Volume 32 Number 15

Rocks Not Required…

There are some forces in this world that seem unstoppable, like the ocean tides, singing birds, my son talking while playing video games and my daughter’s unkempt room. I guess while some of these things may be altered (the distance between the earth and the moon effects the height of the tides and a storm may silence the birds) the force behind them will remain the same. We see a greater example of an unstoppable force from few lines in Luke 19…

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”(Luke 19:37-40)

I get two things from this verse. The first is that our praise of Jesus should be unstoppable. Seeing his work, the only reasonable outcome should be an overpowering outpouring of our praise.

The second thing I see is that rocks should not be required to do it. Christ will be honored; the way it should take place is with our hearts, our mouths and our lives. However, in lieu of this, it would be nothing for God to make rocks sing. It just isn’t their job it’s ours.

In Matthew 3:9 Jesus speaks once again of stones… “And do not think you can say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.” Our job is to honor the One in Whose image we were created, our lives dedicated to Him. Rocks not required.

Wade McKnight, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News and Notes

TEENS: The Grandview 7 & 8th and Teen Classes will be taking part in a service project on Sunday, April 19.  We will have lunch right after services and then get to work.

SONBEAMS:  The Sonbeams will be going to the Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman RD, for breakfast at 8:30, on Tuesday April 14. Please come join us.  Please let Lyle know if you need a ride.

Diane George’s new address is:
3500 Maple Street
West Des Moines, IA  50265-3940

CHURCH SIGN:  If anyone would like to take on the task of putting sayings in the sign out front, please contact Joe Longfellow.

It always seemed absurd to me
To sing of “such a worm as I,”
Until I saw an ugly worm
Become a gorgeous butterfly.

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.

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 to the building.  Last year we did not have very many children’s clothes so that might be a priority.

THANK YOU:  Joe Longfellow would like to thank all the men who participate in the worship service.  First for participating and also for being flexible.

Prayer Requests

Jerod Van Egdom informed us that after meeting with the cardiologist Friday, Easton will be admitted to Mercy Hospital and his surgery is planned to be performed on Monday. Because his condition has deteriorated since his last check, the surgery will be performed early instead of in six months.   He will be haveing open heart surgery to repair the faulty valve in his heart. Please pray for Easton as he is going through the surgery, Jerod and Stacy as they wait to hear the news about their little boy, and the doctors that will be performing the surgery.  At this time we have no news of which room he will be admitted to or the time of the surgery on Monday. As soon as we hear something we will let you know.

Ken Collins and his family (they lost their baby Cash last month) just found out today that Ken’s dad passed away last in his sleep.  Probably a heart attack he was only in his mid-60’s.

Barry Phelps is recovering at home. Remember Millie during this time as well.

Mike Hysell is still facing challenges.

Lyndsay Gordon’s niece: Michaela is finally home! Thank you guys for all the support!

Mike Ogle will be having a cyst removed from his wrist on the 17th.

Glen Stevens had two teeth removed and had extended bleeding.  He is weak as a result.

Gene McClaren asked that we remember, Karen, a former babysitter that has cancer and is not doing well.

Philip and Marnie Walker as they continue to move forward in the Lord.

The Morts asked us to be praying for them as Jenna will be home for the first time this weekend.

Beth Potter’s uncle, Jim Asmus,  has had good tests so far.  There will be more tests.

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.

Employment:  Todd Johnson’s sister Karen; Tyler Sparks’ Brother-in-law; Toni Lovejoy, Jake is pursuing a job with the Sheriff’s office.

CEDAR FALLS:  Sharon Burke is still battling with cancer.  Ward Bickford (an elder) is battling an infection.

Karen Hardy came through her kidney stint replacement well.  Please remember her family as well.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Toni Lovejoy’s father is terminal with cancer and his pain meds are not holding.  Toni has also lost her job.

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

  • Apr 12-15 – Davis City Gospel Meeting
  • Apr 14 – Sonbeams’ lunch—Machine Shed
  • Apr 18 – Men’s Bible Study-Church Bldg
  • Apr 21 – Ladies Bible Study—Starbucks
  • Apr 25 – MN Bible Lecture, Rosemont, MN
  • May 2 – MWBC Clean Up Day
  • Oct 12-15 – Holding the Traditions Lectureship, Dubuque

End of this issue.