Volume 32 Number 4

Sore Muscles…

My muscles have been a little stiff as of late. In trying to do a few things to get the house ready to sell I have been using some different muscles. Up and down ladders, crawling around on hands and knees and getting myself in tight and awkward positions while painting has taken its toll. While I try to stay active, these little jobs have gotten me to moving slowly. Of course, my hope is the price I am paying in time and sore muscles will be worth it when prospective buyers come to look at the house. Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. In fact, in most cases, the very reason it should be done is because it is hard.

For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity (Proverbs 24:16).

This proverb tells us the difference between a righteous man and a wicked man is getting back up when trying ends in failure. This proverb is also a reminder that God doesn’t promise us success every time. His desire is that we remain faithful to Him and follow His commands, through successes and failures.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-11).

Notice this list is long and making our, “Election sure,” will likely take many occasions of falling and getting back up. Not only that, but working to achieve greater and greater measures of these qualities will likely put us in positions that will make us spiritually sore, for doing them may put us in situations we are not used to. Putting others before ourselves is difficult. Godliness, true godliness will require sacrifice and adjustment of priorities. Remember though, this Godly exercise will without a doubt pay off in, “The eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Wade McKnight, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

CONGRATULATIONS!  Mike Johnson was baptized last Sunday.   A group went over to the Hickman Church for the baptism.   Take  time  to  congratulate   Mike!

Remember Micah and Mike in prayer!

PREACHING CLASSES: Art is teaching the Intermediate Preaching Class in Osceola and preaches the Sunday evening sermon each week. There were a total of 9 in the preaching class last Sunday afternoon.

ELDER  NOMINATION FORMS:  Prayerfully consider men to fill this position. Ask the men if they would like to serve.  Please turn in your nomination forms by February 1.

BIBLE BOWL:  The text is 1 Samuel 1-10  New American Standard.  The date is Feb 14  (snow date Feb 21) Practices are Sunday afternoon  at 4:00.   Grandview is co-host.

CONSTRUCTION:  There is a lot of construction going on.  Please be careful when moving about the building.

Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:41-42

NEW:  Does someone in your family have an event coming up that you would like to put on the member calendar?  Call me—Sandy

Prayer Requests

Jim Mort had surgery on Friday on his leg. He broke it on Wednesday. He is in Methodist North room 474.

Mike Ogle’s brother will be losing his job at the end of the month.  Ann requested prayers for him to find a new job quickly.

Easton Van Egdom is taking good strides daily. He was weaned off the oxygen and hopefully he is done with it. He is eating better but at this point only about half of what he needs for his daily allotment. Keep praying for this family!

Cedar Falls Members:  Glen Davis home and doing well. Sharon Burke has been in and out of the ER lately with her bladder infection. She is still receiving cancer treatments in Houston.

Remember Jan Johnston‘s family at her passing.

Jeremy’s aunt is having back surgery.

Karen Hardy’s bone scan came back good and her hip has been diagnosed with arthritis.  Please remember her in prayer!

Remember to pray for the elder nominations.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Marge Stevens – Her sister’s health has been decreasing drastically.  This along with Glenn’s health has made her life very stressful.

Tyler Sparks’ Brother in law – looking for work.

Lyndsay Gordon’s sister’s baby, Michaela Sue Nobel, who was born prematurely.

Louise Gordon is making progress but is still needing our prayers.

Barb South’s brother-Mike Hysell’s brain tumor has returned. He is having treatment.

Millie Buxton is still having eye problems and please pray for Joe’s job.

Jake Ferrell’s mother has been ill and has been referred to Iowa City or Rochester.

Toni Lovejoy’s father and her grandmother with lung cancer; Bob Kunce, Kim Greer’s father also has cancer.

Jeff Moore— to follow his diagnosis go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore

Kimball Matkins, who has ALS go to:  www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Central Iowa Missions

  • Jan 25 – Osceola – Joe Buxton
  • Feb 1 – Osceola – Lew Kirk

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