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Church of Christ
VOLUME 47 the week of June 9, 2019 NUMBER 23
From Your Minister: I find it interesting as I read the Bible that God tells it like it is. As we read the stories of our great Bible heroes, we see them warts and all! In addition to the greatness of Noah, Moses, David, Peter and Paul, we also see their struggles and faults. We read a lot in the Word about joy, but we also read about struggles. The Christian life is made up of joys and sorrows, success and failure. But Paul challenges us to even rejoice in tribulations because they help us to persevere. He also instructs us to be rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; and consistent in prayer (Romans 5:3 and 12:12). No matter what comes our way, God overcomes. Praise His Name!
Quotes for the Week: Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self confidence and drive us to our Savior. ~Edmund Clowney
No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you. Franklin Graham
By trials God is shaping us for higher things. ~Jeremy Taylor
Bible Gem for Two Weeks: 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?”
Family News: Welcome home for the summer, Darby Griffin!
Payton Henderson will graduate from Southern Oregon University on the 15th. Congratulations! Several of our folks will be attending.
In Bruce’s absence, Tom Rahme will be serving next Sunday. We thank him for his willingness and dependability!
Thanks again to the Van Grimbergens for yesterday’s picnic and game day.
The Tuesday Ladies Bible Class will wrap up this coming Tuesday, June 11. Class will resume in the fall. We thank all who participate and teacher, Sue Wills for her dedication and faithfulness. The next Area Wide Singing will be Sunday, June 30 at the Foothills congregation in South Reno from 2:00-4:00. Make plans to join us!
Linda Welden is in Texas with her dad, and the Renfrees are with friends in Northeastern Nevada. Safe travels to all!
Sierra Bible Camp in July will include our own Tristan Ramirez, Adrian Torres, Ansley and Darby Griffin. Enjoy and be blessed! We received a letter of appreciation from the V.A. for the hand-made cards Kathy Fosnaugh taught us to make. You all are great!
God is Bigger
Depression. Fear. Loss. Injustice. Violence. Addiction. Bullying. Insecurity. Joblessness. Anxiety.
Cultural tragedies and personal challenges are vast and can quickly trigger feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. While the sources of stress and worry may change over time, the need for hope and peace does not. As Jesus told his disciples in John 16:33, In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
God is bigger than anything that comes our way, and he promises to be with us through the peace he gives. In John 14:27, Jesus tells his disciples he will send the Holy Spirit when he returns to the Father, and he encourages us today with this: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. These words still encourage us today.
This call to not be troubled or afraid is timely and timeless — in this life we will always need relief from our anxiety and fear. As you read the Bible, consider highlighting verses on hope and peace to begin building a lifelong reference for help in anxious times built on the bedrock of God’s Word. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:7
~Find Peace New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs
Prayer Time: Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them. ~Mahalia Jackson Tristan Ramirez’ heart surgery is scheduled for June 17 in Las Vegas. Join us in prayer for this young brother. Grecia requests prayers for her step-father Adam as he struggles with diabetes and other health issues. Marjorie Hendersen asks us to pray for her son George in Arizona as he faces heart problems. Let us continue to pray for: Miranda Callahan, Gary Crowder, Mickey De Martini (spiritual guidance), the Ferdinand Deza family in the Philippines, Cindy Gregory, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Sharesa Hendricks (colon cancer), Jo Ella Jones, Tammy Jones, Bob Kirk, Cheri Lewis’ nephew Sam (mental health), Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Bessie Mae Miller, Cheryl Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, the Van Grimbergens, Phil Vaughn, Bob Wittbrod (prostate cancer), Mary Ware’s family in TX, Kim Wilson and Faith Wyatt. Isaiah 64:9b …Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.