Resources, scenarios and food grow leaders

SAN ANTONIO – Saying, “There’s no one answer,” a youth attending a recent leadership workshop revealed one of the biggest reasons to study with others who minister to the church.
About 35 men from eight or so congregations gathered at Bandina Christian Youth Camp to pray, study and fellowship together for the good of the church. Organized by Minister Mark Hammitt and the elders of the Weber Road church in Corpus Christi, the annual Men’s Leadership Workshop was on Jan. 26-27.
According to Hammitt, the objectives are to encourage all who attend to continue serving God and the church, to strengthen men currently serving as elders and in other leadership positions such as deacons and evangelists, and to prepare and equip others to serve in those roles in the future.
Mark Hanstein, academic dean of the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies in Knoxvillee, Tenn., served as the resource speaker. He has preached for churches in California, Colorado and Texas for 42 years. He has taught at the Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver and was one of the deans. While living there, he served as an elder for the Bear Valley congregation. (more…)

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Dellcrest teens to Youth Xtravaganza

SAN ANTONIO — Duane Dunlap, a youth leader for the Dellcrest church of Christ here, will be taking the young people to a Youth Xtravaganza Weekend in Dallas. The Central Pointe Church of Christ sponsors the “Armed & Dangerous” gathering from March 9-11 this year.
Minister Dwayne Case of the Northeast church of Christ in Oklahoma City will be the guest speaker. He holds Master of Arts degrees from Oklahoma Christian University in family life ministry and business administration/leadership management.

EBS: The Word in letters of John and Jude

SAN ANTONIO –The letters of John and Jude take the spotlight in the Northern Oaks church of Christ’s Enhanced Bible Study from March 1 – May 3. Each Thursday night, the session goes from a free 6:30 p.m. meal and dessert to a 7 p.m. Bible lesson and an 8 p.m. topical study.
Said Minister Mel Hutzler, “We are looking forward to great times of biblical learning and warm fellowship. This term, we’ll be discussing the three letters of John, the book of Jude and the biblical view of sin. Come study with us, get deeper into the Word and get to know more leaders and members from around the area!”
The church meets at 17435 Redland Road in San Antonio’s 78247 Zip code. The web site is at northernoakschurch.org/ and the office number is 210-496-1346.
The series began this quarter with the introduction by Jim Word of the Natalia congregation. Here are the remaining dates, sessions and teachers. (more…)

Bible bowl: In honor of His great work for us

These test takers were in the room where it happened at TBB last year.

by Correspondents Daesha Cuttrell and Cathy Spain
LEAGUE CITY — In a few weeks, groups from all over Texas and Oklahoma will gather at Camp Bandina in the Texas hill country for some friendly competition, grounding in the Word and Christian encouragement. Students from third grade to adults (some over the age of 70!) have been diligently studying 1 Samuel for Texas Bible Bowl on the weekend of April 6-8. (more…)

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…)

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…)