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VOLUME 47 the week of October 13, 2019 NUMBER 41
From Your Minister: I just found online the 25 most read Bible verses this year. I missed #1--Jeremiah 29:11 (I bet you’ll look it up!), but I got #2. It begins, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” What a great picture-- God, as Shepherd, leading, guiding, protecting and providing for His sheep-- us! Jesus continues that imagery in John 10 and calls himself the Good Shepherd and adds, “ My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” Brothers and sisters, there is security in the flock. Let’s stay together!
Quotes for the Week: God has not abandoned us any more than he abandoned Job. He never abandons anyone on whom he has set his love; nor does Christ, the good shepherd, ever lose track of his sheep. ~J. I. Packer
I am like the sick sheep that strays from the rest of the flock. Unless the Good Shepherd takes me on His shoulders and carries me back to His fold, my steps will falter, and in the very effort of rising, my feet will give way. ~St. Jerome
It takes some of us a lifetime to learn that Christ, our Good Shepherd, knows exactly what He is doing with us. He understands us perfectly. ~W. Phillip Keller
Bible Gem for the Week: Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Family News: The Van Grimbergens are gracious enough to once again plan the annual Harvest Festival at their place on Sat., Oct 19 at 3:00 pm. This is always a great time of food, fun, and fellowship. Please sign up at the bulletin board.
Newsflash! The 19th Annual Churches of Christ Orphan’s Sunday is November 10! For the last several years we have helped orphans in Russia, India. Pakistan, Mexico, Haiti, Philippines, Liberia, Uganda, and Kenya! Please plan on helping with a generous offering!
We can’t wait to hear about the recent trips of Stan McGarry, Jim Renfree, the Griffins, and the Van Grimbergens. Welcome home!
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Native American Version of the twenty- third Psalm
The great Father Above is a Shepherd Chief. I am His and with Him. I want not. He throws out to me a rope, and the name of the rope is love, and He draws me to the where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous. Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down, but He lifts it up again and draws me into a good road.
Sometime, it may be very soon, it may be longer, it may be a long, long time, He will draw me into a place between mountains. It is dark there, but I’ll draw back not. I’ll be afeaidnot, for it is there between the mountains that the Shepherd Chief will meet me, and the hunger I have felt in my heart all through this life will be satisfied. Sometimes He makes the love rope into a whip, but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean on.
He spreads a table before me with all kinds of food. He puts His hands upon my head, and all the “tired” is gone. My cup He fills, till it runs over. What I tell you is true, I lie not. The roads that are “away ahead” will stay with me through this life, and afterwards I will go to live in the “Big Tepee” and sit down with the Shepherd Chief forever.
Fear not, little flock, He goeth ahead.
Your Shepherd selecteth the path you must tread;
The water of Marah He’ll sweeten for thee,
He drank all the bitter in Gethsemane.
Fear not, little flock, whatever your lot,
He enters all rooms, “The doors being shut”;
He never forsakes; He never is gone,
So count on His presence in darkness and dawn.
~Poem by Paul Rader. Both selections from Springs in the Valley~
Prayer Time: Prayer is the great engine to overthrow and rout my spiritual enemies. ~John Newton Items for prayer: Grecia Ramirez is now home and recovering from a painful surgery. Jo Ella's brother, Gail Kimbro is back home following surgery at Stanford. His niece Nancy is staying with him and will be followed by nephew Kalvin from Washoe Valley. Arin Reintz' mother in Washington is quite ill. Jo Ella's little great granddaughter Anna Rigsby has been diagnosed with tachycardia and is being seen by a pediatric cardiologist in Reno. Sue Biegler is suffering from shingles. Let us continue praying for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Gary Crowder and his mother Joan, Cindy Gregory, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Jo Ella Jones, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Bessie Mae Miller, Cheryl Miller, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, Jon and Allison Van Grimbergen, and Bob Wittbrod (prostate cancer). Let us continue to keep Daryl and Valerie Griffin and the people in Venezuela in prayer. Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak