VOLUME 47 the week of March 17, 2019 NUMBER 11
From Your Minister: It’s so easy to get discouraged! In Psalm 55 David addresses God about the pressures, troubles, anguish, fear, violence and strife that he faced on a daily basis. He then prays, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” He continues to pray about all that is against him and commits himself to continually call upon God. The last line offers his (and our) only hope--“But I will trust in You.” It’s a human tendency at times to focus on all that’s wrong in the world. It’s time to focus on what and Who is right--GOD!
Quotes for the Week: God is in control and therefore in everything I can give thanks. ~Kay Arthur
Nothing is so sour that it can’t be sweetened by a good attitude.
Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues. ~Brother Lawrence
Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory. ~Warren Wiersbe
Family News: Wow! We thank Carson City for working on the road entering our parking lot. The pot holes are gone!
Our deacons will meet Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Email Tom Rahme to place items on the agenda.
Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 is our Soup & Game Day. Soup is provided, but sign up for other items to bring.
Sunday, March 31 is the Fifth Sunday Area Wide Sing at First Century Church of Christ in Reno. Details and map are on the bulletin board.
This month we’ll make our next delivery to the shelter for domestic violence. A list of needed items is on the bulletin board, but we no longer need shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes or lotion. We thank Kathy, Allison and the Wed. night Ladies Class for their efforts!
Bible Gems for the Week: Psalm 42:5 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.
Ezra 10:2 We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.
Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who hope in 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.
Luke 18:27 The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.
What in the World?
Has the world ever been this messed up? If your only source is your news feed, you’ll be tempted to think our culture has hit an unprecedented level of moral insanity. But as Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall recently said, “The world’s always been a mess. You’re just hearing about it more.”
Start with Genesis 6: Every person thought only evil all the time. Consider the chaos described the last three chapters of the book of Judges—and that’s talking about God’s people.
But then, go to Ruth, and then to 1 Samuel. There we learn God is perfectly capable of accomplishing His purposes, and even chooses to work through those who seek Him. In the midst of horrific moral darkness, He uses Ruth, Boaz, and Hannah as part of His plan to deliver His people.
Now don’t get me wrong; our culture is certainly not okay. It is literally denying reality and calling it progress. Jesus told us to expect trouble, but He also told us that He has overcome the world. (BreakPoint.org.)
Prayer Time: Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.~H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Brittni Shriker in N. Carolina is scheduled to have a C-section soon. Continue to pray for the baby’s health and for the siblings in their illness. Our brother Gary Crowder hopes to be released this fall and asks us to pray God’s will that the arrangements come together and for his peace of mind We rejoice in thanksgiving that Pearl Curtis has been approved for senior housing! Thank you for your prayers. Elaine Kirk asks us to pray for her brother Bob Wittbrod who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Suzy Pence asks us to pray for a family friend, Sharesa Hendricks as she battles colon cancer. Aulika requests special prayer for guidance for her husband Mickey. Let us continue to pray for: Miranda Callahan, Vernon Clow, Ferdinand and Denalyn Deza, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Jo Ella Jones, Tammy Jones, Cheri Lewis’ nephew Sam, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Bessie Mae Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Phil Vaughn, and Faith Wyatt. Join us in praying for our Venezuelan missionaries, Darryl and Valerie Griffin as that nation continues to be going through desperate times and political upheaval. Psalm 86:1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
...and bringing the two together
loving God, loving people...
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