July 16, 2000
Volume 10, Number 29

Overcoming Discouragement

Lawrence Welk once said that in the musical world, he found the happiest people to be those who not only have the highest character but also the deepest religious faith. As unoriginal and trite as it sounds, faith is one of the big answers when looking at the problem of discouragement.

In his famous Halley's Bible Handbook, the author Henry H. Halley says, "Faith is the ability to feel so sure of God that no matter how dark the day, there is never any doubt as to the outcome." Even God's people don't have enough faith, and it's clearly evidenced by our fears, worries, anxieties, our murmurings and questioning, and our discouragement. A great faith is the result of often reading the Bible. Those who read this book often have increased faith; those who read it seldom have little faith. Romans 10: 17 teaches that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Closely akin to faith is this matter of communicating with God. This too is an antidote for discouragement. We allow God to speak to us through reading or hearing his word, the Bible. We speak to him through prayer. The old song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," contains this line:

O, what peace we often forfeit;
O, what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

The Bible teaches that prayer is a privilege of God's people. If there were no other benefit connected with being a Christian, I would want to be a Christian just to be able to talk to God through prayer and know my prayer was being heard.

One way we can either avert or overcome discouragement is work. There are two reasons work successfully combats discouragement. In the first place, physical work is a great relaxer that relieves tensions in addition to toning muscles. Secondly, work leads to accomplishment, which naturally encourages us. At other times, it is not work that we need. Instead, the need is for rest. After a good night's rest, we wake up to "a new day" in more ways than one, if you know what I mean. Life seems completely different and the situation seems one-hundred percent better after a day off or a restful night. Man needs rest as well as work.

Now, let me give you another way to overcome discouragement. When all about you seems dark and dismal, try to objectively study the situation. Exercise reason rather than allowing your emotions to overtake you. The facts often reveal that things really aren't as bad as our feelings had led us to believe.

Self-confidence is also terribly important. When properly understood, there is no conflict between self-confidence and humility. The apostle Paul had both and so can we. He considered himself "chief of sinners" and "the least of the apostles," yet he was still able to say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Have the proper kind and amount of self-esteem. Don't carry it to the extreme of not trusting in God, but be like the little locomotive that climbed the mountain saying, "I think I can, I think I can." Better yet, say, "With God on my side, I know I can."

Then too, there is a quality known as serenity. Serenity is calmness, tranquility. Those always getting upset about things over which they have no control lack serenity and are especially plagued by discouragement.

Gratitude is another antidote for discouragement. To again quote a song,

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed;
when you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
count your many blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Remember the man who complained because he had no shoes until he met another who had no feet?

And then, finally, we need a sense of humor to survive in this world. Larry T. McGehee, in his famous and brief commencement address at the University of Alabama in 1972, said, "Laugh - he who cannot laugh at himself always appears ridiculous." There is much in us and in the world about us that is comical and funny. In General MacArthur's little essay "A Father's Prayer," there is this line: "And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough sense of humor that he may be serious, yet never take himself too seriously." Maybe the Coca Cola Bottling Company will not mind me summarizing this point on humor by saying, "Things go better with a joke."

Author Unknown

"Ghana Campaign 2000"

July 18 - August 6

On Tuesday, Ted will be leaving with Sybil and Cathalee for Ghana. During this time they will be working in the Eastern Region (Kade, Pramkese); Western Region (Takoradi) and the Greater Accra Region (Ashaiman, Kpone). There is a map in the foyer. Ted is going to try and send back updates via email.

While Ted is away the following men will be speaking for us:

July 23 ... Jim Belts (Kissimmee)
July 30 ... Jackie Stearsman (Lakeland)
August 6 ... Bill Norton (Auburndale)
Weds. Class ... Wayne Vowell

Please remember the campaign in your prayers.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Bible Bowl study cards will passed out Sunday, July 2

Remember in Prayers:

Betty Dougan - Robin Vowell - Cathy Jenson - Naomi Morton - Iva Turner

Everette Riggenbach - Leslie Johnson - Henrietta VanNatter - Earl Wilson

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier - Ersel Riggenbach

News:

 

Building Program: Applications have been filed for the various permits that will be needed for the improvements. There has been a lot of progress in the past few weeks. Both the engineer and the architect are just about finished with their final plans. As soon as we have the plans in hand—we can begin putting the plans out for construction bids.
Note: July 30th is a 5th Sunday. All of our contribution over our budget will be placed into our building fund.. - click here.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 17. (6:30 pm)

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Opportunity" (Galatians 6:10)

"What is Important?" (Matthew 16:26)

A closed hand ... cannot receive.

Service Opportunities

Time of Services

Announcements:

Wayne Vowell

Sunday

Ushers:

Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Clarence Riggenbach

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

Jim Treece

Monday

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Frank Small

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Kerry Keathley

Songs:

Jim Treece

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Jim Dougan

Attendance:
62

Communion

Contribution:
$ 1255.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Wayne Vowell
Jim Dougan
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1568.68

Ernest Bowker

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