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Teach The Lost, Care For The Needy, Edify The Saved

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December 11, 2016

Article from the Minister

The Blessings of Getting Older

Many people tend forget there is something good about getting older. So much of the time it is hidden to us by the aches and pains in our physical bodies. This week I want to look at some of the blessings of getting older.

We do not know the age of Job. He was old enough that he had adult children. The following is a thought from the book of Job. “Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding. “With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.” Job 12:12-13. The young make so many mistakes because they lack wisdom. You who are older may have known younger people doing things which you know is not the best thing to do. In fact, if you are honest with yourself you will remember some of the things which you did which were not the wise thing to do. Older people need to teach the younger. We need to be a good example to them. We need to talk with them. We need to spend time with them. It is so easy to just say, “They don’t listen.” We then justify our self by not telling them anything. God has given us wisdom as we have passed through the years. We must use it or lose it.

Paul appealed to Philemon to have respect for him because of his age. “Yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you--being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ” Philemon 1:9. Some older people are not living a life of respect. Then they wonder why the younger people do not show them respect. Many older people are disrespectful to others. They belittle children. They abuse the strength and authority they assume they have. Older people are to be humble, kind, loving, caring, serving and all other attributes of a Christian. You need to start developing this kind of life today before you become a craggy old person!

Memories are more abundant in an older person than in a younger one. The memories you dwell on are the ones you remember the most. So think about the good things. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8. As you build your life control your thinking! Good thoughts help to grow a good person. A good person produces good fruit.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren come with old age. You may have heard the saying, “If I had known that grandchildren were so much fun I would have had them instead of children.” When God tells us to teach our children we should not stop with the first generation. When Joseph invited Jacob to come to Egypt, he invited all the family.
“You shall dwell in the land of Gosh en, and you shall be near to me, you and your children, your children's children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have Genesis 45:10. It seems that grandparents many times take more time to be with children and teach them than parents do. Growing older causes us to realize the importance of time with the young people. Too many people think the things we can buy them is what is important. When time spend with them is the most important thing.

Older people need to realize the importance of building a person which loves God, loves others and loves themselves. This comes with wisdom which God gives to those who ask for it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 This wisdom doesn’t come suddenly but over the years as it is need. Growing older gives more!

Growing older gets one closer to the next life. “to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Philippians 1:23

Love, Vernon


Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Joann Godwin, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Eli Kelly (Bill & Jo Ann's grandson). Velma (Mary Taylor's sister).


Prayer Request:

-Patsy Myers biopsy showed cancer. She went on Wednesday to see what course of treatment she will need.

-Margaret Allen, Mark Allen's mom had more test on the December 9th and will be scheduled for surgery later.

-Gary Kenser in room 4073 (4th floor) of the VA Hospital. He would like prayers and visitors.

-John Arnold's brother Tom, is doing better.

-David Livingston, Toni Harty's son, broke both arms while playing football.



Nadine Barton, Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Mary Ault, Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Lee DuBois (Lou Roach's sister), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Roxanne Carson, member at Green Forest.


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, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.


There will be NO Sunday evening services on December 25th.

The Highland Drive congregation sent a memorial gift to the Paragould Children's Home on behalf of Kathy Harty's brother, Earl Goings, Jr. Our prayers are with Kathy and the family.

Cindy Mathis new address:

3105 Warrior Lane Apt #4

Kathy Knowles new address:

P.O. Box 714 Poplar Bluff Mo 63901

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

Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up

-February 27. (toliet paper, toothpaste, dishwashing detergent, disinfectant cleaner (non-aerosol), cereal, and marshmallows).


Who Is This Person?

Answers for last week's riddle:

#1 - Aaron Harty

#2 - Toni Harty

Person 1 -

I was born in Missouri.

I attended school at Greenville and Williamsville.

I worked at American Car in St Louis until it closed.

I worked construction.

I owned and drove a race car for years.

I am a man.

Person 2 -

I was born in Matthews Mo.

I married in 1953.

I clean house and vacuum.

I also do the laundry.

I have 2 sons.

I am a man.

Guest Article

The House of Joy

"And these things we write unto you, that your joy may be full" (1 John 1:4).

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace... " (Galatians 5:22).

God wants you to be happy! The idea of happiness or joy is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. This joy can be achieved only when you allow God to prescribe the conditions for it. It is a "fruit" or consequence of a surrendered life, a spiritual commodity.

It's great to be a Christian! Truly, the gospel message is "glad tidings of great joy." A man once said "If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere." To be holy and unhappy is a contradiction.

This does not mean, however, that the Christian will never experience sorrow. Sorrows are common to all. But, as someone so aptly put it, "our joy is livelier and more abiding than our sorrows are." In fact, the New Testament links suffering and joy together, the agony and the ecstasy (Acts 5:41).

It is through the door of service to God that a man enters the house of joy. Basic to Christianity is the joy to be derived from it. "Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice!"

--Selected, via The Hickory Ridge Bulletin, September 2007.



"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7



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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