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Springfield Today, November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

Maybe you’ve heard of the man from Jacksonville, Florida.  He called his son in San Diego two days before Thanksgiving and said, “I really hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery is enough.”
“Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams.

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Denver and tell her.”
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like heck they’re getting divorced,” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this.”
She calls Jacksonville immediately, and screams at her father, “You are NOT getting divorced! Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “Okay,” he says, “they’re coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.”

Wherever you’re spending this Thanksgiving, and whether you’re able to be with your family or not, make sure you take time to express gratitude to the Lord for your family, for your country, and for the freedom you now enjoy.  Pray for all of our country’s leaders.  Pray for all of our soldiers.  We have many families within our church who have a family member serving our country.

Do you know that Francis Scott Key, when he wrote what would become our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, was challenging all not to forget God. He wrote:

            “O this it be it ever when free men shall stand Between their loved homes and

             the war’s desolation!  Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued lands

            Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!  Then conquer we must,

           when our cause it is just; And this be out motto:  “In God is our trust!”  And the

           star-spangled banner in the triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the

           home of the brave.”

Take time and reach out to someone in your church family who you know will be looking at Thanksgiving a little different this year.  Many from our “family” in this last year have experienced the death of a parent, or spouse, grandparent, or someone very dear to them.  It’s okay to talk to them about their loss.  It’s even better to bring up good memories of how that person impacted you.  Don’t wait for them to speak.  We each need to make the effort and help one who will be looking at the holiday season differently.

Others within our “family” have faced different kinds of crises in their lives.  I know, often we feel like we don’t know what to say.  We don’t want to pry.  We don’t want to pour salt in the wound.  But you can’t go wrong by just expressing how you’re not only thinking about them during this time of the year, but that you’re actually praying for them. (And then don’t forget to pray.)

Let’s spread the fragrance of Christ wherever we go, and especially to the one that is hurting, or lonely.  Remember Paul told the Corinthians, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” (2 Cor. 2:14)

            I remember a missionary to China telling of going to language school, and the very first day of class the teacher entered the room and, without saying a word, walked down every row and by every student.  And then she walked out, without saying a word.

After a few minutes she came back and now she said, “Did you notice anything special about me?”  Nobody could think of anything in particular, and then finally one student raised his hand and sort of laughed and said, “Well, I did notice you had on some nice smelling perfume.”  The class laughed.  And then the teacher said, “That was exactly the point.  You see it will be a long time before any of you will be able to speak Chinese well enough to share the gospel with anyone in China.  But before you’re able to do that, you can minister the sweet fragrance of Christ to these people by the quality of your lives.  It is your lifestyle, lived out among the Chinese people, which will minister Christ to them long before you are able to say one word to them about your personal faith in Jesus.”

And the same is true for you and me.  This Thanksgiving let’s be the sweet fragrance of Jesus to someone who is desperately in need of being reminded of how much God loves them.

 

What You Need to Know…

New Church office email firstnazoffice@gmail.com

A new family in our church has relocated and is in need of furniture for their home. Contact the office if you are able to help.

Ladies Night Out is December 1st in room #106 at 6pm.  We will be decorating Christmas cookies to use as outreach tools for friends.

Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. For One Ministry will be presenting the Christmas drama “The Love of the Lamb.”  This will be an awesome way to start the Christmas season and a great opportunity to invite someone to join you for this wonderful time.

If you’d like to participate in the drama they have a few roles still open. They’re non-speaking parts, and they have invited anyone from the church who would like to be a part to join with them. See Sheila Leggett if you’d like to join with them.

Upward Evaluations will be on Friday, December 1st from 6-8pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 9-11am. Contact Tim Tripp to volunteer.

The Children will be presenting the musical “The Little Drummer Boy – Behind the Music” on Sunday, December 10 during the worship gathering. Invite your friends and family and stay for the fundraiser pasta dinner afterwards.

Do you like Texas Roadhouse? Bring in the church bulletin with you on Sundays and 10% of your check will be donated back to our church.

 

Pray for:

Brad Leggett’s mom broke her hip and wrist. Has surgery today (11/21).

Shannon Allen’s family – her sister passed away recently.

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