I am a failure with New Year’s Resolutions.
Resolution: I will lose weight this year. Result: By March I have lost 10 pounds; by December I have gained 20 pounds. If I do this every year for 10 years… well, you do the math. (more…)
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…)
SAN ANTONIO — In the face of cultural change, how does the church remain true to the teachings in the Holy Scriptures, follow the law of the land, and maintain her credibility in the world? In the face of rising social challenges, a seminar on same sex issues may provide some guidance for developing a position that honors the Lord. (more…)
The Hill Family
The Gibbins Family
The Dye Family
KERRVILLE – With this truth in mind, “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9), the church here prayed and spent time with three missionary families on Sunday, Dec. 10. The 14 people on the Sao Luis Mission Team visited this sponsoring congregation in preparation for their upcoming mission move to Brazil. (more…)
SAN ANTONIO —
Anyone who attempts to write a book on the Holy Spirit is undertaking quite a challenge, considering the complexity of the topic as revealed throughout the Bible and, more specifically, in the New Testament. David S. Vanz’s book, “Rediscovering the Holy Spirit,” (Archway Publishing, 2017) has done just that, although he has focused principally of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. The subtitle of his book makes this emphasis clear: “Proponents, Opponents, Components in His Conquest to Expand the Kingdom.” (more…)
ABILENE — Gregory C. Swindle was named the new President and CEO of Hope for Life, a Herald of Truth ministry. The Board of Directors made the call during a fall meeting. (more…)
story and photos by Madison Campbell
This tax collector wrote the names of those born of the house of David on the rolls and they paid up just as Joseph and Mary did after Jesus was born.
BURNET – The gate to the city opened to the aroma of fresh bread filling the air. There were no sidewalks, just dirt and rocks as everyone moved about the small town. The brown and grey walls came to life with torches on every corner and above the doors. People were yelling trying to sell their merchandise to raise enough money to pay their taxes. (more…)
GUEST COLUMN by Mark Hammitt
CORPUS CHRISTI — 2017 is gone! It was another year of opportunities that we either took advantage of or wasted. Twelve months of choices, joys, struggles, worries, and prayers. 365 days of being able to shine our lights in a world darkened by sin (Mt 5, Jn 3).
How did you fare? For a private exercise, try sitting down and listing on a piece of paper all the things you did or attempted to do for the Lord in 2017. Do you need more than one sheet of paper? (more…)
SAN ANTONIO — The 2nd Annual Singles Ministry Conference is back, according to Kristel Williams of the Dellcrest congregation. Area adults will gather on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. in the Dellcrest auditorium for uplifting lessons and light refreshments. (more…)
VICTORIA – Athena Scherffius will be the resource speaker for a women’s gathering at the Midtown church of Christ here on Saturday, Jan. 20. Registration at the “Care Giver: Our God Given Role” Ladies Day runs from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided.For more information, call the church office at 361-573-0030.
SAN ANTONIO – The church here is planning a celebration to mark the service of Marvin Bryant, Northwest church of Christ Minister of the Word, and his wife, Gail. The Jan. 14 event will honor their 25 years of ministry to this church.
by Buck Griffith
CORPUS CHRISTI – Looking at the world around us, it’s easy to believe that things are out of control. But the truth is that every generation has felt this way to some degree. Sunset International Bible Institute’s Vision Workshop in Lubbock on Jan. 24-27, “Reminding Our Generation,” will fortify everyone for the days ahead. (more…)
CORPUS CHRISTI – Saying, “We want them to know how deeply loved and appreciated they are here,” Kings Crossing Prison Ministries Director Buck Griffith recently announced that Felix Kneuper will return to full time pulpit work. The family will begin working with the Park Central church of Christ in Port Arthur in January. (more…)
by Paul McQuien
To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town. (A.E. Housman, 1896)
Stephen Willeford poses for a photo with his wife, Pam.
by Brenda Slatton
SAN ANTONIO – When tragedy strikes a community as it did in Sutherland Springs, a town outside San Antonio, in early November, people ask, “Where was God?” And the answer is, “God was in control.”
Stephen Willeford, long-time member of the Church of Christ, lives a half block away from the First Baptist Church where evil took the lives of 26 people on a late Sunday morning. The gunman stormed the church during Sunday morning service, emptying fifteen 30 round magazines; that’s over 450 rounds of ammunition. (more…)