WEEKLY NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2019

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Fifty-five Alive Defensive Driving Course To Be Offered.  AARP’s driving course will be offered to any who wish to refresh their knowledge of current driving rules and skills on the road. This course is designed to help older drivers prepare for ever-changing laws and ways of coping with today’s road changes. The four-hour course will be presented in our fellowship room on Thursday, February 7th. Time: 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Completion of the course will give you a 10 percent discount on your liability auto insurance for a period of three years. The cost for AARP members is $15.00 or $20 for none-AARP members. We will also offer the course to those in the community who wish to take it. Call the church office to sign up.

WITH SYMPATHY

Edyne Blair, sister of Cary Miller, passed away/graduated to her heavenly reward, on Saturday, January 19.   She had suffered from ALS disease. Funeral services took place on Friday, January 25, in Fort Worth. Our condolences, prayer and love go out to Cary and Brenda, to all in the family and those who knew Edyne.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, tooth paste, shampoo, deodorant

Thank you!

FELLOWSHIP MEAL

. . . . today, Sunday, January 27 after the AM Worship assembly,  Hosts & hostesses are: Don & Paula Welch, Christina Pipes, Joe & Teri Winnett, and Lawrence Stevenson. No PM service this evening after the fellowship

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Exciting brief update of the work we help support in East Africa through Gospel Chariot Missions. Please keep in your prayers for this work that is Africans taking the Gospel to all of Africa. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL CHARIOT MISSIONS – Fourth Quarter Update, 2018 EAST AFRICA

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Hope this finds you doing well. This is our East African fourth quarter update. As you can see these two chariots have really, really done well. We also managed to ship a container of clothing and wheelchairs in for the poor, that really helped the communities we went into. There were over 1,600 souls baptized between the two chariots with Uganda doing the best, but there were also 7 churches planted during 2018. We have plans on getting a mature full time African mission minded worker, working with us to travel and explore new regions and countries in East Africa as we break new ground. Please pray for this fruitful region and have a look at these pictures from the last quarter of 2018. It’s mind boggling as God continues to work through us all. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Most urgent need: One time donation towards the new Big Gospel Chariot for Liberia.

To God be the Glory.

In Him

Love, Brother George Funk and the Team.

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THE BIG QUESTION

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1 Peter 4:12-14 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”

Although we certainly do not feel blessed when we’re insulted and persecuted, Jesus said that we are, in fact, blessed (Matthew 5:11). The Lord’s perspective on persecution is different from ours. He considers it a positive thing if we suffer in His name. This is one of the biggest questions in the world today….how can persecution be a good thing?!

IT PROVES OUR FAITH. The only way we can know the capacity of our faith is by means of testing. When we persevere through a trial, we begin to understand that we can remain steadfast and obedient in the midst of a challenge. We also learn the magnitude of God’s strength to support us through persecution.

IT PURIFIES OUR LIFE. Persecution snaps our attention away from meaningless things and onto the Lord. We are driven into His arms by suffering. As we grow closer to Him, He’ll bring to our awareness wrong attitudes and actions (some related to our trial and some not) for which we must repent. Persecution is a powerful cleansing tool.

IT PREPARES US FOR GREATER SERVICE. Suffering breaks our self-reliance and pride attitudes that hinder our usefulness for the Lord. Pride crumbles when we realize we’re incapable of living the Christian life on our own, especially when we’ve been insulted and hurt.

A life of ease and pleasure isn’t always a sign of blessing. So let’s not “be surprised at the fiery ordeal….as though some strange thing were happening” (1 Peter 4:12-13). If persecution strengthens our faith, purifies our hearts, and equips us for greater service, then we should thank the Lord for the way He will use it in our lives. – Spencer Cromwell, Windsong church of Christ, Little Rock, AR

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WEEKLY NEWS, JANUARY 20, 2019

SPECIAL COURSE BEING OFFERED
Fifty-five Alive Defensive Driving Course to Be Offered
AARP’s driving course will be offered to any who wish to refresh their knowledge of current driving rules and skills on the road. This course is designed to help older drivers prepare for ever-changing laws and ways of coping with today’s road changes. The four-hour course will be presented in our fellowship room on Thursday, February 7th. Time: 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Completion of the course will give you a 10 percent discount on your liability auto insurance for a period of three years. The cost for AARP members is $15.00 or $20 for none-AARP members. We will also offer the course to those in the community who wish to take it. Call the church office to sign up.

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

LADIES DAY
Bertram Ladies’ Day Is Coming Up!
At the Bertram church of Christ, 535 West at Elm, Bertram, Texas.
January 26, 2019, 9 AM — 12 noon. Registration 9 — 9:30 AM
Speaker: Luann Rogers, Fayetteville, GA
Theme: If the Shoe Fits
Lunch served at noon
Please let Brenda Miller know by JANUARY 20th if you would like to go to this Ladies Day. The ladies at Bertram need to know the number of attendees in order to prepare for this special day.

EATING OUT TOGETHER
We will be eating out again on Thursday, February 7th, at El Bracero in Kingsland. Time to meet will be 5:30 PM. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the auditorium.

human-footprints_318-46627BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES
Our brother Dennis Welch just completed a motorcycle trip through part of Cambodia with five other brethren, visiting and praying for and with people they met. What follows is a report from that trip. We need to keep this effort to spread God’s gospel in our prayers and especially for those helping carry it. For the elders, Ken D

IMG_0784“Well, we just completed another prayer circle around Cambodia. I found this trip to be interesting. We normally have a set plan on where to go and whom we want to meet but again on this trip, as on other prior trips, God redirected our path. On these prayer circle trips we normally meet up with believers who live far in the jungle, we pray for them, share with them and give them words of encouragement. We would pray for lands where the Gospel has not reached yet or where there is no growth. On this trip we were there to share and encourage a pair of missionaries who may live in a city but are surrounded by none believers and none English speakers. They were glad to share with us the works they are doing knowing that we would fully understand what their sacrifice means.

IMG_0783We may think that missionaries are strong and they have God with them. They are all that but missionaries too need words of encouragement. God uses us as His instrument to encourage them. As God uses each one of you to pray for us on our trips, as you write your words of prayers and words of encouragement and comment on the photos, they give us strength. I do or we do want to thank you for your part in this. Thank you for your prayers and your words to us.”

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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. They 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, “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?’” (vs. 12). But then Moses addresses the people and encourages them to have faith in God.

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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’” (vs. 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.

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WEEKLY NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2019

REMEMBER 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.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, deodorant

Thank you!

HELP WANTED

 Visiting those in need.

 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.

 See Cary Miller.

LADIES DAY AT BERTRAM!

Bertram Ladies’ Day Is Coming Up!

At the Bertram church of Christ, 535 West at Elm, Bertram, Texas.

January 26, 2019, 9 AM — 12 noon, Registration 9 — 9:30 AM

Speaker: Luann Rogers, Fayetteville, GA

Theme: If the Shoe Fits

Lunch served at noon

The ladies at Bertram need to know by January 21st the number of attendees.

Please let Brenda Miller know if you would like to go to this Ladies Day.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS!

Danny and Nancy Hankins placed membership with us on Wednesday evening. We welcome you, Danny and Nancy, to our congregation! We hope for mutual encouragement and joy as we work and worship together in the Lord.

Members, please add their information to your directory.  it is available in the printed bulletin and from the church office.

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Sometimes a very powerful lesson can be conveyed with few words and a single image or action. Our brother and sister in Christ, Dennis and Sharon Welch, in Cambodia recently shared a powerful message with us. Contemplate it and apply it. Pray to have a heart like God. Pray for the Welches and pray that we all spiritually grow. For the elders, Ken D

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done” — Proverbs 14:31

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor” Proverbs 19:17.

46948126_10156655315045761_9003213542270173184_oHow do we respond when a beggar approaches us, asking for money? Sharon taught me to respond by asking if they’ve eaten (insert appropriate meal) already or not. If they haven’t, then perhaps offer to buy them something to eat. This photo is the result this morning while having a breakfast chit-chat with a friend and brother.

Dennis Welch

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 THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

There is something about human nature that loves a bargain. Few things please us more than getting something for next-to-nothing. We dream of striking it rich quickly. We boast about “what a steal” a particular item was. We flock to clearances and auctions and garage sales hoping that one day we will stumble across something of real value that doesn’t cost us anything.

We’re even tempted to look for a bargain when it comes to matters of faith. I believe that salvation is the free gift of God. But even as I say that my ears perk up at the words “free gift.” The bargain lover in me hears words like “grace,” “mercy”, and “gift” and immediately I begin to wonder if there might really be a free lunch after all. It’s as if God were holding a cosmic garage sale, and, while picking through the treasures, we come across salvation marked down so low that anyone would jump on the deal. Imagine our delight that something as precious and valuable as salvation can be obtained at no cost to ourselves, with no risk and no obligation.

cost-of-discipleship-10-carry-crossBUT one of the most perplexing paradoxes of religion is: Salvation is the free gift of God, yet it costs us everything we have. It cannot be earned, yet it requires we leave all, take up a cross and follow. It demands only our faith, yet that faith demands everything else about us — denial of self! Salvation is by grace, but that grace is the most costly commodity around. The call to discipleship will cost you everything you value. Jesus wants you to count the cost before coming to Him. Don’t become His disciple only to discover that He demands more than you are willing to give. Everyone will ridicule the disciple who begins and then turns back.

What is the discipleship worth to you? Are you willing to pay the price that Jesus demands? Remember — salvation is a gift, but it does not come cheap.  – Mike Gravois, Tyler, TX

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WEEKLY NEWS, JANUARY 6, 2019

THANK YOU NOTE

The family of Jackie Ledbetter thanks you. Your cards, visits, and phone calls during her long illness made her happy. Your presence and sympathy at the visitation were a source of solace to us, and, most of all, your prayers sustained us, so that we were able to care for mother till the end of her earthly journey.  Thank you so much for you love!

HELPING HANDS PANTRY

Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, deodorant

Thank you!

HELP WANTED

 Visiting those in need.

 Maintaining our lawn and shrubs.

 See Cary Miller.

LOVING GOOD WORKS
Matthew 5:16 “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.” Jesus was teaching during His sermon on the mount that we as Christians need to be seen by others of the world. How and why are we to be seen? We are to be seen doing good works. We are to be doing the good works in order that God may receive the glory.
As Christians we need to love doing good works. What does it mean to “love good works?” A good work can be defined as the following: “a strong feeling or devotion to any physical or mental activity that produces something that is morally beneficial or desirable” (def. by Halbert Tucker). Christians need to focus time, money, and energy on these good works that are beneficial to others and to God’s kingdom.
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We need not put our hearts on treasures of this world that will rot away, be stolen, or get lost. Things like cell phones, tablets, money, jobs, hobbies, and sports seem to be where we have our treasures in today’s world. But our treasure should be treasures of heaven. Doing good works is one of the ways we can focus on heavenly treasures.
Just doing good works alone is not going to get you to heaven. We must obey the gospel the way God commands we obey. And so He commands us to be ready for every good work. “…to be ready for every good work” (Titus 3:1) “… equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17).   We need to be people zealous for good works as Paul described to Titus in Titus 2:14. So let us look for ways that we can shine our lights by doing good works, so glory may be given to God. Nick Pace – S. Green St. church of Christ, Glaskow, KY

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Timothy 2:1 (ESV) “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people”.

What a tremendous thing to be able to pray to God on behalf of someone. What a very tremendous thing to be asked to pray for someone whom we are honored to be fellow workers in the kingdom with. What follows is a list of important prayer requests from our brethren at Southern Africa Bible College from our brother Kirk Eason. We gladly financially support a student at SABC and we know we would want also to spiritually support them through our prayers. Please pray for this important work that is preparing workers for the spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus. For the elders, Ken D

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Happy New Year!

The staff and students of Southern Africa Bible College pray that God will bless you and keep you in the New Year. May he work in you and through you to fulfill his plans. Please pray for the following items as we begin 2019.

1) The new and returning students who will begin classes in late January.

2) The 2018 graduates who are now working in the kingdom.

3) The 15 people from the States who are traveling to South Africa in March to encourage and serve.

4) The continued success of our special campaign. We need approximately $25,000 more to meet our $60,000 goal.

5) A thanksgiving for the matching grant we received at the end of 2018.

Thank you for your prayers and support of SABC. Imagine all the people who have come to Christ, and will come to Christ, because of your partnership in this effort.

Please let me know if you ever have any questions.

Peace,

Kirk Eason, Director of Development USA

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