HE EMPTIED HIMSELF COMPLETELY

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Pride. There is a necessity in our culture today for pride in our country, pride in a job well done, and pride in the accomplishments of our children. But along with the recognition for such pride, there should also be a label warning of the dangers which accompany pride. Solomon, in his many proverbs, warns of the dangers of pride and how it leads to destruction and into the ways of evil (Pr. 8:23; 16:18; 29:23). Pride is first on a list of things the Lord hates (Pr. 6:16-17). Jesus lists pride as an evil thing that begins from within a man’s heart (Mark 7:20-23).
Humility. The opposite of pride and what should be our desire in life. We, the church, speak of the need for humility in our lives, even singing a song reminding us of the need to “humble yourself in the sight of the Lord” (James 4:10). But, what is it that we are really singing? What does it really mean to be humble?
Perhaps the best description of humility is found in Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. He appeals to Christians to have an attitude like Christ, who “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,… He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, …” (Phil. 2:5-8). Jesus, in the form of God, became obedient to God. An obedience that put Him on the cross! And then I shudder when I think of all the times I have stopped short in my commitment to the Lord, because the demands went against my preferences or my desires. Did you catch that last line? You see, when we commit to Christ in baptism, we remove ourselves, our likes or dislikes, our desires and we “empty ourselves” before God (Galatians 2:20)! Perhaps if we can figure out how to rid ourselves of pride, then we can truly be the people the Lord wants us to be. The next time you defend a decision made regarding what you wear, what you say, how you act or when you choose to neglect a work of the Lord, listen to how you begin your defense. If you begin with the words, “I don’t think…”; or “I don’t believe…”, is it possible that you have not yet humbled yourself before the Lord? I’m glad that Jesus emptied Himself completely, showing us the way of humility.
We really do stop terribly short in our commitment to the Lord. What kind of light would we show to the community, if we decided to be obedient to the point of death? Humble yourself and shine for the Lord.  – Paul Mowrer Monticello church of Christ, Monticello, AR

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 14, 2018

WORK/PAINT DAY
We will have a workday on Saturday, October 20 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The focus will be a number of painting projects. Please put this on your calendar.

THANK YOU NOTE
Highland Lakes Church of Christ, Attn. Church Pantry Volunteers.
On behalf of Sharing The Harvest, I want to say that we are grateful for your sharing of pantry goods when available. It’s all for the benefit of folks in need and we thank you.
Blessings to you all, Michele Wilkins.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, tooth paste
Thank you for your support for this ministry!

WELCOME
We are so happy to welcome the Atkeson family today, Sunday, October 14th. Cooper, Meagan and Mary, it is so good to have you here! We are looking forward to having Cooper as our song leader this morning and to his message this evening as he will be preaching to us. Cooper is a ministerial student at SIBI and we are privileged to be one of his sponsors. Thank you for coming!

UPCOMING MEETING
Monthly Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, October 16th
This is a free workshop. The executive Director and staff of the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas will talk at the Kingsland library about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The doors will open at 5:30 PM and the program will begin at 6:00 PM until 7 or 7:30 PM. There will be seating for 100 only, so do come early. This program will separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America. There will be people who have the disease and how to find out and recognize signs in self and others. (Mike Sandoval, commissioner)

GAME DAY!
The Georgetown Church of Christ is hosting a Game Day for the Central Texas Area Church of Christ Singles. Come join us for Food, Fellowship and Fun! This is for singles of all ages, from 18 to 99!
Saturday, October 20, 2018; 2 PM –5 PM
Georgetown Church of Christ, Family Life Center,1525 W University Ave., Georgetown, TX 78628
Please bring: Games and Snack Foods

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
As a congregation we continue to be blessed to be able to help spread the gospel by supporting those who are studying to preach and teach the word of God. We are fortunate to have Cooper Atkeson and his family with us today during a break week from Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock. Cooper is in his second year of the preacher training program. What follows is a brief report from Luyanda Mendziwa whom we are able to help support in preacher training at the South African Bible College. Please remember in prayer all those who are studying to preach the Word. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Brethren,
Last semester was one of the toughest semesters at the college — there was so much to do and learn. One of the toughest subjects I had to do was Hebrew, it would have been less challenging if I had put my mind to it and applied myself more. But thankfully through God’s grace I was able to pass the subject. Learning Greek and Hebrew is a blessing to me because I now can look at the original languages and find a deeper meaning of scripture. Being a third year makes it even tougher because you are looking at the finish line and you have to fully apply yourself also.
IMG_0562We were also blessed as the third years to be able to attend the missionary trip east of the country where we could preach the word to many people and were able to baptize 60 people in three weeks. It was not easy to evangelize to the Elderly because they already have years of loyalty to their denomination. We discovered that more than 80 percent of the people who were baptized were people who were in their youth years. This tells us that the people who were ready to hear the word of God are the youth. We are now approaching the lectureship and approaching towards the end of the year and things will still be tougher but by the grace of God He will be able to carry us through.
My plans for next year are to carry on with the business of selling sneakers while I preach the Gospel to many and I want to carry on with my theological studies but as a part time student in distant learning so I can be able to do my PHD so that I can be able to be a university lecturer. So that I can be able to preach the truth out there because many denominational students are becoming lecturers and further preach false doctrine to the rest of the world.
Thank you for your support. It helps people like me to preach the Gospel.
Luyanda Mendziwa

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WHAT ABOUT COMPASSION?

Senior and young holding handsWhat have we done to compassion? As Christians we are to be caring, compassionate people. Too often, however, we find ourselves behaving as the Pharisees did in the time of Jesus: we care more for traditions than for people. Sure, we are quick to sympathize at the death of a loved one. We will empathize when someone is going through a tough patch. These are not the same as compassion. Compassion literally means to “suffer together.” When we have compassion, when we suffer together with someone, we are filled with a desire to remove the cause of the suffering. At least we would be, if we allowed ourselves to feel true compassion. How often have we been critical when we should be listening, truly listening? How quick are we to tell others how to live their lives when we don’t have our own lives under control? How many times have we tried to remove the speck from our brother’s eyes and never tried to remove the beam from our own? If God has forgiven, then who do we think we are to continue to punish? Have we ever made it harder to be a member of a local congregation than God has made it to go to Heaven? Yes, we are to love God more than Man; however this does not mean we are to stop loving each other in order to love God. Too often we act as if we only have a limited quantity of love and we have to choose whether we love God or anything or anyone else. The truth is far from this concept. The more we love God, the more we should love each other, especially those we call brothers and sisters. The scriptures are clear that we are to love each other, bear each other’s burdens, pray for each other, and even love our enemies. If what we call “love” does not have true compassion (suffering together) involved, then how can it possibly be love? – George V. Stewart 2014
“. . . clothe yourselves with compassion . . .” Colossians 3:12

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 7, 2018

DINNER OUT GROUP
The group that enjoys eating out together will meet on Thursday, October 11th, at about 5 — 5:30 PM, at the River City Grill in Marble Falls.

PLEASE CHECK….
. . . the “Continue to Remember” list and the “In The Military” list periodically, updates are very important! If you think that your name or the name of a loved one needs to be removed (or added), please let the secretary (Helga) know! And as always, a written note or an e-mail is best.
This is very important! Please cut out the “Continue to Remember…” list for your own prayer sessions. We need to reduce this list; of course, continued prayers are very important.
Your help is very, very much appreciated!

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

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

UPCOMING WORK DAY
We will have a workday on Saturday, October 20 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The focus will be a number of painting projects. Please put this on your calendar.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs are Plastic bags, bath soap, shampoo, tooth paste
Thank you!

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
Last week, 1,995 lessons were processed and shipped to the students we are teaching. Thanks to all who work constantly and diligently on this good program!

 

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Our congregation has been blessed to help share the Gospel in many ways and places. Over the last several years we have helped support Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock with their Solar Player Ministry putting a fantastic technological Bible resource into the hands of Christians in many places around the world. Read about exciting updates from the Solar Mission as they continue to ‘Send Out the Light’ and keep this work in your prayers.  For the elders, Ken D

mailPlease rejoice with us as we celebrate a significant milestone in the Solar Mission. This summer the 10,000th solar player was placed in the hands of Ed-Mark Delacion, in the Philippines. Ed-Mark is a young professional, living in Manila who plans to use his solar player to establish a church in his home village. He also has a second solar player to help him continue to study while he is working in Manila. When he returns to the village, the studies can be deeper and more beneficial, as the young Christians grow in their knowledge and depth of insight.

Training a New Generation
One of the goals of the Solar Mission in the Philippines is to help train the younger generation. Filipino leaders have expressed the need to provide a deeper biblical knowledge to the younger generation who are growing more and more in the Philippines. Jay Dee (pictured below with his friend, Ed-Mark) has been using his solar player already and confirms that the solar players help young professionals who don’t have an opportunity to attend Bible college “to participate in the mission work.” He is so happy that the solar player “is essentially a Bible school in itself.”

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THERE’S A FAMINE IN OUR LAND

“Behold days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD.” — Amos 8:11

The-Prophet-Amos1The prophet Amos predicted a famine in the land of Israel. They had known famine before, but this would be a different kind of famine. They would have food and water, but the word of God would become very rare. The problem was that spokesmen for God were in short supply, and the few that remained were preaching error. God’s people were starving for a true message from God and had grown accustomed to hearing error. Israel would not wake up to their dire circumstances until it was too late. They were literally dying from a lack of preacher.

You may wonder what that Old Testament reference has to do with the church of Christ here in America. Maybe nothing, or perhaps it could serve as a wake up call before we reach a crisis point. After all, the famine in Israel didn’t happen instantly. The problem Amos announced had been developing for years. Alarms had been sounded in the past, but sadly, they had been ignored. I am announcing here that if we do not already have a crisis-level shortage of gospel preachers in our brotherhood, we may well be on the way to one.

We have said for years that 25 % of our congregations are without a trained gospel preacher. I suspect that percentage is much larger today, because for a number of years, our brotherhood preacher training schools and colleges have been enrolling smaller numbers of men who plan to preach.

preacherOur schools can train gospel preachers, and many of them are doing a commendable job of equipping those who enroll. The problem is that future preachers are produced, not in the schools, but rather in homes and churches. Not enough fathers and mothers are encouraging their sons to become preachers. Often they are discouraging it, knowing the sacrifices that might be involved. Churches have become consumers of preachers rather than producers of preachers. Where are the ministers who will shoulder-tap the best and brightest in their congregations and encourage them to seek training? Where are the elders who will monitor a young man, send him to a preaching school with their financial support, and then bring him back to be a minister or intern in their congregation? Are there still some godly sisters, who teach our children’s classes, who will whisper in the ear of promising young men, “You need to be a preacher?”

The future famine can be avoided, but it will require Kingdom-minded leaders working together to prevent a crisis and produce “whole preachers who will preach the whole Gospel to the whole world, wholly to please God.”

Truitt Adair, Sunset International Bible Institute

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

GAME DAY INVITATION!
The Georgetown Church of Christ is hosting a Game Day for the Central Texas Area Church of Christ Singles. Come join us for Food, Fellowship and Fun!
This is for singles of all ages, from 18 to 99!
Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2 PM –5 PM
Georgetown Church of Christ Family Life Center
1525 W University Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78628
Please bring: Games and Snack Foods
Email: centraltexassinglesforchrist@gmail.com

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Plastic bags, bath soap, shampoo, tooth paste
Thank you for your support of this ministry!

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

HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3O, 2018
• We welcome Chad Wagner from Africa Christian Schools! He will give a report to the combined Bible Class in the auditorium and he will also preach. Chad is Doug Wheelers’ replacement. We are looking forward to getting acquainted with you, Chad, and to hear what you will tell us.
• This is also the day for our Fellowship Meal. It is hosted by Ken & Gail Darnell, Bill & Mary K. Flanary and James & Vicky Williams.

THANK YOU NOTE
Dearest Family,
We continue to be humbled and appreciative for all you do on our behalf. Your generous love, encouragements, prayers and support are a wonderful blessing. Thank you!!! We praise God you are a part of our lives. Love & blessings, Dennis and Sharon

THANK YOU NOTE
I would like to thank all for the prayers you have lifted up on behalf of my brother, Billy.
God planted me here for a reason and at the time I was not sure what He had in store. These past eight and a half years at Highland Lakes church of Christ, God has revealed to me part of His plan. To be a part of His family and have them rally around in times when I need strength. Each of you show me daily what a family in Christ should be and I thank God for all of you and allowing me to be part of this sincere loving and caring family. God bless each of you and I love you all. Sherry Wills

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
What follows is part one of a recent letter from our brother, Sylvester Imogoh in Nigeria. He will explain some of the difficult issues faced in Nigeria and the need for benevolent aid from the church. Part two next week will cover some ways the church can help. Please pray for our Nigerian brethren and those they come into contact with daily. For the elders, Ken D

RE: END-OF- YEAR 2018 APPEAL FOR WIDOWS, ORPHANS AND BENEVOLENCES
Dear Brethren, We have done it now for nearly ten years, and this ministry of benevolences to widows and orphans have been a huge source of campaign for Christ in the entire Northern part of Edo state with 6 counties.
In conjunction with our other Outreach Ministries- Tracts, Books and Rural campaigns, we have recorded progress in so many rural congregations. For example, here at Ugbogbo, we had a total of 4 widows in our congregation for very many years. But in the past year and half, we have converted so many women, and some of them are widows. Such that we now have 14 widows in our congregation alone! This and similar results have been reported in other churches that have benefited from our benevolence programs. Some prospects have come to church simply because they were so impressed with our care for the widows- in the light of the many other churches who extort and defraud widows in our society.
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Some factors have contributed to the sufferings and hardship for brethren in our rural areas this year:
I. Climate Problems: In our area and several parts of Nigeria this year, there have been excess rains that have flooded homes and farmlands. This have caused untold loses resulting in hardships and food shortages for native folks. Rice farms, cassava plots and yams have been washed away in so many villages. Same as livestock and poultry farms.
II. The State Of insecurity: right at the beginning of this year- on January 2nd, when the activities of Boko Haram and later the notorious Fulani Herdsmen and now Kidnapping have continued to make lives unsafe in and around our county. Especially the fact that we are at the ‘gateway’ between the North and the South, we have felt the impact more in the past year. Years back, we heard of insecurity as ‘news’ from afar. Now it is in our doorstep. As even rural folks cannot go to their farms and gardens freely. The cumulative result is less food for people.
III. The civil war in Cameroon has led to the spread of refugees into Nigeria. So many Nigerians have been in Cameroon for ages [A part of Cameroon was part of Nigeria in the past] As a matter of fact, Nigerians have been the major missionaries working in the English part of that country. Nigerians are business men, farmers and tradesmen in Cameroon. Now war is ravaging the country- especially the English speaking part closer to Nigeria. So refugees have fled to live in many villages and towns. There is a Cameroon family in our congregation.
Sylvester A Imogoh

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The Great I AM is the Answer!

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The Great I AM Is the Answer!

Who is going to stand with me when my life falls apart? I AM.
Who is going to make sure that one day good will prevail over evil? I AM.
Who is going to help me when I need it? I AM.
Who is smart enough to figure everything out in my life? I AM.
Who is going to give me the assurance that everything always works out in the end? I AM.
Who is going to be with me now that I am all alone? I AM.
Who is going to help me out of my pits of despair? I AM.
Who is going to make sense of this world and give my life real meaning? I AM.
When no one is on my side. I AM.
When no one is listening. I AM.
This world is falling apart at the seams – what is going to last? I AM.
Who is able to get rid of all my past sin and give me a fresh start? I AM.
I AM. I always have been, I always will be, and this is My name forever.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you,
before Abraham was, I AM’” (John 8:58).

via Broadway church of Christ Campbellsville, KY

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