SoulLink moves teens to Jesus encounter

HOUSTON – Offering a plea based on Eph. 1:18-19, the church here prays that at SoulLink, the eyes of students’ hearts may be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which Jesus has called them, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people and His incomparably great power for those who believe. To that end, the Bammel church of Christ is hosting the SoulLink “Move” Youth Conference on Feb. 23-25. (more…)

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Re: Direction Forum to “It’s Me” millennials: Jesus? “He’s you!”

CORPUS CHRISTI — “How must I live in order to become the person Christ wants me to become?” This question regularly occupies space in the minds of many Christians. But it is especially important that millennials and college students consider the love of God as seen in the character of Christ today and next exclaim, “It’s me!”, to show their approval and then grow into Christians who take the lead. (more…)

New year, new luncheons for SAC students

SAN ANTONIO — As the San Antonio College spring semester started in January, likewise the Church of Christ Student Center nearby began serving lunch for the those on campus. Fifty-five young people walked in for the first Thursday luncheon after classes began in mid-January.
Many of them already know that the center provides free lunch. However, some had come in for the first time because ministry volunteers had ventured out into the cold and rounded up students from the campus to come in and eat. The students eagerly expressed their appreciation for the hot meal. Mark Forster, center director, led the devotional. (more…)

Sanders asks, “Why be a Christian?” at Weber Road

CORPUS CHRISTI – “Weber Road anticipates a great series of lessons on ‘Why Be a Christian?’ with Phil Sanders. Make plans to join us!” With these words, Minister Mark Hammitt announced the church’s upcoming gospel meeting set for Feb. 16-18 at the building.
The special weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with, “Why You Should Be a Christian.” The Saturday lesson also opens at 7 p.m. with a study of “Will Jesus Really Help Me?” (more…)

Come to First Sunday singing!

SAN ANTONIO — For some church members, singing isn’t everything. Echoing UCLA football coach, Red Sanders, they say: It’s the ONLY thing. Others see the singing as a vital and regular part of worship, a time to encourage others and be encouraged. Either way, the organizers for the regional First Sunday Singing hope that all types from area congregations will come sing and consider joining in to host later gatherings.
Said Southwest’s Allen Shields, “Send representatives to get more information at the planning meeting at 2 p.m. on March 4 at the Southwest church of Christ here. Then stay for the music!” (more…)

McQuien’s Musings: The Holy Spirit and Romans 8

by Paul McQuien

Understanding the nature of the Holy Spirit is difficult because of his seemingly enigmatic, abstract nature. With God the Father we can at least draw a paternal analogy, and Christ the Son was incarnated and lived in the physical world as a man. Viewed superficially, the Holy Spirit seems to lack these corporeal comparisons, which has sometimes resulted in confusion and misinterpretation. (more…)

Guest Editorial: I Love Her Legacy

by Marsha Dowell

Lois Murphy. She was the author of the “A Wayfarer Pauses” articles that filled this same space in Christian News of South Texas for so many years. When I first met Lois, I already knew of her from her writings. She walked in the door of the Whataburger on Bandera, accompanied by her family. I knew she was a writer, and that instantly put her at the top of my respect list. I felt honored to be introduced to her. (more…)

Angel Encampments

CORPUS CHRISTI — Psalm 34:
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
It’s easy to forget what we cannot perceive through our senses. In one story from 2 Kings 6, an army snuck in at night and surrounded Dothan, the town where Elisha was living. In the morning, the prophet’s servant went out, saw the army with its horses and chariots, and came to Elisha in a panic, crying, “Oh no! What shall we do?!”
I wish Elisha’s first response would be the same gut reaction I would have in times of tension, but he said: “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” If you remember the story, you probably also recall that Elisha then prayed for God to open the servant’s eyes. The man looked and saw that the hills were full of horses and that chariots of fire were posted all around Elisha. (more…)

Follow-up help still needed in Rockport after Harvey

by Brenda Slatton
While South Texas Christians sent prayers to the coast in the middle of Hurricane Harvey, the Church of Christ Disaster Relief was already preparing to help. But long before that, Deb Honeycutt was being prepared by God to make a difference in Rockport. She is still making a difference today but needs other Christians’ help.
Rockport, Aransas Pass and Port A got hammered by Hurricane Harvey and 46 tornadoes.
“If you had seen the debris it was crazy,” Deb said. “The eye sat over us for 2 1/2 hours and there were 46 tornadoes imbedded just in the eye. In the area where we help, that 7-foot surge finished them off. People, understand, lost everything when that surge came and hit their house, everything was ruined.” (more…)

Anderson teaches gift-based roles for outreach

DRIPPING SPRINGS – What would it look like if Jesus’ followers took on roles based on their gifts to proclaim His gospel? The church here is pulling together to find out during Chuck Anderson’s Bring | Teach | Keep Seminar on Feb. 16-18 at the building.
Online, Minister Jacob Rutledge says that the church here recognizes that “a fundamental element of our salvation is mission; reaching out and evangelizing the lost in our community.” (more…)

Thanks to the Christian News’ Cheerful Givers!

SOUTH TEXAS — The Apostle Paul may not have known it at the time, but he gave you and other readers who partner in this edification ministry, a name: Cheerful Giver (2 Cor. 9:7). In 2017, many hearts gave out of their abundance.
That year, throughout South Texas, many lips spoke to beseech the Lord on our behalf, asking His blessing on the work of the Christian News of South Texas. We heard the prayers in the assembly and read them in letters, notes, text messages, emails and on the website comments at christiannewsst.wordpress.com.
Each month, the Lord often graciously answered “Yes,” seeing to it that every inch of space in every issue was filled with news that encouraged some, inspired others, edified many and informed all readers in the body of Christ in our region. So some gave prayers, and after each edition was put to bed, we thanked Him for sending you to pray for us. (more…)

Church thanks vets with Quilts of Honor

by Stamo Andrews
PLEASANTON — On Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, Quilts of Honor were presented to six members of the church of Christ here following the conclusion of the morning assembly. Several of our ladies who are involved with the Medina County Quilt Guild decided to use their sewing talents to fashion these beautiful covers for those in our congregation (after approval of their nomination) who honorably and sacrificially served our nation. (more…)

McQuien’s Musings: Challenges and Opportunities in 2018

With the New Year having just turned the corner, we face a number of challenges and opportunities confronting us in 2018. On the international level we face diplomatic and military crises in far-flung locations such as North Korea, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. On the national level we face political, economic, and moral issues, including income inequality, controversial income tax legislation, and sexual misbehavior in high places. (more…)