loving God, loving people

Airport Road

Church of Christ 

 and bringing the two together

                       ~The Airport Road Church of Christ~
          Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together
    VOLUME 49         Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022          Number 47


FROM YOUR MINISTER:  Last week I was reminded of an interesting story in Nehemiah chapter 8. In stages, God’s people were returning from 70 years of captivity in Babylon. The captivity was because as a nation they had forsaken God. On one particular day, all of Israel gathered together before a newly constructed raised platform and Ezra began reading God’s word. He read from early morning until midday. As he read, the people began crying. It had been many years since anything like this had taken place! Governor Nehemiah then spoke. “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” What a wonderful truth! Words from joy and rejoice are used in the Bible over 400 times! God’s will is that we be a people of joy, and that will be our strength. O, help us, Lord!

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  Joy is Strength. ~Mother Teresa
Joy is the serious business of Heaven.  ~C.S. Lewis
            Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering; it is the presence of God. ~Sam Storms
             If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere. ~Billy Sunday
            You will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. ~Helen Keller          

            It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full. ~A.B. Simpson    

           Joy is best sown in broken ground. ~Jack Wellman

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.

FAMILY NEWS: There will be no Ladies Bible class until Wednesday, January 4….The next Ladies Luncheon will be Thursday, December 8 at La Capital Restaurant at noon. Help is available for those who would like to come. Check with Allison.

Steve and Linda Beach  are in Arizona for his follow-up health check.

A big welcome back home to Ferdinand Deza and Pearl Curtis! Who will be next?

Sunday, January 1 will be a great day as we get back to Bible classes at 10:00 and worship at 11:00! We will also be passing communion trays, but individual servings will be available too. Happy New Year!    

         Filled with Joy         ~heartlight.org by Phil Ware
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. — Acts 13:52 NIV

Key Thought
Soup and sandwich. Love and marriage. Horse and carriage. These things go together according to a couple of old songs. But there are two things that go together far better than any of these. No, I am not talking about ham and eggs — or even Dr. Seuss' famous book Green Eggs and Ham.© I am talking about the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit within us and the deep rivers of lasting joy.

When you find the Holy Spirit present in a person, you will also find joy. This joy is part of the irrepressible grace of God's presence within us through the Holy Spirit, bringing us assurance that our future is in him. The Spirit leads us and guides us in the present moment. The Spirit is at work conforming us to Jesus throughout our lives. The Spirit intercedes for us when we pray and fills us when we sing. The Spirit is the reminder of our future glory as we are molded with ever-increasing glory into the likeness of Jesus.

Yes, the Spirit brings joy. Sometimes this joy is the giddiness of delight in experiencing God's presence. Sometimes it is comfort in the worst of disasters. Other times it is just that gentle assurance that we are not alone. But underneath it all, like the heartbeat in our chests, is the joy of the Spirit reminding us that we are God's children.

Today's Prayer
O God, my Abba Father, thank you for the joy I have in knowing that I am yours and that you live in me through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

PRAYERTIME: May we always have joy knowing that God is listening. ~Monroe Please be with us in prayer and praise! Al Sheehan is home- breathing is better as he recovers from a painful hip... Gary Crowder's brother had an accident on his horse fracturing his femur and requiring surgery... Kathy Fosnaugh’s tests came out wonderfully! No surgery is required, and she is home. James Fisher’s mother, Mary had a mild stroke last Saturday affecting her speech and motor skills. Please keep the family in prayer.  Continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Diana Buffaloe, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben and his late uncle’s family in Las Vegas. Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, Ruth and John Kromka,  Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Arin Reiutz Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.  We are blessed to be able to pray for others! Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you for your offenses.

Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen. ~ Mary Southerland.


 

 

 



                               ~The Airport Road Church of Christ~
          Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together
    VOLUME 49         Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022          Number 46


FROM YOUR MINISTER:  Every once in a while, we will hear those age-old questions, “What is life all about?” “Why are we here?” We sometimes answer in terms of serving self and personal achievements. Jesus answers differently. “But it is not this way among you; rather, whoever wants to become prominent among you shall be your servant; and whoever wants to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” –Mark 10:43-45 Jesus set the example. The believer’s life is about loving service! Doesn’t it make sense that it is also the purpose of a local congregation? So, why ARE we here?

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  God has called us to serve others. Serving can mean so many things – taking a mission trip overseas, working as a deacon in your church, or even just visiting a sick friend in the hospital. And serving doesn’t have to be hard – if we do all things with love, then serving others will be a joyful experience. -Jack Wellman       
            You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving. –Amy Carmichael                                                                                           Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain. But, alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. –Helen Keller 

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

FAMILY NEWS: There will be no Ladies Bible class until Wednesday, January 4...The next Ladies Luncheon will be Thursday, December 8 at La Capital Restaurant at noon. Help is available for those who would like to come. Check with Allison.

The total offering for Orphan’s Sunday was $937.  THANK YOU!       

         How to Treat Sinners                            by Stafford North
       Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48).


In His parable about two debtors, Jesus suggests that all of us are sinners. Yet, He treated everyone with gentleness and respect. How do we, who have come to Him penitent and are buried with Him, treat others? In the text, Jesus speaks of the relationship between forgiveness and love.


So many believers I hear about are giving physical shelter and food to those who need it. Others are working in the inner city with job training and youth programs. Many who know their lives are saved by Christ diligently work to bring the gospel to those who have not heard it while also bringing them food, clothing and medical assistance.

Recovery programs are hosted by many churches. They hold meetings where people with drug, alcohol, grief and other problems gather for a meal, Bible study, and for sharing. Many are rescued from lives of loneliness and slavery to sin through such programs.

Let us pray for all these opportunities. When we know we are sinners, we can more easily invite someone who is also struggling to coffee or a meeting to talk about God’s powerful grace. Jesus would tell us to be alert ritual needs of others while being aware of our own weaknesses as we seek to help them.

Father, help me a sinner and help me to find ways to help other sinners, especially those with great needs. Thank You that I have learned about Jesus. Help me to take Him to others. Through Him we pray, Amen.
                                                                    ~Power for Today

PRAYERTIME: Through the years, much Christian service has begun through prayer. ~Monroe Please keep Kathy Fosnaugh in your prayers as she goes through medical testing this week. At this writing Al Sheehan is in the hospital with breathing difficulties. Let us unify in prayer before the Father on his behalf. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Diana Buffaloe, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben and his late uncle’s family in Las Vegas. James Fisher’s mother Mary, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, Ruth and John Kromka,  Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Arin Reiutz Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.  We are blessed to be able to pray for others! Mark 11:24 Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.

Lord God, may we be grateful for our lot, and compassionate toward all those who are suffering every kind of distress at this
difficult time. May we hold back nothing, and hasten to be the ministers of prayer and mercy, like the disciples of Him who went about doing good in times of need. ~praywithme.com