Volume 32 Number 26

The Other Day…I Saw a Bear…

I noticed an article in the Dayton paper about a bear that had been spotted at a Springboro clinic. Apparently, the bear moseyed through the parking lot, exchanged looks through a window with some startled employees, and then wandered back into the woods near the parking lot. So here’s my question…What do you think the bear was thinking? It could have been, “I wonder if there is any food in there?” or, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” or possibly, “I think I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.” The answer to my question is that we cannot know what the bear was thinking. The bear’s brain does not work the way ours does, therefore we cannot apply our thoughts to it. So here’s the next question…Do you think this is the way God feels about us?

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Looking at this verse it is easy to see…The bear’s thoughts to us = our thoughts to God—Pretty humbling thought isn’t it? While we cannot know the thoughts of a bear and vice versa, AND while we cannot begin to comprehend the depth of God’s thoughts–God can know our thoughts. That’s what happens when you are the Creator.

So, God knowing our minds and our tendency to make things too complicated gave us this message. “One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Matthew 22:35-39).

Christ’s statement takes away the need for questions, “LOVE GOD,” spend time with Him in prayer, grow in your faith, study His guidebook and follow His commands. “LOVE OTHERS,” show respect, kindness, gentleness and compassion. Master this thinking of God’s, and the result will be a life filled with contentment.

Wade McKnight
Southern Oaks Church of Christ
Chickasha, OK

News & Notes

SONBEAMS will be going for breakfast at 8:30 Tuesday July 14, at the Village Inn, 3410 8th St S.W. in Altoona. Anyone is welcome to join us
for food and fellowship. Lyle

GOSPEL MEETING: The Jefferson Church of Christ invites you to a gospel meeting from Sunday, July 26 – Wednesday, July 29, 2009.  David Wright, from New Albany, Indiana, will be the speaker.   The topics include:  ‘A Strong, Weak Man’ ‘Good People, Bad Things’ ‘Myths About Heaven’.

VBS:    Please remember to  sign up on the sheet in the back of the auditorium for some of the needed tasks.  Also, be thinking of who you might be able to invite to attend.

ANNIVERSARY:  Bob and Gene McClaren will be celebrating their 60th anniversary on September 3.  They will be having a reception that weekend.

BABY SHOWER:  The shower for Cassie Johnson will be at 10:00 a.m. at Marnie Walker’s house on Saturday, July 11.  If you would like to contribute to a group gift, see Lindsey Gordon.  Cassie would love items such as diapers, wipes, lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc for their baby girl.

BRIDAL SHOWER honoring Crystal Lange will be July 25 at the building.  Plan to join us for brunch.  Crystal and John are registered at Target, Younkers, and Williams and Sonoma.    If you have questions, please contact Beth Potter or Debbie Nieves.

BASIC PREACHING CLASS:  Today will be the final session of the Basic Preaching Class that meets at 6:00 PM here at Grandview during the evening worship hour. It has been a quick quarter of a year! I want to thank everyone who participated in the class.      – Art

Prayer Requests

Dora Crocker, Tim Bailey’s girlfriend, has thyroid cancer and is having surgery over the next few days to have the cancer removed. The families have requested that we pray for a full recovery.

Doris Gaulke’s granddaughter, age 44, passed away. The funeral was last Thursday. Doris also said that two of her friends passed away last week.  Please keep Doris in your prayers.

Jason Housby’s parents, Bob and Marla, are in transition preparing to go to Italy for mission work.  They will be in Des Moines before they leave.  Please remember them in prayer for a good transition.

Prayers have been requested for Nick Lacina who worships with his parents the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.  Nick is 18 and has leukemia.  He has a three year course of treatment that leaves him weak and sick.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Sparks lost his job and his brother-in-law is also unemployed, Rich Potter, Ken Hardy, Floyd West (Suzie Easter’s brother), Tom Doty and Jared VanEgdom’s job is in danger.  Toni Lovejoy has gotten a consulting job.

Toni Lovejoy’s father died.  Her address is 2327 W. 4th Street, Waterloo, IA 50701.

Phyllis Mort asked for prayers for her sister, Carol, who had a CT scan which revealed a mass on her kidney and she must see a surgeon.

Please pray for those who are travelling during this summer time. Many are on vacation.  The Millers will be on vacation for two weeks.

Prayers for Brody Decker.  Brody will be a student in Jo Mort’s class when school starts.  He has just been diagnosed with leukemia.

Glen Stevens had a good report on his heart and lungs.

Andrew asked for prayers for he and his family.

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

Karen Hardy is working on a part time basis.  Visiting her would still be a good idea but please call first.

Karen Hardy’s mother who is in an Assisted Living facility.

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

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson’s due date is very close (Aug 1) — pray for safe delivery and good health.

Calendar of Events

  • July 11 – Cassie Johnson’s Baby shower
  • July 17 – Knoxville church Youth Lock in
  • July 25 – Crystal Lange’s Bridal Shower
  • July 26-29 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 26-29 – Jefferson’s Gospel Meeting
  • Aug 15 – Blood Drive
  • Aug 22 – Clothing Drive
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange & John Even wedding
  • Oct 12-15 – Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque

End of this issue.