AN IMPOSSIBLE OBSTACLE

Getting Through the Impossible Obstacle

They were up against it now. Nowhere to go, nowhere to turn. An impossible obstacle in front of them and trouble behind them. And everything started out so well. They were happy, even rejoicing. They had everything they needed and life looked great. Now it was if they had the wind knocked out of them. It was as if their feet had been swept out from underneath them. What were they going to do? Our lives often feel that way, right? Things are going great. The day starts out so good and then, suddenly, it all goes wrong and we don’t know what we’re going to do. Those people up against the impossible obstacle were the Hebrews. The obstacle was the Red Sea.

part-red-seaThey had no way around it and could see no other option but to go back to Egypt. Behind them was the entire Egyptian army bearing down on them. In Exodus 14, the people tell Moses they should go back to Egypt and be slaves again because at least they would be alive. The people tell Moses, “Did we not say to you in Egypt, ’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (vs. 12).

Moses addresses the people and encourages them to have faith in God. God’s response to Moses is interesting. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ’Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on’” (v. 15). God, basically, tells them to go forward through the impossible obstacle. God causes a wind to blow all night and create a pathway on dry ground through the Red Sea for the people to go through the impossible obstacle and reach safety. How often are we faced with impossible obstacles and want to turn back to our old lives and our old ways? How often do we not listen to God when He tells us to go forward, forgetting, He said, He would provide a way through? How often are we ready to turn back just when God is about to do something powerful in our lives? There is nothing behind me worth going back to – not family, not friends, not habits. The only way to get through the impossible obstacle is to go forward, trusting in God to make a path.  ~~via  Creekside church of Christ, Franklin, Indiana

 

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WEEKLY NEW, AUGUST 12, 2018

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)

The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 15th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

PUBLIC SERVANTS’ APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

Coming up on Tuesday, August 14 from 7 to 9 AM!

Thanks to all who have signed up and are willing volunteers! With everything well organized and in place, this will be another successful breakfast and service to the community.

UPCOMING WEDDING

The Honor of your Presence Is Requested

At The Marriage of Melissa Kay to Don Kyle Welch

On Saturday, the Eighteenth of August

Two Thousand And Eighteen

One O’clock In the Afternoon

Highland Lakes Church of Christ

Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony

THANK YOU

Thanks to all who so generously contributed from our congregation to the fund for Samuel Pereira.

It is greatly appreciated by the family and will aid in Samuel’s recovery from his accident.

WITH SYMPATHY

Billye Yaws, Myrtle Hazlewood’s youngest sister, passed away on Monday, August 6th. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 11th at the church of Christ in Seagoville, Texas.

Our sympathy, payers and love go out to brother-in-law, Billy Hazlewood, niece Valerie Cook and her siblings. May God bless all and everyone in the grieving family.

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Exciting things are happening to the work of the Gospel in Africa. Thank God we are able to help in this work and keep this mission work in your prayer. For the elders, Ken D

 

30716565_1815706831781211_2398268867177611264_nHi Everyone.

Hope this finds you doing well. This is the last of our mid-year reports and its West Africa, where we have 5 chariots (three mini chariots and 2 big chariots) that work in 5 countries. That said, we have plans on upgrading the Liberian mini chariot for Isaac Daye to a big chariot that will then travel into the following 5 countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia. Then after that, Lord willing, we will help George Akpabli in Benin, with a big chariot that will go into more French speaking countries, being Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali and also parts of Guinea. Wow, that means we will then go from 5 countries to 13 countries and many of these being very Muslim. The amazing thing is, that it is our brethren, Isaac Daye and George Akpabli, pleading with us to increase our territory. These are great leaders and amazing networkers who know their region and I stand amazed that we as a ministry have such an opportunity to penetrate these Islamic countries, but also start working in more French speaking countries that have been overlooked. Only God can make such things happen.

30124698_1805701016115126_3683318306137178112_nOur goal was to give it a one year break on the raising of funds for more chariots and just take a breather, but after much prayer and the prompting of the Spirit, I must say it is the right thing to do and time is of the essence, especially in the north west that is so Muslim and whilst we have such capable and faithful brethren.

OUR MOST URGENT NEED THROUGH THE FALL AND 2019 BUDGET IS $150,000.00 FOR A NEW BIG LIBERIAN GOSPEL CHARIOT…..that will reach out to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia.

Please pray with us and help us through the Power of God to take on more territory. We ask you to look back at what is already happening and it is mind boggling; and then reflect to what will be happening if we take on more. It is not us but you, who are taking Africans to reach their own continent. ITS AMAZING AND HARD TO EXPLAIN!

George Funk, Gospel Chariot Missions,

West Africa Mid-Year Update 2018

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CONTROL

5171-helm_wheel_ship.630w.tnHave you ever thought about how much control you have over your life?  Of course, things happen outside of your control which impact us, but we have the power to decide how we handle the things which come our way.

I preach and teach quite a bit on the decisions we make. Not just the decisions to sin or not, but also on other decisions.  I emphasize how much control we have over our thoughts, attitudes and feelings.  So  much of the quality of our lives is based on the state of mind we decide we are going to have.

22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them (Acts 16:22-25 ESV).

Now,  U have never been imprisoned, stripped, or beaten.  I have never had my feet fastened in the stocks; my guess is neither have you.  But I have some really bad days.  Some really, really, really bad days.  I have also had days which weren’t overall bad, just aggravating.  Little things happen which get on my last nerve and put me on edge.  I snap at my wife and/or my kids, even though it’s not their fault.

How often in the midst of these things have I stopped, prayed, and sang a hym to God?  How about you?  We decide how we define our lives and our happiness.  Don’t let other people decide it for you.  – George Stewart © 2012

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 5, 2018

WELCOME BACK

Bill Blackstone is placing membership again with us at Highland Lakes.

His information for the directory is available from the church office.  As a regular member, Bill is already involved in various services of our congregation.

APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

Remember it is coming up soon on Tuesday, August 14 from 7 AM to 9 AM.  Thanks to all who have signed up and are willing volunteers!  Make sure you have this date on your calendar; come enjoy, meet and welcome those who are doing so much for our community.

INVITATION

The Honor of Your Presence is Requested At The Marriage of

Melisa Kaye to Don Kyle

Saturday, the Eighteenth of August, Two Thousand and Eighteen

One O’clock in the Afternoon At Highland Lakes church of Christ

Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needed Items:  Toothpaste, Bath Soaps, Deodorant

Thank you for your support of this ministry.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER – VISITATION PROGRAM
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 15th, at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are thankful to share an exciting report from four Nigerian preachers we helped sent to Swaziland to help brethren there in efforts to strengthen and share God kingdom.  Brother Mike Udam, who we regularly aid, makes the report.  Please keep the efforts of the Gospel in Africa in your prayers.  For the elders, Ken D

ESWATINI MISSION REPORT by Mike Udam july 19, 2018 (pART 2)

On Wednesday 11th, we resumed at the clinic and continued with our evangelism building on the foundation we laid on Monday the 9th. It was during this process that we found ourselves preaching to a preacher of the gospel who came for medical consultation. He was happy with what we did and extended his invitation to us to come and teach in the Tubungu congregation in the evening of Thursday 12th sharing our knowledge on Internet Evangelism.

We kept the appointment and it was great. The congregation appears to be predominantly whites and the preacher revealed that they were the first congregation in Swaziland and tried to be true and adhering to the New Testament Christianity as we practice in Nigeria.

with VanDyke missionary to SwazilandFriday the 13th was a day of surprises and a day of humiliation for us. It was a day we had planned to visit a couple of historic sites to get a better feel of the land and its people. We therefore scheduled visits to a wildlife park and to a cultural village. We however hit a pedestrian and had to take him to the hospital and report ourselves to the police since it was one of us that drove the car. The shock and trauma of the event and the running around the Police Station cancelled the activities lined up for that day. In significant humility, we took the matter to God with serious devotion and God answered us in a way we couldn’t have anticipated. Something significant happened.

The incident put us in the hands of the assistant head of the traffic section of the Police Force who introduced himself as an assistant pastor that had recently been nursing a desire to start his own church. He asked us if we know T.B Joshua and Apostle Suleiman and we started sharing the good news with him. His response was surprisingly humble and he quietly followed the study and expressed desire to come to Nigeria. The elder that was with us representing the Matsapha church promised to do a follow-up seeing that this Inspector of Police had already grown tired of the denomination he was leading as an assistant pastor.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th were full of activities with the Matsapha congregation. We had lectures and interaction on Leadership development, and on improving their perceptual intelligence on ‘Perception.’

The church in Matsapha was grateful and promise to work with us in evangelizing Swaziland.

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BE A BETTER PERSON

Don’t we all wish that everyone would be a better person? Do we not hope that some bad people would turn their lives around and start doing good? Do we wish our neighbor would treat us better than before‘? Do we hope that the people we meet each day would show us respect and treat us fairly? If we expect others to be nicer and fairer, should we not make the effort as well? The Golden Rule is that we should treat others the way we would want them to treat us.

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Be a better person now. Do not wait until next year and make a resolution about it. Do not put it off until next week or even tomorrow. Start right now. Look at the person closest to you and show them love. Pick up the phone and call someone who would appreciate a thoughtful consideration. Help someone who needs it, and even if they do not need help, help them anyway. Perhaps they will return the favor and help someone else. If we would just try, we could turn our society around and make it a pleasant adventure each day to interact with others. Smile. Wish someone a nice day. Be courteous. Encourage others to be good. Tell people about God and His promises. Read 1 John 3:17 and meditate upon it.

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Show your love to others.

“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20).

One way to turn your life around is to change your focus. When you focus upon God you become a better person. When you focus upon helping others, you become a better person. Our goal is to get people focused upon God and become people that are better. Our community would be much better if more people were better. – Carey Scott, via Findlay church of Christ Sparta, TN

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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 29, 2018

2018 APPRECIATION BREAKFAST!

It has selected that Tuesday, August 14th as the time for our Annual Appreciation Breakfast. We will begin serving food that morning at 7 AM and continue until 9 AM.

For those of us who also work in the Pantry, this will be a challenging schedule — but I am confident we can do it! On the back table in the auditorium are sign-up sheets for those who are willing to work in the breakfast ministry. As usual, we will need home cooks to prepare the bacon & sausage at home and bring it to the building that morning. We still need more cooks at the building to prepare pancakes, eggs and biscuits, etc. There will also be jobs for hosts & hostesses and for eater/ greeters as well.  Please sign up and help us make this Appreciation Breakfast a great one!

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

Today, Sunday, July 19th, our Fellowship Meal is a Hawaiian LUAU

Hopefully you have made plans to stay, enjoy the food, fellowship and the beautiful decorations that Teri always creates for us!  Hosts & hostesses are: John & Tina Brewer, Lynn & Kathy Patterson and Don & Paula Welch.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Has no special needs this week.

Thanks for your continued support of this ministry.  Keep it in your prayers.

ON THE BULLETIN BOARD

You may have been looking in vain for our bulletin board lately. Since we repainted the auditorium, our bulletin board has been relocated to the communion (prep.) room in the back of the auditorium.  We still post important news, our announcement sheets, cut-out articles from newspapers and other items on that board. Please go ever once in a while in that little room and check out what is on the board.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

***We are thankful to share an exciting report from four Nigerian preachers we helped sent to Swaziland to help brethren there in efforts to strengthen and share God kingdom. Brother Mike Udam, who we regularly aid, makes the report. Please keep the efforts of the Gospel in Africa in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

ESWATINI MISSION REPORT BY MIKE UDAM JULY 19, 2018 (PART ONE)

On the 5th of July 2018, 4 Nigerian Christians, motivated by the resolve to take the gospel to all Africa and also to strengthen the existing congregations in targeted areas, left Nigeria for Swaziland on the request of the church meeting at Matsapha, Swaziland for a ten day mission work.

groupWe arrived in Swaziland on the 6th of July and began work immediately. We had three basic points of concentration. The church meeting at Matsapha, the Clinic owned and run by the church also in Matsapha, and the African Christian College in Tubungu.

After meeting with the elders of the congregation on arrival, a program of activities that was proposed and drawn before we arrived was modified to take into consideration some exigencies.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th were used to interact with the congregation with the team workshopping with divided classes of youths and adults on leadership and evangelism strategies. The afternoon sessions also had a value-adding session of marital counselling for the adult class.

On Monday 9th, our evangelism focus was the clinic where we spent the entire day preaching, counseling and praying for patients that came for out-patient consultation. Some desktop computers that were never used were also brought out for repairs and configuration to get them working.

We participated in the midday chapel sessions of the African Christian College on both Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th where we shared two powerful Bible centered sermons and spent two hours after classes in the afternoons of both days adding value to the students’ knowledge on Internet Evangelism and setting up a computer business center.

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WHEN BAPTISM IS MEANINGLESS

It was Sunday afternoon. The phone rang. The voice on the line was that of a man who had been a member of this church in times past. He now lives in another city, but had returned to Little Rock for a visit.

Baptism1-600x340“I want to talk to you about my baptism,” he said. (I assumed that through the years he had learned more about baptism and thus was beginning to question whether his knowledge had been sufficient at the time he was immersed into Christ). “I suppose you are questioning your baptism because you now know more about the subject than you did when you were baptized?”

“‘No. I’m questioning my repentance. For some time now, I have been making a study of the kingdom of God, and I see that repentance is always linked to entering the kingdom. I don’t think I ever repented. When I was baptized, I didn’t change my life. I kept on doing all of the things I had done before.”

I wonder how many people think that there is something magical in baptism. In truth, baptism— done by rote—is meaningless. Repentance and baptism go together like love and marriage, or a horse and carriage. One without the other isn’t sufficient.

It is the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. Peter is addressing those who have crucified the Lord and Christ. What will he tell them? In answer to their cry, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter says, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you … ” (Acts 2:38). Repentance and baptism! They go together and must not be separated.

John the Baptist knew that mere washing without repentance would avail nothing. In fact, he even refused baptism to a group of religious leaders who requested it (a rather bold thing for any preacher to do). Instead of baptizing them, he said, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance… ” (Matthew 3:7, 8).

What is baptism but a mere washing away of the filth of the flesh unless it is accompanied by repentance? I will tell you. It is nothing.

John Gipson via Preacher Stuff, Harding University

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