and bringing the two together

Airport Road

Church of Christ 

loving God, loving people

                               ~The Airport Road Church of Christ~
        Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together

VOLUME 49                     Aug. 7, 2022                         Number32
       
FROM YOUR MINISTER:  I thought my words should be short today! So here are some of God’s words.

“Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." "As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good." "For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised." "But the one who endures to the end will be saved."

So, church, let us keep on keeping on!          

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:         Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority– Vince Lombardi

            Our motto must continue to be perseverance. And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success.    -William Wilberforce                   
            I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do- Helen Keller
                                                                                                            THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.   If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;  but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

FAMILY NEWS:     Ladies, please notice two fliers on the bulletin board. ~Aug. 20 Ladies’ Seminar by 1st Century Church of Christ at Virginia Lake. ~Sept. 16-17 Ladies’ Seminar by Queen Way Church of Christ. Reservations are required for each.       

PERSEVERANCE                                                                                    How did the snail get on the ark?

A lot of things have been said about the value of perseverance. We all know the good old fable about the tortoise and the hare. And the great preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, "The snail would never have made it on the ark, except through long perseverance!" Winston Churchill led an entire nation through World War II with his grim determination to go on to the end and never surrender or give up.

The book of James puts it this way, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4 TNIV).

An apostle of Jesus speaks about persevering when he says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

The crown comes after persevering through the fight and the race. Perseverance will make life work better for you today, so with God's help, I want to encourage you to "keep on keeping on."

                                         ~Paul  B. Faulkner, 1929-2022

PRAYERTIME: As life persists, so should our prayers. Please be praying for Patricia Freeman who took a fall and is being treated for a shoulder injury. We continue praying for Arin Reiutz as she recovers from a car accident and undergoes radiation treatments for cancer. Please be praying for our sister, Diana Buffaloe as she undergoes cancer surgery and treatment. As the pandemic continues, we pray for those affected, first responders, and healthcare workers. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben, Gary Duncan, James Fisher’s mother Mary, Hank Frohlich, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, Elaine Kirk, Ruth and John Kromka,  Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.   Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel learned that the document was signed, he entered his house (and in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and offering praise before his God, just as he had been doing previously.

 

 

 

    ~The Airport Road Church of Christ~

Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together

VOLUME 49                     July 31, 2022                         Number31

            FROM YOUR MINISTER:  I can’t believe how time flies! Some things have happened lately that have brought my mind back to several decades ago. “Why, I can’t believe that was 40 years ago… or more!” Life is definitely fast and furious. However, King David wrote, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). I don’t know if we are taking much time to just be still with God-- in His very presence. “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10). It is an overlooked necessity! Shall we take some time for that?

            QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  You aren't holy or righteous because of your actions, but because you live in the presence of God, and have His nature of righteousness. He gave you His righteousness as a gift. ~Chris Oyakhilome

            Praise will take away your battles from you and bring the presence of God to you. When you sing unto the Lord He will take over your battle from you. ~Uma Ukpai

            The crucible of your dysfunction is the opportunity for God's presence. ~Paul A. Adefarasin

            THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  Psalm 31:20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of mankind; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

            FAMILY NEWS:     Ladies, please notice two fliers on the bulletin board. ~Aug. 20 Ladies’ Seminar by 1st Century Church of Christ at Virginia Lake. ~Sept. 16-17 Ladies’ Seminar by Queen Way Church of Christ. Reservations are required for each.
      

God-Skin by Ron Rose

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. (John 1:14 Message). We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT).

She's a strong-looking woman, not fat, but not skinny either. I'd seen her here before, but this time she plopped down right beside me in the conversation pit. I could tell instantly there was something wrong... really wrong. Without looking up, she introduced herself, "I'm Andrea; I heard you are a pastor? Can we talk?" "Hi, Andrea, I'm Ron. What's going on?"

Without hesitation, no warm-up required, she told her story of betrayal and rejection. The pain was fresh and deep. Finally, she stopped to catch her breath. It was good just dumping all the garbage. She sat there, tears leaking out of her eyes, while her right foot danced to its own beat. She had been ditched, trashed, and abandoned; the deeper the love, the deeper the hurt.

As we sat in silence, I caught a glimpse of something else hidden behind her tears... I saw a glimmer of hope. She needed one-on-one time with Abba, but she wasn't looking for Him. Humm.

Someone pushed me, and I shared a story: When I lived in west Texas, I heard a story about this cotton farmer who was talking to his son about the approaching thunderstorm. You could see the dark thunderhead growing higher and darker in the west, and the boy was terrified. The father explained storms as best he could, and then as he put the boy to bed, he said, "Remember when you're afraid, even just a little, it's a sign to talk to God... to pray. Got it?"  The boy looked up and undertoned, "Got it."  Dad returned to his recliner while the boy was still shaking. When the next crack of lightning rocked through the sky, and the thunder shook the windows, the boy was back in his dad's lap."  Dad hugged him and said softly, "Son, I thought we talked about this..." "I know," the boy whispered, "but I need somebody with skin on."

She looked up, and I added, "I want you to know, Andrea, I'll be that somebody with skin on, but the real help comes from God... And, He's in the room right now." "That little boy's got it right." she began. "It's a sign from God... Let's find some hope together... What's on tap for today?" I asked. We talked... I listened... We prayed... Abba listened!  And hope was born right here in the coffee house. She wasn't fixed, but hope is powerful. I guess, at times, we are all the skin of God. Hmmm!                                                                                                                                ~HeartLight.org

PRAYERTIME: Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe. ~Moore Please be praying for Patricia Freeman who took a fall and is being treated for a shoulder injury. We continue praying for Arin Reiutz as she recovers from a car accident and undergoes radiation treatments for cancer. Please be praying for our sister, Diana Buffaloe as she undergoes cancer surgery and treatment. As the pandemic continues, we pray for those affected, first responders, and healthcare workers. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben, Gary Duncan, James Fisher’s mother Mary, Hank Frohlich, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, Elaine Kirk, Ruth and John Kromka, the families and friends of Amanda McGarry, Stephen McGarry and Don Churchill, Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.   Lamentations 5:3 Remember, Lord, what has come upon us; Look, and see our disgrace!

 

    ~The Airport Road Church of Christ~

Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together

VOLUME 49                     July 24, 2022                         Number30

            FROM YOUR MINISTER:  He gets up, shuffles to the bathroom, shaves, dresses, grabs a granola bar and, still shuffling, goes out the door mumbling, “Another day, another dollar.” It is so easy for such to become our routine. I like the Psalmist’s take much better. “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let’s rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Each day is a special gift! Perhaps we should begin it with the song and prayer of Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson.

 

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking of You
Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do.
Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus.
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord, help me today.

Show me the way,
One day at a time

 

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired.
They will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31).

            QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:  Relying on God has to start over every day as if nothing has been done. ~C.S. Lewis

            You will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are too heavy.  ~Corrie ten Boom

            While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos [creation] to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life.  ~Charles Swindoll

            THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  John 15:1-5 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself but must remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

                Making Life Work by Paul Faulkner**

As we get older, we have a tendency to look back, and if we aren’t careful, to give in to the selective eyesight that sees only the problems and failures of the past. It's too easy to look for someone in the past to blame or resent and way too easy to stumble around in bitterness and regret.

The best thing to do with the past is to learn from it, while keeping our eyes on today and looking forward to the days to come!

Jesus talks about a man who "looks back" because he is not ready for service in the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62). Now what that passage is telling us is that the past can be a distraction that keeps us from being what the Lord needs us to be today!

The apostle Paul talks about "forgetting what is behind" and moving on toward the things that God has ahead (Philippians 3:13).

We've got to stay centered in today, seeking to honor God and living for his future. Remember what Jesus taught us to pray: "... your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"(Matthew 6:10 TNIV).

The best way to change the past is to live the way God wants us to live today, rooted in the moment and living for God — in service to others and in service to the Kingdom.                                                     God wants us to live today!

** On July 5, 2022 at the age of 92, Dr. Paul Faulkner passed from this life into the arms of Jesus. Many of us have been blessed by his marriage seminars, classes at Pepperdine and Yosemite Family Encampment, books, articles and years of teaching at Abilene Christian University. His smile, kindness, and humility live on in our hearts.

PRAYERTIME: Make sure the daily wardrobe includes prayer, praise, a smile, and a spring in the step. ~Brewster We are thankful James Fisher’s mother, Mary was able to be with us last week! They are at her Fort Bragg house this weekend. We continue praying for Arin Reiutz as she recovers from a car accident and undergoes radiation treatments for cancer. Please be praying for our sister, Diana Buffaloe as she undergoes cancer surgery and treatment. As the pandemic continues, we pray for those affected, first responders, and healthcare workers. Please continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben, Gary Duncan, Hank Frohlich, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, Elaine Kirk, Ruth and John Kromka, the families and friends of Amanda McGarry, Stephen McGarry and Don Churchill, Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.   Jeremiah 37:3 Yet King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and the priest Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “Please pray to the Lord our God in our behalf.”