Volume 32 Number 48

Seeing Ourselves There…

The kids and I have been listening to a book on tape, on our way to school. In this particular book the author did an especially good job of coloring, in words, the scenes from her creation. As my daughter hopped out of the car one morning she said what I had been thinking, “I really like this book because I like to put myself there.” It’s amazing how we can do that. A story that’s setting was hundreds of years before our time has the ability to place us there. Of course we owe it all to God who gave one mind the ability to create and another the ability to visualize how it may have been. Let us now use these gifts from God to put ourselves in the place He has described for us.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (2 Corinthians 2:9).

Since this is the case we have to make do with the utmost we can fathom…The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass (Rev. 21:18)

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Matthew 13:44-46).

Simple fact: Humans cannot begin to imagine just how awesome heaven is. The best we can do is to picture it with the greatest of what we have seen. However, beyond picturing what it may look like, we need to, see ourselves there. Heaven must be our number one goal. As with any goal, to achieve it you must be able to see it. With heaven, we need to place ourselves in the “unfathomable” for the purpose of compelling us on to our goal. This makes it real, gives it substance and reminds us of what our ultimate objective is!

The world has a way of making us forget that. We get caught up in the here and now, and our vision of heaven fades. However, nothing on this earth is as important as our goal of heaven. The only accomplishment that is greater for me would be to achieve this aspiration with my family.  What a sad state we are in, if the only place we see ourselves is in the realm of what we are doing, or trying to do in this world. Look beyond this world. See yourself in heaven. Then let this world simply be an avenue to achieve your vision, until the day you don’t just see yourself there—you are there!

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK

News & Notes

KAREN ACRES AND THE SHORES:  On December 13th, there will be Singing at Karen Acres at 2:00pm as well as our regular services at The Shores at 2:00pm. We would greatly appreciate it if there could be singers to help out at both. Thank-you in advance for those who come to help with these services.

TO THE GRANDVIEW FAMILY: To say that I was “surprised” at the party on Sunday afternoon would be an understatement. That was one of the biggest surprises I have ever had.  Everyone went to a lot of work to put on such a nice party: the food, punch, table setup, decorations, banner, plaque, award, scripting, singing, prayers, cards, etc. It all took a lot of time and effort. I also want to thank you for Nancy’s red long-stemmed rose – it is in a vase at the house and it is beautiful.

The Central Iowa Missions program would not work were it not for the good people of Grandview.  I look forward to many more years in the Lord’s service at Grandview.  In Christ, Art

NEW CLASS:  Today, December 6th, in the fireside room off the new fellowship hall we will be starting the Extra Advanced Preaching Class for the men of the congregation during the 9:00 a.m. Bible class hour. We will be applying all that we have learned in the preaching classes so far in a more intense study. – Art

SONBEAMS will be having breakfast here at the building on Tuesday December 8 at 9:00am.

FUN AND FELLOWSHIP!  Annual Cookie Exchange and Second Annual Sausage Palooza!

The cookie exchange will be held at Ada Johnson’s house (directions will be available).  She lives three blocks straight north of Mitch and Jo’s house.  The Sausage Palooza will be held in Mitch Mort’s garage at 411 East 3rd Avenue, Indianola, IA.

DATE:  2:00pm on Saturday December 12!

If you are participating in the cookie exchange bring five dozen cookies and we will tour the cookie table and have five dozen to take home.  What more could you ask to entertain for the holidays?!

Candle exchange:  Let Jo know if you are interested in the candle exchange and we will plan accordingly.

Sausage Palooza:  Bring whatever you would like as long as it has sausage!  Please bring your own drinks and a lawn chair.  Table service and silverware will be provided.

Military Collection:  We will be collecting gift cards from the following stores: Walmart, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Target for Carla Chambers  (a friend of the Morts).  She sends at least six boxes a month (over $200 in shipping) to two different soldiers and the members of their platoons serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Carla suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and from the goodness of her heart makes sure every month the soldiers are provided with the items they need, want and request.  See Jo Mort if you have questions.

Prayer Requests

Joe Longfellow requested prayers last week about how he is dealing with his relationship with this father.

Josh White (son-in-law of a member of the church in Council Bluffs) had a stroke and is in Mercy hospital. Additionally, his family has requested prayers that both he and his wife Kaylla come to the decision to be restored in their relationship with God. They are living in Polk City for the next week and then will be moving to Ankeny.

Shane Siegle’s sister, Cherrie Hubbard has now learned her cancer has spread to her bones.

Mike Mazak is having his medical review Sunday morning. The family has requested prayers during this time as it looks like they will be making the transition out of the military and into whatever the Lord provides for them.

Galen’s father, fell and broke his shoulder.  He has been moved to a nursing facility.  He has had many health problems over the last few months, and Galen’s mother has been dealing with some health issues herself.  Please pray for this family during this time as they are dealing with some internal conflicts that have arisen.

Ann Ogle’s grandfather, Earnest Kughl, had all of the veins in his left leg collapse. They will attempt corrective surgery but if that does not work they will have to amputate it below the knee.

Michael  Watson, Sr had successful surgery on his rotator cuff.  He is doing well.  His fiance, Stephanie Pounders is suffering from insomnia.  Please pray that this passes quickly and that stress is reduced in her life.

Tim Bailey has recovered from mono.

Mike Johnson’s manager Pat  has now returned to work part-time.

I am asking for your prayers on behalf of my family.  My grandfather, Galen’s dad, fell and broke his shoulder.  He has been taken to the hospital where he will stay a few days before moving to a nursing facility.  He has had many health problems over the last few months, and my grandmother has been dealing with some health issues herself.  I am asking you to pray for my grandparents, but also for my father, Galen, and my mother, Gwen.  They are the ones who are going to be taking care of all arrangements, and that is very stressful for anyone.  We appreciate all the love and support that has been shown toward us already.  Thank you Church Family! Amy Penick

Cassie, Melissa & Micah’s grandmother was moved to the beginning Alzheimer’s Unit in York, Nebraska.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized with heart palpitations; his friend Laylee was in danger of having the state take away her child, now she is pregnant again and the state may take both children; and pray for his co-worker Mike as he has been temporarily laid off from work and he usually handles these situations poorly.  Also, Brian’s friend, Jeff Ward has esophageal cancer and liver cancer.

Mary Steele’s daughter, Tiffini, had a hysterectomy on Dec. 4. at Iowa Methodist.  Also, my niece, Shannon, is  having surgery on Dec 4 at Rochester for a tilted sternum.  She is 35’ish.

Dot, Beth and Jeannie’s step-mother has wide spread cancer in the abdomen but  will be on medication.

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Elaine’s daughter Jennifer that has parvo virus.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Dan Nitz, Marnie Walker’s father for chest pains.

Mike Mazak’s father is in failing health and his desire to bring him to Christ.

Those looking for employment:  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Kyle and Deborah Wallis,.

Marnie Walker and the girls in Des Moines with the house for sale while Philip is in Alabama.

Martha Winkelman’s (a friend of Phyllis Mort) cancer has spread throughout her body.

Ronnie Harrison’s sister Sharon has been having cancer treatments.

Nick Lacina who has leukemia and worships at the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Dawn White, Dora Crocker, Anne Ogle

Missions:  Richardsons; Emilee Flaherty – medical missions in Zambia; Bob and Marla Housby—Italy

Calendar of Events

  • Dec 6 – Dora Crocker and Tim Bailey wedding – Sunday, at 3:00 pm
  • Dec 12 – Cookie Exchange and Sausage Palooza
  • Jan 22 – All Church Birthday Party!
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

End of this issue.