THE CHRISTIAN (As Seen in Philemon)

The letter to Philemon is much more than a personal letter from Paul to his friend about the runaway named Onesimus. It is a message from God to each one of us. It is a message about what God expects to see in the lives of those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.

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The Lord expects to see His children:

Refreshing Others (v.7, 20). We can be a refreshing joy or an exhausting drain on others. Being helpful and considerate of the needs and feelings of others will go a long way.
Embracing Divine Commands in the Spirit of Love (v.8-9, 14). Paul did not want Philemon to engage in the right action with the wrong heart.
Remaining Open to the Providence of God (v.15). Perhaps this was God’s plan all along!
Treating Others with Respect as Equals (v.12, 17). The disciple of Jesus will see all people as precious souls created in the image of God.
Willing to Forgive When They Have Been Wronged (v.18). To be willing to pay the debt that someone else owes requires a great deal of love and compassion.
Finding Joy in Reconciliation (v.20). Paul would find blessed peace upon hearing that Philemon and Onesimus had reconciled.
Going Above and Beyond What is Required or Expected (v.21). A disciple of Jesus does not ask about the minimum requirements.
Praying (v.22). Pray for a visit and keep the guest room prepared!

Paul expected to find these qualities in Philemon because he was a follower of Christ. God expects to find these characteristics in us. Will He find such faith in us?
– Bart Warren S. Green St. church of Christ Glasgow, KY

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2019

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday November 14th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Shampoo, bath soap, deodorant, plastic bags
Thank you!

CALENDAR UPDATE
Wednesday, November 21
All Classes dismissed (Day before Thanksgiving)

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

WITH SYMPATHY
We were saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Billy Taylor on Saturday, November 3rd. Funeral services took place at our building on Wednesday, November 7th, followed by interment at the cemetery at Bertram, where Billy’s parents were laid to rest. Our love, prayers and sympathy are with Sherry and Ken and all the loved ones who knew Billy. God bless and comfort you!

WITH ADDITIONAL SYMPATHY
Jackie Ledbetter, who had been under hospice care this week passed away on Friday. No details of arrangements have been announced. Our love, prayers and sympathy are with Lisa and Tina and all the loved ones who knew Jackie. God bless and comfort you!

HOLIDAY PROJECTS
The time for our holiday projects is quickly approaching!
As is our custom, we collect cookies to be sent to Cherokee Home for Children for their holiday party. The Ladies Class members plan on packing up the cookies on Wednesday, November 28th, which is the last class of 2018. The cookie contribution from our members needs to be in the Fellowship Room by Sunday, November 25th. They can either be home-made cookies or store-bought ones.
Another project is our collection of stuffed animals for the Care Van. We need to have those before our Holiday Party, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd. Remember, those stuffed dolls and/or animals should not have loose parts that can easily come off! More information is upcoming!

TOWN HALL MEETING
There will be a Llano County Town Hall meeting in our building on Tuesday, November 13th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. County commissioner, Mike Sandoval, will be the speaker.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
What follows is a letter from Amanda Khumalo, whom we helped support. She has graduated from South Africa Bible College, but is working part-time or voluntary as a children’s minister for a growing congregation in Soweto. She is still looking for a secular job. Supporting her in college is going to pay dividends for years to come as she works with children and teaches other adults to teach children more effectively. Pray for God to continue to use her to His glory. For the elders, Ken D
Dear Brethren,
This year I was granted the opportunity to teach the SABC lady students’ from a practical point of view, how to teach the children during the annual Lectureship and coordinate the programme. Working like this at SABC has been an amazing experience for me, doing what you love always is an amazing experience.
At first it was extremely daunting, it seemed as though a mountain was right before me, some of the ladies I was teaching I had studied with, and attended the previous training classes with them. It also occurred in my mind that I had never coordinated an event as big as lectureship, and could not help but remember how young I am both physically and spiritually.
Through encouragement, and acknowledgement from staff members and lecturers from SABC I overcame my fears. It was challenging, being on the other side of the coin, it was only a year ago that I was a student as well.
I would like to think I had done my best at teaching the lady students at SABC and coordinating the Sunday school lectureship for 2018. If given another chance could I do better? I believe so, and experience is always the best teacher.
40158096_10216873060968970_5044157755909210112_oThe opportunity at SABC did not just humble me but gave me purpose, a reason to wake up, as I had been franticly looking for a job for months and am still looking. Being chosen by the College to work with the students there is a dream, an opportunity I will forever cherish.
Seeing growth and development in the students was a great achievement to me, what I did not realize was that I would grow from this experience and opportunity. I have become an even better teacher, I think, my understanding of Sunday school and things relating to it, has broadened. The beauty of this is that it is through SABC that I am the teacher that I am, and I will forever be grateful to SABC and your support of this great College. May God bless you for your concern for us here in South Africa.
Amanda Khumalo

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I KNOW THERE IS A GOD!

GJvG-sunsetThere are so many people in the world today claiming that there is no God. Well, I am here to state that I know there is a God and I can prove it. You may ask how I can be so confident. I know for one hundred percent certainty that God exists for the same reasons the Psalmist expressed in Psalm 19.

I know there is a God because of His world (Psa. 19:1-6). The creation literally screams out that there is a Creator. The designed speaks of a Designer (Heb. 3:4). If we choose not to believe that God did it, we are fools and without excuse (Psa. 14:1; Rom. 1:20-21). Just a look at the complexity and order of creation convinces me that God exists!

I know there is a God because of His word (Psa. 19:7-11). If you look at the descriptive words in this section of Scripture, you note ones like: perfect, sure, forever, righteous. That is the way God’s word is, because that is the way God is. God’s word is inspired by a perfect God (Isa. 6:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17) and thus is perfectly harmonious (1 Cor. 2:13). It is totally accurate. There is no bad advice in the Bible (Psa. 119:9). Just a look into the unity and accuracy of the Bible convinces me that God exists!

I know there is a God because of His work (Psa. 19:12-14). As the Psalmist so well expresses it, God’s work is that of cleansing people’s souls, of making them blameless. It is God’s will that all be cleansed from their sins and be spiritually blessed, and He works that will in those who obey Him (see Col. 1:29; Eph. 1:19; 3:20; Heb. 5:9; 13:21). Just a look into the peace and purpose He made out of the chaos of my life convinces me that God exists!

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

REMEMBER OUR SPANISH WORK!
Salvador SanTillan is ready every Sunday morning to teach a Spanish Bible class. 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.

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

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday November 14th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

UPCOMING EVENTS
The time for our holiday projects is quickly approaching!
As is our custom, we collect cookies to be sent to Cherokee Home for Children for their holiday party. The Ladies Class members plan on packing up the cookies on Wednesday, November 28th, which is the last class of 2018. The cookie contribution from our members needs to be in the Fellowship Room by Sunday, November 25th. They can either be home-made cookies or store-bought ones.
Another project is our collection of stuffed animals for the Care Van. We need to have those before our Holiday Fellowship, tentatively scheduled on Sunday, December 2nd. Remember, those stuffed dolls and/or animals should not have loose parts that can easily come off! More information is up coming!

WITH SYMPATHY
Our love and heartfelt sympathy go out to Myron & Janet Fietz upon the death of Myron’s son, Truett Fietz, on Tuesday, October 30th. Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 3rd at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland. Our prayers for divine comfort are for all in the immediate and extended Fietz families. May God bless all in their grief.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Shampoo, bath soap, tooth paste, deodorant
Thank you!

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CHRISTIANITY VS PATRIOTISM

 

should-christians-be-patriotic-cntcmyoqRacism. Patriotism. Football. Protests. Christianity. Maybe by now, you’re all tired of the rhetoric. Some of it has been unkind, some unreasonable, and some just coarse… But I hope that you will find the brief thoughts below to be none of those things, and actually helpful. Please consider:
I am a Christian First and a Patriot Second. I long for the day when God’s people can be as moved and vocal about Jesus as they can be about the country they love. Are we as upset and vocal when the institutions and doctrines of God are disrespected as we are when our nation’s institutions are disrespected? Are we as willing to speak in defense of the cross and God’s teachings as we are in defense of the flag? Friends, love your country, but don’t forget your citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20)!
Freedom of Speech Must Be Tempered with Respect. I am thankful for the “freedom of speech” protected by the 1st Amendment. But I must keep in mind that this great freedom must be tempered with respect. For instance, I am opposed to the practice of homosexuality, but I will not join myself to groups who share that view, when they seek to share that view in a disrespectful way, such as at a funeral. This is disrespectful. Make sure you don’t negate your valid message by expressing it in a disrespectful way. Freedom of speech doesn’t license us to disrespect others. How and where we exercise this freedom is important (Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3; Matthew 7:12).
Acknowledge the Plight of the Oppressed. We must lose the “get over it already” attitude some possess. Oppression, injustice, inequality, and discrimination still exist in our country, and to act as if they don’t, because they don’t happen to you, is ungodly. Godliness lifts the burden from the oppressed, rights the wrongs, and treats all men equally (Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8; Psalm 82:3-4; Matthew 23:23).
Love Those with Whom You Disagree. Allow people to disagree with you without expressing bitterness and malice. In fact, go a step further and open your mind to other perspectives. Not everything in life is a “heaven or hell” proposition. In matters of judgment, we have the right to hold and express differing opinions. When you hear those dissenting voices on matters of judgment, make sure you love the person expressing their dissent more than you love your opinion (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 9:22). -Steve Higginbotham, Knoxville, TN

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 28, 2018

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

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Shampoo, toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant
Thank you!

FALL BACK – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Set your clocks back on Sunday, November 4th

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.
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!

footprints-hiBEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Another mission work our congregation is blessed to be part of is the work in the Philippines with Richard & Becky Emperado and their family. What follows is a recent portion of a report on their work. Keep them, their work and the people of the Philippine in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D
MOSES team and church planting…
I have been traveling the past two months to Guimares, Isabela, and Batangas to visit churches. This Sunday, I am invited to speak at the Baybay church on their 14th anniversary. The MOSES team, along with North Garland and Sugargrove churches planted this church 14 years ago. Baybay church is one of most successful churches planted, they have their own building, elders, and are fully registered and recognized by the Philippine government (that is a long and tedious process here, very few churches of Christ are registered, and Brother Hansel did a great job in handling all the paperwork). The Baybay church has also been involved in helping us plant several other new churches in the surrounding Visayas region, and they have an ongoing outreach effort to Leyte State College that is located nearby. We hope to be able to plant another church next year. Our latest church plant took place last July in Jordan, Guimares with the help of funds and a team from our sponsoring church, Austin Avenue church of Christ, in Brownwood, TX.
img_5219We truly appreciate all the churches and individual Christians in the States who have generously provided funds and manpower to help plant churches in capital cities over the past 20 years. We only have three more capital cities to reach. The cities are San Jose, Antique; Bontoc, Mountain Province; and Basco, Batannes. The Boerne church of Christ has just sent us funds this month that we plan to set aside to use to help plant the church in San Jose, Antique, next year (first quarter). We have enough funds for the initial church planting and covering the rental of a place to worship, but we need to find another church or individuals who can help with church nurturing & development funds needed to leave two young workers behind, each of them need $300 a month for living expenses, so we need a total of $600 a month, starting next January 2019. Most of the young workers we trained in our Seyer and S.O.N.E. programs. After the church planting in January 2019, my family and I will begin to make plans for our furlough, the end of March until the first of June. While on furlough, we hope to find another sponsor to plant the church in Bontoc, Mountain Province the last quarter of 2019. Then by 2020, we can plant the last church in Basco, Batannes.

 

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FINGERPRINTS OF GOD

Either God exists or He does not—there is no middle ground. Any attempt to remain neutral on the question is just another form of unbelief. If God exists, that is the most important fact in the universe. If He does not — nothing else in the universe really matters at all!
The Bible pictures God as much more than some abstract force or universal spirit. The Scriptures present God as a distinct all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful personality! (Psalm 139:4-14). He is above us, around us, before us, behind us, beneath us, in us and with us!
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The evidence for such a God is everywhere.

He has left His fingerprints on the universe . . .

 

 

1)THE THEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT: THE HUMAN ABILITY TO THINK OF GOD. If there is no God and humans are only graduated beasts, where did the idea of God come from? There is an instinctive perception of God hard-wired into human consciousness—a kind of divine fingerprint on the soul! (Romans 1:21-28). As the wisest man of the ages expressed it: “God has placed eternity in our heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
2) THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT: THE EXISTENCE OF THE UNIVERSE. Where did the world come from? There are only four possibilities: (1) The universe is an illusion which does not really exist—which is obviously absurd! (2) The universe suddenly appeared out of nothing—which is scientifically on shaky ground and flawed. Material cannot create itself. (3.) The universe is eternal and has always been here—which again is contrary to scientific observation. The earth is wearing out, resources are being depleted, the sun is cooling off, the stars are burning out! (4.) It was created! The force with power to create the cosmos must be God! Only an infinite, independent, eternal Mind could have created our finite, dependent, transient universe. God has left His fingerprints stamped on every planet and every petal of every flower!
3) THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT: THE HUMAN AWARENESS OF RIGHT AND WRONG. There is a sense of “oughtness” in all of us—a conscience. Deeply etched into the human soul is the knowledge that right and wrong exists. Man’s moral sense may become perverted; he may not always do right; but he instinctively knows that there is such a thing as “right”! Morality does not spring from nature. It can only be derived from God! There is a “law written in our heart” — a pulpit within — to which our conscience bears witness (Romans 2:15). Only God could have placed it there!

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A musician read of a scientist who said, “We have searched the universe and find no God.” The musician replied. “I have taken my violin apart and I have examined each piece under a microscope, and I could find no music.” To some God is discoverable nowhere; to others He is everywhere.

— Bobby Dockery, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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