March 2006


I came across an interesting article the other day discussing how parents that have more than two children are looked down upon by the majority of society today.

Click Here to read. The comments below the article are interesting as well.

On Sunday we discussed the story of Peter’s Denial of Jesus and how Peter’s example of recovering from failure should serve as an example for us all. Below are this week’s prayer requests. Remember, do you best to attempt to find time to spend with the Lord even if it is reading a small amount of scripture for five minutes.

  • Shona’s brother, James, in Afghanistan. Coming home soon.
  • Beth’s neighbor Jennifer – financial issues, recent loss of pregnancy.
  • Ben & Tracy – possible exploring new job opportunities, heat/air part would arrive soon so it can be repaired.
  • Shona applying for new job
  • Holly’s brother, Josh, having an MRI for a cyst on his brain
  • Beth’s family – struggling with control issues over grandmother’s belongings

We won’t meet this week as we’ll all be doing our best to avoid breaking an ankle down at Skatetown. When we meet in a couple of weeks we’ll discuss how to handle stress from conflict. To prepare, please read Romans 12:9-21.

Have a great week!

I apologize for the delay in getting these posted this week. Last week we discussed “Stress from Work” and how Paul should serve as a great example for us when we are faced with work stress.

This week we’re going to discuss “Stress from Failure.” All of us have failed at some time or another, and it isn’t much fun. We can learn much through failure, and it is often a prerequisite to success. In this fourth session of seven, we’ll learn from Peter as he painfully discovers some deeper truths through failure.

Prayer Requests from last week:

  • Mike’s grandmother (pneumonia)
  • Brett’s upcoming growth check-up
  • Sherry Haney (Darrell’s sister-in-law who recently lost husband and is struggling)
  • Patty’s procedure on Thursday
  • Emma’s test on Tuesday
  • Darrell’s stressful work situation
  • Jake’s aunt DeeDee in hospital in Miami with bleeding ulcer

I can’t wait to see everyone this Sunday night. God Bless

“In my prosperity I said I shall never be moved.” Psalm 30:6

“Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel.” Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his lands yield abundantly: let the weather be propitious to his crops; let uninterrupted success attend him; let him stand among men as a successful merchant; let him enjoy continued health; allow him with braced nerve and brilliant eye to march through the world, and live happily; give him the buoyant spirit; let him have the song perpetually on his lips; let his eye be ever sparkling with joy—and the natural consequence of such an easy state to any man, let him be the best Christian who ever breathed, will be presumption; even David said, “I shall never be moved;” and we are not better than David, nor half so good. Brother, beware of the smooth places of the way; if you are treading them, or if the way be rough, thank God for it. If God should always rock us in the cradle of prosperity; if we were always dandled on the knees of fortune; if we had not some stain on the alabaster pillar; if there were not a few clouds in the sky; if we had not some bitter drops in the wine of this life, we should become intoxicated with pleasure, we should dream “we stand;” and stand we should, but it would be upon a pinnacle; like the man asleep upon the mast, each moment we should be in jeopardy.

We bless God, then, for our afflictions; we thank him for our changes; we extol his name for losses of property; for we feel that had he not chastened us thus, we might have become too secure. Continued worldly prosperity is a fiery trial.

“Afflictions, though they seem severe,

In mercy oft are sent.”

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s study on stress caused from worry. This coming week’s study will be on stress from work. The passage for this study is 2 Corinthians 11:16-33. I look forward to seeing everyone Sunday night.

Below are this week’s prayer requests.

  • Beth’s family (struggling with issues due to loss of grandmother)
  • Kristy Myers sister (to continue to straighten out her life)
  • Mike & Shona sell their van
  • Ben & Tracy’s heat/air unit get fixed

Hey everyone, I just thought I would share with you a book that I’m finishing up about a true American Hero who was injured in Vietnam.  I had the opportunity to meet him and hear him speak a few years ago and it is a awesome story of God’s protection, provision, and guidence.  He now travels and speaks all over the country and the world sharing Christ everywhere he goes.  You can go to ClebeMcClary.com to find out more about him.  The book is called “Living Proof”.

Enjoy,

Gary Anders

This article discusses the increasing popularity of the homeschool movement.

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