GOD’S PROMISE TO DAVID

“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” – 2 Samuel 7:12-16

The writer of Hebrews applies the words of our text (specifically verse 14) to Jesus. In Luke 1:32-33, the angel Gabriel explains to Mary that her son, the Messiah, would reign on the throne of David.

That makes it pretty plain that this section – while applicable to Solomon – is really about the Christ. Peter also makes it clear that Jesus currently sits on David‘s throne – see Acts 2:36-38. So, from that, we understand the kingdom about which Jesus preached was in fact brought into being on that Pentecost Sunday.

This helps us to understand our place. We are not waiting for a kingdom, nor are we waiting for Jesus to ―do something. Of course, we‘re expecting the Lord to return and take His church home, but our job is not to await the kingdom because it is here.

Since we are part of the kingdom and since Jesus has commanded His servants to go and preach the gospel, we need to be about the king‘s business. That means preaching and teaching around the world. Wherever Christians went in the first century, they preached the gospel of Christ and brought people into the kingdom.

They weren’t simply concerned with being nice folks or just doing right. The church of the first century was a militant organization – proclaiming the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, even as they were themselves being judicially murdered.
Of course, they did right (and most of them were probably nice folks) but their mission was in the message – Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of Lords.
That should be our message as well.

Jay Kelly, Austin St. church of Christ, Levelland, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE CLOTHES CLOSET

The Clothes Closet is accepting any kind of appropriate donations. We are in need of stocking up on clothing, for men, women and children, and related items. Things for a household etc. Please talk to Leana Futrell about items you may want to donate and what is accepted and/ or needed!!!

SOUP FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY UPDATE

Our first Soup Luncheon on Wednesday, August 28, was a success! Five guests along with 12 members feasted on hobo soup, salad, crackers, homemade corn bread, cookies, and tea. Enjoying a meal was great, but the best part was fellowshipping and getting to know each other. Please pray that this ministry will not only bind us together, but that it will also reach out into the community and open minds and hearts to the gospel.

Our future Soup Luncheons are scheduled for the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. If you are interested in helping prepare a meal or in contributing to this endeavor, we welcome your support!

EATING OUT TOGETHER

Those who enjoy eating out together will meet on Thursday, September 12th, around 5:00 — 5:30 PM, at ―Mama‘s‖ in Burnett. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

THANK YOU NOTES

To our Highland Lakes Church Family, Thanks for the prayers, thoughtfulness and food, while Jan recuperates from her broken leg. All of you are a blessing in our lives. Jan & Kynn Maxwell

Dear Highland Lakes Church of Christ, Thank you so very much for the blessing of over $600.00 for our students’ supplies. It means so much to a child to sit down at a desk with new materials of their very own. We also enjoyed the breakfast! Thank you for hosting our faculty. Everyone had a great time and began the day with full tummies and hearts.  Meloni Puishes (Kingsland Charter School)

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Cherokee Home for Children Summer Review

Let us never forget to pray for the Children at the Cherokee Home that we also support. They had an exciting summer mission trip to the Philippines. They too are going back to school. They also are offering an interesting program next month for their young men. We always need to lift them up to their Father in heaven. For the Elders, Ken D

AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES A dream came true! Cherokee Home for Children made its first international mission trip this June. A longtime dream of Executive Director, Shawn Hull, the trip was made to the island of Cebu, Philippines. Seven staff members and six teens made the two-week trip focused on ministry to street children and a local church’s ministry to children.

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GO FORWARD

In the account of the crossing of the Red Sea in the Exodus of the Israelites, we can learn some important things about God and His people. As the Egyptians were in hot pursuit and the Israelites‘ fears are growing, God said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15). Moses was then to lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea, and it would be divided (Exodus 14:16). When Moses did this, Exodus 14:21 records that “the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.”

Here is the important thing for us to remember concerning God and concerning His people: God‘s commands require only an affirmative response to be effective. The means of success are always provided by God. It was the responsibility of the people to go forward, and it was God‘s part to divide the sea.

It took faith for the Israelites to go up to the sea believing that God would do His part. There is a great lesson in that account for us, as well. God has asked us to ―go forward with true faith. But are we really doing so?

In Mark 16:15, the command of Jesus for His followers is to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” We are asked to ―go forward and teach lost souls. How many times do we refuse to do our part because we don‘t think God will do His part? We may justify to ourselves, ―Oh, no one will ever be saved, so it will do no good for me to evangelize. All God has asked us to do is ―go forward, preach and teach; He is the one who will give the increase (1 Cor. 3:6).

In Hebrews 6:1, Christians are reminded to leave the elementary principles of Christ and “go on to perfection.” In other words, we are to ―go forward in the maturing of our faith and holy practice before God (2 Peter 3:18). How many times do we justify sin in our lives with such weak faith that we never even give God an opportunity to deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:18; 2 Timothy 4:18)? If we will make an effort at purer lives, and put our faith in God, He will see to it that it will happen.

It takes faith to go forward. Abraham was asked to ―go out‖ to a place never before seen by him. He did so, trusting that God would provide, and He did (Hebrews 11:8). Christians, we are asked to ― go forward. We are to go forward and preach and teach, and we are to go forward and live better, more righteous lives. If we do this with complete faith and trust in God, He will use His mighty powers to do marvelous things. Let‘s all resolve to set our fears aside, have greater faith in God, and “GO FORWARD!”

Edd Sterchi, Broadway church of Christ, Campbellsville, KY

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 25, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
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Thank you!

SPECIAL GUEST TODAY
Welcome to Today’s Guest Speaker!
Today, Sunday, August 25th,we welcome Kirk Eason who is the SABC-USA Director of Development for Southern Africa Bible College, Benoni State, South Africa. He will give a report about that work, which we support, in the combined Bible class (auditorium) and he will also preach. We are looking forward to what he will share with us.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL. . . today, Sunday, August 25th at noon!
Please join us.
Hosts and hostesses are: Pat DeVore, Linda Lively, Linda Robertson and Bob & Doris Foster.

OUTREACH SOUP LUNCH
Please Join Us for Lunch!
What: Brenda Miller & Nancy Hankins will serve a meal of soup, salad, crackers, cookies, tea for lunch.
When: Wednesday August 28, 11:30-12:30.
Where: church kitchen/fellowship hall.
Why: You can help us in an outreach to feed, befriend, pray for, and eventually share the gospel with those in our community, especially those in need.
How: Soup meal is prepared, and preacher or designated elder blesses the food. We serve our guests, sit and eat with them, visit, and encourage them to fill out prayer request forms, indicating how we can pray for them.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

African Evangelism Mission – Nigerians to Kenya

Our brethren in Nigeria helping brethren in Kenya; please pray for this work we help support. These are exciting times. Praise God. For the elders, Ken D

REPORT OF MISSION WORK TO KENYA

Africa evangelism mission AEM is a group of preachers who are committed to dealing with leadership issues and building capacity in church leaders to strengthen their output to the glory of God. I am the leader of the Team and in the team we have Abiodun Adegoroye, Osita Onuora, and Bassey Esang.

We made our first debut in Swaziland in 2018 and the impact of that mission is still being felt till today. In 2019, we got an invitation from the Nairobi Church of Christ, Eastleigh to come and share leadership thoughts with them. We left Nigeria on the 1st of August and returned on the 12th to the glory of God.

The evangelism team with their Kenyan host family

During this period of time, we worked in the following areas in Kenya:

2nd, 3rd and 4th August Eastliegh congregation. We spent 2 days here teaching the students of Kenya premier Bible College. We worshipped with the church meeting at Eastliegh in Nairobi.

Nairobi church of Christ Eastleigh, Kenya

5th 6th and 7th August Kissi and Rongo County. Bro Ebenezer Udofia of Healing Hands International took us to Kissi and Rongo for rural evangelism. There we met with some locals who were delighted to learn from us. His organization believes that teaching people how to grow food and survive will give them the opportunity of listening to the gospel. We tested it and it worked perfectly.

8th Nairobi great Commission School and sightseeing. Here we took time off to visit with the Nairobi Great Commission School and visit the Elephant Park.

9th, 10th and 11th August – Meru School of Theology. In Meru, we had the privilege of speaking to preachers of over 100 congregations on leadership skills and contemporary issues around the family.

We had printed all our lessons into a book which was shared amongst the participants. One thing stood out clear, the brethren in Kenya wanted us to make another trip back to continue with our training. For us it was indeed a huge opportunity to be found useful. We look forward to more opportunities to serve especially that we are African speaking to Africans.

One major thing we found out in Kenya worthy of note is the allowing of women to lead in songs during worship on the ground that they have good voices. Some congregations take tithes and the preachers are referred to as pastors. In some area, dancing and clapping during worship is normal. We had to touch on those areas and right there we started to notice them change in the last Sunday we worshiped with them.

We are planning another mission work to Nairobi, Mombassa in Kenya and Arusha in Tanzania by early next year.

God bless you Mike Udam

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TAKE THE HARDER ROAD!

Building godly character is hard work. “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7). Every effort is right. That’s what it takes to make these qualities a part of our lives. People don’t change easily . . . leading to modern day proverbs like “a tiger doesn’t change its stripes.” Breaking bad habits and creating new godly ones is something that requires a daily focus for a long time. It probably takes the help of another Christian – and accepting that help takes a lot of humility. All that work, all that brokenness, is not something everyone is willing to go though. There are many who would much rather focus on the flaws of someone else.

There is more than one way to build up confidence in who you are. You can work, and grow, and daily become someone who better reflects the light of Jesus Christ. OR you can focus on the shortcomings of the people around you. “Well, I know I need to change what I choose to watch but at least I’m not like the guy who just got arrested for beating his wife. I definitely don’t do that.” “Yes, I know I don’t know my Bible well enough but at least I’m doing better than that church over there that doesn’t even know what baptism is for!” Yes, that’s certainly one way to feel better about yourself. Unfortunately, as Lonnie Jones put it: “Cutting that guy’s legs off doesn’t make me one inch taller.” Looking down on others doesn’t make you a better person. And you’re not qualified to do it. We cannot even semi-accurately judge where others are unless we have first judged ourselves: “How can you say to your brother, „Let me take the speck out of your eye, ‟ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?‟” (Matthew 7:4).

I want to suggest to you that it is better to take the harder road. Take a moment today and examine your own life. What are some areas that you can improve? What in the 2 Peter 1 “list” do you need to add to your character? What are you currently doing that God would like you to change? Are your prayer and reading habits what they should be? Do the hard work of asking yourselves these kind of questions and seek to improve the answers. Then you can have the confidence of knowing that you are doing what you can to be the person God wants you to be. That’s a much more satisfying way of being happy about who you are.
– Doug Wells Camden Avenue church of Christ Parkersburg, VA

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 18, 2019

A BIG THANK YOU
We had 72 guests on Wednesday morning for our special Breakfast for Public Servants of Llano county.
A great big, special “Thank You” to all who served in their chosen volunteer area! The breakfast was a success again as some of our area teachers enjoyed our hospitality and we enjoyed meeting and chatting with them. Thanks again for a job well done!!!

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
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Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Gospel Chariot 2nd Quarter West Africa Report

Jesus said “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” – John 12:46 (ESV)
In a world of darkness, it is the light of the Lord Jesus that is the only hope for the lost. We are so thankful that He can use us to help support efforts to bring light to those in darkness. We are especially blessed to help support the Gospel Chariot Mission in Africa, as Africans take the gospel to those in need of it. Below is part of George Funk’s latest report. Please keep this effort in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL CHARIOT WEST AFRICA Second Quarter Update 2019

Hi Everyone. This is our West African update and some wonderful news is, that the new Liberian Big Gospel Chariot is now ready to roll and will be traveling into 6 West African countries, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. God is working in West Africa and we need to thank you all. The Big Nigerian Gospel Chariot as well as the Big Ghanaian Gospel Chariot and also the two mini chariots in Togo and Benin, are reaching many, many souls for Jesus. Read below.
Brethren, Lord Willing, we want to upgrade the mini chariot in Benin into a big chariot that will then travel into even more French speaking African countries and that being, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and some of Mali. WOW, that will mean we will soon be going into 15 West African countries.
Below shows in green the countries we are currently going into and the pink the countries we are planning on going into in the next 3 years, and the red the countries we will never be able to go into with gospel chariots. However, God is already working in the hearts of those in the red regions through small house cell groups.

As you can see in the pink, we have a problem, but as I see it, an opportunity on the west coast and I like to call it: the West Coastal Corridor from Angola up through Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Chad and around the countries we are now already going into.
Brethren, if it is the Lord’s Will, we want to knock those pink countries out with two new big chariots and George Akpabli with the bible school in Benin will help us accomplish that with trained French speaking evangelists and disciple makers. We have been meeting and praying about this for some time now. PLEASE PRAY WITH US. GOD IS GREAT.
To God be the Glory.
In Him — Love, Brother George Funk

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FINISHING WELL

Wouldn’t you love to face eternity with confidence? Well, you can!
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

Paul knew a glorious welcome awaited him!
He knew he would hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21).
He knew his name would be acknowledged before the Father (Matt. 10:32).
He knew that God’s grace was bigger than his sin.
He knew the mercy and love of the Lord was more powerful than his rebellion.
He knew it was not about how he started (persecuting Jesus and the Church — Acts 9:4), it was about how he finished.

The Good News of Jesus Christ: We are all sinners (Rom. 3:23), but Jesus died and rose again offering us hope (1 Thess. 4:13-14; Eph. 2:12-13).

When it comes to running the race of life (1 Cor. 9:24), it is not about how we start,
it is about how we finish.

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