VOLUME 45 the week of Aug 20, 2017 NUMBER 31
From Your Minister: Please take time to read the following verses.
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
So, what’s it all about? Well, it’s about friendship. What kind of counselors, companions, supporters, and influencers do you have in your life? Choose wisely and in faith!
Quotes for the Week: At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Albert Schweitzer
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. ~Henry Ward Beecher
A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults. ~Charles Kingsley
The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire? ~C.S. Lewis
Bible Gem for the Week: Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Family News: Next Sunday, Aug 27, We have a special treat! Norman Atchison from Mauelito Children’s Home in Gallup, New Mexico will be preaching for us. Let’s give him a great Airport Road welcome by participating to the fullest!
Bruce thanks everyone for their love and prayers during this time.
Friends by Steven Prine, Turlock, CA
"Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits" (1 Corinthians 15:33).
It is said the best gift one can ever give oneself is a friend. True friendship is one that benefits both parties. Laughter, joy, time together, common goals and experiences, loving each other to the point where your friend's happiness becomes as important as your own. A good friend makes one's life richer and fuller, but friendships just don't happen, it take time and energy.
When thinking of friendship, how can one not think of the relationship between David and Jonathan. They became fast friends. We see in 1 Samuel 18 Jonathan takes David's defense to his father, king Saul! They loved each other so very much that they were as brothers. Have you a friend like that? I am blessed to have friends whom I love with all my heart. They are strong in the faith, loving, kind, generous people. They inspire me to do more, and they're a constant source of encouragement to me. I am blessed to have friends who help me in my walk with God. They are helping me get to heaven!
Who are your friends? Often we get fooled by those around us because of charismatic personalities. They make us feel good when we're around them. Or because they are popular, we like being seen with them. Maybe because they have money and we can enjoy the benefits of being part of their group.
How are you choosing your friends? Or are they choosing you? Are you influencing your friends for good or are your friends influencing you for evil. Are your friends making it easier to get to heaven or are they preventing you from truly serving God as one should? Are we asking God in prayer to help us find friends or just doing it on our own? Show me your friends and I will show you your future.
Hymn: "What a friend we have in Jesus"
Dear Father, please help me choose my friends wisely. Help me have friends that will help my walk in Jesus. Help me to be that kind of friend, In Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer Time: Prayer is where the action is. ~John Wesley Please pray for Jim Oberschelp’s son in law who has colon cancer and is undergoing further testing. Continue to pray for Aulika and baby Amen. As the school year begins, We pray God’s blessings upon our college girls: Megan Van Grimbergen, Payton Henderson, and Bailey and Darby Griffin. Grecia has asked us to pray for the Schriker family in North Carolina. Their daughters Amberlynn (6) and Aspen (3) are suffering from cystic fibrosis, and Aspen is in serious condition. Marjorie requests prayer for her son in law Wyatt in Florida who needs a liver transplant. Jill’s granddaughter Savannah has received the only treatment currently possible. It has a 65% success rate. Keep praying! Continue to pray for: Lillie Allen, Gary Crowder, Pearl Curtis, Norma Feletar's brother Terry, Kevin Fosnaugh, Mitch Goodman, Marjorie Hendersen, JJ Hubbard, Jo Ella Jones, Terry Lake, Millie McGarry, Louise Millard, Bessie Mae Miller and her sister Kay who is suffering from arthritis, I.B. and Wanda Pence, Steve Pence, Susan Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, and Ken Warren. Let’s also be in prayer for our mission work in Venezuela with the Griffins. Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
loving God, loving people...
...and bringing the two together
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