When they came home from school, the first words out of our children’s mouths were, “Where’s mom?” l would usually hear, “Where’s Dad?” when money was needed or a parental decision was required. Such is the common pecking order in a typical family. Moms are always needed. Dads? Well, perhaps not so much, until maybe there’s a loud thunderstorm, or when there’s something lurking outside their bedroom window, or when the bike is broken, or when they want to get their driver’s license, or…well, you get the idea.
We dads sort of figure that “need” and “love” go hand in hand. To be needed is a way of being loved by family. “Can you help me with my homework?” is an expression of love for a dad because he is needed. We like for our children to depend on us since we have a heart full of love for them, and we want them to love us.
God may feel the same way because He invites all of His children to trust in Him. Peter said that you should cast “all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). Needing God and leaning upon God like a Father is a way that we express our love for Him. While men may not use the “love” word as much as moms do, they still need to hear it. My children are all grown now, but they are comfortable in saying “I love you” to me and hearing the same from me. And, we really mean it. That’s a great Father’s Day gift. Why don’t we give our Heavenly Father such a gift today? – Guy Orbison Jr., Durango Church of Christ, Durango, CO
CHANGE IN PRAYER LIST As was stated in last week’s bulletin, the Continue to remember list will be updated monthly and therefore be much shorter. Please cut out that list ever so often for your own personal prayer time. Continue to call, email, give a note to Helga for all your prayer needs and they will go into the appropriate list for the designated length of time. Thank you for your much appreciated cooperation! ~~ Helga
UPDATE Cooper Atkeson and his family, whom we helped support at Sunset, graduated last month. They have moved to Kerrville, TX, where Cooper is now the family and worship minister at Riverside Church of Christ.
ADDRESS UPDATE We now have the correct address for former members: Bobby & Donna Feuerbacher. Their new address is available from this week’s bulletin or the church office.
THANK YOU NOTE Thank you for your prayers for Crystal, Patti Loffler’s caregiver. She is doing much better. God bless you all! In Christian love, Barry & Judy Womack
CHURCH LIBRARY Have you visited our church library lately? Good Books for information, learning, and growth!
BEST WISHES AND GOODBYE Today, we are saying “So Long” to Christina Pipes! Tina, we are wishing you a happy transition to your new home with your daughter in Houston! Our prayers are going with you on your drive to this new destination and for a smooth adjustment. We will miss you, but hope that you will come and visit with us ever so often. Tina’s new address is available from this week’s bulletin or the church office.
INFORMATION ABOUT A RECENT PROBLEM We Were Electronically Invaded! Last week, the church office received a number of unauthorized emails. The ever alert “mail-daemon” stopped those and let us not open them. But, after that, under the church’s “secretaryhlcoc.com”, spam mails went out to some/many of our members. Subject line was: “re: documents”. Some of our members were puzzled about this, and rightfully so! This problem has been fixed, but should, at any time, something similar happen, please, let Helga know and it will be resolved.
Cherokee Home for Children
We have been blessed for many years to help provide children a safe and nurturing Christian home often during times of family crisis by supporting Cherokee Home for Children. This spring we took a special collection to help provide for those children. The following is response to the contribution. Continue to pray for all involved in the needed work at Cherokee Home. For the elders, Ken D
You make it possible for dreams to come true!
Today I am thinking fondly about a recent Cherokee Home graduate. Her early years were a struggle, to say the least! She virtually never sat down to eat a full meal prepared by a doting mother. Instead she would piece together concoctions for herself and her sister from whatever she could find – often Ramen noodles with whatever she could find a mix in. We delighted in having this young lady to our home to help my wife, Janice, prepare a meal and enjoy it with us. Her joy and appreciation during these meal times made our hearts melt.
She recently sent me a text in response to a question I asked her about her memories here. “Oh, the pantry was like a toy store; we all wanted to go and see what was there! If I wanted to cook, I had the resources. Finding food was never a concern for me again.” This young lady is now getting a Christian education and should never have to worry about where her meals will come from again. Thank you for making dreams come true with your gift to our 2019 Cherokee day fund last month.
You all are changing lives all over this area!
For His sake and the children’s
Revelation 3:14-22 Introduction: At 211° water is hot. At 212°, it boils. And with boiling comes steam. Steam can power an engine. An engine that can transport goods all over the world. One degree makes all the difference.
Did you know? The average margin of victory for the last 25 years in all major golf tournaments was less than three strokes? The 2008 US Men’s Swimming Relay won the gold medal by .08 of a second? Literally, by a fingertip! The average margin of victory at the Indy 500 for the last 10 years has been 1.54 seconds? The difference in first and second place? $657,000!
One degree can make all the difference, indeed. Think for a moment what God can do with an extra degree from us, his children. The words of Revelation 3 ring loudly on this subject. God wants our all! He demands it! We in turn will be blessed in so many ways from giving Him our all. Here are three areas where we can apply that extra degree:
212° of ATTITUDE (1 Peter 4:7-11) The key to having the mind of Christ… Be Serious and Watchful Love Each Other Deeply When you speak, speak the Words of God Use Your Talents to the Glory of God Realize, when our Responsibilities grow, our Rights shrink! (John 15:13)
212° of SERVICE (Romans 12:9-13, Ephesian 4:11-12) God has given us opportunities and the abilities to serve in so many ways! He desires our service. He wants us to serve each other and Him out of love. A love that can show the world that we are His. The Lord’s Church cannot function without your service! Make note of the opportunities you’ll have this week to serve.
212° of EVANGELISM (Matt 28:18-20, Acts 4:19-20, Acts 17:6) 2 Timothy 4:2: “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” It’s time to stop going to church… and start being the church! We have a command, a responsibility and the privilege of bringing the Word to the world!
Conclusion: We serve a great God! We cannot begin to imagine all He can do when we give that extra degree in attitude, service, evangelism, or in other ways! Let’s strive to live the 212° lifestyle!
— Brendan Chance
YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE From next week on, the information on the Continue to remember prayer list will be updated monthly and therefore be much shorter. Please cut out that list ever so often for your own personal prayer time. Continue to call or email the office for all your prayer needs and they will go into the appropriate list for the designated length of time. Thank you for your much appreciated cooperation! ~~ Helga
VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM) The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.
NIGERIAN GOSPEL CHARIOT AND WBS
“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV)
Always thrilling to hear good news from a place where we help support the gospel through two ministries: World Bible School and the Gospel Chariots. It is even more thrilling to see occasions where they are working together. In the following Facebook posting we hear some exciting work in Nigeria. Please keep all these ministries in your prayers and that the Gospel be spread to the lost in Africa and God be praised. For the elders, Ken D
NIGERIA GOSPEL CHARIOT
Amen, Biodun Owolabi from Nigeria has reported the following.
For most of the month of March, Nigeria Gospel Chariot embarked on campaign across several communities in Ogun West zone of Ogun State. The chariot was hosted by 21 congregations of churches of Christ, thousands of souls were reached with the saving gospel of Christ, three souls were baptized, about 1000 enrolled for WBS.
The chariot returned to base at the end of March for servicing, renewal of vehicle papers and a short Sabbath for the crew. On April 14, it left for Akwa Ibom State, South of Nigeria. So far, nine souls have been baptized. The chariot has been hosted by eight congregations of the Lord’s church and many more waiting. The chariot remains in Akwa Ibom till April 31 when it is scheduled to leave for Port Harcourt, Rivers State for a month long campaign for the whole of May. Please pray for the chariot and the crew ask the Lord of harvest to bless their efforts with bountiful harvest.
Wow, exciting brethren. Thank You Lord and thank you all involved. God Bless Nigeria
• The Bible holds the distinction of being the first printed book; it was in 1450. • The first Bible printed in this country was in the Indian language in 1663. The translation was made and published by John Eliot, the so-called “Apostle to the Indians”. This is the earliest example of the whole Bible translated and printed in a new language for the purpose of evangelization. • The first printed Bible in this country was in 1782. • The first translation of the Bible made in America was printed in 1808. It was the work of Charles Thomson. • The first translation of the New Testament published in America was printed in 1826 by Alexander Campbell. It first appeared under the title, “Sacred Writings”, later, “Living Oracles”. It was largely a compilation of the works of Doddridge, Macknight, and George Campbell. • It is not generally known that Noah Webster, author of the famous “Webster’s Dictionary” and the “Blue-Back Speller”, made a translation of the Bible, which was published in 1833. • The King James Version of the Bible was first published in 1611. • The Revised Version of the whole Bible was issued in 1885. • The American Standard edition was published in 1901. • The Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo in 1250. • The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens (Stephanus; printer and scholar in Paris, France) in 1551 and the Hebrew Bible in 1571. • The whole Bible, divided into chapters and verses, first appeared in 1560 in what is called the “Geneva Bible.” It was so called because it was prepared by the Reformers in Geneva. It was also called the “Breeches Bible,” because Genesis 3:7 is translated: “They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves breeches.” • The Bible is the most translated book in the world. It has been translated into more different languages and dialects than any other book that has been written. • The Bible is the best book in the world; it is the only book that reveals the origin, mission and destiny of man. • It is the textbook of salvation; it should be studied, obeyed and taught.
Compiled by B.C. GOODPASTURE – (past editor of the Gospel Advocate publication)
VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM) The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, June 12th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.
THANK YOU NOTES Dear Church Family, Thank you for the calls and texts and cards following Dale’s accident. We are grateful and are very blessed! He is doing fine. In His love, Valerie & Dale Cook
It is with heartfelt regret that I am leaving such a wonderful, loving and caring church family. The beautiful afghan presented to me is truly appreciated.
I will always remember the love given to me and my family in this truly caring church home.
IT’S FINALLY HERE! This afternoon, our first group of campers will be taken by parents/grandparents to the Heart of Texas Bible Camp in Brady, TX. They will be staying there until Friday. It will be a wonderful week for those campers, a week of gaining new Bible knowledge; they will enjoy physical activities and the fun of making new friends and having great, wholesome fellowship. Let’s all pray for everyone, on their trips to and from camp, for health and safety during the week, for all the teachers, cooks and all who will be involved in this good work.
GOSPEL NEWSLETTER – JANUARY – MARCH 2019 Sylvester Imogoh
UGBOGBO CHURCH OF CHRIST NIGERIA
God has given us yet another quarter full of wonderful opportunities for services in His kingdom! From all our activities which includes- Monthly evangelism, youth ministry, prayers and fasting, visitations and ladies’ activities, House Fellowship, we recorded a total of 29 converts in the quarter!! We are still struggling with the challenges of space for our classrooms for Bible studies. We are grateful to God for the many opportunities to serve in different ways.
Print Ministry. Our Outreach Print Ministry [OPM] has continued to grow with many positive impacts in the overall work of God in Nigeria. Our tracts and books are being used for Evangelism, seminars, workshops, Bible study classes, in Prison ministries and campus churches. So many preachers are able to adapt and use them for Sunday Schools and for sermons. There are not many other opportunities where to get gospel materials in Nigeria. We are most grateful to everyone who has contributed funds to help us continue this good work.
Reports for OPM for The Quarter • 400,000 – Total number of tracts printed and used in the quarter • 196 – Total number of shipments of tracts made in the quarter • 68 – Total number of converts recorded in the quarter from places where the tracts are used. 29 of these were recorded here at Ugbogbo. [Because of ignorance and poor communication, we know that we do not receive even half of the reports from everyone who uses our materials. In other words, we believe that there are many more good results that we do not get to hear of] • 2 New congregations were started in the quarter. The first was in Abi in Cross River state on Sunday January 27th. And the other was in Nsukka in Enugu on February 10th. • The tracts and books were used in very many places in conjunction with other outreach media such as in Campuses, Christian schools, in rural campaigns and bus evangelism. • Tracts and books have been used massively in the evangelism efforts in the Cameroon Refugees camp in Ogoja in Cross River State. My coworker there reports that we now have more than 60 families of our brethren from Cameroon in the one camp alone. Some of these Cameroonian brethren were preachers back in Cameroon and as such they have teamed up with our local brethren for aggressive evangelism in the camp Communities. The tracts and books we are sending have been a great pillar for that good work. The Cameroon brethren also need FOOD. Please send any help for their feeding to Chad Wagner to forward to me. And we need to print more tracts and books for them as well. • In Enugu state, our brother Herbert Chukwu has used plenty of tracts in the ‘Mabanbo Mission’- where he and his coworkers across the state operate an outreach ministry that cuts across several counties. Herbert is a tireless worker in the Kingdom who had worked with Doug Wheeler and I for many years in the past. He tells me he is now depending on me entirely for supply of tracts for their work in Enugu state. If not for the high cost of paper, there are many good things to be done through the Print for the good of the church in Nigeria. Please help when you can.
Jesus Went About Doing Good Peter made one of the simplest statements about Jesus that you’ll find in Scripture. But it is also packed with meaning and application. He said that Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). This understated affirmation deserves our deeper exploration. What were some of these good things that our Lord went about doing?
He Pointed People to the Scriptures. People regularly approached Jesus with questions. Some were only trying to trap Him in His words, but others were genuinely seeking His help. Either way, our Lord knew that everyone, regardless of their problem or their motive, needed to encounter God as He had revealed Himself in the Scriptures. That’s why we find Jesus saying things like, “Have you not read in the Law…?” (Matt. 12:5), or “Have you not read in the book of Moses…?” (Mark 12:26), or “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” (Luke 10:26). We regularly encounter people with problems, questions, dilemmas, and issues. We would do well to follow the example of Jesus and point them to God’s will.
He Called People to Higher Ground. Jesus did not want His followers to be content with mediocrity or the status quo. He called on His people to exceed the righteousness of the recognized religious leaders of the day (Matt. 5:20). He taught people to love their enemies (5:44), put the kingdom of God first (6:33), and treat others the way we would want to be treated (7:12). There is no higher ethic than the Christian ethic, and our world would be a better place if it would heed our Lord’s call.
He Put Others Ahead of Himself. There is no better example of Jesus “doing good” than His putting others ahead of Himself. That’s what brought Him to us in the first place (Phil. 2:5-8). “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). From His perfect example we learn, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4). As we fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:2), let us determine that we will follow His perfect example and go about “doing good” just like He did.
– Eddie Parrish, Brown Trail church of Christ, Bedford, TX
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30
Think About It
That’s the Way I’ll Look Like When I am Dead???
There was a lady who had to show her driver’s license at a store for identification, and she told the cashier, “Please don’t pay any attention to that picture, it’s awful! I guess that’s what I’ll look like when I’m dead.” Staring at the picture, the cashier said, “Oh, they’ll make you look a lot better than that!”
We spend a lot of time worrying about our outward appearance, don’t we? And yet the most important thing about us is who we are on the inside. In fact, that is what God notices about us! As God told Samuel:
“For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b).
Today, let us remember our inner being, and make sure we “clean and dress” it properly. We can do that by practicing kindness and consideration, and remembering God in all we do.
Have a great day! – Matt Clifton BulletinDigest.com
Something to Smile About
What Time Is It?
It was scarcely half-past nine when the rather fierce-looking father of the girl entered the parlor where the timid lover was courting her. The father had his watch in his hand. “Young man,” he said, “do you know what time it is?” “Y-y-yes sir,” stuttered the frightened lover, as he scrambled out into the hall, “I–I was just going to leave!” After the beau had made a rapid exit, the father turned to the girl and said in astonishment: “What was the matter with that fellow? My watch has run down, and I simply wanted to know the time.”