Airport Road

Church of Christ 

 and bringing the two together

loving God, loving people

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                                              "Airport Rd Church of Christ"                            

 Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City                                 

Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together                                                                      

VOLUME 49                   June 26, 2022                     Number26            

FROM YOUR MINISTER:  As I read today’s article by Melissa Troyer, I was attracted to one particular word-- courage. “ Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or in dread of them, for the Lord your God is the One who is going with you. He will not desert you or abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). That instruction is mentioned fifteen times in the Old Testament! In the New Testament, we are challenged to take courage thirteen times! In hard times, we must never let fear and anxiety reign! “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid’’” (Matthew 14:27)

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  “God is the reason why even in pain, I smile; in confusion, I understand, in betrayal, I trust; and in fear, I continue to fight.” - Bella Swan                                                   

“Christian courage is the willingness to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost because God promises to help you and save you on account of Christ” - John Piper                     “Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.” -Joni Eraeckson Tada“

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: 2 Chronicles 33:12  And when he was in distress, he sought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before his God.                                                                         
FAMILY NEWS: The monthly Ladies Luncheons will not take place this summer but will resume September 8 at the home of Kathy Fosnaugh

 

Our Holy Mundane by Melissa Troyer
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord's message through his prophet: "Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,  which means 'God is with us.' " (Matthew 1:23)                                                                                            


I hit snooze three times — not because I wanted to sleep in, but because I had set multiple alarms. My night was spotty at best, with a chunk of four hours in the dead of night spent awake because someone needed me. And this morning, I had to get my two oldest to their ride for their day at Bible School. I knew I must not oversleep, regardless of how choppy my night was. I woke them and dropped them off in good time for their ride. I grabbed lettuce for the church fellowship meal in the early morning hush that laid heavily on the grocery store's sleepy first shift. I carefully figured out where the cheapest gas was on my route to fill our trusty but hungry minivan. I looked the other way as the numbers skyrocketed at the pump.         


Complaining only makes the world heavier. But I prayed. For better gas prices, the courage to repent as a nation and God's continued provision over our family.  Courage, dear Lord, to face uncertain times with our hearts resting deeply in Your presence, knowing you are here with us.  I stopped at a yard sale on the way home and carefully perused the piles of oversized clothes and random holiday dishes. I left empty-handed. Wisdom, dear Lord, to make wise choices for food, clothing, for school curriculum for our children.                                                                                   


Back home, the rest of my family was stirring. I ground coffee and poured the steaming water. Daniel and I sat on the porch, the little ones chattering a bit too loudly around us, squishing so close that I gasped and held my coffee aloft a couple of times. My little guy wanted me to pause my book to fold and refold him a paper airplane — and refold it a dozen times after he tossed it on unsuccessful flights.  Patience, dear Lord, to respond with gentleness when my toddler reveals the selfishness of my heart.                                      


Inside, the kitchen floor hides in shame as the crumbs tell the story of a busy yesterday and lots of little feet running through. The work never ends. The responsibilities only grow. And so do the opportunities for discovering God's grace and strength when we need it most.  Just like the stunning walnut slabs Daniel picked up yesterday for the tiny house, the grain is most stunning at a place of friction, where a new branch pressed against the way the wood wanted to go. Pressure is where beauty is created. Tension is where music is made. Sweat happens when muscles are being built. Lord, teach us to embrace the pressure as a path toward Your fresh infilling.    


Children, chores, and never-ending responsibilities bring opportunities to turn our selfish hearts back to God. What better way to raise our children in the way of the Lord than by showing them exactly how it's done? One dirty kitchen floor and sticky slobbery toddler kids at a time.                                                                                              

Finding Him to be who He promised to be — Immanuel, God with us.

PRAYERTIME: “When God’s warriors go down on their knees, the battle is not over. It has just begun.” - Unknown We extend our love and prayers to the family and friends of Amanda McGarry who passed away last week. A celebration of life will take place here on July 9. We also ask your prayers for Stephen McGarry who is hospitalized with cancer of the esophagus.  Diana Buffaloe has asked us to pray as she goes through several medical tests and procedures. We pray for Phil Vaughn as he recovers from COVID. We remain in prayer for all first responders and healthcare workers. We are thankful for the good test results for Steve Beach! They plan to be back with us today. We pray for Don Churchill who continues to be in the Carson Tahoe Care unit on Mountain Street. Gary Crowder’s son Reuben is now in a long-term behavioral health program in Las Vegas. We pray for him and those working on his behalf. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Gary Duncan, James Fisher’s mother, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Bruce Henderson, Ken Jarman, Elaine Kirk, Ruth and John Kromka, Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Arin Reiutz, Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.   2 Chronicles 33:13 When he prayed to Him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea.