POTLUCK NEXT SUNDAY — The time is flying by, and soon we will be talking about having a float in the Christmas parade as we have done the past several years. Next Sunday being the first Sunday of the month, will be our regular potluck dinner together. Plan to stay and enjoy other people's special cooking and quality time with brothers and sisters in Christ.
THANKS — Our thanks to everyone who participated in the “Kid's Day” at the Gibsons. The weather cooperated and we heard that everyone had a fantastic time. Our special thanks to Bill and Patty who put so much work into getting everything ready for the day of fun which everyone had.
UNDER WAY — Our area for the kids is under construction, and we are still working on the furniture and how to use the kids area and our Bible school to reach out to the children we have access to. We have some ideas for next spring and summer, so keep thinking and give us your ideas.
LOTS OF SICKNESS — among us. Study the sheet Karl and Julie make available and use your prayers, card writing, and calls.
THE "TWOS" OF JESUS
Matthew 7:13 – 27
A. Most things in life come in twos.THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO APPROACH LIFE — Matthew 7:13 – 14
1. We choose between two things.B. We need to look at and understand our choices.
2. Especially true spiritually, morally, emotionally
A. “Strait gate” — disciplined lifeUSE THE TWO FRUIT TESTS TO SEE HOW YOU ARE DOING — Matthew 7:15 – 20.
1. Controlled, purposeful, directedB. “Broad” — Go with the flow
2. Narrow the path — to an end point
1. Driven by emotion, passionC. It is never too late to make a change.
2. Feelings control values
3. Jesus says this will destroy you.
1. Have a purpose to life — physically and spiritually.
A. Look at the fruit of your life — what surrounds you?
1. Galatians 5:22 – 23 — good fruit
2. Galatians 5:19 – 21
B. YOU GO TO THE ORCHARD KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT TO PICK!TWO CHOICES ABOUT THE RIGHT FOUNDATIONS — Matthew 7:21 – 27
1. What surrounds you?
2. Do you need to change your orchard?
A. We sing the song to our kids about the wise man and the foolish man. — do we listen?
B. Jesus says there will be storms in life.
C. Romans 6:3 – 7; Joshua 24:15 — Your foundation?
THE BACK PAGE
We just returned from an unusual meeting in Holmdel, New Jersey. This is a new congregation that is in the middle of the New York City metroplex. The congregation was started a little over a year ago and is meeting in a town hall. My presentations were a Saturday/Sunday program including worship on Sunday morning. This new congregation has grown from a dozen people to around 50, and we had well over 100 at the program. I love doing this type of evangelistic outreach, and we had great response to the program. The church had done a great job of advertising, and about 80% of those in attendance were visitors.
Our next program will be different. If all goes as planned, we will leave Thursday for a lectureship in Daytona Beach, Florida, area, which will be November 4 – 8 and will be in a church meeting house. This is a city wide “fall conference” and again will be an outreach to the community. After we leave Florida we will go to Lafayette, Louisiana, for a meeting with a congregation there for one evening, and will meet with Glynn Langston. You may remember Glynn — he is the blind evangelist who is reaching out to the blind and visually impaired. We work with Glynn and are trying to find some more support for his work, and he is in high demand but does not have a sponsor.
We will leave Lafayette on the 15th, and while we are in the area will visit my two daughters who live in Texas near Abilene and in the Dallas area, spending Thanksgiving with the grandkids. We expect to be back with you by the first Sunday in December and do not have to travel again until February when we are scheduled to be involved in a campaign in Equador, South America, and are to conduct a tour of the Galapagos Islands where Charles Darwin did his work. I want to thank those who are filling in for us in preaching, teaching, and doing the sign work, while we are gone. Keep us in your prayers.
John & Cynthia