09/27/2009
Volume 32 Number 38

Solitude and Spiritual Strength

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed”(Mark 1:35, KJV)

We sometimes look upon the whole monastic movement of historic Christianity as an aberrant form of the faith, and in many respects this is accurate (see 1 Tim. 4:1-8).  However, there is something spiritually profound about spending personal time alone with God with disciplined regularity (see Matt. 6:6).   The Lord gives spiritual strength to the spiritually seeking.  David said, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (1 Chron. 16:11).

It is this strength through solitude that Jesus models for us:

  1. Matt. 4:1-11 – When preparing for public ministry
  2. Matt. 14:13 – Upon news of the death of John
  3. Matt. 14:23 – When pressed by the crowds
  4. Lk. 6:12-13 – Before choosing the twelve
  5. Jn. 6:14-15 – When confronted with others’ agenda

Psalm 46:10 still remains significant:

“Be still and know that I am God”

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Robert M. Housby

News & Notes

SONBEAMS:  The Sonbeams will be going for breakfast at 8:30 on Tuesday Oct. 13, at The Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman RD. See Lyle if you need a ride.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY:  October 25!  Pease be thinking about those you can invite to this important day!

AREA WIDE DEVO:  Games, Pizza, Devotional, October 11th, 5 p.m.; Church of Christ in Marshalltown; For more information: Jeremy Bjelland (641) 751-5073 * jbjelland@york.edu

PAST SERMONS:  After an extended absence, the audio archive on Grandview’s web site again lists many of our past sermons.  We’re still working to make it possible to add recordings each week – but as of today, there is a fairly long list of lessons available for your listening enjoyment.  Just to our web site at http://grandviewchurchofchrist.org, and click on “archive of older lessons”.

COLLEGE STUDENTS:  Remember to pray for our college students away at school and send a note to encourage them. The first round of tests are just around the corner!

Prayer Requests

PRAISES!   Tyler Sparks had gotten a job!

Clint Mongan had a fall while working.  Both elbows are broken and a heel crushed.  He will be having surgery soon.

The family of Josh Munea.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has been diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time they are saying surgery and 6 weeks of radiation is all she will need. We pray that is all and that she can get back to being cancer free very soon.

Jackie Harp, former Grandview member, is anxious to be up and around again following knee replacement surgery in late August. Please remember Jackie in prayer. Her address is 208 Billy Davis Drive, Searcy, AR 72143. email: jackiepaul@cablelynx.com

Those looking for employment:  Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother) and Phil Walker.

The family of Geri Hawhee as she was admitted to hospice, after fighting cancer.

Brian Hisky’s neighbor Laylee is probably not going to be able to keep her children due to some poor decision making on her part. Please pray for her and the decision she will make in the future.

Dora Crocker will be receiving the Radioactive Iodine Treatment at the end of this week to take care of any remaining cancer cells. Please pray that this is successful.

Mary Steele’s daughter Tiffini dealing with endometriosis .

A friend of Phyllis Mort, Martha Winkelman, has cancer of the pate and is struggling with a lot of pain.

Amber Birmingham, a friend of the Morts, has asked for us to pray for the complete removal of a tumor that was found. She is 22 years old.

The family of Jason Hubbard needs our prayers for their 12 year old daughter Abbey and the family with difficulties.

Anne Ogle’s mom, Arlene, will be having the spot removed from her chest soon.

Karen Kauffman from Hickman church asked for prayers for Preston Barth (parents Vicki & Chris Barth) who is 2 years old and has kidney failure from an E coli infection

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon has begun the cancer treatment and is having the side effects from that treatment.

Lyndsay Gordon asking for prayers on behalf of a friend of her sister: Tommy and Amber Flinn and their newborn son, Miles who is having heart problems.

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.

Phyllis Mort’s sister in law Carol is now in a nursing home and receiving treatment.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan.

Missions:  Bob and Marla Housby in Italy and the Richardsons.

Calendar of Events

  • Sep 22 – Ladies Class
  • Oct 11 – Area Wide Devo-Marshalltown 5:00 pm
  • Oct 12-15 – ‘Holding the Traditions’ Lectureship—Dubuque
  • Oct 25 – Friends and Family Day
  • Ladies Quilting—1st & 3rd Tuesday at 9:30-11:30am  Building


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