FORGETFULNESS

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Ever forget something? Sure you have. If it is any consolation, you are not alone. All of us can forget and often do.

Some years ago, a researcher from Johns Hopkins University compiled a list of what we forget most often. At the top of the list was names (83 percent), followed by where something is (60 percent), words (53 percent) and faces (42 percent). Any of those a problem for you?

It is obvious that the researcher forgot to check on spiritual forgetfulness. Maybe he/she forgot to question whether people being surveyed ever forgot the goodness of God, the promises of God, the love of God, or the expectations of God.

Long ago, God used men to address the problem of forgetfulness. For instance, Moses warned his people not to forget the things their eyes had seen (Deut. 4:9), or forget the covenant (4:23), or even forget the Lord (6:12), or His commandments (8:11). He reminded them what their forgetfulness would cost them (Deut. 8:19).

The Psalmist understood that it was important not to forget God’s word. In Psalm 119, he reiterated his conviction in vs. 16, 83, 93, 109, 141, 153 and 176. We can believe the determination not to forget God’s word would help him to remember what was truly important in God’s sight.

The Jews of Isaiah’s day thought God had forgotten them (Isa. 49:14). God reminded them, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (49:15).

Please don’t forget this: Our God doesn’t forget us.

Allen Hahn Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg, TX.

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

WITH SYMPATHY

Virginia Brown of Brownsboro, passed away on Thursday, September 9th, in Athens. She was the cousin of Harold Hancock who shared the same, exact birthdays. Graveside services took place on Sunday, September 12th, at Chandler Memorial Cemetery.

Annette McDonald, the sister of Sarah Hancock, passed away on Monday, September 13th, in Abilene. Graveside services were held on Friday, September 17th , under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.

Our heartfelt condolences, prayers and love are going out to Harold and Sarah, as they are grieving the loss of their loved ones. May God be with all of those left behind friends and family.

MASK WEARING

Since most of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in all our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

EATING OUT TOGETHER

The group that enjoys eating out together will meet on Thursday, September 23rd. Ask Bill Flanary for the location and time to meet.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

KENYAN EVANGELISM MISSION REPORT PART 2

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Last month we helped support a team of Nigerian preachers, including Mike Udam whom we regularly support on an evangelism mission to Kenya. This is part two of Mike’s report on the trip. Please pray God will us these efforts to His glory. For the elders, Ken D

We conducted a leadership seminar on the family at the central church of Christ, Lukenya, Machakos County. It is a newly established congregation that is just a year old. The majority of its members are new converts. In their vote of thanks, they concluded that one day is not enough for us to speak to them.

Friday saw us having an entire day with the students of Nairobi Great Commission School. Four lessons were taught and we had time to interact with the staff and students of the school. A WhatsApp group was created linking the school and our team and all lessons in electronic format shared between us.

Saturday was the lectureship day that had close to 200 participants spread across the length of Kenya and some following virtually online. Five lessons were presented and questions arising from the lessons were addressed. At the end of the seminar, the lingering issue of the use of instruments in worship was laid to rest. Also, the issue of taking of tithe, dancing during worship, and women leading during worship was settled and we hope with the seed so sown, the multiplier effect of the teaching will be great.

The entire twelve lessons in a booklet and a certificate of participation were distributed to all the participants. 112 congregations participated across Kenya.

We worshipped at Eastleigh on Sunday and departed after a heavily loaded and emotionally charged send forth party.

Our observation and quick recommendation

1. Kenya is the hub of East Africa and a tourist center. It has been seriously corrupted with liberal and Pentecostal doctrines even as some are still faithful in the old school teachings. If Kenya gets it right, it will positively touch Tanzania and Uganda. Therefore, we desire that we make two trips in a year for the next three years, to weed out denominational doctrines completely and return the church to its right path.

2. As of today, there is not a functional congregation in Kigali, Rwanda. The need to pay great attention to that country is imminent. Our internet search indicates a congregation known as International church of Christ. We intend to start from the known to the unknown. If we get funding, we will take Kigali for Christ.

We got a powerful note from the Kenyans which speaks volume of the work, we did with them.

Hello Africa Evangelism Team,

The church in Kenya wishes to say a BIG THANK YOU to the entire team for the great sacrifice of traveling to Kenya during these difficult times and for the great work you have done. It was a pleasure interacting with you and many have been blessed. Pass greetings to brothers and sisters in Nigeria on behalf of the church in Kenya. Praying for journey mercies. Welcome to Kenya again!!!!

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CLOSING REMARKS

We thank you for supporting me and my team to make the trip. We thank God for Ebenezer Udofia of Healing Hands International who paid for all the transport costs during the entire mission trip. He also took care of our accommodation and fed us throughout the mission work. He is a great asset to the mission team.

We pray that God will reward you and touch your heart to send me alongside my team to go for missions in Africa to make Christ and his pure doctrine known on the continent of Africa.

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EMPTY SPACES

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Empty space gets filled. Have you never noticed this phenomenon when you move into a larger house? You think to yourself “oh, I’ll have so much room now!” But no…as time goes on various things encroach upon that space. You thought you were going to have a home office? Joke’s on you when it becomes your wife’s craft storage room. If you have empty space you might want to figure out what you want to do with it fairly quickly, or someone else might make that decision for you.

Jesus once told a story of a man who finally got rid of an evil spirit. However, the departure of the spirit left an empty space. Then the spirit says, “„I will return to the house I left.‟ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first” (Matthew 12:43- 45). Empty space gets filled, and often it gets filled with junk—or worse. This man’s problem was that the house was “unoccupied.” But if someone else was already there he would have told the evil spirits to take a hike.

We all have to make decisions about what is going to fill the spaces in our lives. If we don’t make the decision the decision gets made for us. So, as for my house, may it be filled with the Lord! If you notice that you have a free half hour in the morning, decide what you’ll spent it on. Why not make that a devotional time to start the day off right? I think that would benefit you greatly, but you have to decide to use that space for that purpose. Otherwise something else, perhaps something much less wholesome, will come in to gobble that half hour up. Then your final condition is worse than if you never had that half-hour free to begin with.

If there is junk in your life clear it out. But don’t just leave the space empty. Fill it with what is good. May God fill us with His goodness so there is no room for evil in our lives. May we all decide that empty spaces belong to God.

Doug Wells Camden Avenue church of Christ Parkersburg, WV

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

MEN’S DAY

Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron: Preparing to Pass the Baton to the Next Generation

September 18th is coming Saturday! The day when the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers, and have fun doing some “manly” things.

Two accomplished guest speakers and men of God, will share their experiences and insight on what it means to “Man-up” in today’s world when it comes to mentoring and preparing the younger generation to “take the baton”. Those guest speakers will be John Cannon, who recently retired from full-time preaching at the Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, and Paul Shero, who currently preaches at the Southgate congregation in San Antonio.

There will be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men and fun competitions. A silent auction is also planned.

An excellent opportunity to “re-charge” and for fellowship with Christian brethren!

MASK WEARING

Since the vast majority of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

LADIES BIBLE CLASS

Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.

Study will continue in the previous book, starting with “James.” Let Gail Darnell know, if you need a book, she will order more books.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

KENYAN EVANGELISM MISSION REPORT PART 2

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Last month we helped support a team of Nigerian preachers, including Mike Udam whom we regularly support on an evangelism mission to Keyna. This is part one of Mike’s report on the trip. Please pray God will us these efforts to His glory. For the elders, Ken D.

Photo by Mike Udam

REPORT OF MISSION WORK TO KENYA BETWEEN 6TH AND 16TH AUGUST 2021

The goal of Africa Evangelism Mission is to strengthen the church across Africa and build capacity in leaders to be able to use improved skills in growing their congregation to the admiration of the owner.

A five-man team left Nigeria for Kenya on the 6th of August and returned on the 16th and below is a concise report of what happened there to the glory of God.

We worked with Healing Hands International, Made in the streets, the church at Eastleigh, the church at Summerville, Nyere, the church at Babadogo, the church at Lukenya, Manchok county, and the Nairobi Great Commission school.

Healing Hands International (https:// http://www.hhi.org/) is a Christian-based NGO involved in providing skills to the less privileged that will equip them to feed themselves in these trying times. We participated in their two days training of adolescents from Made In the streets in agriculture and basic farming skills. In the process, we spoke to them about Christ and shared Bibles to them to equip them with spiritual skills to become close to their savior. It is important to state that Made in the streets (https:// http://www.madeinthestreets.org/about-mits.html) is another NGO based in Kenya that picks up kids on the streets of Nairobi who wander without hope and direction and train them for three years and reintegrate them back into the society with skills to face the future with hope.

We were motivated by their story to spend an evening with them and encouraged them using Phil 4:13. It was an emotionally charged atmosphere as we struggled to give them hope even when they think deep inside them that they don’t have hope. We are glad that the seed has been sown. Most of the adolescents there are already baptized, but being picked up on the streets without parents, is enough to inflict emotional pain that requires a connection with Jesus for proper healing.

We also spent a day with leaders of the congregation in Nyere County where we impressed upon them on the need to stay with the Word of God as the only authority on religion. The 55 participants also each got a Bible as our support to make them study it more. In their vote of thanks, they requested that we should come over and spend three days teaching and interacting with them on the scriptures. They were excited that there still exist people that are teaching the one true old gospel as opposed to those who have embraced denominational doctrines today.

Our midweek was spent with Keith Kesanjian, the International Director of Bear Valley Bible Institute, and we visited the church at Babadogo, a suburb of Nairobi where the Bear Valley school has one of its campuses in Kenya. Some members of the team took out time to speak to the school children in the Christian school run by the church meeting there. Our time spent with Keith gave us a picture of the great work that is in Africa and the need for men to wake up and share the undiluted gospel.

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TWO BATTLEMENTS

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A Christian friend from a third world country told me, “America is in a war.” That war is inside our land. It is a moral and spiritual conflict. We have been saying this for years, and we sense, if know it, now more than ever. To hear someone who was raised in such a different environment say the same thing brings the reality of our condition home even more. There are two major fronts in this war: the home and the church. For many years the devil has been trying to destroy the home as God gave it. For the past 100 years Hollywood has done everything it could to ridicule the biblical idea of marriage and childrearing. The attacks in movies have become worse and worse since the 1960’s. How many movies can you name that present a wholesome image of the family? Television shows have taught husbands and wives to cheat and children to rebel. Now people have no respect for anyone or anything. Our society is falling apart, and it is not hard for any God-fearing person to understand why.

The government and media have been a tool of Satan in this war against the family. What happened to the line between male and female? God created the sexes (Gen. 1:27). Now human leaders have made laws that fly in the face of the Creator and His creation. Public schools promote homosexuality and transgenderism. The devil knows better than anyone that the best way to change a culture is to start with the children. Hell will be mighty hot for the people who have taken these precious little hearts and filled their minds with lies and hate. The forces of evil know that they have to undermine the home to win.

But the devil also knows he must defeat the church. He must remove the Bible. He must deny its inspiration and authority. He must turn the church into a government social program and strip it of spirituality. In short, Satan must obliterate Bible-believing Christians who oppose sin.

This also explains why congregations are feeling so much pressure. The devil has been loosed for a season and he is taking as many souls as he can. And, as with the home, he is using forces in high places to do his evil deeds. The governments of the world — not just in this country — are becoming increasingly hostile to anything they consider to be Christian. Leaders want to silence Christians from speaking against homosexuality. They want to forbid churches to gather for worship. COVID has become the perfect disguise for government suppression of religious freedom.

As with attacks on the home, the media and “higher” education scoff at the Bible, mock preachers, and blame churches for the problems we face in society. These wicked pawns of Satan understand that they have to destroy Christianity if they are to achieve the revolution they crave.

These attacks are new to us, but they are not new. There is “no new thing under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9). From the time of Abel the righteous have been persecuted. Throughout all this affliction, God has preserved the home. Marriage will still be here when the world comes to an end (Matt. 24:37-39). The church will stand forever (Dan. 2:44; Matt. 16:18). So take heart and do not be discouraged. The early disciples counted it a joy and honor to suffer for Jesus (Acts 5:41).

SO SHOULD WE!

Kerry Duke, West End church of Christ, Livingston, TN

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

MEN’S SPECIAL EVENT

Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron: Preparing to Pass the Baton to the Next Generation

September 18th is just around the corner! The day when the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers and have fun doing some “manly” things.

Two accomplished guest speakers and men of God will share their experiences and insight on what it means to “Man-up” in today’s world when it comes to mentoring and preparing the younger generation to “take the baton”. Those guest speakers will be John Cannon, who recently retired from full-time preaching at the Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, and Paul Shero, who currently preaches at the Southgate congregation in San Antonio.

There will be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men and fun competitions. A silent auction is also planned.

An excellent opportunity to “re-charge” and for fellowship with Christian brethren!

LADIES BIBLE CLASS

Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.  Study will continue in the previous book, starting with “James.” Let Gail Darnell know, if you need a book, she will order more books.

WITH SYMPATHY

Linda Futrell, the sister-in-law of Troy Futrell passed away on Thursday, August 19th, from lung cancer. Funeral services took place in Walburg, Texas , August 24th.

Our condolences, prayers and love go out to Troy and Leana and all the family and friends. May God be of great comfort for all.

MASK WEARING

Since many of our congregation are at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

KENYAN EVANGELISM MISSION REPORT PART 2

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This is an update from the Southern Africa Bible College and student, Pascal Dlomo, whom we help support. Keep this important work in your thoughts and prayers. Mark your calendar for December 5 for when Kirk Eason, SABC Director of Development will be here to report in person on the work of the school during the Bible Study and Assembly. For the elders, Ken D

I greet you in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is my prayer and hope that this letter will find you doing better than the last one. As for me I am blessed a lot as long as I live and it is always edifying to hear from you and I am grateful for that.

These days I have grown to strongly feel the existence of the invisible chains of confinement, and this is mainly due to the presence of COVID-19. This virus has led to many restrictions thus confinements of which are necessary to reduce the spreading of this deadly virus as a result I understand and see the need of these invisible chains. I guess I can call this my unique experience since my last report. Even as I am writing the country has been sent back to level four with stricter restrictions and the management of the College sent us back home to resume learning online.

Online learning is not a pleasant experience to me largely because of the very poor network service in my area. Nevertheless, it is nice to be home and seeing the brethren is edifying on its own. I am starting to get into a routine and that is to: wake up, attend classes, help around the house, do some studying and sleep. It is not that different from that of when I am at the campus.

Even in times like these it gives me peace of mind knowing that God is in charge and just about today my father was discharged from the hospital after being hospitalized for almost a week. Thus more reason to be thankful to the Lord for my father’s well-being and the safety of my family.

It is my prayer and hope that God continue to protect you and your families. May you keep safe and take care carrying everything to the Lord in prayer. God is in charge; thus let us trust and obey.

May God continue blessing you. Pascal

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THE SPIRIT HELPS MY WEAKNESS

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May the Spirit Help Me in My Weakness

Help my weakness of virtue. A primary weakness that we notice about ourselves is our moral weakness, our weakness in the face of temptation. Jesus noted that, like when we want to stay awake but drift into sleep anyway, we are susceptible to the weakness of our fleshly cravings. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41). May the Spirit help us when we are tempted to sin.

Help my weakness in hope. In the context of Romans 8, in which the teaching “the Spirit helps us in our weakness” appears, the immediate subject matter is doubt because of present difficulty. When sufferings of the moment create a fog that limits visibility of our glorious future, we are in danger of losing hope. May the Spirit help us hope in patience (Rom. 8:25).

Help my weakness of zeal and joy. Discouragement damages our zeal and zaps our joy. “Let us not grow weary of doing good” (Gal. 6:9). Yes, but sometimes we get tired and lackluster anyway. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). May the Spirit help “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees”(Heb.12:12).

Help my weakness of faith. When we are weak in faith, we start walking by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). When we walk by sight, what we see eventually frightens us. Remember Peter who walked with Jesus on water. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out” (Mt. 14:30). When circumstances cause you to fear, may the Spirit help strengthen your faith.

When our virtue fails, when our hope fogs, when our zeal and joy wilts, when our faith falters, so that we do not know what to do, what to say, or even what to pray, at least we know to Whom to go – or better yet, Who will come. ”The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom 12:26).  – Cecil May III, Parkway Church of Christ, Fulton, KY

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2021

LADIES BIBLE CLASS

Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.

Study will continue in the previous book, starting with “James.” Let Gail Darnell know, if you need a book, she will order more books.

A MOVE TO A NEW HOME

In a recent visit with Kay Parker we learned that she is in the process of moving to the Lubbock area, where she will be near family. If you care to drop her a note, the immediate address is available from the church office.~~ Cary Miller

MEN’S DAY UPCOMING

Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron: Preparing to Pass the Baton to the Next Generation

On September 18th, the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers and have fun doing some “manly” things. There will also be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men.

There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the auditorium. Men, please sign up before the deadline, Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 1ST !

MASK WEARING

Since much of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

KENYAN EVANGELISM MISSION REPORT PART 2

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The following is the July report from Kaylee Hankins whom we help support in Adventures in Missions in Lubbock. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Hey gang!!
This month has been crazy! I’ve had VBS the first week of July, our mission trip the following week, and I’ve been meeting new college students! I am ecstatic to have new students to spend time with and get to know! There will be a few changes this year!
As you know, the new AIM class will be starting within the next couple of weeks! They will be a little more involved with The Well and take part in the small groups and other leadership positions! It’ll be a fantastic way for them to prepare for the field! And not to mention that my brother, Kyle, will be in this class. I’m thankful I’ll get to share some time with him and do ministry with him before he figures out his field.
Speaking of which, if you know of anyone or would like to partner alongside of him and support him financially let me know! He would be so appreciative and so would I!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

My Family – As you know things have changed in January, and they seem to stay the same at the moment. Kyle Hankins – my brother is going to be in this next class starting in just a couple weeks! He needs prayers for financial support 🙂

The Well Start Up – College students will be traveling over the next couple of weeks. We are praying for great opportunities to grow the kingdom!

Openness — Open our eyes and hearts to the hurting and to reach out our hands to touch the untouchable.

SAN ANTONIO: REACHING THE WORLD

We had the privilege to partner with two impactful ministries. Thursday morning we spent the entire day organizing, painting, cleaning the church on the college campus, getting ready for the new year to start. On Friday, woke up at 5AM & picked to pour coffee as we were on our way to Haven for Hope. It’s not only a homeless shelter but a place to seek refuge & for them to let go of their addictions. I can say I was pushed very far outside my comfort zone, but it was such a humbling experience to serve them.

THE WELL: TIMES ARE CHANGING

New and great things will be happening with The Well. They will start some new construction starting with our bathrooms! It’s exciting times! (And needed, ha-ha) We have big plans for The Well in the future 🙂 We are having new ministry opportunities opening up not only for the college students in The Well, but also for our new Aimers joining the program in just a few days! They will have the opportunity to work alongside of us and also learn some leadership skills!

I’m so excited that we are close for college to start! I’m thrilled to see new faces and hear their stories. We will be starting up our tabling at Texas Tech. However things will look different, since there were some aggressive street preachers condemning everyone who walked by. It will make things a little harder, but who says we can’t handle some heat, eh? It will be a learning process!

LUBBOCK IMPACT

Lubbock Impact has kind of been on hold in July for me. The church who organized this non-profit organization took over during the summer so they can prep & work on opening their doors to 100% in the Aug. The number of people coming has decreased since they started back up again feeding families in the evenings instead of the mornings. But we hold on to hope to spreading the Word & serving our community in the best & healthiest way possible. I hope you can join in prayers for all of our ministries starting back up in the month of August & September!! Exciting times!!!

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WE GATHER TOGETHER

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As a young teenager, I was introduced to the song, “We Gather Together.” Some of you may remember it as a song used to celebrate Thanksgiving. I never really gave it much thought until this week when it came to mind as I read a bulletin article on worship. I googled the song and learned that it was a Dutch hymn written around 1600 to celebrate the freedom of the Netherlands from Spain. It is suggested that the song is probably inappropriate for worship due to its militant and patriotic associations. It is not found in our song book today.

I thought about it in context with the need to meet together as God’s people on Sunday. The words of the song remind us that we are in a battle against the spiritual forces of evil (Eph. 6:12). But even more, a reminder that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). God is indeed watching over His people today.

But the song also reminds us that we need to seek the Lord’s help as we strive to live for Him day by day. “[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14).

When we “gather together” to worship our God, we are proclaiming our love for Him and our desire to walk in the paths which lead heavenward. We “gather together” to spur each other on to live our lives more for Him each day! When we “gather together” we are reminded of the great joy we share as children of God and the hope we have for eternal life through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! When we “gather together” we are reminded that even though the world seems to be in such chaos and darkness, God is still in control and has promised us peace through Jesus Christ (John 14:27).

So, when we rattle off the verse, “…not forsaking the assembling together…” (Heb. 10:25), we are not just quoting some Bible verse. We are reminding ourselves that there is a great purpose in meeting together each week and when we choose to be absent from the assembly, then we are taking a step backward in our fight against the spiritual forces of evil.

May we faithfully “gather together” to praise God for His wonderful mercy and loving-kindness which He daily shares with us. “Be Thou forever praised, Thou God of the free!”

  • Paul Mowrer Monticello church of Christ Monticello, AR
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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 22, 2021

UPCOMING MENS GET TOGETHER
Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron – Preparing to Pass the Baton to the Next Generation
On September 18th, the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers and have fun doing some “manly” things. There will also be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men.
There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the auditorium. Men, please sign up before the deadline, Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 1ST!

LADIES BIBLE CLASS
Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.
The ladies will continue in the previous study book, starting with “James.” Ladies, if you cannot find your book, please let Gail Darnell know, so she can order more books. Also, if you are new in our congregation and want to attend Ladies Class, let Gail know that and she will provide you with a book. Several ladies will teach again, at this time we don’t know which teacher will be first.

MASK WEARING
Since the vast majority of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated from the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

KENYAN EVANGELISM MISSION REPORT PART 2

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We are pleased to hear from the Emperados in the Philippines in part two the following report. Remember them and the work of the Gospel there. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Family and Friends,
The Seyer Training Center is struggling to continue during the lockdowns. Since we can’t have students from other islands, and the government is restricting travel within the island of Negros, and limiting the number of people who can be gathered for a function, service, or class, it has been very difficult to have regular session of classes. We have a welding class going for only a few students. We also started a cooking class two times a week. I have become friends with a chef from a big restaurant that used to be next to me office, but it closed due to the lockdown and restrictions placed on eating out. This will provide another livelihood skill to help our Seyer Students and church members.

The SONE (School of National Evangelism) classes are being worked into our radio work and online classes for right now. We are using some of the SONE funds to pay for airing my lessons on the radio and renting my little office to make a recording place for more online class materials. This is one of the things the film maker is helping me improve.

Meanwhile, as you all know, our church planting work has been put on hold due to COVID situation. We had hope to plant the last two churches in 2020. The funds have been raised and things were looking so good. Tse Ming and I made a survey trip to Basco, Batanes, in January 2020 before COVID shut things down. While there, we met a young man who grew up in the Christian church (in the Philippines they are called the Instrumental Churches of Christ). The main difference with us is the use of instruments in worship. His name is Oswald Abad, he spent two years in Manila studying at the Christian church’s seminary. He has a very good foundation in Bible. The Christian church has been in Basco for many years and have a building, but it’s doors were closed and they have no worship services going on while we were there.

Oswald and I exchanged phone numbers and Facebook pages. We communicate each week. He listens to my radio programs regularly, the Impact Counseling and Worship Without Borders. During the pandemic, Oswald started reopening the old church building with a handful of members he reached out to and they started having an Acapella service every week. He has been teaching and baptizing new members. They now have around 20 attending their weekly service. The old preacher got wind of what was going on and came back trying to wield his old authority and wanting to reintroduce instrumental music. In the Philippines, we have a saying, “Nobody cares about the mango tree until it produces ripened fruits.” Please pray for Oswald, he is asking my advice about what to do, whether they should move out or stay? He hates for this to cause a division in the church, but it seems about 90% of the members want to remain an Acapella church and want Oswald to continue preaching and teaching.

I have never had this kind of experience in my 25 years of planting churches. Basco is so unique. Shall we call it a new church or a restoration? And this happened in the middle of COVID! I have started an online class for Basco, I hope it will help edify the Christians there. Please pray for the Christians in Basco that they can remain united and focused on sharing the Good News.

Times have been very difficult here for the last 16 months, but we will never allow COVID to beat us and our mission. People are really struggling and hurting now more than ever. We have so much work to do. We need to pray that we can follow the words of Paul more bravely and really believe “we are more than conquerors through Christ.” (Romans 8:37) We are resolved more than ever before to take the gospel no matter what the circumstances maybe!

Much Love, Richard and Becky

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