ARE YOU WISE?

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” — 1 Corinthians 1:20-24

We live in a day and age when ungodly men and women try to minimize the wisdom of God. We have those who have a new idea on how the Lord’s church should function. This effort is designed by the devil and his angels. Through the Holy Bible we are taught that the time would come when men would not endure sound doctrine, and that time is here. God had a prescription for the unbeliever, a dose of His Word.

What I like about God is He has the first word and the last word. God said, “I am Alpha and Omega.” The Church will always belong to Jesus and it will never be left up to mankind because men could not and did not die for her nor did men purchase the Church with blood. Only Jesus could and did (Acts 20:28). “And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in ever way” Ephesians 1:22-23. The wise man knows God’s Word can be trusted and His truth cannot be changed, so we must conform to His way and not our way. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom” — James 3:13. James teaches us there are two kinds of wisdom. One is from heaven and the other is from hell. The question is, “Are you wise?”

— James Wilson, Jr., Church of Christ, Temple, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 17, 2019

AN INVITATION TO ALL

. . .to get together to honor James and Rebecca Thuleen with a wedding shower on Sunday, March 24th. This will take place after our evening worship assembly, a good time for fellowship and additional activity. Sandwich refreshments and dessert will be provided. Let’s all come and enjoy this special time together!

WORKDAY ON APRIL 13TH

Meet at the building at 9:00 AM to participate in several painting and minor construction projects. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the rear of the auditorium. — Cary

INFORMATION CORRECTION

Barbara Belcher’s phone number was not complete in last week’s bulletin! The corrected number is available from this week’s bulletin and the church office.

UPCOMING FELLOWSHIP MEALS

There will not be a fellowship meal on its regularly scheduled day Sunday, March 31st but the next Fellowship Meals will be on Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 28th.  The fellowships will be after the AM worship assembly and, as usual, will have the PM assemblies that day dismissed. Mark your calendar, so we will all be there and enjoy a great time of food and fellowship.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

What follows is a Solar Player update from Sunset International Bible Institute which we have supported as a congregation in the past.   Please keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

10,000+ Solar Players Delivered

Supported by almost 300 churches & over 1,700 individuals

4 Languages Reached

5 Continents Reached

Over 50 Countries with Solar Players

Churches Established Around the World

Kingdom Impact – IMMEASURABLE

Thank you to all who have been a part of the Solar Mission. In five years, God has done some amazing things. When we look back at all that God has done through the Solar Mission, all we can say is “Hallelujah, to God be the glory.” Every supporter has been an extremely vital part of this mission. From those individuals among you who gave for part of one solar player, to those congregations who give each month, this mission would not have gone anywhere without all of the parts of the body of Christ working together.

The current Solar Mission has a dual focus; we will be distributing 3,000 solar players over the next two years, in Creole, to the nation of Haiti and to the Portuguese-speaking world including Brazil, Mozambique, and Angola. The purpose is to reach out to the needs of one of our closest neighbors in Haiti and to reach the 5th most spoken language in the world, Portuguese.

For the past few years, many have been working to translate the material on the solar player into Haitian Creole. The literacy rate in Haiti ranks among the lowest in the world at 60%. The audio lessons on the solar player will have a profound impact in a country that depends on the spoken word so heavily.

While mission work in Brazil has done much to reach the cities of that great nation, there is much of the Portuguese-speaking world who live without consistent electricity or access to large amounts of Bible-related material.

In Africa, churches in Mozambique and Angola suffered for years under civil war, poverty and oppression, but as conditions improve, the word of God is spreading. Strong, biblical teaching is a desperate need of these fast-growing churches. Just as has happened in Brazil, the fast growth of the church requires a deeper education in the word for the long-term establishment of the church.

You have sent the light in English and Amharic to Africa, in Spanish to Central and South America, in Arabic to refugees in Europe, and in English to the Philippines. Now, send the light to the 5th-largest spoken language and to one of our closest neighbors.

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THAT’S DISGUSTING!

Stephen doesn’t feel disgust. Ever.
After years of attempting to find a reason for his lack of ability to feel emotions, Stephen’s doctors finally diagnosed him with a little-known condition called alexithymia. People who fit into this category are unable to feel excitement, shame, disgust, anticipation, or even love.
One might think that having this condition would be a benefit, but for Stephen, it has been nothing but a curse. He’s experienced two failed marriages due to his inability to feel and share various emotions with his spouse (Mosaicscience.com, May 28, 2018).
Almost all humans have the God-given ability to feel disgust. One study showed that the most disgusting thing participants encountered was infected, open wounds (Atlantic Journal Constitution, June 5, 2018).
While one would readily agree that the world is filled with disgusting things, the filthiness of sin should top the list.
It seems that most people in the world don’t comprehend how disgusting sin actually is. While most people have the ability to understand that sin is bad, it’s imperative that we understand how spiritually disgusting it actually is.
Here are some problems faced by those who don’t comprehend the filthiness of sin.
They won’t understand how disgusting sin is to God. We read in Proverbs 15:9 that the way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. David stated in Psalm 5:4 that God does not delight in wickedness. It’s vitally important that we understand how God feels about sin.
They won’t understand the consequences of sin. Romans 6:3 gives the sobering warning that the wages of sin is death. No matter how people see sin, evil is still evil (Isaiah 5:20).
They won’t be motivated to be cleansed from the filthiness of sin. We’re instructed in James 1:21 to put away all filthiness and wickedness.

The most disgusting thing in the world is sin!
But how can we convince people that this is so??? That sin exists, is in their lives??? That they need God??? Is this not our greatest challenge??? That sin exists, is in their lives??? That they need God??? Is this not our greatest challenge???

Troy Albers, Graeber Road church of Christ, Rosenberg, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 10, 2019

DIRECTORY UPDATES

Directory updates are available for Barbara Blecher and Lois Newell. The change/additional information for your new directory pages is available from the church office or this week’s bulletin.

THANK YOU NOTES

Dear Church Family,
Don & I want to thank you for the cards and phone calls while Don was recovering from shoulder surgery. We appreciate the love and concern you have shown us at this time.  In Christian love,  Don & JoAnn Hollums

Dear Church Family,
Thank you for the cards, calls and the food you brought to us. I appreciated all very much. I especially want to thank the people who are helping Charlotte clean the church building while I have to be out. I hope to be back soon.   In Christian love, Vicky Williams

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, deodorant, shampoo
Thank you!

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL

On Thursday, March 7, 1,807 lessons were processed and shipped to the students we are teaching. Thanks to all who work constantly and diligently on this good program!

HELP NEEDED

 Visiting those in need.
 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.
 See Cary Miller.

EATING OUT TOGETHER

Those who enjoy eating out together will meet on Thursday, March 14, at “Mama’s” in Burnet. Time to meet will be 5:30 PM. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

INFORMATION CORRECTION

Correction! The wedding date for James & Rebecca Thuleen should have read: Friday, February 15, 2019.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Be mindful of the work of the Gospel Chariot Missions in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Hi Everyone.
Hope this finds you doing well. Month end we will get our first quarter reports off and it has been exciting this quarter getting the chariots off and short term schools started up, but the big problem we have been facing, and it is getting bigger and bigger every year, is the yearly financial stress brought on by the repairing of all the chariots. The real problem is: there are no shortcuts when it comes to keeping them in good order.
Brethren, we pay as much as $1,000.00 per tire at times and that does not include the body and engine repairs. The roads just take its toll on the vehicles and the problem is, we are getting more chariots as doors open up. As you know, last year we baptized over 4,000 and planted more than 33 congregations that we know of, not talking about those we don’t hear of and only God knows. What is happening is amazing and it’s getting better and better.
PLEASE CONSIDER AND PLEASE PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY FOR THIS AMAZING EVANGELISTIC MISSION. Look at the work that we have ahead of us for Jesus on the map.
In Him
Love
Brother George Funk

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REJOICE ALWAYS!

In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he urged them to understand the provision of God, not just in the case of physical needs, but the spiritual graces God so richly blesses us with. As he is drawing his words to a close, he exhorts, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). These words come from the lips of a man who faced tremendous hardships in life, yet he calls on Christians to rejoice….always!

This teaching is not unique to Paul. We find this sentiment sprinkled throughout the book of Psalms. Perhaps Psalm 105 best captures the driving force behind our rejoicing:

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!” (Psalm 105:1-3).

Notice the connection between the call to give thanks, sing praises, and rejoice. It is no wonder that Paul, in the context of calling the people in Philippi to rejoice, says, “The Lord is at hand” (Philippians 4:5). Paul understood that no matter what happened in life, we can still rejoice because of God’s amazing love and provision for His people. Rejoice in the Lord…..always!

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WEEKLY NEWS, MARCH 5, 2019

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL

A World Bible School workday is coming up on Thursday, March 7th, starting at 9 AM. Come and enjoy this good work and the fellowship with other Christians!

HELP NEEDED

 Visiting those in need.

 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.

 See Cary Miller.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, deodorant, shampoo, tooth paste

Thank you!

HAPPY NEWS!

We rejoice with James and Rebecca Thuleen!

They were joined in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, February 15, 2019. Our prayers and best wishes go out to them for a blessed and happy life together.

AND THERE IS MORE REJOICING

We witnessed Rebecca putting on her Lord and Savior in baptism on Sunday, February 24.

Rebecca, we welcome you as our new sister in Christ! Our prayers are with you as you begin your daily walk with Jesus Christ; may you be richly blessed by and in Him.

Please add the new information to correct in your directory and it will be found in the bulletin or from the church office.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We rejoice in the honor bestowed on our brother Mike Udam who teaches and preaches the gospel in Nigeria. We are proud to help support Mike as part of our Nigerian WBS coordinators. Please keep that work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Romans 12:10 (ESV) “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Romans 13:7 (ESV) “Pay to all what is owed to them: …… respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”

1 Corinthians 12:26 (ESV) “… if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

Beloved,

Join me to thank God for making some people to see and recognize my modest effort in the vineyard here in Nigeria. A small award to remind me to work harder.   I dedicate the award to you all who have supported my work here.

To God be all the glory,

Mike Udam

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WHAT IS HOLY?

In 2 Samuel, God killed a man named Uzzah just because he tried to keep the Ark of the Covenant from falling to the ground. He reached out and touched the Ark because the path they were travelling caused it to hit a pothole. God had instructed for no one to touch the Ark but what was Uzzah supposed to do? Let the Holy Ark fall on the ground?
What about Moses, the man who didn’t get to even see the Promised Land because he struck a rock rather than speaking to it in Numbers 20! After all that he did for God, was it such a huge crime to be frustrated to the point of anger with all those complaining people of God and just hit a rock? And look in the New Testament! Ananias and Sapphira were both struck dead because they lied about the amount of money they donated to the church in Acts 5. Really though, who hasn’t exaggerated something before?

The point is, in much of the Bible, to us, the punishment for small mistakes, in our eyes, does not fit the extreme nature of the punishment from God. But what makes us think this way?

man-holding-holy-word-palm-38410113Maybe we do not truly understand what it means for God to call something “HOLY”. Our worlds are self-centers and self-seeking, full of humans who see themselves as the highest form of authority. People are very fast to say things like, “This is not fair!” This is because we believe we deserve certain rights as humans. But do we ever give any deep thought to the rights that our God deserves as God? Even in the Church we sometimes act as though God’s choices and responses should somehow revolve around us. All of the above Scriptures mentioned are placed there to show us that there exists something far more valuable than what we call our worldly existence and “rights”. Some things simply belong to God alone. Holy things. The Ark, the commands He gave to Moses. His Communion, His Church.

This all should not come as a surprise to us, but rather, an opportunity to humble ourselves before God. We all have done things far more unholy than the things mentioned in the Bible at times. We should be thanking God for that undeserved Mercy and Grace and we should treat God’s commands and desires as the Holy things that they are.

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