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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 55, No. 30
Sunday, July 25, 2021
NEWS
  • Lillie Rogers had eye surgery on Monday. Everything went well and she is recovering at home.
  • Jeff Drummond is still having some health problems and he hopes to see a specialist in August. Prayers have been requested.
  • Tommy Cummings has also requested our prayers. She is having problems with her legs and at this time she cannot attend church. If you have a minute, you might give her a call!
  • Please pray for Carolyn Savage’s cousin, Kathy Soles Garza. She is hospitalized and in critical condition with COPD. COVID-19 has further damaged her lungs and she is hoping to soon be transferred to a hospital in St. Louis for a double lung transplant.
  • Prayers for have been requested for Bob Warren, friend of the Grants and Flemings. He is battling throat cancer.
  • The update we've received for Lainey (granddaughter of Rhonda's lake house neighbor) is great news! She has been released from the hospital and is much improved. Her vision is good now and the family is very appreciative of our prayers. They are expecting a full recovery.
  • It was good to have Carolyn Butler visiting with us last week.
  • We will host a Back 2 School Bash on August 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Olsen Park. In conjunction with this we will be collecting school supplies to be donated to Olsen Park Elementary for children in need. If you would like to help, contact Nathan.
  • The church's house just north of the parking lot is empty. If you know anybody who might want to rent it, please have them contact Lyndon Latham (681-0178).
  • The High Plains Children’s Home Change for Children campaign will end on August 29th. Please continue filling your cans to help meet this year’s goal of $45,000.
Prayer and Reflection
BLESSED
(10 minutes)
  1. Make a list of five things you consider to be blessings in your life. 
  2. Read Matthew 5:1-12 NIV. 
  3. Watch this 4-minute video of R.C. Sproul talking about the Beatitudes.
  4. Sing: 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
  1. Personal prayer.
SERVICES AT ANNA STREET
Church services are at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in the auditorium. We continue to live stream to YouTube. You may click here to go directly to the live streaming site or here for a link to learn how to access and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Our Wednesday evening services are as follows:
Song Practice         6:45 – 7:25 (40 min. of singing)
Break                     7:25 – 7:35 (10 min. break)
Teaching Time      7:35 – 8:15 (40 min. of teaching)
Last Wednesday in July
During the teaching time (7:35-8:15 pm) on Wednesday, July 28th,
look forward to the following event.
 

Nathan will be speaking to us about some of the needs of Olsen Park Elementary students and how we might be able to help.
Last Week's Lesson
Inspired by the miracles of the apostles in the book of Acts, last Sunday Nathan taught on the reason why healing, tongues, and prophesy as practiced by Jesus' inner circle have ceased. Listen here.
Not Always Better
      “I flunked the tests of our new insurance company three times,” I confessed to my lady during supper.
      We had changed providers for medication insurance, and I needed to get them to draft our bank account instead of sending us two paper bills every month. But setting up an automatic bank draft turned out to be a lot harder than I expected.
      “First I tried doing it on their website,” I told my wife, “but they required me to set up a website membership before I could tell them what we wanted.” They gave no instructions about how to do this, however. After fifteen minutes I decided to do business the old-fashioned way. I dialed their number.
      The pleasant-sounding recorded gal who answered my call walked me through the usual options. I punched “3” to talk to a live person. Literally for the next hour I endured screechy “hold” music and got told every thirty seconds not to hang up (can you “hang up” a cell phone?). It was the longest call I ever made on my cell phone, and the longest time I’d ever spent on hold. Beyond frustration, finally I hit the off button.
      Okay, I said to myself. Back to the website to see if I’m smart enough to guess how to jump through their hoops. On the fourth or fifth try, I did make it. I became an official website member with a valid password. But when I told them I
wanted to set up the bank draft, my screen lit up with a message telling me that our browser connection was not secure enough for us to deal with any financial matters.
      After two hours of trying to do it the modern, economical way, I wrote a check for the monthly premium and put it into a stamped envelope addressed to the insurer. An old-fashioned task that took me maybe three minutes.
      Have you tumbled to the truth that new is not always better?
      For example, many of my younger colleagues are excited about streaming their church’s worship services—a practice vastly multiplied by the virus pandemic. They’re too young to know how lifeless such performances seem to their members who have always praised the Lord in a crowd and are too old to be digitally addicted.
      Especially for those with gray hair and no hair, new is not always better. We’re like the wine drinkers Jesus talked about in Luke 5. “No one after drinking old wine wants the new.”

  

 
 

By Gene Shelburne
DO NOT BE AFRAID
      Several years ago, I realized that certain things you type into your search engines could flag you as an extremist. Many of these phrases which flagged a person made sense. Trying to research how to construct a bomb, for example, would rightly flag you as a possible threat. The men in suits would keep constant records on these flags and determine which ones were actual threats and may one day arrive at the researcher’s doorstep ready for a more thorough investigation.
      I discovered something recently while reading an article about how the current administration flags possible right-wing extremists in the military. One of their flagging phrases is, “What is the truth about Black Lives Matter?” As I read this, I couldn’t believe it. How many people, of all races, have probably typed that very thing into their search engines?
      A government who is keeping tabs on those who research truths about political ideologies has crossed over a very serious threshold. Why does this matter?
      The more I read the book of Acts, the more I begin to see the need for us to reflect on the nature of
a church who existed during a time of blooming persecution. The apostles knew the time of persecution would come when Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matt. 5:11 NIV).
      That time has not passed. Our country is simply in a transition phase.
      Be prepared and do not be afraid. No matter who is in charge or which way the winds of fashion blow no matter which threshold our government crosses next, we will continue to teach people the same thing which infuriated the religious elite in Acts.
      “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4:29)
      We will do good to others and teach them boldly about Jesus.
 

By Nathan Keller
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