THE VALUE OF SINGING

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I love to sing! Do you sing when no one is around to listen? Do the lyrics of a favorite song seem to stick in your mind for days or even months? Did you ever wonder why? Singing is one of the tools God gave us that not only helps us to praise God but also helps us to change our moods from sad to happy. Singing helps us celebrate but also helps us express every good human emotion: joy, sadness, love, concern and motivation. Great songs have rallied nations to accomplish greater things throughout history, especially those nations that came out of oppression into systems of greater individual liberties and freedoms.
PSALMS: Half of the Old Testament Psalms mention singing. Not only do these psalms tell us to sing but they describe the value of singing. Singing makes our hearts rejoice and teaches us thankfulness in all situations in life.
Isaiah tells us to sing to those we love and mentions that singing helps us in the mourning of our lost loved ones. But “sing for Joy” is the phrase that is repeated over and over again throughout the Old Testament. When something good happens “sing for Joy.” When enemies are defeated, or the harvest is plentiful, “sing for Joy” is what God told His people.
New Testament: When the inspired writers of the New Testament told us to sing they used the terms. “make a joyful noise”, “make melody in your hearts”. James tells us “if anyone is thankful let them sing praise to God with their heart.” Paul wrote to the Ephesians and the Colossians that they should “sing a make melody with their hearts…” Christianity is a Heart Religion based on logic, facts and faith. To expand your spiritual life, sing! “If the skies above you are gray, sing and be happy…”

Bill McDonough, Windsong Notes, N. Little Rock, AK

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WEEKLY NEW, DECEMBER 9, 2018

WITH SYMPATHY
Bill & Helga Blackstone are grieving with Bill’s niece, Katie & husband Lee McDonald, at the death of their daughter, Stacy Leary, who lost a long and, this time, the third battle with cancer. She passed away on Tuesday, November 27th, at the age of 49. Memorial services took place on Saturday, December 1st, in Austin. Stacy was well known as an accomplished designer of evening wear and she also worked in a managerial position at times. She is survived by two sons, Jonathan and Eoin Leary, her parents, siblings and many uncles, aunts and other relatives. We are praying for God’s love and comfort for all in this trying time.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
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VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, December 12th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
All are invited to come to Cary and Brenda Miller’s home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane, for an Open House.   This will be on Monday, December 10th, from 5-8 pm. Thanks to the Millers for opening their home and to all the “helping elves” who make this yearly event a great success.

HELP NEEDED
 Visiting those in need.
 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.
 See Cary Miller.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
What follows is Part Two of a recent report from our fellow workers in Cambodia, Dennis & Sharon Welch. Please keep this work, the Welches and the people of Cambodia in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
Dearest family,
We continue to be the Prayer Coordinators for the Orality Network of Cambodia and are thrilled to see more involvement in various gateways used in oral teachings. Cambodian culture is rich in proverbs and old folk stories!!! Oral learners learn and remember through stories, proverbs, song and drama. Thank you Lord for ways to connect with the vast number of people who learn orally. Click on the logo below to learn more.
thumbnail1The end of July-early August we were blessed to join the Asian Mission Forum (AMF) held in Bangkok, Thailand. This annual conference/workshop has missionaries joining specifically from Asia as well as other nations. This years theme, “The City” consisted of three keywords 1) Gather 2) Pray and 3) Reach. We were all blessed by the facilitators, the keynote speakers who fed us from God’s Word, and by the common bond of love, unity, prayer and encouragement.
Prayer Circles Cambodia had another prayer ride September 23-26. Continue praying for the prayer warriors, their rides and the people of Cambodia.
Our dearest friends Sandy & Cindy Detherage came for a visit. These precious life-long friends are two very special people who are all about encouraging and building up the family of God. Sandy & Cindy are passionate about serving God and incredible, godly examples to all they meet. We appreciate the time they spent with us, their encouragement and for the ways they continue to shower us with love. To know more about them and their Barnabas Mission ministry visit: http://barnabasmission.org/.
Thank you for praying with us…
thumbnail (1)You have heard or seen how our Lord is working in Cambodia and in the hearts of the people here. We beg you to please remember to pray for healing for Chai-aeng (a young girl suffering with an illness for a long time). Also pray for various witch doctors, and for other forms of spiritual darkness and warfare that plague the people and country of Cambodia.
Please pray for our great nephew Ethan Jones and his family. About 1 month ago Ethan (12 years old) was hit by a truck while riding his go-cart. He was immediately care-flighted to the hospital. He is stable, but has been through several surgeries and facing a long recovery. Please pray for us to use wisdom and discernment in our saying “YES” and/or “NO” in regards to the vast needs here in Cambodia. We value and treasure your prayers.
Grace, Peace, Love & Blessings, Dennis and Sharon

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OUR STRONG TOWER

Proverbs-1810-with-logo1“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). If we imagine a strong tower, what do we see? A fortified stronghold adjoining a castle? An impenetrable fortress built to withstand all attacks of the enemy? Or perhaps a place of refuge? A tower generally allowed a view of the surrounding area from which enemy activity could be observed and monitored. It was secure and safe.

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower.” He’s always there to run to when the going gets tough. We are encouraged to turn away from the enemy and retreat into Him, not to stand toe-to-toe and battle it out, but turn to Him for our protection and defense.

This might seem to be a cowardly way out. Surely, if we got ourselves into the predicament, then it’s up to us to get ourselves out. Really? But isn’t this just a matter of pride? We bravely tell ourselves, “I can take it. I am strong enough to overcome this.” And that’s precisely what the enemy uses to aggravate the situation.

“The righteous run into it and are safe.” Let’s run to the One who can help us. But isn’t this only for the righteous? Do I qualify for His protection? I don’t see myself as righteous. Scripture clearly tells us “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Roman’s 3:10). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Yes, we are sinners. By Adam’s sin mankind was defiled (Genesis 3). We are all born into sin by hereditary contamination. And the consequence? “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and “For as in Adam all die” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

Yet, this is the very reason Christ came to earth, to die for our sins. God sent Jesus, sinless, to carry our sin with Him to the cross. He died with our sins, and broke the curse over mankind by rising again from the dead (Galatians 3:13). “Through disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). “Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is the Power of the Gospel! Through the Lord Jesus Christ, we’ve become His righteousness! Now let us all run and cling to the Lord as our strong tower and safety!

Spencer Cromwell, Windsong Notes, North Little Rock, AR

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WEEKLY NEWS, DECEMBER 2, 2018

HOLIDAY FELLOWSHIP

Sunday, December 2nd is the day for our Holiday Fellowship Meal after our morning worship assembly.  We have collected stuffed animals and dolls that we will donate to the Care-A-Van.  That organization gives these toys to children that have a challenging time in hospitals. We thank everyone for their donations!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

All are invited to come to Cary and Brenda Miller’s home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane, for an Open House.  This will be on Monday, December 10th, from 5-8 pm. Thanks to the Millers for opening their home and to all the “helping elves” who make this yearly event a great success.

HELP NEEDED

 Visiting those in need.

 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.

 See Cary Miller.

A NEW WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

On Wednesday, December 5th, we will begin a new study entitled, “God’s People in a Troubled World”. Each lesson will address how God wants us to handle difficult or undesirable situations in life. Focusing on 1 John, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude, we will discuss biblical guidelines for how to live peacefully in the midst of life’s storms. Cary Miller will be leading this study.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

What follows is Part One of a recent report from our fellow workers in Cambodia, Dennis & Sharon Welch. Please keep this work, the Welches and the people of Cambodia, in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Dearest family,

Where has the time gone? In so many ways it seems like just yesterday when we departed our loved ones Stateside and started our new journey in Cambodia. On the other hand it’s hard to believe we have now lived overseas for 10+ years. That’s right—in August we celebrated our 10-year anniversary.  Our hearts have been strongly touched by the people of Cambodia and we absolutely love it here. We are incredibly grateful for each of you who have journeyed with us and stood beside us from many miles away. Thank you for partnering with us through your numerous prayers, and through your love, encouragements and support!!!

Praise & Thanksgiving…

A prayer of thanksgiving and praise on how God is allowing us to use opportunities for coaching and mentoring others throughout everyday interactions: “Lord please help us to listen well and ask good, impactful questions as we serve and walk beside others.”

We’re so thankful for our church family, fellow missionaries and co-laborers. We have been blessed richly by so many families over the years. Many of our friends and associates here are faced with transitions and decisions that affect their life, family, ministry and well-being. Please join us as we pray for peace, clarity and direction in their lives and their future ministry and work.

The love that a family has is unlike anything else. We continue to sing praises to God for the reunion of new family and old, near and far. “Thank you Lord for the gifts you have given each of us as we join together in reaching out to one another, to our loved ones and in our ministry!”

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We are filled with zeal and encouraged as we see more Kingdom growth in our neighborhood. As we continue to reevaluate and move according to God’s will we are seeing ways we can stand beside and encourage the local leaders. Especially the Dorm Ministry in our own community as Dennis is coaching and mentoring as God prepares the hearts of young new generation guys. We are also encouraged to see additional classes we can be involved in with the dorm students.

Our local neighborhood ministry & outreach is increasing with deeper relationships. We are thankful for the times we chat with neighbors and as they open up and share their thoughts and concerns. We are connecting just by sitting with them, being a good ear and just caring. We see how God is working at softening their heart and allowing them to trust more deeply.

Grace, Peace, Love & Blessings, Dennis and Sharon

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S I N K H O L E S

9031.600.418A giant sinkhole opened up in Schmalkalden, Germany, about 98 feet across and about 65 feet deep that swallowed a car, part of a garage and house. Yet, it was small compared to the sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City in 2007. Reportedly, residents heard rumblings for weeks but no one knew why. In one day, almost instantly, a perfectly round plot of earth disappeared and left a hole more than thirty stories deep!
Experts suppose that sinkholes appear because of the movement of earth beneath what we see everyday. The problem can be caused by the movement of water, flooding or changing weather patterns. Sinkholes occur when there is literally no ground under the ground, and everything pays the price for the lack of foundation, especially what’s on the surface.
There are some Christians who are like those sinkholes; they have no foundation under the surface. When circumstances are right, their lives “cave in” and cause damages that no one would have believed or expected. Spiritual sinkholes occur because of lack of knowledge in the word of God (Heb. 5:12-14). Spiritual sinkholes occur when someone fails to act on their faith (cf. Matt. 7:24-27; 2 Pet. 1:5-11).
How does a person guard against erosion of their faith? Second Peter 1:5-7 teaches that the guard is a solid foundation of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. “These things” repeated in verse 8, verse 9, verse 10, verse 12, and verse 15 are the surest way to solidify the foundation of faith. The promise is that one who “abounds in these things” will not be “unfruitful” or “barren,” “shortsighted,” and “will never stumble.”
Spiritual sinkholes can be avoided if there is more examination of self and examination of faith (Phil. 2:12; 2 Cor. 13:5)! Are our lives vulnerable to spiritual sinkholes brought about by lack of a firm foundation? We would all do well to thoughtfully and prayerfully make sure that we are building only on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and His word (Matt. 7:24-27).
Andy Baker – Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 25, 2018

THANK YOU NOTE
Our heartfelt “thank-you” to all for the prayers, calls and all expressions of concern and well-wishes during Lynn’s recent health challenge, referred to as “a football injury sustained in a senior league.” A recent check-up showed progress in healing, the doctor was pleased with this. Lynn won’t be able to use his arm for a while yet, but he is o.k. with this and, therefore, doing fine. Love, Lynn & Kathy Patterson

HOLIDAY PROJECTS
The time for our holiday projects is now here!
The cookies we collect for the Cherokee Home for Children’s holiday party should be here by now. The Ladies Class members will pack them up on Wednesday, November 28th, which is the last class of 2018. Thanks to everyone who so generously donated!
We need to concentrate now on our other project, the collection of stuffed animals for the Care-A-Van. We need to have those here before our Holiday Party, on Sunday, December 2nd.
Remember, those stuffed dolls and/or animals should not have loose parts that can easily come off!
All are invited to come to Cary and Brenda Miller’s home, 1922 Bluebonnet Lane, for an Open House. This will be on Monday, December 10th, from 5-8 pm. Thanks to the Millers for opening their home and to all the “helping elves” who make this yearly event a great success.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Shampoo
Thank you!

HELPING HANDS
 Visiting those in need.
 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.
 See Cary Miller.

A NEW BIBLE CLASS
A new Bible class will start on Wednesday, December 5th. Cary Miller will be the teacher and the topic will be announced at a later date.

THANK YOU NOTE
To the Church of Christ:
We are grateful for your assistance during the recent flooding crises. Your compassion for those affected by the flooding evidenced your belief in the Biblical principles espoused in the Bible.
Thank you again for your help! Al & Barb

SPANISH WORK
Remember Our Spanish Work!
Salvador San Tillan is ready every Sunday morning to teach a Bible class in Spanish. This is a worthy endeavor. Do you have friends who would benefit from this Spanish Bible study? Let them know about it by giving them a warm, personal invitation. Those who already come, make them feel welcome and at home in our fellowship.

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Gospel Chariot Missions WEST AFRICA Third Quarter Update 2018
Hi Everyone,
Hope this finds you doing well. This is our West African update and we have some wonderful news regarding West Africa and that is: we are now in the process of designing, fundraising and negotiating the upgrading of the Liberian mini chariot to a Big Chariot that will travel into not just Liberia, but Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea Bassau, making it 6 countries! And the good news is, we have a $75,000.00 matching fund once again, meaning we only need another $75,000.00 to proceed with this impossible venture, but with God all things are possible and He continues to blow my mind as we reach countries we never thought were possible. THANK YOU, LORD, AND THANK YOU, TO OUR MATCHING BROTHER AND SISTER AND ALL OF YOU WHO MAKE THIS WORK WHAT IT IS.
41946236_2017133678305191_404723800618303488_nThis is so exciting, but as I sit here I could tell you of some amazing developments taking place in other parts of Africa where we are making amazing breakthroughs in spreading the Wonderful Name of Jesus and one area is the DRC, that is Congo, where we have struggled to get into for years and are now busy sending a Congolese brother back to Congo, fully trained and ready to work out of Goma, a town ideally situated. Also have another brother leaving for Namibia to help us in our Bible School there and also trying to get him a work visa to help oversee the school. Also some amazing developments in South Africa as we are making plans of moving our ministry out of the inner city and more out of town to the west, where communities are popping up all over the place. That said, we will be leaving behind a thriving Downtown Pretoria Church of Christ.
41911890_2017133751638517_879768752881664000_nPS, Brethren it is soooooo hard to fundraise and find funds and we really, really need to say how amazing this is and how God has been so good through you all…….Below shows some updates reported by the team in West Africa.
To God be the Glory. In Him, Love, Brother George Funk
NEW NIGERIAN GOSPEL CHARIOT DOING GREAT THINGS FOR THE LORD
Following is one of the updates from the Nigeria Gospel Chariot Evangelist, Samuel Ndukwe: The Nigeria Gospel Chariot came to Kogi State on September 1, 2018 for a two week Gospel outreach. It traveled through seven Local Government Areas of Lokoja, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Dekina, Idah, Olamaboro and Ankpa of the state. The Chariot was hosted by more than ten congregations in their communities where intensive evangelism was done. After working for 15 days in the State of Kogi, 26 coverts were added to the body of Christ.

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YOUR THANKSGIVING LIST

The apostle Paul was a thankful man. He was thankful to Jesus for putting him into the ministry (1 Timothy 1:12), for the faith of his fellow Christians (Col. 1:3-4), for those who risked themselves for his ministry (Rom. 16:4), for salvation (1 Cor. 15:57), and indeed for all things (Eph. 5:20).

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What sort of “thanksgiving list” would you put together? Perhaps it would include your family, your home, your local congregation of the Lord’s church, and your job, in addition to the spiritual blessings Paul mentions.

 

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Whatever the case maybe, the important thing is to remember to be thankful. Because ultimately, God is the source of all blessings (James 1:17).

– Matt Clifton Judsonia church of Christ Judsonia, AR

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