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​​Volume 51             May 19, 2024             Number 20 20                                                                                                                                                                                                             FROM YOUR MINISTER: When I was growing up, dancing was condemned by many religious people as being immoral. There are some places in scriptures that illustrate that. However, in other places it shows joy and celebration to God --- as Israel was freed from captivity--- after David killed Goliath--- as the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Israel. When David was dedicating his newly built house, he exclaimed to God, “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11). So, what brings us real joy? The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy (Psalm 126:3).                                                                   

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK: 
Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God. - Sam Storms                                   

The Bible teaches that true joy is formed in the midst of the difficult seasons of life. - Francis Chan             

When our lives are filled with peace, faith and joy, people will want to know what we have. - David Jeremiah                                                  

Be good; keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. - Thomas Merton                                       


THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. ~John 6:57                                                        


FAMILY NEWS:   Happy 100th birthday to Al Sheehan! We love you, brother, and are happy to have you in our lives!        ~Dwayne and Nancy Harris are making plans for a men’s breakfast at their home on Saturday, June 1 and will need to know who is planning to come. Sign up in the foyer.          ~The  Hendersons will be gone the next two Sundays cruising the British Isles as a gift from the congregation. Thank You!  Terry Sheehan will be preaching May 26 and  Dwayne Harris  June 2. John Wood  will be teaching the adult Bible class. Thanks, brothers!

~Congratulations to our new member Elle Lackrum  on her new job  with the State of Nevada!                                                           

              THEY DANCED!    
By Melissa Troyer, heartlight.org                                                                                     When Pharaoh's horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea" (Exodus 15:19—21).

Do you know what the Israelites did as soon as they crossed the Red Sea? They danced! They lifted their hands to the vast blue sky and couldn't keep their tired, sandy feet from dancing. The song of God's deliverance pulsed through their veins. They chose gratitude before the next chapter opened. They danced while still not knowing exactly where they would even sleep that night. The promised land was still a distant dream, lost in the haze of uncertainty. They leaned into joy and celebrated instead of letting the unclear next steps steal the dance from their toes.

Daniel's graduation is 102 days away. My heart thrills at the thought, much like when you finally step up to the edge of the Grand Canyon and the vastness that yawns in front of you nearly makes your toes tingle. We are almost there. Just three more rotations to go, and his last one (Cardiothoracic surgery) still thrilled him, his eyes glittering with the delight of helping broken hearts beat again.

Where does this path lead? What is God preparing us for? The intensity, the deep sacrifices, and the quiet places of waiting are not lost on God. And while the path ahead curves just out of sight, God's got this. He knows exactly why He led us this way. Do you want to know a secret? I don't think this call to PA school is even for the job. I think it's for people — for touching lives, for helping others forge ahead when their journey leads through the Red Sea, for bringing healing to bodies, but more importantly, healing and comfort to souls.

There's something incredibly sacred about watching God write your story — even the pages where we are reaching the bottom and running out of room, waiting with bated breath until He turns the page and reveals the next step.We will wait but with keen awe of His faithfulness. We will dance while still not knowing where this path leads. We will sing of His faithfulness because He IS faithful.                                                                              
               

PRAYERTIME: The Christian life that is joyless is a discredit to God. ~Maltbie Babcock
We rejoice that Ken Fletcher had heart surgery last week and is now home and doing well! Our sister, Arin Reiutz is asking for our prayers as she goes through difficult times with her health as well as other issues. Uday has asked us to pray for Christians in India. They are currently victims of increased persecution by the government and by other faiths. We are thankful that little is now back home in Placerville and is continuing therapy. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey (God’s guidance), Juniper Ammons (4 yr old in therapy) Reuben Crowder (Gary’s son as a new Christian), Kathy Fosnaugh (recovering from hand surgery), Russ and Kim Garvin (long term health issues), Ansley Griffin (physical therapy after surgery), Bill Kenson (daily blessing), David LaCuse in Oregon (in much pain but hoping on a nerve procedure being scheduled), Melinda Long (therapy at Prestige Rehab), Marnita and Stan McGarry (on honeymoon in Europe), Pete and Lori Mendez (he- cancer treatments, she- Parkinson’s disease), Al and Susan Sheehan (daily blessing and guidance), Sergio Torres   (transportation issues), and the Ward  family and Mountain Vista Baptist Church upon the passing of twelve year old Zoe. Please also be  praying for our mission works in Venezuela with Daryl and Valerie Griffin and in Vigan City, Philippines with Rolando and Ludy Azurin. 1 Kings 8:49  then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.

Lord, inspire me to give my best and make good use of the talents you have given me. Show me how to be positive in attitude, appreciating and valuing others, always ready to encourage and give praise. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~quotement



Volume 51               May 12, 2024                 Number 19                                                                                                          FROM YOUR MINISTER: For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother and, The one who speaks evil of father or mother, is certainly to be put to death (Mark 7:10). Well, there it is—from Moses himself! The coming of Jesus certainly changed the punishment part, but We are instructed by God to honor our parents. Today, we pay tribute to our mothers! It is with a smile that I ask, “Where would we be without you?” We especially honor you who have brought us to faith! As Paul wrote Timothy— “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelled in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5). Today we thank our mothers!                                                                             

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  Motherhood is a sacred calling, a holy responsibility, a divine privilege. – Elder M. Russell Ballard      

Motherhood is a divine calling to raise up the next generation for the glory of God. – Elizabeth George                                         

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. – Proverbs 31:28

May the Lord bless you with overflowing joy and happiness on this special day, as you celebrate the beautiful gift of motherhood.        

May God’s love surround you today and always, filling your heart with joy and gratitude.                                                      May the Lord bless you with abundant grace, wisdom, and strength as you continue to nurture and cherish your family. May God’s light shine upon you, illuminating your path with His love and grace. ~via Truly Experiences                                                                                         
FAMILY NEWS:   ~Dwayne and Nancy Harris are making plans for a men’s breakfast at their home on Saturday, June 1 and will need to know who is planning to come. Sign up in the foyer.                                                                                    Our annual meeting, as required by the State of Nevada  to elect new officers, will be after Sunday services on May 19.

THE MOTHERLY SIDE OF GOD
    On this Mothers’ Day, I could say much about the godly attributes of Christian women but allow me to say something about the motherly attributes of God.  We don't often think of God as being like a mother, but there is a motherly side of God.  Don't worry, this is not an attempt to be politically correct, and I have nothing but disdain for the versions of the Bible that change all references of God to a feminine gender.  But there are passages of scripture that compare God to a mother.

     Keep in mind that we're dealing with metaphors, figures of speech:  God is a father, a mother, a shepherd, a king, a fire, a shield, a rock.  All of those words provide comparisons to help us understand who Almighty God is and what he's like. 

     God said to the Jews, "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you." (Isaiah 66:13).  God comforts us like a mother comforts her children.

    In Hosea 13:8, God said, "I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage, and there I will devour them like a lion."  God protects us like a mother protects her babies.

     In Isaiah 49:15, God said, "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you."  God is even more devoted than a mother!

     I thank God for the godly mothers who will read this.  But, beyond that, I thank God that He loves me as only a mother can -- without reservation, in spite of my shortcomings, and with a love that will never end! 

Happy Mothers’ Day!                                                                                                                                                       ~by Alan Smith


PRAYERTIME: Last Sunday, on her 12th birthday, Zoe Ward went home to be with her Lord. We extend our love and prayers for her parents, Pastor Chase and Gemma. her five siblings, family, friends, and the Mountain View Baptist Church in Carson City. Brother Ken and sister Mary Fletcher have requested prayers as he undergoes heart surgery. Our sister, Arin Reiutz is asking for our prayers as she goes through difficult times with her health as well as other issues. Please be in prayer for Rolando and Ludy Azurin, our missionaries in the Philippines as they face daily heat over 110 degrees, water shortages, and power outages. Uday has asked us to pray for Christians in India. They are currently victims of increased persecution by the government and by other faiths. We are thankful that little Juniper Ammons is now back home in Placerville and is continuing therapy. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey (God’s guidance), Reuben Crowder (Gary’s son as a new Christian), Kathy Fosnaugh (recovering from hand surgery), Russ and Kim Garvin (long term health issues), Ansley Griffin (recovering from back surgery), Bill Kenson (daily blessing), David LaCuse in Oregon (in much pain but hoping on a nerve procedure being scheduled), Melinda Long (preparing to go to Prestige Rehab), Marnita and Stan McGarry (on honeymoon in Europe), Pete and Lori Mendez (he- cancer treatments, she- Parkinson’s disease), Al and Susan Sheehan (daily blessing and guidance), and Sergio Torres   (transportation issues). Please also be  praying for our mission works in Venezuela with Daryl and Valerie Griffin and in Vigan City, Philippines with Rolando and Ludy Azurin.        1 Kings 8:45  hear in heaven their prayer and their pleading, and maintain their cause.

O God, may the fire of the Holy Spirit burn up the dross in our hearts, warm them with love, and set them on fire with zeal for your service. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~quotement


 


Volume 51                  May 5, 2024                     Number 18                                                                                                                                                                                                        FROM YOUR MINISTER: When I was growing up I was told that I lost my temper easily and was not patient. From then on, I have often considered those things the same. Thus, since I lost my temper, it was apparent that I was not patient! Years later, I have come to see that the Bible view of patience is quite different. “But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer” (2 Corinthians 9:6). Biblical patience means enduring difficulties and not giving up and quitting. We’re in this for the long-haul. Hang in there!                                                                                                                                                      QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  Those times when you feel like quitting can be times of great opportunity, for God uses your troubles to help you grow. - Warren Wiersbe                     Endurance is a key indicator of spiritual fitness. - Alistair Begg                                                                             Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. - Phillips Brooks                                              We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. - Helen Keller                                                         

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

FAMILY NEWS:   Congratulations to Bailey Griffin who is now Clinical Supervisor at Vitality Unlimited in Carson City!                                                                    

~Check out the bulletin board for current mission reports from our mission works with the Griffins in Venezuela and the Azurins in the Philippines. Darryl and Valerie are still unable to be in Venezuela but are still seeing to the needs of the people there, and Darryl is teaching online in a seminary. Rolando and Ludy  have sent recent pictures.                                                                           ~Dwayne and Nancy Harris are making plans for a men’s breakfast at their home on Saturday, June 1 and will need to know who are planning to come.                             

~Our annual meeting, as required by the State of Nevada  to elect new officers, will be after Sunday services on May 19.

 In the Bible…                                                                                   

It rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
Day 41 came, and the rain stopped.


Moses committed murder & hid in the desert for 40 years.
Year 41 came, and God called him to help rescue Israel. 

Moses went up on the mountain for 40 days. 
On day 41, he received the Ten Commandments. 

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
Year 41, they walked into the Promised Land. 

Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days.
Day 41 came, and David slew him. 

Jonah preached a message of repentance to Ninevah for 40 days. On day 41, God stopped His plan to destroy them. 

Jesus fasted and was tempted for 40 days. 
Day 41, and the devil fled. 

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples for 40 days.
On day 41, He ascended into Heaven. 

All this to say...don't quit. The rain will stop, the giant will fall, and you will enter your "promised land." Don't give up at 40.
41 is coming.
~ McKenzie Miller

PRAYERTIME: Lord, help us to keep on keeping on! Please be in prayer for Rolando and Ludy Azurin, our missionaries in the Philippines as they face daily heat over 110 degrees, water shortages, and power outages. Uday has asked us to pray for Christians in India. They are currently victims of increased persecution by the government and by other faiths. We are thankful that little Juniper Ammons is now back home in Placerville and doing well! Praises as Sherrie Connell reports good results from recent tests and surgeries! Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey (God’s guidance), Reuben Crowder (Gary’s son as a new Christian), Kathy Fosnaugh (recovering from hand surgery), Nolan & Patricia Freeman (challenging times), Russ and Kim Garvin (long term health issues), Ansley Griffin (recovering from back surgery), Bill Kenson (daily blessing), David LaCuse in Oregon (in much pain but hoping on a nerve procedure being scheduled), Melinda Long (recovering in hospital after open-heart surgery) Marnita and Stan McGarry (newlyweds now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Pete and Lori Mendez (he- cancer treatments, she- Parkinson’s disease), Al and Susan Sheehan (daily blessing and guidance), Sergio Torres   (transportation issues), Zoe Ward  and family (For strength and peace as her condition worsens), and John Wood (regular eye treatments). Please also be  praying for our mission works in Venezuela with Daryl and Valerie Griffin and in Vigan City, Philippines with Rolando and Ludy Azurin.   1 Kings 8:28 Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 

Lord, inspire me to give my best and make good use of the talents you have given me. Show me how to be positive in attitude, appreciating and valuing others, always ready to encourage and give praise. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~quotement   
                         


​Volume 51              April 28, 2024                 Number 17                                                                                                             FROM YOUR MINISTER: Over the last year, I have found myself frequently telling others that no one ever prepares us for getting old! Someone agreed and then replied, “Well, we probably wouldn’t have listened anyway!” In the last chapter of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon actually addresses the problem. He challenges us to remember and commit ourselves to God BEFORE we fall apart physically and He calls us home! God desires to deliver us THROUGH this process instead of FROM it! “Be with me, Lord; I cannot live without Thee.” ~T.O. Chisolm, 1935.                                                                                                                          QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  You don’t stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing.           ~George Bernard Shaw               

Do not grow old no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery in which we were born. ~Albert Einstein                                                                                    Do you want a happy heart when you are old? Then get with the Lord and stay with Him. That is how it works. ~Shelton Smith 

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Psalm 55:4-6 My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest”

FAMILY NEWS:   Best wishes to Bailey Griffin and her Friend Kenzie who are at Disney World this week.                                               

~The National Day of Prayer in Carson City is this Thursday on the steps of the State Capitol Building at  11:00 a.m.                                           

~Please see Bruce if you can help our sister Evelyn Hadnot get things  ready so the house can be sold. People are needed to box personal items and ready other things for disposal, purchase, or donating.                             

~We rejoice with our brother Sergio Torres who will move into his new apartment in Dayton on Monday!

THE ART OF AGING CREED   by Sophie Lumen                            I will age with humor, serenity, and to the best of my efforts, health.                                                     

I will continue to express my creativity and personal style.                I will challenge the stuck way our culture looks at getting older.

                                                                                     BEARING FRUIT!                                                               BIBLE THOUGHT: They will still bear fruit in old age;  they will stay fresh and green (Psalm 92:14).

Psalm 92 is a wonderful message for those facing difficulties that advanced years may bring. Bearing fruit is not one-dimensional. I’ve heard stories about folks who could not walk and were terminally ill, but people were still blessed by the fruit of their lives. One gentleman I know uses his phone to bear fruit. He encourages people every day with his calls. He has brightened many lives. Offering understanding is bearing fruit. Lifting up others in prayer is bearing fruit.

The superheroes of the Bible like Moses, Joshua, and Daniel were all older when they did their mightiest work. But superheroes can also be simple people with simple acts. One does not need to part the Red Sea, invade Canaan, or be governor of Babylon to bear fruit. Living a life pleasing to God by praying to Him and loving Him is a fruit-bearing life too. Living a self-controlled life, treating others with kindness, and having a gentle personality are also signs of bearing fruit. This can be done at any age.

Acknowledging that God is your rock is the best way to grow fruit in old age. The Psalmist is talking about all of us when he says, “They will bear fruit.”

Lord, we offer our lives to you. We may have difficulty because of age or circumstance, but we want to continue to serve You and bear fruit to Your glory. We thank You for Your steadfast love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

                                          ~Brian Humek, in Power for Today 

PRAYERTIME: Father, may we age with faith, hope, love, and joy! Melinda (Lindy) Long continues in Carson Tahoe Hospital and is now  having open heart surgery. She has been away from home and family for three months with one problem after another. Please be in prayer for her, the family, and the healthcare workers. Uday has asked us to pray for Christians in India. They are currently victims of increased persecution by the government and by other faiths. Let us keep praying for Juniper Ammons (treatment and therapy after tragic accident last year), Aulika and Mickey (God’s guidance), Sherrie Connell (medical testing), Reuben Crowder (Gary’s son as a new Christian), Kathy Fosnaugh (recovering from hand surgery), Nolan & Patricia Freeman (challenging times), Russ and Kim Garvin (long term health issues), Ansley Griffin (recovering from back surgery), Bill Kenson (daily blessing), David LaCuse in Oregon (worsening conditions), Melinda Long, Marnita and Stan McGarry (newlyweds now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Pete and Lori Mendez (he- cancer treatments, she- Parkinson’s disease), Al and Susan Sheehan (daily blessing and guidance), Sergio Torres   (transportation issues), Zoe Ward  and family (for God’s strength as she battles DIPG brain cancer), and John Wood (regular eye treatments).Please also be  praying for our mission works in Venezuela with Daryl and Valerie Griffin and in Vigan City, Philippines with Rolando and Ludy Azurin.   2 Samuel 24:25 David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

Lord, you have made me and re-made me, and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, and still, I do not know you. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~quotement   
                         


Volume 51                April 21, 2024                 Number 16                                                                                                           FROM YOUR MINISTER: You may have noticed that I am often intrigued by numbers. Hummm, I wonder how many times the Bible says this or that? Well, thanks to computer technology, it doesn’t take long to find out! The title of this week’s article caused me to discover that the words rejoice and glad are used together almost 40 times in scripture. ”Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart“ (Psalms 32:11). They certainly go together! What things can you rejoice over and be glad about today?                                                                                                                                      QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose... only (upon) the Beloved who will never pass away.  God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.        - C.S. Lewis                       If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world. - David Brainerd                  Christianity certainly involves hardship and discipline. But it is founded on the solid rock of old-fashioned happiness. Jesus is in the happiness business. - John Hagee                       Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invisible host against difficulties. - Helen Keller                                                                   
THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Luke 12:29-31  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.                       

FAMILY NEWS:   We have been asked by family to help our sister Evelyn Hadnot to clear her household so the house can be sold. People are needed to box personal items and ready other things for disposal, purchase, or donating. See Bruce because we need help! 

BE GLAD AND REJOICE!                                                        Be not afraid, O land (of Judah); be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things. — Joel 2:21

 Thought

This reassurance from God is given to a people facing desperate times — times which God caused to lead his people to repent of their evil ways. Their land was desolate and decimated by drought, plagues, and poor harvests. However, God promised to bless them if they would return to him with all their hearts. The Lord, the covenant God of Israel, promised to do great things to bring his people to deliverance through their repentance and because of God's gracious power. The land would be able to rejoice and be glad. So would his people! So should we! Part of the fulfillment of this prophecy happened in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost when the church was born (Acts 2:22-47). We know that "the Lord has done great things" for us based on this promise.

 Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your work in our little part of your big world. Thank you for your incredible work worldwide among all peoples. Thank you for your deliverance in Jesus. Thank you for his victory over death. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of your grace and mercy. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit, who lives in us. Thank you for the Scriptures your Spirit inspired and still uses to teach us. Thank you for a family of your friends known as your Church. Thank you for your faithfulness to your covenant through the centuries that brought this grace to us. Thank you in the name of Jesus! Amen.

                                                        ~Phil Ware, heartlight.org 

PRAYERTIME: We pray today for joy, gladness, and pure hearts. Al Sheehan has been in the hospital for treatment and testing. He is doing better and should be released soon. Please be praying for this brother. Let us keep praying for Juniper Ammons (treatment and therapy after tragic accident last year), Aulika and Mickey (God’s guidance), Bill Butkovich (recovering from knee replacement surgery), Sherrie Connell (medical testing), Reuben Crowder (Gary’s son as a new Christian), Kathy Fosnaugh (recovering from hand surgery), Nolan & Patricia Freeman (challenging times), Russ and Kim Garvin (long term health issues), Ansley Griffin (recovering from back surgery), Bill Kenson (daily blessing), David LaCuse in Oregon (immunotherapy), Melinda Long    (in Prestige Rehab Center), Marnita and Stan McGarry (newlyweds now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Pete and Lori Mendez (he- cancer treatments, she- Parkinson’s disease), Al and Susan Sheehan (daily blessing and guidance), Sergio Torres   (housing and transportation), Zoe Ward  and family (in Carson City as she battles DIPG brain cancer), and John Wood (regular eye treatments).Please also be  praying for our mission works in Venezuela with Daryl and Valerie Griffin and in Vigan City, Philippines with Rolando and Ludy Azurin.   2 Samuel 12:18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”

Lord, you said that when two or three would gather together in your name, then you would be present with them. I am praying by myself, but I am uniting myself with many individual Christians throughout the world who, though separate, are gathered together in another sense to pray to you, and I trust that you are with us now. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~quotement


                                                                  

 




​Volume 51             April 14, 2024                  Number 15                                                                                                                                                                                                               FROM YOUR MINISTER: Some of us older folks still remember the TV show Hee-Haw that ran from 1969 to 1992. It was a country themed show that featured music and comedy. There was a song featured that was later recorded by Buck Owens and Roy Clark. “Gloom, despair, and agony on me! Deep, dark depression excessive misery! If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me!” Hmmm, I have felt that way – haven’t you? I just did a word search and found seven different people in the Old Testament who were basically told to “Calm Down”. Now, how can one do that? “When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up” (Psalm 94:19, MSG). Let us allow King David to set the example for us! “I must calm down and turn to God; only he can rescue me” (Psalm 62:1).

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows. It empties today of its strength.”                                                               —Corrie Ten Boom             

More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”                                                                      —Roy T. Bennett                

“You cannot perceive beauty, but with a serene mind.”                                                          —Henry David Thoreau

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Proverbs 10:31-32 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.                                                         

FAMILY NEWS:   Congratulations to the newlyweds Marnita & Stan upon their wedding Saturday. We were honored to be present!                                                                                                   Aulika and Amen are about to move into their own cottage on the property the family manages.     


It was wonderful having Fred and Linda Welden back in services last week and looking great!

Trade Your Cares for Calm            ~Max Lucado in Heartlight.org

Could you use some calm? If so, you aren't alone. We could all use these words of peace:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

How? Paul places his promise in the context of four admonitions:

The first admonition is that we celebrate God's goodness — Rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4).

The second admonition is to ask God for help — Present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).

The third admonition is to leave your concerns with him — "With thanksgiving ..." (Philippians 4:6).

The fourth admonition is to meditate on good things — "Think about the things that are good and worthy of praise" (Philippians 4:8).

C—A—L—M.

Calm — And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).

Trade your cares for calm.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,t will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:4-9).

PRAYERTIME: Start the day in prayer for inner calm and peace. Please join us in prayer for Marnita and Stan McGarry as they begin their new lives together! We rejoice that Gary Crowder’s son Reuben was baptized into Christ in Reno last week! We will keep him in prayer. Continue praying for Melinda Long  who is now in Prestige Rehab Center and is doing well!  We pray for our sister Lori Mendez  as she handles her journey with Parkinson’s disease and for her husband Pete who was back in UC Davis last week for cancer treatments. Let us keep praying for Juniper Ammons (treatment and therapy after tragic accident last year), Aulika and Mickey (God’s guidance), Bill Butkovich (making good progress after knee replacement surgery), Sherrie Connell (medical testing). Kathy Fosnaugh (recovering from hand surgery), Nolan & Patricia Freeman (challenging times), Russ and Kim Garvin (long term health issues), Ansley Griffin (improving after back surgery), Bill Kenson (daily blessing), David LaCuse in Oregon (immunotherapy), Lori Mendez’ husband Pete (cancer treatments), Al and Susan Sheehan (daily blessing and guidance), Sergio Torres   (housing and transportation), Zoe Ward  and family (in Carson City as she battles DIPG brain cancer), and John Wood (regular eye treatments).Please also be  praying for our mission works in Venezuela with Daryl and Valerie Griffin and in Vigan City, Philippines with Rolando and Ludy Azurin.   1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.

God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in my eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be at my end and at my departure.                                                     And I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~quotement