Bulletin / Prayer List 8-27-17

Prayer List
Corey Miller is scheduled to have surgery August 28.
Gary Hodges is scheduled to have surgery September 1.
Robert Embry’s niece son Ryan Pattie is having health problems.
Jim Hallman is having severe back pain.
Jessica Rhoden has had a mini-stroke.
Ron Hunter is in TMC.

Eddie Griffin, Tabitha Griffin, Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Doris James, Jo Gordon, Gary Hickerson, Bobbi King, Thomas Mako, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Carol Moore, Della Price and Loretta Rhoden.

Serving in the military: 
Faith Balzen, 
Cody Blomstedt, 
Travis Counts, and 
Dakota Smitherman all are in the U.S.. 
Chris Johnson is in Kuwait.

Let us pray for our country and government leaders and those who are in harms way, military and civilian personnel.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…

Fellowship is today following morning services. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Pantry Item: Paper Towels

September Announcements: Robert Embry
Lord Supper: Butch Balzen, Robert Courtney, Don Harrington
September 3 Prayers: Morning: Greg Counts – Don Harrington
Evening: Don Baker – Charles Counts
Scriptures: Robert Embry
What Howard Learned in Heartbreak

Howard Rutledge, a United States Air Force pilot, was shot down over North Vietnam during the early stages of the war.
He spent several miserable years in the hands of his captors before being released at the war’s conclusion. In his book In the Presence of Mine Enemies, he reflects upon the resources from which he drew in those arduous days when life seemed so in tolerable:

During those longer periods of enforced reflection, it became so much easier to separate the important from the trivial, the worthwhile from the waste. For example, in the past, I usually worked or played hard on Sundays and had no time for church. For years Phyllis {his wife} had encouraged me to join the family at church. She never nagged or scolded—she just kept hoping. But I was too busy, to preoccupied, to spend one or two short hours a week thinking about the really important things. Now the sights and sounds and smells of death were all around me. My hunger for spiritual food soon outdid my hunger for a steak. Now I wanted to talk about God and Christ and the church. But in Heartbreak [the name POWS gave their prison camp] solitary confinement, there was no preacher, no Sunday-School teacher, no Bible, no hymnbook, no community of believers to guide and sustain me. I had completely neglected the spiritual dimension of my life. It took prison to show me how empty life is without God.”

It took the presence of a POW camp to show Rutledge that there was a center to his private world that he had been neglecting all his life.
(Gordon MacDonald, House to House, Heart to Heart)
The Best Way to Pray
Three ministers were discussing the best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby:

Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the first one said.
No,” said the second. “I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”
You’re both wrong,” the third said. “the most effective prayer position is Lying down on the floor.”
The repairman could contain himself no longer. “Hey, fellas,” he interrupted. “The best praying I ever did was when I was hanging upside down from a telephone pole.”
A merry heart doeth good.”

Proverbs 17:22