Volume 32 Number 34

Fix the Door…

Read 2 Chronicles 28-29

Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king…He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them (2 Chronicles 29:1a, 2-3).

As I was reading this verse a question popped into my head, “Why was repairing the door mentioned?” I understand how anything can fall into disrepair when it is not in use, and Hezekiah’s father, Ahaz, could have aided the process along as we have record of his abuse of the temple (2 Chronicles 28). The point is sometimes something seemingly insignificant can bring a whole new light on the story. Why did it mention repairing the door? It’s simple, before you could get in to repair the rest of the temple, you had to fix the door.

“Fixing the door” tells us God’s temple was no longer in use. It conveys that His people had turned their hearts from him. A broken door says that they had taken a different path that no longed included God. We see in the history of the Israelites, that the temple doors may have been squeaky for quite some time before they broke completely.

So why am I obsessing on a broken temple door? It is because now we are God’s temple, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).” Let us make sure that our lives are in good repair. The Israelites were led away by idols; things that made God less important to them (squeaky door), things that took His place (broken door). With as busy as our lives get, maybe we need to check His temple for squeaky doors. Is worshipping God taking the back seat to something else? Then fix the door, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).”

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks church of Christ,  Chickashaw, OKWade McKnight, Southern Oaks church of Christ,  Chickashaw, OK

News & Notes

ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION:  Gene and Bob McClaren’s 60th Wedding anniversary reception is August 30 from 1-4:00 pm here at the building.

OPEN HOUSE:  Everyone is invited to a come and go open house at the Foldings on September 12th from 3-7pm. We will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for all those who would like to attend. Please RSVP by September 6th.

THE SHORES:  This past Sunday at The Shores we had a total attendance of 36; 26 of them were residents or workers and 10 there were members of Grandview. Thanks to all of your for your continued support of this program.”

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS Needed!  Please see Tammy Sparks to sign up to help with the attended nursery.   The nursery is going to resume again in the fall.  Many visitors have commented on how much they appreciate having a place for their toddlers during worship service.  You must be in ninth grade or older to help.  Your willingness is greatly appreciated!

SONBEAMS:  The Sonbeams will be going to Perkins, 2425 E. Euclid Ave, on Tuesday, Sept. 08, at 8:30 A.M. for breakfast. Anyone is welcome to join us.

THANK YOU!  Thank you so much for the gift basket and for the gift of fellowship.  We have felt so welcome and everyone has been great!  We also enjoy the Bible study and the wisdom that so many has been blessed with.  Gary and Kim Hysell

EDUCATIONAL SERIES:  The Jasper County church of Christ would like to invite you to come and see the series on the Myth of Evolution. We will be showing it each Thursday evening beginning August 13th at 7:00 PM. Come and enjoy the informative series and the great Christian fellowship.  We are located at 1100 N. 3rd Ave. E in Newton Iowa.  Fred Rhodes

AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST LABOR DAY WEEKEND PICNIC:  There will be a picnic Sunday afternoon Sept. 6 at the Evergreen Church of Christ.  Bring a favorite dish, lawn chairs or a blanket and plan to spend the afternoon in fellowship with local brothers and sisters.  The picnic will begin around 12:30pm to allow everyone time to arrive.

Missions VBS Supplies

We would like to begin collecting supplies for the mission work again this year.  The supplies are an important addition to the  work that we do through the Richardsons in Bonaire, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica.  We need the following items:

  • Construction Paper—as much as we can get since this is a hot item in these countries.
  • Crayons—200  plus boxes
  • Children’s Safety Scissors—150
  • Markers—50 boxes
  • Glue Sticks—200
  • Bible related stickers (for attendance and other projects) – 50 sheets

Thanks for your help!  Darin


Friday night, September 11th
“Won’t It Be Wonderful There?”
Marshalltown Community College Campus
Hosted by the church of Christ in
More details to follow!

Prayer Requests

Stacy’s uncle, Brad Blenden called about his son, Jeff McFadden who is in the Army in Hawaii, went for a minor outpatient surgery.  The surgery went fine, except that when he came out he flatlined twice.  They were unsure why. They gave him a shot of Atropine and it worked. They sent him home but sent more Atropine home with them,  Jeff has gone back to the hospital and is not doing well.  Please pray for Jeff and Katie. They have no family there, and they really don’t know what is wrong!

Karen Kauffman from Hickman church asked for prayers for Preston Barth who is 2 years old and has an E coli infection.  A result has been a failure of both kidneys and going onto dialysis.  His parents are Vicki and Chris Barth.

Remember the Hardy family at this time.  Karen’s family has requested memorial donations to The Susan G. Koman Foundation, 1111 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315.

Jackie Harp, wife of a past elder—Paul, is having knee replacement on Tuesday.

Fred Anderson has had hip replacement.

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon will began radiation treatments for her cancer.

Gail Kish, a friend of the Foldings, fell backward out of a chair and broke three vertebrae in her back.

Mark Keyser a friend of Mike Ogle fell of a roof and broke his back.

Lyndsay Gordon asking for prayers on behalf of a friend of her sister: Tommy and Amber Flinn and their newborn son, Miles.  They did an ECO on Miles’s heart and discovered that his heart is not contracting as efficiently as a normal heart. The doctors are now giving him a drug to make his heart pump more effectively.  They are hopeful that he will not have to be on the drug for life.

Please continue to remember Marge and Glenn Stevens.

Nancy Wallis has broken bones in both feet.

Mike Mazak asked for prayers for his father who is in failing health and that his heart may be opened to God.

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.

Those looking for employment:  Tyler Sparks and his brother-in-law, Rich Potter, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother). Jeannie Duquette as she is seeking a new work opportunity.

Phyllis Mort’s sister-in-law Carol who has cancer.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Kayla Wallis

Prayers for Brody Decker who is in the hospital dealing with his leukemia.  Brody will be a student in Jo Mort’s class when school starts.

Rod Potter, a friend of Beth Potter (no relation) has been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate. James Farrell, brother of Beth Potter’s co-worker is in end stages of lymphoma.  Michelle, sister-in-law of Beth Potter’s co-worker, is dying of cancer.

A Big Thank You!

Thanks so much to all of you who helped us to get ready for the clothing give away.  So many people helped in so many ways.  God blessed us with at least twice as many clothes as last year.

We had many expressions of gratitude during the give away!  Several boxes of cloth were donated and a lady with at least 4 children said that she and her mother make clothes for the kids.  She also said, “They need to know that everything doesn’t come from Walmart!”

A little girl was  clutching a little sheep that was donated and was so excited!  Many families took out multiple bags of clothes.  They mentioned to us how it helped them get ready for school.  One lady that came last year said that she used everything that she took then and was gathering things for her children, grandchildren and friends.  Dan and Joe were sitting in the commons area and mentioned how many people thanked them on the way out of the building.

There were a lot of ideas mentioned during the preparations that should make things even better next year.  Thanks also to those who took the leftovers to the needy.

Calendar of Events

  • Aug 30 – McClaran’s reception
  • Sep 5 – Crystal Lange and John Even wedding
  • Sep 6 – Labor Day picnic—Evergreen Church of Christ
  • Sep 8 – Sonbeams Breakfast
  • Sept 11 – Pray Over Iowa
  • Sep 12 – Open House at Foldings
  • Sep 19 – Alison Augspurger and Rich Stricklett wedding
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque

End of this issue.