ARE WE TRULY THANKFUL?

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Many, many years ago a story is told of a good king in Spain known as Alfonso XIX who learned that the boys who served in his court were forgetting to pray before their meals. So, he decided to teach them a lesson. He gave a banquet and invited them to attend. Midway through the dinner a ragged beggar came in, sat down, and began eating ravenously. When he was finished, he went out without saying a word.

―That ungrateful wretch ought to be whipped, shouted the boys. ―He ate the king‘s food and never showed gratitude. Quietly the king rose to his feet, and silence fell over the group. ―Daily you have taken the rich blessings of life from the hand of your Heavenly Father, said the king. ―You‘ve enjoyed His sunshine, breathed His air, eaten His food He has provided, and you have not bothered to say ‘thank you‘ for any of them. You are more ungrateful than that beggar.

Often, we like those boys, take for granted those blessings that God has provided.

In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus healed ten men of leprosy. Out of the ten men who were healed only one man returned to thank Jesus. Jesus asked the man who returned, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner” (Lk. 17:17, 18).

So many times, we often neglect to be thankful. Yet, thanksgiving is to be a natural attitude of our worship (1 Cor. 14:16-17) and is to characterize all of Christian life (Col. 2:7; 4:2). We are to give thanks daily and regularly to our Heavenly Father and to our fellow human beings.

As we read in the New Testament the early Christians expressed thanks: for Christ‘s ministry (Luke 17:16); for Christ‘s deliverance from sin (Rom. 6:17-18; 7:25); for God‘s indescribable gift of grace in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:57; Rom. 1:21) and for the faith of fellow Christians (Rom. 1:8).

All this comes from the God who loves us and has given so much to us; shouldn‘t we be thankful always?

Alex Haley, the author of ―Roots, I had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, ―Why is that there? Alex Haley answered, ― ”Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they are wonderful, and begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he didn‘t get there on his own. He had help.”

That is the basis of thankfulness – to remember that we got ―here with the help of God, and that He is the provider of every blessing we have.

This Thanksgiving season may we be reminded of all the Lord has done for us and is still doing for us every day! And may we not only thank Him now but every day that we have the breath of life.

Mark T. Tonkery Camden Avenue church of Christ, Parkersburg, WV

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

Today, November 21st……….Monte Tuttle from EEM will report and preach

Wednesday, November 24th….All classes dismissed, day before Thanksgiving

Saturday, December 4th………Workday at the building

Sunday, December 5th……….Holiday Fellowship Meal

HOLIDAY FELLOWSHIP:

We are taking up a collection for a special purpose. Norma Bryan collects the money. Please, see Norma, ASAP before Sunday, December 5th.

Also, remember that we collect stuffed animals/dolls (with no loose parts, please!) for the Care-A-Van, which will comfort children, who experience difficult times in a hospital.

COOKIE TIME IS HERE!

Every year we send cookies to Cherokee Home for Children for their Holiday party. The ladies class packs them up on the last class day before year’s end, which is Wednesday, December 1st. Please bring your cookie contribution to the Fellowship Room no later than Tuesday, November 30th. Either home-made or store-bought cookies are welcome.

PEW RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED

The elders believe we are at a point where we can use all our pews again without social distancing unless it is desired. Song books and Bibles have been returned to the auditorium pews. Thank you for your cooperation through these many difficult months of the pandemic!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

We have been informed that the booster vaccine for COVID-19 and the regular flu vaccine is readily available now for those who want it. We would also remind everyone: Please don‘t come to the assembly if you have flu-like symptoms!

All classes dismissed on Wednesday, November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving!

EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS

Welcome!

Today, Sunday, November 21st, we welcome Monte Tuttle and his wife Tamaria to our assembly! Monte works with the Eastern European Mission (EEM) and he will give us a report in Bible class about the current work that is done through EEM in Europe. Monte will also preach during the worship hour. We are looking forward to his report and message.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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For many years our congregation has supported the work of the Southern African Bible College (SABC) which prepares student in South Africa to share the Gospel. On Sunday, December 5th, SABC’s representative Kirk Eason will be here to make an update of their work to the congregation. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

SABC 2021 In Review

The last couple of years have been strange all over the world: COVID shutdowns, division, riots, protesting, and political unrest seem to be the new normal. South Africa is no exception. So, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Let’s start with the bad. Southern Africa Bible College had to shut down twice for several months during the pandemic. Students went to online learning and, even though SABC covered the cost of online access for students, it is still a difficult learning situation. Many students requested deferments until we were able to be back in person on a regular basis. Our student body has dropped over 60% in the last two years.

Second, the economic downturn associated with COVID has negatively impacted donations in South Africa, and to a lesser extent, in the US.

Third, the value of the Rand to the Dollar fluctuated by 25% this year. This caused us to increase the monthly amount sent from the US in order to for them to receive the same amount of Rand.

Now for the good. Graduates are still able to conduct Bible studies and meet with congregation members. People are still coming to Christ!

Churches are learning to reach out via internet, and many are able to meet in-person again, albeit in smaller groups.

Students have returned to in-person learning. Plans are being made for lectureship in 2022.

While several faculty members contracted COVID, it did not prove fatal to any at the college.

Finally, donors have been very generous to support the school during this time.

A more complete report and information on the school, students and graduates is coming.

Your donations and prayers during this time are really appreciated.

1. Pray for South Africa as they are still under the threat of COVID.

2. Pray for the students and faculty who face restrictions to ensure the virus does not make it to the campus.

3. Pray for the graduates who are working in the community that they will be effective in their ministry and that congregations will continue to grow and glorify God

Peace,

Kirk Eason

Director of Development – USA

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Children ministered to by SABC graduates at the Noah’s Ark Outreach. You may not be an integral part of this ministry. Maybe you’ve never even heard of it before. Yet, because you support SABC you are part of all the great works led by our graduates. Thank you for your partnership. Your support is not in vain.

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SIGNS OF GRACE

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Paul began his second letter to the Thessalonian church with these encouraging words, “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure” (2 Thess. 1:3–4).

Two things strike me as significant in these two verses.

First, not only did Paul express thanksgiving for the Christians in Thessalonica, he affirmed that such an expression of gratitude was what he ―ought‖ to do. The apostle believed that expressions of thanks were more than just a way to be polite; they were, to him, an ever-present obligation. Jesus implied the same point in His penetrating question to the solitary leper who expressed his thanks for having been healed, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine — where are they?” (Luke 17:17).

Second, Paul’s expression of gratitude for their growing faith, love, and perseverance, was directed, not to the Thessalonians themselves, but to God. This was brilliant on Paul’s part. It highlighted those characteristics as indications of God’s grace, help, and activity in their lives; therefore, He deserved the credit for them. But by mentioning his gratitude to the Thessalonians, they received encouragement and got a big boost of confidence to grow even more.

Those two thoughts force me to ask myself a few questions: do I feel the same sense of obligation to give thanks that Paul felt and that Jesus enjoined/instructed ? Do I look for signs of God’s grace and activity in the lives of my Christian family? Do I thank God for those signs of His grace? Do I encourage my brothers and sisters to greater heights of growth and service by telling them that I am grateful for what God is doing in their lives?

With email, smartphones, and social media, it has never been easier or quicker to communicate with each other. Why not employ those means to encourage others when you see evidence of God’s grace in their lives?

  • Eddie Parrish Brown Trail church of Christ Bedford, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2021

PEW RESTRICTIONS HAV BEEN REMOVED

The elders believe we are at a point where we can use all of our pews again. All song books and Bibles will be returned to the auditorium as soon as possible. Thank youfor your cooperation through these many difficult months of the pandemic!

HURRAH FOR THE LADIES BIBLE CLASS!

A special “thank you” to the ladies of the Ladies Bible class, who worked hard to bring our auditorium back to the former appearance. The racks are loaded again with song books, Bibles, Kiddie Doddles and pencils, ready to be used.

UPCOMING EVENTS TO PUT ON YOUR CALENDAR !

Sunday, November 21st………Monte Tuttle from EEM will report and preach

Wednesday, November 24th….All classes dismissed, day before Thanksgiving

Saturday, December 4th……….Workday at the building

Sunday, December 5th…….…..Holiday Fellowship Meal

COVID BOOSTER SHOTS

Booster shots of the various kinds are now available at many of our local drug stores. Do take advantage of this preventive measure! Also, should you, by any chance, have a fever and not be feeling well, please, stay home! We are not “out of the woods” yet, therefore take care, not only of yourself, but also be considerate of your fellow brothers, sisters and others. See your doctor and make sure of a proper diagnosis.

HAPPY NEWS

Congratulationsto Gary Crabtree on the birth of great-granddaughter Winter Rayne Miller. She was born last Monday!

WITH SYMPATHY

Mary K. Flanary’s nephew, Butch Prouty, lost his wife, Dee, on October 30th, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 49 years old. The funeral was on November 6th, in Sedgwick, Kansas. Our love, prayers and condolences are with Mary K. and all in the family. Let God be your comforter in this present grief!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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For many years our congregation has supported the work of the Eastern European Missions (EEM) which puts God’s word in the hands of so many people. Next Sunday, November 21st, EEM’s representative Monty Tuttle will be here to make an update the EEM’s work to the congregation. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

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THE WORK OF THE EEM

Since 1961, EEM has been providing God’s Word to the people of Eastern Europe and beyond in their own languages. Now, EEM provides Bibles and an array of Bible-based materials in more than 20 languages in over 30 nations–to individuals, churches, public schools, universities, orphanages, hospitals, prisons, and anywhere else Bibles are needed – free to all.

EEM is working with national leaders in countries like Ukraine, Croatia, and Serbia to distribute thousands of Bibles and Bible-based materials. EEM is also currently fulfilling requests for Bibles in locations such as Moldova, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and more.

Our Million Dollar Sunday campaign is to fulfill these requests for God’s Word in 2021. The Bible. We Want Everyone To Get It.

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HOW TO HAVE A CLEAN MIND IN A DIRTY WORLD

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The remains of Qumran tell an interesting story. Before they discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946, archaeologists assumed that Qumran had been a military outpost. That was an easy assumption to make because it is located only a few miles from Masada, the mountain fortress built by Herod the Great. However, after the scrolls were found, they discovered that the Essenes had constructed Qumran, a sect of the Jews, who had gone into the wilderness to escape the pollution of the world. Their theme scripture was Isaiah 44:3, “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God,” They perceived their preparatory role to be in the copying of Biblical manuscripts. When it appeared that their community was to be destroyed, they stored their scrolls in clay pots.

Qumran is in a desolate location. It is situated at the southernmost region of Israel on the shore of the Dead Sea. It is desert in the truest sense of the word. Why did they choose a place like Qumran? They believed there was too much sin in the city. They thought they could remove themselves from temptation by removing themselves from people.

That idea was not unique to the Essenes of Qumran. From the earliest times, the monastic movement in Christianity took men and women out of the world and sent them into wilderness monasteries and convents.

In 1873, they organized Texas Christian University in a little village south of Fort Worth. Many people in that day were scandalized by the wide-open prosperity the arrival of the railroad had brought to the big cities of Texas. Consequently, early advertising from T.C.U. advised parents that their campus was located “forty miles from any known form of sin.”

How then, can we keep a clean mind in a dirty world? If escape is not the answer, what is it? Let us look at Scripture.

How to have a clean mind . . .

1. Remember, who we are. The apostle Peter reminds us that we are “God’s own people” (1 Peter 2:9). Our identity is completed in our relationship to God. We honor our heritage by reflecting the character of our Father.

2. Guard your mind. There is a tremendous emphasis today upon eating the right foods. What we take into our bodies determines our physical health. The same principle is true spiritually. What we put into our minds will be lived out in our lives! If we fill our minds with filth, our body will follow suit. That is why the New Testament urges us to “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 2:2), and “to set our minds on things above, not on earthy things” (Colossians 3:2).

The mind is the battlefield! It we lose there….we lose! Be thoughtful. Be careful. What you read and what you watch on TV will, to a great extent, determines what you become.

And the principle is: “The commandments, do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet, are summed up in this one rule: „Love your neighbor as yourself‟. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:9-10)

Kevin Rayner, Rochester, Minnesota

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2021

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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This is a second report from Kyle Hankins, whom we help support in the AIM program. Keep Kyle and all the AIMers in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

STARTING ANEW (2)

With this new month, we began Small Groups. I gather with six other guys to study the book of Luke. So far, we’ve only met once together, but it’s been such a blessing so far!!

Field Presentations are also a new aspect with our schooling. Currently the fields that have been presented to us so far has been Albuquerque, Chile, Apaxco, and Alaska. I’m very interested in Alaska and Apaxco. The ministries and the coordinators stood out to me so much. Very sweet, God-loving people.

Despite all of those new things added to my schedule, I still found the time to grow closer with my classmates, particularly my best friend, Tucker. Tucker and I enjoy the free time of going skating at the park.

Area Church (Clovis, NM) – As week passes by, I grow closer and closer with new families every week. The first week of Area Church, I got to grow closer with a young boy named Sawyer. He’s a nice kid and always manages to make me laugh. Then, that following week, I got to speak with Joseph, the youth minister there, and his wife. We talked about youth ministry and my potential interest with that as my career. And finally, this most recent week, I got to know a man named Wade. His faith is so inspiring, and it excites me! The way he speaks made me question if he had the desire to be a pulpit minister. He was so good with his words!

Prayer Requests!

Safe Travels!

I travel to Clovis, New Mexico every Sunday for Area Church. We also have an upcoming trip to Arkansas in a couple weeks.

Classes and Homework!

Homework assigned to us has been increased significantly, especially with Finals coming up soon.

Relationships!

As we grow more comfortable with one another, silly issues arise. I ask for prayers for understanding on everyone’s end.

Thank you!

Thank you for keeping me on your mind and prayers. Such an encouragement. I am so blessed because of each one of you and all of your support in my works for the Kingdom of our Lord. I am here, to be all in, as a servant, for His Glory.

God Bless!

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t by the grace of my Lord’s hand… and yours. You mean so much to me and I pray that my work would be pleasing to yours, but most importantly, God’s eyes. God Bless, Church Family. May He show prosperity in all of your endeavors.

Much Love, ~ Kyle Hankins

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Photo From Left to Right:  (Back) Caleb, Tucker, Me, Matthew;  (Middle) Emily, Rachel;  (Front) Jaeden, Abigail

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GENTLENESS

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“Although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love” (Philemon 8 & 9).

Sheep can be led but not driven. Attempt to drive sheep and they will stampede and scatter. It is no mistake that God calls us His sheep. Christians don’t like to be driven, either. We’ll kick and run. Our feelings will become bruised. But allow a gentle shepherd to lovingly show us the way by example and we can do marvelous and wonderful things.

Tact seems to be in shorter supply these days. We have become an impatient society. Microwave meals and instant tea and coffee, smart phones and texting leave us itching to get on with life. We are busy people. All our hurrying and scurrying allows little time for tender social graces. The result is rudeness.

Some of us are like the blunt and caustic preacher who judged the impact of his preaching by the number of those he wounded on Sunday. When a sweet sister suggested to him that he could catch more flies with honey than vinegar, he retorted, ― “Sister, I’m not in the fly-catching business. AMEN.”

When will we learn? Paul knew that there were many ways to approach a single situation. He could have been rude and abusive. After all, he was an apostle! He could have reproved and rebuked with all ugliness, yet he chose the gentle approach. He used God’s psychology. He became all things to all people, so they would be able to accept the message (1 Corinthians 9:22).

Marketing has convinced us that packaging is vital. This writer even bought once some cologne simply because the bottle was pretty. But, the contents STUNK! Contents is what matters. Is it worth it, and profitable for the intended purpose?

Nobody takes rude orders well. But I believe most thoughtful people will accept truth/advice when it is ― “packaged” in the spirit of gentleness and offered ―ON THE BASIS OF GODLY LOVE. It would do us all well to speak words seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6). After all, we may have to eat them later. ~~ West Berry Banner

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2021

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

. . . today, October 31st

Hosts and hostesses: Bill & Mary K. Flanary, Pat DeVore, Janet Fietz and Sherry Wills & Ken Love.

THANK YOU NOTE

“Thank you so much for your prayers. My mom, Louise Johnson, is over her pneumonia.’”

God bless you all, Judy Womack

WITH SYMPATHY

William R. Garrison, 89, of Steubenville, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, October 21st in Steubenville. He was the brother of our Sam Garrison.

An intimate family memorial service took place on Monday, October 24th at Fort Steuben Burial Estates Chapel which was followed by the burial.

Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers go out to Sam and his wife Dodie and to all of William’s loved ones.

FALL BACK FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

. . . ends on November 7th! Remember to “fall back” an hour on Saturday night (November 6th) by resetting your watches and clocks!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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One of the students in the AIM program, whom we help support is Kyle Hankins, grandson of Danny & Nancy Hankins. What follows is from his first report since starting classes this fall.

STARTING ANEW

A new adventure. This is truly the beginning to a whole new way of living. Life has been full of laughter and excitement with new friends so far. However, there’s stress upon all of that, as we live on our own with loads of homework- but not to an extent I cannot handle.

(Philippians 4:13) God is pretty cool. He works in funny ways. Though sometimes not everything is all fine and dandy, it still manages to work out for good in the end. I hit the ground sprinting as soon as AIM launched. It’s been a thrilling journey!! So much fun. Full of experiences.

A week into AIM, I was unfortunate to get the virus. But the Lord did His thing and worked it out. We were just so thankful that we were able to overcome that rough patch and carry on His works, regardless.

I must introduce my roommates. First is Matthew. Matthew is a character. He’s very outgoing and kind. Always laughing with his biggest smirk, not fearing to show how he truly feels. Then, there’s Sean (or as I like to refer to him as “Seany”). Sean is very intelligent and understanding. And just as hilarious as Matthew, that’s for certain. And finally, my personal roommate that sleeps in the same room as me, Titus. Titus brightens the room. He makes everyone feel welcome. He’s an amazing listener and empathizer. Between us four guys, I can easily feel the brotherly bond grow between each one of us.

From Left to Right: Sean, Me, Titus, Matthew.

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Prayer Requests!

1. Safe Travels!

We’ve been making many trips across Northern Texas, up to even New Mexico.

2. Spiritual Growth and Spiritual Mindset!

My priorities should be set upon the Lord and His plans for me. I want the most out of everything He is blessing me with.

3. Classes and Homework!

I will not deny that AIM’s classes are very overwhelming. Intentionality and concentration on my assignments is what I hope to achieve for the remainder of this year. Thank you!

Thank you for keeping me on your mind and prayers. Such an encouragement. I am so blessed because of each one of you and all of your support in my works for the Kingdom of our Lord. I am here, to be all in, as a servant, for His Glory. God Bless!

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t by the grace of my Lord’s hand… and yours. You mean so much to me and I pray that my work would be pleasing to yours, but most importantly, God’s eyes. God Bless, Church Family. May He show prosperity in all of your endeavors.

Much Love, ~ Kyle Hankins

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MASKS

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Do you wear a mask? I can remember being so excited one year at Halloween. I found a mask on clearance. It was a full head mask with light up eyes and a voice changer built in. That thing was so hot, and my breath condensed on the inside, but man, I can remember how excited I was to wear it.

We often wear a mask. Our behavior and attitude changes depending on where we are and who we are with. People act one way when they are around their family, and a different way when they are at work or school. Do we act a different way when we are with the Church?

We can even wear a mask and try to hide things from ourselves. That covers our emotions, our sins, our weaknesses, and our fear of judgment. That mask is just as hot, suffocating, and unpleasant as that Halloween mask I had as a kid. We are afraid to be honest with ourselves because we might feel inadequate, exposed, vulnerable, and flawed. The truth is, we are all of those things.

Be honest with each other. The Bible addresses our hiding and lying to each other. “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Col. 3:9,10). God knows that only through honesty can we grow and help others grow in the faith.

Be honest with yourself. “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test” ? (2 Cor. 13:5) We must be honest with our self. We need to be able to accept the truth to improve and work on areas in our own life.

Be honest with God, He already knows. There is no mask that can hide your actions, thoughts, and feelings from God. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). If you think you are hiding from God, you are only fooling yourself.

  • Brad Tolbert, Monticello church of Christ, Monticello, AR
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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 24, 2021

THANK YOU NOTE

“I just thank you so much for the cards, gifts and coming to my “Surprise Party”!

I feel I have reached a milestone and I am happy to be doing that right here at the Highland Lakes church of Christ with my Christian family.”

I love you! Norma Bryan

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

. . . Sunday, October 31st after morning worship

Hosts and hostesses: Bill & Mary K. Flanary, Pat DeVore, Janet Fietz and Sherry Wills & Ken Love

MEMBERS SOUGHT

The Highland Lakes Honor Guard is looking for additional members. This group of veterans assists with honoring veterans at funerals and graveside services. If you would like additional information, see Gary Crabtree, who serves with this group.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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An update of work in Ukpagada, Nigeria, by Mike Udam whom we help support. Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

REPORT OF WORK BETWEEN JULY AND SEPTEMBER 2021

Dearly beloved,

The work of the Lord within the periods of July and September 2021 had been very rich in the eyes of man. I hope the Lord will be satisfied with the labors of his servant who according to Luke 17:10 is an unworthy servant.

Within the church meeting at Ukpagada, the Lord blessed our effort with 5 souls to the glory of God. We also lost three souls to the devil for not walking orderly as the Lord directed.

Externally, my team and I spent two weeks in Kenya to strengthen the church there and to the glory of God, the network of my preaching was expanded. My lessons I share daily on Facebook and WhatsApp now feed the church in Kenya, Eswatini, South Africa and the West Africa sub region.

Back at home in Nigeria, I had made a trip to Oron 430 km from Ogoja to speak to church leaders there during the Oro Leadership retreat.

We also spent a weekend in Wula eastern Boki, to strengthen the church there. God blessed our effort with 8 souls. We are planning a big mission there in December this year. Lord willing and with available funds, we will storm the area and hope to make a huge impact.

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Within this period, our enrollment in WBS got reactivated. Our strategy is now to catch them young. So, most of the students we have now are school students. Close to 100 have so far been enrolled during this period.

Keep me in your prayers. After eight years of work at Ukpagada, I thought the workload would reduce, it is now that the workload has increased. I now teach Bible classes in the two new congregations that we established (Ukpe = Thursday and Okuku = Friday) in addition to my two days at Ukpagada. As of now, with our dwindling economy, my expenditure on fuel and vehicle maintenance is now very huge.

The summary is that the work must be done and I am available. Thank you for your continued support. It has boosted my work so much to the glory of God.

My first daughter, NT-Rose, is through with secondary school at the age of 16. She is warming up to enter the university in the next three months or so. Pray for her.

In the last quarter of this year, our lectureship is the main focus of my drive. We shall have evangelism, open air preaching and indoor lectures. It is scheduled for between the 25th-28th of November.

God bless you all.

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