Volume 32 Number 8

Horse Sense

The night was cold and snowy;  in fact the roads that had just been cleared for the parade were covered again with the snowfall. The horses just wanted to be back undercover in some cozy barn. Instead, they were pulling lighted carts, buggies and wagons in the Lebanon horse drawn carriage parade. While there were horses or mules of every shape and size they had this one thing in common, even though many had people at the reigns, beside each horse or team there was someone next to them leading. While I am sure this was for safety’s sake, I thought of how important it was for the good of all, horse, leader and spectator for this relationship to be exactly like this.

While I have never been around horses any great amount, I know this…the horses are more powerful than the owner. If they so desired they could run over, drag or simply ignore their master and there is nothing the master could do. Yet, a horse who ignores the gentling hand of the master is not of any use.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

So what does this verse have to do with parades and horses? Just everything. When we say meek in our language today, we translate it as, being timid or cowering, which are not qualities that many would care to embrace. So why would Christ choose to use this particular characteristic to call, “Blessed?” The trouble comes with the translation, if you looked back to the language Jesus used, what we read as “meek” was the same adjective used to describe a horse or wild animal that had been tamed. Therefore, instead of being shy, timid or cowering, you see a powerful animal who has been turned into a useful tool. Jesus was saying, “Blessed are you if you allow God to tame you and mold you in His ways for in so doing you are allowing yourself to become a powerful tool for God. Of course, the blessing does not stop there, if you allow God to became your Master then you receive His inheritance and that is all you will ever need.” This certainly changes the idea of meekness doesn’t it? The difficult part of this concept is that it is not in our typical nature. There is a part of us that embraces the wild spirit and untamed nature within us.

Back to the parade, because the horses allowed themselves to be lead, what everyone saw was a rarely beautiful sight, spectacular animals, pulling dazzling carriages, with a background of falling snow. Of course, you can expect even greater things when you allow God to lead you.

Wade McKnight, Centerville, Ohio

News & Notes

BABY SHOWER ANNOUNCEMENT: Ladies, please join us as we celebrate the arrival of congregation’s newest babies, Chase & Easton VanEgdom, with a shower hosted at the Walkers’ house in Ankeny!  We will also be presenting a gift basket to special guests Kristen and Mikaiah Cary, in honor of Mikaiah’s birth!
The event will start at 10:30 on Saturday morning, Feb. 28; brunch will be served.  Further details are available on a poster-style invitation on the board in the Commons.
If you want to contribute to a group gift see Marnie or Tammy Sparks.

CAMPBELLS LABELS:  April Mazak is getting ready to send in 366 Campbell Labels!  Only the Campbell boy and the bar code is needed but they have to be attached. A big thank you to all those who take the time to bring the labels to church!

2009 MN Bible Lecture
“The Costs of Discipleship”
Date: April 25, 2009, all  day event.
Location:  South Twin Cities Church of Christ,
16120 Cedar Avenue S, Rosemount, MN   55068-1022
Phone: Phone: 952-431-7004

Six men will be speaking including Art Wallis talking on “The rewards that outweigh the costs of following Jesus”

ENGAGEMENT:  Crystal Lange and John Even would like to announce their engagement.  The wedding is planned for September 5, 2009.

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

PREACHING CLASSES:  There are only two more afternoon classes in the Intermediate Preaching course being taught at Osceola on Sunday afternoons. A few of their men are doing excellent work in the classes, thus they will be preaching in Osceola on Sunday mornings from time to time. – Art

Prayer Requests

Pam Dorrell’s mother had cataract surgery about a week ago which doesn’t seem to be effective and now she is having trouble seeing out of her good eye.  Also her friend Joan has cancer that has returned.

From the Sparks Family:  Tyler’s best friend Kenneth Collins and his wife just delivered a pre-mature baby, Cash Samuel Collins. He has some sort of infection in his body and the doctors don’t know what it is.  They are very scared for his life.  Thank you! Tammy Sparks

Lloyd and Barbara Deal’s 13 year old grandson, Connor, died last week.  You can send sympathy cards to his parents at Ron & Nan Deal, 7905 London Ct. Amarillo, TX  79119.

Archie Cook has a herniated disc in his neck. They have put him on muscle relaxers.

Toni Lovejoy’s father is dealing with cancer and feeling better although she would still like our prayers!

Remember all those who have lost jobs:  Todd Johnson’s sister Karen; Mike Ogle’s brother; Tyler Sparks’ Brother-in-law

Jim Mort is planning to be home Saturday, Feb 21.  Pray for his continued progress.

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

Easton Van Egdom has a faulty heart value  and surgery is planned for next month.

Cedar Falls Members:  Sharon Burke is receiving cancer treatments in Houston.

Karen Hardy is becoming increasingly tired.

Expectant mothers:  Cassie Johnson

Marge Steven’s sister’s health is in ill health.

Lyndsay Gordon’s sister’s baby, Michaela Sue Nobel. Michaela is over 3 pounds! She is continuing to progress.

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

Jake Ferrell’s mother has been ill.

Jeff Moore go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/JeffMoore

Kimball Matkins is getting weaker and losing weight.  They will be looking into home health care as walking is becoming increasingly hazardous for him.  To read his update go to:  www.caringbridge.org/visit/kimballmatkins.

Calendar of Events

Church Activities

  • Feb 22 – Area Wide Singing-Ogden
  • Mar 7 – Muscatine Area Wide Singing
  • Mar 28 – Fellowship with Firearms
  • Apr 25 – MN Bible Lecture

Member Activities

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

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