Shepherd & Ruhtt Mbumwae will be moving back to Zambia soon. We will honor them with a hamburger supper Wednesday, June 17th. The Ladies’ Ministry is filling bags for the three children, Manuel 12, Melina 8 & Miguel 5, for the flight home. If you would like to help fill them we need airplane-friendly items: fun pad coloring books, word search books, traveling games, or other items the kids can enjoy. If you have questions, please see Amber. You may put your donations in the box in the south foyer.
Where has the time gone? We are at the end of another school year. The summer is almost here and things will be slightly empty with all the Vacations going on throughout the summer. It seems like just yesterday our children were learning to walk. Now some of them are about to graduate from High School.
We are delighted to have 10 seniors who will be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. They will be graduating this Friday Night and soon they all will be deciding what to do after that. We are privileged to have had them with this congregation for the short time we were given.
What my advice to the 2009 graduates is listen to God. He opens doors for reasons that you may not see now. He also closes doors that are not in your best interest that you may not agree with. God sees the big picture, Trust Him. He will not steer you wrong. Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Find comfort in the Lord and He will always give you the true joys of this life. Remember Phil. 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Praise God for this special day for all 10 of you and may it be a stepping stone that will change lives. God bless you Class of 2009!
Have a great week, Michael
I received a note and it was simply a quote that speaks about living our lives. It said, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “WOW! What a ride!”
I really like this saying! I did some research to try and find out who the author of this quote was, but was unsuccessful. What surprised me was how many times this had been quoted by others, literally hundreds of times! That tells me that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with trying to live a life that they feel has some meaning. A life that goes beyond just being born, living a while and then dying without meaning or purpose.
I like to think that I live life testing the limits and stretching the safety harness, but sometime get the almost uncontrollable urge to play it safe! I have to fight it though and go ahead and live life anyway and take chances that sometimes seem foolish to others. No, I don’t drive racecars or go skydiving (yet), but both my wife and I do take chances that others would think are foolish, chances that take us out of our comfort zone.
Let me tell you the secret to being able to do that! To do that it demands that we realize that God IS in control of this world, but also that this world is only temporary. What is important is what we take with us when we leave this world and stand before God. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the only thing we take with us is ourselves when we leave this earth. Again the writer of the book of Hebrews says in Hebrews 9:27 “And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment.”
My prayer today is that you might be able to overcome the tough times in your life by seeing the bigger picture and understanding who is in control of ALL things. God bless you all and have a great week! – Russ Lawson
Have a blessed week!
Here are some facts about mothers. Enjoy!
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby … somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, “Normal,” is history.
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct … somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
Somebody said being a mother is boring …… somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.
Somebody said if you’re a “good” mother, your child will “turn out good” … somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.
Somebody said “good” mothers never raise their voices ….. somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother … somebody never helped a fourth grader with her math.
Somebody said you can’t love the fifth child as much as you love the first … somebody doesn’t have five children.
Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books … somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery …. somebody never watched her “baby” get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten, or on a plane headed for military “boot camp.”
Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back … somebody never organized four giggling Brownies to sell cookies.
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married …. somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home …. somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her … somebody isn’t a mother. – Unknown
Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers. God bless you all and have a great week!
Waymon Adcock’s 90th Birthday celebration has been changed to May 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Merkel Museum.
God expects great things from His people. And He equips us for that purpose. Paul said in Ephesians 4:11-12, “And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for building up of the body of Christ,” He didn’t say He appointed these to do all the work but to help train all to build the body.
When Nehemiah undertook the task of rebuilding the wall, he did not do it alone. Nehemiah had help in his task. God was surely involved, no doubt about that. But the people were also. First, he told the people what God wanted him to do. Nehemiah 2:18 says “I told them how the hand of my God had been gracious to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me.” And this caused the people to become excited to do God’s will. He goes on and says, “Then they said, “Let us start building.” So they put their hands to the good work.” This is what God expects from us today also.
Did God force them to do something they didn’t want to do? I don’t think so. Look at chapter 4:6, “So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” We can accomplish the building up of the church too, if we have the mind to work. Not just you, not just me, but all of us. Let’s set our minds on the things above, the things God desires. Have a great week!
If the situation arose, could you give your life for Jesus? Or, would you renounce your faith? If you have died to self, then your life is not your own. It is no longer you who live. Gal. 2:19-20 tells us “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Your life, once you are crucified with Christ through your baptism, then you now belong to God, and you are only a steward of your life. The decision is made by God, and you simply carry out that decision. Jesus said in Luke 9:24 “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for My sake will save it.”
Paul said in Col. 3:2-4 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” So, if you were called on to give your physical life for Him, could you? Have a great week!
We are told to be meek. We are told to be harmless as dove. We are told that if someone slaps us on our cheek, then turn to him the other. If we are compelled to go one mile, go two. If someone demands our coat, give him our cloak also. No limitations, right? If someone condemns or bans our faith, we should give up our faith. Oops, wait a minute! Does that belong in there? Do we obey God or man? When the world tries to strip us of our right to our faith or to worship God, are we to let it? There are limitations, aren’t there. When man takes the place of God and seeks to govern our worship, it is time to disobey man and obey God. Acts 5:29 “Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!”
We are to obey the laws of the land, but only in as much as those laws do not contradict or defame God’s word. God’s will is superior to all others and must come first in our lives. Be faithful till death. It is time for Christians to stand up for Jesus. We have become so entangled with the world’s idea of one another that we have given up faith which comes from God’s Word. Let’s us look at God’s word for direction like Joshua in Joshua 24:14-15 “Now fear the LORD and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Decide for yourself on whom you will follow and follow to the fullest. God has already given us His Word and now it is time for us to give Him our heart and life. Look to the cross of Christ and He will lift you up. Make a choice and stand by it and may we never limit our faith. Have a great week!
(I took a picture of some art at the NTLTC in Dallas, TX)
Sunday morning worship service at the Home last week had 41 in attendance. We thank all the people who make this service possible.
WOW!! If you missed the gathering last Saturday at Camp Butman you missed a very uplifting day. All the ladies had a great time. Jayma was an amazing speaker. We had an over abundance of door prizes for everyone. Many of the ladies have expressed their gratitude for the many wonderful gifts they took home. There are many people we need to thank for making this a very successful day. First, the 3 ladies who put everything together are: Angie Chaney for getting the ball moving & door prizes, Amber Bryan for organizing, making the programs, overseeing everything and Dee Goldsmith for getting our speaker and working with Camp Butman. Also we would like to thank all the ladies that spoke on the many topics of Christian women: Jan McCoy– Singing & Prayer; Charlotte Carey– Bible Study; Mozetta Youngers– Gardening; Krystal Woolard & Mary Schrampfer– Budgeting; Tracey Carey & Gayle Swinney– Crocheting; and Glenda Stephens– Organizing. Table centerpieces were made by Jeanette, Barbara Sue & Janet, Page helped with door prizes and Teresa help with organizing snacks. Thanks to all the ladies who donated door prizes.