Sunday evening singing will start again in October–day to be determined.
Gluten Free communion bread is available in the foyer.
Ladies work day and devotional November 15 starting at 9:30 in the annex. All ladies are invited.
Navajo Churches’ Saturday Meetings: There is a flyer on the bulletin board with more information.
There is a new food list for 2019 on the bulletin board. Please sign up if you can help with food for funerals. See Karel Hurt if you have any questions.
Karel Hurt will be printing a new one page directory. If you have a new email, phone, etc. please let her know today.
Trunk or Treat will be coming up on the 31st. Make your plans now to participate. It’s a howling good time!
Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to host the coffee and fellowship.
Backpacks on Fridays in the annex. See Shirley Birk, Jim Beaver or Jana Wright if you would like to help.
Good Samaritan need for the week: Shampoo Donation box in the foyer.
Oct. 14, 2018
Psalm 101:4 Devious minds and evil people
“Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.” God’s Word translation says: I will keep far away from devious minds. I will have nothing to do with evil.”
This is a continuation of the thought of the previous verse. The psalmist will have nothing to do with evil. Here thought, he mentions men of perverse heart and devious minds. Sometimes you run into someone and before long you realize they are devious. It seems like everything they do has a dark side, an ulterior motive and he/she is always playing the angle. This is the exact opposite of what the author of this psalm desires. A devious mind is the opposite of a person of integrity and uprightness. The wise man of Proverbs describes this mindset in 1:8-9 when, as a father, he instructs his son not to listen to those who entice him about easy money, companionship and more. They are devious. They plot and plan evil. Similar to God’s description of man before the flood: “…every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”
Knowing this type of person and the results of what they do, why would you want to be around them? If all they create is chaos, hurt, pain and heartache, why wouldn’t the psalmist’s desires be yours as well? I’ve often thought about Ps. 1 and the blessed nature of the man described there. He doesn’t walk in the way of sinners, stand in the way of the scornful nor sit in the seat of mockers. Yet Jesus ate with “tax collectors and sinners,” so how–if possible–can we reconcile these two passages if Jesus didn’t sin? I believe the fog clears when we realize the labels of “tax collectors and sinners” was placed by the ultra-righteous religious elite, in whose eyes anyone not like them was a sinner. This group was the group with whom Jesus had the most conflict because they were the very ones described in Ps. 101. Jesus rebukes them by saying they are whitewashed tombs, they look good on the outside but inside is corruption and rottenness. Tax collectors may have worked for Rome but that doesn’t mean they were immoral degenerates.
Jesus didn’t put up with evil, he confronted it and called it for what it was. He was living the psalmist’s desires. He associated some with those on the fringe of society–as seen by the religious elite–because they accepted him and wanted to be in his presence.
The psalmist should be stating our desire when he says: “I will keep far away from devious minds. I will have nothing to do with evil.”
Updated: Sunday, October 14
Vanessa has asked for prayers for her cousin Kaitlyn. She is having difficulties with her pregnancy.
On Going Concerns
Clarence & Eddie DeLoach, Rob’s uncle and aunt
Peggy Penn, Donna’s mother
Nick Lester, friend of Nayana’s cancer is in remission.
Mark McLure, Connie & David’s brother-in-law’s brother has leukemia
Dave Phelps & family, family friend of Pam’s. Has a tumor on the brain and has been given 2-5 years.
Ella Puckett, Marsha’s cousin has an aggressive ovarian cancer.
Sam Lindus, Dolores elementary student with severe health issues
Joey Whited, friend of Bill & Danny Morman. 15 years old, motorcycle accident is in critical condition in a coma.
Jim Riley, Cammy’s brother, throat cancer
Beverly Opferkuch, Liddie’s sister, heatlh problems.
Susie Marker, Marsha’s cousin, heart problems
Marvin Ancell, Coffs Harbor
Royce Frederick, India
Philip James, Hogback
**Names will be updated monthly
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