News & Notes 2/8/09

In Our Prayers:

Eva Lingo has an appointment with an ophthalmologist in Hastings on Tuesday morning. According to her optometrist in Benkelman, one of her eyes is bleeding internally, and he’s concerned she could lose her vision in that eye.

Doug and Jody Hartman returned home from the Mayo Clinic on Friday. They have started Jody on a physical therapy program, which she will be able to continue at home. See 2/7/09 News & Notes for more details.

February Events:
Today at Westside – Carry-In Dinner, with Men’s Business Meeting to follow. While the men meet, the ladies will meet for a devotional and Bible study.

Saturday the 14th – Dinner in Ogallala. If you’d like to meet with members of the Ogallala church at the Golden Spur for dinner, sign the sheet in the foyer.

Sunday the 22nd – Bowling Party in Imperial

Wednesday the 25th, Holyoke – 4th Wednesday Singing. Meet at 6:30 at the Regents Nursing Home to sing with the residents, followed by continued fellowship at the church building.

“Happy Are the Merciful…”

The first four beatitudes parallel the last four. When we become impoverished of spirit we understand our overwhelming need for God’s mercy and therefore learn and long to extend mercy to others.

When we mourn over our sins, recognizing the gracious yet terrible cost for our redemption, penitent obedience purifies our heart.

When we are meek, we will have harnessed our strength and brought our life under the restraint and control of God – the result of which we are at peace with God and seek to be peacemakers among men. Continue reading “Happy Are the Merciful…”

Won’t They Ever Learn? – Numbers 14.1-4

Have you ever had to put up with a chronic complainer, a person who gripes about anything and everything? The Israelites who come out of Egypt must have numbered many such people among themselves. They grumbled against God and His appointed representative, Moses, over and over again.

For example, after the spies brought back a negative report of the Promised Land, they began looking for someone to take them back to Egypt! But this rebellion was merely the worst in a long series of complaints: Continue reading Won’t They Ever Learn? – Numbers 14.1-4

News & Notes 2/01/09

In Our Prayers: Smith Kite, who serves as the minister for the church of Christ in Gothenburg, suffered a stroke earlier this week. His condition remains serious….Note from Doug Harman on Friday: “First day of stuff done now in Mayo Clinic. Haven’t found out anything yet, but have more tests on Monday. Jody is pretty wiped out, so we are taking it easy. Thank you all for all your continued prayers on her behalf. We will keep you informed.”

Manor Singing: Thanks to all from Westside and Holyoke who participated in singing at the Manor Wednesday evening. The residents who gathered with us seemed to enjoy the music – and the attention. Afterwards we met at the building to learn some new songs and enjoy refreshments.

“Happy Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness…”

Food and water are essential to life. We are driven to satisfy the body’s demands of hunger and thirst. We know what it feels like to be hungry and thirsty and the cravings for food and water such hunger generates. In the fourth beatitude Jesus used this most basic human need to teach His hearers their souls needed nourishment as well.

Just as the body craves and demands food and drink, so the soul hungers and thirsts. But there is a difference – our bodies let us know when we’re hungry and thirsty. We experience physical discomfort and anxiety – not so the soul. We can’t feel its lack of nourishment, so we must be all the more cautious and alert to its needs. Continue reading “Happy Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness…”

The Tabernacle – Exodus 40.16-38

The Tabernacle is known in Hebrew as the Mishkan (משכן, “residence” or “dwelling place”). The word “sanctuary” is also used as its name, as well as the phrase the “tent of meeting.”

It was a portable dwelling place for the Divine presence from the time of the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. It was constructed under the supervision of Moses according to the pattern God showed him on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 25.8-9). Later, its elements were made part of the final Temple in Jerusalem built by Solomon in the 10th century BC. Continue reading The Tabernacle – Exodus 40.16-38

News & Notes 1/28/09

In Our Prayers:

Patty Vinson requests our prayers on behalf of her sister in Colorado, whose son recently took his own life. This is the same sister who lost her granddaughter last year to cancer.

Donna Maucher was in the hospital Monday because of heart palpitations she experienced early Monday morning. She was able to return home on Tuesday.

Smith Kite, minister for the Gothenburg church, has been hospitalized in Kearney after suffering a stroke.

“Happy Are the Meek…”

You’re kidding, right? Happy are the meek?! What world are you living in? Meekness, “do unto others,” “turn the other cheek”: All those sweet sounding platitudes may be good for church and for teaching kids in Sunday school, but as a realistic lifestyle, it doesn’t work like that. Life’s too mean, too intense, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and meekness just doesn’t cut it.

That’s the general sort of reaction you get when you start talking about meekness. Maybe because it rhymes with weakness it is thought to characterize the weak, timid, and frightened. You know – “meek as a mouse.” Continue reading “Happy Are the Meek…”

The Ten Words – Exodus 20

“Thou shalt…thou shalt not!” How these words thunder across the centuries! The Ten Commandments (literally “the ten words” Exodus 34.28; Deuteronomy 4.13; 10.4), based upon eternal and unchanging principles, deal with mankind’s basic problems of behavior and form a guide for the course of moral life. In an age of relativism they provide a certain and objective standard of righteousness.

The Ten Commandments have become the foundation of modern law and order. They are timeless and ageless. There has never been nor will there ever be an age or civilization when it will be right to commit murder, to steal, to commit adultery, or to lie. They were written by the finger of God on two tables of stone and are recorded twice in the Pentateuch, in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.

The “ten words” were spoken by YHWH Himself from the summit of Mt. Sinai under the most awe-inspiring of circumstances. The early morning’s peace was shattered with thunder and lightning; a thick cloud blanketed the mountain out of which spoke the voice of a trumpet exceedingly loud. It is no wonder the people trembled as they faced that smoking and quaking mount. There was no greater day in history prior to the coming of the Son of God into the world than that day at Sinai when the LORD spoke “the ten words.”

Westside Church of Christ Imperial, Nebraska