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 I found an interesting quote in my files recently. I don’t know who to attribute it to, but it is really thought provoking. The quote is this:

“Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence of Christ’s 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity; yet, some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratories they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth.”

 Indeed, Jesus in His short time on the earth has impacted every avenue of human existence. We even changed the way we record time based upon His coming to the earth. This is the year 2023 A.D. The “A.D.” comes from the Latin phrase “anno domini” which means “in the year of the Lord.”

Galatians 4:4 reveals to us that Jesus came at the exact right time in history. The Father in heaven had it all planned out. His mission for coming to the earth was to save sinners (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 1:15). The way He accomplished this task was unlike anything anybody could have possibly imagined. Jesus lived sinlessly perfect, allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross, and bare all of the sins of all of mankind for all time. His self-sacrifice was the only way to save mankind from eternal destruction. Even though He appeared weak when He was killed, He was in total and complete control throughout the entire process.

Jesus came to make a difference in your life. He came to put the pieces in place so that you can make it to heaven. He came to bring blessings to your life now and forevermore. Are you really allowing Him into your daily life? Are you showing others that He has made a difference in your life, helped you attain the fruit of the Spirit more and more? Shaped your character into more “God-likeness”? Have you really come to Him?

 –  Edd Sterchi Broadway church of Christ, Campbellsville, KY

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Dear Church Family, I want to sincerely thank you all for your love and support these last 7 years. Lynn and I spoke often about how blessed we felt to be a part of such a beautiful church family. I really appreciate such a nice “send off” and gift. My blanket is a reminder of your generosity and love.

In Christ’s love, Kathy Patterson


Our Fellowship Meal, next Sunday, March 26, after the AM worship assembly will be hosted by: Ken & Gail Darnell, John & Tina Brewer and Gary Crabtree.


Romans 10:14-15 ESV
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 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!”

The following is a recent update from our Brother Sylvester which updates us on events there in Nigeria at church and on the Print Ministry construction site. Keep this all in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Ugbogbo Sunday Worship, March 5, 2023

AM worship went well today. The Bible lecture from a very young brother (Praise Dimowo) left soul-searching thoughts for every worshipper. His lesson was on the subject of THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS. The lessons the young man drew from the death of Jesus were very, very thought provoking and inspiring.

By the way I am following the Dr. advise for me to talk/ teach less for a while. I am taking treatment for tracheitis. It’s been finally diagnosed that besides the reflux ulcer, I also have some problems with my trachea or windpipe. I am on medications.

The worship as usual was very, very beautiful. But the attendance has reduced. Total attendance today was 263, and I am told that this is an improvement from last Sunday.

Generally, the harsh economy is adversely affecting even worship services. As people are hungry, it’s also affecting health. So many people are sick. The church First Aid Drugs are being used by the nurses to cater for so many brethren every Sunday. They showed me that what they have left cannot carry till the end of the month. One woman obeyed the gospel in water baptism after worship. The work of building the accommodation for a preacher is on hold because of the situation. The cash scarcity is affecting contributions. The brethren were very glad to see Sandra and I.  After worship we have returned to Jattu to be close to the site (The New Print Ministry Complex). The wood supplier has brought the first batch of wood to the site. And we are excited that work on the roofing would soon start.

Please extend our love, regards and appreciations to the brethren at Sioux Falls congregation and the entire donor base! – Sylvester Imogoh

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Let All Creation Bless the Lord
Let all creation bless the Lord, till heaven with praise is ringing. Sun, moon, and stars, peal out a chord, stir up the angels’ singing. Sing, wind and rain! Sing, snow and sleet! Make music, day, night, cold, and heat: exalt the God Who made you.
All living things upon this earth, green fertile hills and mountains, sing to the God who gave you birth; be joyful, springs and fountains. Lithe water life, bright airborne birds, wild roving beasts, tame flocks and herds: exalt the God Who made you.
O men and women everywhere, lift up a hymn of glory; all you who know God’s steadfast care, tell our salvation’s story. No tongue be silent; sing your part, you humble souls and meek of heart: exalt the God Who made you.
~~ Carl P. Daw

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March 12, 2023
Due to electronic problems,
we only have a short version of our weekly bulletin today.

March Elders Meeting has been postponed till Thursday, March 16 at 9:00 am.

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During my formative years, my parents constantly talked to me about “reputation” and being “dependable!” They constantly talked to me about doing my best to have a positive reputation of “not” causing other people problems and simply being counted on at school, society, and in the workplace. Simply put, strive to be dependable.

We totally understand the importance of “being there” for someone when needed. Additionally, we appreciate and seek someone whom we can “count on” and be dependable for us! Typically, we start out with our parents, move to other family members, maybe teachers (counselors, coaches, administrators), school-age peers, eventually a spouse, and adult friends (inner circle, co-workers). Hopefully, in the aforementioned group, we can find some or several who can be dependable for us. Conversely, we are that for them. But, we know, as we tarry on in the journey of life, we have “let downs.” Those on whom we have counted have the potential to disappoint us for one reason or another. What’s the good news? Well, the Good News is Jesus Christ. Jesus is always there for us provided, we are seeking Him!

Philip Sanders, faithful gospel preacher and speaker for the In Search of the Lord’s Way program, said this about Jesus recently: “I am captive to the story of an ancient One, born of a virgin, laid in a manger, who loved all, worked miracles, lifted the fallen, healed the sick, raised the dead, and suffered on the cross for my sins. I only wish to tell that story till I can no longer speak. No story is so high, so noble, so touching, so persuasive, or so glorious. No story draws the soul to search the heart and change the life. No story makes one feel the urgency to deny oneself, to take up a cross, and to follow the One who loves. Yes, this story is above human ingenuity; it must be from God Himself. Only the word “gospel‟ could fully describe life in Christ. It is life indeed, newness of life, abundant life, and eternal life. It can come from no other than the Father through the Spirit. I am captive to a story greater than all.”

Jesus is not only “there” for us, He has been from the beginning. Jesus is dependable and we should be seeking Him and have confidence He will never let us down. Jesus is:

Savior of the world – Luke 19:10.

The Son of God – John 9:35-37.

A King – John 18:37.

Author and finisher of our faith – Hebrews 12:2.

Lord – 1 Thessalonians 1:1.

May we seek to be dependable, but may we never depend on anyone more than we do on Jesus.

  • Allen Jones, South Green Street church of Christ, Glasgow, KY
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The Welch and Darnell families would like to express their deep love and appreciation for all the care, concern and affection that was demonstrated to us following the passing of our mom, Pauline Evans.  We are especially thankful for the love that was shown last Saturday at Pauline’s memorial service by those who attended and those who provided and served our family a wonderful lunch afterwards. God bless you all.


Our Eating Out Together . . . . . . . .will be on Thursday, March 9th, at 5 PM at the Hoover Valley Café. This is a good time for fellowship and getting to know each other better. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the auditorium.


“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

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Over the last year we have followed the effects of the conflict on Ukraine and Christians living there. Our fellow workers in the Eastern European Missions share a lesson from the conflict. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. For the elders, Ken D


by Bob Burckle and Dirk Smith, EEM

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We’re seeing God use the war in incredible ways. In Jesus’ final moments before the betrayal that would send Him to the cross, He prayed for His disciples and all those who would believe in Him, that we would be one in the very same way that He and God the Father are one (John 17:20-23). His heartfelt prayer was for the earliest Christians and for us today. He knew our world would be torn apart by politics, racism, and inequalities, so He prayed for the unity of all who believe — “so that the world may know.” This is the beautiful outcome when there’s unity in the Church — others will know Him.

If the purpose of unity is to show the world Jesus and draw people to Him, then divisiveness will do the opposite. It will cause doubt and drive people away.

from Him. We need unity so that people will come to know Him. We must recognize that we as believers, are in a battle – an all-out war for the souls of the lost – and we all fight the same enemy. We must not allow cultural, social, and denominational issues to divide us, taking our eyes off the true foe.

If we can do the same, we can prove the admonition from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” It’s more than encouraging – it’s outcome changing – that we stand in unity with the God of the universe Himself as the third strand in the cord uniting believers around the world, “that they may be one, as we are one” (John 17:22).

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Nebuchadnezzar was one of the most influential foreign kings in the biblical record. In world history, he was known as one of the greatest kings to ever have lived. Holy Scripture speaks of him in human terms as the “king of kings” (Dan. 2:37; 4:1; Ezek. 26:7).

Nebuchadnezzar was one of the most influential foreign kings in the biblical record.

In world history, he was known as one of the greatest kings to ever have lived.

Holy Scripture speaks of him in human terms as the “king of kings”

(Dan. 2:37; 4:1; Ezek. 26:7).

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He is known to us as a man who had dreams and was desperate to have them interpreted. Time and again, his wise men were powerless to solve the riddle and to put his mind at ease. It was only Daniel (through the power and insight of Almighty God) who could tell him what the dreams were about. Daniel 4 records one of these events. At the height of his power, the king had another troubling dream.

From this encounter, we learn a number of important lessons: God can reach the very hardest of hearts. Never give up on the one you fear may never change! God is merciful. God warned…then humbled…then restored the king. God is powerful (Daniel 2:21; 4:17, 32, 34-35). God is holy. He hates and will not tolerate sin. God deserves all praise, honor, and glory (Ps. 106:1). We are called to live in light of what we know about the Almighty God. Will we “look down” on all that we think we have “made” (Daniel 4:30)? Will we “look up” at the One who made all things (Daniel 4:34)?

  • Bart Warren, South Green Street church of Christ, Glasgow, KY
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Pauline Evans, the mother of Paula Welch and Gail Darnell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 8th. She was 98 years of age and had spent many recent years in the Kingsland. Care Center. She is in now in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. Our prayers, love and condolences are with Gail and husband Ken, Paula and husband Don and with all in the family and whoever had known her. Funeral arrangements are pending. May God’s comforting thoughts be with all.


We were saddened to hear that Myron Fietz passed away from this life at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15th, but we rejoice at his “home-going”. He is now with his Lord and Savior in the life that has no pains and sufferings. Visitation is this afternoon from 1 to 2 pm at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls, immediately followed by the funeral service at 2 pm. Our prayers, love and sympathy go out to wife Janet and everyone in the family, to all who knew and loved Myron. God bless everyone with peace and be His comfort with them in this difficult time.


Our Fellowship Meal next Sunday, February 26th will be hosted by: Troy & Leana Futrell, Doc & Sandy McDaniel and Sherry Wills & Ken Love.


“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

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This is a report by our Brother Mike on the work he was involved in last month in Nigeria. It is a blessing to hear of the work of the Gospel that our brethren are involved in. Keep it in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D


 We thank God we made it to 2023 and to the glory of God, work started on the 2 nd of January with the first quarter Leadership conference for church leaders around Northern Cross River hosted by the Ukpagada church. 98 church leaders from 38 congregations participated and we resolved to put more emphasis on reviving the congregations around us and intensify our approach to evangelism using WBS, Gospelshare, and other available tools at our disposal. Leaders also resolved to work closely with each other to grow the church around Northern Cross River state.

As a way of strengthening fellowship within the congregation and also taking into consideration the special needs of various age groups in the church, I had to plan to have lunch with the youths, the adults, and the children. These meetings afforded me the opportunity of evaluating the progress we are making as a church in the area of bonding and inter-family relationship, especially since we are a rural community. Honestly, I enjoyed these meetings. Even when each meeting cost me above a 100usd to provide the food, I returned home very happy and fulfilled as I hear directly from those I lead tell me how excited they are being in Christ and the fellowship we share in him.

Also within this month, Healing Hands International, USA chose our congregation to pilot the planting of Plantain to fight food insecurity in Africa. The church provided a piece of land and bought suckers to activate the process and to the glory of God, the farm has been established.

Externally, within the month, a nearby congregation invited me to speak in their gospel meeting on the 21 st and my topic was Church Growth Destroyers. The brethren were edified and to the glory of God, a few brethren were strengthened who were already feeling discouraged about the behaviors of some brethren that they looked up to.

Our WBS team was also involved in a three-day evangelism in Bebi, Obanliku, and three souls were won into the kingdom and top amongst them is a senior lecturer of the College of Education Obudu. God has been faithful and I am glad that I am found useful in his vineyard. Sincerely yours, Mike Udam

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Most people, at some point, have wondered about their purpose in life. Whether due to their environment, or due to things that happen (or don’t happen) to them, they begin to doubt their own worth. Job expressed these sorts of doubt when he wished that he had never been born (Job 10:18- 19). In his grief, his vision was clouded to the goal that God had for him.

Many in the Bible rightly came to the conclusion that the real goal of life is to “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecc. 12:13).

Some may ask, however, “Why should I serve God?” Using Psalm 139:13-16 as a basis, notice three facts about our relationship with God that should cause us to desire to serve Him.

We should serve Him because He created us (Psalm 139:13-14). This passage says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by the Creator. As a master craftsman, God has designed us and brought us into being. We should serve Him out of joyful thankfulness for the gift of life!

We should serve Him because He knows us (Psalm 139:15). God knows everything about us. This entire Psalm, in fact, is about the perfect knowledge of God. He knows us completely, inside and out. And because of that, we can trust Him fully! It is easy to serve, when we trust the Creator!

We should serve Him because He loves us (Psalm 139:16). This passage says God wrote our days in His book before they even arrived. As a loving father might look forward to the things his child would do, so God laid the days out before us in love. What a gift of love!

Because He created us, He knows that we would need a Savior, so in love He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, as a gift that we might have eternal life. Ultimately, the point of your life is to be saved and live eternally with our loving Father! What a great motivation to serve Him!

  • Matt Clifton, Judsonia church of Christ, Judsonia, AR  
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All ladies are invited to a Ladies Day at the Cherokee Home for Children on Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Speaker will be Janet Marks, the author of ‘Three Little Decisions”.   A light breakfast will be provided, there will also be Lunch, Singing and Fellowship.


“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

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Our Brother Sylvester reported on the events and some perspectives from Nigeria last weekend. Let us keep them in our prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Leadership Seminar Sat. Feb 4

Our monthly leadership held at Ugbogbo congregation. Because of the current cash and fuel crisis affecting everything in Nigeria, we expected less attendance. But many brethren managed to turn up from various villages from 6 counties. To our surprise, close to 300 turned up for the day’s exercise. The Ugbogbo women prepared local food that hardly went round to feed the brethren.

Widow’s Program (Food and Equipment Distribution)

As we have arranged, we distrusted sacks of rice for the various congregations to take home. And we gave out a total of 2 Sewing Machines. And 7 Grinding Mills to 9 widows as support for their sustenance. The Widows were very, very happy and grateful for the wonderful provisions they have received.

Sunday Feb. 5 Ugbogbo Widow’s Food Relief

After AM worship today we gave out sacks of rice to the widows of the Ugbogbo congregation The women received their gifts with great joy and prayed for the donors in the native language.

Update About the Fuel and Cash Crisis in Nigeria

The government of Nigeria has caused a huge problem for the people right now. The government may have had good intentions to plan to change the currency and exchange the new notes with the old ones in circulation. I think what was intended among other things is to remove excess cash in the hands of the politicians who have been keeping cash in billions of Naira outside the banking system. That was certainly not healthy for the economy. However, the circumstances we face now are dire. Most of the old notes have been retrieved but the new notes are not in circulation. Thus Nigerians have no money for exchange.

The situation has been growing from bad to worse with spiraling negative consequences…. The cost of buying anything has increased. Nigerians are now “buying” their own currency to be able to buy food. We are paying as much as 20-30 percent for cash. Families are stranded, businesses are struggling, and the economy is in difficulty. In Delta State one person slumped last week and died inside the bank.

People wake up and line up at ATM spots in banks waiting for when banks will open and maybe load cash in the machine. You can go for 3 days and not collect anything. Several pictures and videos have emerged on the social media of men and women who protest the frustrating experiences in the bank by stripping naked (inside the bank).

While this cash problem is going on, we also have another major crisis – no fuel. The cost of fuel (if you get any at all) has risen by between 400 to 1000 percent.

Transportation is affected. People are threatening riot in several cities already. Crowds at the banks and at the filling stations have become unmanageable.  Those who are able to get fuel sell it at cutthroat prices in the black market. Elections are planned for February 25, but there are apprehensions already. Collection in churches have diminished. And most church leaders are only using whatever they collect for Food Relief to save lives!!

Please remember us in your prayers,

Sylvester Imogoh

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