2017 December

‘King of My Heart’: CTLTC to move to Texas A&M campus

COLLEGE STATION – Central Texas Leadership Training for Christ is moving its March 30-31, 2018 event to College Station.
The 2018 convention is over the Easter holiday and will be held in the Memorial Student Center across from Kyle Field, A&M’s football stadium.
CTLTC Chairman Tom Hagan invites all churches to celebrate how their young people honor God with their talents from Christian Art to Signing to Evangelism Challenge.

Ford named Scholar Athlete

SAN ANTONIO — A local baseball player and member of the San Pedro church of Christ was identified as one of KSAT 12’s Scholar Athletes of the week. On the Nov. 12 Instant Replay segment of the 10 p.m. news, viewers in the area saw Robert Ford on camera along with KSAT Sports Director Greg Simmons.

The Southwest High School varsity ball player introduced himself to begin the segment. Before handing Robby the award, Simmons listed many of his accomplishments, including serving as Vice-president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a top GPA and a high ranking in his class. (more…)

Grow Old With Me by Marsha Dowell

“Grow old with me…the best is yet to be…” I like to quote this poetry when my husband Sid and I are laughing at each other struggling to get our stiff bodies out of our recliners. Or when he says one thing and I hear another: “Did you take out the trash?”

“No. I forgot to go to the bank today to get the cash. Sorry.”

The 24/7 life is hard on our bodies. Things we love to do take a toll on us. Sid loves to portray Santa Claus, and he is great at it; but his knees do not love it. I love to eat all kinds of breads, but my body mass index does not pretend I didn’t.

Sickness, disease, and injuries take a toll on us. Stress, anger, and fear weaken our physical bodies. Aging is a part of life – the physical body, once it stops growing, starts wasting away.

But as I get older, inside I feel stronger. Life has led me to trust in God instead of giving in to fears and uncertainties. I have learned to keep looking up, no matter how life tries to bring me down. If something does not turn out the way I had hoped, I have faith that it will turn out as God intends. My focus is less on the outside, more on the inside. (more…)

Greet 2018 with Shenandoah!

SAN ANTONIO – “Come usher in 2018 with us! Join in for a meal, game night and a devotional,” says Minister Gabriel Rodriguez of the Shenandoah church of Christ. On Sunday, Dec. 31, the members will continue their tradition of welcoming the new year together from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Bring a covered dish for the potluck, a favorite board game for the fellowship and prayers of praise and request for the worship. For more information call the church at 210-696-5532. The building is located at 11026 Wurzbach Road in the 78230 Zip code.

Remember My Chains by Mark Adams

Colossians has some of the loftiest language in Scripture used to talk about Christ as the “image of the invisible God.” Paul speaks of the importance of understanding who Jesus really is, leaving behind what keeps us from God, and putting on the traits of Christ. The end of the letter contains a list of personal greetings and comments. There’s Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, and Luke, the physician. It’s clear that a lot of big important things are happening. Paul concludes by wishing them all grace, but before he closes, he also says, “Remember my chains.”  (more…)

New class: Sharing Jesus in a post-Christian culture

KERRVILLE – Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 6, the church here will focus on how to hear a non-believer’s story and then share its own. Minister Jimmy Sportsman will facilitate the study for the church using material from Tim Keller’s “The Reason for God.”

Said Sportsman to the members, “This is a short book and a short series that will go a long way to preparing you to share Jesus in a post-Christian culture.”

In the lessons, Keller interviews non-Christians who explain what prevents them from becoming believers. He then responds accordingly.

To Help fight the battle: A review of the “Genesis: Paradise Lost” film by Madison Campbell

SAN ANTONIO –Are you having trouble fighting the spiritual battle against evolution? Well step into the theaters to watch the “Genesis: Paradise Lost” movie that can help you fight in this battle. The film, directed by Ralph Strean, is one way to encourage Christians to defend what is true about the world we live in, and it gave solid evidence that God designed the universe, not some theories that people made up. The film will be in theaters for an encore showing on Dec. 11. (more…)