Volume 32 Number 1

No Mulligans Needed

The small dimpled ball took of like a shot down the fairway (for about fifty yards) then just as quickly turned to the right in what appeared to be a ninety degree angle. My slice is pretty ugly! I have sent golf balls bouncing down roads, into homeowner’s yards, creeks, woods and prairies. When I first started a friend, who was trying to give me some tips, dropped another ball in front of me and said, “Why don’t you just take a mulligan.” A “Mulligan” is simply a do-over—it is as if that first shot never existed. While I had never heard the term before I embraced it with gusto. I have since wished that I had the ability to take a “Mulligan” in life.

I think there are many who like to think Christianity is like a Mulligan…”Become a Christian and you will never have any worries ever again.” While it is true that through God’s grace we are made new (Ephesians 4:20-24), becoming a Christian does not exempt you from struggles in life. In fact, there are occasions when God’s motto seems to be, “No Mulligans, Just Grace.” “What’s the difference?” you may ask. Look at this verse.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

Paul was asking for a mulligan, He desperately wanted whatever this affliction was, to disappear. Instead he received a heaping dose of Grace. God says, “Know my power works in the imperfect. Your weakness can be put to My good use!” God can do more with a bruised individual who trusts Him, than He can with someone who is whole, but limited in their faith. This is a reoccurring theme throughout the Bible, we see it in the struggles Joseph went through, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (Gen. 50:20).” We see it in the life of Peter, the weakness of Gideon (Judges 6), and the failings of Onesimus (Philemon 1:11).

The small dimpled ball sliced to the right erasing the ninety degree dogleg and landed within ten yards of the green. I birdied the hole because of an ugly slice. Through no skill or talent of my own something good resulted. Here is a visual example of a magnificent quality of our Father. God can do some amazing things if we trust Him with our weaknesses—No mullingans needed.

Wade McKnight,Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News and Notes

PREACHING CLASS:  Art will be teaching the second level of preaching classes: ‘Intermediate Preaching’, at Osceola beginning Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, January 4th, 2009.  If any of you men missed that class when we recently had it at Grandview and would like to participate in it at Osceola, please see Art. This is a 7- session class series. – Art”

BIBLE BOWL:  Be thinking about participating in the Bible Bowl.  The text is 1 Samuel 1-10  New American Standard.  The date is Feb 14  (snow date Feb 21) We will be starting practice Sunday afternoon Jan. 4.   Grandview is co-host.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!  There are a lot more  changes to the building inside.  Even some of the classrooms have changed.   Please be patient.

ALL CHURCH BIRTHDAY PARTY:  Our theme is seasons.  We will have three months of birthdays each in a classroom and one in the commons area.  After the cakes we will have one activity in each room and rotate through each activity.    Too complicated?  Don’t worry—we’ll figure it out! Please plan to attend!

PHIFER ADDRESS: Please remember the Phifer family in your prayers at this difficult time.  Peggy’s address is: 1013 Kingman Circle, Des Moines, IA 50311-3519   Phone: 770-6562.

KAREN ACRES SINGING: We are scheduled to sing on January 18th at 2:00.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6

NEW:  We would like to begin a listing of activities/achievements of the Grandview Church members.  For instance, if your child has a recital, please give me the time and place and we will enter it onto a list. We would like to give interested members the chance to attend.  Also, if you have achieved something such as getting a promotion or honor roll, this would be great for the list as well .

Prayer Requests

LYNDSAY GORDON’S SISTER:  She had her baby girl at about 7:20 pm on Sunday, December 28, 2008. They named the baby Michaela Sue Nobel. The baby weighed in at 1 lb 11 oz and is 12.25 inches long.  Michaela will be in the NICU until at least April.  She had been on a ventilator, but she is breathing pretty good already.  She still needs a lot of prayers.

Karen Hardy has been taking a lot of medication and having a lot of pain.  Please remember her in prayer!

Phil  Walker  cut his leg severely with a box cutter.

Joe Breton’s 81 year old mother, Nora, slipped and fell on ice last week.  She broke her hip and required a partial hip replacement.  Surgery went well and she is now recovering.

Louise Gordon is beginning to get her eyesight back.  Please pray for continued progress.

Remember to pray for the elder nominations in January.

Millie Buxton is still having eye problems and please pray for Joe’s job.

Please remember Stacy Van Egdom  during her pregnancy.

Congratulations to the Mike Johnsons who are expecting a baby!

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

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

Toni Lovejoy’s father and her grandmother with lung cancer; Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father also has cancer.

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

Kimball Matkins, who has ALS go to:  www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Calendar of Events

Jan 18        Karen Acres Singing
Jan 23        All Church Birthday Party
Feb 14        Bible Bowl
Feb 21         Bible Bowl Snow Date

Central Iowa Missions

Jan 4 – Newton – Joe Buxton
Jan 11 – Osceola – Dan Bailey
Jan 11 – Blockton – Darin Thompson


Jan 4 – Bill Gordon
Jan 5 – Gene McClaran
Jan 6 – Brian Hiskey
Jan 9 – Paul Augspurger
Jan 10 – Orrin Nearhoof

End of this issue.