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VOLUME 46 April 15, 2018 NUMBER 16
From Your Minister: In Genesis 42, Jacob is devastated. He looks back to losing his wife Rachel, his son Joseph, a devastating famine, and now the prospect of never seeing his sons Simeon and Benjamin again and exclaims, “All these things are against me!” Have you ever felt that way? “Nothing ever goes my way!” “Can’t I just get a break?” “Life stinks!” I don’t know about you, but I have felt like that before. Interestingly, in a few chapters we see a beautiful contrast. In Genesis 50, Joseph reflects on his life. His brothers sold him into slavery. He was charged with a serious crime. He spent years in prison. Now, speaking to his brothers as second in command in Egypt, he says, “But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Both of these texts are from the same story! God turned bad into good, because that’s what He does! “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Quotes for the Week: No matter how distressing your circumstance, (His) love is sufficient to sustain you. ~Sarah Young
Perhaps, O tired soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some graces which would never be discovered if it were not for the trials. ~C.H. Spurgeon
When God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure to generate that power. ~A.B. Simpson
Do not be afraid to enter the cloud that is settling down in your life. God is in it. ~Streams in the Desert
We may be sure that if God sends us on stony paths He will provide us with strong shoes, and He will not send us on any journey for which He does not equip us well. ~Maclaren
Bible Gem for the Week: 1 Samuel 12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes.
Family News: We will be hosting the 5th Sunday Area-Wide Singing here April 29th. Mark your calendar, and plan on bringing some great desserts! We thank Allison for designing fliers to promote this and have sent them to 11 other area Churches of Christ. Let us know if you’d like fliers to send.
In a factory building there are wheels and gearings,
There are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack—
Some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly,
Some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back;
Some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy,
Pounding, rattling, cranking, moving with a jerk;
In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,
Lifting, pushing, driving—but they do their work.
From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,
All things move together for the purpose planned;
And behind the working is a mind controlling,
And a force directing, and a guiding hand.
So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;
Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;
Some might seem to hinder; some might draw us backward;
But they work together, and they work for good,
All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,
All the contradictions, hard to understand.
And the force that holds them, speeds them and retards them,
Stops and starts and guides them—is our Father’s hand.
~Annie Johnson Flint
Prayer Time: He goes before! And therefore all is well. ~Danson Smith Phil Vaughn is back home with new medicines after a heart scare. We are thankful he is better! We had some prayer requests in last week’s service: Jo Ella’s niece Shirley has terminal liver cancer; Berna’s daughter Laura had an accident and fractured her spine- she has eight children; Betty Fo’s friend in Hawaii Lillian had a bad fall. Please pray each of those. Wanetta’s mother, Wanda Pence is back home and recuperating. Prayers are greatly appreciated. Bill Kenson has been assured that he is on the mend, but that it will take some time. Cheryl Miller is on medication and is feeling better. George Harper has been having some difficult days and is undergoing more medical tests. Please pray for him and Gay Lynn. We are thankful for Kathy Fosnaugh and the progress in her recovery. Let’s keep praying for Aulika. Let us also be praying for: Marjorie Hendersen, Pearl Curtis, Jo Ella Jones, Millie McGarry, Bessie Mae Miller, Al and Susan Sheehan, and Faith Wyatt. We need to be praying for Grecia Ramirez, Jim Oberschelp’s son in law Thomas, the Schriker family in No. Carolina, Vernon Clow, the Van Grimbergens, Ken Warren, Kevin Fosnaugh, Terry Lake, and Norma’s brother Terry. Join us in praying for Gary Crowder, Mitch Goodman, and our Venezuelan missionaries, Darryl and Valerie Griffin. 2 Samuel 7:18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”