Volume 32 Number 13

Putting It Together

Read John 9, Isaiah 42:1-7, Exodus 4:1-12

In almost all mysteries there comes the point when the author has given you all the information, but it is scattered and you have to put it together. Usually, something clicks, and you have the, “Aha!” moment. I had one of these moments recently when two pieces of information came together (John 9 and Exodus 4:11) and I understood what was really being said.

Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” (John 9:28-33)

This is the conversation that takes place with the man born blind and the Pharisees who are trying to do away with Jesus. I always took it at face value, men arguing with each other. However, this conversation goes much deeper, right down to their core beliefs, because the once-blind man is using the Pharisees own argument against them when they said they were disciples of Moses. If they were truly disciples then they could probably quote this account from the burning bush by heart…

The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? (Exodus 4:11)

What the once blind did was prove who Jesus was. He could have also quoted the prophecy in Isaiah 42:1-7 “…to open eyes that are blind.” The point is, this man was living proof that Jesus was God! If you believed the scriptures, this could be your only conclusion; in fact, it can be our only conclusion today as well. The Pharisees had to choose what they did with information. Would putting the pieces together change their life? Does it change yours?

Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio    Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

CLOTHING GIVE AWAY:      We are planning to have the clothing give away again this August.  While you are cleaning this summer please bring clothing items you would like to contribute.  Last year we did not have very many children’s clothes so that might be a priority.

PREACHING CLASSES:  On Sunday night, April 5th, at 6:00 p.m., we will be starting the 13-week Basic Preaching Class for those men who have never taken the class before. (it is not a refresher course this time) It will help you study the Bible, research Bible verses, put your thoughts down on paper, and get your thoughts from the paper to the ones to whom you are speaking. It will be held Sunday evenings in the Grandview basement, during regular evening worship time, please see Art for more details.

MWBC CLEANUP DAY:  Please join us for some work and fun on Saturday, May 2nd at our annual Camp Cleanup Day at the Lake Darling Youth Center. You’ll enjoy being with friends while you help get camp ready for the summer!

LECTURESHIP:  1st Annual “Holding the Traditions Lectureship” Oct. 12-15, 2009 Heartland church of Christ; 430 Dodge St., Suite 1, Dubuque, Iowa 52003  563-581-4636 )

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY: The next Saturday morning men’s bible study will be April 18. Todd Johnson will be leading the study. Program: Eat–8:00am Study–9:00am

MWBC COLLECTION:  Grandview has been charged with collecting Ranch Dressing (the non-refrigerated kind) for camp this summer.  A sign up sheet is on the back table.

MIDWEST BIBLE CAMP applications are on the back table.

Jesus had no servants,
yet they called Him Master,
Had no degree,
yet they called Him Teacher,
Had no medicines,
yet they called Him Healer,
He won no military battles,
yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime,
yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb,
yet He lives today.

Feel honored to serve such a Savior who loves us!

Prayer Requests

Our brother, Kimball Matkins, died Thursday after a brave battle with ALS.  There will be a memorial service for Kimball on Tues., Mar. 31 at 11:00am at the East Hill Church of Christ in York, NE. His children, Jason and Jenna would like to establish a scholarship in his honor at York College (as Kimball did in Debbie’s honor nine years ago). If you would like to contribute to this memorial for Kimball, please make your check out to “York College” and write “Kimball Matkins Scholarship” in the memo line. Orrin Nearhoof will be collecting these Sunday and will deliver them to the family at the service. You may also mail them to: York College, 1125 E. 8th St, York, NE 68467

Addresses to send your sympathies:   Melinda Matkins and sons, 623 Blackburn Ave. York, NE 68467-3208

Jason and Kendra Matkins, 942 East 5th St., York, NE 68467   Garrett and Jenna (Matkins) Schwarz, 1307 Grant, York, NE 68467

Barry Phelps has been moved to room 541 at Mercy hospital because of the noise level.  He will then be receiving the same care. It will be more quiet for him and allow his brain to heal better according to the neurologist. The family has asked all visitors to meet with them in the waiting room on the fifth floor. Please also remember Millie Buxton as well as she is struggling also.

Mike Hysell has gone home from the hospital.

Beth Potter’s uncle, Jim Asmus, will be going in for a M.S. test on the 27th.

Philip Walker asked to be praying for his friend, Jeff Lanius, who lost both his father-in-law and brother.

Families who have recently lost loved ones: Collins family, Kinyon Family, Deal Family.

Easton and Chase Van Egdom’s continued progress.

Pam Dorrell’s friend Joan has cancer that has returned and is in the hospital and the family is in the process of looking for a care center for her.

Jake is pursuing a job with the Sheriff’s office.

Employment:  Todd Johnson’s sister Karen; Tyler Sparks’ Brother-in-law, and Richard Potter

Jim Mort’s continued progress.

Sharon Burke (Cedar Falls) is back in Cedar Falls.

Karen Hardy is still struggling with her health.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Marge Steven’s sister is doing better but is losing weight.

Millie Buxton is losing her sight.

Toni Lovejoy’s father with cancer.

Lyndsay Gordon’s niece Michaela should be going home in the next week.

Jeff Moore is now back to work.  He will also be getting married in the near future.

Note:  If there is anyone that you would like to add to our prayer list or if there is an update for a current listing, please call (957-0542) or email Sandy (sklongfellow@yahoo.com).

Calendar of Events

  • Mar 28 – Fellowship with Firearms
  • Apr 4 – Friends of Midwest Bible Camp Annual Spring Brunch, Amana
  • Apr 12-15 – Davis City Gospel Meeting
  • Apr 18 – Men’s Bible Study-Church Bldg
  • Apr 25 – MN Bible Lecture, Rosemont
  • May 2 – MWBC Clean Up Day
  • Oct 12-15 – Holding the Traditions Lectureship—Dubuque

End of this issue.