Volume 33 Number 4

Building to Last…

Have you ever noticed there are many avenues out there today be it business, education, entertainment and even religion, that have become very successful because they tell you only what you want to hear? The question then arises, how much substance is there actually to it?  Furthermore, if we build our lives on such things, how fulfilling will our lives be?

In the book of Ezra you will find a lesson about building. God had put it in the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to rebuild the temple that been destroyed in Jerusalem. Volunteers from Judah and Benjamin were sent along with money, supplies and materials. However, when it came time for the work to begin they did not start by laying the foundation, instead they built an altar to the LORD and reinstated sacrifices (Ezra 3:1-6). The question is why? Wouldn’t it have made more of an impact had the first sacrifice been performed upon the stage of the rebuilt temple?

Maybe the answer lies in substance and building to last. For, I believe the leaders of the Israelites had it in the right order. Unless the sacrifice was made to show that their hearts were set on God, and showed their willingness to do things God’s way, then as beautiful as the temple may appear, God would not be in residence.

The point is, today it is clear we are God’s temple, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).” As this is the case, what parallel can we find with the physical rebuilding of the temple in Ezra? It is that our lives have to be the sacrifice. Unless, we are set on doing God’s way and letting His Word be our foundation, then as pretty as the words from our mouths sound, there is very little substance. A life that is fulfilling is not a life filled only with what you want to hear.
Fulfillment comes through understanding what God wants you to know, and sacrificing your own desires to live that knowledge. Now that’s life built to last.

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

News & Notes

ANNIVERSARY:  You are cordially invited to celebrate with Jim and Phyllis Mort their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  An open house will be at Grandview Church of Christ Sunday, January 24th from 2-4 pm.

SHOWER:  There will be a shower for Jess Mort on Jan 31 in the fellowship hall from 2-4pm with an ice cream sundae bar.  Please see Anne Ogle or Missy Thompson if you would like to give to a group gift.

WEDDING:  Grandview members are invited to the February Mort/Flaherty wedding. RSVPs will be placed in the back of the auditorium.  Please get them to the Morts no later than FEBRUARY 1st 2010!

NEW EMAIL:  The Wallis’ have a new email: anwallis2@hotmail.com

CHILI COOKOFF:  Polish off all those favorite Chili recipes and get ready to compete!   February 7th at our pm potluck will be the day!  Bring Hot, Mild or in between.    Addition:  We are also going to have a cookie bake off so please get your favorite recipe ready!

BIBLE BOWL: Bible bowl practice is at 4:30 today.

TEEN GATHERINGS:  If you would be interested in hosting the teens on the third Sunday evening during this year, please sign up on the sheet in the Commons area.

Bible Reading is FUNdamental (BRIF): Members at Grandview read the Bible on a regular basis, and to continue and encourage this fact, we have started to track the number of verses read each week by the members at Grandview.  Below are the number of chapters reported during the period January 3, 2010 through January 16, 2010.

January 9   538
January 16  732

MISSING BOWL:  We are asking everyone to check their collection of bowls to see if you might have taken home a yellow Pyrex bowl by mistake. It belongs to Phyllis Mort, and was given to her by her mother when she and Jim were married. She would like to pass it on to her granddaughter when she is married.

THE SHORES:  Today (Jan. 24) we will be having services again at 2:00 PM at The Shores retirement center in Pleasant Hill. Thank-you so much for continuing to support this program through your participation. Singers and encouragers are always welcome.

Prayer Requests

Brody Decker whom we have been praying for concerning leukemia has been hospitalized for the flu.

Diane George’s mother has passed away.  Please remember the family.

Lyndsay Gordon has a prayer request for her friend from high school Katie Ford had a stroke.  She is only 31 years old.  She has had a second stroke since that time.

Lyndsay also asks for prayers for her niece Michaela who is in Blank Children’s hospital with RSV.

Jerad Penick’s grandfather went to the hospital with an unknown heart condition.

Please remember all those looking for employment– this is a very stressful time for them!  David and Frank Colton, Floyd West (Susie Easter’s brother), Deborah Wallis, Michelle Parker (Potter’s daughter), Tom Collier.  Anne Ogle’s mother Arlene is in danger of losing her job.

Anne Ogle’s grandfather, Earnest Kughl had his leg removed and is not responding well to treatments.  Ann’s dad has been having difficulty dealing with his father’s current condition.

Joanne Miller has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension.

Please pray for the Bailey and Summerhayes family in the passing of Donna’s mother.  They are currently traveling back from Ohio.

John Stevens was released from the hospital. It was determined that he had a bleeding ulcer.

Brian Hiskey asks for prayers for the family of Dan Wright a high school friend.  Dan was into drugs in high school but had become a successful business owner and a great friend.  He passed away from a drug overdose. His family can use all the prayers they can get.  Thank you very much,  Brian

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

Please pray for Deb Kuper and the children as well as Chad.

Brian Hiskey’s friend, Jeff Ward has received word that his tumor has spread to his brain.

Brian Hiskey’s grandmother was hospitalized with heart palpitations they are not sure what is causing the difficulty; his friend Jaylee decided to abort her baby. She will probably have her remaining child taken away from her. She is 16 years old; and pray for his co-worker Mike as he has been temporarily laid off from work and he usually handles these situations poorly.

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

Ronnie Harrison’s sister, Sharon, is doing better but still struggling with her appetite.

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

Clint Mongan is now recovering at home.

Pray for our nation and all the challenges facing it.

Expectant mothers:  Sarah Mongan, Dawn White, Dora Bailey, Anne Ogle, Melissa Ludwig

Mike Mazak will be medically discharged from the service in about March.

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

Josh White (son-in-law of a member of the church in Council Bluffs) had a stroke. 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 Ankeny.

LOOKING FOR WORK:  Marla Housby is seeking part-time employment in the Des Moines community.  If you can help with information; please contact her at 515.988.4220.

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

Calendar of Events

  • Jan 24 – Mort 50th Anniversary—2-4 pm
  • Jan 31 – Jess Mort Shower—2-4 pm
  • Feb 7 – PM Potluck—CHILI (and Cookie) COOKOFF!
  • Feb 13 – Bible Bowl—Hickman Road  – 9 am
  • Feb 20 – Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding

End of this issue.