Happy Father's Day
Through the years I have made it a practice to write assessments of life as I turn a new age. It is amazing how one's perspective changes through the years. I can remember having certain expectations of everyone's children and when those expectations were not met I drew undue conclusions about everyone involved. I was one of those people that had unrealistic expectations of myself, my family, and everyone else. I also remember having unrealistic opinions about the local preachers I listened to. These men were held at such a high standard that if I saw or heard one of them going on their lunch break to exercise I condemned them. From my perspective they should have been evangelizing 24-7. Time ought to bring about wisdom in all of our lives. I would like to take you through a progression of my fatherly steps of maturity in this short article (I'm still working on this).
I have come to learn that children do not stay cute and little for ever. Yes it is true, even though they are a lot of fun as little children. I have learned that being a father doesn't happen automatically. My biggest failures in being a dad through the years was expecting my children to be like me without the work. I just thought it would happen. It doesn't work that way. The more I see differences between us the greater my hurt. I have to remind myself that all have to come to conclusions on their own lest it be nothing but someone else's faith. I have experienced my greatest success in being a dad when I spent time with my kids. Whether that time was attending worship, Bible study, coaching, vacationing, or just one on one talking. My advice to any new dad starting out is to not go empty when the child gets out of the fun little stage of life. Grow with your child. Learn NOW to put away your remote control to the television, your lap top computer, your earphones, and your personal recreation at the appropriate time. It breaks my heart to know that there were times in my life that I should have been better at doing that. I love my kids with all my heart. God has richly blessed me (Psalms 127:5). If you are a dad today you too are blessed!
Written on 2015 by John Robertson
Copied from their web site of Floral Heights Church of Christ 1814 Buchanan Wichita Falls, Texas
Jesus said there is one that is good that is God. So all fathers are imperfect, but very important.
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Duard and Mary Mattingly, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly, Helena Gardner, Sherry Smith, Mary Jo Fry, Mary Gilley (Judy Curry's mom), Trace Tompkins (Tom Tompkins son), Scott Davis, Angie Sandlin, Bobby Miller.
Anna Gregory recently had leg surgery and is doing well.
Virginia Schlueter - Robert Knowles aunt passed away last week.
Loyd Sullivan is is home now. At last report was doing well.
Nadine Barton is at Swift Creek and doing well.
Angie Sandlin Lorenzo's sister-in-law who had a stroke a few months back. She now has found that she has breast cancer and they also found a mass in her uterus. Please keep this family in your daily prayers.
Judy Curry visited with another specialist doctor and this one will try some different medicines. We are hopeful they will help her to feel better.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Tom Huff, 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), Brittany MacDowell (grand-daughter of Mac West), Jessica Payne (teacher @ Fisk), Lori Carr (Debbie Ward's sister-in-law), Patty Peters (Anna Gregory's daughter), Angie Sandlin (sister-in-law of Lorenzo). Jessica Payne teacher @ Fisk.
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Terry Butler, are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living; Nadine Barton is in Swift Creek. Judy Alpin is in assisted living in the Bonne Terre.
Congregational Fish Fry
There will be a Fish Fry for the Highland Drive congregation on Saturday, June 30th at noon. Ladies please bring side dishes and desserts. This congregational dinner will be held to honor our 2018 graduating seniors.
We need to supply 10 dozen brownies for the camp on Thursday, June 28th.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be August 27th. Items needed this quarter are: Canned Chicken, Velveeta Cheese, Shortening (any flavor), Cereal, Cooking Oil, and Taco Seasoning.
The Highland Drive Vacation Bible School will be June 18th, 19th, and 20th. Each night will begin at 6:30. Theme: Noah's Ark Adventure.
We start classes tomorrow night. Please bring cookies for the snacks. If you have already brought them, thank you.
50th Anniversary Celebration of BYC, August 25.
And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
If there are fathers then we think of children. Fathers have a very important part in the development of children. God has instructed all who are fathers to discipline (train) the children. This training is to be done according to God's teaching. Most children respond well to good examples, when they see the father and mother working together they want to be a part of that work if possible. Words, teaching the child are good but the examples are very effective. So the children should see the father do things.
We may think of fathers reading aloud from the Bible to the children, or reading good books, or telling good stories. This certainly should be done. Some fathers also help with the work in the home. Cooking may not be the first choice, but anyone can help clean after the meal. Washing clothes should be something every person should learn to do, there are times when the mother may not be able to do all the house work so some help from father and the children will be great. This will also let the children have a sense of family. This thought that we are all pulling together and building life is a real help for the child when they become an adult. Yes, fathers can clean, they may miss some of the dust, but the things which they do will make less work for the mother and will help the child to learn and this will be a blessing to the child later in life.
The father is to be head of the family. This means that he takes the lead in providing for the family, not just in money, but in the over-all-care of the family. So fathers must be involved in the important things for the family. The spiritual life of the family is what will hold the family together, so children must be reminded of God's presence in every activity. When the family is having a fun time such as vacation or camping remember to take time for Bible reading and praying.
Children will learn by the examples they see. Fathers must show kindness to all, children learn love by watching. Some fathers will say, I love you, others may be more in caring and doing things which are helpful. Love will be understood by the children by the examples they see.
Love Wayne Curry
Hot tea I drink with beard and jam;
I marvel how content I am
To live right here where peace is mine
from care and want and common worry
When outer world is hurry-scurry!
Thank God for him and loving care,
And sweet release from wear and tear,
For tea and bread well spread with jam--
I marvel how content I am.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New Wave TV Channel 18 Wednesday
5pm - In Search of the Lord's Way
5:30pm - Key to the Kingdom
FM 94.5 and 93.3 - AM 930
Minute for the Master - between 2-3pm
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.
Tom Carter .... ........ . 785-7455
Charles Lancaster .... .......... 785-8748
Mark North .................................... 686-2230
Ralph Nelson ........................cell # 776-4655
Lorenzo Sandlin .... ......... . 785-4118
Stacey Ward .... ......... 718-8198
Aaron Sandlin ..................................429-0290
Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901