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Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City, NV                                   

Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together

VOLUME 48                      August 1,  2021                 NUMBER 31

From Your Minister: “O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8) Aren’t those words great? THE LORD IS GOOD! The Psalms use those words eleven times! Four of those are these words~ “Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 106:1). At the very heart of it all is the fact that God is good. Whatever we go through-- happy or sad, easy or hard, whether we understand or whether we don’t--- God is always good! In that first verse, King David challenges us to take a taste of that and be truly blessed!

Quotes for the Week:     Remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity. ~Charles Spurgeon                                                                                           

With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures. ~Aiden Wilson Tozer                                                                                                        When we are broken because of increased hardship, we simply have to trust in the goodness of God. ~Steve Farrar        

Family News: We have just received word that Linda Torok has moved to Arizona to be near family. We pray the best for this loved one.

The Van Grimbergens have been busy with work as well as traveling to take care of family business and are on the road now into August. Safe journeys!

Member Quiz: What two members of the congregation are Social Workers? (A prize for first correct answer!) There were no answers to last week’s quiz, but at least two of our members have lived in Alaska--Kathy  and Grecia.

Bible Quote for the Week: Matthew 5:11-12   Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Great is the Goodness of God     by Charles Hicks                                                   How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you have wrought for those who take refuge in you (Psalms 31:15).

One version of the song, God Is So Good To Me, begins this way: "I've had some bad days and I've had some hills to climb, I've had some sad days and then a weary mind, But when I look about and think these things all out, All the good days outweigh the bad and I can't complain.” Who is there among us who can read these words and say they are not applicable to their life? I think about the words of David from Psalms 27:13, "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." The greatness of God's love is seen in that He loved the people of this world so much, He sent His Beloved Son to rescue them (John 3:16; Rom, 5:8; Col. 1:12-14) and Peter tells us that He is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish but all wants all to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9).

God's love, mercy, kindness, gentleness, comfort, care, peace, forgiveness and redemption are ours so long as we continue to walk with Him each day (Psalms 116:5; Num. 14:8; 2 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 10:1; Titus 3:4-5; Titus 2:14 Eph. 1:7). What would we be and what would our lives be like without believing in and embracing the goodness of God in our lives? Without the goodness of God surrounding us each day, the afflictions of this life would be more than any of us could possibly bear.

 Our God is not unfeeling or uncaring for us as our human frames are afflicted with burdens and cares that cause our hearts to be heavy and troubled. He is touched with every infirmity that strikes us and will, when we cry out to him, grant us comfort and peace that will keep us safe (Phil, 4:6-8; Heb. 4:13-16; 1 Pet. 5:6-7). But never for a moment forget that His goodness toward us is conditioned on our obedience to Him (Romans 11:22).

I must end this message with one of my favorite passages: "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him that lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, 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”  (Isa. 40:28-31). To God be the glory!

Prayer Time: ...the goodness of God is the highest object of prayer and it reaches down to our lowest need. ~Julian of Norwich

We want to make the following a loving and living list of prayer needs. We ask that you help us keep it fresh and full of those of present need from our loving Heavenly Father. Names can be added or changed on the church phone or in email. Thank you for your help! 
  We pray for those on our printed prayer list.  Let us be praying for those who are not yet choosing to assemble with us. Let’s pray also for wisdom in opening up more than just Sunday morning worship. 2 Kings 19:1 When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the Temple to pray.

Today’s Prayer: Holy Father thank You for Your bountiful goodness that is experienced every time we take a breath of fresh air, and every time we drink a cool glass of water, and every time we wake up in the morning. Father thank You for giving us the hope that after faithfully serving You in this life, we will live in eternal bliss with You and the countless numbers of the redeemed. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen. ~Rob Redden

 

Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City, NV                                   

Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together

VOLUME 48                      July 25,  2021                 NUMBER 30

 

From Your Minister: I often find myself in some kind of struggle saying a short five-letter prayer. “Mercy!” That word is used over a hundred and twenty times in scripture. A hundred of those times refer to the wonderful mercy of God! There appears to be, however, an interesting condition to God’s mercy. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). So, what’s the lesson? “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).

Quotes for the Week: Your Lord is a God of mercy and bountifulness. Be a source of mercy and bountifulness to your neighbors. If you will be such, you will find salvation yourself with everlasting glory. - John of Kronstadt

 Mercy requires that we learn to love others, to value their welfare more than our own! - John Hagee

When mercy is shown--mercy is given. - Duane Chapman

Family News: We have just received word that Linda Torok has moved to Arizona to be near family. We pray the best for this loved one.

The Van Grimbergens have been busy with work as well as traveling to take care of family business and are on the road now into August. Safe journeys!

Member Quiz: Who lived in Alaska for several years? (A prize for first correct answer!). No prize for last week, but Suzy’s online name refers to her being critter crazy!

Bible Quote for the Week: Matthew 5:11-12   Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Where to Reach by Melissa Troyer                                             The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. — Jesus of Nazareth (John 3:8).

"But she BROKE it!!!" A crime had been committed and, clearly, justice must be served. Yesterday, and even an hour ago, I might have dived right into the altercation — after all, it was my necklace that was now in several pieces.

But, God is calling my heart to listen. To pause instead of making a rash judgment. To step back and hear HIS heart for me, even in the messy altercations within my four walls.

I knew the picture looked different zoomed out. The necklace was already broken. The criminal wasn't actually to blame... The delicate chain had broken at my own clumsiness. But, like my child, I easily fly into judgment. "How DARE they..."

Pause. The page flutters in the breeze in front of me and falls open: Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1: 19-20).

We need justice, more than ever before. The world around us withers under a warped and twisted version of right and wrong. However, deeply woven into God's justice is also His heartbeat of mercy. It's like breathing: we inhale and exhale.

In training children, we hold in our hands the need to instill obedience without a cold, hard, binding set of rules for every situation. We need to exemplify mercy and grace. We cannot portray God without both — justice and mercy seasoned by faithful lovingkindness. So, we find ourselves gasping, every bit as needy as we were at 3 and 4 years old: we need to inhale and exhale.

My toddler snuggles next to me in the porch chair and a cool breeze dances through the trees. Leaves, that a moment ago hung still and lifeless, now are twirling and fluttering in the invisible presence of moving air. My hands reach out as my hair blows across my face. I'm feeling it. Catching what can't be contained.

I look down, and my toddler, wearing only a diaper, is looking intently into the trees. His little fingers are reaching, stretching, eager to grasp what he cannot hold.

This is our calling: Not to have all the answers, but to show our little ones where to reach.

We want to make the following a loving and living list of prayer needs. We ask that you help us keep it fresh and full of those of present need from our loving Heavenly Father. Names can be added or changed on the church phone or in email. Thank you for your help!   

 Prayer Time: We do pray for mercy; and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy. ~Shakespeare         
We want to make the following a loving and living list of prayer needs. We ask that you help us keep it fresh and full of those of present need from our loving Heavenly Father. Names can be added or changed on the church phone or in email. Thank you for your help!   We pray for those on our printed prayer list.  Let us be praying for those who are not yet choosing to assemble with us. Let’s pray also for wisdom in opening up more than just Sunday morning worship.  Luke 18:13 But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to raise his eyes toward heaven, but was beating his chest, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for Your grace which has continuously led me. Thank You for always rewarding me bountifully despite my sins and iniquities. You are God, and You alone are supreme, I will praise You all the days of my life. Ever living God, thank You so much for the unmerited grace which has earned me much favor. Thank You so much for fighting both the seen and unseen battles for me. I pray through Jesus, AMEN. ~Claraito

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



loving God, loving people

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Airport Road

Church of Christ