SPIRIT FIRE

 

b0dc6a3543817b983cfed999ce2957e9--now-it-sealsThe Affirmation of His Spirit

God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting His “Yes” within us. By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge — a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

Key Thought:  The genuine test of a follower of Jesus is the presence of the Holy Spirit living in him/her. The Spirit transforms the follower to become like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Spirit helps produce the fruit of Jesus’ character and compassion in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23). Now we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is the “earnest money” paid by God to show we belong to Him, that He claims us, and that we are His by something much greater than blood relationship — we are children through the Holy Spirit. He will complete the work He has begun in us, bringing us to Himself in glorious joy (Philippians 1:6). The Holy Spirit is our guarantee, our assurance, that this is true and that we are God’s!

Today’s Prayer:   “Father, thank You for the proof of Your claim over my life through the presence of the Holy Spirit in me. Make me more aware of the Spirit’s presence. Help me yield more to the Spirit’s influence. Please know my deep joy at having the assurance of my relationship with you living inside in your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ holy name I offer my thanks and praise. Amen.”

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WEEKLY NEWS JUNE 3, 2018

IN SYMPATHY

Johnny Crabtree, Gary’s dad and Sherry’s father-in-law, passed from this life on Saturday, May 26th, at 10 pm. Graveside services took place at Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in Woodrow, Texas on Friday, June 1st, and a family service was held on Saturday, June 2nd, at 2 pm at the Trinity church in Childress, Texas. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to Gary and Sherry and to all in the extended family.

GUEST REPORT SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

Today we welcome Dennis & Sharon Welch who are on furlough from the mission field in Cambodia. Dennis will give us a report about this mission work. Thank s to all of you who are coming to hear this great report.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are so thankful to have with us today Dennis and Sharon, reporting on the work of spreading God’s gospel of salvation to the people of Cambodia. We are blessed to be fellow workers with the Welches and to support this work as a congregation. Thankful the people of Cambodia can hear of God because the Welches were willing to be sent and we were willing to help send them. Continue to pray for the Welches and the work in Cambodia. For the elders, Ken D

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!”

រ ៉ូម 10: 14-15 (ESV) 14 ដ៉ូច្នេះចត្ើចោយចេប្រប្រឹត្ដ្ំច េះអ្នកណាដដលមិនច ឿបាន? ចោយចេច ឿចលើប្រេះអ្ង្គដ៉ូ្ចមដ្ចកើត្ចរើចេមិនដដលឮប្រេះអ្ង្គមានប្រេះរនទូល? 15 ច ើយចត្ើរួកចេនឹង្ផ្សរវផ្ាយយ៉ាង្ដ៉ូ្ចមដ្ប្រសិនចរើរួកចេមិនបានចាត្់ឱ្យចៅ? ដ៉ូ្មានដ្ង្ទុកថាៈ«ចមើល៍អ្នកដដលច្វើដំចណើរនំដំណឹង្ដ៏លអ ៗ មកប្រចសើររុង្ចរឿង្ណាស់ ន៎! »។

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LIVE RIGHT AND PEOPLE WILL LISTEN

32115909700_499ca69630_bIn 2 Kings 5, a very familiar story of the Old Testament is recorded. Naaman was the commander of the army of Syria – an enemy nation of Israel. He was a mighty man of valor, but he also suffered from leprosy. After one of his raids, he brought back a young Israelite girl to be a slave for his wife. She must have felt very alone being forced into servitude in a foreign land.

We know “the rest of the story” very well – of how she informed them of a prophet in Israel who could heal Naaman of his leprosy. Curiously, he got permission from the king of Syria to go and see if this was true.

When he found the great prophet Elisha’s house and inquired, Elisha sent a messenger to him and informed him that if he would dip in the Jordan River seven times, he would be cured. Naaman was indignant that Elisha didn’t come into his presence and heal him then and there, so he decided to leave. His servants were then able to talk him into giving the dipping into the Jordan thing a try, which he did and, as they say, the rest is history. He was cleansed of his leprosy!

Now, I would like to speculate on something concerning this wonderful account. Here we have this unnamed young girl brought back as a slave doing something incredible. Instead of being bitter about the hand life had dealt her, she reached out to help another. She could have taken all her hurt, pain, and resentment and let it fester inside her and made the determination not to say anything to her master and let him suffer through his disease. Apparently, she had no desire for revenge against her master. Instead, she loved her enemies, forgave the wrong done to her, and set about pointing out to her master that God was his only hope.

Another thing I often contemplate as I read this account is that this young girl must have conducted herself in such a way that when she had something to say, they listened to her. What a great example to us. We should live such a kind, forgiving life among people that when we have something to say, they will listen. You never know where the sharing your faith combined with a great attitude will lead! – Edd Sterchi, Campbellsville, KY

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WEEKLY NEWS MAY 27, 2018

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!

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Tooth paste, Bath soap, deodorant

Thank you for your support of this ministry!

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Under the direction of our elders the deacons are working to implement an organized safety program for Christ’s church. A designated member to serve as a Safety Monitor will be watching the church surveillance cameras, responding to the intercom by the front door, and designated to call 911 if needed during all church worship services. Volunteers to serve as a Safety Monitor would be assigned to work on a rotational basis. A signup sheet will be on the rear table of the church for members who want to volunteer to serve.

TODAY, SUNDAY, MAY 27TH . . .

 We have a special guest speaker, Kirk Eason from SABC (Southern Africa Bible College). He will give a special report in the combined adult class and he will also preach. We welcome him and his wife Christy again and look forward to what he has to share with us.

 We will have our fellowship meal after our morning worship assembly.. Hosts & hostesses are: Cary & Brenda Miller, Lynn & Kathy Patterson, Pat DeVore and Vicky Parr. Afterwards, we are dismissed for the remainder of the day with no PM service.

WITH SYMPATHY

♥ Leana Futrell’s brother-in-law, Arvis Eaton, passed away on his 76th birthday. He was buried in Briggs, TX, on Tuesday, May 23rd, where he had been living.

♥ Paula and Gail’s 90 year old uncle, Ray Benjamin Evans, the youngest one of their uncles, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 23rd. This many talented husband, father, and grandfather was a musician, farmer, gold miner, lumberjack, hunter and builder, a gentle and kind man, loved by all of his family. He will be missed. Ray will be laid to rest in a small town just outside Portland, Oregon. Arrangements are pending.

Our love, heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to everyone in these two families.

 THANK YOU NOTES

I want to thank everyone for their prayers, the cards and the kind words that I received at the loss of my brother, Clyde. It is a blessing, at a time like this, to know others are thinking about you. Thank you so much and may God bless each of you.  In Christian love, Pat DeVore

I want to thank everyone for the telephone calls, cards, and prayers during my recent stay at the hospital. Your thoughtfulness was truly appreciated and helped my mental health tremendously. We have one more doctor’s appointment to get through before they declare me well for the present. I love you all, Paula Welch

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (ESV)

We are blessed to be able to help support students at Southern Africa Bible College and the following reports on one graduated student we supported and introduces you to our newest student. Please keep the students and SABC in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

SABC Supported Student Report

Amanda Chumalo, our previously sponsored student is doing great!! She graduated and is well respected for her ability to teach children as well as train teachers. She is now working for the Tswella Church of Christ in Soweto, a congregation that is growing fast and reaching many in the community. They hired Songezo, a classmate of Amanda’s, to preach for them. They have grown from 120 to over 200 in the last 4 months and had 17 baptisms…as of three weeks ago!

Initial Student Report from our new SABC Student

I come from a family of six; three siblings and I’m the second born in the family. I was born in the Germiston Hospital and grew up in Katlehong till I was seven years. We then moved to a house in Germiston and I attended school there. My immediate family are members of the Church of Christ. I completed my grade 12 with a bachelor’s degree entrance last year and found a temporary job for the festive holidays in a company known as Rolig Grindod. I served as a helper on the Lord’s Table, rendered the Lord supper and a few devotions in the Germiston Church of Christ.

During my grade 12 I was confused about what I should do after school but had an interest in medicine. I attended a gala dinner at SABC after lectureship and I experienced a positive atmosphere among the students at SABC. After the dinner I had a chat with Edward Nkosi and he advised me to attend for a year and see what it’s like. I liked the idea because I was still confused about my career choice and that brought me to SABC eventually. I then was inspired to stay for three years. I gave up home and my career to learn more about my maker and to build a stable spiritual foundation.

I hope to complete the three years at SABC then go on to study medicine. More than anything I would love to be righteous, achieve humility and be more Christ conscious. During my studies I want to also fulfil the great commission even though medicine will take most of my time but I’m hoping to preach also.

Greetings in Jesus name, Luyanda Lungile Mendziwa

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PRIORITIES

Priorities-Not-Aligned-e1440177161183The World View

We live in a world where the physical receives priority in regard to about every aspect of our lives. Let me be specific: most people eat three meals a day or twenty-one a week. Some add snacks and coffee breaks to augment their intake of food and drink. Many people take a bath or shower each day. The amount of time taken to shave, comb hair, brush teeth and prepare for our daily appearance in public vary from person to person. Physical exercises of all kinds are increasingly a part of our culture. On and on I could go concerning the time, money and energy expended on the PHYSICAL MAN.

The above mentioned things are not wrong in and of themselves. Each person must make the decisions in these areas to what he or she will do. But what is not done as MEANS rather than an end is vain. We must all acknowledge that what is physical ends in death (Hebrews 9:27).

The Christian View

The Christian has a different point of view. His INNER man is of utmost importance. All else exists for the development and growth of the spiritual man to live with God forever. Paul is correct when he wrote to the Corinthian Christians: “We do not loose heart, though our outer man is wasting away, the inner man is being renewed every day…for things which are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Do you have three spiritual meals a day? Do you engage in Bible study, prayer, fellowship and service to others throughout the day? Do you pray briefly while waiting for a red light to change? Do you read a scripture in the office while waiting to meet an appointment? Do you sing while riding a bike or walking on a road? Do you look in the spiritual mirror (James 1:25) to learn and then to do something for the inner man? Do you let the Holy Spirit clothe you in compassion, patience, lowliness, kindness, meekness (Colossians 3:12) so that as an ambassador for Christ in public, people will see Him? (2 Corinthians 5:20).

An Education Tragedy

If each Christian would open his or her written transcript at high school graduation, college graduation or even post graduate achievement, it would reveal academic competence in material things but few would indicate significance in spiritual training. The inner man has been impoverished. Also, most adults after attending church after decades have a very limited knowledge of the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, or Christian Evidences. While being able to tell who are the movie stars, the best professional athletes, the current music artists, etc. few can explain clearly redemption, justification, sanctification, glorification and other vital Christian teachings. Biblical illiteracy is rampant. What a tragedy!

A Solution

Each individual must stand before God some day and give an account of his or her stewardship (1 Corinthians 5:10). Therefore, start now to revamp priorities:

  1. Set aside each day time to study God’s priceless word with purpose and enthusiasm. Stop starving the INNER man with one hour attendance at church each week. Place yourself at a spiritual table where words of the Spirit can feed, equip, strengthen, and enable you to serve your fellow man and become more like your precious Savior.
  2. Take time to pray for your family members by name; for their physical and spiritual well being. Inform them that this is your daily practice. Each one is always unique as an integral member of the body of Christ.
  3. Fill your continual petitions to God with thankfulness for His unending love. His marvelous salvation set forth in His Son Jesus Christ, and His eternal promises.
  4. When someone asks, “How are you today?” respond with, “By His grace, I am His child and enjoy the blessings of being a new creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Or you might say, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
  5. Render joyful service as each opportunity arises; send a letter or card to someone in need or a note of appreciation, or make a phone call or send and e-mail note of encouragement or challenge. “Do something today, you can rejoice about tomorrow” my father used to say. Paul’s teaching in Colossians 3:1-4 is superb. “If you have been raised together with Christ, keep seeking the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind upon the things above, not on the things of the earth for you died and your life stands hidden together with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is your life, is revealed then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
  6. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the physical things of the world will be added by the Lord as you may need them. You will rejoice again and again NOW and ETERNALLY! AMEN!

By Dr. Stephen D. Eckstein, Jr., former director and instructor, for 35 years, at the Bible Chair, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico

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WEEKLY NEWS, MAY 20, 2018

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL

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Last week, 780 lessons were mailed to students in Nigeria that we are teaching. Thank you, Henry K, for taking the two big bags to the Post Office!

 

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.

IMPORTANCE NOTICE

Under the direction of our elders the deacons are working to implement an organized safety program for Christ’s church. A designated member to serve as a Safety Monitor will be watching the church surveillance cameras, responding to the intercom by the front door, and designated to call 911 if needed during all church worship services. Volunteers to serve as a Safety Monitor would be assigned to work on a rotational basis. A signup sheet will be on the rear table of the church for members who want to volunteer to serve.

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 27TH

 . . . we will have a special guest speaker, Kirk Eason from SABC (Southern Africa Bible College). We will hear him give a special report in the combined adult class and he will also preach. We are looking forward to having him with us again.

 This is also the Sunday for our monthly fellowship meal. Hosts & hostesses: Cary & Brenda Miller, Lynn & Kathy Patterson, Pat DeVore and Vicky Parr.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Tooth paste, Bath soap

Thank you for your support of this ministry

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are thankful to work with the Emperados in the Philippines to spread the gospel and thank God for Richard and his family’s dedication to this work. In this article they share what the family is doing. Please keep them in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Family & Friends,

Howdy! I know it has been awhile since you have heard from us…summer months are just a blur around here…trying to catch Richard at home long enough to sit down and write is really hard. Ever since he & Grant returned from China the end of March, he has been on the go.

Richard & Becky Emperado 2017We packed up the girls’ house in Cebu in April and moved the three kids to a townhouse in Dumaguete, Negros to get ready to start college in June. Moving them wasn’t easy…due to the road construction going on the highway in front of their street, we could only get the Hino (our long jeepney) down their street past midnight, load in the dark, and be out by five a.m. We had to make two trips like that, driving 7-9 hours one way due to road construction, only to go a little over 100 miles.

We are happy to share that starting June 11, we will have three freshman college students attending Silliman University. Jennylyn plans to study Elementary Education, Jennylou plans to study psychology, and Grant wants to study history. We have had struggles trying to get them enrolled, due to some paperwork issues since the girls were adopted & their birth certificates were not registered by a local government twenty years ago, like they were supposed to be. We had to go back to the adoption courts, get their papers reissued, have their birth certificates reissued, then sent to Manila to be registered. Richard and the girls have been working on all of that for over six months. We are still waiting for the birth certificates to get here. We also faced challenges because they were homeschooled and all three kids have dual citizenship, but Richard was able to use his charm to get it done. I love this man! He has the patience, kindness, and the ability to talk to whoever he needs to into helping him. The kids are really excited to start this new chapter of their lives. Silliman University is a small private Christian school, started by American missionaries back in 1901. I think they have around 10,000 students. Dumaguete is the capital of Negros Oriental, and it is built around the university. Their house is near the ocean and about a 15 minute walk to the school. They don’t have jeepneys in the city here, everywhere they go, they will have to ride motorcycle trikes. At least now, we will all be on the same island. Our house in Calag Calag is only about 2 hours away. We hope to have an internet connection at their place soon, so that will make it easier to keep in touch.

Much love, Richard & Becky

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GROWING OLD, GRACEFULLY

A Message for A Happy Mother’s Day!

GrowingOldGracefully_PAAge is relative, isn’t it? In our own way, we still search for the fountain of youth. We resist the aging process by camouflaging the spots and wrinkles. Still, aging continues its relentless march. God places a premium on age. God intends for us to be useful and active in our golden years:

  • God asked Noah to build an ark when he was 400 years old.
  • Moses was 80 when he lead Israel out of Egypt.
  • Proverbs says: “Gray hair is a crown of splendor” (Prov. 16:31a)
  • We hear Job declare: “Wisdom comes with age and with length of days comes understanding” (Job 12:12).

David writes: “Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till l declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:17-18). Paul addresses the aging process: “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16) Though your body is decaying, he says, the mind is renewed daily. We are working toward an eternal glory. For we know when this earthly body is aged out, God has a body for us not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

Truth is, wherever we are in the aging process is okay, because that is exactly where God wants us to be. And for us to waste our time, energy, money, and talent attempting to change that state, that season of life, is not God-pleasing. Being dissatisfied with our age only frustrates us, and frustrates His purpose in our life. God had a purpose for us when we were young and He has a purpose for us now that we are older. It’s ridiculous to attempt to go back and relive an old purpose.

How Do We Grow Old Gracefully?

Understand change. If we want everything to stay the same, life is going to be continually miserable. The senior citizen’s world is full of change. Now change is not always bad. But when you pack too much change into a short space, it can be devastating. Our purpose has changed. The ambitions of climbing career ladders, and plans for raising and educating the children are over. There are health changes, financial changes, changes in our energy level. There are some things we can no longer do, and shouldn’t try to do. We must not allow these to overwhelm us.

We need to lose ourselves in something bigger than we are. One of the problems in retirement is that attention is turned to self. The focus is no longer on: the children, career, church, but directed inward. This creates serious problems at any age. John Gardner, one time Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said, “People can achieve meaning, only if they have a commitment to something larger than their own little egos; be it family, fellowmen, careers or religion.” l think Jesus gives us the answer: Serve Others!! There’s hospital and hospice visits to be made, nursing home patients that need encouragement. Think about volunteering at one of these institutions. There are numerous ministries at church that can use our expertise.

Don’t kill today with yesterday’s guilt. Some of us spend our time grieving over our mistakes we’ve made until we kill the joy of today. We spoil the golden years with resentment from the past. Sure, all of us have made mistakes, serious ones, but there is no reason to allow these to rob us of today’s joy. “Forgetting what is past I press on to the goal, the high calling of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:14).

Will to die “young”. Douglas McArthur had this essay on his wall: “Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind.” Grandma Moses was still painting when she was 101. Oliver Wendall Homes was still serving as a Supreme Court Justice at 90. Conrad Adenauer was Chancellor of West Germany at 87. Noah Webster was 70 when he published his dictionary. Golda Meir became Prime Minister of Israel when she was 71. Paul Southern of Abilene Christian was still teaching college in his nineties. Tillit S. Teddlie was still writing church music and preaching when he died at 101. Mother Teresa died serving others at age 87.

God has providentially brought each of us to this point, and this place in our life for a specific purpose. The question is, will we allow Him to use us for that purpose? Indeed! The best is yet to come!

  • Randall Caselman Bella Vista Church of Christ, Bentonville, AR
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