10/19/2008
Volume 31 Number 42

More Than Enough

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38)

The feast that is referenced here is the Feast of the Tabernacles. The Feast of the Tabernacles was the final and most important holiday of the year. It was a week long celebration dedicated to the LORD. We see it instituted in Leviticus 23…Celebrate this as a festival to the LORD for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. Live in booths for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God (Leviticus 23:41-43). During this time the people would live in booths or tents. It was a reminder of the time that God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt it also took on the significance of a harvest celebration.

As this was such a distinctive holiday you can imagine the revelry that had taken place and was taking place on this last and greatest day of the feast. As this is the case, do you see something unusual about Jesus’ quote in John 7:37-38? After a week of celebration and indulgence Jesus says, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink.” Fascinating isn’t it? Why would He choose this particular time to speak about thirst?

I guess the answer is—who better than a group who had spent a week eating and drinking, to know how empty even food and drink can be. You see these people had “enough.” Jesus was searching for a people who wanted, “more than enough,” a people who wanted more than the physical pleasures of life. He was looking for ones who wanted what only the Holy Spirit could provide. The image Jesus uses here is a person so filled, “streams of living water” flow from them. “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified (John 7:39)”

Of course, Christ is looking for the same thing today. He desires hearts that want more than enough. Enough is what the world can provide. Only God can supply overflowing abundance. Which leaves one last question, “What does your heart want?”

Wade McKnight
Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

Prayer Requests

Jim Mort had another surgery to repair his latest hip replacement on Friday afternoon. It was a 3 hour 15 minute surgery, but Jim is doing fine. He should be transferred from 554 Powell back down to Good

Samaritan in Indianola some time on Monday.

Barb South’s brother–Mike Hysell’s brain tumor has returned. He is having treatment.

Jeff Moore is no longer in a coma.  He will be coming to Des Moines (Iowa Methodist) for treatment.  If you want to encourage his family or follow his diagnosis go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore.

Karen Carico is doing worse and is still at Taylor House.  Continue to remember her and her family!

Karen Hardy is having challenges with her cancer.  Please keep her and the family in your prayers!

Frank Ingersoll’s step-mother had a small stroke.

Karen Belk’s sister had a stroke and will have a long recovery.

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.

News and Notes

FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY—Oct 26:  There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board to supply food for the dinner.  Please sign up as soon as you can.   If you still have invitations that need to be mailed, be sure they are in the mailbox today.

BASIC PREACHING CLASS: Offered on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at the church building for any of our male members. Please see Art if you are interested in taking this class.

ADVANCED PREACHING CLASS: It will begin on Sunday morning November 2nd in the Fellowship area.  Please let Art know if you will be attending. Thank-you

OGDEN’S LADIES DAY/MEN’S RENEWAL:  October 25th is the Ladies Day/Men’s Renewal at Ogden. If you plan to attend, please sign the information sheet in the fellowship hall as they need a count soon as to how many plan to attend.

THE GRANDVIEW TEENS are invited to fellowship together at the Darin & Missy Thompson home after Sunday evening services today. Teens please bring a pumpkin to carve, and bring fall snacks.

HAYRCK RIDE AND BONFIRE FELLOWSHIP with the Osceola Church of Christ will be Saturday, October 25th at 4:00 pm.  Hotdogs and s’mores are provided.  Bring your own drinks and chairs. You can bring a side dish also if you want.

Sign up of you plan to attend—Maps will be provided—Call Jessie Mort if you have questions! 770-8188.

THANK YOU from Shane Siegle for all the prayers and support during his unemployment.  He began his new job last Wednesday.

Ogden’s Ladies’ Day/Men’s Renewal is taking place on Saturday, October 25th. Please sign up to go on the flier on the bulletin board in the Fellowship area if you plan to attend.

On November 2nd, the Advanced Preaching Class will begin in the Fellowship Room during the Sunday morning Bible class hour. Some of you men may want to take it for the first time, others of you may want to take it as a refresher course. We will be looking at the sermons preached by Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others to see how their sermons  were constructed.- Art

Ladies’ Fellowship will be at the Augspurger’s house this Tuesday at 7 pm.

Ogden’s Ladies’ Day/Men’s Renewal is taking place on Saturday, October 25th. Please sign up to go on the flier on the bulletin board in the Fellowship area if you plan to attend.

Challenge for the Quarter

Jeremy has challenged his Wednesday night class to read through the gospels twice by the end of the quarter.  Why not make that your goal as well!

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 24        Hayrack Ride & Bonfire fellowship with the Osceola church
  • Oct 25        Ogden’s Ladies Day and Men’s Renewal
  • Oct 25        RACE FOR THE CURE
  • Oct 26        Friends and Family Day!
  • Nov 1 & 2   Marshalltown Youth Rally—1402 S Center St
    SPEAKER: JOEL NETTLES, CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST, CEDAR RAPIDS

Central Iowa Missions

  • Oct 19      Osceola – Michael Mazak
  • Oct 26      Friends & Family Day (no one going out)

Birthdays & Anniversaries

  • Oct 20     Enoch Van Egdom
  • Oct 21     Karen Belk
  • Oct 21     Mike Ogle
  • Oct 22     Jason Housby
  • Oct 23     Meredith Breton


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