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    January 30, 2005


Volume 15 - Number 05     

THE ROAD OF LIFE

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.

But later on when I met Christ it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since. When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable...It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, he said, “Pedal!” I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are You taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine. And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ. And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says… “Pedal”.

Author Unknown

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Lost at Sea

Sir Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary in Labrador, found himself adrift on an ice flow, headed out to sea. He mercifully killed his dogs, made a coat out of their hides, put up a distress flag, and lay down and slept. Later he said, “There was nothing to fear. I had done all I could, the rest lay in God’s hands.”

Donald Campbell, Daniel, Decoder of Dreams, p. 20

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BUT GOD

I know not, but God knows;
Oh, blessed rest from fear!
All my unfolding days
To Him are plain and clear.
Each anxious, puzzled “Why?”
From doubt or dread that grows,
Finds answer in this thought:
I know not, but He knows.

I cannot, but God can;
Oh, balm for all my care!
The burden that I drop
His hand will lift and bear.
Though eagle pinions tire,
I walk where once I ran, This is
my strength to know
I cannot, but He can.

I see not, but God sees;
Oh, all sufficient light!
My dark and hidden way
To Him is always bright.
My strained and peering eyes
May close in restful ease,
And I in peace may sleep;
I see not, but He sees.

Annie Johnson Flint


DIRECTORY UPDATE

We are currently in the process of updating all the information, photos, etc. in our church directory.

Members are asked to turn in an attendance card with their current addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc. We will start taking new photos soon.

A new directory will be printed when completed. Also, all of this information and photos will be updated in our members only section on the church web-site.


LADIES CLASS

Thursday, February 3rd, at the building.


AM SERMON:
TBA
Delbert Leavens
PM SERMON:
Song Service
.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Jan. 30: Song Service @ 6 pm
  • Feb 5: Open House at the Simmons. Noon til 4 pm. Hot dogs , hamburgers with the fixins will be served. Volleyball, football & indoor fun for all ages.
  • Feb 6: Fellowship Meal
  • Feb. 6-8: Gospel Meeting at Pt. Charlotte church of Christ
  • Feb: 19: Get-together at the Wheelers. 5:00 pm
  • Feb 27: Song Service @ 6 pm

““God has a thousand ways where I can see not one; when all my means have reached their end then His have just begun.” Guyot

 

SERVICE OOPPORTUNITIES

 

Remember in Prayer

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 

SYBIL WHEELER
IVA & LEM TURNER
MARION BOEHME
RON JONES
JIM DOUGAN
BILL O’CONNOR
JEANETTE THOMPSON
ROB HERSMAN
RICHARD YOUNGBLOOD
JANET LATHAN

Ushers:

 

 Delbert Leavens

 

Morning Services

 

Bible Reading:

 Dale Schwartz  

Songs:

 David Coffman  

Sermon:

 Delbert Leavens

 

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney

 
     

Evening Services

 

Opening Prayer:

 Mike Weber

 

Songs:

 David Coffman

 

Sermon:

 Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

 Glen Law

 
Our Record - Last Week

Communion

Attendance:
109
Tim Simmons - Kerry Keathley
Kaden Simmons - Sean Keathley
Contribution:
$ 4088.00
Budget:
$ 2695.00
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