Just so you know – everyone in the congregation should get a phone call sometime this month to see if the sheet you filled out for service areas is accurate.
Sunday evening singing has been cancelled for the summer.
Gluten Free communion bread is available in the foyer.
Ladies work day and devotional will take a break for the summer.
Save the date for Ladies Day: September 29, 2018. Theme is “Be still and know that I am God.” Speaker will be Casey Hill Zordani. Contact Betty Semadeni on how you can help.
The truck is coming! New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. September 21. Our item for this year: Liquid Hand soap w/ dispenser and Liquid Bath soap. Flyer posted on the bulletin board.
September 30th 5th Sunday singing at the Durango church starting at 4p.m.
Bar D Chuckwagon supper in Durango August 24. Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Have your money to Marsha by the 19th.
Brenna Leonard and Brady Yates will be married Saturday, August 18. There is information posted on the bulletin board.
Navajo Churches’ Saturday Meetings: Starting August 11 at the Shiprock church. There are flyers on the bulletin board.
Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to host the coffee and fellowship.
Ladies Day at the Eastside church in Farmington this Saturday August 18. There is a flyer on the bulletin board.
5th Annual Ladies Day at Delta church of Christ September 15. Flyer on the bulletin board for more information.
Check it out Good Samaritan need for the week: Breakfast cereal Donation box in the foyer.
Aug 12, 2018
Edify One Another
by David Padfield
At the close of Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica, he exhorted them to “edify one another” (1 Thes. 5:11). The word “edify” comes from the Greek word oikodomeo. This word occurs thirty-nine times in the original text, and all except eight times it is translated as “build” or “built.” Our Lord chose to use this word in Matthew 7:24 when He spoke of the wise man who “built his house on the rock.”
The idea Paul had in mind was that Christians should “build” one another up in the faith. After defining the word, Thayer comments that it is “the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christians wisdom, piety, holiness, happiness” (Greek-English Lexicon of The New Testament, p. 440). W. E. Vine said the word is “used metaphorically, in the sense of ‘edifying,’ promoting the spiritual growth and development of character of believers, by teaching or by example, suggesting such spiritual progress as the result of patient labor.” (Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, p. 194).
One of the highest duties that a Christian has is to encourage others. In a world filled with pessimism, violence and despair, our need for encouragement is great. It is all too easy to let the “ways of the wicked” become our ways. The happy man is the one who refuses to “stand in the path of sinners” or “sit in the seat of the scornful” (Psa. 1:1).
After a week of listening to the gripes and complaints of this sin-sick world, Christians should look forward to an isle of retreat on the Lord’s day. A place where the name of God is blessed, not cursed. A place where we can enjoy the “seasons of refreshing” which only God can provide (Acts 3:19).
It is truly a shame the Christians do not spend more time in each other’s company. The Hebrew writer bids us to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Heb. 10:24). After the command, he tells us how it is to be accomplished, i.e., “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Heb. 10:25). In the days of Haggai, the people of God grew discouraged while the working to rebuild the temple. God commanded them to get back to work, then gave them comfort by saying, “I am with you, says the Lord of hosts” (Hag. 2:4). Consider what it meant for those Jews to whom Haggai spoke to know the Lord was with them. Surely they could remember the stories of how Jehovah had been with their fathers as they passed through the Red Sea. They knew that God had “led them by the hand” through the wilderness on their way to Canaan. In view of God’s goodness, how could they doubt Him now? In a similar vain, Jesus has promised to be “in the midst” of His disciples when they assemble (Matt. 18:20). What a thought! The Son of God in our midst every Lord’s day. He has also promised to be with us as we carry out the great commission (Matt. 28:20). Do you desire to be in the presence of the Lord and His people?
Updated: Sunday, August 12
Darlene had her surgery last week for a hearing implant. The doctors told her it would be up to 6 weeks of recuperation.
Maxston, Shelby Webster’s friend’s newborn baby, was born with some serious physical problems. Please keep him in your prayers.
Suzanne Martin is waiting on a new great grandbaby.
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. She will start treatment.
George Schultz, Sharon Baxtrom’s uncle has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Marvin Ancell, Coffs Harbor
Royce Frederick, India
Philip James, Hogback
**Names will be updated monthly
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