VOLUME 47 the week of August 11, 2019 NUMBER 32
From Your Minister: In the last few years, many of our classes and sermons seem to frequently bring up what Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians chapter 5. That fruit is made up of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If it is allowed to and taken care of, a fruit tree will grow its specific fruit. When we allow God’s Spirit to abide in us and yield to Him, He grows His specific fruit in us! Just as we can identify a tree by the fruit it bears, people can identify what kind of people we are by the fruit that is evident in our lives. O, Lord, we invite you and Your Spirit to come into our lives. May we allow You to grow Your fruit in us! AMEN.
Quotes for the Week: Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. ~Francis of Assisi
Love is a gift of God… I cannot love you as I love myself until I love God as I ought to love Him… Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service… You will never really love until you love someone who hates you. ~Jack Hyles
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. ~Robert A. Heinlein
Bible Gem for the Week: 2 Chronicles 14:2-5 Asa did good and right in the sight of the Lord his God, for he removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, and commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment. He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah. And the kingdom was undisturbed under him.
Family News: Our next fellowship activity will be a scavenger hunt on Saturday, August 23 at 4:00 with hot dogs and chips to follow. Please sign up on the bulletin board as we need a head count for the food. Make plans now for a fun time!
Have you met Lillie Goodson yet? She was part of the Minden congregation and has now moved to Carson. Welcome to the family!
Those Others by Gordon V. Herrmann "This is how we know we love the children of God. . ." (1Jn. 5:2a).
The command was new and it came straight from God. ". . . that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another." Although it is applicable to our brothers and sisters in Christ, many of us find it easier to love the entire world than to concern ourselves about our closest neighbors in our own block. That fellow next door is right there outside the window through which we watch him and maybe even nod, while Proverbs 27:10 states, "Better is the neighbor that is near, than a brother afar off."
Phillips Brooks wrote a poem that calls attention to my own inadequacies, stating in part, "Be such a man and live such a life, that if every man were you and every life a life like yours, the earth would be God's paradise."
A father wrote to the automobile experts in the local paper asking them what he could do about his son and the neighborhood kids sitting in his car draining the battery listening to the radio. "I'm worried it will run down the battery, requiring its replacement sooner than normal." The specialists told the father he was fortunate, because, "You know where your son is and you know what he and his friends are doing. Don't worry about the battery, it can be recharged or replaced. But not that boy!"
Don't we wish we had taken advantage of such opportunities that of pointing out the important things to a neighbor, especially in love of people over material things. If I didn't, an answer may be required of me for not occupying an off-site-pulpit!
Blessed Lord God, may we find those near to us who may need only a kind word, a thoughtful invitation, or some indication of love that they might see any folly in their way of life. Give us courage, the same forwardness we find in expressing love for our brothers and sisters in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer Time: Like a carrier pigeon, prayer wings its way straight to its destination. ~Monroe Bessie Mae Miller is doing better following a hospital stay. Please keep praying for her and her granddaughter Karen in Ohio who is beginning treatment for cancer. As we keep Jon and Allison Van Grimbergen in prayer, let’s also be praying for Jon’s step dad and uncle Dave and Allison’s aunt. Each is hospitalized. Grecia Ramirez will be having surgery on the 16th in the Bay Area. Tristan is being treated for shingles. Please be in prayer for this family. Let us continue to pray for: June Cantwell, Gary Crowder, Cindy Gregory, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Funke Ilori, Jo Ella Jones and her brother Gail Kimbro,, Aulika and Mickey Litka-DeMartini, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Donald McNeill, Cheryl Miller, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, and Bob Wittbrod (prostate cancer) Jonah 2:7 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you…
loving God, loving people...
...and bringing the two together
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