Volume 33 Number 7

De Tar Baby

Do you know the story of the Tar Baby? I remember reading it a long time ago. The basic gist of the story is that someone wanted to get at Brer Rabbit. So he constructed a baby made of tar. Brer Rabbit comes by and tries to have a conversation with the tar baby, thinking it to be a real person.

When the tar baby didn’t respond after the rabbit’s repeated attempts to have a conversation with him, the rabbit decides that this person is stuck up and disrespectful by ignoring him. So Brer Rabbit threatens to hit the tar baby if he doesn’t at least acknowledge him. Well, his hand gets stuck in the tar. He yells at the tar baby to let go, threatening to hit him with his other hand it he doesn’t let go. After hitting him with his other hand, then kicking him with his right, then left foot, then hitting him with his head, Brer Rabbit is completely stuck in the tar. There is no way for him to get out of this fix.

That is one of Paul’s points concerning sin in the book of Romans. This is the human predicament. We do not have the strength or the ability to free ourselves from sin. Once you sin, you cannot “unsin.” According to God’s law, you have broken the law and are guilty. It is like flypaper. Once it has us, we are stuck. The only way to be free is for someone to free us.

The only one who can free us is the very one who died for our sin, Jesus Christ. He defeated sin at the cross, and defeated death at the grave. This is significant because death came as a result of sin (Rom 5:12). Sin’s power derives from the law which specifically identifies what sin is (Rom 7:5-8). When we break the law, we sin. At that point, we are stuck. We cannot rewind the clock and “unsin.” So the ultimate result is death (Rom 7:9).

Jesus defeated the law of sin and death at the cross and the empty tomb (Rom 8:1-2). He pulled us out of the tar and freed us from the clutches of sin. When does this freedom come about? The power of the freedom comes from the cross and tomb. As to when this freedom comes about in our own lives, it happens when we “die with Him.” After describing baptism as dying, being buried with him and raised with him, the text says,

“…knowing this, that our old self was crucified with him, in order that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we also believe that we shall live with him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over him” (Rom 6:6-9).

When this happens, our sin is done away with, and therefore death no longer has any power over us. We are free from sin and death. Through the death, burial and resurrection, Christ took care of our sin problem and our grave problem.

—John Telgren, Leavenworth, Kansas

News & Notes

Bible Bowl Results: Grandview’s K-6 teams placed 2nd and 3rd.  Ross Thompson, Hope Walker, Devyn,  Thompson and Natasha Folding were our 2nd place team.  The 3rd place team were Brandon  Gordon, Justus Folding,  Caden Thompson and Kristen Walker

The Teen Class finished in first place. Elizabeth Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Aaron Johnson, and Megan Miller were on the first place team.

Our two adult teams finished 6th and 7th place. Evergreen took first place in the adult division, and will be hosting next year’s event.

SHORES: Today is the day for services at The Shores in Pleasant Hill at 2:00 pm. Singers and encouragers are always appreciated. We have been having a good representation by the members from Grandview. Thank-you

RICHARDSON’S MISSION UPDATE: Please join us after pm worship listening to the Richardson’s update on the mission work with Grandview. Mike and Diane will give a short 30-minute presentation on last year’s projects and tell about the plans for Mission work in 2010.

LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP: The Ladies’ Fellowship will be this Tuesday evening at Caribou Coffee on Ingersoll at 7 pm.  The topic will be “Prayer.”

Jess Mort and Jared Flaherty will be married this Saturday at 6 pm, with the reception immediately following. It will be at the Catholic Pastoral Center west of Indianola.  Directions: From US-65/69 in Indianola, go west on Highway 92 for 2.5 miles.  The building is on the Northeast
corner at the intersection of Hwy 92 and R63.

There will be a Baby Shower for Dora Bailey next Sunday, February 21 from 2 to 4 pm in the fellowship hall.  Please see Anne Ogle or Stacy Van Egdom to give to the group gift.

TEEN FELLOWSHIP:  Sunday evening, February 21 after evening services, Amy Penick will be hosting a teen gathering to decorate and bake cookies at the building.  Pizza will be served.  Teens bring beverages.

BLOOD DRIVE: Blood Drive on Saturday, February 27 from 8 to 11 am in the fellowship hall. There are signup sheets on the bulletin board to help and to donate blood. See Anne Ogle with any questions you may have.

LECTURESHIP:  The 2010 Grandview Lectureship will be held April 23-25 beginning Friday night at 7:00 and ending after the 6:00 Sunday evening service. More exciting details to come.

LADIES DAY:  Just a reminder to save May 1st for the Hickman Road Ladies Day. for further information!

ADULT BIBLE CLASS: We are continuing in our study of the book of John. Thus far we have made it through 15:27. This week we will be discussing our homework: “What was the specific work the Holy Spirit was going to do through the disciples and through what methods would this be accomplished?” All students are encouraged to continue reading through the 17th chapter this week and answer the question: “How does God keep the disciples of Jesus from the evil one?”

Mission Mexico 2010: The mission trip to Cuidad Victoria is coming quickly. The team will leave from Des Moines on Friday, March 12, and return on Saturday, March 20th. Please let Darin know  this week if you would like to go. The cost this year is $550 per person.  The Ankeny congregation has offered to share space on their bus to Texas. This will help to keep the team expenses as  low as possible. If you are unable to go but would like to help, we will be in need of the following items: shovels, rakes, concrete tools, post hole diggers, hammers, wire cutters and pliers.  In addition to these items and the $550 per person, we will need to have approximately $3200 for building and travel costs. If anyone would like to go but cannot afford the full cost per person, please see Darin and he will help with other options.

Bible Reading is FUNdamental (BRIF): We are keeping track of Bible chapters read by Grandview members each week. Here are the results so far:

Jan 9—538
Jan 16—732
Jan 23—693.5
Jan 30—537.5
Feb 7—658

Ann Ogle’s new phone number is:  669-6266

Prayer Requests

Sandy Longfellow’s surgery went well, and doctors felt that Looked like they were able to remove all of the cancer. They were able to perform the less-invasive procedure, but pray that Sandy’s recovery will go quickly, and that the pain will subside. She went home Saturday.

Millie Buxton had to take an emergency trip to Iowa City ion Thursday because her eye began to bleeding.

Joe and Sandy Longfellow’s daughter, Sharon Gordon, is traveling today to help out during Sandy’s recovery.

Mike Ogle’s father, Rick Ogle, will be having surgery on his back Tuesday.

Ann Ogle’s grandfather, Ernest Kughl, passed away on Monday. Please keep Ann Ogle’s family in your prayers following his passing.

Tammy Sparks’ friend, Shelly Wheeler, has had a recurrence of cancer.

Harriet’s granddaughter, Kalia Grace, is 10 mos. Old and is suffering from a severe case of acid reflux.

Tyler Sparks’ grandmother has not been able to walk for several months due to pain in her back and legs. She has had an MRI to try to determine the source of the pain.

Please remember the family of Martha Winkelman, friend of Phyllis Mort, who passed away last week following a battle with cancer.

Caleb Guillo is recovering “amazingly fast” from his surgery, and is not in much pain—just fatigue and a feeling of being winded. Please keep him in your prayers along with his parents, Bob and Caron Guillo.

Mike Dorrell’s father, Dick Dorrell, went home from the hospital on Wednesday. He is still on oxygen but is doing much better.

Jake Ferrell’s mom, Vicki Bennett, is still in Lutheran hospital, and she is doing better.

Sunny Folding’s sister-in-law, Amanda Free, just had her third miscarriage.

Dora Bailey’s mother, Carol Crocker has a herniated disc.

Gene McClaran requested prayers as she is having some home-sickness for Iowa.

Mike Mazak will become a civilian on March 21st. He has requested prayers as he makes the transition from the military and begins seeking other employment.

Lyndsay Gordon asks you to pray for her high school friend, Katie Ford, who had a stroke.She is only 31 years old, and has since had a second stroke.

Looking for a job: David and Frank Colton, Floyd West, (Susie Easter’s brother) Deborah Wallis,  Tom Collier, Robert Housby.

Anne Ogle’s mother Arlene is in danger of losing her job.

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.

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

Nick Lacina who his leukemia and worships at the Center Street Church of Christ in Marshalltown.  Nick was part of Grant-a-Wish and travelled with Kurt Warner’s family to Disney World.

Pray for our nation and all it’s  challenges.

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

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.

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

Calendar of Events

  • Feb 13    Bible Bowl—Hickman Road  – 9 am
  • Feb 16    Ladies  Fellowship—Caribou Coffee
  • Feb 20    Jess Mort and Jerod Flaherty wedding
  • Feb 21    Dora Bailey shower—2-4 pm, fellowship hall
  • Feb 27    Blood Drive—8-11 am
  • Mar 14    Sarah Mongan shower—2-4 pm
  • Apr 23-25    Grandview Lectureship
  • May 1    Hickman Ladies Day
  • May 21-23    Davis City ‘Creation’ Seminar

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