Copy
View this email in your browser

Anna Street Church of Christ
Newsletter
Vol. 57, No. 11
Sunday, March 13, 2022
NEWS
              
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13th. Spring forward one hour  Saturday night in order to "get to the church on time."  Otherwise, it will be later than you think!
 
                 March 26th is the Boy's Ranch Tour!
Begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends with lunch. Deadline to sign up on sheet on the bulletin board is March 20th. You can also call us at 806-352-8769 and we'll sign you up. Car pooling is suggested. A van/bus will be provided once we get there.
  • Beverly Lyle seems to be recovering nicely from her hip surgery. We pray she will regain her ability to walk. She enjoys the cards we send her and appreciates our continued prayers.
  • Please be praying that Marilyn Gipson's doctors will get her medications regulated. Please, no calls, texts or visitors during this time.
  • Carolyn Butler lost her sister-in-law, Emma Butler, early this morning. Let's be praying for Carolyn and the family.
  • We need to keep Robin Smith, her daughter and her family, in our prayers as they grieve the loss of Robin's son-in-law.
  • Wardell Reust is on the mend. We are glad to hear it!
  • Virginia Rhodes is home and making good progress. She says the wound has new skin which permits her to continue therapy. Driving is very restricted and she says she would be walking like a trooper if it hadn't been for the abrasion. She appreciates our prayers and concern and is looking forward to seeing everyone soon.
  • Jeff Drummond's mom is doing good. Her pain is manageable, but she definitely feels like she had knee replacement.
                              Anna Street Cookout!
                    Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS IN 
MARCH
 
 
Come join us at 6:45 for song practice. Then at 7:25, Lee Kendle will teach us about "Allegiance and Works." This engrossing lesson will continue on the 16th & 23rd. 

 

LAST WEEK'S LESSON

During the month of March, Nathan is leading us through the parables in Jesus' Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25). Last week's lesson focused on what it means to be a wise and faithful servant, hoping for the return of Jesus, the Master.
   
Sunday's lesson is here.

Edward Fudge
 
      A friend asked me for the title of a book I referred to in a study a long time ago. I couldn’t remember it, so I was Googling the subject, hoping it might pop up. Instead I was surprised and blessed to stumble onto an unconnected statement written by my friend Edward Fudge.
     Edward, whose loving spirit and insightful writing blessed so many of us, has been in heaven for several years now, but his words live on. Words like the ones I ran across today in my own files, words he wrote about a decade ago in his daily graceEmail blog:
     “Regeneration involves our trusting, not our trying. We cannot achieve it; we can only receive it.
     “Like the Israelites in the wilderness who were bitten by deadly snakes, we are poisoned by sin. God provided a remedy for the Israelites by having Moses lift a brass snake high on a pole. Whoever looked in faith at that snake lived.
     “In the same way, God provided us a Savior. Jesus was lifted up on a cross, and whoever believes on the Son of God has eternal life (John 3:14-16). Regeneration is a God-sized job that requires revolutionary power.”
     In the religious equation, the bottom line is that none of us can be good enough to deserve heaven. James was right when he wrote that “faith without works is dead” (1:17 KJV), but his description of active, living faith was not intended as a refutation of the New Testament’s consistent teaching that we humans cannot earn heaven. We can’t save ourselves.
     The apostle Paul said it most plainly. “By grace you have been saved through faith,” he taught, “and this not of yourselves (not because of anything you do). It is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). Then, evidently realizing how hard it is for many serious believers to accept this truth, he stressed again in this same scripture that salvation is never the result of works, no matter how
admirable and incredible they may be.
     All of us who wear the name of Christ need to be growing in our knowledge of him, and we need to be busy imitating his love for others. But even the best of us will never be smart enough, right enough, good enough to deserve heaven. Our only way to get there is to trust in his goodness, not ours.
Gene Shelburne
The Spiritual War Is Underway
A Devotional
 
Recently, the church hosted a lock-in for the youth group. Due to its quick arrival there was a buzz of energetic anticipation in our own house. Lily kept squealing, “MY FIRST LOCK-IN!” When Vivian got sick four days before, she kept telling me to be careful around her. “You don’t want to get sick. We have a lock-in on Friday.” The spiritual war was under way. 

Read Rom. 12:11.

The day arrived and the event began with dinner at 7 PM. It was followed up by a Bible lesson.

The tax-collecting Levi and his story served as our scriptural base of operations. The kids learned what kinds of people Jesus seeks—unhealthy ones. We discussed what made us unhealthy and before too long we were all writing on pieces of paper the kinds of obstacles we had in our lives.

We then walked into the sanctuary where a group of boxes waited. We put our pieces of paper in the boxes, then stacked them up. We used red workout bands as large slingshots and the kids went to town; knocking down the obstacles that separate them from Jesus. Red balls were flying and bouncing everywhere like a pinball machine. The spiritual war was under way.

Read 1 Jn. 1:8-10.

Samantha Drummond got the best shot of the night. BAM!!! Her team’s boxes exploded as her team exploded with cheers.

Some of the kids had a goal that night—never go to sleep. I attempted it, but failed. I became good friends with the pew in the foyer. Caleb, Lilian, and Joy all stayed up. The spiritual war was under way.

Read Matt. 26:36-46.

Spiritual war is everywhere. It is in our ability to keep ourselves healthy so that we can continue waging battle. It is in our ability to understand that we must overcome our sin with Jesus’ help. It is in our ability to make good decisions.

Before soldiers go out to fight in the most important battle, they receive training. Youth group is just that—training. At Anna Street we don’t only train kids. We train adults who want to be trained. We train men, women, and children. Why? For the spiritual battle.

Church gives us the perfect place to train, but is it possible to be trained without being present? All the kids at the lock-in benefited from the fellowship, the teaching, and the fun. Relationships are strengthened and faith grows.

Heb. 10:24-25 NIV

If we agree that a spiritual battle is underway, that God has given us the church through the Spirit, that his word is inspired, then the zeal we have for church should be stronger than our zeal for any worldly thing. Wherever you live, be zealous about church. The spiritual war is under way.
 
Nathan Keller
Copyright © 2022 Anna Street Church of Christ, All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2310 Anna Street 
Amarillo, TX    79106


Services

Sunday
Bible Studies @ 9:45 a.m.
Worship @ 10:30 a.m.
Youth Group @ 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday
Song Practice         6:45 – 7:25 
Break                     7:25 – 7:35
Teaching Time       7:35 – 8:15 



Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can
update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.
 
Facebook
Anna Street Church of Christ