“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).
Being ashamed is never a
pleasant feeling. The experience of shame is one that leaves us uncomfortable
around others and clinging to the safety of our inner being. The word that Paul
uses in Romans 1:16 is the same word he uses in his second letter to
Timothy. In 2 Timothy 1:8 Paul urges Timothy, “. . . do not be
ashamed of the testimony about our Lord . . .”
The original word for
ashamed means “to experience a painful feeling or sense of loss of status
because of some particular event or activity.” We often associate this word
with a negative aspect of a person’s life. For example, when someone has
committed a sin that is public in nature, we say they have brought shame upon
themselves, their family and their church family. This sin may cause one to
feel ashamed. When one is “ashamed”, they tend to avoid others, choosing rather
to confine themselves to the emotional safety of their personal domain.
So imagine what that looks
like when one is “ashamed” of the gospel! How can we fulfill the mission that
God has given us if we are avoiding others, retreating to our personal domain?
Paul says, “Don’t be ashamed!”
Are you concerned more with your sense of status before God or man? We must challenge ourselves to have the kind of faith that drives us to boldly proclaim the message of reconciliation unashamedly!
~~ Keith Harris, Windsong church of Christ Little Rock, AR
Last Sunday (April 7th)
we had this special Fellowship to honor Phil Parmer on his 100th
A number of his relatives had come and many in our congregation attended. It was an enjoyable occasion. Our best wishes continue to you, Phil, and we know that God’s greatest blessings are still with you as you continue your journey here on earth.
Here is more good news from our brethren in Africa working with the Gospel Chariot in spreading the Good News of Jesus. We are thankful to support this work financially and want to support it in prayer. For the elders, Ken D
Hope this finds you doing well. Here
we are one quarter of the year gone already. This is our 1st quarter West
African chariot update for 2019. West Africa is doing extremely well
considering it is the most Muslim populated of all our areas we work in and we
need to thank the West African brethren for their part in this effort. We have
5 gospel chariots in the region and that being Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and
the Liberian chariot that is now being upgraded to a big Liberian chariot. The
good news is that the funds for the new big Liberian chariot have been raised
and that the new truck has been ordered and the body is now being manufactured
for the chariot. We want to thank all who made this happen. See pictures of
this under Liberia.
On a sad note, we had a faithful
brother, brother Kofi Tawiah, who lost his life in an accident. He was working
with the Ghana Gospel Chariot in Ghana, riding a motor bike on his way to the
evening gospel meeting. He was the brother hosting the gospel chariot in his
region. Our condolences go out to the families involved.
The Nigerian chariot is only now just
over one year old and it is reaching out wonderfully and hundreds have come to
know Jesus. The Nigerian brethren are buying more and more into it, as you can
see the way they get banners made and promote the meetings before the chariot
arrives in the area, but one of the strong areas of their outreach is the way
many of the congregations use World Bible School. See all the many pictures of
the meetings and God Bless Nigeria.
Here is what Brother Biodun Owolabi
reported from Nigeria: Since February 19, 2019, the Nigeria Gospel Chariot has
been traversing the nooks and crannies of Ogun West District of Southwestern
Nigeria with the unadulterated gospel of Christ. Communities covered during the
outreach include: Alapoti, Aferiko, Idi-iroko, Ado-odo, Owode-yewa, Lusada,
Iju-ota, Obere, Ijoko-ota, Owode-Titun, Iyana Ilogbo, Abule- iroko, Ewupe,
Olugba, Ota, Iyana Iyesi, Igbesa, Atan-ota, amongst several others.
Between March 7 – 8, the chariot took
time to work with COC Igbein, Abeokuta, to evangelize Mawuko, a community
within the neighborhood of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Hundreds of souls were reached with the saving gospel, thousands of WBS
materials distributed and several souls obeyed the gospel. The campaign
continues till the end of March. Brother Biodun also reported: The Nigeria
Gospel Chariot is at work at the annual WBS Great Workshop at Mbaise, Imo
State, South East of Nigeria.
“The definition of new…tolerance is
that every individual’s beliefs, values, lifestyle, and perception of truth
claims are equal, and all truth is relative.” — Thomas A. Helmbock
“Tolerance is the virtue of those who
believe in nothing. Rather than stand up for what is right or wrong, the voice
of tolerance says we should just let everyone be, that we’ll better understand
each other if we accept them as they are.” — Ryan Dobson
Adrian Rogers: “It is better to be
divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth
that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills….it is
not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of
God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for
telling a lie.”
“Better is open
rebuke than hidden love. The kisses of an enemy may be profuse, but faithful
are the wounds of a friend”. ~~ Proverbs 27:5,6
From Phil Sanders book: “A Faith
Built on Sand”: quotes from Chapter 6, “The New Defined Tolerance”
Word declares that We must Dare To Be Different!
I remember a book we used in 4-H some
years ago titled, “Dare to be Different.” What a challenge this is to
Christians today! Dare to speak out for the Lord; dare to do what is right when
society says sin is okay; dare to grow in knowledge of God’s Word – and live by
it; dare to invite others to attend worship; dare to care about others and
about the church of Jesus Christ. One thing is sure, we can’t live like the
world and make it to heaven. The world travels the wide road, but it’s the
wrong road (Matt 7:13,14). Dare to be different! – John K. Wills Owingsville church of Christ
OUR FELLOWSHIP MEAL Sunday, April 7th after AM Worship. Hosts & hostesses: Bob & Doris Foster, Troy & Leana Futrell and Sheri & David Zoller. No PM Service.
EATING OUT TOGETHER The group that enjoys eating out together will meet on Thursday, April 11th, at about 5:30 PM, at Gio’s Italian Restaurant in Llano.
BUILDING WORKDAY ON APRIL 13 Meet at the building at 9:00 AM to participate in several (and mainly) painting and minor construction projects. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the rear of the auditorium.
WITH SYMPATHY Gene Hunter, brother-in-law of Thelma Thuleen. the husband of her sister, Betty, passed away on Thursday, March 28th , in San Antonio. Gene and Betty used to visit our congregation many times, since they had a place on the lake. Funeral services took place on Tuesday, April 2nd, in San Antonio. Our sympathy, prayers and love are extended to Thelma & Ken and to all in the family and to all friends.
VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM) The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, April 10th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.
BUG SPRAYING The “Bug-man” will be at our building on Friday, April 12. It is always best to not come to the building on that day.
Southern Africa Bible College started its 53 year of equipping Christians for leadership in Southern Africa. With over 1,500 graduates sharing the Gospel around the world, we have high hopes for all the incoming First year students. We are thankful to help support a student at SABC and want us all to continue to pray for this good work. For the elders, Ken D
Friends of SABC Trip Report 2019 There were five goals for the 2019 trip. They were as follows: 1) Encourage the Church. 2) Learn more about the college and its impact 3)Teach Bible teachers of all ages 4) Serve the college through physical labor 5) Experience
Thirteen people left for South Africa on March 7 and return on March 19. They were, Philip Bailey, Charris Powers, Jonathon Montgomery, and Kirk and Christie Eason from the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. Andrew and Amy LaMore from the Pleasanton Church of Christ in Pleasanton, Texas; Diane Walls from the McArthur Park Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas; Sharon Jackson, Luther and Evelyn Baker from the East Side Church of Christ in Austin, Texas; and Luke Carter from the Nampa Church of Christ in Nampa, Idaho.
To accomplish the first two goals we lived on campus with the students, visited with graduates, and attended congregations where our graduates lead. We interacted with them and learned about their lives, goals, and plans for future service The first Saturday we were there we held a Bible teachers’ workshop in conjunction with the college. Over 120 people from area congregations attended. Classes were offered that helped teachers of cradle roll up through men and women.
We also provided service that only a large group could do. Some worked in the library to help organize while others prepped surfaces to be painted. This was a great benefit to the college and helped speed up some long-term goals. Finally, to experience the beauty of South Africa, we went on an overnight safari and to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The trip was a great encouragement to the staff, students, and alumni of SABC and to the group who went. We are already making plans for next year’s trip.
Prayer List for 2019: 1) SABC Students who are sacrificing much to prepare for ministry. 2) SABC Graduates who are working hard to evangelize in communities around South Africa. 3) SABC Staff as they continue to grow in their ability to equip the students. 4) The continued growth of financial support in both South Africa and the US. 5) The Bible teachers in South Africa who can be overwhelmed by the number of children who are attending their classes. 6) The South African economy as they deal with a financial slowdown.
I didn’t realize how much I
missed it — a train whistle, that is. I grew up in the oil-field town of
Odessa, Texas. A town enlivened by constant train whistles signaling the
carrying of petroleum in every direction, and warning of the danger in crossing
Some three years ago we
moved from Little Rock to the bedroom community of Maumelle. Then I heard it
late at night — a distant train whistle with its lonesome, but welcome sound. I
now find myself straining each night to hear it again. Why? Because it lures me
back to precious days of childhood. It speaks of parents long gone, a loving
home life, and the precious days of childhood. It yields thoughts of church,
and a large group of young people who now faithfully serve as leaders in the
body of Christ. That whistle calls me to remember, and provides a soothing path
Strange, isn’t it, how a
sound designed for warning can come to mean something completely different! Or,
there’s another possibility. The warnings can become so familiar that we cease
to pay attention. As far as we are concerned they have lost their original
intent. Take for instance the following:
“Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32)
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” (Exodus 23:2a)
“Be watchful (1), stand firm in your faith ( 2), be courageous,
be strong (3).” (Mat. 26:41; Mk. 13:37 (1) . 2 Tim. 1:13 (2) . Deut.
31:6; Josh. 1:6. 9; 2 Chron. 32:7 (3) )
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but
let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day
approaching.” (Heb. 10:25)
“Be careful, then, how you live —
not as unwise but as wise.” (Eph. 5:15)
and more, are spiritual train whistles designed to warn us of danger. Wisdom
dictates that we heed them.
~~ John Gibson, Little Rock, AR
Dear Brethren, Thank you so much for the lovely card you sent me after my father passed away. I loved each and every signature…each was like a hug. I love you all and appreciate your thoughtfulness. It was wonderful to be home w/siblings and mom. I have many memories to cherish of my Dad. I will find great comfort in that and God always provides. Love, Diane Wheeler P.S. Doug is doing so much better. The Dr. gave him an A+ on is recovery and now we have the left hip on April 15th.
To: Highland Lakes Church of Christ: We want to thank everyone for the afghan and the cash. Also thanks for the delicious food. It was good to share the party with the newlyweds. We will miss everyone and we pray that the Lord’s church will grow in Kingsland. In Christian Love, Bobby and Donna Feuerbacher.
Robertson’s best friend, Beverly Martin, passed away on Wednesday, March 20th in
Alamogordo, NM. She had been seriously ill for quite some time. Our love, prayers and condolences our going
out to Linda for her loss, and special prayers are requested for the family.
BUG MAN COMETH
“Bug-man” will be at our building on Friday, April 12. It is always best to not
come to the building on that day.
Meet at the
building at 9:00 AM to participate in several painting and minor construction
projects. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the rear of the auditorium. — Cary
Needs – Plastic bags, Bath soap, shampoo. Thank you for all your support to this important ministry of the congregation.
FELLOWSHIP MEAL . . .
On Sunday, April 7th will be a great time for good food and fellowship. Hosts & hostesses: Bob & Doris Foster, Troy & Leana Futrell and Sheri & David Zoller. Hope we all are planning to attend!
EATING OUT TOGETHER
Join the group that enjoys eating out together which will meet on Thursday, April 11th, at about 5:30 PM, at Gio’s Italian Restaurant in Llano.
are looking forward to seeing our brother Richard Emperado and his family when
they visit us from the Philippines in May. What follows is part of Richard’s
latest report. Keep the Philippine work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
The Seyer Training Center
and Bible classes are going good. Three of our new automotive students, who
were not Christians, have been baptized. We are thankful for our partners who
support the Seyer Training Center vocational training program in Houston and in
Enid, Ok. We are also thankful for the Highlands Lake church of Christ in
Kingsland, TX who supports the Bible program and teachers we have added the
past two years for our students.
Our students learn
vocational & Bible skills, so they can be more thoroughly equipped to serve
God. The classes will continue while we are in the states. We will have
graduation after we return in June. March is also a busy month for graduates.
We have two this month. One of our orphans we help living with us, Jenly
Dolino, graduated with honors yesterday from high school. We will be hopefully
helping her attend college in Bais, Negros at Negros Oriental State University.
She wants to study criminology and become a policewoman. The other graduate is
Rodelyn Romero, a former Seyer Training Center student from the sewing center.
She graduated yesterday as well from Negros College with a degree in education.
She has been teaching sewing classes on Saturday off and on for us, while
attending college and teaching sewing during summer breaks. She will be
reviewing for her board exams later this year. Please pray for Riselle &
Juneval Dolino, who will be taking their board licensure exams for education
this weekend. I have so much more from my heart to share.
Lord willing, we will see
you all soon. I would love to speak in your congregations if you give me a
chance. There is so much more to share about the works we are involved in
across the Philippines. Thank you so much for all the love & support you
all share with our work & my family. We have the best partners in Christ,
and we are grateful! Much love, Richard, Becky, & kids
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” — Romans 8:35, 37-39
Smile – God likes humor
A woman invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the little girl replied.
“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the mother said.
The little girl bowed her head and said: “Dear Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”
Think About It
Thoughts to Ponder
When we put our cares in God’s hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.
Gratitude should be a continuous attitude (expressed to God, expressed to people).
What we let into our minds shapes the state of our souls.
God chooses what we go through; we choose how we go through it.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
When we keep our mind on God, God gives us peace of mind.
God takes us into His darkroom to develop our character.
When God stretches our patience, He is seeking to enlarge our souls.
When you stop changing, you stop growing.
In prayer, God hears more than just words; He listens to your heart.
God invites us to burden Him with what burdens us.
If we don’t come apart and rest awhile, we may just plain come apart.
If you feel that you have no faults, that makes another one.