Rescue in Thailand: That Others May Live

Editor’s note: The contributor is a member of a Church of Christ in San Antonio. We have used a pseudonym for her name and her son’s name to maintain security requirements.
Based on an account by Diane Roffee
SAN ANTONIO — We all pray for our children’s safety, but for me it became very personal once again recently.
As the world watched and prayed for the Wild Boars soccer players who, with a coach, had become trapped in an extensive cave system in Northern Thailand, the rescue took an unexpected turn for me. My son, Todd, was one of the hundreds of emergency workers who rushed against time to find, stabilize, and bring out the twelve boys and their assistant coach. The cave exit had become blocked on June 23 after seasonal rains that came early raised the water level. (more…)

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Bring one to hear One: God’s story at revival

SAN ANTONIO — At the West Laurel Street congregation’s gospel meeting this year, hearers will go back to the beginning for a scriptural look at man’s fall from grace, his first encounter with Satan and God’s attempt to find and reconcile man to Himself. The Annual Fall Gospel Revival Meeting will take place at the building from Sept. 23-26, Sunday thru Wednesday. (more…)

Anderson to preach Weber Road meeting

CORPUS CHRISTI — “Join us for a great weekend!” began Minister Mark Hammitt as he announced an upcoming outreach to the Weber Road church recently. Well-known Minister Freddie Anderson will bring “Lessons on a Special Upgrade” during the Oct. 5-7 gospel meeting.

Freddie Anderson

The series is based on this passage in Hebrews: “Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant He mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises” (8:6 ESV).
The Friday and Saturday sessions begin at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Anderson will speak at the regular 9 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. assemblies.
Anderson works in prison ministry out of his Huntsville home base. He has authored several books and travels to encourage those serving or wanting to help in this type of Outreach.

McQuien’s Musings: The God of All Comfort

by Paul McQuien

Recently I watched a television documentary titled “Ten Homes That Changed America.” One of the houses it featured was Thomas Jefferson’s famous Virginia mansion, Monticello. The authority commenting on this historic house pointed out Jefferson’s emphasis on comfort in designing every aspect of Monticello. He observed that this term had little meaning to people of the 18th century and before, most of whom enjoyed very little personal comfort, especially by modern standards.
Yet the term appears quite frequently in English versions of the Bible, such as the NIV, although it hardly ever means personal or creature comforts. Instead it usually has the connotation of relief or refuge. In fact, one of the few uses of “comfort” in the modern sense of the word is applied negatively in Jesus’ condemnation of the self-centered rich, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort” (6:24 NIV). (more…)

Songfest weekend brings spiritual praise

SAN ANTONIO — Tasty barbecue, uplifting harmonies, a new college president and great fellowship are on tap for the 14th Annual Evening of Spiritual Harmony at the Northside church of Christ on Sept. 22-23 this year. The celebration benefits Southwestern Christian College up in Terrell. Songfest weekend opens on Saturday with a home style meal from 4-5 p.m. Afterward, the school’s exceptional Summer Tour choral group will kick off a rousing music program beginning at 5:30. (more…)

Bilingual ministers now serving in Pecos

PECOS — Jorge Perez of Mission and Eliseo Hinojos of Presidio have recently joined the work of the church of Christ here.
According to Fred Dominguez, “We have hired two preachers to work with the church in Pecos. Bro. Perez is working with our Spanish-speaking congregation, and Bro. Hinojos will be working with our English-speaking church.”

Jorge Perez

Eliseo Hinojos

The Spanish speakers meet as the Iglesia de Cristo, which is an outreach of the congregation. Perez, their new minister, graduated from South Texas School of Preaching and Biblical Studies in Alton in 1999. He has served churches in the valley and in northern Mexico since that time. He and his wife, Paula, have two children. (more…)

How about them apples?

by Paul McQuien
SAN ANTONIO –The July issue of the “Stone Oak Highlights,” a San Antonio neighborhood newspaper, contained an excellent human interest article by Katelyn Harvey on the Goodson Family, owners and operators of Apple Pest Control. They are of special interest to readers of Christian News of South Texas because they have been loyal supporters of the paper through their monthly ads spanning several years. The family members worship with the Northwest Church of Christ here. (more…)

Life with Father: When Life Dumps on You

by Marsha Dowell

In Matthew chapter 19, disciples and religious leaders were crowded around Jesus. The religious leaders were interested in the legalities of marriage and divorce; Jesus began explaining the differences between legalities, and the matter of the heart.
An interruption came when children were brought for Jesus to lay His hands on them and pray. The religious leaders and disciples were NOT amused. They had important things to learn. But Jesus stopped them in their tracks with this verse: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.”
Heaven belongs to the children? Why? What about us? (more…)

Big Serve shows Jesus on Sunday morning

NEW BRAUNFELS — The congregation here plans to be the church in this community during a Big Serve outreach and a later special invitation day this fall.
The members will meet for communion at 8:30 on one upcoming Sunday and then leave the building to take the body of Christ to the residents. According to Elder Victor Martinez: “At New Braunfels Church of Christ, we will forgo gathering corporately on September 9, and head out to serve non-profits and others around our city by being the hands and feet of Christ. (more…)

Save October 15 for DRI dinner

ABILENE — The folks at Disability Resources, Inc., here cordially request that you save Monday, Oct. 15, as the date to join them at the Alzafar Shrine Center Ballroom for the Annual San Antonio Dinner. The fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free of charge, but donations will be accepted.
During the evening, DRI’s friends will hear wonderful stories about specific folks from the San Antonio area who benefit from the work at the home. The ever-popular DRI Bell Peppers and Ring of Fire Hand Bell Choirs will perform.
The quilting ladies of the MacArthur Park Church of Christ in San Antonio have again donated a bed cover to benefit the folks. The prize winner’s name will be announced during the evening. (more…)

EBC studies: Holy Spirit, Book of Daniel

SAN ANTONIO — In this area, a Bible study that offers the next step up from Sunday school takes place every Thursday during the fall quarter at the Northern Oaks’ Enhanced Bible Class in the annex. Minister Mel Hutzler invites all to come each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the warm fellowship and the free potluck meal and to stay for the course sessions.
The 7 p.m. class this year focuses on the Holy Spirit. A lesson over the Book of Daniel follows at 8 p.m. Area ministers and church leaders take turns teaching during the term. For location and contact information, see the Northern Oaks church of Christ listing in this issue’s Church Directory. (more…)

Come build bridges at men’s area-wide retreat!

SAN ANTONIO — The West Laurel Street Church of Christ will host the 12th Annual Men’s Retreat in Corpus Christi on Oct. 11-13, Thursday through Saturday. Men from all over South Texas will gather at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4337 S. Padre Island Dr.
Said Evangelist Joseph Walsh, Jr. “Join us for three days of growth and fellowship! There is no fee for the retreat.” (more…)