Bulletin / Prayer List 1-03-16

Prayer List
Greg Counts is recovering from surgery and is to begin therapy soon.
AC & Shirley are not feeling well. Both need our prayers.
Dan Tucker is also not feeling well.
Jordan Wallace and family had a fire at their house last week. Their daughter had smoke inhalation and was in Parkland hospital for awhile on a ventilator but is home now.
Ross Grier had surgery on his throat last week.

Remember in Daily Prayer:
Leta Embry, Nell Hall, Jerry & Betty Harris, James & Florene Griffin, Eddie Griffin, Ben Harrington, Don Hickerson, Andy Ledane, Lester & Billie Phillips, Jack & Diane Arnold, Betty Clark, Christel Bathrop, Steven Courtney, Jerry Foster, Debbie Kluge, Beryl Miller, Dean & Della Price and Sonny & Doris James, Wanda Peterson, Terry Turner.

Our prayers go out to the families of those lost in last week’s tornadoes.

Serving Our Country:
Travis Counts    Cody Blumstead    Dakota Smitherman

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…”

Business Meeting: Jan 10th, after evening services.

Pantry Item: Paper Towels

Men Serving Next Week

Prayers: Morning: Jack Cawthon-Robert Embry
Evening: Jerry Harris-Charlie Counts

Are There Any Old Mules We Ain’t Talkin’ To?
By Mike Riley
One day, a visitor leaned on a farmer’s fence, and observed the farmer plowing with his mule. After a while, the visitor spoke up and said, “I don’t mean to tell you how to run your business, friend, but you wouldn’t have to work so hard if you would just say, ‘Gee’ and ‘Haw’ to that mule instead of just tugging on those reins.” The old farmer stopped, pulled a big handkerchief from his pocket, wiped his face and said, “Reckon you’re right son, but this old mule kicked me five years ago, and I ain’t spoke to him since.”
Some folks hold a grudge for a long, long, long time. Perhaps we can remember distinctly the exact words that were spoken to us, or the way we were mistreated by someone, and we’re determined to “never forgive, and never forget.” Unfortunately, grudges do not hurt others nearly as much as they hurt us. But no matter how hard it may be, we’ll tug on those reins until the day we die, rather than seek reconciliation (Matthew 18:15; Matthew 18:21-22; Luke 17:3; cf. Leviticus 19:17-18).
The apostle Paul has a better solution than the farmer: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32; cf. Genesis 50:15-21).
Brethren, are there any old mules we ain’t talkin’ to?