VOLUME 47 the week of February 16, 2020 NUMBER 7
From Your Minister: Quite often our church mailbox contains someone’s contribution. And, of course, it’s always included in that week’s offering. A frequent contributor also includes a note of praise. This week it reads, “Thank You Jesus for all your LOVE in this world. You made life meaningful…” I love to know people who, even in difficult times, continue to praise God. Paul writes to the church in Ephesus that our very lives should be to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:12). We’ll have a better week if it’s a week of praise!
Quotes for the Week: Satan so hates the genuine praise of Christ that his fiery darts of discouragement are not effective against us when we respond in praise. - William Thrasher
Faith comes through God's Word and through praise. Faith grows as you praise the Lord. - Wesley L. Duewel
Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With a sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child's heart, God can strip away any cobweb. - Joni Eareckson Tada
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. - Harry Ironside
Bible Gem for the Week: Hebrews 13:15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Family News: John and Allison have been in Tulare all week at the huge agriculture show representing their business. We miss them!
Reminder: Don’t forget to be filling your baby bottle for Life Choices, our Community Pregnancy Center!
We welcome Terry Sheehan from the Bay Area who is here for Susan’s surgery last week and is preaching for us today. Thank you, Brother!
We thank those who are regularly contributing to our building fund. We would love to be able to build a kitchen/fellowship area some day. If you’d like to contribute, just mark the check “building fund”.
Many of our members are sick this year. We love and miss you! Get well soon!
PRAISE THE LORD!
Father, help us to realize that You are the source of all our blessings. You, God, are the source. You are the one who gives all blessings. Remind us every day that everything we have has come from You. Nothing, absolutely nothing, we have has come from us or by our efforts. You have given the powers of government their powers. You have established Your church for Your purposes. You have placed the people in our lives who have taught us, guided us, protected us, nurtured us, and encouraged us. God, You are the source of all our blessings. So, we praise You.
Father, help us join in the praise from all Your creatures. All Your creatures praise You. Everything that has breath praises You. All the creatures that inhabit the earth praise You. All the creatures that live in the forests and the jungles praise You. All creatures that dwell high in the mountains praise You. All the creatures that hide in the bushes around our houses praise You. All the fish that swim in the sea, in the rivers, in the lakes, and in ponds and streams praise You. All the birds that fly in the sky praise You. All creatures . . . those that are great and small, those that are strong and weak praise You. Let us join with all creatures as we praise You.
Father, help us to praise You on all occasions. Whether inside an earthly sanctuary or outside under the mighty heavens, we want to praise You. Wherever we go, whatever we do, when we rise in the morning, as we go about our daily tasks, and we lie down at night before we want to fall to sleep praising You. We want to praise You all the time. We praise You freely and without reservation. We want to praise you during the holidays when many focus upon your goodness and greatness and on routine days when many forget your providential care. We want to praise You all the time for Your power and Your greatness.
Father, at all times and in everything we do, we praise You; for we know that all blessings come from You.
~Tom Norvell in HeartLight.org
Prayer Time: Praise and prayers go together like ham and eggs. ~Monroe Susan Sheehan’s back surgery went well. She will soon be in a facility for physical therapy. Please keep her and Al in your prayers. Jo Ella Jones has been under the weather with this season’s bug. We miss her and continue in prayer. It was great having Betty Fo back with us as well as seeing the progress Norma Feletar is making. We keep praying. Let us pray for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Gary Crowder and his mother Joan, Daryl and Valerie Griffin (our Venezuela missionaries), George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Gail Kimbro, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Cheryl Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Anna Rigsby, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, Helen Taylor and the Renfrees, and Jon, Allison and Megan Van Grimbergen. Luke 21:36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.
We still need these for the Domestic Violence Shelter: Tooth Paste, Combs/Brushes, Deodorant, Body Wash, and Chap Stick. Please see the bulletin board for how many we need of each.
...and bringing the two together
loving God, loving people...
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