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Sunday - January 8, 2006
Memory
          
A story is told of a cowboy riding across the plains and he comes across a sign: “SEE INDIAN WITH THE GREATEST MEMORY IN THE WORLD! ALL QUESTIONS

ANSWERED $2.00 EACH!” The cowboy had time to spare and decided to go out of his way to see if the sign was right. He approached the Indian and after exchanging pleasantries asked; what did you have for breakfast seven years ago this morning? The old Indian never skipped a beat and replied “EGGS.” That’ll be two dollars. So after riding off, the cowboy pondered if he had just been taken advantage of. “He probably has eggs every morning” thought the cowboy.

Several years later the cowboy found himself riding through the same area and again seen the same sign. So out of his way he goes again. As he approached this time, he thought he’d be real cute. He raised his hand and said “HOW”. The Indian replied, “SCRAMBLED. Another two dollars”!!!!!!!!!

Isn’t this the way that our minds and memory works? We sometimes can’t remember significant things that might mean something, but we can ALWAYS remember the negative things that have happened to us. Maybe we’ve had a parent or a spouse hurt us, or a falling out with a sibling or a child. In business, maybe we’ve had someone to take advantage of us. Getting worse, a disagreement with a brother or sister in Christ, that has come to words being exchanged that can never be unsaid. Or worst of all, getting angry with God and giving up on Him!!!!!!!

Hebrews 10:17 tells us,” And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more!!!!” When we repent and ask forgiveness from God, He immediately (not 2 days, weeks, or years later) forgives and FORGETS. Wouldn’t it be great if our minds could work like Gods? Why is it that we have the ability to retain so much data in our minds but fill our memory banks with such negative input?

Memory is a great ability to have and a useful tool that we use daily in our lives. May we always be trying to retain positive things in our minds and forgive anyone that wrongs us, even if they do not ask for our forgiveness. Then just try to forget. Mark 11:26 reminds us, “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Loving God, Loving Each Other,

Jerry Sollis

 

   

The Extravagance of God

More sky than man can see,

More seas than he can sail,

More sun than he can bear to watch,

More stars than he can scale,

More breath than he can breathe,

More yield than he can sow,

More grace than he can comprehend,

More love than he can know.

--Ralph W. Seager

India Update

 

Dear Fellow workers at Highland,

We had a safe and uneventful trip to India.  It only took us about 24 hours.  We did not lay over anywhere more than a couple of hours. 

We went to the Bible Society of India and purchased 500 Bibles to be given away.  Don and I split the cost - about $1,000 total.  They will deliver them today in Hyderbad.  Two hundred fifty will stay here in this area and the others we will take to the Kakinada area for distribution there. 

Don and I stayed with a family last night (if you can call from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m [3 hours] night).  The bed was very comfortable.  They had a mosquito net over our bed although I haven't seen any flying or felt any biting. 

Don will stay here for about a week and preach in this area and teach at a school of preaching.    I will speak to the preacher students today then start traveling.  I will encourage them to have the attitude of Jesus as they preach the truth they are learning in the school. I will speak at one town tonight then another one tomorrow. 

January 15 – Worship at Pakala & travel by night train.

January 16 – Arrive in Kakinada & will attend Gospel Meeting at Kondervaram

January 17 – Brother Don & Brother Vernon will open church buildings at Samalkot at 10:30 am & at Dharmavaram from 2-4 pm.  They will also preach for a night meeting at Jaggampeta from 8-10 pm.

January 18 – Teach training classes in the morning & visit the village Madhapuram from 1-3 pm, Mangithurthi 4-5:30 pm, and night meeting at Mukkollu 8-10 pm.

January 19 One day Bible class at Dwarapudi at Kirans place, 2 sessions will be held – night meeting at Vakathippa from 8-10 pm.

January 20 – Somavaram 10-11:30am; Katurivaripakalu 2-4 pm, Bhupalapatnam 8-10 pm.

January 21 Travel to north

It is exciting to see the brothers here.  I had not met the family here, but Brother Kiran and Vijay met us at the airport also.  I have worked with them each time I have come. 

I challenge you to invite at least one family per week to attend church.

I am praying for you all.  Please pray for me.  I will not access to a computer the rest of the trip.  I will try to send a message through Brother Vijay next week.

Your servant in Christ,

Vernon

 

Ten Golden Rules

 

1.           Be as KIND to others as you want others to be to you.

2.           TREAT others the way you want them to treat you.

3.           LOVE others the way you want to be loved.

4.           Express the same CONCERN toward others that you want expressed to you.

5.           Show the same SYMPATHY to others that you would want shown if you were bereaved.

6.           Be the kind of FRIEND that you want others to be to you.

7.           ENCOURAGE others the way that you need to be encouraged.

8.           Look only for the GOOD in others, the way you want others to look for the good in you.

9.           FORGIVE others the same way that you want to be forgiven.      

10.      TEACH the unsaved the way you would want to be taught if you were unsaved.

 

CHRISTIAN BIBLE TEACHER                     Benny B. Bristow                   

 

 “If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1Cor. 13:2

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Dennis Hanes will be our speaker today.

 

Care Group 2 (Greg’s) will meet in the basement following service on January 15 to exchange cookies.  Bring four dozen of your favorite homemade cookies, an empty container and come have fun with us!

 

Shopping List for Children’s Homes

Olives, BBQ Sauce, Mushrooms,

Brown Gravy Mix

Broom/Mops, Bleach,

 

Youth News

Sunday, February 5, the Bible Bowl will be here at Highland.  Text to study:  Exodus 11-15.

 

 

Family News

 

 

 

 

 


 

Thank You

To the ladies at Highland Drive,

          Thank you for the opportunity to come and speak to the ladies at their December Brunch.  They were all a great blessing to me.  Thank you for your generous gift – I appreciate it so much.  May God bless us all in the coming year.

Sincerely,  Gwenn Shanks

 

In Our Prayers . . .

 

 

Loretta Tompkins is in St. Francis Hospital at Cape. 

 

Janie Gill continues to recuperate at home following Brown Recluse spider bits that required surgery.  9705 Meadow Oaks Drive PB

 

STILL IN NEED:  Lou Roach, Bob Fry (Mary Jo’s husband), Floyd Howe, Bobetta Hank, Harold & Ozelle Layne, Cordie Daggett (Bobetta’s son), Alice Webb, Herb Warren, Mary Bates & Gavin Johnston.

 

Jered Boeving  - car accident.

 

Mable Hufford - stroke

 

SHUT-INS: Iva Ashby, Lucy McIntosh, Veda Ross, Ralph Nelson, Sr., Bea Norwood, Alfred Horak, Opal Ball, Odie Mae Knoppe, Mary Wilson & James Weathers.

 

Remember those who are serving in the military. The following is a list of relatives & friends of the Highland family who are serving:

 

Bobby Atwell (Friend of Jesse & Terry Sumrall), SPC Carrie Jo Carman (Granddaughter of Valla Jo White & niece of Greg & Karen Carman), Greg Chilton (Grandson of Anna Gregory), CPT Doug Dunlap (Cousin of Debby North & Friend of Jesse & Terry Sumrall), PVT Matthew Knowles (Son of Robert & Kathy Knowles), 1 SGT Tim Lowe (Son of Roy & Sandy Lowe), CPT James Morrison (Son of Dean & Delores Morrison), CPT John Myers (Son of Jim & Patsy Myers), SGT Bradley Puckett (Son of Danny & Kim Puckett & brother of Tanner), SPC Eric Williams (Husband of Leah (North) and Dad of Caitlin), Steve Wilson (grandson of Avon & Dora Wilson) & Josh Wright (Son-in-law of Danny & Kim Puckett).

 

Our Weekly Contribution Goal is $6000.

 

Records for the last four weeks:

 

          12/18/05  $5108

     12/25/05  $4434

     1/1/06    $5424

     1/8/06    $5065

 

2006 Weekly Average $5245

 

Whoever You Are

There is some younger person who thinks you are perfect.

          There is some work that won’t get done if you don’t do it.

          There is someone who would miss you if you were gone.

          There is a reason for becoming better than you are.

          There is a place to be filled that you alone can fill.                       BULLETIN DIGEST

FOR THE RECORD

WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2006

 

 

Sunday Bible Class: ................................... 170

Sunday Morning Worship: ........................ 265

Sunday Evening Worship: ........................ 163

Sunday Contribution:............................ $5,065

Wednesday Bible Study: .......................... 152

 

Schedule of Services

Sunday:

          Bible Study ........................ 9:00 am

          Morning Worship ........... 10:00 am

    

          Evening Worship .............. 5:00 pm

          Children’s Bible Hour...... 5:00 pm

 

Wednesday:

Bible Study ........................ 7:00 pm

Men’s Prayer Group.......... 6:30 am

 

  

 

Tune in Monday – Friday for: 

“Minute With The Master” – 96.7 FM @ 7:40 AM & 97.5 FM @ 3:40 PM 

Tune in Wednesday for: 

“Key to The Kingdom” – Ch. 17 @ 5:00 PM

“In Search of The Lord’s Way” - Ch. 17 @ 5:30 PM

 

 Elders 

Tom Carter .................................. 785-7455

Dennis Hanes ............................... 686-2016

Ed Kinworthy ................................ 686-0842

Dean Morrison .............................. 686-3013 

Minister 

Vernon Curry............................  776-7398

Deacons 

Mark Allen ...................................... 785-4473

Hugh Dority ................................... 686-6550

Jeremy McAtee............................... 686-4523

Lorenzo Sandlin ........................... 785-4118

Billy Swiney .................................. 686-0912

Bill Thornberry .............................. 785-4195

Jim Ward ......................................... 686-5846

 

 SERVICES OFFERED:

·         Bible Correspondence Courses

·         In-home Bible video series

·         In-home Bible studies

·         Bible literature on variety of subjects

·         Transportation to our services

·         Food Pantry

·         Clothing Room


 

 



   

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