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VOLUME 47 the week of September 15, 2019 NUMBER 37
From Your Minister: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). The Christian life is a journey. A journey must be traveled until we reach our destination. Some stop journeying before they reach the end. Paul promises success “if we do not give up”! The Christian’s strength and fortitude is due to the continual presence of God who promised never to leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Paul was so confident of our ability that he challenged the church in Corinth with these words, “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). Don’t give up!
Quotes for the Week: When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and Hang on. ~Franklin Roosevelt
We are able to persevere only because God works within us.
Our motto must continue to be perseverance. And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success. ~W. Wilberforce
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. ~C.S. Lewis
Bible Gem for the Week: 2 Corinthians12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Family News: The Ladies Tuesday morning Bible class will resume on September 24 at 10:00am.
Jon reported that he ate lunch last month with Jerry Hendrix in California and that he seems to be doing great.
We will host the next area wide singing on Sunday, September 29 from 2-4 pm. We’ll have a potluck after church and desserts halfway through the singing. Make plans now!
Once again we are collecting Box Top Coupons for Education. These will help provide school supplies for Navajo Christian Children’s Home. A box is in the foyer. Thanks, Ralph and Sally!
Linda Welden has been traveling quite a bit lately helping her parents get settled in Oklahoma. We miss you!
For the Unseen Heroes by Tom Norvell
How do they do it? What compels them to go without sleep, sacrifice their time, and go the extra mile? What keeps them from throwing in the towel? The police officer who is constantly scrutinized and criticized by the public. The single parent who sacrifices everything for his or her kids. The divorced man or woman who gets up alone and goes to bed alone every night. The broken-hearted lovers who feel a pain as relentless, and it is unbearable. The middle-aged man who realizes his life-long dream is never going to happen. The teacher who is overworked, underpaid, and disrespected. The small business owner who continues to scrape by, struggling to keep the doors open and hoping to make it to the end of another year. The ones who are oppressed because of their gender, skin color, religious beliefs, or for just being different from the status quo. How do they do it? How do they keep going?
I don't know if they believe in Him or share His beliefs and convictions. But when I watch these people, I cannot help but see Jesus in them, reminding me of His words: [Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah:] "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." ( Luke 4:18-19)
Like Jesus, these people understand who they are and why they're here. They are determined to forge on, to fulfill their purpose, no matter the cost. Or maybe they haven't figured out who they are or why they're here, but they still choose to live authentically, with conviction, integrity, love, and compassion. To all of these people who live with such courage and grace, thank you. You are seen, admired, loved, and respected. May I be a mirror so you can see all that you are, may you accept all that you are, and may you thrive.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
Prayer Time: Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God. ~Mother Teresa Shawna (Elliot) Downing asks for prayer as she recuperates from surgery. Gary Crowder has returned to Carson City. Let us continue to pray for him as he gets settled and reestablished. Welcome home, Brother! As we keep Jon and Allison Van Grimbergen in prayer, let’s also be praying for Jon’s step dad, step brother’s family, and uncle Dave. Allison’s aunt has been diagnosed with cancer throughout her body. Please be praying to our Father. Grecia Ramirez’ surgery is scheduled for Oct. 4. Let us continue in prayer. Let us keep in prayer for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Cindy Gregory, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Jo Ella Jones and her brother Gail Kimbro, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Bessie Mae Miller and granddaughter Karen, Cheryl Miller, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, and Bob Wittbrod (prostate cancer). Let us continue to keep Daryl and Valerie Griffin and the people in Venezuela in prayer. We pray also for the recent victims of storms. Matthew 19:13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.