TAKE THE HARDER ROAD!

Building godly character is hard work. “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7). Every effort is right. That’s what it takes to make these qualities a part of our lives. People don’t change easily . . . leading to modern day proverbs like “a tiger doesn’t change its stripes.” Breaking bad habits and creating new godly ones is something that requires a daily focus for a long time. It probably takes the help of another Christian – and accepting that help takes a lot of humility. All that work, all that brokenness, is not something everyone is willing to go though. There are many who would much rather focus on the flaws of someone else.

There is more than one way to build up confidence in who you are. You can work, and grow, and daily become someone who better reflects the light of Jesus Christ. OR you can focus on the shortcomings of the people around you. “Well, I know I need to change what I choose to watch but at least I’m not like the guy who just got arrested for beating his wife. I definitely don’t do that.” “Yes, I know I don’t know my Bible well enough but at least I’m doing better than that church over there that doesn’t even know what baptism is for!” Yes, that’s certainly one way to feel better about yourself. Unfortunately, as Lonnie Jones put it: “Cutting that guy’s legs off doesn’t make me one inch taller.” Looking down on others doesn’t make you a better person. And you’re not qualified to do it. We cannot even semi-accurately judge where others are unless we have first judged ourselves: “How can you say to your brother, „Let me take the speck out of your eye, ‟ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?‟” (Matthew 7:4).

I want to suggest to you that it is better to take the harder road. Take a moment today and examine your own life. What are some areas that you can improve? What in the 2 Peter 1 “list” do you need to add to your character? What are you currently doing that God would like you to change? Are your prayer and reading habits what they should be? Do the hard work of asking yourselves these kind of questions and seek to improve the answers. Then you can have the confidence of knowing that you are doing what you can to be the person God wants you to be. That’s a much more satisfying way of being happy about who you are.
– Doug Wells Camden Avenue church of Christ Parkersburg, VA

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 18, 2019

A BIG THANK YOU
We had 72 guests on Wednesday morning for our special Breakfast for Public Servants of Llano county.
A great big, special “Thank You” to all who served in their chosen volunteer area! The breakfast was a success again as some of our area teachers enjoyed our hospitality and we enjoyed meeting and chatting with them. Thanks again for a job well done!!!

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Shampoo, bath soap
Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Gospel Chariot 2nd Quarter West Africa Report

Jesus said “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” – John 12:46 (ESV)
In a world of darkness, it is the light of the Lord Jesus that is the only hope for the lost. We are so thankful that He can use us to help support efforts to bring light to those in darkness. We are especially blessed to help support the Gospel Chariot Mission in Africa, as Africans take the gospel to those in need of it. Below is part of George Funk’s latest report. Please keep this effort in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL CHARIOT WEST AFRICA Second Quarter Update 2019

Hi Everyone. This is our West African update and some wonderful news is, that the new Liberian Big Gospel Chariot is now ready to roll and will be traveling into 6 West African countries, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. God is working in West Africa and we need to thank you all. The Big Nigerian Gospel Chariot as well as the Big Ghanaian Gospel Chariot and also the two mini chariots in Togo and Benin, are reaching many, many souls for Jesus. Read below.
Brethren, Lord Willing, we want to upgrade the mini chariot in Benin into a big chariot that will then travel into even more French speaking African countries and that being, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and some of Mali. WOW, that will mean we will soon be going into 15 West African countries.
Below shows in green the countries we are currently going into and the pink the countries we are planning on going into in the next 3 years, and the red the countries we will never be able to go into with gospel chariots. However, God is already working in the hearts of those in the red regions through small house cell groups.

As you can see in the pink, we have a problem, but as I see it, an opportunity on the west coast and I like to call it: the West Coastal Corridor from Angola up through Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Chad and around the countries we are now already going into.
Brethren, if it is the Lord’s Will, we want to knock those pink countries out with two new big chariots and George Akpabli with the bible school in Benin will help us accomplish that with trained French speaking evangelists and disciple makers. We have been meeting and praying about this for some time now. PLEASE PRAY WITH US. GOD IS GREAT.
To God be the Glory.
In Him — Love, Brother George Funk

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FINISHING WELL

Wouldn’t you love to face eternity with confidence? Well, you can!
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

Paul knew a glorious welcome awaited him!
He knew he would hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21).
He knew his name would be acknowledged before the Father (Matt. 10:32).
He knew that God’s grace was bigger than his sin.
He knew the mercy and love of the Lord was more powerful than his rebellion.
He knew it was not about how he started (persecuting Jesus and the Church — Acts 9:4), it was about how he finished.

The Good News of Jesus Christ: We are all sinners (Rom. 3:23), but Jesus died and rose again offering us hope (1 Thess. 4:13-14; Eph. 2:12-13).

When it comes to running the race of life (1 Cor. 9:24), it is not about how we start,
it is about how we finish.

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 11, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Shampoo & bath soap
Thank you!

SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE
Wednesday Evening Summer Series (for August)
August 14 — Ken Darnell
August 21 — Troy Futrell
August 28 — Singing

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS!
This Sunday morning (14th) we welcome Monte Tuttle from the Eastern European Missions. We are looking forward to his report about the work of EEM during the Bible class hour and to the message he will share with us in his sermon. We always enjoy hearing what he has to tell about this very important mission work.

SPECIAL DAY COMING
On Wednesday, August 14th
We will be hosting the Teachers & Public Servants’
Appreciation Breakfast, 7 AM to 9 AM

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

NIGERIA GOSPEL NEWS APRIL-JUNE 2019 PART 3

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

What follows is the last of a report of evangelical work in Nigeria that we help support. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. Especially be mindful of Sylvester’s prayer requests below. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL NEWSLETTER – APRIL- JUNE 2019 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IGARRA, EDO STATE, NIGERIA Part Three

News, Needs & Notes

My Health:

For some time now, I have had struggles with my health. Since April this year, I have been seeing Drs. at the Specialist Hospital in Irrua, here in Edo state. I have had problems with my throat, and some other concerns with my neck region. Mainly, I have gone through several tests and x-rays that have not yielded much results. Specifically, at Irrua, they lacked the equipment to look into my throat. Last month I was sent to the bigger hospital in Benin, but the situation was not different. At last, I am now seeing Drs. at the ENT clinic at the huge University College Hospital in Ibadan in Oyo state. My next appointment is the 8th of August. I ask for prayers.

State of Insecurity

The state of insecurity in Nigeria is becoming a global concern. Our national leaders are not honest about the seriousness, probably because they are guilty one way or the other. Boko Haram was the major source of violence. Now the Fulani Herdsmen banditry is far worse. Almost everywhere in Nigeria, this menace is being reported. Kidnapping, has continued to grow and spread as well. No one individual has the solution to these our societal problems, but we do have a God in heaven that answers prayers. Please do not relent in praying for us

An Imminent Vacation

From an anonymous source we have received money for Sandra and I to go on a vacation for about 3 weeks, between the months of August and September. Plans are still skeletal. In time, as I have more information, I will send it out. Sandra and I have been terribly overworked in the past couple of years, and thus we are looking forward to this vacation – to be away from home and from our regular work

Appreciations

With humble hearts of gratitude we say THANK YOU to you all who have been a source of support and encouragement to us in one way or the other in the many ways we have been trying to serve Christ in Nigeria. We thank you for the funds, for the prayers and for the moral support. May God be and abide with you all.

Reports From:

Reports From:
Sylvester A Imogoh
Minister: Ugbogbo church of Christ, Igarra

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HELP! IT’S TIME FOR BREAKFAST!

As many of you know, we have been partners with the Llano Church of Christ for many years in providing a Teachers & Public Servants Appreciation Breakfast for those who serve our community so well. We were just notified that this year’s Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, August 14th from 7 AM to 9AM. Obviously, we don’t have much time to get ready, so I am calling for all volunteers to sign up as soon as possible. As usual we are on need of “home’ cooks” who will prepare the bacon & sausage, “in the church” cooks who will handle eggs, pancakes, biscuit, beverages, etc. We also need hosts & hostesses who will welcome our guests and see to their needs. Of course, we also will need “eater/greeters” who will just sit down and eat/visit with our guests.

Sign-up sheets are on the table at the back of the auditorium. Time is limited, so if you can help us this year, please sign up as soon as possible for all the jobs you would be willing to do. Assignments will be made according to your choices, but generally no one will have to do more than one thing. Thank you in advance for making this breakfast the typical success it always is! — Joe

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Shampoo, bath soap
Thank you!

WITH SYMPATHY
Donna K. Encolade, cousin of Paula Welch and Gail Darnell, passed away on Sunday, July 28th in Missouri. Our sympathy, love, and especially our prayers, are going out to the family.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

REMEMBERING 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.

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday Evening Summer Series (for August)
August 7 — Ken Darnell
August 14 — Ken Darnell
August 21 — Troy Futrell
August 28 — Singing

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

NIGERIAN GOSPEL NEWSLETTER APRIL-JUNE 2019

What follows is part two of a report of evangelical work in Nigeria that we help support. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL NEWSLETTER – APRIL- JUNE 2019 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IGARRA,EDO STATE, NIGERIA Part Two

Eye- Glass Ministry
We were blessed to receive a box of reading glasses from sister Melissa Hargrove of Haskel, Ok. Sandra was in charge during a set time at the seminar to give out reading glasses to those who needed them. You may send eye glasses directly to me by post, or you can send money for eye glasses to David Cutshall of the Sioux Falls church of Christ.

World Bible School Seminars
On May 20th we organized a WBS seminar at Success Secondary School here at Igarra. And we used the opportunity to speak to the students face to face and answer their questions. We shared tracts and enrolled new students – since many of the older ones are graduating.
On June 21th, we repeated the same exercise at Apex College Ekor. In these two schools we have students who are studying the Bible through the efforts of The Highland Lakes church of Christ in Kingsland, Texas, Bridgewood church of Christ in Ft Wt , Texas, The Memorial church of Christ in Houston Texas. The brethren in some of these congregations had sent us names of some of the students who needed personal contacts. We need to repeat these types of exercises from time to time so as to complement and enhance the Bible-teaching efforts of the American brethren who are sending the lessons.

Bible Purchase
From the Highland Lakes church of Christ, Kingsland, TX, we received funds with which we have purchased Bibles as follows:
v 200 Regular Bibles – KJV, leather-bound
v 50 Giant Print Bibles – for those who are matured and have difficulty in reading small prints
v 55 Children’s Bibles – for teaching children Bible classes at church
Total Bibles Purchased = 305
We are so grateful for these resources for work. And we are appealing to anyone who can to help us with a little more funds to buy more Bibles, especially Study Bibles.

NIPOST Tract’s Rack
We are still able to maintain our stand at the Igarra post office, where we place tracts and books for visitors to take and read. This is bringing much interest in the church from outsiders. Some of these readers have come as visitors to church on Sundays.

Reports From:
Sylvester A Imogoh
Minister: Ugbogbo church of Christ, Igarra

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THE FUTILITY OF OPPOSING GOD

The Futility of Opposing God By LeRoy Brownlow

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’ “Psalm 2:1-3

The Second Psalm deals with conflict: Messianic power and the sinner’s rebellion. In the rebels’ rebellion they rage, plot, take their stand against the Lord and say what they shouldn’t. Evil men have always felt that God’s rule is too restrictive; so the sinners chafe and gall in their ill-fated desire for uninhibited living, they say, let us break (God and His Anointed One’s) chains (restrictions) and throw off their fetters (verse 3). No chains, no fetters, no controls. What a terrible picture!

However, their evil imaginations are vain and to no avail. They are left defeated and crushed. The Lord shall laugh at their foolishness (verse 4). Hold them in derision, contempt. “He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath” (verse 5). Our God is merciful but firm. How silly of man to think he can win in opposing God! God’s rules cannot be overthrown. Every attack against Him rebounds against the attacker. Against Him, you face defeat! But with Him you are a sure winner.

He always wins who sides with God,
To him no chance is lost;
God’s will is sweetest to him when
It triumphs at his cost.
~~ Fredrick William Faber

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