FIVE WISE SAYINGS FOR LIFE

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I love sitting and listening to older, wiser folks than myself. I love history and learning it from people who loved it. There is something about sitting on a porch swing with someone old in days who has seen so much change and endured so much through their walk in life. The proverbial writer acts as a father to us and treats you and I as “sons and daughters” who are learning. As disciples of Jesus, that’s exactly what we are doing and we constantly sit in the learner seat. Thank God for wise fathers who taught us what to do right. Even so, for those of us who had no good fatherly example in life, we learned what “not” to do. I wanted to share some of the wise words and sayings I’ve heard in the first 35 years of life.

1. When you hear a kind word spoken about a friend, pass it along (Proverbs 3:27; Galatians 6:10). If it’s a negative word, keep it to yourself.

2. As a man, spoil your spouse, not your children (2 Samuel 12:3, 8; Proverbs 5:18–19; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Peter 3:7).

3. It is not our job to get people to like us. It is our job to like people (John 13:35; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 2:17).

4. To help your children turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money on them (Genesis 44:30; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 5:16; 6:4; Colossians 4:5).

5. Focus on others, not on self (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:3–5). Someone wrote, “How to Be Miserable.” It reads, “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use „I‟ as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.”

Better to apply the principles of: Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8. By living those, the blessings of Ecclesiastes 11:1,2, at the right time and time of need, will come back to you.

Jake Sutton Piedmont Road church of Christ Marietta, GA

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2021

WELCOME

Today we welcome Andy Baker from World Christian Broadcasting as our guest speaker, He will give a report during Bible class and preach at the worship hour.

WCB is based in Franklin, Tennessee where Andy is the Chief Executive Officer. We are looking forward to what he will share with us.

FELLOWSHIP MEALS

For Everything There is a Season, a Time for Every Purpose (Eccl. 3:1)

The elders believe the time has come for fellowship, that is, a fellowship meal. Conditions permitting, we intend to resume our monthly fellowship meals after the morning assembly on the last Sunday of each month. We realize that there may be some who are not comfortable yet with the idea of gathering for a meal, but there are many who feel ready to take this next step toward what was “normal” 18 months ago.

We intend to have our first fellowship meal of 2021 on Sunday, October 31st. We invite everyone to get out their cookbooks and bring something delicious to share after we have worshipped our Lord together on the 31st of October!

If all goes well, we will have our annual ―Holiday fellowship meal on Sunday, December 5th, after morning worship (this typically takes the place of the November and December fellowship meals). Please mark these dates on your calendars and pray for the success of these plans. We hope to see you there!

Hosts For The October 31st Fellowship Meal: Bill & Mary K. Flanary, Pat DeVore, Janet Fietz, Sherry Wills & Ken Love

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

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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A short but exciting bit of news from our fellow workers with Gospel Chariot Missions who were are blessed to help support. Keep this work in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Hi Everyone.

Pray this finds you doing well. We would like to slow down and send a short one-thought email to help you see the amazing work you are supporting with not too much reading, just God working in us and through us all. To Him be the Glory and you the appreciation.

TODAY’S DID YOU KNOW? FROM AFRICA

DID YOU KNOW That the Gospel Chariots are Rolling AGAIN! and there have been many MANY RECENT BAPTISMS!

PLEASE CONTINUE HELPING – GOD IS GOOD

MATCHING FUND NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO RAISED

We now have the funds to build a new Gospel Chariot for West / North Africa for the multiplication of disciples and churches everywhere. We also now have the funds to fly key leaders to safe Gospel Chariot discipleship campuses for discipleship training. Watch as you see God do amazing things in the coming months. BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU.

PLEASE, we still need help as we go worldwide. We will send you showing some amazing things happening because of you. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

In Him, Brother George Funk, Gospel Chariot Missions

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ABRAHAM’S EARLY MORNINGS

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I am not really a morning person. I loathe early alarms. Most days, it takes me a while to really get going. If, however, the day promises something out of the ordinary and pleasant, like the beginning of a vacation, I’ve been known to wake up before the alarm clock goes off. But the prospect of an unpleasant day makes getting up that much more challenging and pulling the covers over my head that much more alluring.

That’s one thing, among many, that makes the faith of Abraham so amazing to me. There are three times in his life that the Bible says he arose early in the morning—and he knew on all three of those days that what he had to do would not be pleasant.

The first is Genesis 19:27 where Moses tells us that Abraham “went early in the morning” to a special location where he would survey the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The second is Genesis 21:14. There Abraham “rose early in the morning” and with great sadness kicked Hagar and Ishmael out of his house to appease Sarah. The third is Genesis 22:3 when Abraham “rose early in the morning” to take Isaac to Mount Moriah with the intention of sacrificing him to God.

Abraham, no doubt, arose early to some beautiful mornings and pleasant activities. But his only early mornings specifically mentioned in the Bible are the three above. How brutal they must have been! How tempting it must have been for him to keep rolling over and sleeping just a little longer. But instead of hiding under the covers, he rose up early and met the challenges of the day.

Life brings with it many unpleasant days. But with the help of God and the faith of Abraham, we can throw off the covers, confidently rise from our beds, and face what each day brings. For God has promised, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isa. 41:10).

  • Eddie Parrish, Brown Trail church of Christ, Bedford, TX
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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER10, 2021

UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKER

Next Sunday, October 17th, Andy Baker from World Christian Broadcasting will be our guest speaker, giving a report during Bible class and preach at the worship hour. WCB is based in Franklin, Tennessee where Andy is the Chief Executive Officer. We are looking forward to all that he will share with us.

EATING OUT TOGETHER

The group that enjoys eating out together will meet on Thursday, October 14th at the “Highlander” in Burnett. Time: 5 PM. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the auditorium.

FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE     (Eccl. 3:1)

The elders believe the time has come for fellowship, that is, a fellowship meal. Conditions permitting, we intend to resume our monthly fellowship meals after the morning assembly on the last Sunday of each month. We realize that there may be some who are not comfortable yet with the idea of gathering for a meal, but for those who feel ready to take this next step toward what was “normal” 18 months ago, we intend to have our first fellowship meal of 2021 on Sunday, October 31st. We invite everyone to get out their cookbooks and bring something delicious to share after we have worshipped our Lord together on the 31st of October! If all goes well, we will also have our annual “Holiday” fellowship meal on Sunday, December 5th, after morning worship (this typically takes the place of the November and December fellowship meals). Please mark these dates on your calendars and pray for the success of these plans. We hope to see you there!

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

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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It is always time to rejoice and honor God when souls are added to His kingdom. Let us offer prayers of thanksgiving and of encouragement to these new brethren that our fellow workers in Nigeria are reporting on below. May God be praised for His marvelous grace and mercy. For the elders, Ken D

HARVEST OF SOULS TODAY (September 26th) A team of preachers stormed Wula, eastern Boki, in Cross River state, 9km to the Cameroon Republic, and established a congregation there last year. For two days now, we repeated the exercise and the Lord blessed us with 6 souls. We left this morning with a prayer….LORD LEAD US TO READY SOULS FOR THE GOSPEL AND DIRECT THOSE WHO NEED THE GOSPEL TO US. God answered our prayers. To God be the glory. Excited to be busy in the vineyard of the Lord. Historically, the church in Wula started in my office with the conversion of my Head of Department three and half years ago. His conversion has brought his wife, daughter, cousin, mother, and now a congregation in his village. The Lord is ready to give us victory if and only if we will work. Ours is to preach and it is His duty to convert.

Keep us in your prayers.

Sincerely yours

Mike Udam

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FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON

For Everything There is a Season, a Time for Every Purpose (Eccl. 3:1)

The elders believe the time has come for fellowship, that is, a fellowship meal. Conditions permitting, we intend to resume our monthly fellowship meals after the morning assembly on the last Sunday of each month. We realize that there may be some who are not comfortable yet with the idea of gathering for a meal, but there are many who feel ready to take this next step toward what was “normal” 18 months ago.

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We intend to have our first fellowship meal of 2021 on Sunday, October 31st. We invite everyone to get out their cookbooks and bring something delicious to share after we have worshipped our Lord together on the 31st of October! If all goes well, we will have our annual “Holiday” fellowship meal on Sunday, December 5th after morning worship (this typically takes the place of the November and December fellowship meals). Please mark these dates on your calendars and pray for the success of these plans. We hope to see you there! — Joe

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WEEKLY NEWS, OCTOBER 3, 2021

A SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver for about an hour at a time. This is a great service opportunity. Pick a day and a friend, if you like, to join you in supporting those less fortunate in your community.
Thanks so much,
Nita Burton
Hill Country Community Action Association, Inc.
(Contact information is available from the church office)

THANK YOU NOTE
To Our Very Special Church Family:
Your prayers, your cards and hugs have been such a show of love for us in the loss of Harold’s special “twin” cousin and Sarah’s sister. We say thanks to each one. May God’s blessings be with each of you. Our love,
Harold & Sarah

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

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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This note came in from Sylvester this week and thought we all would enjoy hearing about how the newly enlarged Ugbogbo Church of Christ building in Igarra Edo state Nigeria is being used. God is working mightily in Nigeria. Continue to pray for our brethren there. For the elders, Ken D

Today we had the first one of the Quarterly Bible Lectureship that we are restarting after many years since we stopped. Besides other challenges, space was another factor. Now with our expanded hall we are all too happy to serve. Our Monthly Leadership Seminar holds the first Saturday of every month.
Today, rain threatened to disrupt the program, but it stopped early enough and we were able to continue. We are not yet able to invite brethren from other congregations to take advantage of our program. The reason is because of the COST OF FOOD.

For this lectureship, we sent our invitations to nonmembers in the community only. Despite the rain and the fact that today is the main market day for Igarra, yet we had a total attendance of 237 adults. With 120 children who were present, so we created a class for them in the Children’s Building. We had the opportunity to give out tracts and gospel materials. And God blessed our efforts for out of the visitors, we baptized 2 – a husband and wife.

We have started building a bank of contacts of addresses and phone numbers for follow up. This program promises to be productive of rich dividends for the growth of the Kingdom. Our only challenge is that the inflation in Nigeria is outrageous at this time. So feeding the crowd is huge challenge. And there’s no way we can assemble a crowd for half a day without food! The next Bible Lectureship is going to be in November. Please pray for us to continue to have success and encouragements.

In His Services
Sylvester Imogoh
Ugbogbo Church of Christ, Igarra

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“DO RIGHT’ OR “WASTE GOOD”

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Former Arkansas Razorbacks coach Lou Holtz was a strong proponent of the “do right” rule for athletes and inspired his athletes to follow the rule as they interacted with others on and off the athletic field. I agree with Coach Holtz’s “do right” concept as regards Christianity. We can look to God’s word to find that rule of thumb as Paul said “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10). This verse reminds Christians to “do right” as we go about doing good always.

Following are some ways Christians can “do right” by doing good. The first God-given mission for a Christian is “Go and teach all nations, baptizing them…teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19, 20). It’s not possible for a Christian to literally go into all the world to physically teach but we can “do right” by this commandment to spread the gospel by taking advantage of mission opportunities to send the gospel to the world. Christians “do right” by reaching out with mercy and compassion to “the fatherless and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). We do this as we support efforts to take care of the orphans and widows. Christians do right” when they “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) by being there for them with money, time, energy and effort. There are many more examples in God’s word of means whereby Christians can “do right” by doing good.

Above, we’ve spoken about “doing right (good).” Contrarily, let’s think about how we “waste good.” We “waste good” when we fail to do all we can to help others. There are many who need to be taught, visited and have their burdens lifted but we don’t teach, we don’t visit, and we don’t ease their burdens. We “waste good” when we don’t use even our simple opportunities to ease the pain and suffering of others and help them to see the love of God in our lives and let them know they can have that same depth of love in their own lives. We “waste good” when we fail to be kind to others by so simple a thing as holding a door for them to go through or by.

There are many, simple ways in which Christians “waste good” by failing to be Christ-like in their day-to-day living. Whether on or off the athletic playing field, whether in or away from the church building, people “waste good” by not exercising a good, positive attitude that lets others know they are Christians who care.

We “waste good” when we fail to reach out to delinquent members who no longer attend services regularly. Quite often we hear the blame game by a delinquent person as they say “no one visited us” and we need to remove that crutch.

We can also “waste good” when we expect others to do for us what we should do for ourselves. A good example of this happens when we depend on someone else to carry the gospel message to our friends and neighbors instead of fulfilling our own obligation to do so. Unfortunately, we see so many examples of how we “waste good” in our daily living.

Christians will never “waste good” when they go about the “Father’s business” as Christ did and “do all to the glory of God.”

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

A SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to deliver for about an hour at a time. This is a great service opportunity. Pick a day and a friend, if you like, to join you in supporting those less fortunate in your community.
Thanks so much,
Nita Burton

Contact information for the Hill Country Community Action Association, Inc. (501C3 Non Profit) is available from the church office.

MASK WEARING
Since much of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
Henry Kattner tells us that 590 pieces of World Bible School material were recently shipped to Sylvester Imogoh for students in Nigeria.

THANK YOU
“On behalf of the elders, we want to thank everyone who was able to contribute to the special contribution over the last three weeks to raise funds for the churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, based in Nashville, TN. They respond to major disasters in the U.S. by sending trucks of food, water, and supplies to local churches that aid disaster victims. With all the funds we received, we were able to send them a helpful contribution this last week to the glory of God. We ask that we all keep all those effected by recent storms in our prayers.

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

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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We all realize that the global COVID pandemic has hampered evangelical work in many ways. We are thankful that the Grace of God has allowed George Funk and the Gospel Chariot Missions, which we help support, to use their down time to develop a discipleship training program that is spreading around the world. This is a short update from George. Please keep all the efforts to spread the gospel in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Hi Everyone.
This is just a short message with a map of the world showing how our discipleship multiplication training is spreading throughout the world. Also a BIG, BIG, BIG THANK YOU for working with and helping us expand the frontiers of the Kingdom of God.

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COUNTRIES WE ARE EXPANDING INTO THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD AND YOU WHO SUPPORT US.


Please note that the Gospel Chariots are starting to roll again and by next year, Lord Willing, will be crossing borders.
The Gospel Share Missions is a ministry that was fast forwarded by myself because of COVID and the time available with the chariots in lockdown and one amazing team available to be trained. It has now spread worldwide.
GOD IS GOOD. Now we will not only baptize thousands into Christ every year but equip them and their leaders and teach them how to disciple others. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CONCERN THAT WE BAPTISE TOO MANY.
Bring on 2022. Please continue working with us. Thank You, Lord and thank you all involved.
In Him
Brother George Funk

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FORGETFULNESS

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Ever forget something? Sure you have. If it is any consolation, you are not alone. All of us can forget and often do.

Some years ago, a researcher from Johns Hopkins University compiled a list of what we forget most often. At the top of the list was names (83 percent), followed by where something is (60 percent), words (53 percent) and faces (42 percent). Any of those a problem for you?

It is obvious that the researcher forgot to check on spiritual forgetfulness. Maybe he/she forgot to question whether people being surveyed ever forgot the goodness of God, the promises of God, the love of God, or the expectations of God.

Long ago, God used men to address the problem of forgetfulness. For instance, Moses warned his people not to forget the things their eyes had seen (Deut. 4:9), or forget the covenant (4:23), or even forget the Lord (6:12), or His commandments (8:11). He reminded them what their forgetfulness would cost them (Deut. 8:19).

The Psalmist understood that it was important not to forget God’s word. In Psalm 119, he reiterated his conviction in vs. 16, 83, 93, 109, 141, 153 and 176. We can believe the determination not to forget God’s word would help him to remember what was truly important in God’s sight.

The Jews of Isaiah’s day thought God had forgotten them (Isa. 49:14). God reminded them, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (49:15).

Please don’t forget this: Our God doesn’t forget us.

Allen Hahn Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg, TX.

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WEEKLY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

WITH SYMPATHY

Virginia Brown of Brownsboro, passed away on Thursday, September 9th, in Athens. She was the cousin of Harold Hancock who shared the same, exact birthdays. Graveside services took place on Sunday, September 12th, at Chandler Memorial Cemetery.

Annette McDonald, the sister of Sarah Hancock, passed away on Monday, September 13th, in Abilene. Graveside services were held on Friday, September 17th , under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.

Our heartfelt condolences, prayers and love are going out to Harold and Sarah, as they are grieving the loss of their loved ones. May God be with all of those left behind friends and family.

MASK WEARING

Since most of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in all our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.

EATING OUT TOGETHER

The group that enjoys eating out together will meet on Thursday, September 23rd. Ask Bill Flanary for the location and time to meet.

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

SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIBLE COLLEGE

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Last month we helped support a team of Nigerian preachers, including Mike Udam whom we regularly support on an evangelism mission to Kenya. This is part two of Mike’s report on the trip. Please pray God will us these efforts to His glory. For the elders, Ken D

We conducted a leadership seminar on the family at the central church of Christ, Lukenya, Machakos County. It is a newly established congregation that is just a year old. The majority of its members are new converts. In their vote of thanks, they concluded that one day is not enough for us to speak to them.

Friday saw us having an entire day with the students of Nairobi Great Commission School. Four lessons were taught and we had time to interact with the staff and students of the school. A WhatsApp group was created linking the school and our team and all lessons in electronic format shared between us.

Saturday was the lectureship day that had close to 200 participants spread across the length of Kenya and some following virtually online. Five lessons were presented and questions arising from the lessons were addressed. At the end of the seminar, the lingering issue of the use of instruments in worship was laid to rest. Also, the issue of taking of tithe, dancing during worship, and women leading during worship was settled and we hope with the seed so sown, the multiplier effect of the teaching will be great.

The entire twelve lessons in a booklet and a certificate of participation were distributed to all the participants. 112 congregations participated across Kenya.

We worshipped at Eastleigh on Sunday and departed after a heavily loaded and emotionally charged send forth party.

Our observation and quick recommendation

1. Kenya is the hub of East Africa and a tourist center. It has been seriously corrupted with liberal and Pentecostal doctrines even as some are still faithful in the old school teachings. If Kenya gets it right, it will positively touch Tanzania and Uganda. Therefore, we desire that we make two trips in a year for the next three years, to weed out denominational doctrines completely and return the church to its right path.

2. As of today, there is not a functional congregation in Kigali, Rwanda. The need to pay great attention to that country is imminent. Our internet search indicates a congregation known as International church of Christ. We intend to start from the known to the unknown. If we get funding, we will take Kigali for Christ.

We got a powerful note from the Kenyans which speaks volume of the work, we did with them.

Hello Africa Evangelism Team,

The church in Kenya wishes to say a BIG THANK YOU to the entire team for the great sacrifice of traveling to Kenya during these difficult times and for the great work you have done. It was a pleasure interacting with you and many have been blessed. Pass greetings to brothers and sisters in Nigeria on behalf of the church in Kenya. Praying for journey mercies. Welcome to Kenya again!!!!

Photo by Mike Udam

CLOSING REMARKS

We thank you for supporting me and my team to make the trip. We thank God for Ebenezer Udofia of Healing Hands International who paid for all the transport costs during the entire mission trip. He also took care of our accommodation and fed us throughout the mission work. He is a great asset to the mission team.

We pray that God will reward you and touch your heart to send me alongside my team to go for missions in Africa to make Christ and his pure doctrine known on the continent of Africa.

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