The following comes in the form of a news article on the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief website. What a rich blessing this organization is! They assisted us in amazing ways in Joplin, and we support them greatly in their efforts to help those in need. They have been there for hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, flood, and explosions.
Yesterday late afternoon a tornado swept across northeastern Shawnee Oklahoma. A shipment of goods left Nashville around 1:30pm for the Lakeview Church of Christ in Shawnee to unload and begin distribution tomorrow.
Our continuing prayers are extended to the Father for our brothers and sisters involved in this and other efforts, as well as on behalf of those affected by these horrific storms.
(Author Neal Pollard has been a guest preacher for the church at 26th and Connecticut.
He is currently the preaching minister at the Bear Valley congregation in Denver, Colorado.
This short message is from his daily Preacherpollard's Blog.)
A few years ago in Roanoke, Virginia, I heard a local news report about the struggles of a local eating establishment. Apparently, some patrons saw mice scurrying around the restaurant in Ratatouille fashion. Health inspectors condemned the eatery, but soon cleared it to reopen. Strangely, the patrons were not flocking back to dine there. Go figure. The owner was interviewed, reassuring the TV audience that it was as safe and clean a place as could be in which to eat. He likened it to what happens in the wake of an airplane crash. People stop flying that carrier, though inspections and safety procedures done internally after the crash actually increases safety. That could be, I guess. But, I didn’t blame Mr. and Mrs. Consumer. Rats on the floor and downed airliners get your attention. You tend to remember the details.
Consider a few names: Woody Hayes, Gary Hart, John Rocker, Steve Bartman. Milli Vanilli, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, George Custer, Mark Sanford, and Dan Quayle (and his “potatoe” spelling feat). All of these folks except Custer lived beyond their infamous moments, but they are best known for their moment of notoriety. They may have tried to “exterminate the rats” and “inspect the fleet,” but it did not matter. They neutralized their influence and in some cases polarized themselves through their comments or actions. In most cases, these individuals are associated with some gaffe, misbehavior, or foolish choice.
We may not be able to foresee the consequences of our actions when we do them, nor can we choose what the consequences will be. In dimmer spotlights, average people have harmed their influence for Christ through a few moments of intemperance, dishonesty, rashness, volatility, immorality, or thoughtlessness. A careless word may permanently alienate us from another. A moment of indiscretion can cling to us throughout the rest of our lives. An expression of outrage toward a clerk, store employee, or like professional may keep a soul from Calvary. May we never lose sight of the power of our influence. It is powerful, but fragile. It is eternal, but that can be good or bad depending on how we use it. If we lose our handle on it, it will drop and shatter. We can try to clean up, but the stains and remnants may still be visible. Let us cherish a good name and maintain proper influence. Without them, we make our job as Christians very difficult.
One of the required components of our fifth grade memory program
involves the "keys to the kingdom" provided by Christ in Matthew 16.
He said to them, “but who do you say that I am?” and Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
(David Deffenbaugh, former preacher for the 26th and Connecticut congregation,
is currently the preaching minister Paragould, Arkansas.
This short devotional is from his daily Bible reading website, i read the word)
In an old Andy Griffith Show episode, little Opie is trying to pick out a birthday present for Aunt Bea. He can’t decide between the baseball cap or the salt and pepper shaker.
We’ve all done it haven’t we? Given something to someone based on the fact that we like it or would want it for ourselves? In that kind of giving, emphasis is placed on the giver, not the recipient. It turns the whole “giving” concept on its ear.
We see the inappropriateness of it among ourselves, why can’t we see it with God?
Micah poses the question of what we should give to God. Should it be burnt offerings, thousands of rams and rivers of oil, even my own child as a sacrifice for my sin? (Micah 6:6-7). Some or all of these may sound like appropriate, sacrificial or meaningful offerings to God. Maybe there are even others. But the answer is, “No.”
It doesn’t matter how “good” I think the gift is. Rather, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
It should be obvious, but apparently it isn’t; the question is not what do I want or what would I like to give, or what do I think God should receive from me. Instead, it is what has God says that He does want.
It’s all that matters.
There will be a devotional, with activities, for all school-age children,
at 5:30, on Saturday, May 18.
Join us at the preacher's house for this special time.
Check out some pictures from our last devo.
Our 7pm Wednesday Bible classes are tailored for all ages.
Before the classes, we meet in the auditorium for a song, prayer, and a devotional message.
The rest of the hour is reserved for Bible study. Classes are available for nursery through adults.
All visitors are welcome and encouraged.
It's time to make plans to attend this year's sessions at Green Valley Bible Camp (GVBC). Our week is June 9-15 and Day Camp is June 10-13.
Register by selecting our week and filling out the form. Print it out and give it to DOUG DOUTHITT, so he can get you registered!
Please do this as soon as possible!
Also check out pictures from last year's camp sessions and day camp sessions (for younger participants).
This video is The Dismantling of America's Christian Heritage by Dave Miller, Ph.D., of Apologetics Press. This, Session Five of "The Silencing of God" seminar, spotlights the two premiere moral issues confronting American civilization - issues that will inevitably elicit divine retribution and spell the demise of the Republic. Practical solutions are then offered in hopes of averting national disaster.
One of the required components of our fifth grade memory program
involves the three dispensations of time.
Interested in more from our memory program?
See more at our Lighted Path Memory Program webpage.