Airport Road

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 ...and bringing the two together

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We have re-opened our Sunday morning service and meet at 10:00 am.

A link to our video lesson will be posted on our Facebook page

                                                      "Airport Rd Church of Christ"    

                           9/27 This week’s video sermon

                                    VOLUME 47                      Sept. 27,  2020                   NUMBER 39

From Your Minister:  
Wow, have you noticed how dark it is these mornings? I’ve been tempted to put a leash on our black dog so I’ll know where she is! It’s much nicer when the light appears. There are sixty five verses in the Bible that contrast light and dark. My favorite comes from Jesus Himself. “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12). The bulletin article today speaks of recent times as times of darkness. No matter how difficult the darkness, never forget that we have the LIGHT!

Quotes for the Week:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have not been left alone. We have the light of Christ and the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us in an otherwise very dark and dreary world.  ~Robert D. Hales

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't. ~Blaise Pascal                       

With Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Bible Gem for the Week: 
Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

Family News: 
Our first service went well last week. We thank all who participated, those who helped things flow smoothly, Gay Lynn Harper for making beautiful face masks and Bailey Griffin for running the media booth. We plan to still post the sermon for those who are not yet able to attend.

Grecia and the boys are visiting friends and family in No. Carolina. We miss them!

The Beaches are back in Arizona for health checks. Hurry home!

A Darkness Over the Whole Land, by Roy Allen Crutcher          

There was darkness over the whole land (Mark 15:33 ASV).               

Our TV signal began to flicker, then we lost it completely. Looking out the front door I saw a huge black cloud coming our way, the result of a hurricane which was hitting the Gulf coast and the remnants coming our way. The words immediately came to mind, "Darkness Over The Whole Land." The lesson text setting is the crucifixion of our Lord. A very dark time, indeed. Darkness, not only literally but figuratively. 

This was not the first period of darkness witnessed by God's people. Some 1,500 years prior to this the ninth plague, sent by God upon the land of Egypt, created a darkness that "could be felt." "And Jehovah said unto Moses, Stretch out thy hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt" (Exo. 10:21). 

Aside from our rest time, darkness is used mostly to represent, and describe, bad times. Perhaps this is best illustrated by the words of Jesus, "And men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil" (John 3:19). 

Some would suggest that we are living in "dark times" today. Oh, not a literal darkness but a figurative one. One which we all are feeling. We have hurricanes causing much death and destruction. There are numerous wild fires raging, leaving a wave death and destruction. There is political unrest which has caused much harm and death and destruction. Amidst our "normal" (the ones that we are accustomed too), health problems we are now plagued with a deadly virus which is wreaking death and illness upon countless thousands and brought much of the world to a near standstill. 

Has God wrought these things upon us? Some suggest that He has because mankind has turned from Him. Honestly, I don't know if it is God's doing, or just happenstance - nature at work, doing its thing.  

But I do know this. There is evil at work in our land. People have, to a great extent, turned from the God who created us. God has told us that, when this happens, we should turn back to Him for a healing. "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (II Chron. 7:14). 

Personally, I think it's worth a try! Let there be light.

Prayer: Our heavenly Father. We call upon You during these darkened days and troublesome times. We know that only You can bring us peace and rest if we will only turn to You. Bless us, Father, with a great light to overcome the darkness of our days. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Prayer Time: And Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. ~Cowper
Please pray for Pam McNeill who spent several days in the hospital and is now recuperating at home. We received a request from an out of state Christian, Eileen Carman. She was seriously injured and is requesting prayers from other Christians. We continue to pray for Payton Henderson who lost her apartment and her belongings in the Southern Oregon wildfires. We are thankful that Wayne Feletar is making good progress following back surgery. Please continue praying for: Aulika and Mickey, Dean Bryce, June Cantwell, Betty Fo, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Jon Van Grimbergen’s mother and step father-- Barbara and Herb Hoy, Ralph Lindsey, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Grecia Ramirez, Al and Susan Sheehan, and the Van Grimbergens Philippians 1:4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy {Please give us prayer requests. Names will be added and dropped as time goes on. Please help us keep this list up to date.}

As we reopen the building, please wear your mask (a few will be available at the door if needed) and endeavor to keep a six foot distance from others. You will be greeted with a temperature reading, pick up your individual communion container and be directed to appropriate seating. Because of sanitizing requirements, we ask that restrooms be used only for emergencies and that you notify one of the greeters afterward, so sanitizing can take place... Our joy and excitement in finally being together will be well worth the restrictions! We understand that some are not yet able to be with us, and we can’t wait to be able to all be together!