HELPING

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“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it upon His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, „Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.‟ But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, „Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. For the poor you have with you always; but you do not always have Me. For when she poured this perfume upon My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be spoken of in memory of her‟” (Matthew 26:6-13).

As I read and study the Bible, I realize there were many things that took place which are not recorded. We know in whose house Jesus was when this took place. What they were eating is not mentioned. The information given us is important. We learn the love this woman had for Jesus. We learn of the problem Judas Iscariot had. He carried the money box for the disciples. He was a thief and pilfered some of it for himself (John 12:5-6).

Jesus said: “Why do you bother the woman?” They did not understand. I have seen people doing things which I did not understand at the time. It may be best to keep our mouth shut in such a moment. We may even be much like Judas and betray our own weakness.

She has done a good deed to Me.” Her heart was in the right place. She wanted to honor Jesus. In pouring the perfume on Him she did more than she realized, Jesus said it was for His burial. Some of the things we do to honor Jesus may seem at the time to be little, but they may bring great rewards later. The kind word spoken may help greatly in cheering up others. Opening a door for others to enter may seem a small gesture, but may be a kindness that is most needed at the time. What have you done for Jesus?

  • Wayne Curry Highland Drive church of Christ,  Poplar Bluff, MO
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WEEKLY NEWS, DECEMBER 5, 2021

WELCOME!

This morning we welcome Kirk Eason who is the development director in the USA for the South Africa Bible College (Benoni State, South Africa), SABC. Kirk will give a report in our Bible class and he will also preach for us. We are looking forward to the information about the work at SABC and his message.

HAPPENING TODAY

Sunday, December 5th………Guest speaker: Kirk Eason (SABC)

Sunday, December 5th………..Holiday Fellowship Meal

Our Holiday Fellowship Luncheon takes place today immediately after our morning worship hour. We hope that everyone can stay, our visitors included, who are our special guests.

IN LOVING MEMORY

A memorial service for Lynn Patterson is scheduled at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 7th here in our building.

SPECIAL COLLECTION

We will be collecting a special contribution for the work of EEM on Sunday, December 12th through Sunday, December 19th. Please consider giving generously to this wonderful work.

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

NIGERIAN EVANGELISM REPORT

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

The following report concerns recent evangelical work in Nigeria by a team of workers including Mike Udam and literature from Sylvester Imogoh whom we have long supported. Continue to pray for these efforts. For the elders, Ken D

REPORT OF THE 9TH ANNUAL LECTURESHIP AND EVANGELISM

Dearly beloved brethren,

Here is a report of our just concluded lectureship: The 9th annual lectureship and evangelism ended well to the glory of God. 493 participants attended. Three classes ran simultaneously.

The adult class focused on HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW. In the youth class comprising all teenagers and young unmarried adults, they were taught on a topic HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR TOMORROW. In the two children’s classes, they were taught about the story of the creation in the book of Genesis. The adult class was outside the church auditorium in a make-shift local tent while the youths used the main church auditorium.

We are happy that the goal of the seminar was achieved. Through the church, the entire northern Cross River state of Nigeria was impacted with parenting capacity and young people with skills needed to live rightly as children of God. We spent evenings of Thursday 25th, Friday 26th, and night of Saturday 27th to preach to the people of Ikpashor, another village of Ukpagada being separated by a river with no bridge. A short canoe ride was the only way out and we had no option but to use it to get the gospel to the lost. Our desire was to get souls and establish a congregation there.

We succeeded only in sowing the seed in their hearts. We were blessed with a precious soul on Saturday Night and we thank God for that.

As a congregation, we plan to continue to storm that village with the gospel until we get visible results. The soul that was baptized does not stay in that village. We shared Bibles to non-believers present alongside tracts from Sylvester Imogoh of Outreach Print Ministry. His materials were shared with most adults in the three days gospel campaign.

From the human eyes, we can say that it was a huge success. We thank God for the opportunity to serve. We have started plans for the 10th edition. We are grateful for all your support and request God to bless you all abundantly.

Sincerely. Mike Udam

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WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE

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Sometimes I know when I’m in error. I’ve been around enough to know the sins that I am most tempted by. When my willpower fails and I commit one of these sins I know immediately afterward that I did wrong. God, forgive me, for “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). That being said, with these kinds of things, at least, I know where the battle is. The enemy is obvious and it’s just a matter of defeating him by relying on God.

Perhaps more difficult is when I don’t know I’m in error. How do I fix what I don’t know? I’m willing to acknowledge that there may be some areas of my thinking that need to be changed. I’m willing to acknowledge that it’s possible that something my parents taught me is wrong. That something years of teachers have drilled into my head is wrong. I certainly think that about other people, people growing up in denominations and other religions. I believe things they’ve been taught for years are not correct. And do they know that? Maybe not. At least not until someone with “beautiful feet” comes by.

What about me? Judging other people’s deficits seems easy. But am I qualified to do so if there is a “plank” in my own eye? Maybe I just got used to the plank and I think that’s the way people normally see. To avoid this possibility I think it’s very important to be humble, and to spend time daily with the Word of God. I think it wise to never believe myself to have “arrived.” Then I can be constantly open to the truth God is still trying to teach me through the Word and through other people.

Part of wisdom is the willingness to accept correction. “He who heeds discipline shows the way of life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray” (Proverbs 10:17). If I can’t listen to other people then I’ll never find out what I can’t see for myself, and I will also have a bad influence on others. My physical vision is lousy, so I wear glasses. I’ll take all the help I can get spiritually, too.

The wise in heart are discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction” (Prov. 16:21)

 “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Prov. 16:24)

Doug Wells Camden Avenue church of Christ, Parkersburg, WV

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

WITH SYMPAHTY
Lynn Patterson passed away at noon on Thanksgiving Day. A Memorial service is pending at this time. Our heartfelt condolences, love and prayers are going out to Kathy and the family. My God’s love and eternal care bring comfort to all.

DECEMBER FELLOWSHIP
For the Holiday Fellowship, we take up a collection for a special purpose. Norma Bryan collects the money. Please, see Norma, ASAP before Sunday, December 5th.
Also, remember that we collect stuffed animals/dolls (with no loose parts, please!) for the Care-A-Van, which will comfort children, who experience difficult times in a hospital setting.

COOKIE TIME IS HERE
Every year we send cookies to Cherokee Home for Children for their Holiday party. The ladies class packs them up on the last class day before year’s end, which is Wednesday, December 1st. Please bring your cookie contribution to the Fellowship Room no later than Tuesday, November 30th. Either home-made or store-bought cookies are welcome.

DECEMBER EVENTS
Saturday, December 4th………Workday at the building
Sunday, December 5th………Guest speaker: Kirk Eason from SABC
Sunday, December 5th………..Holiday Fellowship Meal

CHURCH WORKDAY
Activities For Saturday, December 4th – 9:00 AM —12 Noon

  1. Final preparation for next day’s Fellowship Luncheon.
  2. Assess inventory of Food Pantry and plan distribution.
  3. Mow parking lot (rear of building).
  4. Prepare flower bed in front of Annex.
  5. Miscellaneous…..

EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS
We will be collecting a special contribution for the work of EEM on Sunday, December 12th through Suhttps://hlcoc.org/nday, December 19th. Please consider giving generously to this wonderful work.

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

NIGERIAN EVANGELISM REPORT

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Our congregation currently helps support Pascal Dlomo as a student at Southern Africa Bible College. This is a recent report from Pascal. In the report he will mention the Kelly Ward family as they also help support Pascal along with us. Keep Pascal in yourt thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

I would like to pass my greeting to Kelley Ward family in the name of our Lord and redeemer Jesus Christ. It is my hope and prayer that this letter will reach you while still in good health and still in the Lord; pressing on the upward way. It is always nice to hear from you and writing to you is not burdensome to me. Thus I write with a smile on my face and with a heart full of gratitude as I
think of the support that you give to my studies and the blessing that you are to the College.

I would like to pass my greeting to Kelley Ward family in the name of our Lord and redeemer Jesus Christ. It is my hope and prayer that this letter will reach you while still in good health and still in the Lord; pressing on the upward way. It is always nice to hear from you and writing to you is not burdensome to me. Thus I write with a smile on my face and with a heart full of gratitude as I
think of the support that you give to my studies and the blessing that you are to the College.

Though studying online had its challenges but your hope and prayers for adjustment were not completely in vain, since after some time of struggling with poor network; at last I was able to get a spot with better reception. Now concerning the riots; I was safe and far from them thus only saw them in the news, however I was not really able to avoid the problems that were a result of them and even the country felt the consequences of these riots and lootings. However it has been in my prayers that may God help us to rebuild what was destroyed and improve the economy.

The library’s improvement brought gladness to many of us and this we have in common with you as we are thankful to God and surely I am going use it more now that two weeks ago we came back to the College. Utilizing the library more, will add to my effectiveness in evangelizing which is really suffering at this point but I believe that this too shall pass. Everything has its time, just about the past two weeks we started with our exams and now their time has passed and we are now back to the time of attending classes physically which is better than online classes.

I am thankful for your prayers and it remains my prayer that may God continue blessing
you with your hearts’ desires if they are according to His will. May you all also grow in the
knowledge of the truth of the word of God. Please keep safe and take care, in God we trust.
May God bless the United States of America.
From: Nhlanhla Pascal Dlomo, student at Southern Africa Bible College

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ARE WE TRULY THANKFUL?

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Many, many years ago a story is told of a good king in Spain known as Alfonso XIX who learned that the boys who served in his court were forgetting to pray before their meals. So, he decided to teach them a lesson. He gave a banquet and invited them to attend. Midway through the dinner a ragged beggar came in, sat down, and began eating ravenously. When he was finished, he went out without saying a word.

―That ungrateful wretch ought to be whipped, shouted the boys. ―He ate the king‘s food and never showed gratitude. Quietly the king rose to his feet, and silence fell over the group. ―Daily you have taken the rich blessings of life from the hand of your Heavenly Father, said the king. ―You‘ve enjoyed His sunshine, breathed His air, eaten His food He has provided, and you have not bothered to say ‘thank you‘ for any of them. You are more ungrateful than that beggar.

Often, we like those boys, take for granted those blessings that God has provided.

In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus healed ten men of leprosy. Out of the ten men who were healed only one man returned to thank Jesus. Jesus asked the man who returned, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner” (Lk. 17:17, 18).

So many times, we often neglect to be thankful. Yet, thanksgiving is to be a natural attitude of our worship (1 Cor. 14:16-17) and is to characterize all of Christian life (Col. 2:7; 4:2). We are to give thanks daily and regularly to our Heavenly Father and to our fellow human beings.

As we read in the New Testament the early Christians expressed thanks: for Christ‘s ministry (Luke 17:16); for Christ‘s deliverance from sin (Rom. 6:17-18; 7:25); for God‘s indescribable gift of grace in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:57; Rom. 1:21) and for the faith of fellow Christians (Rom. 1:8).

All this comes from the God who loves us and has given so much to us; shouldn‘t we be thankful always?

Alex Haley, the author of ―Roots, I had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, ―Why is that there? Alex Haley answered, ― ”Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they are wonderful, and begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he didn‘t get there on his own. He had help.”

That is the basis of thankfulness – to remember that we got ―here with the help of God, and that He is the provider of every blessing we have.

This Thanksgiving season may we be reminded of all the Lord has done for us and is still doing for us every day! And may we not only thank Him now but every day that we have the breath of life.

Mark T. Tonkery Camden Avenue church of Christ, Parkersburg, WV

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

Today, November 21st……….Monte Tuttle from EEM will report and preach

Wednesday, November 24th….All classes dismissed, day before Thanksgiving

Saturday, December 4th………Workday at the building

Sunday, December 5th……….Holiday Fellowship Meal

HOLIDAY FELLOWSHIP:

We are taking up a collection for a special purpose. Norma Bryan collects the money. Please, see Norma, ASAP before Sunday, December 5th.

Also, remember that we collect stuffed animals/dolls (with no loose parts, please!) for the Care-A-Van, which will comfort children, who experience difficult times in a hospital.

COOKIE TIME IS HERE!

Every year we send cookies to Cherokee Home for Children for their Holiday party. The ladies class packs them up on the last class day before year’s end, which is Wednesday, December 1st. Please bring your cookie contribution to the Fellowship Room no later than Tuesday, November 30th. Either home-made or store-bought cookies are welcome.

PEW RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

The elders believe we are at a point where we can use all our pews again without social distancing unless it is desired. Song books and Bibles have been returned to the auditorium pews. Thank you for your cooperation through these many difficult months of the pandemic!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

We have been informed that the booster vaccine for COVID-19 and the regular flu vaccine is readily available now for those who want it. We would also remind everyone: Please don‘t come to the assembly if you have flu-like symptoms!

All classes dismissed on Wednesday, November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving!

EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS

Welcome!

Today, Sunday, November 21st, we welcome Monte Tuttle and his wife Tamaria to our assembly! Monte works with the Eastern European Mission (EEM) and he will give us a report in Bible class about the current work that is done through EEM in Europe. Monte will also preach during the worship hour. We are looking forward to his report and message.

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

NIGERIAN EVANGELISM REPORT

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For many years our congregation has supported the work of the Southern African Bible College (SABC) which prepares student in South Africa to share the Gospel. On Sunday, December 5th, SABC’s representative Kirk Eason will be here to make an update of their work to the congregation. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

SABC 2021 In Review

The last couple of years have been strange all over the world: COVID shutdowns, division, riots, protesting, and political unrest seem to be the new normal. South Africa is no exception. So, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Let’s start with the bad. Southern Africa Bible College had to shut down twice for several months during the pandemic. Students went to online learning and, even though SABC covered the cost of online access for students, it is still a difficult learning situation. Many students requested deferments until we were able to be back in person on a regular basis. Our student body has dropped over 60% in the last two years.

Second, the economic downturn associated with COVID has negatively impacted donations in South Africa, and to a lesser extent, in the US.

Third, the value of the Rand to the Dollar fluctuated by 25% this year. This caused us to increase the monthly amount sent from the US in order to for them to receive the same amount of Rand.

Now for the good. Graduates are still able to conduct Bible studies and meet with congregation members. People are still coming to Christ!

Churches are learning to reach out via internet, and many are able to meet in-person again, albeit in smaller groups.

Students have returned to in-person learning. Plans are being made for lectureship in 2022.

While several faculty members contracted COVID, it did not prove fatal to any at the college.

Finally, donors have been very generous to support the school during this time.

A more complete report and information on the school, students and graduates is coming.

Your donations and prayers during this time are really appreciated.

1. Pray for South Africa as they are still under the threat of COVID.

2. Pray for the students and faculty who face restrictions to ensure the virus does not make it to the campus.

3. Pray for the graduates who are working in the community that they will be effective in their ministry and that congregations will continue to grow and glorify God

Peace,

Kirk Eason

Director of Development – USA

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Children ministered to by SABC graduates at the Noah’s Ark Outreach. You may not be an integral part of this ministry. Maybe you’ve never even heard of it before. Yet, because you support SABC you are part of all the great works led by our graduates. Thank you for your partnership. Your support is not in vain.

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SIGNS OF GRACE

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Paul began his second letter to the Thessalonian church with these encouraging words, “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure” (2 Thess. 1:3–4).

Two things strike me as significant in these two verses.

First, not only did Paul express thanksgiving for the Christians in Thessalonica, he affirmed that such an expression of gratitude was what he ―ought‖ to do. The apostle believed that expressions of thanks were more than just a way to be polite; they were, to him, an ever-present obligation. Jesus implied the same point in His penetrating question to the solitary leper who expressed his thanks for having been healed, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine — where are they?” (Luke 17:17).

Second, Paul’s expression of gratitude for their growing faith, love, and perseverance, was directed, not to the Thessalonians themselves, but to God. This was brilliant on Paul’s part. It highlighted those characteristics as indications of God’s grace, help, and activity in their lives; therefore, He deserved the credit for them. But by mentioning his gratitude to the Thessalonians, they received encouragement and got a big boost of confidence to grow even more.

Those two thoughts force me to ask myself a few questions: do I feel the same sense of obligation to give thanks that Paul felt and that Jesus enjoined/instructed ? Do I look for signs of God’s grace and activity in the lives of my Christian family? Do I thank God for those signs of His grace? Do I encourage my brothers and sisters to greater heights of growth and service by telling them that I am grateful for what God is doing in their lives?

With email, smartphones, and social media, it has never been easier or quicker to communicate with each other. Why not employ those means to encourage others when you see evidence of God’s grace in their lives?

  • Eddie Parrish Brown Trail church of Christ Bedford, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2021

PEW RESTRICTIONS HAV BEEN REMOVED

The elders believe we are at a point where we can use all of our pews again. All song books and Bibles will be returned to the auditorium as soon as possible. Thank youfor your cooperation through these many difficult months of the pandemic!

HURRAH FOR THE LADIES BIBLE CLASS!

A special “thank you” to the ladies of the Ladies Bible class, who worked hard to bring our auditorium back to the former appearance. The racks are loaded again with song books, Bibles, Kiddie Doddles and pencils, ready to be used.

UPCOMING EVENTS TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR !

Sunday, November 21st………Monte Tuttle from EEM will report and preach

Wednesday, November 24th….All classes dismissed, day before Thanksgiving

Saturday, December 4th……….Workday at the building

Sunday, December 5th…….…..Holiday Fellowship Meal

COVID BOOSTER SHOTS

Booster shots of the various kinds are now available at many of our local drug stores. Do take advantage of this preventive measure! Also, should you, by any chance, have a fever and not be feeling well, please, stay home! We are not “out of the woods” yet, therefore take care, not only of yourself, but also be considerate of your fellow brothers, sisters and others. See your doctor and make sure of a proper diagnosis.

HAPPY NEWS

Congratulationsto Gary Crabtree on the birth of great-granddaughter Winter Rayne Miller. She was born last Monday!

WITH SYMPATHY

Mary K. Flanary’s nephew, Butch Prouty, lost his wife, Dee, on October 30th, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 49 years old. The funeral was on November 6th, in Sedgwick, Kansas. Our love, prayers and condolences are with Mary K. and all in the family. Let God be your comforter in this present grief!

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

NIGERIAN EVANGELISM REPORT

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For many years our congregation has supported the work of the Eastern European Missions (EEM) which puts God’s word in the hands of so many people. Next Sunday, November 21st, EEM’s representative Monty Tuttle will be here to make an update the EEM’s work to the congregation. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

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THE WORK OF THE EEM

Since 1961, EEM has been providing God’s Word to the people of Eastern Europe and beyond in their own languages. Now, EEM provides Bibles and an array of Bible-based materials in more than 20 languages in over 30 nations–to individuals, churches, public schools, universities, orphanages, hospitals, prisons, and anywhere else Bibles are needed – free to all.

EEM is working with national leaders in countries like Ukraine, Croatia, and Serbia to distribute thousands of Bibles and Bible-based materials. EEM is also currently fulfilling requests for Bibles in locations such as Moldova, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and more.

Our Million Dollar Sunday campaign is to fulfill these requests for God’s Word in 2021. The Bible. We Want Everyone To Get It.

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HOW TO HAVE A CLEAN MIND IN A DIRTY WORLD

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The remains of Qumran tell an interesting story. Before they discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946, archaeologists assumed that Qumran had been a military outpost. That was an easy assumption to make because it is located only a few miles from Masada, the mountain fortress built by Herod the Great. However, after the scrolls were found, they discovered that the Essenes had constructed Qumran, a sect of the Jews, who had gone into the wilderness to escape the pollution of the world. Their theme scripture was Isaiah 44:3, “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God,” They perceived their preparatory role to be in the copying of Biblical manuscripts. When it appeared that their community was to be destroyed, they stored their scrolls in clay pots.

Qumran is in a desolate location. It is situated at the southernmost region of Israel on the shore of the Dead Sea. It is desert in the truest sense of the word. Why did they choose a place like Qumran? They believed there was too much sin in the city. They thought they could remove themselves from temptation by removing themselves from people.

That idea was not unique to the Essenes of Qumran. From the earliest times, the monastic movement in Christianity took men and women out of the world and sent them into wilderness monasteries and convents.

In 1873, they organized Texas Christian University in a little village south of Fort Worth. Many people in that day were scandalized by the wide-open prosperity the arrival of the railroad had brought to the big cities of Texas. Consequently, early advertising from T.C.U. advised parents that their campus was located “forty miles from any known form of sin.”

How then, can we keep a clean mind in a dirty world? If escape is not the answer, what is it? Let us look at Scripture.

How to have a clean mind . . .

1. Remember, who we are. The apostle Peter reminds us that we are “God’s own people” (1 Peter 2:9). Our identity is completed in our relationship to God. We honor our heritage by reflecting the character of our Father.

2. Guard your mind. There is a tremendous emphasis today upon eating the right foods. What we take into our bodies determines our physical health. The same principle is true spiritually. What we put into our minds will be lived out in our lives! If we fill our minds with filth, our body will follow suit. That is why the New Testament urges us to “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 2:2), and “to set our minds on things above, not on earthy things” (Colossians 3:2).

The mind is the battlefield! It we lose there….we lose! Be thoughtful. Be careful. What you read and what you watch on TV will, to a great extent, determines what you become.

And the principle is: “The commandments, do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet, are summed up in this one rule: „Love your neighbor as yourself‟. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:9-10)

Kevin Rayner, Rochester, Minnesota

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2021

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

NIGERIAN EVANGELISM REPORT

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This is a second report from Kyle Hankins, whom we help support in the AIM program. Keep Kyle and all the AIMers in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

STARTING ANEW (2)

With this new month, we began Small Groups. I gather with six other guys to study the book of Luke. So far, we’ve only met once together, but it’s been such a blessing so far!!

Field Presentations are also a new aspect with our schooling. Currently the fields that have been presented to us so far has been Albuquerque, Chile, Apaxco, and Alaska. I’m very interested in Alaska and Apaxco. The ministries and the coordinators stood out to me so much. Very sweet, God-loving people.

Despite all of those new things added to my schedule, I still found the time to grow closer with my classmates, particularly my best friend, Tucker. Tucker and I enjoy the free time of going skating at the park.

Area Church (Clovis, NM) – As week passes by, I grow closer and closer with new families every week. The first week of Area Church, I got to grow closer with a young boy named Sawyer. He’s a nice kid and always manages to make me laugh. Then, that following week, I got to speak with Joseph, the youth minister there, and his wife. We talked about youth ministry and my potential interest with that as my career. And finally, this most recent week, I got to know a man named Wade. His faith is so inspiring, and it excites me! The way he speaks made me question if he had the desire to be a pulpit minister. He was so good with his words!

Prayer Requests!

Safe Travels!

I travel to Clovis, New Mexico every Sunday for Area Church. We also have an upcoming trip to Arkansas in a couple weeks.

Classes and Homework!

Homework assigned to us has been increased significantly, especially with Finals coming up soon.

Relationships!

As we grow more comfortable with one another, silly issues arise. I ask for prayers for understanding on everyone’s end.

Thank you!

Thank you for keeping me on your mind and prayers. Such an encouragement. I am so blessed because of each one of you and all of your support in my works for the Kingdom of our Lord. I am here, to be all in, as a servant, for His Glory.

God Bless!

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t by the grace of my Lord’s hand… and yours. You mean so much to me and I pray that my work would be pleasing to yours, but most importantly, God’s eyes. God Bless, Church Family. May He show prosperity in all of your endeavors.

Much Love, ~ Kyle Hankins

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Photo From Left to Right:  (Back) Caleb, Tucker, Me, Matthew;  (Middle) Emily, Rachel;  (Front) Jaeden, Abigail

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