Insights from the Early Church


“The Church…was created before all things; therefore, she is old, and for her sake the world was formed.” – Shepherd of Herman, AD 150

“Christianity is not a matter of persuasive words. It is a matter of true greatness as long as it is hated by the world.”  – Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans, AD 110

“This age and the one that is coming are two enemies. This one talks about adultery and corruption and greed and deceit, but that one renounces these things. We cannot, therefore, be friends of both; we must renounce this one in order to experience that one.” – Clement of Rome, AD 100

“Be eager, then, in coming together as often as possible for God’s Meal of Thanksgiving and for His praises, for if you meet frequently, Satan’s powers are broken; what he threatens you with is dashed to pieces on the unity of your faith. There is nothing better than the peace by which all warfare waged by heavenly and earthly powers is abolished.” – Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Ephesians, AD 110

“Therefore prepare for action and serve God in fear and truth, leaving behind the empty and meaningless talk and the error of the crowd, and believing in the one who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and gave Him glory and the throne at His right hand.” – Polycarp of Smyrna, Letter to the Philippians, AD 120

“Instead of the tithes which the law commanded, the Lord said to divide everything we have with the poor. And He said to love not only our neighbors, but also our enemies, and to be givers and sharers not only with the good but also to be liberal givers toward those who take away our possessions.” – Irenaeus, Against Heresies, AD 180


 

The Back Page 10-15-2017

In Our Prayers

Bill Lewis, still undergoing tests…Fern Smith, receiving chemotherapy treatments…Mildred Meyers, Sue Jackson, and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes….Carol’s niece Valerie Croft, receiving chemotherapy…Sale of Boomer and Amanda’s house in Kearney.

Linda Aulston, Dennis Aulston’s mother, passed away Wednesday.

On the Calendar

Thursday, October 19 – Ladies’ class will study 2 Timothy 1.

Thursday, October 19 – Grief Support group, second session, 7 pm, Lied Imperial Library. Two women joined the group for the first session. It’s not too late for others to join. Thanks to DeMarys for the cookies!

Saturday, October 28 – Door of Opportunity: Westside will host a Brown Bag Clothing Giveaway, 8 am to 1 pm. Please gather and bring ready-to-wear clothes before Thursday, October 26.

Sunday, October 29 – Areawide Singing hosted by the Stratton church at the former Girl Scout Camp, 3:30 pm Central Time.

 

The Magic of Changing Lives

 

Mountain States Children’s Home Benefit Gala

Mountain States Children’s Home will present the Annual Benefit Gala, “The Magic of Changing Lives” on October 14th at 5:30 in the evening.

The path our children embark on when coming to MSCH becomes a journey of discovery that seems amazing and magical at times. There are glimmers of hope along the way with flashes of confidence as self-esteem is revealed.

You can be a part of this change. There will be Silent and Live Auction items, entertainment, a meal and the opportunity to be a part of the children’s success in life.

This change is not an illusion – it is a reality that is brought on by the glow from many of your hearts, people who affect each child who comes our way.

Please come join us for the Magic!

I just received this in the mail on Friday, so there hasn’t been any time for planning – but wouldn’t it be great to take a van full (or more) of folks from Westside to this event?! Think about  it – but think quick!

By the way, here’s a great way to give: name Mountain States Children’s Home as your charity:

 

The Back Page 9-24-2017

In Our Prayers

Bill Lewis, that doctors will be able to diagnose the cause of his irregular heartbeat…Fern Smith, recovering from chemotherapy treatments…Mildred Meyers, Sue Jackson, and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes….Carol’s niece Valerie Croft, receiving treatments for breast cancer; Linda Aulston, Dennis Aulston’s mother, who is under hospice care.

Grief Support group Each Thursday from October 12 to November 16, 7 pm, Lied Library conference room. We are putting ads in the paper each week to announce the event.

On the Calendar

Thursday, September 28 – Women’s Bible Class will finish Titus 1 and begin Titus 2 at 10:45 at the Sunset Apartments.

Saturday, October 14 – Mountain States Children’s Home Benefit Gala, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 29 – Areawide Singing hosted by the Stratton church, at the former Girl Scout Camp, 3:30 pm Central Time.

 

Design Argues for a Designer

The universe demonstrates order and design; therefore, there must be a designer. The existence of order and system demands a cause for such order. Beauty, form, design, and purpose in nature all imply a creative mind, an intelligent architect.

The word teleology derives from the Greek root telos, meaning “end, purpose.” Teleology is the study of final, or ultimate, causes and suggests that design and purpose are evident in nature.

I should note that teleological explanations are not scientific explanations. Rather, they are conclusions based on observation and reason.

Here is an example:

A single human adult brain weighs about three pounds and contains 100 billion (1,000 million) nerve cells called neurons and 900 billion (nine times the number of stars in our galaxy) neuroglia. Neuroglia are specialized connecting and supporting cells of the brain and spinal cord. Yet the myriad of cells and component parts of the brain are so designed and ordered, within a structure smaller than a shoe box, that the human brain thinks, creates, contemplates, loves, hates, senses, and worships.

The central nervous system in general and the human brain in particular, constitute the strongest teleological argument for the existence of God. Otherwise, in the absence of God, the only explanation is that a cloud of hydrogen gas of unknown origin, through chance, evolved into a compact mass of highly organized and different matter, which in the body of a person, is capable of contemplating the universe!

Now which is more reasonable? Mind or Matter? Chance or Choice? Void or Intelligence?

– Bill

 

The Back Page 9/17/2017

In Our Prayers

Bill Lewis, that doctors will be able to diagnose the cause of his irregular heartbeat…Fern Smith will undergo chemotherapy treatments this week. Jacquie is going there to be with her….Remember Mildred Meyers, Sue Jackson, and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes.

Sterling Prison Ministry: Dan Kafka reported 22 baptisms last week.

Grief Support group Each Thursday from October 12 to November 16, 7 pm, Lied Library conference room. We will begin advertising in the paper this week.

On the Calendar

Thursday, September 21 – Women’s Bible Class will study Titus 1 at 10:45 at the Sunset Apartments. On Thursday, nine women from five churches gathered for the study.

Saturday, September 23 – Dawna Phillips called to invite us to a Crawfish Cajun Boil Benefit dinner at the VFW, starting at noon. $25/person; $35/couple. Dinner honors PJ Pajerski, funds go toward high school scholarships.

Sunday, October 29 – Areawide Singing hosted by the Stratton church, at the former Girl Scout Camp, 3:30 pm Central Time.

Comforting Those in Grief

Handling Grief is Hard for Most of Us

The truth is, most of us have no idea how to handle grief, so we do not handle it well. We try our best to be there for the bereaved, but all too often our well-meaning gestures put a wedge between us, our grief-stricken loved ones feeling isolated, judged, misunderstood, and alone.

And though grief is deep and personal, it is not meant to be experienced all alone. In fact, families and friends who can share their grief gain a depth to their relationship they would not have otherwise found.

What NOT to Do: Common Grief Misconceptions and Barriers

So what are some of the common misconceptions of grief that get in our way, and what can we do about them?

  • First we don’t always need to “say something.” The truth is, when someone has just experienced a major loss, there is usually nothing that can or needs to be said. Just being with them is good enough.
  • Second, trite reassurances do not usually help. “They’re in a better place,” “At least they’re no longer suffering,” or “Time heals all wounds,” though well-meant, are better left unsaid.
  • Third, talking about our own loss experiences is not a good option. Sharing our experiences with loss, saying “I know exactly how you feel,” or “I understand completely,” usually makes the griever feel as if you are minimizing their experience or pain.

What TO Do

Then what is the best way to support someone through grief? It’s simpler than you might think.

  • Just be there. Listen. Let them talk and cry and talk and cry without putting a time limit on it and without judging.
  • Don’t get tired of hearing them tell their “story.” Encourage expression of the facts, details, and emotions related to the loss; it is a simple but profound method of healing.
  • Check in on them. Say, “I’m just calling to see how you’re doing today.” No pressure or expectations, simply a friend checking in.
  • And hold your tongue. When you feel the urge to say something trite, like, “This too shall pass,” don’t. Instead, just say, “I’m so sorry,” let them cry, and cry with them.

– Bill

[Westside will host a six-week Grief Support group each Thursday evening beginning October 12 and continuing through November 16; 7 pm in the Lied Library conference room.]

 

Westside News & Notes 9-10-2017

News & Notes

Bill Lewis’s heart catheterization showed no problems with his heart, but he’s still having trouble with an irregular heartbeat. He will undergo more tests in a couple of weeks.

Remember Mildred Meyers, Sue Jackson, and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes.

Potluck Today, followed by Men’s Business Meeting

Women’s Bible Class will begin studying 2 Timothy this Thursday, September 14, at 10:45 at the Sunset Apartments.

 

The Savior

THOU GOD OF ALL GRACE,
Thou hast given me a Savior,
produce in me a faith to live by Him,
to make Him all my desire, all my hope, all my glory.

May I enter Him as my refuge,
build on Him as my foundation,
walk in Him as my way,
follow Him as my guide,
receive His instructions as my prophet,
rely on His intercession as my high priest,
obey Him as my king.

May I never be ashamed of Him or His words,
but joyfully bear His reproach,
never displease Him by unholy or imprudent conduct,
never count it a glory if I take it patiently when buffeted for a fault,
never make the multitude my model,
never delay when Thy word invites me to advance.

May Thy dear Son preserve me from this present evil world,
so that its smiles never allure,
nor its frowns terrify,
nor its vices defile,
nor its errors delude me …
and whatsoever I do may it be done in the Savior’s name.

The Valley of Vision
A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

 

The Back Page 9-3-2017

In Our Prayers

Fern Smith, Jacquie’s mom, is doing well after her second chemotherapy treatment.

Bill Lewis will undergo a heart catheterization at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln on Tuesday, September 5.

Bob Broadus, Cheryl’s brother-in-law, is recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery, though he’s had a couple of setbacks.

Remember Mildred Meyers, Sue Jackson, and Harold Brunswick in nursing homes.

The Numbers

Contribution for Sunday, August 27 – $868.00. The average weekly contribution for August – $852.00

On the Calendar

September 6Joe and Linda Thomas will be with us on Wednesday and would like to treat us to a pizza party before Bible study – 6 pm at the building. Please let Cheryl know if you’ll be here.

September 14Women’s Bible Class will begin studying 2 Timothy. 10:45 at the Sunset Apartments. Ask Cheryl for a study guide.

October 29 – Areawide Singing hosted by the Stratton church, at the former Girl Scout Camp, 3:30 pm Central Time.

 

Westside Church of Christ Imperial, Nebraska

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