10 December 2017

                               STRIVING TO DO GOD'S THINGS GOD'S WAY
                                  AND TO WORSHIP OUR GOD - - HIS WAY;
                                            FORSAKING OUR OWN IDEAS,
                                        WE SEEK HIS WILL IN ALL THINGS.

                                                  NEWS AND NOTES

and are glad that you have come to worship God with us

CONTINUE TO PRAY for Russell Davis, Delores Williams, for the friend of Kathleen Jacobs whose 26 year old son committed suicide, Claudia Jacobs, Robin Selanders, Helen Pitts,  Ashley Forbes, the Goddard family, Madelyn Bedell and for Wes Hatfield.


                                  THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

    If God loved you as much as you love Him, where would you be?


                                                                      MORE THAN A HABIT
                                                        By Ron Stough

     Often when encouraging an unfaithful Christian to return to worship with the saints, the reply will be, “Oh, I know I ought to be there, but I guess I’ve just gotten out of the habit. Maybe one of these days I’ll get started again.”

      Regarding worship as a habit seems to put it on the same level as brushing our teeth or taking a walk. Until we view worship as an integral part of our daily lives, it may be easy for us to break the “habit” of worship.

      The purpose of our worship is to honor and magnify the God of the universe. This is going to require a love, reverence, and devotion in our hearts each day of the week. Only when we live with God daily, and know Him intimately, will we feel the desire to exalt and honor Him on the Lord’s Day. A deep understanding of the love that sent Jesus to the cross for our sins will elevate worship from a habit to a privilege.

      The joyful Psalmist urged, “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.” (Psalms 99:5) We serve a holy God. Our souls cry out for spiritual fellowship with our Creator, the one in whose image we were created. We must cultivate that desire with knowledge, self-discipline, and training, so that we, like David, can say, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalms 122:1)

 Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”





The setting was a cold January morning in a little town in Wisconsin, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. It happened to be the Saturday when they had their annual dog sled derby on the ice. A one-mile course had been staked out by sticking little fir trees in the ice. The whole course was easily visible because of the steep slope of the shore.

It was a youngsters’ meet and the contenders ranged all the way from large boys with several dogs and big sleds to one little fellow who didn’t seem over five with a little sled and one small dog. They took off at the signal and the little fellow with his one dog was quickly outdistanced — he was hardly in the race.

All went well with the rest until, about halfway around, the team that was second started to pass the team then in the lead. They came too close and the dogs got in a fight. And as each team came up the dogs joined the fight. None seemed to be able to steer clear of it. Soon, from our position about a half mile away, there was just one big black seething mass of kids and sleds and dogs — all but the little fellow with his one that managed it, and the only one to finish the race.

Two morals:

1. No matter how stiff the challenge may be, keeping your eye on your ultimate goal will bring you final victory. “But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:52).

2. Infighting by those competing against each other rather than competing for the ultimate prize brings failure.

Be sure of your course, just keep on going! Don’t waste time and lose your reward just to watch or engage in a dog fight.  

- Selected and adapted via Bulletin Fodder




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Opening Prayer
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Assist at Table
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10 December 17

Jim Cauveren
Jim Cauveren
Kyle Selanders
Philippians 3:1-6
Ken Crews
Ray Williams
Kyle Selanders
Ron Fox
Ken Crews
Russell Davis
Ray Williams

10 December 17

                                            GOD’S SIMPLE PLAN TO SAVE MAN                            

                                                 Hear God's Word- Romans 10:17
                                                         Believe- Hebrews 11:6
                                                            Repent- Acts 17:30
                                                          Confess- Acts 8:36-37
                                                         Be Baptized- Acts 2:38
Live Faithfully- Hebrews 5:9


                                   IT MUST BE USED

A Soap manufacturer, not a Christian, was walking with a preacher, Said the Soap maker, “The gospel you preach hasn’t done much good, for there is still a lot of wickedness and wicked people.”  The preacher made no immediate reply, but they soon passed a child making mud pies.  He was exceedingly dirty.  The preacher said, “Soap hasn’t done much good in the world for there is still much dirt and many dirty people.”  “Oh, well,” answered the manufacturer, “Soap is useful only when it is applied.”  THINK ABOUT IT!