News & Announcements
2014 Teen Lock-In
The Teens will be enjoying an all night Lock-In on August 11 at 7:00 P.M. Please sign you or your friend up in the foyer. Sign up sheet will come down August 6th. If you need a ride home place a star by your name and we will have someone to drive you home. Bring an extra set of clothes, a positive attitude, flashlight and Bible. The Woodsfield Church of Christ is hosting this event in order for the teens to be spiritually fed. We are Blessed with a group of good teens who love the Lord and are willing to serve God on a daily basis. We want to thank Tiffany Jones and Whitney Zimmer for organizing this Lock·In and pray that the Word of God reaches the hearts of everyone.
Care Center Visit
16 Teens had the privilege of visiting the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehab. Center on Wednesday, July 30th. The youth brought a touch of Jesus to the residents and I believe the teens went home with a touch of love from God and the patients at the center. Gods love can be shown thru all of us. We just need to open up hearts and let him in.
In his book, 1001 Dumbest Things Ever Said, author Steven D. Price includes some of the more not-so-bright predictions that have been made regarding computers and technology. In 1943 Thomas Watson, then chairman of the board at IBM announced, " I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Six years later, in 1949, a Popular Mechanics article stated that "in the future computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corp, said in 1972 that he believed "there is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." In 1982 someone suggested that IBM purchase Microsoft, to which an unidentified executive said, "One hundred million dollars is way too much to pay for Microsoft." By the way, the Seattle-based computer giant is now worth an estimated 230 billion dollars.
And these folks aren't the only ones to have shown a great deal of ignorance when speaking of the future. During the mid 1990's I visited a friend who had recently opened a cellular phone store. As we conversed, he revealed to me that his true desire was to begin a sporting goods business, to which I replied, "I would think there would be more of a future in that than in this cellular phone thing." Yea, that "cellular phone thing" just ended up being a temporary fad, didn't it?
Predicting the future of technology, the future of the nation, the future of our community, the future of our own lives, usually just shows us to be more fools than prophets. This world is just too fickle. Life is just too fragile. Who do we think we are to suggest that we know how things will be, and how life will go?
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "lf it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that? As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." James 4:13-17
How many times have we heard someone say, "When I retire, I'm going to get involved in the church. I‘m going spend quality time with my family." To us, these are innocent proclamations. We truly believe that we don't have the time now to do what we know we should do. However, James seems to be calling these assumptions about our future something other than "innocent." He reminds me that it is in fact a sin to assume that I will have tomorrow, and that it is sin to postpone the good I should be doing today assuming I will have tomorrow to do it.
How foolish it is to plan your whole life around the future. Two years ago I had no plans to be where I am now. Years ago you didn't know you'd now be a widow. You never believed you'd be a widower. You didn't plan on your employer going out of business. You didn't predict that you would be a grieving parent or grandparent.
This is not to suggest that we shouldn't plan, that we shouldn't consider the possibilities of the future. This simply to say that whatever good we can do, and should do, let's do it today!
New Parking Lot
We truly thank the Building and Grounds deacons for their overseeing the work on paving the parking lot. This will serve as a great invitation to God's visitors and is a wonderful face lift to the old worn out lot. God has blessed this family and we truly appreciate it.
Brady E. Smith
It never ceases to amaze me how the dictionary defines words down to the last degree especially the word you, and you, sharing Jesus. That’s about as brief as language allows.
The World Bible School watchword, our tag line, can still raise questions. For example, who are you?
By you we mean the Biblical you. As seen in the following passages: Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders: make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5
But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood that you may declare the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into the wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3: 15
Every Christian experiences light and hope. Therefore every Christian qualifies to share that light and that hope. Every Christian ought to share, and grow in how to share more effectively. In the context of the basic of the faith, Hebrews says "by this time you ought to be teachers”. Hebrews 5:12.
The theological basis and practicality of this "proclaiming priesthood" pervade the New Testament. Everyday Christians gossiped the gospel, even while suffering persecutions Acts 8:4. In Acts, Samaria was first reached not by an apostle, but by a table server (Acts 8:5 6:1-6). Tentmakers launched new missions (Acts 18: 1-26 — Romans 16:3-5). Leaders exist to train and equip members “for the work ministry" that leads to church growth (Ephesians 4-12). Growth ceases when ever "you" the everyday member are missing from the ministry. When you share Jesus, New Testament-like growth surges.
But how can "you” share more effectively? Start with W.B.S. Seekers literally line up at W.B.S. asking to be taught.
See on such live list at worldbibleschool.org. When God creates amazing opportunities to share Jesus, caring Christians get involved. If they are wise.
Be very careful, then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
When Mary Louise and I heard Kim Matthews father, Harold speak here at this church about W.B.S., 35 years ago we immediately appreciated it. It was free to who ever wanted to study the many lessons courses. The Bible courses have been a journey through the Bible from a very interesting perspective, I am very grateful to those who prepared them.
I’ll recommend these courses to every one. It’s not only a course, there is a hand of God leading you through it and he will change your life.
Doors will be open that you think were impossible to open, take advantage today, I did, it changed my life forever and at 89 I am still seeing doors being opened for me.
FOR WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
Joy Bus News
On July 27th, the Joy Buses will celebrate all the riders birthdays for this month. We appreciate the workers who knock doors, drive buses, secretaries, runners and maintenance, The new buses with air conditioning are a blessing this time of year. The children are enjoying the video series on the Bible and the volunteers who bake the cupcakes, organize the promotions and teach the Bible Hour and Puppet Ministry cannot be thanked enough. It takes a true love for this Ministry. The time, patience andwork are done from the heart to glorify God.
After 35 years of bringing souls under the Gospel the Woodsfield Church of Christ is doing exactly what God commanded us to do. The Great Commission has been offered to the community thru Joy Bus Evangelism. Many have come and gone and workers have come and gone but one thing is for sure, souls need to be sought, brought and taught the good news of Jesus Christ.
I hope and pray you never get tired of doing good. The Joy Bus Ministry has always done good. These Bible School on wheels have worked for decades and still work today. God has blessed us with new buses, a great Bible Hour, and a wonderful church that supports this great Ministry.
We challenge the family to look into the areas that God's buses run and see if there are any prospects that might be interested in coming to worship God. Your phone call or visit to a neighbor, friend or relative might need transportation to come and worship God. Call the church or see Brother Keith Jones and we will do our best to seek and save the lost. God‘s buses are running in the villages of Woodsfield and Beallsville. Your special touch could be the answer in a soul being brought under the sound of the Gospel. Continue to pray that God's work be done.
A Friend Indeed
Sometimes I get to thinking that Jose Wales is one of my best friends. When I call him, he's at my side in seconds. He seems to really enjoy my presence. He likes to just sit and watch TV with me. He likes all the same shows that I do. He even cleans up food that I might spill around the house. Other friends have made fun of my old beat-up Dodge truck, but he loves it - even tried to drive it once on our way to town. He's been a great friend for eight years.
But now I’m starting to wonder.
Whenever he notices that other folks have food, he starts acting like they‘re best friends too. This really bugs me. He even went so far the other day as to allow a complete stranger to rub his belly. Not long ago, we had a little bit of an argument because I really needed him to come with me, but he was too busy eating hotdogs with another one of his so-called ”friends." I'm beginning to realize that our friendship is a little one-sided. He only seems to be in this for what he can get.
(By the way, in case you haven't figured this out by now, Jose Wales is a dog.) But he certainly has put me in mind of some of my human friends over the years. And, sadly I must admit, has reminded me of the way I have been a friend to others. A friend who is only in the relationship for what he can gain is not a friend at all. It is true that in our times of greatest need, we find out who our true friends are.
I struggle to wrap my mind around the kind of friend Jesus has been to me. I mean, what's he in this relationship to gain? What does he expect to get out of it for himself? Nothing more than my friendship, it appears. He already had it all. He didn't need me. He still doesn't need me. Not only does he already own the world, he made the world. There is nothing I can offer him materially that he doesn't already own. What does he want from me? Just my friendship, my loyalty, my obedience. Because of what it does for him? I don't think so. He already has eternal life. He's always going to have eternal life. He didn't die for himself, he died for me. He is my friend because of what it does for me. That's overwhelming. Talk about being the opposite of the friend who's only around when he needs something from you. You are indeed Lord the best friend we'll ever have. Thank you.
Teen Mission Trip
God truly, blessed us with a great trip to Mid-Western. Children’s Home. The teens worked hard mowing grass, raking a field of hay, painting a wooden bridge over a pond, cleaning cabins, hauling split wood, fixing diesel tractors, stacking 80 lb. bags of cement, sweeping & cleaning a kitchen while maintaining great attitudes.
Campfire devotional, hot dog . roast, volley ball, mud sliding and wiffle ball was entertainment in the evening.
Zip-lining over the pond was a thrill , but the Creation Museum was a great trip thru God's Word to strengthen each ones Biblical knowledge.
To end the trip we enjoyed Kings Island and boy was we tired. God brought us home safe and sound and we want to thank our family at Woodsfield for their prayers and financial support. We had a wonderful time working, spiritual education and fun on this year’s Mission' trip. Special thanks to Kathy Hamilton for being a great cook, and Butch & Sherry for chaperones to the teens.
Creation Museum | Photo Courtesy Sherry Lallathin
They Ain't Gonna Milk Themselves
Apparently, the dairy farmers of the world all met at a convention once and voted on the best response to any one who may question their devotion to the task at hand. It must have been unanimously decided upon that anytime a non-farmer would ask why they couldn't attend a certain event, the reply must be, "Well, they ain't gonna milk themselves!
I heard it from the adults who inhabited the same farm I did as a boy. In fact, I they must have agreed that anytime a boy attempted to avoid any chore, this was to be the universal answer —- "That grass ain't gonna mow itself" - "That dog ain‘t gonna feed itself" - _ "That hay ain't gonna get bailed by itself."
I'm sure that at some point I asked the Lord above to create cows that would indeed milk themselves, and grass that would cut itself. I probably thought if the Lord really loved me, he would do it, and do it quickly.
I must confess a problem I have. I, along with a number of you, wish that the work of the Lord would just simply happen without me having to do anything. I wish the lost would just save themselves. I wish the down and out would take care of themselves. I wish the children and the teens would teach themselves. I wish those who need to be baptized would just baptize themselves. I'll go ahead and say in print what many of us are saying with our actions -- I just want to come in, sit down (in my assigned pew), be entertained and enlightened for an hour, and go home. That's it. I don’t want to teach, I don’t want to evangelize, I don’t want to visit, I don’t want to get too involved, I don’t want to lead -— I just want the kingdom of God to grow itself.
But...not all have this attitude, and I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who accept that someone needs to "milk the cows." You know who you are. When someone needs called, you call. When someone needs visited, you visit. When someone needs baptized, you baptize them. You see those who need taught, and you teach them. In fact, you've been teaching them it seems since Methuselah was a newborn! Thank you'!
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? Romans 10:14-15
Every Sunday, A Memorial
Though the exact place, time, and originator are debated, it seems clear that Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, finds its genesis in the final years of the Civil War. In this struggle to maintain the unity of the United States of America and to secure the freedom of each and every citizen, more than 600,000 men lost their lives. As these soldiers were laid to rest, loved ones in the North and the South insisted their sacrifices not be forgotten, and began annual celebrations. in which graves were decorated with flowers and flags.
One of the more interesting of these celebrations took place on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina. During the war, the Confederates had turned the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club into a prison camp in which more than 250 Union soldiers died. They had been buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand in the hopes that the occasion of their death might be mostly forgotten by historians. However, the African-American population of Charleston would not allow that to happen. They dug up the huge grave site and gave each soldier a proper burial before organizing the May 1 memorial celebration. Why did it fall on those who at the time were considered more "property" than human beings to properly honor these men? Because they understood and appreciated how these soldiers had affected their station in life! They were free, and would stay free, thanks to the sacrifices of those who had fallen.
No plans were made to give Jesus a proper burial. Crucifixion was intended to let you die slowly and to allow the birds and bugs to feast on you down to the bones. But there were those who knew he deserved better. They understood, to some degree, that he hung there for them. Nicodemus knew a little about being enslaved. He was bound by the Law and restricted by the irrational and hateful behavior of his peers. In his conversations with the Savior, he learned about the new birth, about a new start. Jesus brought freedom from the Law, freedom from sin, freedom from the woes of this life -- and for that he deserved a better burial!
Thanks to Christ, we are free! Free from fear, free from worry, and so much more! Every Sunday is our "Memorial Day" to Him.
Check out the sermon as well: To Think On While You're Decorating.