statnews.com – Boston Globe medical news site

cms.gov – Medicare

dailytrib.com/category/covid-19/ – Highland Lakes virus news

burnetcountytexas.org/page/Covid-19 – Burnet County health

co.llano.tx.us/page/llano.EmergencyManagement – Llano County health

dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/ – Texas health news

NOTE:

If you do not have a computer or internet service you will not be able to use the resources listed above. However, the church library has many excellent books and dvd’s that are available for your use. Please just let us know you want to borrow some material and we can see that you get it.

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IMPORTANT DECISION

The Highland Lakes church of Christ, in Kingsland, TX has made the decision to temporarily suspend all church services and activities beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 in response to the Corona Virus (COVID-19).

Our primary consideration is our love of neighbor. We love God when we love our neighbor. Loving our neighbor may mean canceling services for a period of time to hinder the spread of the virus. Fear did not drive this decision but care for others. In this way, we love and care for our most susceptible to the virus, and we love our neighbors by contributing to the mitigation of the spread of the virus. God prioritizes love of neighbor because, as Jesus reminded us, God desires mercy and not sacrifice (Matthew 12:7; Hosea 6:6). May God give us all peace, comfort, and wisdom in this trying season.” (Watch for updates)

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YES, IT’S A PANDEMIC

Uncontrolled disease can be horrific. With the current worries about the spread of a new coronavirus dubbed “COVID-19,” we have heard the terms “epidemic” and “pandemic” tossed around quite a bit. An epidemic occurs when a disease affects a greater number of people than is usual for an area, and a pandemic is when that epidemic goes worldwide. With pandemics, health officials search diligently for the cause, the mode of transmission, and possible clues to protecting the world population.

As governments and health systems struggle to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, we are reminded of the worldwide scourge of sin. Immorality and disobedience to God’s word definitely qualifies as a pandemic, because since the beginning of time it has swept across the globe, infecting and destroying millions upon millions of souls. Unlike COVID-19, we know the details of where sin comes from, how it is transmitted, and how it can be cured.

Sin has a cause. Some believe Satan, or even Adam and Eve, are ultimately responsible for sin. But the root cause of sin is found in every heart that seeks it’s own will versus the will of the Father (James 1:14-15).

Sin is contagious. We would like to think that our lives don’t affect others, but we would be sorely mistaken. The apostle Paul said that “Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Cor. 15:33). We can be infected by sinful examples around us, and transmit it to others by our own example.

Sin is curable. While finding cures for biological disease is sometimes tricky, the cure for sin is straightforward and has been given by God’s revelation. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was a payment for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Those who believe (John 8:24), confess Him openly (Matt. 10:32-33), repent (Acts 17:30-31), and are baptized in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16) will be cleansed of all past sins. After initial cleansing, we have continual cleansing by confessing our sins to Him and walking in the light (1 John 1:7-10).

Yes, there is a pandemic of sin rounding the globe, and the effects are far greater than any physical virus. But thanks be to God who has given us the cure through His Son Jesus the Christ. – Matt Clifton, BulletinDigest.com

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 15, 2020

ASSISTANCE FOR TENNESSEE

We are all aware of the terrible destruction recently inflicted upon the Nashville area by powerful tornadoes. The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief organization, which assisted our community with recovery from the October 2018 flood, has been greatly challenged in providing relief to their home state. In response to member’s inquiries, we will have a Special Contribution for Disaster Relief on Sunday, March 22nd. If you care to participate, please provide funds via a separate check with the notation “Disaster Relief.” Cash can be given to one of the elders.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Toothpaste
Thank you!

SOUP LUNCHEON

Our next Soup Luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 25th, at 11:30 AM. This is a good time to meet and visit with our guests and each other!

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE:

On March 18th: No Ladies Class, No Soup Luncheon: It is Spring Break!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Adventures in Missions – New Zealand Preparations

We are blessed to help support Kaylee Hankins, the granddaughter of Danny & Nancy Hankins in the Adventures in Missions program as she prepares with her team to go to New Zealand this year. What follows is a short letter from Kaylee last week reporting on her preparations. Please keep Kaylee and her team members in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Hey y’all! As you know, my field is Tauranga, New Zealand and here’s a little update on what we’ve been doing!

Since we have intense studies in AIM ☺, it’s practically impossible to have a steady job. So we raise support. Lately, my team and I have been writing support letters and emailing to many friends, family, and total strangers to help us achieve our support goal. Each month in New Zealand, we need to have a minimum of $1200 a month and $4500 for our one-time support.

I almost have all of my monthly support. I just need about $200 more, but my team needs help too. If you know of anyone who would like to create a partnership with any of us, please let me know. It would be a huge blessing for us.

This past week, we’ve been working on our Visa. We had a spontaneous trip to Dallas, TX, Thursday to do medical testings and x-rays for our Visa and they got all of us in at one appointment rather than us have 4 different times to go in and it was a huge help because we got home yesterday around 7 pm.

We understand that God provides and He works in mysterious ways! He has gotten us this far, and we have no doubt that He will take us even further beyond what we can think or imagine!

We are making it our AIM to make the “Unknown-God” known in the entire world. Cory has this envision that inspires me so much to go out and be unashamed, to continue and plant seeds and allow God to do the rest and you are part of this, working alongside of us, even if you can’t physically be there. Which leads me to a shout-out to all my supporters, thank you for being a huge blessing in my Christian walk☺. I know you might have had to sacrifice things in order for me to be right where I am today. However, without you and your encouragement, I can’t imagine me with an amazing team heading to a beautiful but hurt place. Thank you ♥ ♥ ♥.

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PRACTICE WITHOUT PERFORMANCE

There is a time to gather for Worship, a time to pray over an opportunity, a time to go to weekly Bible classes, even a time to reflect. However, at some point in “time”, each week or less, there is a time to perform! Performance, in a spiritual mode, is the process of gathering together our faith, our studies, our subjects of prayer, our encouragement from Worship and Bible classes, and then proceed to GO AND PERFORM EVANGELISM!

How many times have we, as the Hands and Feet of Christ, spent all of our time studying what denominations teach, what the roles within the church are, what Worship service should NOT include, and all of these practical issues with which we must come face to face at various points of our walk, yet, we never walk up to our coworker or neighbor sometime and invite them to join us for services, or better yet, encourage them with our Faith as we simply sit with them to be a listening ear to their hurts and stresses, whether they are a Christian or not, or whether we “like” them or not! It comes down to willingness to use everything we have “practiced”, and boldly APPLY IT!
What will become of the world when God’s “team” remains on the bench or in the “huddle” and never goes out to play the game as a team??? For myself, if I write and share this article, yet, I do not proceed to leave the office today, and EVANGELIZE with the Gospel, then I have done NOTHING to cause a lost sinner to turn to Christ and share in our SALVATION.

Within the excellent Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon suggests that, within every stage of life and each day of our existence, there is an appropriate time for every action and response, because we are all human. I have come to deeply be convicted by Christ’s example and pattern of living in the Word, that shows, like Ecclesiastes explains, there is a time to teach and discuss and reason with the disciples, but then we need to GO and PERFORM what we have learned and share this with a hurting world and DO GOOD to them. ~~ by Spencer Cromwell, Windsong church of Christ, Little Rock, Arkansas

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 8, 2020

NEW ADDRESS
Scotty Adams has moved to a new location here in Kingsland. Address is available from the church office or in today’s bulletin.

EATING OUT TOGETHER
…on Thursday, March 12th, at “Gio’s Italian Restaurant, 101 W. Main in Llano, meet at about 5:00 to 5:30 pm. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, March 11th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

NOTICE OF UPCOMING
On March 18th: No Ladies Class, No Soup Luncheon: It is Spring Break!

THANK YOU NOTE
For all your prayers and well wishes for a positive outcome with my recent procedures, we want to thank our church family. I could not have asked for a better outcome. No major issues were found and no medication is needed. God did answer all of our prayers. We love you all, Sherry Wills & Ken Love

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

TYLER MEREDITH – SIBI PREACHER STUDENT

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Continue to remember in your thoughts and prayers those we support as they train to spread the word of God such as Tyler Meredith who is attending Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock training to preach. This is from Tyler’s latest report on some of his activities. For the elders, Ken D

Tyler (Row 2 far left) and SIBI classmates

This month has been a really interesting month. It has had some travel, some preaching, some learning, some partying, and some crazy weather. There has been some traveling this month since the beginning of this month started with a 1,200 mile drive back to Lubbock. Once I was back I had a week off and then I got back into my work with AIM and classes at SIBI. I am currently in four classes. Also, there has been some crazy weather. This month has been full and fun.

This term I have the opportunity to take four classes here at Sunset. The new classes I am taking are: Biblical interpretation, Life of Christ 2 (Matthew), Expository Preaching, and Evangelism. These classes are designed to help in different ways:
Biblical Interpretation: this class is designed to help us learn more effective ways of studying scripture.
Life of Christ 2: an in depth study of the book of Matthew to help understand the book.
Evangelism: helps us learn how to evangelize to the best of our ability as well as learning why it is important.
Expository Preaching: this class is a preaching lab which is designed to help us write and proclaim the message better. We present our sermons in from of other students and instructors with the hopes of becoming a better speaker.

One of the other works I have really enjoyed this month is going the retirement village called Raider Ranch. I have truly come to love these people over the past few months. I even go to spend time with them whenever I do not have to with AIM. I love getting to spend time with them because I get to truly pour into these people. They are slow, tired and unhappy, but I get to share my love and God’s love with them. They do not pour back into me because most of them can not physically do anything. But this has truly been a blessing for me this month and many months to come.

This month has been full of fun, full of laughs, full of tears (mostly happy tears), and service. None of the things that I have been doing this month or any of the other months would have happened if it was not for you. Thank you so much for helping me in my journey with God.

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Thank you once again for all the help you have gifted me with. God Bless.

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GOOD COMMUNICATION REQUIRES WISDOM

The root cause of conflict points back to “poor communication.” How many of us want to be “heard?” How many times do we feel we failed in a conversation? My parents would not be happy with my conversation at times, so they would say to me, “You shouldn’t speak before you think!”

Forty-six years later, I still struggle to understand what they were saying to me. But, I have a clearer understanding of their teaching as I think back to the many times I have “dropped the ball” when trying to express myself or listen to others as they expressed themselves. That also applies to sharing the Gospel; after all, it is a lot about communication! We must strive for success when telling others Jesus can transform lives as we obey His words. Please consider how we can relate wisely to others in all situations:

If I’m wise, I won’t compromise my integrity. Proverbs 10:9 says, “He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.”

If I’m wise, I won’t antagonize your anger or allow my anger to overtake me. Proverbs 14:29 says, “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.”

If I’m wise, I won’t minimize your feelings. Proverbs 15:4 says, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

If I’m wise, I won’t criticize your suggestions. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.”

If I’m wise, I won’t emphasize your mistakes. Proverbs 17:9 says, “He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.”

If I’m wise, I won’t disguise my weaknesses. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

Wise communication allows for growing conversations and optimistic opportunities when showing the love of our Lord. This is not easy to do, but can be achieved through deep study of God’s Word and fervent prayers for God’s wisdom and guidance. – Allen Jones South Green Street church of Christ Glasgow, KY

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