Life with Father: I Was adopted

by Marsha Dowell

When I was 11 years old, my mom told me I was adopted by my father. All I could think of from that point on was, “I have a stepfather! He must not love me as much as my younger sister.”
When traveling in the car, sometimes I would think, “He could just drop me off on the side of the road and leave me, ‘cause I’m not his real daughter.” After all, I was not as pretty as his real daughter, who was a blonde-haired beauty. (more…)

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McQuien’s Musings: Lord, Take Control

by Paul McQuien

When my second oldest granddaughter was five or six years old, she and I got into a squabble over a broken videotape that got stuck in a video recorder. She got so upset with me that she let me have it: “Grandpa, you’re just out of control!” Being a high-spirited little girl, she had probably heard those same words directed at her. Less amusing was the adult I encountered while walking recently in a nearby park. She was screaming obscenities uncontrollably into her cell phone at the apparent object of her wrath, who had perhaps already hit the off button on his (or her) cell phone. (more…)

Gospel meeting in Spanish set for W. Laurel Street

SAN ANTONIO — The West Laurel Street church of Christ is holding a gospel meeting in Spanish on May 24-27. Spanish speakers and their friends are invited to come and learn about Christ’s saving grace.
Horacio Alvarado currently leads the outreach and assemblies for the Iglesia de Cristo. The church meets at 1747 W. Laurel Street in the 78201 Zip code here. For more information, call the church office at 210-734-7495. Shawn Price is the pulpit minister.

Dellcrest singles host afternoon conference

SAN ANTONIO — A “Singles Ministry Conference: Love and Healthy Relationships” will be held at the Dellcrest Church of Christ Auditorium from 2 – 5 pm. on Saturday, May 6.
Guest Speakers will be Karen Camp of Dellcrest and Vincent McKinney of the 5th Ward Church of Christ in Houston. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the church office at 210-337-2044.

Men training for leadership in Edinburg

EDINBURG – The bilingual Iglesia de Cristo here that meets at 4002 Richardson Street is in the process of developing leaders. This spring, traveling evangelist, Edilfonso (Eddie) Rodriguez, taught a series of men’s classes that will lead to studies on serving as deacons and elders in the summer.
Said Rodriguez, “Our hope is that English- and Spanish-speaking brethren from the Valley will join us for these classes.” He preached for the Norton Street congregation in Corpus Christi in its time. During those 27 years and now, Rodriguez has focused on training those interested in serving local churches.
The spring Bible classes covered the home and stirring up one’s gift. On Saturday, June 9, the lesson from 9-10 a.m. will be “Bringing up Our Children in the Nurture and Admonishment of the Lord – Criando a Nuestros Hijos en Disciplina y Amonestación del Señor.”
For more information, contact Rodriguez at 361-877-7939.

Did you attend East Side in Austin?

AUSTIN — The Church of Christ at East Side is seeking assistance in getting the word to their past members. The church will hold a Family Reunion and Gospel Revival on Oct. 20-24 and would like to send past members a personal invitation.
In many congregations, members move away over the years and worship at new church homes in Texas and around the nation. East Side is hoping to see many of theirs come back again to the homecoming.
Please help East Side tell them about the reunion so they may come and participate if their schedules allow. Ask those you know to contact Erma Evans, family@eastsidecoc.com or call 512-966-4364. Thanks!

Come sing at Natalia!

SAN ANTONIO — “We had a very successful meeting concerning the First Sunday Singings. We drew some from way down the road,” said Allen Shields of the Southwest church of Christ recently. The organizers of the area-wide music event are inviting you and your friends to come sing along and enjoy refreshments with other South Texans at the Natalia church of Christ.
The next gathering will take place on June 3 at 304 Pearson St. in the 78059 Zip code. The contact man, Charlie Brown, may be reached at 210-355-2243 or by mail at P. O. Box 209, Natalia, TX 78059. (more…)

Sermon Seminar convenes for James, Joshua, Paul and other topics

AUSTIN – In addition to lessons on preaching the books of Joshua and James, the 37th Annual Sermon Seminar at the Austin Graduate School of Theology here will feature a defense of the Apostle Paul this year, plus sessions on engaging Calvinism, on preparing for and managing unavoidable conflict, and on sexuality in scripture and science. The lessons run from May 21 – 24.
The mission of the annual event is to offer lessons on preaching and teaching which draw from responsible biblical interpretation and that are helpful to the church. The $210 fee includes the seminar, lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and all audio files and handouts. A non-refundable $42.00 deposit (applied toward the total cost) and completed registration form will hold the reservation. (more…)

Evangelist Tucker: “Finishing Strong” at Dellcrest homecoming

SAN ANTONIO – The Dellcrest church of Christ Homecoming and Gospel Meeting will begin on Saturday, June 16, with an a cappella concert at 5 p.m. here. The evangelism meetings with the theme, “Finishing Strong,” will run through Wednesday.
Guest Evangelist, Randall Tucker, of the South Union Church of Christ in Houston will be the guest speaker. The church commends him: “The Lord has blessed him with the gift of ministering to all people from diverse backgrounds by illuminating the word so that it applies directly to today’s world.” (more…)

Is One Day Enough for Mothers?

By Randall Jennings
Certainly not. That mothers are vitally important to our everyday lives is almost a proverb! That is true whether they are still actually in our lives or, as in my case, not.
If you have ever wondered how important God thinks mothers are in our lives, consider this: as Jesus was rapidly approaching the end of His great sacrifice on the cross, with the weight of the world upon Him, He looked down from the cross and spoke to the issue closest to His heart at that moment – the welfare of His mother after He was gone (John 19:27). As the deity in Jesus suffered for all mankind, the man in Jesus was concerned for His mother. Nothing else could have made Him more human. (more…)

McQuien’s Musings: The Dilemma of Suffering

by Paul McQuien

The topic of human suffering is too complex to be addressed adequately in a brief editorial or perhaps, for that matter, in a lengthy book. Yet the reality of suffering is central to human experience, including faithful Christians. It has even led some believers to deny their faith and some non-believers to reject the idea that a beneficent, loving God even exists. (more…)

High school graduation plans in progress

SOUTH TEXAS – A Mexican food potluck, embarrassing baby photos and videos, lots of love and many prayers will greet graduating seniors at church soon. Two congregations have announced their plans as we go to press.
At Weber Road in Corpus Christi, Minister Mark Hammitt recently announced the Senior Banquet reception for May 20. The church is congratulating Tyler Crowe, Heaven Lee and Desirae Lara.
On the same day and up the road in San Antonio, the San Pedro congregation will observe Senior Sunday. After evening services, the church will celebrate with Robby Ford, Brenna Harris, Ross Sanchez and Mikaela Stintsman. The church members will hold on to each other and join hands as they pray these students through this rite of passage. The Christian News will report on many others next month.

From seed to cup: Coffee For the Cause of Christ

Justin Hopkins’ work of roasting coffee beans backstops a mission in Uganda.

by Justin Hopkins
ITASCA — High in the mountains of Uganda near Kasese, just north of the Equator, lives Muhindo Enosi, one of a few local preachers who raises coffee to support his family and his ministry. In January of 2016 the World Bible Institute and the Manna Project came together with local brethren to open the Rwenzori School of Preaching at Kasese.
Since then, local brethren have gone out into the surrounding communities establishing congregations and sharing the Gospel. Rather than depending on American support, they work with their hands like the apostle Paul did to supply their own needs. Beyond that, they have been operating Christ’s Power orphanage and school, also in Kasese. (more…)

Texas Restorative Justice Award goes to NLBM

AUSTIN – Board Chairman Dale Wainwright and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Bryan Collier presented a plaque recognizing the work of NewLife Behavior Ministries recently. NLBM President Buck Griffith of the King’s Crossing church of Christ in Corpus Christi accepted the TDJC Restorative Justice Award here during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program on April 20.

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Buck Griffith of NewLife Behavior Ministries, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

According to the TDJC website, Director Collier said, “Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts. They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.” (more…)