CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER

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At home, we recently took on the task of cleaning out our attic! Yes, I can hear you groaning as you think about how much fun we had. Well, it wasn’t all bad. In fact, when we take time to declutter any segment of our lives, we actually feel somewhat liberated because we have created more space and discarded things that haven’t been needed for a long time. As my wise wife reminds me from time to time when embarking on a challenging project, “The dread is worse than the do!” She is correct once again! On this side of it, I’m thankful we did some work in the attic.

In doing so, I reconnected with some old pictures and reopened some chapters in my life. I now have a “new collection of old pictures” I had forgotten about. I am reminded of my youthful grandparents, my healthy and loving father who’s strength and smile were visible as he hugged me tight, what it was like to have little kids in the house, and I revisited the harshness of life by looking into the eyes of those who would later face grief, loss, and tragedy in their life. I am a little older and more mature compared to the last time I looked at these pictures. It is not news to you, but life is short, challenging, and can be flat out difficult.

We need Christ in our life and we need each other! When I walk through memory lane, relationships are highlighted, and I see how much we need our friends, family, and neighbors. Now that I am older, I realize that our names on letter heads, buildings, the desire to amass great wealth, and time spent stockpiling “stuff” is simply vain. Time spent on the relationships we have and how we treat, talk, and interact with each other should be paramount.

In his commentary on “Considering One Another,” Aubrey Johnson directs us to these verses:

“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

“…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Colossians 3:13).

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

God has much to say about our relationship with His Son and those we come in contact with. Looking through old pictures directed me to be more considerate of everyone I meet. May we act now to strengthen relationships, fix our faults, and seek contentment in Christ as we consider one another.

Allen Jones, South Green Street church of Christ, Glasgow, KY

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 27, 2022

SPECIAL COLLECTION ENDING

Today, SUNDAY, November 27th is the last opportunity for us to join with others in contributing to the work of the EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS.   Thank you for your generosity!

DECEMBER EVENTS

 Our Holiday Fellowship Meal takes place on Sunday, December 4th, after our worship assembly.

 Again, we will collect stuffed animals and dolls (with no loose parts, please!) to be sent to the Care-A-Van to help and comfort young children who areexperiencing difficult times in a hospital setting.Bring them to the fellowship room. Deadline for this collection is November 30th!

 Every year we send cookies to Cherokee Home for Children for their Holiday Party. Store bought cookies are preferred by the children. The ladies class will pack the cookies up on November 30th! Bring them to the fellowship room.

 The special contribution to recognize our employees/staff is given during the December fellowship were the congregation’s staff will be recognized with a Holiday Gift on  December 6th. Contributions can be given to Norma Bryan or Cary Miller. Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“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

GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS UPDATE

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In recent contact with Gospel Chariot Missions, whom we have supported for many years, we are learning about developments that will affect spreading the gospel in Latin America. Keep this work in your prayers as we learn about and seek ways to help. For the elders, Ken D

ITS COMING ON NICELY

The Spanish world in Latin America, and even in America, are getting better equipped and are excited about the discipleship training program. That said, why don’t we all join in this revival and see if we can build more chariots for the Americas, that will ultimately benefit our children and those coming after us. All this can be done without us at Gospel Chariot Missions taking away from Africa and the rest of the world. Please pray for the new Latin American Gospel Chariot that has now been sign written and just needs the bottom wrap-around to be built and the inside to be completed. We are on track and should have it completed in a couple months. We do have the funds to complete the building of the chariot, but still need $80,000.00 for the 2023 travel budget. Exciting times ahead.

Thank You, Lord, and thank you all involved.

In Him, Brother George Funk and the

Gospel Chariot Missions / Gospel Share Missions

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MORE THAN MILK

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There are several passages in the New Testament that admonish Christians to mature. They need to mature in several facets of their spiritual lives. The one we look at today is the need for growth in their study and understanding of God’s word. There is no other way to mature in all aspects of our lives as a Christian until we know what God wants and expects.

“I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able” (1 Corinthians 3:2). “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food” (Hebrews 5:12).

The two passages above show the writer’s frustration as a teacher. The teacher can’t move on to more complicated subjects because the audience hasn’t grown enough to receive it. As a minister, I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked a question that is really a fairly simple Bible question by a person who has been a Christian for decades. Or, I’ve been asked a complicated question that will take some research and time for both parties and the one asking wants a twenty-second neat and concise answer. They usually don’t want to put in any study time and don’t realize what they are asking is much more complicated than what they think.

What is the answer? Study, study, study, and more study. Going to classes with your brethren so that the wealth of knowledge of all our brethren can be shared with one another. Often those that are most lacking in this Bible wisdom will not come to services or Bible classes on a regular basis. Some will question why things are done a certain way or why certain doctrines are held or rejected. They are more “tolerant” of false doctrine, not because that is their goal, but because they don’t know better. More mature Christians will be labeled as hateful and intolerant for not sharing their views or for sharing their views.

Christianity in the United States is in trouble. The overwhelming reason for this calamity is a simple lack of Bible education. It could be fixed so simply, but everyone is too busy with much less important things. Each generation gets less and less of a Bible education, and you see the results in society and in our congregations. We must go back to being people of the Bible. We must start attending services/Bible classes regularly and bringing our children. Our nation, churches, and souls stand in the balance.

Chris Moore Clarendon church of Christ Clarendon, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 20, 2022

WITH SYMPATHY

Our Billy Hazlewood passed away peacefully on November 12th. He had been a deacon for many years at our congregation. One of his duties he fulfilled faithfully, was to make sure that those who had assignments at our worship services were present or that there were substitutes. Other duties he had were also done well in his quiet, gentle, and faithful way. We will miss Billy but rejoice that he has reached his goal and that his soul now dwells in that “better place”.

IN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

“Myron Fietz is facing a life-changing situation. Myron will begin his Chemotherapy in the next few days. We would appreciate your prayers, phone calls and visits! Right now, he is in severe pain with very little relief.  He said, ‟I didn’t know dying would be so painful!‟”  Thanks, Janet

DECEMBER EVENTS

 Our Holiday Fellowship Meal takes place on Sunday, December 4th, after our worship assembly.

 Again, we will collect stuffed animals and dolls (with no loose parts, please!) to be sent to the Care-A -Van to help and comfort young children who are experiencing difficult times in a hospital. Deadline for this collection is November 30th!

 Every year we send cookies to Cherokee Home for Children for their Holiday Party. Store bought cookies are preferred by the children. The ladies class will pack the cookies up on November 30th! Bring either collection to the fellowship room.

 There will be a special contribution that recognizes our employees/staff during the December fellowship.  The congregation’s staff will be recognized with a Holiday Gift. Contributions can be given to Norma Bryan or Cary Miller. Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“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

GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS UPDATE

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We heard from our brother Sylvester Imogoh concerning the seminar and lectureship that the Ugbogbo church of Christ hosted last weekend. It is good to hear from our Nigerian brethren and know of their activities in sharing the Gospel. Keep their efforts in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

The Seminar and Lectureship today was simply great!!!! Considering the current problems with fuel and cost of transportation, we did not expect what we got today. We have brethren from far and near and we have many, many invitees who came. Sandra and the Ugbogbo women made a budget for food for 400 but we had over 450. Some of our brethren did not get food to eat. Right now we have just returned back from church and Sandra is now making additional food for those who are hungry. Everyone is happy and feeling fulfilled spiritually.

Thank You very much for the funds for the food for this program. God is being glorified despite the circumstances we face. May His name alone be praised!!! Please send our thanks and appreciations for the support.

We cannot do what we are doing without your support and collaboration.

Especially now with the inflation and rising cost of food, everyone appreciated that we could feed so many. Please convey my thanks and appreciations to the rest elders and the entire church family.

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS ~ Daniel 2:20-23

Recently there has been much talk about the state of the nation regarding the current economic situation and what the future holds. One cannot deny that we are in a crisis, that times are difficult, and our nation is hurting. As sojourners through this life we find ourselves enduring these times of difficulty, hardship and pain. However, we must always keep in mind these fundamental truths concerning God and our relationship with Him.

God is Still God. This sounds like a strange statement to make, yet we must remember its truth. God is still in control of the events of time, He still establishes the seasons, He sets up kings and takes down kings. His supremacy is not determined by the circumstances and the events of the day (see Daniel 2:20-23). Let us always remember it is the God of all creation we serve and it is He Who will deliver us in our hour of need.

God is Faithful. What comfort we find in this very thought “GOD IS FAITHFUL! “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9). We can be assured God will provide, just read Matthew 6:25-34 and find the comfort in the words of Jesus.

God is the God of Hope. Hope is a commodity that we seem to be running short of these days. Yet we, who are in Christ, find comfort in the hope that He gives. Knowing that He is with us and will never forsake us, the hope in knowing that no matter what may happen the Christian will overcome, isn’t that the thrust of the book of Revelation “GOD’S PEOPLE WIN”? It is in this hope we live and endure. The Apostle Paul speaks of the hope we have in our relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, he says “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5: 3 -5).

It is in these fundamental truths we establish our faith and stand with all confidence that God is still God and He remains faithful and gives the hope that no matter what may come we will endure, overcome and be victorious.

  • Mark Auten, Bulletin Digest
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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 13, 2022

WELCOME TO OUR GUEST SPEAKER!

Today, we welcome Clyde Slimp from the Eastern European Missions as our guest speaker. We are looking forward to his report about the work of EMM, during Bible class, and his message during our worship hour. Starting today, November 13th until November 27th, we will take up a collection for this very important mission work.

A BAPTISM

Ken & Gail Darnell ask you to rejoice with them and their family in the baptism of their oldest granddaughter, Natalie, on November 7th by her dad at the Cedar Hill Church of Christ. We are rejoicing with Natalie and her family and wish God’s richest blessing on her now and in her future.

DECEMBER EVENTS

 Our Holiday Fellowship Meal takes place on Sunday, December 4th, after our worship assembly.

 Again, we will collect stuffed animals and dolls (with no loose parts, please!) to be sent to the Care-A-Van to help and comfort young children who are experiencing difficult times in a hospital. Deadline for this collection is November 30th!

 Every year we send cookies to Cherokee Home for Children for their Holiday Party. Store bought cookies are preferred by the children. The Ladies class will pack the cookies up on November 30th! Bring either collection to the fellowship room.

 During the December fellowship, the congregation’s staff will be recognized with a Holiday Gift. Contributions can be given to Norma Bryan or Cary Miller. Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“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

GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS UPDATE

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We are excited to receive a lengthy missionary report from the Emperados in the Philippines. Due to its length, it will be posted in parts. This is part five of five, the final part of this report. Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

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At the end of November, after Thanksgiving and the girls’ birthday, I will be heading to Guimares to visit the church planted in Jordan with the help of Austin Avenue back in 2018. A lot was bought there with Austin Avenue’s help back in 2019. We hope with the help of Austin Avenue to help them start building their chapel at the beginning of 2023. We will work on the plans and schedules.

From there, I will travel to Calapan, Mindoro to partner with Dr. Eleazar Pastor, who started a college down in Mindanao. He is the president and a professor. Calapan, the capital of Mindoro was where the first Church of Christ was planted in the Philippines almost a 100 years ago, around 1925. Now, the church is almost non-existent. We will try and make an initial survey, try to find some old church members, and while there, Dr. Pastor and I will conduct a Marriage Enrichment Seminar & New Life Behavior Seminar to generate contacts.

When I am done in Mindoro, I will drive & put my vehicle on a ferry boat to Luzon, and visit more churches we have planted in the past in Lipa City, Tarlac City, Cabanatuan City, & Ilagan City (northern most part of Luzon). These places are far from each other, but I will do my best to visit as many churches as I can while up north. As long as I am home a few days before Christmas, Becky will not “kill” me and still make me a pecan pie! Hee! Hee!

Please pray for the works going on around the country, especially in Bato, Jordan, Masbate, and new opportunities in Mindoro. The government restrictions that all of us in the Philippines had to live with over the past two years due to COVID has really hurt so many churches. We pray that God will give us the strength to help restore & revitalize the churches we planted, and to help them be churches who go forth planting more churches. Thank you all for your love and support through these hard times we faced during COVID. Thank you for your patience and understanding about how the work had to shift and adapt during COVID times. We still have two churches to plant in capital cities- San Jose, Antique & Basco, Batanes. All the funds needed for the church plantings were raised at the beginning of 2020. We hope to be able to make plans for those church planting to happen next year.

Much Love, Richard, Becky, and Kids (5of5 2562)

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THOSE WHO KNOW YOUR NAME

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Names have always been special to God. In Scripture we often find God using names to convey ideas.

For example, the prophet Hosea assigned names to his children that stood as indictments of Israel’s sins (Hosea1:3-9). The Almighty would even change a person’s name to teach a lesson. Abram became Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Jacob became Israel. Cephas became Peter. Saul became Paul. Sometimes fathers would call their children by names that were calculated to reveal something about the child or what they hoped the child would become (e.g., Gen. 21:1-7; 25:24-26).

This, I suppose, began the connection between one’s name and one’s reputation. “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,” reads Proverbs 22:1. “A good name is better than a good ointment,” says Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7:1.

With the above in mind, consider for a moment Psalm 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put Their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” To know the “name” of God is more than being able to verbalize “I AM” (Ex. 3:14), or “Almighty,” or “LORD” (Ex. 6:2-3). It is to know God’s Character. It is to know what God is like. What David is saying in Psalm 9:10 is this: those who truly know the nature and character of God will trust Him.

How strong, or weak, is your faith? Do you find it hard sometimes to take God at His word and put Him in complete control of your life? One of the greatest faith-building exercises for the struggling Christian is to study the nature and characteristics of God. The more deeply we know the One Whose image we bear, the stronger our faith will be. Theology – the study of God – is so much more than academic. It is intrinsically practical.

– Eddie Parrish, Brown Trail church of Christ, Bedford, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 6, 2022

HOLIDAY GIFT CONTRIBUTION

During the December fellowship, the congregation’s staff will be recognized with a Holiday Gift. Contributions can be given to Norma Bryan or Cary Miller. December 4th is the deadline.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“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

GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS UPDATE

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We are excited to receive a lengthy missionary report from the Emperados in the Philippines. Due to its length, it will be posted in parts. This is part four of five. Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

In early November, I hope to travel to Masbate to visit the church we planted there many years ago. The Masbate church has since planted six other churches in outlying towns through the help of members there under the leadership of Robert Tau-toan. Robert was 12 years old when we baptized him during the church planting. Robert’s dad passed away when he was a toddler. With three other siblings, his widowed mother could not send him to elementary school. Robert ended up staying with a teacher’s family at 8 years old, he helped clean the house, feed their pigs, and do other chores to earn his board and keep. In high school, he lived with relatives who helped him go to school. He was able to live with relatives who were Christians, and they helped him grow and mature in the faith. In college, he worked selling food and clothes to put himself through school. At the same time the young church in Masbate was asking him to be their preacher, but they could not provide any support for him. He willingly served them throughout his college days. He took up accounting and graduated Cum Laude. Now he has a very good job as a city assessor there in the capital of Masbate, and he has started several businesses and doing very well. He is still the “self supporting” preacher there and he uses his finances to help them in their mission goal of planting churches in outlying towns in Masbate. Robert’s personal goal is to buy lots for the churches to build when the time comes. So far, he has bought lots in three towns. His excitement and zeal for spreading the Word and getting others involved in the work of spreading the Gospel is so encouraging to me & others.

That is why my favorite theme to speak about every chance I get, is “Never Underestimate Humble Beginnings”. In every church I visit here, I speak about this and use Robert as an example. My goal is to empower other churches and Christians to be like the Masbate church. I pray I will have the opportunity to preach this message in our supporting & partnering churches next time we visit the U.S. There is so much to share from the field that might infuse fresh energy to the local churches we visit here and in the U.S. We hope to be able to travel as a family back to the states in the summer of 2023. It will have been over 4 years since we have visited due to COVID. We pray Becky’s health will be better and there will be fewer restrictions for travelling back and forth by then.

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Much Love, Richard, Becky, and Kids (4of5) 2756

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SIMPLY READ

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Have you not read?

This phrase is used several times by Jesus when someone was asking Him a doctrinal question (Matthew 12:3, 19:4, 21:16, 21:42 Mark 12:26). Many times these questions were asked as traps to try to force Him into offending a particular audience or to make Him look bad.

Yet Jesus answered this tough question with this simple thought: “Have You Not Read?” In doing so, He makes the answer not His alone. He places the burden of answering on another authority. It is not because Jesus doesn’t have the authority to answer, but by doing so, He shows that the question isn’t a matter of coming up with your own personal take but seeing the direction God has placed in His word. Maybe we should do the same. People oftentimes will question our beliefs and practices. They may do so out of genuine curiosity but also may be doing so to pick an argument. Either way, the best answer is often to turn them to the scriptures for the answer. If the Bible says it and we don’t like the answer the argument isn’t with us, it is with God. And it’s hard to argue against God and be right.

Of course, to be able to do that we will have to have read it ourselves. Bible study is not just about answering our questions but being “ready to make a defense” of our faith. We must ask ourselves the same question, “Have you not read?”

Barry Haynes Hope church of Christ, Hope, AR

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 30, 2022

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

Our Fellowship Meal Today, immediately following our worship, Sunday, October 30th, is hosted by: Norman & Toni Baugh, Jeff & Peggy Hale and David & Sheri Zoller.  All of our visitors are invited to be our very special guests!

UPCOMING ELECTION

Early voting started in Texas on October 24th to November 4th ! November 8th !  Pray, be informed and vote.

DAYLIGHT-SAVINGS TIME ENDS

Next week, ON Sunday, November 6th, we will all set our clocks back one hour on Saturday night!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“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

GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS UPDATE

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We are excited to receive a lengthy missionary report from the Emperados in the Philippines. Due to its length, it will be posted in parts. This is part three of five. Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Family and Friends,

We were blessed as a whole family, to travel to Cebu in August for the first time since Dec. 2019. The kids and I had been to Cebu a couple of times since we were vaccinated, but Becky had not. When restrictions for travel lifted and she was well enough, we made the trip. We were able to see all our missionary family there, the Murrells and Robinsteins, & others, along with Brother Wilkey. It was his first trip home since March of 2020. Oh what a sweet homecoming!

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Small taste of what heaven will be like! Mr. Wilkey is in his 90’s and still going strong, loving, serving, teaching, and blessing those whom he meets. There were so many pioneering missionaries in the 60’s & 70’s, like the Wilkeys, the Buchanans, the Bryans, the Smiths, & others, who laid a great foundation for us to build upon. Bob Buchanan, beloved brother, who wrote so many study guides and outlines for teaching the books of the Bible that we use for teaching in our MOSES classes and young churches, earned his reward & went home to be with Jesus this past July. He and Ken had more than 50 years of working together, spreading the Gospel across the Philippines and many other countries.

The Baybay church is inviting me to be their guest speaker on October 30 th . They will be celebrating their 17th anniversary. Ken Wilkey, Bob Buchanan, Samson Octobre, and the MOSES team planted the church there during the 60 th landing anniversary of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Leyte. In October, every year, they have a big celebration at Palo, Leyte where Gen. MacArthur waded back ashore. They will have a reenactment of the PT boats landing. I will try and post pictures on Facebook.

The Baybay church for years has already had their own land and building, through help from the Sugar Grove Church of Christ. I remember how the youth group there sold BBQ plates at church and hired themselves out to do chores for members to raise money to help Baybay. Now Baybay has two elders and full-time preacher that they support.

Much Love, Richard, Becky, and Kids (2304) 3of5

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