My daddy was a man of many talents. He thawed frozen water pipes under the house during the winter, repaired bicycles, house fans, was a great cook and even overhauled a car engine in our drive-way. When I was old enough, my job was to always hold the flashlight, carry the toolbox, or just talk to him while he was working on something. I wished I would have spent more time listening and being patient while he talked. One of the last projects we did together was putting up a little clothesline in our backyard a few months before he passed away. In typical fashion, he constructed everything correctly from pouring the cement in the right spot, to making sure the measurements were accurate. The lines were just the right height for him and momma.
Way before I knew any Scripture or understood the love of Jesus Christ, I realized the importance of “considering” others by my dad’s example. Paul teaches the importance “furthering the conversation” with others so we can share Jesus with the world. We know this can be challenging as we live in a divisive world. We know the world needs the love of Jesus and we have an opportunity to show the need to submit our lives to the One who first loved us. These opportunities begin with seeking to help others and looking for ways to “be there” for others.
Philippians 2:1-4 says, “Therefore if there is consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any relationship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
My dad has been gone for 30 years, that old clothesline is still standing, and I am thankful I submitted my life to Christ. Someone loved me and told me about Jesus. May we consider others so they will seek Christ! – Allen Jones South Green Street church of Christ Glasgow, KY
December 1st. . . . Elders Meeting, Budget review
December 6th . . . . Kirk Eason from South Africa Bible College will be speaking during worship
December 13th . . . a special collection will be taken up for Eastern European Mission (EEM)
Our dear sister Charlotte Hastings will be leaving our midst in mid to late December, making a move to the Arlington area. As is our custom, we like to send off our friends with a heartfelt gift, such as a $$ Tree. Please give your money to Paula Welch, who will construct our Gift of Love.
WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASSES
Videos all through December except December 23rd, two days before Christmas
PARKING LOT WORK
As noted by a number of our members, the condition of our building’s parking lot has deteriorated in recent months. The condition is scheduled to be corrected and improved over the next couple of weeks by AllStar Paving, who will be cleaning, patching, filling cracks, applying sealant and restriping. They will take our times of services into consideration as they perform their work. If you come to the building during this time frame, please give consideration to the barriers and cautionary tapes and signs.
COVID-19 TESTING QUARANTINE
If you have been tested for Covid-19 it is recommended that you remain in quarantine until you get results.
If you are positive, you will need to remain in isolation for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. if you have no symptoms, the ten days are measured from the time of the test. You will need to be symptom free and fever free (without the aid of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.) at least 24 hours before coming out of isolation.
Covid-19 patients are infectious for 48 hours BEFORE their onset of symptoms. All significant contacts of Covid-19 positive individuals, from the 48 hour period before symptoms began, should also quarantine. These individuals will need to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with you. Testing on their part will not shorten their length of their quarantine.
A negative test at day 7 of quarantine, for instance, does NOT mean you can release early, as the virus may not exhibit symptoms or cause a positive test for 14 days. Therefore it is not necessary to get tested from a standpoint of quarantine, as it will not allow you to be released early. We do not recommend testing of some individuals in quarantine to assess the spread of the virus from an organization standpoint. (For instance, to assess the spread of Covid-19 in schools, nursing homes, jails, and assisted living facilities, as well as certain businesses).
Finally, a word on testing before returning to work. Some individuals remain positive for pieces of the virus for several months after they recover. These individuals are no longer infectious, they simply remain positive on the test. Repeat testing, therefore, is not recommended, as it can lengthen the isolation period unnecessarily. – Jack Franklin, MD, Hill Country Direct Care, Local Health Authority, Llano, TX
SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE
Next Sunday, we will be blessed to have Kirk Eason, the US representative of the South Africa Bible College, who will be here to report on this work which we help support. In that work, we support Nhlanhla Pascal Dlomo in his studies at SABC. Here is Pascal’s latest report. Keep him and all of SABC in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D
I would like to pass my greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I write this letter having heard of how things are going there in USA and I shall keep on praying for things to get better, for we are in this together. I would not lie even on our side, here in the country things are not good as well and we are now seeing the increase in new infection rate and that is really alarming.
Brethren writing to you is never an issue or burdensome and I do it out of my free will; for it is nothing compared to the support you give to this institution. It is to my knowledge that the good work taking place here at the Collage is greatly supported by your generous giving which I personally really appreciate. Thus I have not ceased to ask our faithful Lord to keep on blessing you. I believe that we can all agree that this year has been hard on many of us if not all of us and the presence of this virus has disturbed many things. I for one have experienced some disturbance in a number of ways which includes my studies to the point that I even had thought of dropping them to pick them up again next year if possible. It was not easy studying at home for that alone comes with its own distractions, but what made my experience of studying at home unpleasant was the sometime unreliable network connection which at times would not be able to sustain the way we went about to achieve the online learning. Thus I wish and pray that things will not be bad here in the country that we will have to study online again.
With that being said, I am thankful to God for carrying me and the rest of the students through those hard time. We are now back on the campus and a good job has been done as far as the protective measures against this virus are concerned. Now one must try to focus on the final exams to be written in a few weeks time. Then for the upcoming holydays at home I am planning to go around sharing the gospel. I can hope that I will not pick up this disease (Covid-19). It is evidential that this virus kills but still I will go and preach being moved by the fact that sin kills too.
Brethren I know things are tough but be strong and courageous. Hang in there for this too shall pass. In God we trust and do not get weary in doing good to all for your good works for the Lord are not in vain and keeping in mind that we are created in Christ for good works. May God bless you in the name of Jesus.
ls it “Turkey Day” or “Thanksgiving?” This question came to me a few days ago as I read an ad in the newspaper regarding the upcoming holiday. But I wonder if the renaming of Thanksgiving is not filled with cultural overtones.
Church attendance has been in decline for many years and the culture in which we live has seen a shift away from Christ. It is no wonder, then, that “Christ” would be removed from a day of honor in our society. “Merry Christmas” has been renamed to “Happy Holidays.”
“Turkey Day” may indicate a further drift away from God. Traditionally Thanksgiving has been observed as a day in which the nation stops to thank God for all the blessings we Americans enjoy. Have we gotten so far from God that we fail to honor Him with thanksgiving?
Now let it be understood that the fourth Thursday in November is not a “holy day,” nor is it a day commanded in the Bible. It is a holiday set up by our leaders of the past to thank God for His blessings on the people of our great country. But modern day leaders have led us away from God as a national policy. Sadly we are fast becoming like the heathen nations described in Romans 1:28 who “did not like to retain God in their knowledge” and even though they knew God does exist they “did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful” (21).
The parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21) is about a man who took all the credit for all of his wealth and was unthankful to God who made it all possible. “Turkey Day” smells of the same rotten spirit.
May we make every day a day of thanksgiving to the God of all creation and to Jesus Christ our Lord, for every blessing we enjoy comes from the Father and the Son. – Alton Norman Owingsville church of Christ Owingsville, KY
WEDNESDAY PM CLASSES Wednesday, November 25 All Classes dismissed – Day before Thanksgiving
THANK YOU NOTE Dear Church Family, We thank you so very much for your prayers, cards, calls and good thoughts during the time of James knee surgery and recuperation. He is doing very well and the doctor is pleased with the outcome of the surgery. We appreciate you all! In Christian love, James & Vicky Williams
NIGERIA EVANGELISM UPDATE
BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES Please pray for our fellow workers in Nigeria as they share the gospel of Christ. For the elders, Ken D
Sunday November 15 – Our worship today at Ugbogbo has been another spiritually uplifting one. In place of Sunday School, brother Daniel Amaize taught the rudiments of singing. But many of the unlearned did not benefit. So we plan next time to divide the church into groups. The church hall can no longer hold our Sunday morning attendance.
Especially in this period of dry season with unbearable heat, some people spill over to the front porch and the sides of the building. We are desperately looking for means to expand the building between now and this time next year. We are planning it in such a way that we can continue to use the hall while the walls for the expansion are going up. We are praying for God to send help.
After worship, we went to the river to baptize 5 ladies. The number of women in the church continue to grow above the men. Also after worship some groups went to visit several people who are sick and could not come to church. So many people have been sick at this time.
We are praying for God’s mercy and healing. And we are praying for America as well in this period of post election challenges. Amen! Sylvester Imogoh
First and Second Chronicles offers us several great reminders about what a wonderful blessing worship should be to our lives. Especially right now when our routines have been disrupted, we need to make sure we are participating with heart, soul, mind, and strength.
When the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem, David declared a day of thanksgiving (1 Chron. 16:7) and began expressing his gratitude to God for all the different ways that the Lord had blessed His people (1 Chron. 16:18-38). And then Scripture says that David went home to bless his household/family (1 Chron. 16:43).
The time spent together in praise of God should be transforming. Our joy and praise and lifting up of God’s holy name should translate into renewed spirits that seek to be blessings to others! Our worship of the Lord together should lead to us being more like the Lord at home!
David gave thanks to God and praised Him along with all the people, then he took those things home to his family. May we all do the same! Whether we gather at the building or utilize technology, let us turn the blessings of worship into blessings for our homes.
Bart Warren South Green Street church of Christ Glasgow, KY
“My sister, Phillis Prouty, lost her long battle with cancer at 5 PM on Wednesday evening. Thank you all for your prayers. The family, as well as Bill and I, appreciate them very much.” – Mary K. Flanary
We are expressing our love and sympathy, combined with our prayers, to Mary K. & Bill, and all the other members of the family of Phillis. May God bless everyone in this time of grief.
PANTRY & CLOTHING ROOM UPDATE
As many of you know, we had a very successful pantry and clothing room ministry prior to the Covid-19 epidemic. People were being helped and our members truly enjoyed the fellowship of working together to serve others. But about 8 months ago our world abruptly changed and we had to embrace new realities like masks and social distancing. We simply could not continue our pantry effort in the same way and still keep clients and workers safe.
Ever since the shutdown of the pantry work, many of us have been grieving over what we lost. It is only natural that we seek some way to restore the good work that has been lost, and for that reason many have been discussing what can be done. The elders believe many questions can be answered by sharing an information update with the brethren about the pantry’s future.
First, we must sadly announce that the Zollers have resigned from directing the pantry work. We are all deeply indebted to David and Sheri for the long hours they devoted to making the pantry work, but they have decided that it is time for them to step aside and have some family time again. New leadership for the pantry has been challenging to find, since it is nearly a full-time job. Someone must constantly inventory food supplies, determine what food is needed & what can be ordered, arrange for food pickups, file necessary paperwork, keep records, check records, check & record temperatures on the refrigeration units every other day…and all of this must be done 52 weeks a year without fail.
Secondly, many of our reliable workers are still isolating because of the pandemic and without people to sack groceries, check in clients and deliver the food all while socially distanced & masked, we simply cannot proceed.
Until these problems can be solved, it is our intention to operate as an “emergency” pantry. People seeking food will not be turned away, but they will be helped one at a time as the need arises. Please pray for God’s help and wisdom as we move forward. Our hope is that we can restore some version of our pantry work in the future as these problems are resolved.
CAMBODIA REPORT FROM
The following is from the Welches in Cambodia. Please continue to pray for them and the opportunities to spread the Gospel there. For the elders, Ken D
Dearest family, In the everyday busyness of day-to-day life activities (and for us, all that goes along with developing a property and building a house in a foreign land) we remain eternally grateful for the great and mighty promises of our Lord. Furthermore, we are grateful for your encouragements, love and prayers. As we prepare for what’s ahead and moving into our new home we are super excited to see what’s next, how God will use us for future ministry opportunities and outreach. Over the years you have heard us sing praises to the Lord for blessing us with our three beautiful Cambodian daughters. This is one of the blessings we could have never anticipated. The Lord has used them in so many ways and we continue to enjoy watching them grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus. Oh how we love family!!!
The Cambodian culture has taught us so much about community and we are thankful for the blessings, opportunities and relationships we continue to make. Speaking of family, our three girls have been sharing and ministering to their brother, Vichei and sister, Sreymom (2 additional biological siblings who are married with children) on how God has been working in their lives—simply stated, just telling their story and His story. Oh how the love of Jesus has given our girls hope and peace! We have been praying for these family members and faithfully waiting for additional ways to minister to them with the love of Jesus.
One of the most divisive and chaotic election campaigns has come to an end. During this time Christians in America have faced many opportunities to exercise patience and let our faith shine. Chances are each of us has experienced some failures and some successes. Politicians and pundits will now judge and discuss the consequences of the election. But whatever those consequences may be, for Christians there are three truths to which we must now turn our attention:
Your brother is still your brother. Surely there have been some disagreements on who we preferred for president, congress, and local officials, but as Christians we must remember our heavenly citizenship comes first (Phil. 3:20). Post-election is a great time to remember and reaffirm that we are taught by God to love one another (1 Thess. 4:9), and by this love the world will see evidence that we are disciples of Jesus (John 13:35). Christian, your brother is still your brother!
Your neighbor is still your neighbor. A contentious election has not changed the fact that Jesus affirmed in scripture that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31). Our responsibility to imitate Jesus, who went about doing good (Acts 10:38) has not changed. Even if we consider someone a “political enemy,” we still must love him, even if we were the target of cursing, hate, and spite (Matthew 5:44). And if the election did not “go your way,” as a Christian you are still duty bound to love. Your neighbor is still your neighbor!
God is still God. Most importantly, no matter how the election turned out, we must understand that God is still in control. As Daniel wrote, “He sets up kings and deposes them” (Daniel 2:21). Whatever administration that is in control following the election, is the one God has allowed (Romans 13:1), and we are to be subject to them (1 Peter 2:13-17). God is still God, and we must trust Him!
Ultimately, we are reminded by the apostle to “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17). Now that the campaign is over, we need to redouble our efforts to put these concepts to work so that our Father in heaven may be glorified (Matt. 5:13-16).
Nov. 11 — Kynn Maxwell Nov. 18 — Joe Winnett Nov. 25 — No classes, Day before Thanksgiving
THANK YOU NOTES
“Thank you all for the prayers before, during and after my surgery. Also Thanks for the cards and food. Your sweet show of love with all those crazy headscarves was beyond the pale. May the good Lord always keep and bless each one of you.” Kathy Patterson
Dear Christian Family, “Thank you all so much for the prayers sent up to God for our family. We would also ask for continued prayers for Judy’s cousin, Donna Wood, who had back surgery on November 3rd. For Barry’s aunt, Bessie Hickman, who is on hospice care and Judy’s dad, Howard Johnson, who had a fall and is in some pain. Our daughter and family are doing well. God be praised!” In Christian love, Barry & Judy Womack
During the time of sorrow we learn how much our friends really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be treasured. “Such a thoughtful gift. My father would be proud. Thank you for the support during his hard times. Scotty will be in his final resting place on November 8, 2020 in Navasota. Service will be family only.” Bless you all, Vicky Sue Durst (Daughter of Scotty Adams)
GOSPEL CHARIOT REPORT
BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES The following is from George Funk with Gospel Chariot, which we assist with support. Exciting discipleship activities are growing throughout Africa and this part specifically deals with Nigeria where we are most involved. Continue to pray for these efforts to help spread the Gospel. For the elders, Ken D
Brethren, I believe we are on to something never seen before in the Churches of Christ in the modern age. It is mind boggling and so exciting and it is all happening during the most trying year of our lives. It is all about our 4 Fields Discipleship Multiplication Training that we are rolling out, equipping leaders and encouraging them to plant movement churches that plant other churches. It is growing with more and more leaders contacting us for help on training as they then equip others with these discipleship tools. This is all about equipping the saints to not only go to church but to reveal Gods vision, mission and purpose to the ends of the earth.
In NIGERIA, Biodun oversees our Gospel Chariot in Nigeria and is one of the most committed discipleship trainers with amazing potential. Biodun reported the following on the 11th of September:
As the lock down has been sufficiently relaxed in Nigeria for churches to meet, we started the 4 Fields Discipleship Training program for preachers and church leaders in Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West of Nigeria yesterday. It was well embraced with a loud call for contextualization of the model into local languages for wider dissemination. To God be the glory!
Why did God overthrow governments in the Old Testament? Was it because of idolatry? Bloodshed? Oppression of the poor? Sexual sins and perversion? These sins stand out as reasons for the downfall of nations. But one evil was underneath these sins, and it often goes unnoticed as the cause of the demise of civilizations.
As the prophets of God warned of the doom of empires, they cited this sin as a reason for the outpouring of God’s wrath:
Babylon: “I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty…” (Isa. 13:11).
Moab: “We have heard of Moab’s pride — her overweening pride and conceit….” (Isa. 16:6).
Tyre: ”Your heart became proud….so I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings” (Ezek. 28:17).
Judah: “In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem” (Jer. 13:9).
Israel: “Israel’s arrogance testifies against them; the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble in their sin; Judah also stumbles with them” (Hos. 5:5).
Ponder these verses in light of our national situation. We have seen the worst blow to our economy since the Great Depression. We have watched as unemployment soared and savings accounts dwindled. We have for the first time in many years seen empty shelves in grocery stores. But where is humility before God? Where is repentance and confession of sin? We are dangerously close to the spiritual condition of Israel after God had depleted their natural resources numerous times: “’I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me, declares the Lord’” (Amos 4:6). Maybe we need empty stomachs from God. Would that bring our attitude down?
Our politicians are full of pride because few things will inflate a person’s ego like power. They boast of things they have done and things they will never actually do. Nikita Khrushchev said, “Politicians are the same everywhere — they promise to build bridges where there is no water” and other hackneyed expressions, but unless we stop being so independent and start admitting our utter dependence on GOD we will continue to feel the heavy hand of GOD upon our country. But even when politicians are successful we must not give them too much credit and they shouldn’t brag like they did it by themselves. Their lives and ours are in the hand of GOD (Ecc. 9:1; Acts 17:25).
Only by His gracious will do we even breathe, much less accomplish things we are eager to do (James 4:13-17). Nebuchadnezzar, a ruler who boasted that he had built the most wealthy and powerful nation on earth, learned the hard way that God is able to bring down arrogant looks in a moment (Dan. 4:37). What will it take for our public officials to realize this?
No man can truly succeed who is not humble. He may get his way. He may get attention. He may appear to have everything under his control. But eventually the house he built will come crashing down. The same is true with a country. We can have a strong military, a robust economy, and efficient education, but if we fail to acknowledge GOD we will fall. We can keep saying, “We’ll get through this,” “We’re in this together,” “Let’s put America back on the map again” and other hackneyed expressions, but unless we stop being so independent and start admitting our utter dependence on GOD we will continue to feel the heavy hand of GOD upon our country.
Kerry Duke West End church of Christ, Livingston, TN
There will be a workday on Friday, November 6th. Work areas will be: outside of the building and the inside of the Food Pantry, starting at 9 AM.
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
Norman & Toni Baugh are placing membership with our congregation at Highland Lakes. They have visited with us for quite some time, and now we are welcoming them as our new members who will worship and work with us for our Lord Jesus Christ in Kingsland.
Please add to your directory:
WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASSES
Nov. 4 — Troy Futrell
Nov. 11 — Kynn Maxwell
Nov. 18 — Joe Winnett
Nov. 25 — No classes, Day before Thanksgiving
ADVENTURES IN MISSIONS REPORT
We are so blessed to help support evangelism effort in many places. We are excited to hear from Kaylee Hankins, granddaughter of Danny & Nancy Hankins. We help support Kaylee in her Adventures in Missions (AIM) domestic mission work in Witchita Falls, TX. Kaylee and her team members finally got to move there and this is part of her 1st report. Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
Our New Home
As soon as we arrived on September 19th, we were shown so much love & it’s been constant in every interaction. Volunteers from the church helped us move in & set up our apartment. Once we were introduced to the church, we were showered with even more love & generosity. Gifts were given, hugs were embraced, & laughter was shared. I’ve never been so overwhelmed with such love before. Just about everyone that we’ve met so far expressed their gratitude & excitement for us, as well as their disappointment for us not being able to serve in New Zealand. However, we assured them that we were so honored to be where God wanted us to be the Light.
We have so many ministries we will be able to be involved in; I don’t know how to talk about them all!! One of my favorites is the Sonshine House. It’s a ministry of churches of Christ in the surrounding areas. We serve the needy with loving & caring hearts. One of the last ladies expressed to me & Anna that she was homeless. So I immediately asked if we could do any more for her & asked if I could pray over her & let me tell you, many tears were shed. Her kindness towards me touched my heart so deeply. Her name is Kiana, so keep her in your prayers please :).
Another ministry I love to be involved in is the college group, Mustangs for Christ (M4C) at Midwestern University. I just love connecting & meeting new people! I have been trying to work with them and start up the espresso machines, since I was a barista at the Well (college ministry at Sunset church of Christ). Hopefully we can draw in more from the community & create deeper relationships. My cousin actually attends this college & she is very involved with the M4C!! I just loved seeing her after several years & catching up!
We have been very fortunate here! Blessed beyond measure! I can’t wait for more exciting things to unravel. Thank you so incredibly much for partnering with me in my walk with Christ & these new adventures I’m on!
We are currently requiring everyone attending the Sunday morning worship assembly and Wednesday evening Bible study to wear a mask in keeping with the Health Departments guidelines. We thank you for your consideration of and care for others. Masks are available if you need one.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
Scripture of the Week
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everything in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise the Father in heaven.” ~~ Matthew 5:14-16
Something to Smile About
An elderly lady walked into a pet store, found a parrot and asked the owner if she could buy it. The owner said, ―Heck no! That parrot has a bad mouth! Trust me, you do not want that parrot!
She said, ―I can teach it good manners, and she bought it.
When she got home the parrot said a bad word, so she put it in the freezer for 10 seconds.
She took it out and said, ―Did you learn your lesson?
It said another bad word so she put it back in for 30 seconds. She took it out and asked if it learned its lesson yet.
The parrot said ―Brrrrr…yes I learned my lesson, but, what did the chicken do?
Think About It
A Sweet Lesson in Self-Sacrifice
Years ago, a 10-year old boy approached the counter of a soda shop and climbed on to a stool. “What does an ice cream sundae cost?” he asked the waitress. “Five cents” she answered.
The youngster reached deep in his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, counting it carefully as the waitress grew impatient. She had “bigger” customers to wait on.
“Well, how much would just plain ice cream be?” the boy asked. The waitress responded with noticeable irritation in her voice, “Thirty-five cents.”
Again, the boy slowly counted his money. “May I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?” He gave the waitress the exact amount, and she brought him the ice cream.
Later, the waitress returned to clear the boy’s dish and when she picked it up, she felt a lump rising in her throat. There on the counter the boy had left two nickels and five pennies. She realized that he had had enough money for the sundae, but sacrificed it so that he could leave a tip. (Compare: Phil. 2:4)