. . . Sunday February 25th, At Noon!  Hosted by: Christina Pipes, Lee & Carol Sisco, Billy Taylor and Sherry Wills. After this, as always, we will be dismissed for the remainder of the day.


There will be an “Active Shooter” Seminar on Saturday, March 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Burnett. Williamson County Sheriff Brandon Scheafer will present one program and the Safety Team of the Baptist church will present a second one. The topic from 9 am to 11 am — “What to Do and How to React”, and the topic from 11:15 am — 12:30 pm “Starting Your Own Team”. This seminar is open to all church members. Those interested can register on the First Baptists Church’s website:  http://www.fbcburnet.org/


For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.”  2 Corinthians 9:12 (ESV)

We have, as a congregation, been blessed to be able to support the gospel in so many ways and places. In the following, Brother Doug Wheeler, who assists our efforts from Norman, OK, shares the effect of a recent contribution we made to the Lord’s work in Nigeria. Please keep this all in your heart and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Brethren,

Oh, thank you so much – ONCE AGAIN – for the financial support you have sent to me for Nigerian evangelism! Even though I do not go to Nigeria any more, you have decided to help me one last time to fund projects that I think are worth supporting. In the latter part of 2018, this ministry will be turned over to another preacher and congregation, and it will be left up to him/them to decide what projects they might like to help in Nigeria! I will be turning over my mailing list to them, so you my get a letter from them at some point next year.

Brethren, I can never thank you all enough for the great support you have been to me in this ministry for Christ to Nigeria that I have been involved in for several years! Your friendship over the years has been so valued! I think the world of you all! I pray that you, Brethren, keep pressing ahead in life – and I will do the same! – So that one fine day, we will all find ourselves in the presence of our God in heaven!!

With your $2,000 contribution, I have decided to allocate your contribution as follows:

$500 for Project #1 – These funds will be divided evenly with each of the two preacher-training schools as student scholarships.

$500 for Project #2 – Support for the Great Workshop 2018 (Feb 7-11) expenses of four day workshop for 500+ Nigerian preachers.

$500 for Project #3 – Will be used in the printing of Sylvester Imogho’s tracts. We can never have enough money to help Sylvester print his tracts, for they are used throughout the Nigerian Brotherhood.

$500 for Project #4 –This will be used for World Bible School Administration expenses to run this program. Most of these funds are always spent on POSTAGE!



I sure do hope you all are doing FINE! God bless you for your love of mission work in Nigeria, especially through the WBS work you are involved with … for decades!!

In Christian love, Doug Wheeler

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rel-11-anybody-know-whatYou may have seen the recent commercial by the Ad Council that tells us love has no limits. It shows people behind an x-ray screen embracing only showing their skeletal outlines. The people emerge from the behind to reveal they are a same sex couple, to a cheering crowd. The scene is redone with people of different races, religions and ages. Each one is accompanied by the text; love has no gender, love has no race, love has no disability, love has no religion, love has no labels. The ad campaign claims to combat what is seen as bias in our world today.

It got me to thinking about how the world is trying to redefine love. We hear the argument in our world to today, “How a person can be against two people who love one another? To try to put limits on love is wrong.”

But how does the Bible label love?

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Some things stick out to me in this passage, they are in conflict with the world’s definition of love. The world says you should cheer when someone is in sin, but Biblical love does not rejoice in unrighteousness. The world says love can act anyway it wants, but Biblical love never acts unbecomingly. The world says we should be proud of your lifestyle, but Biblical love does not brag (esp. about unrighteousness and sin). The world says you are offensive and should be shunned if you don’t accept what it accepts, but Biblical love does not take into account a wrong suffered. The world says you should accept any belief no matter if it is valid or not, but Biblical love rejoices with truth.

There is a saying, “He who controls the language, controls the masses.” When it comes to love, who makes the definition, God, Who is love, or the world who does not know Him? – Barry Haynes Hope AR

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Next Sunday, February 25th, Noon!

Hosted by: Christina Pipes, Lee & Carol Sisco, Billy Taylor and Sherry Wills.


The three men who have been suggested by the membership are Cary Miller, Joe Winnett and David Zoller. New elders will be installed next Sunday, February 25th.The date was wrong in last week’s announcements


Needs:  Shampoo, tooth paste & tooth brushes

Thank you!

human-footprints_318-46627Christ-Defined” or “Situation-Defined”

Those of us who have raised children know very well the up and down emotions of a child. Crying one moment and laughing the next. Hungry, or dissatisfied with something, they may “throw a fit”. The emotions of a child run the whole gamut of emotions readily, in a very short time.

Only children? Do we not, as adults, do that, too? Don’t we often allow the situations we find ourselves in to take control of our emotions? Don’t we, at times, allow external situations to overwhelm us, so that we feel and act in a “fitful” way?

Sometimes what upsets us is a very real and present stress. The loss of a job. The loss of a loved one. An uncontrollable plummet of emotions. But at other times (and more often than not), it is something minor that sends us into orbit. Traffic lights when we are running behind. Trying to navigate through traffic, when the GPS is telling us to go down, a road that is blocked off by construction. Some unexpected computer glitch, people, and other common frustrations of life.

Currant situations will continue to define our happiness or way of thinking, until we are Christ-defined rather than situation-defined. There are Christians, who right in the very middle of a crisis in their lives reveal such a trusting faith in Jesus. Maybe you have experienced this yourself. They display the peace that transcends all understanding, as the Father brings comfort amidst turmoil; tranquility in the middle of anxiety and uncertainty.

Also, beyond that, there is the everyday. The many things we struggle with as men or women is the ability to calmly, rationally, objectively engage life and deal with the various situations. And as believers, we ought to do better and better at this.

Paul writes in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, ‘Rejoice’”. Where is the apostle when he writes the letter? Prison! Rejoice? Have joy? You better believe it. But only in Christ. Circumstance Christ-defined rather than situation-defined

May God help us to mature.

from an article by Jason Reeves,West Erwin church of Chris, Tyler, Texas

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The three men who have been suggested by the membership are Cary Miller, Joe Winnett and David Zoller.  New elders will be installed on Sunday, February 25th.


Lawrence Stevenson placed membership with us last Sunday, February 4th. He comes to us from the Sheffield church of Christ. We welcome you, Lawrence, and hope that we will be of mutual encouragement as we worship and work here together for our Lord, Jesus Christ. His information for your directory is available from the church office.


I want to thank everyone for all their prayers, love, and support shown me in the past few months.  I am doing well now! Thanks to all of you.  In appreciation and love,  Ida Brewer

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Romans 10:13-15 (ESV) 3 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 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!”

ae2c99ac-559e-4998-9c4f-5e154bb4ee93As we end 2017, a reminder of what South African Bible College is, and has been, for the last 51 years! This is the SABC graduating class of 2017. Thank you for financially supporting SABC’s mission to equip Christians from Southern Africa to spread the gospel in their hometowns and countries. May God bless you and yours. Peace, Kirk Eason. Director of Development – USA

Our congregation has made an effort in the past and continues this year to support those desiring to grow in the word of God and to be sent to preach the good news. We are thankful to support students like those graduating from South Africa Bible College, seen above in the photo. Cooper & Megan AtkesonWe also assist others like Cooper and Meagan Atkenson, who are attending Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock. We are thankful the Atkenson’s could visit with us last Sunday morning. Please keep the spreading of the Gospel at the foremost of your prayers, but pray also for those preaching and those preparing to share God’s Word. For the elders, Ken D

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0528pl-man-sunrise-walkingTherefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).

While the writers of Scripture use many vivid metaphors to describe the Christian life, by far the most common one in the New Testament is a “walk”.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:25).

“If we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1, NKJV).

The theme of walking echoes through Ephesians: walk in love” (5:2, ESV), walk as children of light” (5:8), “look carefully then how you walk(5:15). Walking depicts the course of an individual’s whole life: Enoch and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 5:22; 6:9). King Jehu did not (2 Kings 10:31). It is a dominant, inspired metaphor in Scripture, and a picture of what our relationship with God should look like. The Lord has invited you for a walk, with Him, together on the journey of life.

Along the way, God is changing you. Sometime you may grow impatient and want instant victory over all your problems. Sometime you’ll grow weary or discouraged; a lifetime of battling sin seems overwhelming.

But if you are ever going to walk with Christ and be the person God intended you to be, your focus must be on the next step. Just that step and nothing else. When you strain to see the future, or fear you won’t have the energy or strength for tomorrow, the enemy has succeeded in intimidating you, and you’ll have missed the opportunity to live for Christ in this moment.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6)

As you walk with God today, rather than scanning the horizon for all that’s ahead, just focus your eyes on the next step. Don’t miss the opportunity to live for Him fully today.

Spencer Cromwell, Windsong church of Christ, Little Rock, AR

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Those who have been suggested by the members to be additional elders will be announced today.  We may also get to know when the installation date will be.


Our visitation program has served us and the Lord well since its inception in 2007, and we desire to continue this ministry in 2018. A reorganization meeting is planned for this evening, following the worship service. Those who have signed up will meet at Mr. Gattis’ Pizza. We will have an evaluative discussion of the program and suggestions for the New Year.

Lunch ‘N’ Learn, Partners in Care – ALZHEIMER’S TEXAS

Steve Catoe, Positive Approach to Care and Validation Therapy Trainer, will present quality education on topics such as ever-changing roles, rounding up your posse, and finding direction on your journey. Day and time: Thursday, March 8th, 11:30 am —1:00 pm. at the Llano County Public Library, 102 E. Haynie St. in Llano. The class is free and lunch is provided, but registration is required. Phone: 800-367-2132, email: vcardenas@txalz.org.   More information is on the bulletin board.


Tommie Sledge requested that we beseech God in her behalf, to give her wisdom and strength as she faces decisions and changes in her life. God bless you, Tommie, as He guides you to the right destination

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (ESV) What is the power of our Christian influence on others? Let this report from our brother Mike Udam in Nigeria, whom we help support, speak to that. Keep Mike and all Nigerian Brethren in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Filled with excitement, I want to break the news today that my Head of department has been baptized into Christ. He is not the first to be baptized through my evangelism effort but he is one great example of interpersonal evangelism fruit.

He was posted from Calabar to my school in early October 2017 and he displaced me as head of department being on level 13 and me on 12. I took him like my friend and brother and opened the doors of the gospel to him.

During the 2017 lectureship, he offered to cover the programme free and all those who spoke at our Annual lectureship saw him actively participating there as if he was a brother. When we resumed this term, his family returned to Ogoja with him and to my shock, he announced that he is now a brother in the Lord. He started to worship at the congregation in Ogoja main town and will follow me to the church at Ukpagada for Bible studies. He was then enrolled in World Bible School correspondence course.

On Friday we had a heated discussion on prayers and this afternoon, I got a call he was immersed and added to the church of the Lord. Those close to me will attest that this event is a great victory for me and the entire school where I teach. The Lord be praised. Our life styles and kindness are very powerful tools in our hands.

Join me to pray for his stability in faith.

Sincerely yours, Mike Udam

The saved must be well taught to stay saved.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Dear Mike, I LOVE reading this e-mail from you! God bless your Christian influence that I know you wear every day, and your ability of teaching of God’s word to anyone who will listen! I thank God for this new brother in Christ! I know you will raise him up well in The Faith, and it looks like this brother, as he matures in The Faith, will be a big help to the Lord’s work in your area of Cross River State, Nigeria!  Thanks for sharing this! In Christian love, Doug Wheeler

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prophetisaiahAt the beginning of this New Year, are you ready for service? Let me tell you how one man became prepared. His name was Isaiah. Many Old Testament scholars tell us it happened on New Year’s Day. Whether that is true or not, it was a new beginning for Isaiah.

Isaiah was permitted to see the glory of the Lord, high and lifted up. Above Him stood the seraphim crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of host.” And when He spoke, the thresholds shook and the house was filled with smoke. Is this God? Or is this Jesus? In John 12:41, after quoting Isaiah 6:10, John said that Isaiah “saw Jesus’s glory and spoke about Him.” If this was Jesus, it is well to remember that Jesus “reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of His nature” (Hebrews 1:3).

After seeing such holiness, Isaiah becomes acutely aware of his own sinfulness. He cries, “Woe is me! For I am ruined! for I am a man of unclean lips!” Then one of the seraphim touched his mouth with a burning coal and said, “See, this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:5-7).

No one is ready for service until he is cleansed from sin. David knew this when he cried out for a clean heart and spirit. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You” (Psalm 51:10-13). First cleansing, then service.

Isaiah was now prepared for service. When God called, Isaiah responded. “Here am I! Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). Now as Christians, we have been washed, cleansed and sanctified. We are ready for service.

Remember the admonition of the apostle Peter, to those Christians and to us, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

~~ John Gibson, Little Rock, AR

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