“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.”
~Matthew 6:19-21, KJV~
The V.B.S. Family Night Program was wonderful. You could fee the excitement of the week of VBS. Parents and grandparents of the children were in abundance. I’m already looking forward to my next VBS! I’m sorry for those of you who do not get to participate in VBS. You’re missing out!
Thank God for the showers that were so needed. If you haven’t received one, maybe this will be the afternoon you get your turn.
I started reading the Baptist Press articles from the bottom of the list. Your heart will be blessed if you take the time to do the same.
June 13, 2008
INDIANA–WRAP-UP: Messengers elect Johnny Hunt president, launch evangelism initiative. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28274
IOWA–Iowa facing ‘historic hydrological event.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28275
INDIANA–Weather affects registration total. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28276
INDIANA–Loving a leader is ministers’ wives’ topic. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28277
INDIANA–Cullen receives ministers’ wives’ award. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28278
INDIANA–Pastors’ wives hear from Donna Gaines. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28279
INDIANA–Top chaplain: Prayer keeps us on God’s agenda. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28280
INDIANA–Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28281
TEXAS–At 104, he aims ‘to be a blessing.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28282
TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Tim Ellsworth): Hug your kids a little longer. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28283
LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Dream again, Daddy. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28284
INDIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Tony Kummer): It’s just a walk across the street. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28285
Ruby O. Hayden
(June 24, 1916 – June 12, 2008)
In loving memory of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Ruby O. Hayden. She died on her wedding anniversary on June 12, 2008. She was born to Walter and Edith Ford almost 92 years ago on June 24, 1916. She is survived by her daughter, Bettie Ziebarth, her 2 grandsons, Wesley and Dale Ziebarth, and her granddaughter, Tona Phillips. She is also survived by 4 great-grandson, Brandon, Van, and Kevin Ziebarth and Jacob Phillips, 2 granddaughters, Brianna Ziebarth and Sara Phillips, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed but not forgotten. Rest in Peace Grandmaw. We love you. Visitation at Oak Grove Church of Christ, Independence, from 9 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Bro. Dale Ziebarth and Brandon Ziebarth. Interment Loranger Cemetery, Loranger, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.
WATER AND DESPAIR FLOOD COLUMBUS, INDIANA
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains has deployed to Columbus, Indiana, approximately 40 miles south of Indianapolis. According to media updates, the floods have brought casualties, the hospital has been evacuated, millions of dollars of damage are estimated, and there are reports of looting arrests as residents attempt to dig out in the aftermath of the tragedy. It appears that most of the victims do not have flood insurance for their homes.
We want to be a light in this community that was plunged into darkness and despair as the Haw Creek overflowed last week, says Jack Munday, director of the Rapid Response Team. In many cases people’s lives are shattered right now. Their homes are badly damaged or destroyed, along with the memories the home represents. Their feeling of safety and security is gone. They are badly in need of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.
* for those who lost their homes
* for the patients and employees of the hospital that was evacuated
* that many will come to know Christ in the midst of sorrow
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze
Thank you for your prayers and support. We also greatly value your financial support.
*Check or money order – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
1Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201
A PEOPLE OF OUR WORD
A duck walked into a feed store and asked the owner, “Do you have any duck food?”
The proprietor replied, “No, we don’t have any duck food.”
The next day the duck walked into the same feed store and asked the owner, “Do you have any duck food?”
The feed store owner was an ill-mannered, impatient man. He yelled at the duck, “I told you yesterday! We don’t have any duck food. Now get out of here and don’t come back or I’ll nail your webbed feet to the floor!”
Again, on the next day, the duck walked into the same feed store. This time he asked the store owner, “Do you have any nails?”
“Nope. We don’t have nails.”
“Then do you have any duck food?”
I suppose we’ve all made threats from time to time that we never intended to carry out. There have been many times I’ve heard a parent say to his or her child, “You better do this before I count to three or else!” only to count to three and, not seeing any response from the child, say, “This time I mean it — “You better do this before I count to three or else!” Our children catch on very quickly as to whether or not we intend to carry through on the promises and threats we make to them.
Sometimes things happen that keep us from following through on a commitment. But that should be the rare exception, not the rule. The apostle Paul wanted to make sure that the Corinthians knew the difference. He had told them that he intended to visit them twice, but he was only going to be able to see them once. Some of his critics used this as an opportunity to accuse Paul of being fickle and untrustworthy. Here’s Paul’s response:
“I had originally planned two great visits with you – coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip….That was the plan. Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth – a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his…” (2 Cor. 1:15-18, The Message)
What a powerful statement to make — “I try to be as true to my word as God is to his.” Can we say the same? As Christians, we need to be known as a people of our word. We shouldn’t have to play word games like, “Well, if I say it like this, then I mean what I say, otherwise I don’t.” We need to develop a reputation for being a people of our word.
Have a great day!
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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