Volume 31 Number 44

You’re Right…

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company’s “Model T.” The Tin Lizzie was the first affordable vehicle, which made it possible for many families to purchase, thus fulfilling a dream of Henry Ford. Ford, known for his tenacity, once said, “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Ford, in a clever way, was saying that you will become what you tell yourself you are. Belief is the key to success or failure. Likewise, many times you will become what others believe you to be as well. It is true today and it was also true in the Bible.

Scene after scene from Christ’s life is filled with awestruck people, suddenly confronted with the concept that they were in the presence of someone who expected more of them. Christ could see something greater in them, than they could fathom in themselves. Even more interesting is when they become the person Christ expected them to be.

Those moments of realization are some of my favorites in the Bible. Take for example Zacchaeus in Luke 19. Here was a man everyone (except maybe the other tax collectors) despised. No one expected anything good to come from this man. The “Aha!” moment starts when Jesus stops under the sycamore tree and casually informs Zacchaeus that he better get down because, “I must stay at your house.” (Luke 19:5) The fulfilling of this belief in Zacchaeus comes when, after a day spent with Jesus, he says, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount (Luke 19:8).” Belief spurs an ordinary life into an extraordinary life. Who would expect fishermen to become foundations of the Church, shepherds to become kings, a slave/prisoner to rise to rule Egypt or a baby basket refugee to lead a nation. In every case they became more because they were told they were more.

So, the question is, “What are you thinking?” For God has created you for good works (Ephesians 2:10). However, He has also done more…Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13). Know this, there is no greater confidence that God could give you than to take up residence and work in you. Like Zacchaeus, God sees more in us than we can even fathom! Will we, like Zacchaeus, rise to the belief? Spend some time thinking about that.

Wade McKnight
Centerville Church of Christ
Centerville, Ohio

Prayer Requests

Please remember Jake Ferrell as well as Kieran and Katie Mort in their new lives in Christ.

Mike Dorrell’s dad was taken to the hospital with what they thought was a heart attack.  They found a very erratic blood pressure.

Nancy Wallis’ father has been placed into a care facility.

Jim Mort is in a brace and recovering in a facility in Indianola.

Karen Carico has been having difficulty with her medication and will not be leaving Taylor House for the present.

Karen Hardy was able to have her medication but is still having challenges with weight.

Glen and Marge Stevens in dealing with Glen’s illness.

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

Jeff Moore— to follow his diagnosis go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore.

Toni Lovejoy’s father with prostate cancer and her grandmother with lung cancer.

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 & Notes

THANK YOU!  We had a very successful Friends and Family Day.  We had 216 in attendance!  A big thank you to all of you who invited friends and family, brought food and helped with setup and clean up.  -Mitch

Letters will be mailed to all those who filled out  visitors cards.

SONBEAMS:  The Sonbeams will be going for lunch on Tuesday, Nov 11. We will meet in Pleasant Hill at Java Lu & Dining Too! 4830 Maple Drive at 11:30. This is across the street North of Hy Vee where Clay’s Restaurant was. We will be handing out a menu and map. If you have questions see the Dales.

CARE PACKAGES:  It is time again to begin collecting items for the annual “We Care” packages/baskets for college students, soldiers, and our shut-ins.  A sign up sheet will be posted and a collection box available.  We will collect through mid-November.

CONGRATULATIONS to Katie and Kieran Mort for choosing to put their Lord on in Baptism Thursday night. Please take time to welcome them to the family!

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!  As you can see our construction project has begun.  Please help us by keeping the children away from the  dirt piles.  Unfortunately, last week the phone lines were inadvertently cut.

RACE FOR THE CURE:  We had a good group that participated in this race.  They were Heather Siegle, Debra and Alison Augspurger, Jana and Erin Miller, Sara Mongon and Gene McClaren.  It was great fun and wonderful for Christian women to participate in such a great cause!

Central Iowa Missions

Nov. 2 – Osceola – Darin Thompson

Nov. 9 – Osceola – Mitch Mort

On Sunday afternoons, Art is teaching a 2-hour Basic Preaching class at Osceola and then speaking for their evening worship hour.

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