Frogs are useful. They will eat many insects such as flies. They are useful for food for some animals. Many people eat the legs of the bull frog. What can we learn from a lesson about frogs: 1) they are God's creatures. 2) they are in the food chain. 3) they were brought upon the Egyptians as a plague.
They were the second plague. Aaron stretched his rod over the water and the Lord brought forth the frogs. (Exodus 8:1-15) Read this account. These verses are interesting. The frogs were everywhere. So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens, and into your kneading bowls. Exodus 8:3. The frogs were everywhere. It would have been hard, if not impossible, to eat or sleep because of the frogs. Then when Pharaoh asked Moses to have the Lord take them away, I would think their troubles were over. Think about the smell. The stink was terrible. What can we learn from a lesson about frogs.
Frogs are useful -- whether it is them eating something or being eaten by something. There is a place for them on God's earth. There are many different frogs -- some are different colors, sizes, make different sounds, etc.
There are many people in the world. They live just about everywhere. God intended for people to reproduce and inhabit the earth. He also intended for them to obey Him and be a light for the world in which they live.
There are many different languages in the world. Yet, there is only one God and only one plan for salvation of mankind! Jesus is the only savior for all the people of the world. Each person can be useful. Each person may become a Christian!
Christians need to go everywhere preaching the gospel! And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16. The early Christians went everywhere teaching and preaching. We must do that also so the people will know the truth! But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:6.
Frogs do not normally go into houses, in food, beds, and on people. But they did when they were sent by God. Christians are scattered around the world. They speak different languages. God has commanded them to go to every creature! People are not usually driven to go into all the world and teach/preach. God has commanded, so they must do as they are told to do.
The frogs were heaped into piles and stank. I don't see any way to apply that to people or especially Christians! So maybe there isn't really a lesson about frogs which we can apply to spiritual things.
As each frog is useful, so each Christian is useful. Every Christian does not have the same talent or responsibility in the work of the Lord. Each does have their own place in the work!
Have you found your place. I hope so. I hope you have found something that you can do as a Christian. I trust if you have, then you will be busy doing that work! You are at different places and see different people than your fellow Christians. You must work where you are. A frog which will not eat the flies and bugs where it is may never have anything to eat. A Christian who does not teach where they are may never have anyone to teach! One who doesn't give anything that he has may never give. This idea holds true with each command of God!
You are a person, not a frog, so please obey the gospel and live faithfully to God. Christians can go to heaven because they have a soul!
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), James Wheeler, Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Loretta Sullivan, Kevin Beard (minister in Arkansas), Helen Haywood, Katelyn Jost (niece of Robin Davis), Betty Britton (coworker of Inis Kearbey)
Joane Kelly fell last week and was taken to the hospital. She had no broken bones but her ankle was badly bruised and had other bruises as well. She is home now recovering. Please keep Joane in your prayers.
Helen Haywood, at the time of this writing was in the local hospital. Please keep Sister Haywood in your prayers.
Freda Lancaster saw an oncologist on Thursday, but at the time of this writing did not have a doctor's report. Please keep Freda in your prayers.
Tom Huff had another scan recently, but at the time of this writing had not met with the doctor to review the test results.
Don Magill is home now after recently undergoing physical therapy.
Susan South is dealing with a lot of health problems and not doing well. She is taking radiation and other cancer treatments, and she needs our prayers at this time.
Marion West, Mescal West's husband, recently had a stroke, and has been released from the hospital and moved to the Mark Twain nursing facility.
Debbie Ward's uncle, Ervin Carr, had stomach surgery recently and has been released from the hospital, but has a long recovery period ahead of him. Please keep Ervin in your prayers.
Hazel Weathers' grandson, Joe Hayes, was recently in a motorcycle accident. He is doing better and has been moved to a nursing facility in Sikeston.
Nellie Wagner was recently released from the hospital and is at her daughter's house recovering.
Geneva Magill's niece, Tammy Summers, has been diagnosed with lung cancer; and she just finished radiation therapy and chemo treatments for rectal cancer. She needs prayers that God will help her make decisions regarding any future treatments she's to receive and also in getting right with God. Please keep Tammy in your prayers.
Gloria Williams has not been feeling well lately. Please keep Gloria in your prayers.
Julie Pinkerton, Tommy Williams' cousin, has been to St. Louis recently for more testing.
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: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Helena Gardner, Dan Gregg, Tammy Sowell, 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) in Mark Twain.
Randy Engligh will be speaking to us this morning during the class period about the mission work in American Samoa, then will be preaching during the worship service. Highland has helped support the work in Samoa since the early 1980's. Following the service, the congregation will have a potluck luncheon.
Dennis and Kathy Harty have a new great grandchild, a boy named Draegen Alexander born on Wednesday, at 12:10 a.m.. He weighed 7.l lbs and was 20 1/2 " long. Draegen is the grandson of Greg Harty, and the proud parents are Aaron and Hali Havok.
There will be a Fish Fry at Highland on November 1 at noon.
Trunk 'n Treat, Friday, October 31, at 6:00 p.m. on the front parking lot.
Ladies Breakfast in October - The regular monthly ladies breakfast next month will be on Saturday, October 4, at 8:00 a.m. at the Westwood Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center.
David and Geneva Magill have invited everyone to a hayride on October 18 at their home. Food will be provided. Their address is 22464 County Road 295, Puxico.
Thank you note:
Dear Highland church family,
Thank you all for the calls, cards, etc. Those that did so, made my 35th Birthday a day of joy. Gary Curry
Thank you note:
Thanks to my church sisters: Priscilla Spradley, Mazie Fowler, Gladys Hill, Jean Butler, Glenda Lancaster and D.J. Minchew. I hope you know how much we appreciate all your help. Love to all of you, Leoma, Penny, and Janice
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:
CRC 50th Anniversary
Saturday, October 4
Gospel Meeting at Fruitland
October 5 - 8
Lectureship at Doniphan
October 5 - 8
Ladies Day at Corning
Saturday, October 11
Ladies Day - at Jackson
Saturday, October 11
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
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.
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
home # 785-7773
Lorenzo Sandlin ..... ......... . 785-4118
Stacey Ward ... ......... 718-8198
Vernon Curry ......................cell# 714-8240
Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901