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CALENDAR

July 10 – Midweek Preaching continues

July 11– Summer Youth Series gatherings continue

July 10-13 – San Antonio Work camp

August 2-4 Discipleship University, Dripping Springs

August 10 – Ladies Day, Adams St. church, Beeville

September 21 – Ladies Day, San Pedro church, San Antonio (See ad)

September 28 – 15th Annual Evening of Spiritual Harmony, Northside, San Antonio

Save the Date

October 18-20 – Recharge Youth Conference hosted by Weber Road, Camp Bandina

November 9 – Bible Bowl on Mark’s gospel, Weber Road

Major lessons on Ladies Day

McKenna Miller

Jasmine Norman

BEEVILLE – The church here will host a day of edification for women on Saturday, Aug. 10, with “Major Lessons from Minor Characters.” McKenna Miller and Jasmine Norman from the Southwest School of Bible Studies in Austin will serve as resource speakers.
Registration runs from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Please rsvp by calling the church at 361-358-4428.

Millers heading to Pleasanton

Clockwise from left, Alina in her mom, Ann’s lap, Robert, Avery, and Alex Miller.

PLEASANTON — The elders here recently announced that Robert Miller of the Cibolo area will begin serving as minister beginning in September. The church began a search following Ray Bean’s announcement that he would be retiring.
The elders issued a statement saying, “We know that Robert will be a positive influence on many people, as well as a great point of contact for the church in this community.”
Miller describes himself this way: “As a disciple who has long understood my calling to preach and teach the Gospel message of Christ, over the years I have had the privilege of serving as a chaplain, minister, counselor, neighbor, and friend to various individuals and families around the world.”
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Grade schoolers get hands-on series

The children get fizzy with some of the fruits of the spirit.

PLEASANTON – Children from age 2 up to the fourth grade have been treated to a Summer Teaching Series on Wednesday nights at the church here. From June 12 to Aug. 14, the lessons surround them with God’s word through elements of God’s world. Different members of the church demonstrate a personal skill or hobby and make a related spiritual application. (more…)

SIBI lessons now in major app stores

LUBBOCK – Some of the best known and highly respected teachers of the Sunset International Bible Institute may be heard for free now on Apple, Android, Amazon and Roku devices. The institute recently announced the release of classroom audio, Bible lessons, workshop sessions and sermon series in a digital library available to all.
Said Visual Communications Director, Jeff Rader, “You can watch or listen at home or on the go to lessons from some of the teachers that helped establish Sunset as a source of sound, Biblical teaching and practical ministry application. (more…)

Life with Father: Real Parenting

by Marsha Dowell

My brother, “Little Ernie,” is 19 years younger than I am. As young adults, Sid, my future husband, and I were able to observe my father, “Big Ernie” disciplining my little brother. After some misbehaving on my brother’s part, my father would mete out appropriate punishment. The little guy got what he deserved! My brother would be very sorry for what he did and promise, with tears, that he would not do it again. Then my father would wrap my little brother up in his arms and tell Little Ernie that he loved him. This was not a daily occurrence, but almost! (more…)

McQuien’s Musings: Is Human Perfection Possible?

by Paul McQuien

Our immediate answer to the title question is probably “No,” yet Matthew 5: 48 from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount states: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (NIV). After all, it seems to contradict passages such as Paul’s echo of Psalm 14 in Romans 3 that “no one is righteous, not even one” (v. 10), and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (v. 23). Without watering down the Matthew passage and making it say less than it should, an examination of the word “perfect” itself and the contexts in which it appears sheds light on the passage in Matthew. (more…)

50 grads go into harvest fields

LUBBOCK – “Congratulations!” was the cry that went out to the 50 newest graduates of the Sunset International Bible Institute in May. The 88th graduation service saw 30 students from the Residential Biblical Studies, three from the School of Missions, 13 from External Studies, and four from the Graduate School programs cross the stage. The 250-350 students from the 75 ministry training schools around the world were also recognized that day. The newly-minted trainees were sent out with this blessing: “The fields are white unto harvest, and we commit each of these graduates to God to be used for the building of His kingdom.”

Edinburg: Recognition awarded to Bible students

These diligent students earned Bible study recognition. From left, front, Emily Vargas, Zaylin Cavazos, and Teacher David Vanegas. Back: Zayra Cavazos, Valery Perez, Anabel López, Zareth Cavazos, Caleb Fuentes and Abel López

Lilian Sustayta, left, was photographed later with her teacher, David Vanegas.

by Betty Vega
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Church of Christ here gave recognition to the young people of ages 14 to 17 who completed the first two years of biblical studies. These studies are currently being taught by brother David Vanegas, an elder of the congregation.
Brother Vanegas, who also ministers to these students, is teaching a curriculum which consists of six years in which the young people will learn apologetics, Christian evidences, and the panorama of the whole Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. (more…)

Midweek “Invested” lessons profit all

PLEASANTON – The “Are You Invested?” midweek preaching series continues at the Lord’s church here. Inspired by Php. 2:1-4, the speakers will teach of the encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion and purpose that grow like compound interest when one is united with Christ, His Spirit, and His love.
Mark Forster of the Alamo City church of Christ in San Antonio began the July sessions. These are the remaining dates, speakers — and treats!
July
10 – Nathan Flynt. Ice cream sundaes follow.
17 – Delton McGuire (Prison ministry)
24 – Wayne Palk. Pie fellowship follows.
31 – Jim Crain, WBS
August
7 – Logan Brown
14 – Jonathan Bean and Jansen. Homemade ice cream follows.
21 – Mike Norwood
28 – Buck Jones

SYS set for Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI – The young people of the church here, Victoria and other towns are gathering at 7 p.m. once a week during the Coastal Bend Summer Youth Series. They will enjoy fellowship and food around the study of “The Book of James: A Faith that Works.”
Matthew Gibson of the Riverside church here coordinated the series. Riverside and Odem hosted in June. Here are the remaining dates. The * indicates a Saturday gatherings. All others are Thursday dates.
July 11 Midtown, Victoria
July 18 Mathis
July 27* Portland
August 1 Beeville
August 10* Weber Road, Corpus Christi

Award-winning Chronicle leadership changes hands

Bobby Ross
Editor in Chief

Eric Tryggestad
President & CEO

OKLAHOMA CITY – The lead staff members of the Christian Chronicle have taken on new responsibilities, according to the board of trustees. Eric Tryggestad has been named as the paper’s president and CEO while Bobby Ross, Jr., succeeds him as editor in chief.

“I’m excited to lead the Chronicle’s overall news and editorial operations,” Ross said. “The Chronicle has established itself as one of the nation’s best Christian newspapers, but I believe we can be even better.
“Our job is to tell the heartwarming stories as well as the challenging stories that help bring us all together, either to celebrate our victories in Christ or to look for ways to serve our Lord better.

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Prayer safeguards mission work

SAN ANTONIO – Eric Davenport and his family visited the Northwest church of Christ on June 30. Eric brought the Sunday lesson and that evening, he reported on the mission church he serves in Rwanda.
In the photo, the elders pray over Eric during the first assembly. From left, the group includes, holding the toddler, Frank Houston, Richard Baskin, Craig McClung, Eric Davenport, David Teague, Allen Lay and Kim Jarrell.
The church supports the Rwanda mission work financially and with prayer.

Sonshine group plans back to college party

CORPUS CHRISTI — “We want them to know that we are praying for them spiritually and for positive school experiences!” These words express the goal of the Weber Road church here in planning a Back to School Party for college students on the evening of July 28.
“This will be a dinner and dessert party for the entire congregation to share with our college students as the guests of honor,” say organizers, Donna Hannah, Phyllis Hibdon and Sandra Montgomery.
These members of the Ray of Sonshine group are also inviting their fellow members to donate thumb drives, sticky notes, book flags, index cards, sharpies, hand sanitizers, high polymer erasers, multi-colored highlighters, and mints. These supplies will help the students be ready for the first day of class. The love and prayers of the church will fortify them spiritually

Vacation Bible School – Getting there is half the fun

MATHIS — “I love how everyone looks so happy but Micah is trying to escape!” commented Summer Haffner of the church in Colleyville. Daniel and Lakesha Garza of the Adams Street church of Christ in Beeville snapped this shot of their children and themselves before taking off to an event and posted it.
They were headed to the “Fruits of Spirit” Vacation Bible School at the Mathis congregation on June 22.
The joyful spirit during the journey is part of the fun of taking the family to VBS. From left, front, parents Daniel and Lakesha Garza; middle, Zoe and Micah; back, Spencer and Hannah. (more…)