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VOLUME 47 for the week of May 31, 2020 NUMBER 22
From Your Minister: Today’s article by Alan Smith had me looking up some different translations of Philippians 2:14. My NASB reads, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” The AMPC expands it to “Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves].” I realize that we are now living in a time of complaining. What’s not to complain about: the virus, the lockdown, no church assembly, inconsistencies in reports, inability to shop, etc. Did you notice something there about complaining? It has a spiral effect and keeps going and going! Perhaps to stop it in its tracks, Paul wrote “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Right now and right here is a good time and place to begin giving thanks! Start looking, and we’ll find lots for which to be thankful! “…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Quotes for the Week: Human beings, being what they are, somehow feel entitled to question the reasons for everything that happens to them. In many instances life itself becomes a continual criticism and dissection of one’s circumstances and acquaintances. We look for someone or something on which to pin the blame for our misfortunes. We are often quick to forget our blessings, slow to forget our misfortunes. ~ Phillip Keller
God calls us to put our complaining to death, to put on thanksgiving and gratitude as our garment and cologne. ~Jeff Hutchinson
As long as a man is alive and out of hell, he cannot have any cause to complain.
Bible Gem for the Week: Psalm 133, MSG How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.
Family News: During this difficult time, there are members who are, among other things, praying regularly for each, making calls to encourage, mailing cards and gifts, volunteering services, and sending in their offerings. Thank you!
TOO MANY ROCKS? By Alan Smith
These are reported to be actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by campers and backpackers completing their trips:
"A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."
"Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."
"Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."
"Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."
"Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."
"Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."
"Need more signs to keep area pristine."
"The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."
"Too many rocks in the mountains."
Too many rocks in the mountains? I suppose the sky is too blue, there are too many leaves on the trees and too much water in the ocean as well! It's hard to imagine anyone complaining about God's creation. I stand in awe every day of His handiwork, from the mountains to the deserts to the beaches and everything in between!
"Praise the LORD!....Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created....Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl....Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven." (Psalm 148:1a,3-5,7-10,13)
Next chance you get, walk outside, take a look around, and offer your praise to God who created it all.
Prayer Time: If Christians spent as much time praying as grumbling, they would soon have nothing to grumble about. Our hearts and prayers go out for Daryl and Valerie Griffin, our Venezuela missionaries, and the people of Venezuela who now face the Corona Virus in addition to the continued political and economic crises plaguing their country. It continues to be important to be in prayer concerning the effects and reactions to the Corona Virus and to be praying for those serving us during this time.
Our brother Al Sheehan had a stroke last week and was hospitalized., He is now home and doing better. Please continue in prayer and thanksgiving. Former member of this congregation, now residing in Lubbock, Texas, Jim Shewan asks for our prayers as he undergoes cancer testing. Please continue praying for Don Churchill. It was realized last week that the new pacemaker could not be installed because of existing conditions. New testing is taking place with options to be considered. Bruce asks that we be praying for his brother in law Dean Bryce and his family as he prepares for his 4th (out of 6) chemo treatment in Oklahoma City.
Let us continue to pray for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Don Churchill’s friend Gayle, Gary Crowder and his mother Joan, Betty Fo, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Ralph Lindsey, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Cheryl Miller, the Renfree family, Grecia Ramirez and her stepdad Adam, Anna Rigsby, Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, and Jon, Allison and Megan Van Grimbergen.
Our Father in Heaven, we place all these people and these requests before you and humbly ask You to minister to each according to Your love. We also ask Your strengthening Presence among our friends and loved ones not on this list who are going through difficult and trying times. We pray through the Name of the One who truly experienced the pain of mankind. AMEN
Acts 13:3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.