Airport Road

Church of Christ 

loving God, loving people

 and bringing the two together

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                             Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City, NV                                   

Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together

VOLUME 49                May 8 2022,                   Number 19

FAMILY NEWS: As required by the State of Nevada for non-profit corporations, our annual meeting for the selection of officers will be held following the morning service on May 15.

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE: Luke 10:41 Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; But only a few things are necessary, really only one: for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Happy Mothers’ Day by Teresa Bell Kindred                                         Yes, mother’s day comes and goes. But the memories linger and remain... “The woman who creates and sustains a home and under whose hands children grow up to be strong and pure men and women, is a creator second only to God.”             —Helen Hunt Jackson

    Mother’s Day has been difficult for me since my mother died of cancer years ago. There are many things I miss about her, but what I miss the most is sharing my children with her. Sometimes I get a twinge of sadness because I was never able financially to give her even a tiny fraction of what she gave me. My Mother’s Day gifts to her were usually inexpensive, a pair of new pajamas, a new purse. Then I realize that my love was the only gift she ever really wanted.

    I was reminded of that yesterday when my seven year old thanked me for his birthday presents. “Mom,” he said, ”do you know which gift I liked best?” I imagined it would be the super-soaker water gun, guaranteed to shoot up to fifty feet, the one he used to squirt his sister, the dog, and me. But that wasn’t what he said. “It’s the love you gave me Mom,” he stated, then ran off to play.

    I stood frozen with my mouth open and the tears sliding down my face, suddenly feeling very overwhelmed with how wonderful motherhood can be. How I longed to pick up the phone and call the person who was not only my mother, but also my best friend, to tell her that the love she gave me now lives on in her grandchildren. But I couldn’t.

    Her love for me lives on in other ways too. It visits me in the spring when the flowers she planted a few months before she died bloom. It comes to me from her former students when they write me letters, or take the time to tell me what a wonderful teacher she was.

    And so each Mother’s Day I have a host of bittersweet memories. I rejoice that in a world of abused and abandoned children, I had a mother who loved me, nurtured me, and taught me right from wrong. And I cry, because I miss her friendship, her strength, her humor, and her love for my children.

    There is a creed in Robert Fulghum’s wonderful book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. It is called the “Storytellers Creed” and I asked the minister to read at Mama’s funeral. It says in part...

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
That dreams are more powerful than facts.
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
      —Robert Fulghum

    Love really is stronger than death because it comes from God, and it is because of God and His sacrifice, that we have hope of life eternal. And then there will be no more goodbyes, because like the old hymn says there will be “no tears in heaven.”

Prayer Time:  Gifts of God need to be appreciated. ~Monroe We have certainly missed Jo Ella Jones who has been ill but improving. We also extend a belated Happy Birthday! We pray for Don Churchill who was hospitalized and treated for gastric difficulties. We greatly miss his presence. We are thankful that John Wood is making progress and his eye seems to be improving. We praise God that in-hospital COVID cases have reduced greatly in our area and continue to pray for all first responders and healthcare workers. We are thankful for Elaine Kirk’s daily progress in mobility and being back with us following surgery!  We continue praying for Tristan Ramirez as we await test results. Gary Crowder’s son Reuben continues in a behavioral health facility in Las Vegas. We pray for him and those working on his behalf. Please continue praying for: Aulika and Mickey, Ed and Diana Buffaloe, Ferdinand and Deanalynn Deza, James Fisher’s mother, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, James and Evelyn Hadnot, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, John and Ruth Kromka,  the family of Millie McGarry, Grecia Ramirez, Arin Reiutz, Al Sheehan, The Van Grimbergens, and Kim Wilson. Psalm 142:1 I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.

 

DON’T FORGET  to pick up the new Bible Reading Schedule from the folder in the foyer!

 Monthly Ladies’ Luncheon~ Thursday, May 12 at Jan Miller’s home. See her for more information

 

Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City, NV                                   

Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together

VOLUME 49                May 1, 2022           NUMBER 18

From Your Minister: I begin today’s article with some of the same words. I used to conclude last week’s column. “Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for 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” (Isaiah 40:30--31). Indeed, weakness is a part of our lives!,but God promises strength! The old spiritual begins, “I am weak but Thou art strong” and ends with the words, “Just a closer walk with Thee… Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.” Yes, Lord, yes; Let it be!

 

Today’s Quotes: God’s strength in your weakness is His presence in your life. ~Andy Stanley

You are stronger than you think, because the power of Almighty God is available to you. Your strength is renewed when you trust in Him. ~Kendra Tillman

People are always more encouraged when we share how God’s grace helped us in weakness than when we brag about our strengths. ~Rick Warren

A faithful God does not expect you to do what you cannot; He supplies the needed strength. ~Erwin W. Lutzer
 

This Week from the Bible: 2 Samuel 22:2-3  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence.

Family News: The National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 5 on the Capitol steps at 11:00 am. Bruce will be one of the speakers.

As required by the State of Nevada for non-profit corporations, our annual meeting for the selection of officers will be held following the morning service on May 15.

TAKE ANOTHER LOOK                             Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 12:4-17

Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees (Hebrews 12:12).

Unemployment. Bad economy. Difficult employer. Immorality. Family issues. Roof leaks. People turning from God. Christians being ridiculed. Where is the encouragement?

Here it is. Jeremiah was having tough times , also. Though personally ridiculed, persecuted, and imprisoned, notice God’s words to him. “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”

Isn’t this amazing? God’s words to Jeremiah appear to be, “Jeremiah, if you think it is tough now, what are you going to do when you face real opposition, when you face really tough challenges--like a man racing a horse?”

The writer of Hebrews put it another way: “…you have not yet rested to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:4).

We may fail to see the big picture when discouraged. We have not likely been beaten with 39 stripes, or stoned, or left for dead as Paul was. We have not faced execution for being a Christian. And the cross is not likely in our future. So God said to Jeremiah, “Get a new perspective on life.” And he did.

Father, forgive us for failing to see You in all things. Forgive our allowing the traits of this world to cause us to lose perspective. May we see Your presence in the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

                                      ~Penney F. Nichols, Power for Today

 

Prayer Time:  Do you need strength, peace, peace, wisdom, direction, discipline? Ask God for it! God will hear you. ~Charles Swindoll We rejoice and praise God that Sally Lindsey is doing so well and has been released from her surgeon’s care! We are thankful that John Wood is making progress in his eye difficulties and pray for a full recovery. We praise God that in-hospital COVID cases have reduced greatly in our area and continue to pray for all first responders and healthcare workers. We are thankful for Elaine Kirk’s daily progress in mobility following surgery!  We are praying for Tristan Ramirez as he goes through heart difficulties and awaiting test results. Gary Crowder’s son Reuben continues in a behavioral health facility in Las Vegas. We pray for him and those working on his behalf. Please continue praying for: Aulika and Mickey, Ed and Diana Buffaloe, Don Churchill, Ferdinand and Deanalynn Deza, James Fisher’s mother, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, James and Evelyn Hadnot, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, John and Ruth Kromka,  the family of Millie McGarry, Grecia Ramirez, Arin Reiutz, Al Sheehan, The Van Grimbergens, and Kim Wilson. Psalm 141:2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

 

    Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City, NV                                   

Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together

VOLUME 49                April 24, 2022           NUMBER 17

From Your Minister: “But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)…          “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)…“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).

Do you notice any kind of theme in those verses? I truly believe that all of us get so caught up in life’s hustle and bustle that we hardly have time to take a breath! God appreciates the times of quiet stillness and reflection in the lives of His children. How about we give it a try this week?

“Yet those who wait for 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” (Isaiah 40:31).

Today’s Quotes: Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self. We do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to him. (Henri Nouwen)

Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Your religion is what you do with your solitude. (William. Temple)

This Week from the Bible: Psalm 107 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His mercy is everlasting. The redeemed of the Lord shall say so, Those whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy And gathered from the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.

 

Hearing Silence, by Melissa Troyer

"Go out and stand before me on the mountain," the Lord told [Elijah]. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire,

but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12).

The land slipped away behind us, and the lake lay still as glass. A lone bird called out across the water and the only answer was the gentle slosh of our oars cutting into the water. The silence warmed our skin, and even the children paused their chatter to take it in. The beauty was almost palpable. The sun pushed through the crisp air and kissed our cheeks.

We need this, this letting of earth slip away sometimes. Our souls crave the engulfing silence of nature. Our hearts were wired to need to reset, recharge, to take a deep breath of air scented only by pines and fir trees. To find God everywhere, and perhaps most in the quiet. It's good to embrace seasons of quiet.

Of not producing noise and adding wisdom to every conversation.  
Of listening.Sometimes the most pivotal and meaningful seasons are the ones where God draws us into the wilderness: Away from the bustling hubbub of humanity.Away from popular options. Away from pleasing people. Away where only His approval matters!

It's powerful!

 

God's call on us, His deep work in the unseen places, His significant moments with us on the untouched lakes and in the undisturbed woods. Don't run... From the quiet. From rest. From training your mind to be still so you can listen.

It's a blessing!

 

Like Elijah, we sometimes find God!

Not in the wind. Not in the earthquake. Not in eloquent preaching. Not in popular books.In the sound of a gentle whisper.

In the little moments when, like Samuel, we whisper into the night, into the wilderness, into the glittering water, about impossible seasons ahead of us "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”                                      (1 Samuel 3:9).                                                                                                                                                                   ~Daily Heartlight

Prayer Time:  Prayer is speaking. Prayer is listening. ~BH

We pray for Lori and Gary Duncan who have flown to Florida and are on a cruise and for Steve and Linda Beach on a tw0 week trip in Seattle. We continue praying for Elaine Kirk as she works hard in physical therapy. Arin Reiutz asks for prayers for her daughter Lindsey as she recovers from leg surgery. We are praying for Tristan Ramirez as he goes through heart difficulties. Pray, too for Suzy Pence’s nephew Junior as he recovers at home. Gary Crowder’s son Reuben is in behavioral rehab in Las Vegas. We pray that he gets the help he needs. We continue to pray for all those in our area affected by the pandemic and those who are caring for them. We are thankful for all improvements. Please continue praying for: Aulika and Mickey, Ed and Diana Buffaloe, Don Churchill, Ferdinand and Deanalynn Deza, James Fisher’s mother, Lillie Goodson, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, James and Evelyn Hadnot, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, John and Ruth Kromka,  Sally Lindsey, the family of Millie McGarry, Grecia Ramirez, Arin Reiutz, Al Sheehan, The Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson and  John Wood. Psalm 102:17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.