Volume 32 Number 6

The Dog Ate My Laces

Becoming a dog owner has been an adventure in many ways, however I recently experienced one I didn’t expect. After reaching to put on a particular pair of shoes—I find one completely without the leather laces. I was trying to figure why someone had swiped my laces when I noticed the dog following every movement of the other shoe. With new laces purchased and in place I set the shoes in our bedroom (where the dog is not supposed to trespass), planning to wear them the following day. When I reached down to put them on the next morning I came up with two shoes without laces. Dumfounded, I called my wife at work to see if she was just messing with me. Something appears to be so irresistible to Rosco about leather laces that he would brave my wrath to sneak into the bedroom for a snack. I picture him slurping up my shoelaces like spaghetti (? This is the night, it’s a beautiful night ?).

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 7:21-8:2)

In many ways no scripture describes our lives in this world better than this one. How often do we wish to desire God and only God but are battled by the law that is at work in our bodies? At times it seems as if we are no better than my irritating dog, sneaking into the bedroom seized with a desire for shoelaces, only our battles may be fought against selfishness, pride or a lack of faith. In truth, we too could utter the same words of Paul, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death.”

Of course, the answer now is the same as when Paul wrote his words—Christ Jesus! In our battle Christ tips the scales. When we put our faith in Him, His blood frees us from the condemnation of the law of sin and death. When we enslave our mind to the riches of God’s law, the freedom God offers can overcome the web of sin, laces and all.

Wade McKnight
Centerville Church of Christ
Centerville, Ohio

News and Notes

SWEETHEART DINNER!  Friday, February 13th beginning at 7:00 pm at the Machine Shed.  There is a sign up sheet in the back of the auditorium.  Please sign up by February 11th.

BLOOD DRIVE: Did you know one pint of blood can save up to three lives?  That someone needs blood every 2 seconds?  That only 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10% donate regularly?  You have the opportunity to help!  The sign-up sheets for the Grandview blood drive taking place on February 21st are on the back table in the auditorium.  Please decide to help by donating blood or by volunteering to work or provide refreshments that day!

ELDER  NOMINATION FORMS:  Today is your absolute last chance to turn in your elder nomination form.   You must turn it in this morning after worship!

GRANDVIEW TEENS have received  a number of written thank-yous for the great care packages that the congregation gathered the goodies for and also paid to have shipped.  The thank you notes are posted on the bulletin board if you would like to read them.  Thank you Grandview for making students, soldiers and others days brighter with the Care packages!

PREACHING CLASS: Today is the first day of this quarter’s preaching class in Grandview’s basement titled “Textual Analysis In Advanced Preaching”. Some of you men have been through it before. Some of you men may be interested in taking it for the first time. We deal with Bible Greek. We have Greek-English Interlinear Bibles we will be using with our study of the text, as well as using Vine’s Expository Dictionary. If you already have either of these books, please bring it with you to the class. If you don’t have one or the other or either of them, we will furnish them for you in class. – Art

AREA WIDE SINGING: Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:00 p.m. at the Ogden Church of Christ, 502 West Walnut Street, Ogden , Iowa.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the singing. Please try to be here at 2:00 and bring as many folks with you as possible as we are planning to record this event and use it as introduction music for any of our subsequent TV or radio programs. It will also be available on our website. Go to www.ogdenchurchofchrist.org for a map link and printable directions.  If you have any questions, call Matt Glawe at 515-370-2520, or e-mail mdglawe@hotmail.com

Prayer Requests

Archie Cook has been having severe pain in his right arm and is having difficulty getting a diagnosis.

Todd Johnson’s sister Karen just lost her job of many years and is very hurt and concerned about finding a new one.  Please pray for healing and job search success.

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

Tyler Sparks’ Brother in law is looking for work.

Jim Mort has been transferred to the Good Samaritan health care facility in Indianola. Let us encourage Jim with our visits and cards.

Remember Micah Hardy, Mike Johnson and Brian Hiskey in prayer concerning their new life in Christ.

Easton Van Egdom is at home.  There are still challenges so keep them in your prayers!

Cedar Falls Members:  Sharon Burke has been having difficulty with bladder infection. She is receiving cancer treatments in Houston.

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 Steven’s sister’s health has been decreasing drastically—Marge is under a lot of stress.

Lyndsay Gordon’s sister’s baby, Michaela Sue Nobel. She has a care page. Visit it to find out how she is doing!

Mike Hysell-Deb McGee and Barb South’s brother is still taking chemo therapy but the MRI showed the brain tumor has stopped growing.  Thank you for your prayers!

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.

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.

Calendar of Events

Church Activities

  • Feb 13 – Sweetheart Dinner
  • Feb 14 – Bible Bowl
  • Feb 21 – Bible Bowl Snow Date
  • Feb 21 – Grandview Blood Drive
  • Feb 22 – Area Wide Singing-Ogden
  • Mar 7 – Muscatine Area Wide Singing
  • Mar 28 – Fellowship with Firearms

Member Activities

  • Mar 2 – DM Youth Symphony—Amy Bailey
  • Apr 24-25 – Musical Grease—Urbandale High – Ann Longfellow

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