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May 28, 2017

Article from the Minister

Dealing with Life

It seems that at some time in your life there is someone who knows just exactly what you should do. It may be how you discipline your child to what shoes you wear. I suppose most of those people know something about life after all they are alive. They may have had a pair of shoes like the ones you are considering buying. They may have trained a few children in their time. So I think you should listen to them and consider what they are saying.

It is your life. You must plan how to deal with your shoes or your child. There may be many things other than these that you deal with every day. To never take the advice of anyone seems to me to be foolish on the other hand to take the advice of everyone would be foolish. God provided you with a brain so put it to use.

To make any decision you need to know if it is right or wrong according to the Lord. The way to know these things is to study and understand His word the Bible. I do not know of a verse in the Bible which directs us toward a particular pair of shoes. I do remember that God caused the shoes of the Israelites not to wear out during the 40 years they wandered in the wilderness. Then there was the time when God told Moses to take his off for he was standing on holy ground. Remember He also told Joshua the same thing later!

There is the question of the food which we eat. You learn by experimenting with different food if one or more is bad for your health. Of course, the doctors or dieticians have advice on which foods to eat for a healthy body. The New Testament does not tell us to abstain from any foods as the Law given through Moses did. There is the command in Acts 15:29, “That you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood from things strangled and fro sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.”

Training a child is different for each one. Some need a scolding, some need a time out some need a spanking, and some need a hugging. I am sorry I can’t tell you which you should do at any minute. Training a child is a practice. You must do what works for that child. The goal of all parents should be for their child to become a Christian when they become mature. Then as they grow older I pray they will remain faithful to God’s way.

One father told me many years ago, “He had heard people say they treated all their children alike. He said they were either lying or had some really messed-up children. Each child is different and must be treated different." The goal of all parents should be for their child to become a Christian when they become mature. Then as they grow older I pray they will remain faithful to God’s way.

What job to have? Everyone cannot work at the same job. Parents many times push their child to a certain profession. The child may not have the personality or the desire to be in that profession. Sometimes a child is limited by ability. Many are limited by desire. Some even though they are not limited prefer one job over another. The goal of all parents should be for their child to become a Christian when they become mature. Then as they grow older I pray they will remain faithful to God’s way.

The life of most Americans have an automobile to deal with. Eventually the automobile needs repairs. Which garage to use then is the question. Most people have a preference. Oh, did you think to eat breakfast? What did you have? That decision had to be made by someone. My mother-in-law liked cream of wheat. Sometimes when we visited them that was breakfast! Not my favorite food. Should I have never visited them again because of that? You know better than that. I didn’t even get angry. Love is more important that a bowl of food.

This article has wandered around over many different subjects. That is the way life comes. Deal with it according to God word!

Love, Vernon


Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Mary Mattingly, Margie Wells family, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly, Richard & Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Dimitri Sandlin (grandson of Keith & Dana Sandlin).


Prayer Request:

-Velma Fortin, Mary Taylor's sister.

-Ruby Goodrum is improving.

-Curtis Ashby went to the eye specialist. They will begin shots in his eyes for about 6 months to see if this will help.

-Ruby Dunn is in Westwood Hills Nursing Home under hospice care.

-Edna Merle is still very weak. She is enjoying visiting with her family.

-Harold Shaw had a stroke and he is now at home.

-Richard Crofford, Cleo's son is third on the liver transplant list.

-Dimitri Sandlin, 3 year old grandson of Keith and Dana Sandlin had surgery on Friday to remove his appendix.



Nadine Barton, Patsy Myers, Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Phillip Spradling, (brother of Robert Spradling), Sue Hover (friend of Anna Gregory), Eunice Condict (Teresa Davis' mom).


CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.


NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.


Vernon and Judy's son, Paul and his son Isaac are wanting to go on a mission trip to Guatemala on July 22-29. If anyone is interested in helping him please see Vernon.


Jakob Mathis will also be a 2017 Graduate of Poplar Bluff High School. His mother is Cindy Mathis. Proud grandparents are Vernon and Judy Curry.


Vijay Kumar's father passed away this year. His mother is grieving. Sybil and I thought it might be comforting to her to receive cards from fellow Christians. If you wish to send her a card this is her address. I do not know how much it will cost to mail a card. Please check with the post office.

Smt. Binipe Thalupulamma

W/o Binipe Chandra Roa (late)

D.no1-211, Church of Christ

Thimmapuram - 533 005A.P. India

New Address:

Curtis & Georgia Ashby

2387 Landsbury

Waterford, MI 48329

Bootheel Youth Camp

BYC work days have been scheduled for May 20th and June 3rd from 9am until after lunch (provided). These days are spent cleaning the camp grounds in preparation for the upcoming camp session. Please help at one or both... it's always a fun and productive time together!

Camp registration fees do not cover all the camp's expenses for the year. Anyone who would like to contribute financially to the camp may do so at any time. They would especially appreciate donations at this time to help offset the cost of groceries for the camp sessions. Donations can be sent to : Bootheel Youth Camp 201 Adams Dr. Dexter, MO 63841.


Bootheel Youth Camp forms are on the table out front. Camp sessions start the weekend of June 9th.

Teaching material:

Teaching material is in the teacher workroom for the summer quarter.

Upcoming Area Events - Check bulletin board in foyer for more information.

Mark your calendars:


We are planning to have VBS on June 26 - 29. Please volunteer to teach or help in anyway.

Bible Lectureship

1st Annual Show Me State Bible Lectures -

Branson Church of Christ - Sunday May 28th - June 4th.

Children's Home Fish Fry

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm.

Please RSVP by June 5th to the Dexter Church office, 573-624-8906.

Christian Day at the Ballpark

For anyone interested there will be a Christian Day at the St Louis Cardinal Stadium on July 30th. For more information see flier on the bulletin board.

Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up

-August 21, 2017. Fabric softener sheets, velveeta cheese, rotel, steak sauce, band-aids, evaporated milk.

Gospel Meeting

We have tentative plans to have a gospel meeting on November 3-5. We are still in the process of confirming the speaker.

Guest Article

Have a little Faith

On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a little league game being played. As I sat down on the bench on the first base line, I asked one little boy what the score was.

"We're behind 14 to nothing," he answered with a smile.

"Really," I said. "I have to say you don't look very discouraged."

"Discouraged?" the boy said with a puzzled look on his face. "Why should we be discouraged - we haven't even been up yet."

-Selected - Unknown



Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27


Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42


Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3


Acts 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33


Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4


2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10


Sunday Services

   Bible Study ….……..... 9:00 a.m.

   Morning Worship...….10:00 a.m.

   Evening Worship ......... 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday Bible Study...7:00 p.m.


Tuesday Bible Study ......10:00 a.m.

Westwood Hills Nursing Home Service

     Wednesday .............. 10:00 a.m.



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