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VOLUME 47 the week of May 19, 2019 NUMBER 20
From Your Minister: I think that one of the most common struggles for Christians is discouragement. It appears to me that it is a very popular tool of Satan. By discouragement we are taken away from a spiritual focus. Before Israel entered the Promised Land and into battle after battle, they were told: “… be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Chuck Swindoll once wrote, "A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven." We are never alone!
Quotes for the Week: "The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'" - Billy Graham
"The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength." - Warren Wiersbe
Bible Gem of the Week: Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus
Family News: Congratulations to Ferdinand and Lyn Lyn upon the birth May 10 of Francis Daniel A. Deza in the Philippines! He weighed 6 lbs 10 1/2 oz and is 20” long. We are thankful!
Happy 95th birthday to Al Sheehan and a warm welcome to all family and friends who are celebrating!
Welcome home and congratulations to Bailey Griffin! She’s moving back to Arkansas this week. We love you and are praying for you.
Ladies, if you were not present Mothers’ Day, we have a special gift for you. We love you!
We appreciate Tom Rahme for teaching and preaching last week.
Plan on staying a few minutes after services today, as the annual meeting required by the State of Nevada for the selection of officers will be held.
We thank Kathy Fosnaugh for hosting the service project yesterday (Armed Forces Day) making appreciation cards for veterans.
A new fund has been started to provide scholarships to Sierra Bible Camp for our kids. For information, see Jon Van Grimbergen or Jim Renfree.
The Juniper Tree by Charles Hicks
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers (1 Kings 19:4).
Shortly before uttering these words, Elijah had engaged the prophets of Baal on mount Carmel to determine the true God. As a result, the prophets of Baal were slain (1 Kings 18:17-40). Jezebel sends word to Elijah that she is going to kill him and Elijah, fearing for his life flees (1 Kings 19:1-4). Now, we find this prophet of God. who once had the courage to face those prophets of Baal, sitting under a juniper tree, sad, lonely and dejected feeling sorry for himself. Elijah is at a point in his life that he is overwhelmed with discouragement and frustration over what seems to him a hopeless situation.
I wonder, what man or woman is there among us who has not been tempted to sit under that old juniper tree? Because of the weakness of our human frame we grow tired and weary as the burdens, cares and trials of this life envelope us from time to time. Living in this old world with it's trouble and strife, there will be moments when a feeling of weariness will sweep down over our soul making the temptation to sit under that juniper tree weigh heavily upon us.
We do not have to sit under that juniper tree. We serve a God who loves us and has promised to never desert us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). We have an anchor for our souls that is sure and steadfast (Heb. 6:19). The Lord is our rock, our deliverer in whom we can take refuge (Psalms 18:2). When the storm clouds gather around us, when the wind blows, when we become tired and weary, we simply must remember that our Lord is with us and he is able to lift the load, bind up our weary hearts, heal all our wounds and give to us a peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:6-7; John 14:27)
Prayer Time: The sure relief of prayer ~William Wordsworth Mary Ware requests prayers for her 18 year old niece, Alyssa Rogers. She had an accident Sunday and is in ICU in Dallas, TX in critical condition. We are thankful for Jason Kimbro, JoElla's nephew and Kathy's cousin, who is improving and hopes to be home Friday. Marjorie Hendersen asks us to pray for her son George in Arizona as he faces heart problems. Let us continue to pray for: Miranda Callahan, Gary Crowder, The Dezas and their baby, Mickey De Martini (spiritual guidance), Cindy Gregory, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Sharesa Hendricks (colon cancer), Jo Ella Jones, Tammy Jones, Bob Kirk, Cheri Lewis’ nephew Sam (mental health), Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Bessie Mae Miller, Cheryl Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Tristan Ramirez, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, the Van Grimbergens, Phil Vaughn, Bob Wittbrod (prostate cancer), and Faith Wyatt. Proverbs 15:8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.