A TRAIN WHISTLE

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 tracks.

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 to sleep.

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)

These and more, are spiritual train whistles designed to warn us of danger. Wisdom dictates that we heed them.  ~~ John Gibson, Little Rock, AR

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 31, 2019

THANK YOU NOTES

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.

WITH SYMPATHY

Linda 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.

THE BUG MAN COMETH

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.

WORKDAY, SATURDAY APRIL 13

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

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, Bath soap, shampoo. Thank you for all your support to this important ministry of the congregation.

OUR NEXT 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.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We 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

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FOUL LANGUAGE IS FOUL

I recently watched a nationally televised athletic event where literally millions of people viewed the same game. During the game, the main camera showed one of the coaches being very upset and using verbally abusive foul language regarding calls made by the officials! What I observed disturbed me. Then I realized how many other people saw what I saw.

I am not naïve, and I understand foul language is used by the most of the population. We are to the point in our culture that most people in leadership positions in government, athletics, education, management and all walks of life have a flippant attitude when it comes to cursing and making offhand remarks. Unfortunately, our society looks the other way when this behavior is demonstrated. But, our Creator does not!

James 3:6 says, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” Evil speech destroys because it comes from Satan himself.
James 3:8 says, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” We must constantly be mindful and ready to restrain our tongue because of what power our words contain.
James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” We cannot be hypocrites when it comes to our words. We cannot bless God and then curse and verbally mistreat someone made in God’s image.
Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Both thoughts and words are to be suitable before God.
Let’s heed God’s words and remember: foul language is foul!

  • Allen Jones South Green Street church of Christ Glasgow, KY
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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 24, 2019

WORKDAY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13
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

FELLOWSHIP MEAL SCHEDULE
No Fellowship Meal on Sunday, March 31st.
Next Fellowship Meals will be on Sunday April 7th, April 28th and May 19th.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Plastic bags, Shampoo, tooth paste
Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV

 Offering a prayer of thanksgiving for these Godly men of faith and their dedication to praying for all people in every province of Cambodia.
 Remembering to pray for our brothers as they pray for and through Cambodia.
 Prayer for divine appointments along the way.
 Prayer is where it starts, continues, and ends. We have not, see not, hope not, go not, stay not, bless not, if we ask not. Don’t be afraid to ask a LOT….. God loves your voice, it is His favorite sound track.
 Praising God for opening doors and for the wonderful opportunities to study and pray for families in the countryside.
 Please continue to pray for our brethren in Cambodia, especially Dennis Welch whom we support, as he, his wife Sharon, their family and many others that make themselves available to be used by God in service and prayer to spread the Gospel in Cambodia. For the elders, Ken D

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ARE YOU WISE?

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” — 1 Corinthians 1:20-24

We live in a day and age when ungodly men and women try to minimize the wisdom of God. We have those who have a new idea on how the Lord’s church should function. This effort is designed by the devil and his angels. Through the Holy Bible we are taught that the time would come when men would not endure sound doctrine, and that time is here. God had a prescription for the unbeliever, a dose of His Word.

What I like about God is He has the first word and the last word. God said, “I am Alpha and Omega.” The Church will always belong to Jesus and it will never be left up to mankind because men could not and did not die for her nor did men purchase the Church with blood. Only Jesus could and did (Acts 20:28). “And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in ever way” Ephesians 1:22-23. The wise man knows God’s Word can be trusted and His truth cannot be changed, so we must conform to His way and not our way. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom” — James 3:13. James teaches us there are two kinds of wisdom. One is from heaven and the other is from hell. The question is, “Are you wise?”

— James Wilson, Jr., Church of Christ, Temple, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 17, 2019

AN INVITATION TO ALL

. . .to get together to honor James and Rebecca Thuleen with a wedding shower on Sunday, March 24th. This will take place after our evening worship assembly, a good time for fellowship and additional activity. Sandwich refreshments and dessert will be provided. Let’s all come and enjoy this special time together!

WORKDAY ON APRIL 13TH

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

INFORMATION CORRECTION

Barbara Belcher’s phone number was not complete in last week’s bulletin! The corrected number is available from this week’s bulletin and the church office.

UPCOMING FELLOWSHIP MEALS

There will not be a fellowship meal on its regularly scheduled day Sunday, March 31st but the next Fellowship Meals will be on Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 28th.  The fellowships will be after the AM worship assembly and, as usual, will have the PM assemblies that day dismissed. Mark your calendar, so we will all be there and enjoy a great time of food and fellowship.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

What follows is a Solar Player update from Sunset International Bible Institute which we have supported as a congregation in the past.   Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

10,000+ Solar Players Delivered

Supported by almost 300 churches & over 1,700 individuals

4 Languages Reached

5 Continents Reached

Over 50 Countries with Solar Players

Churches Established Around the World

Kingdom Impact – IMMEASURABLE

Thank you to all who have been a part of the Solar Mission. In five years, God has done some amazing things. When we look back at all that God has done through the Solar Mission, all we can say is “Hallelujah, to God be the glory.” Every supporter has been an extremely vital part of this mission. From those individuals among you who gave for part of one solar player, to those congregations who give each month, this mission would not have gone anywhere without all of the parts of the body of Christ working together.

The current Solar Mission has a dual focus; we will be distributing 3,000 solar players over the next two years, in Creole, to the nation of Haiti and to the Portuguese-speaking world including Brazil, Mozambique, and Angola. The purpose is to reach out to the needs of one of our closest neighbors in Haiti and to reach the 5th most spoken language in the world, Portuguese.

For the past few years, many have been working to translate the material on the solar player into Haitian Creole. The literacy rate in Haiti ranks among the lowest in the world at 60%. The audio lessons on the solar player will have a profound impact in a country that depends on the spoken word so heavily.

While mission work in Brazil has done much to reach the cities of that great nation, there is much of the Portuguese-speaking world who live without consistent electricity or access to large amounts of Bible-related material.

In Africa, churches in Mozambique and Angola suffered for years under civil war, poverty and oppression, but as conditions improve, the word of God is spreading. Strong, biblical teaching is a desperate need of these fast-growing churches. Just as has happened in Brazil, the fast growth of the church requires a deeper education in the word for the long-term establishment of the church.

You have sent the light in English and Amharic to Africa, in Spanish to Central and South America, in Arabic to refugees in Europe, and in English to the Philippines. Now, send the light to the 5th-largest spoken language and to one of our closest neighbors.

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THAT’S DISGUSTING!

Stephen doesn’t feel disgust. Ever.
After years of attempting to find a reason for his lack of ability to feel emotions, Stephen’s doctors finally diagnosed him with a little-known condition called alexithymia. People who fit into this category are unable to feel excitement, shame, disgust, anticipation, or even love.
One might think that having this condition would be a benefit, but for Stephen, it has been nothing but a curse. He’s experienced two failed marriages due to his inability to feel and share various emotions with his spouse (Mosaicscience.com, May 28, 2018).
Almost all humans have the God-given ability to feel disgust. One study showed that the most disgusting thing participants encountered was infected, open wounds (Atlantic Journal Constitution, June 5, 2018).
While one would readily agree that the world is filled with disgusting things, the filthiness of sin should top the list.
It seems that most people in the world don’t comprehend how disgusting sin actually is. While most people have the ability to understand that sin is bad, it’s imperative that we understand how spiritually disgusting it actually is.
Here are some problems faced by those who don’t comprehend the filthiness of sin.
They won’t understand how disgusting sin is to God. We read in Proverbs 15:9 that the way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. David stated in Psalm 5:4 that God does not delight in wickedness. It’s vitally important that we understand how God feels about sin.
They won’t understand the consequences of sin. Romans 6:3 gives the sobering warning that the wages of sin is death. No matter how people see sin, evil is still evil (Isaiah 5:20).
They won’t be motivated to be cleansed from the filthiness of sin. We’re instructed in James 1:21 to put away all filthiness and wickedness.

The most disgusting thing in the world is sin!
But how can we convince people that this is so??? That sin exists, is in their lives??? That they need God??? Is this not our greatest challenge??? That sin exists, is in their lives??? That they need God??? Is this not our greatest challenge???

Troy Albers, Graeber Road church of Christ, Rosenberg, TX

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