VOLUME 46 the week of Nov 18, 2018 NUMBER 45
From Your Minister: Some of the most provocative questions have to do with one’s priorities. Why am I here? What is life all about? What is the purpose of life? There are two verses I think about when I think of Christian priorities. The first comes from Paul in Colossians when he calls Christ “our life” (3:4). Wow! Can I really say that He’s my LIFE? The other passage is in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus instructed us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). FIRST! I really believe that when Christ is my life and I am seeking Him first, everything else falls into the proper place. Lord, help us to choose wisely!
Quote for the Week: The surest symbol of a heart not yet fully subdued to God and His will is going to be found in the areas of money, sex, and power: in wanting these things for ourselves. The surest symbol of spiritual earnestness will be the checkbook, the affections, and the ego-drive surrendered to Him. A disciple must have discipline. He must not be afraid of being asked by God for some of the time, the money, and the pleasure he has been in the habit of calling his own. This does not mean that there will not be time for the family, and time for some healthy diversion. But it does mean that we are never – on vacation, or wherever we may be – exempt from our primary commitment to Him. ~Samuel Shoemaker
Bible Gem for the Week: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Family News: We had a great movie day last Sunday afternoon! Thanks, Kathy!
Happy Thanksgiving! The Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Class and the Wednesday Evening Bible Classes will not meet this week.
It is a giving time of year! We thank you for supporting Orphans Day, the food collection for Dream Center, providing supplies for the Domestic Violence Shelter, and adopting foster kids for Christmas gifts!
Next fellowship activity: Sat., Dec 15 Easy Air, Reno 1:00
A RETIREMENT INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In the evening Gina and I often enjoy walking around our neighborhood. It is good exercise, it is a companionable activity, and it gives us the opportunity to greet and meet our neighbors. Not long ago we met a neighbor on our block for the first time.
After we told her our names our neighbor immediately launched into a non-stop materialistic monologue. Over the next seven minutes we learned that she and her husband were retired; that they had upgraded to their current house; that they had recently purchased the expensive travel trailer we saw sitting in their driveway, but they had not used it; that they had spent a lot of money installing a new swimming pool in their back yard for their two little granddaughters to use, but the children had only used it once; that they paid a pricey pool service to keep it clean; that they had added onto their already large house; that she was refinishing all the cabinets in her kitchen; that she had purchased new furniture and was in the process of purchasing more; that she enjoyed shopping at a nearby mall; and on and on.
Jesus said “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). In other words, if you want to know a person’s priority in life, listen to what they talk about. Everything our neighbor said revolved around shopping, purchasing, and owning. It took her just a few minutes to demonstrate one of the most materialistic mindsets I have ever encountered.
Jesus warns us in Luke 12:15, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” When we retire, and are freed from the distractions of making a living, we are in a better position than ever to consider the importance of making a life. Retirement can be a marvelous opportunity to re-focus on spiritual matters, on service to God, and on faith friendships and family relationships. Or we can fill our days with shopping, buying, and collecting ever more possessions.
What is your life all about? Just between us, the longer I live the more I realize the emptiness of possessions and the more I want to invest in something that can outlive me. That means I need to take seriously the command of Jesus in Matthew 6:20-21 “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” My neighbor chose to spend her retirement years on empty material pursuits. It would be far better to remain active in God’s service so that we can be investing in eternity!
~Dan Williams- Vice-President for Church Relations, Harding University
Prayer Time: The holier a man is, the more does he estimate prayer; the clearer does he see that God gives himself to the praying ones, and that the measure of God’s revelation to the soul is the measure of the soul’s longing, importunate prayer for God. ~E. M. Bounds Prayers are needed for the thousands affected by the California fires! Grecia Ramirez took a fall last week and broke her fibula. She is to see an orthopedist Nov. 16. Prayers, please. Marjorie Hendersen is in Life Care Center in Reno recuperating after leg surgery. Let’s pray for this sister. Samantha, Norma’s nine year old great niece, did well in her heart procedure. Please be praying for her open heart surgery in January. Norma’s sister in law, Cynthia, had a kidney removed last week and is already up and about. We pray for Mike and Judith McKay as Mike has not been feeling well lately. The Schriker family, Grecia’s friends in North Carolina are going through even more struggles in the new pregnancy. PLEASE KEEP PRAYING!
Let us continue to pray for: Miranda Callahan, Vernon Clow, Gary Crowder, Pearl Curtis, Wayne Feletar, Kevin Fosnaugh, Mitch Goodman, George Harper, Jerry Hendrix, Jo Ella Jones, Terry Lake, Lindy Long, Millie McGarry, Rose Meyer, Bessie Mae Miller, the Oberschelp family, Suzy Pence, Jim Renfree, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Phil Vaughn, Ken Warren and Faith Wyatt. Please join us in praying for our Venezuelan missionaries, Darryl and Valerie Griffin as that nation continues to be going through desperate times. Job 16:17 yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.
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