...and bringing the two together
Church of Christ
VOLUME 46 The week of February 11, 2018 NUMBER 6
From Your Minister: I just heard two friends talking. One asked the other, “So what was your best day ever?” I didn’t hear the response, but it really started me thinking. WOW, I’ve had a lot! How could I ever choose? I then thought of something Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:16. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Christians are promised to be renewed every day. Each day starts from scratch-- spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Every day can be the best! Now, have a great day, won’t you?
Quotes of the Week: Worry about tomorrow steals the joy from today. Worrying is arrogant because God knows what He's doing. ~Barbara Cameron
Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop. ~Wanda E. Brunstter
God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. ~John Piper
Bible Gem for the Week: Matt:22:35-39, One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Family News: We heartily thank the Van Grimbergens and the Garvins for planning our annual Valentine Luncheon. It was a great afternoon thanks to them, the staff at Red’s and all who attended! …TODAY is our deadline to fill baby bottles with cash and change for Life Choices… There are thank you cards on the bulletin board from Child and Family Services, Orphan’s International, and the Griffins from Venezuela. It’s our pleasure!…. The congregation has contributed to Bailey Griffin’s mission trip to Ghana, West Africa this summer. Individual contributions are welcome. Envelopes are in the foyer.
I Try To by Randy Gardner
I was at the Post Office the other morning when an elderly gentleman came up the walk toward me. He was bent over and kind of shuffling so rather than hurry on and push past him I waited for him to make it up onto the walk, in front of the door. As he approached I greeted him with. “You have a good day, sir!” He replied, “I try to each day,” and we each moved on with our own direction. I thought a lot about his reply and the way he said it. There was almost a sadness or at least a hint of some struggles he faces in life.
People in the world have a very different perspective on life than we should have. I realize that not every day is going to be a “The sun’s up and everything is awesome day!” We all have our difficult days with things we struggle with in our own lives. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus even acknowledged, “Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.” In other words, don’t go worrying ahead at all the things we have ‘coming up.’ Resolve things one day at a time or you will be living in anxiety and anticipation.
But beyond that, there is a way that we are admonished to live, that overrides any of those cares and worries. It helps us to put them into a perspective that people in the world cannot understand. Even the Old Testament was getting at it with, “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
We tend to live our difficult days in their own little bubble Heavenly Father! Look outside the bubble! God is in control! Trust it to Him! Paul told the brethren at Philippi “Rejoice in the Lord always! And again, I say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4-6)
As a Christian every morning you wake up is a day that you are about to live, In the Lord! You are a Christian and being in the Lord means something! Whatever your struggle for day you still have a reason to rejoice. Stop and count all the blessings you have. Go to God in prayer and let him know what is on your heart and then thank him! And then have a nice day and walk with your Lord.
Prayer Time: Don't forget to pray today because God did not forget to wake you up this morning. ~Oswald Chambers Sue Pence requests prayer for her cousin Lauren who is having extreme back difficulties. Rose Meyer asks us to pray for her 27 yr old grandson Zach in W. Virginia who is having thyroid testing. Faith Wyatt is in Renown after a hard fall. Aulika requests our prayers to be able to get back to church. Let us also be praying for: Marjorie Hendersen, Lillie Allen, Pearl Curtis, Jo Ella Jones, Millie McGarry, Bessie Mae Miller, Aaron Parrish, Susan Sheehan, and Wanda Pence. We need to be praying for Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Jim Oberschelp’s son in law Thomas, the Schriker family in No. Carolina, the Van Grimbergens, Ken Warren, Kevin Fosnaugh, Terry Lake, and Norma’s brother Terry. Join us in praying for Gary Crowder, Mitch Goodman, and our Venezuelan missionaries, Darryl and Valerie Griffin. Deuteronomy 9:20 And the Lord was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too.
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