Ten Things You Should Never Do With Your Nose (Metaphorically Speaking)


  • Look down it at somebody (the sin of pride).
  • Stick it into someone else’s business (the sin of meddling).
  • Pick it (the sin of self-destructive behavior).
  • Get it out of joint (the sin of anger).
  • Cut it off to spite your face (the sin of bitterness).
  • Pay through it (the sin of materialism).
  • Not see beyond it (the sin of selfishness).
  • Be hard-nosed (the sin of stubbornness).
  • Thumb it at someone (the sin of rudeness).
  • Turn it up at others (the sin of haughtiness).

Rather, let’s keep our noses clean, keep our noses to the grindstone of God’s business, and keep our noses in the Bible!

Edd Sterchi, Campbellsville, KY via BULLETIN DIGEST

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Be sure to pick up a bulletin every Sunday or Wednesday! All the important news, updates on the sick lists, upcoming events etc. are posted in it. Announcements from the pulpit will now not contain what is in the bulletin.  Make certain that the office is notified about important news and changes. Also, please let us know about updates in regard to the sick lists.


. . . . . t o d a y, Sunday, August 26, 2018 after the AM Service!

Hosts & hostesses are: Pat DeVore, Bob & Doris Foster, Vicky Parr and David & Sherry Zoller.


On Thursday, September 13, we will resume “Eating Out Together”.

There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the auditorium.

Bill Flanary would like to have suggestions for a place to go.

Please let him know if you have a suggestion and please plan to attend.


eem_mini_banner_horizontalOn Sunday, September 16th, we will have the opportunity again to show our evangelistic spirit by contributing to the mission work in Eastern Europe. The opportunities and needs in that part of the world are great.  Bibles and other religious books that pertain to Christian values are being asked for in public schools to help, especially, young people to cope with life’s problems.  Keep in your prayers these areas of the world that need the message of the cross so very much. Our generous support is always appreciated. . . .AND. . . . “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7b).


Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, tooth paste, and tooth brushes

Thank you for your continued support through prayers and donations to this ministry of our congregation to the members of our community!





We are blessed to support the work of the gospel in the African nation of Nigeria and to especially work with local brethren like Sylvester Imogoh who helps coordinate the efforts of the World Bible School and Tract programs there. This is from his last quarterly report. Please keep him and the church in your prayers for their safety and encouragement. For the elders, Ken D




We have been very busy in this quarter with more and more work. God has blessed us with 6 new converts who obeyed the gospel in water baptism. These converts were made from our various outreach efforts- The Ugbogbo Community Outreach program, visitors at church services, and from our Food and Benevolence Programs. Every Sunday, we have more visitors at church.

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The Adult Education Program is continuing with the goal of teaching people English Language using the Bible as one of the course contents. Brother Ajiboye is doing a good job of handling that program.

Our Monthly Evangelism Program has now incorporated The Youths’ Tracts’ Distribution. From these various outreach programs, more and more prospects are visiting the church every Sunday for A M worship services.

World Bible School

 Receiving, Sorting, Distribution and Mailing of lessons from the US are the basic work that we do every week. I have a team of 5 workers who help me in this work.

Follow-Up Activities were in villages and schools such as- Uneme-Nekhua, Successs School Igarra, and the Villages of Ekpe, Ekpedo, Makeke and Ososo. The challenge we face in most cases is that many of the students are dependent children who [sadly] would not have their parents’ permission to obey the gospel. But it is good they are learning the word of God in their hearts.

Internet Students’ Follow-Up. Doug Wheeler is now working with the WBS & WEI team in the follow-up process for Internet students. So from time to time, he releases names of Nigerians in need of contact. In this quarter, I personally received and initiated the follow-up process for 7 students in different parts of Nigeria. One good thing is that I usually complete the process by mailing tracts and books to them locally. I think this is a good complement to their studies via the internet. Postal students need that too. Therefore, any WBS or WEI Teachers who needs me to send books and tracts to their students in Nigeria should contact me or contact Doug Wheeler. Simply provide the names and addresses of such students and we will take care of the rest from there.

Sylvester Imogoh

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The Loneliest Man in the World

He’s the last known survivor. It is believed that the rest of his Amazonian tribe was murdered two decades ago by land-hungry ranchers, and ever since, he has been living a solitary life in the remote state of Rondonia, Brazil.

Authorities say he spends his days hunting pigs, monkeys, and birds with a bow and arrow. Those who have been observing the man from a distance believe him to be in his fifties (BBC News, July 20, 2018). The lonely man has no father, no brothers nor sisters, no human connections to the outside world, no fellowship with people like him, and no social support.

Silhouette of young man

While this is a tragic scenario, even more tragic is the loneliness of the soul without Christ, and therefore, no connection to God.



The Christless Soul Has No Father. Second Corinthians 6:18 quotes God as saying that He will be the Father of those who are obedient to Him. The soul connected to God through Christ will never experience spiritual loneliness.

The Christless Soul Has Neither Brothers Nor Sisters. Jesus said that those who do the will of the Father in heaven are brothers and sisters to Him (Matthew 12:48-50). Souls aren’t designed to be only children.

The Christless Soul Has No Spiritual Support Network, no fellowship with those who are in Christ, and no connections spiritually. God, through Scripture, has emphasized the necessity of personal interaction as a means to build one another up (Romans 14:19). Self-edification is a shallow substitute for positive interpersonal interaction.

The loneliest soul in the world is the soul without a connection to God through Christ.

Christians need to reach out to the Christless and let them know that they aren’t meant to be alone.

(Troy Albers, Rosenberg, TX)

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Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, tooth paste, tooth brushes
Thank you!

On Thursday, September 13, we will resume “Eating Out Together”.
There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the auditorium.
Bill Flanary would like to have suggestions for a place to go. Please
let him know.

“From the bottom of our hearts, Sandy and I want to express our dearest and sincere appreciation for the love that has been shown to us. We thank you for all of your prayers, the phone calls, cards and especially for the visitors we saw. The banner sent to us was so special! As you might know, our lives have been significantly changed over the past few weeks but we always felt the love and support of our Christian brothers and sisters.”
Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Doc & Sandy

Today, Sunday, August 19th, Ken Darnell will preach this morning and in the evening for vacationing Joe. We are looking forward to his messages.

. . . . . next Sunday, July 26th!
Hosts & hostesses will be: Pat DeVore, Bob & Doris Foster, Vicky Parr and David & Sherry Zoller.

I Appreciate the Appreciators
Another Appreciation Breakfast is behind us and, as usual, YOU made it a success! This year we were honored to have 36 teachers and first responders. I heard many “thank you’s” from our guests, so I know a good impression was made. Your prayers, cooking skills and smiling faces all combined to make our public know they are appreciated! Well done, church! — Joe

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Our congregation is blessed to help spread the gospel in many ways. One of those ways is supporting Cooper Atkeson and his family as he attends Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock training to preach the word of God in an effective way. This is from his summer report. Please keep Cooper, Meagan and their daughter Mary in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
“It’s been a while since our last update because we have been very busy this Summer!
Immediately after our fourth term ended we temporarily moved to Portales, NM to work with the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. We would be hard-pressed to find an internship as beneficial as this experience was. Cooper did a little bit of everything – preaching, teaching, youth, worship, and other various guided experiences. The leadership was very supportive and intentional as Cooper was learning and growing. We grew both professionally and personally. This experience was invaluable as we prepare for ministry and determine our field of service. Thank you, Third and Kilgore!
Immediately after our internship ended (no breaks for us, yet) we went to Abilene, TX for Singing School! Cooper has been attending and teaching at the Texas Normal Singing School for a while now. It is one of the biggest highlights of our year. In addition to it being a great ministry by training individuals to promote, support, and grow a cappella congregational singing, it is also a great time of revival and of reunion with friends. The TNSS is a second home for us.
Cooper & Megan AtkesonWe are currently approaching the end of nearly-two weeks with friends and family in southwest Missouri. This is our break. Fortunately, we were able to attend the wedding of two close friends who met through our college ministry in Neosho, MO before we began our schooling at SIBI. It was really neat to be a small part of God’s work in bringing them together.
We have missed Missouri. We have been able to enjoy the lush forests, rolling hills, and cold rivers so much that we have hardly noticed the flies, ticks, and humidity.
We missed our families even more. It has been a blessing to spend time with both sides of the family and relax. It is nice to see family again before we return to school and hit the studies hard again!
Thank you – you are a blessing to us!”

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Getting Through the Impossible Obstacle

They were up against it now. Nowhere to go, nowhere to turn. An impossible obstacle in front of them and trouble behind them. And everything started out so well. They were happy, even rejoicing. They had everything they needed and life looked great. Now it was if they had the wind knocked out of them. It was as if their feet had been swept out from underneath them. What were they going to do? Our lives often feel that way, right? Things are going great. The day starts out so good and then, suddenly, it all goes wrong and we don’t know what we’re going to do. Those people up against the impossible obstacle were the Hebrews. The obstacle was the Red Sea.

part-red-seaThey had no way around it and could see no other option but to go back to Egypt. Behind them was the entire Egyptian army bearing down on them. In Exodus 14, the people tell Moses they should go back to Egypt and be slaves again because at least they would be alive. The people tell Moses, “Did we not say to you in Egypt, ’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (vs. 12).

Moses addresses the people and encourages them to have faith in God. God’s response to Moses is interesting. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ’Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on’” (v. 15). God, basically, tells them to go forward through the impossible obstacle. God causes a wind to blow all night and create a pathway on dry ground through the Red Sea for the people to go through the impossible obstacle and reach safety. How often are we faced with impossible obstacles and want to turn back to our old lives and our old ways? How often do we not listen to God when He tells us to go forward, forgetting, He said, He would provide a way through? How often are we ready to turn back just when God is about to do something powerful in our lives? There is nothing behind me worth going back to – not family, not friends, not habits. The only way to get through the impossible obstacle is to go forward, trusting in God to make a path.  ~~via  Creekside church of Christ, Franklin, Indiana


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The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 15th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.


Coming up on Tuesday, August 14 from 7 to 9 AM!

Thanks to all who have signed up and are willing volunteers! With everything well organized and in place, this will be another successful breakfast and service to the community.


The Honor of your Presence Is Requested

At The Marriage of Melissa Kay to Don Kyle Welch

On Saturday, the Eighteenth of August

Two Thousand And Eighteen

One O’clock In the Afternoon

Highland Lakes Church of Christ

Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony


Thanks to all who so generously contributed from our congregation to the fund for Samuel Pereira.

It is greatly appreciated by the family and will aid in Samuel’s recovery from his accident.


Billye Yaws, Myrtle Hazlewood’s youngest sister, passed away on Monday, August 6th. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 11th at the church of Christ in Seagoville, Texas.

Our sympathy, payers and love go out to brother-in-law, Billy Hazlewood, niece Valerie Cook and her siblings. May God bless all and everyone in the grieving family.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Exciting things are happening to the work of the Gospel in Africa. Thank God we are able to help in this work and keep this mission work in your prayer. For the elders, Ken D


30716565_1815706831781211_2398268867177611264_nHi Everyone.

Hope this finds you doing well. This is the last of our mid-year reports and its West Africa, where we have 5 chariots (three mini chariots and 2 big chariots) that work in 5 countries. That said, we have plans on upgrading the Liberian mini chariot for Isaac Daye to a big chariot that will then travel into the following 5 countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia. Then after that, Lord willing, we will help George Akpabli in Benin, with a big chariot that will go into more French speaking countries, being Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali and also parts of Guinea. Wow, that means we will then go from 5 countries to 13 countries and many of these being very Muslim. The amazing thing is, that it is our brethren, Isaac Daye and George Akpabli, pleading with us to increase our territory. These are great leaders and amazing networkers who know their region and I stand amazed that we as a ministry have such an opportunity to penetrate these Islamic countries, but also start working in more French speaking countries that have been overlooked. Only God can make such things happen.

30124698_1805701016115126_3683318306137178112_nOur goal was to give it a one year break on the raising of funds for more chariots and just take a breather, but after much prayer and the prompting of the Spirit, I must say it is the right thing to do and time is of the essence, especially in the north west that is so Muslim and whilst we have such capable and faithful brethren.

OUR MOST URGENT NEED THROUGH THE FALL AND 2019 BUDGET IS $150,000.00 FOR A NEW BIG LIBERIAN GOSPEL CHARIOT…..that will reach out to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia.

Please pray with us and help us through the Power of God to take on more territory. We ask you to look back at what is already happening and it is mind boggling; and then reflect to what will be happening if we take on more. It is not us but you, who are taking Africans to reach their own continent. ITS AMAZING AND HARD TO EXPLAIN!

George Funk, Gospel Chariot Missions,

West Africa Mid-Year Update 2018

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5171-helm_wheel_ship.630w.tnHave you ever thought about how much control you have over your life?  Of course, things happen outside of your control which impact us, but we have the power to decide how we handle the things which come our way.

I preach and teach quite a bit on the decisions we make. Not just the decisions to sin or not, but also on other decisions.  I emphasize how much control we have over our thoughts, attitudes and feelings.  So  much of the quality of our lives is based on the state of mind we decide we are going to have.

22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them (Acts 16:22-25 ESV).

Now,  U have never been imprisoned, stripped, or beaten.  I have never had my feet fastened in the stocks; my guess is neither have you.  But I have some really bad days.  Some really, really, really bad days.  I have also had days which weren’t overall bad, just aggravating.  Little things happen which get on my last nerve and put me on edge.  I snap at my wife and/or my kids, even though it’s not their fault.

How often in the midst of these things have I stopped, prayed, and sang a hym to God?  How about you?  We decide how we define our lives and our happiness.  Don’t let other people decide it for you.  – George Stewart © 2012

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