05/24/2009
Volume 32 Number 21

Ashamed of Your Folks?

Last week, the New York Times reviewed a 1921 silent film about a modest shoemaker, Silas, who, just barely manages to send his beloved son, Arthur, to college. At school, Arthur becomes a football star and falls in love with Marian, a society girl. Arthur gains great social status away from home, and now, he has become ashamed of his father. Trying to hide his humble past, He wires Silas not to come to his wedding reception. Old Silas is so broken-hearted that he becomes seriously ill, takes to his bed, and nearly dies.

Can’t we today feel anger at such a child? We may have actually known people like this. Could it even be, that in our own way, we have behaved like Arthur; not wanting people to know just how “close to the ground” we’ve been raised? This is the kind of behavior the Bible describes as “denial.” We see it in Peter, who, three times, would not own his Lord in the courtyard of the High Priest. We detect it even among “the leaders who believed in Him, But because of the Pharisees, they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise from men more than praise from God” (John 12:42). Do we actually think that such faith brought them salvation?

Are we today afraid of the clique at work that could advance us; or do we fear the tight little circle of popularity at school? Maybe it’s only a group of people who would really like us if only we weren’t so “fanatical” about Christ and actually mention Him! Have you ever noticed the obvious change of subject by a network interviewer when an outstanding athlete expresses thanks to God for his success, or how many sharp entertainers “dis” Jesus, mock the faith that people have in Him, and ridicule devout people? Yet, the audiences who laugh for them and applaud for them—well, aren’t they just like them?

And then, here we are, embarrassed to identify with Jesus when He is vilified, not to mention how appalled we might be if called on to actually volunteer our acknowledgement.

So, we are silent and they are not offended. “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). Why, it’s like being ashamed of our folks! Jesus is our folk. “Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33, NASB).

J D Cash, Centerville Church of Christ, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

POTLUCK:  Sunday, May 24th after evening services at Doanes Park Shelter in Pleasant Hill. Table service will be provided.  Please bring your own drinks.  If you have questions, ask Mitch Mort.

THE DAVIS CITY YOUTH MEETING!  Please let us know if you and any from your congregation are coming for the Davis City youth meeting, the evening of May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  Please let us know if you are staying overnight, and if so, the gender/age of those coming.  If you’re just coming on Saturday, please let us know that, too, so we’ll have enough food.  Thanks!!  Dave West, 641-344-9458, mizzourahkid@yahoo.com

THANKS!  We just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU so very much for  everything you have done and continue to do. We are very blessed to have all of you in our lives. The visits, cards, food, and prayers are all very appreciated by us all. We will forever be touched by all of the wonderful things you have done for us. Barry continues to improve everyday, and the prayers are working. We have a long journey ahead, but we know it is in God’s hands and we are hoping for the best.  ThePhelps Family

EVERYONE INVITED TO: Graduation Open House for Stephen Albers  Saturday, May 30th 1-5 pm Albers’ home 6924 Brookview Drive, Urbandale, Iowa 515/270-4606

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE! Once again we have been given an opportunity to serve. Starting on Sunday afternoon, May 31st, at 2:00, we will be conducting a worship service for ‘The Shores’ retirement center behind Copper Creek in Pleasant Hill. This is an outreach program for the Grandview Church of Christ. It is just another way in which we can use our talents for the Lord to try to expand His church kingdom. In June we are scheduled to be at ‘The Shores’ June 14 & 28. Thank-you for your continued support. – Art

Opportunity to Serve: Jason Housby would like to meet with everyone who works in the sound room, or would like to start.  He will be making up a new schedule for those to help in this work.  Please see Jason if you are interested in serving.

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY:  There are two bins (one in the Commons area and one by the new baptistery) for you to put clothes in for the giveaway.

BUILDING REPORTS:  There are reports concerning the remaining building to be done.  Please take a copy!

Prayer Requests

Jim Mort’s sister Helen Haymaker was placed in a nursing home in Pennsylvania.

Kristin Fagin a friend of Kim Ferrell recently lost her husband and is suffering through depression right now.

Glen Wilson a friend of Bob and Gene McClaren was admitted to Methodist ICU due to blood loss and breathing problems. He was taken off of life support Thursday at 11 am. Please pray for his family and friends.

Bill Gordon will be healing from his Hernia repair surgery for the next six weeks.

Fred Watney a friend of Bob and Gene McClaren passed away recently.

Tom Doty will be losing his job soon.

Karen Hardy would benefit from visitors and welcomes them. If you get a chance to go see her it would be a great benefit to her as well as the family. Continue to pray for her and the family.

Remember the family of Keith Johnson who has passed away.

Judy Singer in the passing of her mother and for her younger brother, Jimmy who was especially close their mother.  Pray also for her shoulder that has been giving her some pain.

Carol Nikkel, aunt of Amy Penick, who had stem cell replacement.

Louise Nikkel, grandmother of Amy Penick with hernia surgery.

Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father, is receiving Hospice care at home for his cancer.

Kim Ferrell’s co-worker Rick Drabeck’s son Kahlon died.

Karen Hardy’s mother has now been placed in an Assisted Living facility.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Spark’s brother in law, Toni Lovejoy, Jake Ferrell pursuing a position, Rich Potter, Ken Hardy, Floyd West (Suzie Easter’s brother)

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson (Aug 1)

Toni Lovejoy’s father is terminal with cancer.

Calendar of Events

  • May 24 – PM Potluck at Doanes Park
  • May 29-30 – Davis City church Youth Rally  “What School Doesn’t Teach You…”
  • June 6 – Heart Walk at Capitol  ”Easton’s Army”  Van Egdom’s are organizing.
  • June 12 – Grandview Campout
  • July 17 – Knoxville church Youth Lock in
  • July 26-29 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange & John Even wedding
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque


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