VOLUME 45 the week of December 10, 2017 NUMBER 45
From Your Minister: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." -John 1:14 This is a good time of year to think about the coming of Jesus. Let me pose a question to ponder. What would it be like if Jesus had never come to our world? As much as people complain about how bad the world is, just imagine if He had never come! "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship." (Galatians 4:4-5) Thank You, God!
Quotes of the Week: “Peace with God, peace with others, and peace in your own heart.” -Rick Warren
“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” -George Whitefield
"Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world." -C.S. Lewis
Bible Gem for the Week: 2 Timothy 1:9-10 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Family News: Please fill out your form for our new church directory and give it to Teresa Renfree; then get your picture taken by the Van Grimbergens. The deadline is TODAY! Today is also Churches of Christ Orphans Day, and we will be collecting funds for children all over the world!…Once again this year, we are adopting foster children for Christmas presents. Please give a contribution to Wanetta!... The Henderson’s sister in law, Sue Pence is moving to our area and becoming part of our church family December 17!
One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in an obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant teacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never traveled, except in his infancy, more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself.
While he was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through a mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, his seamless robe. When he was dead, he was taken down from the cross and laid in a borrowed grave through the courtesy of a friend.
Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone, and today he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of all human progress. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever were built, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has this one solitary life.
~from a sermon by Dr. James Allan Francis, published in 1926 by Judson Press
Prayer Time: We serve a Savior who frequently turned from all other activities to be alone in prayer. ~ Monroe Jerry Hendrix requests prayers on behalf of his nephew Darian in Tennessee following a car accident and extensive surgery. Please pray for the teens and families involved in the accident in King’s Canyon. We rejoice that Earline Parish’s 18 year old granddaughter from Tahoe is now in remission! We praise God that the same has been reconfirmed for Kathy’s daughter, Sherrie Connell! Let us remain in prayer for: Lillie Allen, Gary Crowder, Pearl Curtis, Norma Feletar's brother Terry, Kevin Fosnaugh, Mitch Goodman, Marjorie Hendersen, JJ Hubbard, Jo Ella Jones, Terry Lake, Millie McGarry, Louise Millard, Bessie Mae Miller and her sister Kay who is suffering from arthritis, Jim Oberschelp’s son in law, the Pences (Wanetta’s family), Grecia Ramirez, Susan Sheehan, the Schriker family in North Carolina, the Van Grimbergens, and Ken Warren. Let’s also be in prayer for our mission work in Venezuela with the Griffins and the catastrophes around the world. Genesis 20:17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again
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