I am fascinated by nature. I believe that God made everything. It is so nice to watch clouds as they travel through the sky. Today I saw a strip of sky (very blue) between some clouds. When the clouds come we expect some rain or snow it depends on how cold the weather is. When one is flying above the clouds they look so fluffy. My wife said once, “The clouds are so beautiful. It looks like you could just step out on them and walk.”
False teachers are referred to as clouds without water that are carried about by a strong wind. Clouds hold the promise of moisture. Many clouds though do not give the water when the earth needs it. False teachers promise many things which never come to the listeners. They make promises which the Lord has not made. The listeners are disappointed by these broken promises. It is very sad that people follow false teachers. Some will follow these false teachers into hell. It is sad to trust a cloud to bring needed water and not receive it.
Elijah prayed for it not to rain and it did not rain for three and one half years. After he met the prophets of Baal and the Lord send the fire for the sacrifice he prayed for rain. Each time he prayed the servant was sent to look toward the sea. The first six times there was nothing. After the seventh prayer the servant came back and said "There is a cloud, as small as a man's hand, rising out of the sea!" 1 Kings 18:44. The power of God never depends on the physical size as is taught in many examples. On this occasion the Lord brought a great rain, “Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.” 1 Kings 18:45.
The ascendance of Jesus was into the clouds; “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Acts 1:9. The disciples had seen and heard some astounding things in the few weeks before this event. They were standing there gazing up into heaven. They had not seen anything like that before! Jesus had been talking to them and then he just went up into the clouds. The angels told them what to expect. We believe this happened and expect Jesus to return in a similar fashion.
The death, burial, resurrection and the ascension means so mush to a Christian. We are looking forward to His return. Read these verses about His return. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. “who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11.
The importance of the Lord's deeds calls for a response from us. While it is true that Jesus died for all of mankind, many will not be saved because of their response to Him. Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15. We know that love prompts people to respond to the deeds of others. Jesus loved you some much that He died for your sins. We obey Him because we love and appreciate all that He has done. When the Lord returns he will, “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Loretta Sullivan, Helen Haywood, Katelyn Jost (niece of Robin Davis), Betty Britton (coworker of Inis Kearbey), Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice)
Quentin Smith is now in rehab at the old Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center facility on Westwood He expects to be released on the 24th. Remember in prayers.
Edna Kenser is in rehab at the old Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center facility on Westwood. She expect to be released 21th. Remember in prayers.
Tom Huff's cousin, Luella Elder, has requested prayers for her son-in-law that he might find employment. They live in California.
David and Norma Buie, Bobby Miller's aunt and uncle, are dealing with diabetes and would appreciate your prayers.
Bill Kenser recently had cataract surgery. Please remember Bill in your prayers.
Yvonne Salyer has been home sick with the flu. Please keep Yvonne in your prayers.
Helen Haywood is home now from a recent hospital stay. Please keep Sister Haywood in your prayers.
Tom Huff had another scan recently. The report was that his lung was clear, the pancreas is better, but the liver is a little worse. He also had another treatment recently. Please continue to remember Tom in your prayers.
Susan South is dealing with a lot of health problems and not doing well. She is taking radiation and other cancer treatments, and has been very sick. She needs our prayers at this time.
Don Magill is receiving in-home therapy now, and it has been a slow recovery process for him. Please keep Don in your prayers.
Judy Curry continues to have health problems and would appreciate your prayers.
Nellie Wagner is at home and improving. She desires your continued prayers.
Norma Hager, friend of Wilma Poyner, is going to need knee surgery. Please keep Norma in your prayers.
Joe Taylor, Mary Taylor's son, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will have surgery at St. Francis in Cape on October 21. Please keep Joe in your prayers. If you would like to send a card, his address is: 306 Beverly Drive
New Madrid, MO 63869
DEALING WITH CANCER: Freda Lancaster, Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Dan Gregg, and Harold Shaw.
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; U. L. Smith, Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Leoma Owens and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale; and Warren Kaufhold (Gail Magill's father) and Marion West in Mark Twain.
Trunk 'n Treat, Friday, October 31, at 6:00 p.m. on the front parking lot.
There will be a Fish Fry at Highland on November 1 at noon.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be November 10. Items needed this quarter are: HE (High Efficiency) Laundry Detergent, cold Cereal, Cookies, Cooking Spray, flavored Instant Oatmeal packets, and grated Parmesan Cheese.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Fisk October 19-22 Todd Clippard
Kennett, Slicer St. November 2-5 Keith Parker
Judy and I have had several discussions concerning this coming trip to India. She believes she will be able to handle whatever, while I am gone to India. So I am making plans to go. Our plans (Lord willing) are to leave January 20th and return about February 5th. We have begin receiving money for the trip. If you wish to help any you can give is appreciated. The ones planning to go are Vernon, Wayne, Dan Curry, Geneva Magill and Sybil Walker.
I received an e-mail last week concerning a cyclone which hit India in the area where we travel. Much damage was done. Please pray for these people. Some of these have lost their houses and the contents.
Daily: Pray, study
and work with the Lord.
Don't Overlook the Obvious
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night, Holmes said, “Watson, look up and tell me what you see.” Watson said, “I see millions and millions of stars.”
Holmes asked, “And what does that tell you?” Watson replied, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you Holmes?” Holmes answered simply, “Somebody stole our tent.”
Friends, we wonder why young people leave the church in droves as soon as they are grown, we wonder why churches are smaller now than they were 20 years ago, we wonder why it is so hard to evangelize our community and our world. As we wonder about these things, let us not overlook the obvious - the Church is more worldly than the world was 20 years ago!
A worldly Christian cannot shine for Christ – a worldly church cannot reach the world for Christ! If you wonder what the problem may be, start by looking in the mirror; the problem may be in you. What type of reputation do you have in the community? When people look at you, do they see Jesus or the world? Is your loyalty divided between Jesus and the world?
James 4:7-8: “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
Mark 4:18-19: “The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.”
--Jody McFadden, Minister
10-14-12 (taken from their website)
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
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Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901