LOVING DISCIPLINE

It is hard to say you love discipline when in the middle of it. Young and old people alike find it hard to appreciate discipline, yet we yearn for knowledge. How do you react when someone critiques your work, when a friend calls you out on something wrong you have done, when a parent spanks you or performs some other form of training? Generally speaking, it is not a pleasant experience. Hopefully, as we acquire years and experience, the reaction to discipline will be funneled into an appreciation for knowledge. Without discipline, knowledge is hard to come by. “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid” (Proverbs 12:1).

Picture here a Roman taskmaster, usually the slave of the family, whose responsibility was the discipline of the children from around the age of 6-16. This discipline included morality, eating habits, and behavior. The Greek word for “taskmaster” is found in both 1 Corinthians 4:15 and Galatians 3:24, both with this concept of guiding in the right direction. God wants His children to go in the right direction and has established “taskmasters” to see to it that we have the opportunity to be led that way.

The use in 1 Corinthians tells of the many “guides” we have in Christ. Paul wrote to the Galatians about the Law being the “taskmaster” until Christ came and people could be justified by faith. If people choose to ignore the taskmaster then knowledge is stifled.

Children who were told what they could and could not eat by the taskmaster, in what activities they were allowed to participate, and how to properly behave probably got daunting at times. Like any discipline, though it may not be pleasant at the time, be assured that it is necessary if you love knowledge. So, do not be stupid and hate reproof, but love it!

Casey McDonald, Clarendon church of Christ, Clarendon, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 14, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS

We are rejoicing with Troy & Leana Futrell at the safe delivery of great-grandson James Edward Johnson, son of Hannah & Evan Johnson. Hannah had a difficult pregnancy until the very end, and we thank God that she and baby are doing well, and so are daddy and great-grand parents Troy & Leana! James Edward weighed in at 4 lbs. 3 oz. and he was 17 inches long. He will have to spend a little more time in the hospital. Our heartfelt congratulations and God’s blessings on the family!

VISITING FOR THE MASTER

The Visitation Program Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, bath soap, toothpaste

Thank you!

WEDNESDAY EVENING SUMMER SERIES (JULY)

July 17 — Joe Winnett

July 24 — Joe Winnett

July 31 — Singing

ICE-CREAM FELLOWSHIP

Our ice-cream fellowship will be this evening, Sunday, July 14, 2019 after our evening assembly. Some of us have already cranked up the ice-cream freezer, and others may have bought some delicious ice-cream from HEB. Both are welcome, so are sprinkles, other toppings and/or cookies, brownies, and/or cakes. Everyone is invited!

A MESSAGE

Some of us fondly remember former members Dorothy & Carroll Norman. Both moved to Oklahoma a number of years ago, where Dorothy passed away. Following is a message we received from Jan Nuckols, the Normans’ daughter:

“My mother, Dorothy, so appreciated you all and Dad continues to remember many of you, members! (Even though he is now 95 — friends start to decrease at that age!). He is at a retirement center, called Spanish Cove — and adapting.

Thank you, Jan Nuckols (daughter)”

The note resumes: “Thank you so much for continuing to send my Dad the Highland Herald. He has presently transferred to: 11 Palm, Room 22, Yukon, OK 73099.”

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Cambodia Prayer Requests

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved”. Romans 10:1 (ESV)

Paul’s earnest prayer was for those he so desired to be saved. Our brethren, whom we help support in SE Asia, including Sharon and Dennis Welch, are earnestly praying for and asking us to be praying for the people of Cambodia that they might see the beautiful salvation of Jesus. What follows are three of their recent prayer requests. Please be praying diligently for God to make Himself known in Cambodia. For the elders, Ken D

Beautiful Kulen. True Cambodia is absolutely breathtaking – will you pray and be a part of calling out true beauty here, today?

The Khmer word, “ធម្មតា” (pronounced “tomadah”) means “normal” or “that’s just how it is”. When injustices are committed or horrible things happen, we often respond, “ធម្មតា”. Even so, as we pray Jesus will breathe new meaning into this powerful word! As we trust Jesus more than the “ធម្មតា” around us, Jesus will revive and unify His church ’til we brim and overflow with resurrection life! Friends, we can live into a “ធម្មតាថ្មី” – a new normal – that displays the goodness, healing, and power of God like never before! Will you pray God’s “ធម្មតាថ្មី” to rise here in Cambodia, today?

The saying, “មានរូ បមានទុក្ខ ” (pronounced “mien roop mien thoak”) is one of the most important ideas in Khmer Buddhism. The literal translation is, “if you have a body, you have suffering”. There is a sense that people are utterly stuck and cannot escape suffering here – will you pray for the game-changing unveiling of Jesus’ love, salve, and salvation, to bring healing and real comfort, today?

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A GIFT FROM THE SCRAP PILE

Charles Darrow was out of work and as poor as a pauper during the Depression, but he kept a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye. He didn’t want his wife, expecting their first child, to be discouraged; so every night when he returned to their little apartment after standing in the unemployment lines all day, he would tell her funny stories about the things he had seen – or imagined.

Darrow was a clever man, and he was always coming up with notions that made people laugh. Darrow knew how powerfully his own attitude affected his wife. His temperament was the color his wife used to paint her mood. If he came home weary and irritable, her spirits fell, and her smile vanished. On the other hand, if she heard him whistling a merry tune as he climbed the many flights of stairs up to their tiny rooms, she would fling open the door and scamper out to the railing to lean over and smile at him as he wound his way up the staircase. They fed on the gift of each other’s joy.

In his younger years, Darrow had enjoyed happy family vacations in nearby Atlantic City, and he drew on those memories to keep his spirits high. He developed a little game on a square piece of cardboard. Around the edges he drew a series of “properties” named after the streets and familiar places he had visited during those pleasant childhood summers. He carved little houses and hotels out of scraps of wood, and as he and his young wife played the game each evening, they pretended to be rich, buying and selling property and “building” homes and hotels like extravagant tycoons. On those long, dark evenings, that impoverished apartment was filled with the sound of laughter.

Charles Darrow didn’t set out to become a millionaire when he developed “Monopoly”, a game that was later marketed around the world by Parker Brothers, but that’s what happened. The little gift he developed from scraps of cardboard and tiny pieces of wood he had obtained from a scrap pile was simply a way to keep his wife’s spirits up during her Depression-era pregnancy; ultimately, that gift came back to him as bountiful riches.

Monopoly is still being sold by the thousands more than 70 years later. Every time I think of those little green houses and red hotels, the unusual game pieces, and those “get out of jail free” cards that made us all race around the board to pass “Go” and collect $200, I see an example of shared joy. Isn’t that our whole purpose here on earth?

To share the joy of knowing Christ and the salvation that comes only through Him? Let’s make sure that is what people are seeing when they look at our lives. After all, we don’t have a “Monopoly” on salvation. It’s for EVERYONE!!  –  Tim Woodward, Church of Christ, Smithville, TN

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WEEKLY NEWS, JUNE 7, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs:  Plastic bags, shampoo, bath soap, toothpaste

Thank you!

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

WEDNESDAY PM SUMMER SERIES (JULY)

July 10 — Joe Winnett

July 17 — Joe Winnett

July 24 — Joe Winnett

July 31 — Singing

ICE-CREAM FELLOWSHIP

Hot July is here, and it is time for our annual Ice-cream Fellowship! The date is: Sunday, July 14th, after our evening assembly. If you have an ice-cream freezer, crank it up and bring your delicious creation. But you can also bring the store-bought kind, sprinkles, other toppings or cookies and/or cakes.

PRAYER REQUEST INFORMATION

Give Helga a note about your special prayer requests or send an e-mail to the office, secretaryhlcoc@nctv.com . This email address can also be found in the directory under THOSE YOU SERVE — subtitled: SECRETARY Helga Blackstone.  Please cut out the combined sick lists monthly for your own prayer sessions. Thank you for your help!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

World Christian Broadcasting

John 8:47 (ESV) “Whoever is of God hears the words of God…..”

For many of the past several years our congregation has been supportive of World Christian Broadcasting and their work to reach the lost around the world with two powerful radio transmitters. Below are several prayer requests made concerning their work. We should pray on their behalf that the Lord will bless them in needed ways to help God’s kingdom grow. For the elders, Ken, D

World Christian Broadcasting June 28 at 3:04 PM

Pray today that our #1 transmitter in Alaska might be repaired and back broadcasting very soon. We are waiting on a few parts to complete that repair. Be prayerful.

Pray for more listeners today in countries that are hostile to Christianity. Pray for the remotest areas of the world that they might be able to hear the gospel.

Today pray for our Spanish ministry to Cuba and Latin America. Pray for Rex and Brenda Morgan, for their broadcasts on MWV in Madagascar and the broadcasts on Trans World Radio. Pray for the team Roberto, Guillermo, Tony and Christians in Ciego de Avila who are doing great follow up work. Pray for his website, La Voz Alegre (The Happy Voice).

Pray today for the country of Jordan. Sunni Islam is the dominant religion in Jordan. Muslims make up about 95% of the country’s population; in turn, 93% of those self-identify as Sunnis. There are also a small number of Ahmadi Muslims, and some Shiites.

May the Lord bless your week with refreshment and renewing to work in his kingdom.

Thank you for praying with us and for us today!

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A GREAT WAY TO LIVE

 Why should I say “I can’t” ,when the Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” ? (Phil.4:13)

 Why should I lack, when God supplies all my needs according to His riches of glory in Christ Jesus? (Phil 4:19)

 Why should I fear, when God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind? (2 Timothy 1:7)

 Why should I be weak, when the Lord is the strength of my life? (Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32)

 Why should I feel like a failure, when I am a conqueror in all things through Christ? (Romans 8:37)

 Why should I show Satan-supremacy over my life, when He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world? (1 John 4:4)

 Why should I lack wisdom, when God gives wisdom to me generously when I ask for it? (1 Corinthians 1:33; James 1:5)

 Why should I accept defeat, when the Bible says that God always leads me in triumph? (2 Corinthians 2:14)

 Why should I be depressed, when I have God’s loving kindness, compassion, and faithfulness to give me hope? (Lamentations 3:21-23)

 Why should I worry, when I can cast all my care on Christ who cares for me? (1 Peter 5:7)

 Why should I be in bondage, when the truth has set me free? (John 8:32)

 Why should I feel condemned, when there is no condemnation to those in Christ? (Romans 8:1)

 Why should I feel alone, when Jesus is with me always? (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:4)

 Why should I be discontented, when I can be content in all my circumstances? (Philippians 4:11)

 Why should I feel worthless, when Christ values me? (1 Corinthians 4:5)

 Why should I have a persecution complex, knowing that no one can be against me when God is for me? (Romans 8:31)

 Why should I let the pressures of life bother me, when Jesus has overcome the world and its tribulations? (John 16:33)

~~ via Stage Road church of Christ, Memphis, TN

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WEEKLY NEWS, JUNE 30, 2019

FELLOWSHIP TODAY
Fellowship Meal. . . today, Sunday, June 30th at noon
Hosts and hostesses are: Don & Paula Welch, John & Tina Brewer and Pat DeVore.
No PM service will be held so as to provide family time.

NEW ADDRESS
For our missionaries Richard & Becky Emperado in the Philippine is available for interested members from today’s bulletin or from the church office.

SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE
Wednesday Evening Summer Series (for July)
July 3 — Doug Halliburton (filling in for Cary Miller)
July 10 — Joe Winnett
July 17 — Joe Winnett
July 24 — Joe Winnett
July 31 — Singing

THE “S” WORD
Some years ago, Dalton Key made an observation about sin that needs to be repeated today. Consider what he said: “…most people wouldn’t use the word ‘sin’. The word is too staid, too old-fashioned, too judgmental. Sin isn’t talked about much these days, even from the pulpit. We hear about ‘faults,’ and ‘lapses in judgment,’ and ‘failing to live up to our potential,’ but the word ‘sin’ rarely surfaces. Folks who used to require repentance now need understanding. Those who in days past were rebuked for sin are now accepted ‘as they are’. Confession has been replaced with counseling; godly sorrow, and repentance with therapy” (Dalton key, “The Dreaded “S” Word,” The Words of Truth, Vol. 34, No. 1, Jan. 2, 1997, p. 3).
He’ right, you know. Sin isn’t sin anymore, at least in the minds of many. The problem, though, sin still exists. The Bible says, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and “the wages (e.g. payment) of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
We may try to ignore it, we may try to explain it away, but sin still exists, and it will cause us to lose our souls, unless it is removed through contact with the saving blood of Jesus Christ (Mark 16: 15, 16; Acts 2:38, 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:17, 18).
What are you doing about sin in your life?

  • Mike Benson, Church of Christ
    Shallowater, TX

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Richard Emperado – New Philippine Church Planting

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)
It has been a blessing for our congregation to support the work in the Philippines and be fellow laborers with Richard Emperado and his family. Following their recent visit here, they returned to the Philippines and are currently engaged in a church planting. We will have some exciting news for our support of the work there in the near future. Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Church planting in Siquijor, Philippines has begun! Please be praying for Richard Emperado and the MOSES team, Seyer students, and students from Moalboal, and other places that are there this week going house to house and having Gospel meetings at night. Thank you to the Boerne,Texas church of Christ, who is helping sponsor this particular church planting.

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GOD AND THE SPIDER

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves, and although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for soldiers swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever Your will though, I love You and trust You. Amen.” After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one!” Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave. As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave. “Hah,” he thought, “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.” As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make a last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, the marine realized that with the spider web over the entrance; his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. “Lord, forgive me,” prayed the young man, “I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God could and would work in our lives, sometimes in the most astonishing ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, “In God we will have success!” (Nehemiah 2:20).
Remember: whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spider’s web can become a brick wall of protection. Believe He is with you always. Just speak His name through Jesus His son, and you will see His great power and love for you!

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