Volume 31 Number 36

Not So Ancient History…

And henceforth it came to pass, we undertook an expedition into the deepest recesses of the furnace compartment adjacent to the adolescent room. Overcoming, the darkness, aromas of unknown origins, and various other perils not for the faint of heart, the hieroglyphical records, long believed lost, were unearthed. Whence forth, concealed within the bindings were accounts of perplexing rituals of roasting wild boars, consuming berried pastries without utensils or appendages whilst blinded with colorful cloths, and modes of transportation involving carts with one wheel…

In other words we found some old pictures in the teen room closet. While the pictures predated my time with this congregation, they were a great reminder of its history. In 2 Kings 22 there is a record of a much more important uncovering of history.

In 2 Kings 22:3-7 King Josiah gives the command to repair the temple which had fallen into disarray during a time of wicked leadership (including the time of Josiah’s father and grandfather). While this work was progressing a priceless discovery was made.

Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it…Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes (2 Kings 22:8,10-11).

What we see here is history that should never have been. How could this have happened? How do you misplace God’s word? The answer is simple–The Israelites had forgotten Whose children they were. The most important document of their time had ended up dust-covered and forgotten. The Word of God is not something that should sit idly by, whether that is in some dusty box in a crumbling building or on a shelf or nightstand. The word of God is alive, at least that is how it is meant to be in our lives. For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Here we have a description of something that cries out for action. “To arms!” it echoes, “Take God’s living Word and make part of you. Let it be your protection, your guide and your priceless tool!”

Hence, the danger lies and I giveth to you this warning—If thou doth not maketh God’s Word an active part of thy living temple, then thy temple shall incur like disrepair as was described in the earthly abode of God in good King Josiah’s day.

Wade McKnight
Centerville Church of Christ
Centerville, Ohio

News and Notes

SINGING: Karen Acres has Grandview on their calendar to sing on September 14 at 2:00 pm.

SONBEAMS: The Sonbeams will be going for breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 9th. We will meet at the Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Road. at 8:30. We welcome anyone who enjoys good food and fellowship to join us.

PRAY OVER IOWA: A big thanks to everyone who helped with Pray Over Iowa! There was a record-setting 282 people in attendance. The speakers and singing was great as was the fellowship! A big thanks to those who helped with such things as food, coordination, speaking, singing, registration, child care, and clean up. It was a wonderful event!

RICHARDSONS still have a need for some school supplies. Their needs in order of importance are construction paper, scissors, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, crayons, tape, markers, and glue sticks. Give your items to Darin Thompson.

GOSPEL MEETING in Hampton, Iowa
September 21-24th
909 6th Street SW
Hampton, Iowa

Glenn Pritchett from Murfreesboro, Tennessee is speaking.

COLLEGE: Rachel Johnson is now at York College and Tim Bailey is at Harding University. Here are their addresses.

Tim Bailey

US Mail:

Box 14382
Searcy, AR 72149-4382

UPS, DHL, etc:

HU 14382
915 Market St
Searcy, AR 72149

Rachel Johnson

1125 E. 8th Street, Suite 57
York, Nebraska 68467

AM Worship

Jeremy Folding: “Working With What You’ve Got ”
Readings: Exodus 16:4-5, 15

PM Worship

Jeremy Folding: “The Lord Hides ”
Readings: Acts 3:19-21

Calendar of Events

Sep 5 Pray Over Iowa—Grandview church of Christ
Sep 7 PM Potluck
Sept 20 Singing at Karen Acres
Sept 21-24 Gospel Meeting Sixth Street church of Christ in Hampton
Oct 5 AM Potluck
Oct 25 Ogden’s Ladies Day and Men’s Renewal

Prayer Requests

  • Brenda Johnson has severe leg pain and is in Mercy room 561

Please continue to pray for:

  • Karen Carico’s condition is terminal. She is in Powell 364 at Methodist. Please remember Karen and her family in during this very difficult time.
  • Kelly Kaiser in the passing of his father, Fred Kaiser. Please continue to remember Kelly and Linda and the Kaiser family in your prayers.
  • A friend of Mitch and Jo, Joey Goodale, was seriously injured during football and is still in a coma.
  • Sam and Benton McClaren on the passing of their step-brother who lives in San Antonio.
  • Louise Gordon had a successful surgery—praise God for her good report.
  • Karen Belk’s sister did actually have a stroke and will have a long recovery.
  • Karen Hardy’s chemotherapy is not working and is undergoing tests.
  • Doris Gaulke’s cancer has returned but she will not be continuing chemotherapy.
  • Glen and Marge Stevens in dealing with Glen’s illness.
  • Toni Lovejoy’s father who has advanced prostate cancer and her grandmother diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Bob McClaran’s sister, Nathalie, who lives in South Carolina is in need of a transplant for her eye
  • Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father; Jean Cook, Archie’s mother, who all have cancer
  • Kimball Matkins, who has ALS —there is a website that chronicles his life at : http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins

Central Iowa Missions

Sep 7 Ogden

Joe Buxton

Sep 7 Osceola

Ron Melvin

Sep 14 Osceola

Lew Kirk


Sep 7 Taylor Phelps
Sep 8 Jacob Sparks
Sep 13 Jim & Gerri Phelps

End of this issue.