The paper House to House/Heart to Heart arrived this week.  If you would like a copy, there are some in the rack behind the bulletins.  After you have read it, perhaps you could share it with a friend.

This little paper is part of our effort to reach the community with the gospel.  This issue will be mailed to 1000+ of our neighbors.  Each issue will contain a lead front page article as well as other instructive information.  Also, each issue will offer a Bible Correspondence Course and other interesting material. Pray that this outreach effort will reach the right people.

Also, in an effort to reach people with the truth, we are planning to bring in a young man to work with us for a few days.  This young man, Chad, has been very successful in mission work both overseas and in the states.  We are hoping to be able to arrange for him to come and help us.

If you have any good ideas about how we might be more effective in evangelism, please let the elders know.

The Christian and Television Part II

 Before we watch TV, we should already have our minds set on the fact that “sin is sin and wrong is wrong” (Psalm 119:97-105). We ought to read the Bible before we watch TV, so our minds will already be “fixed” as to the content we will be watching (Psalm 57:7). Our minds should already be made up concerning moral issues, realizing that television is not a reliable teacher when it comes to determining what is right and what is wrong. This is exactly why children’s TV should be severely limited. Enemies that come out in broad daylight brandishing a gun (or any other weapon) are much easier to conquer than ones that “sneak” in under cover of darkness. Physical persecution would be hard to bear, but at least we would know we were under attack. Satan attacks through TV (Ephesians 2:2) by eroding our character, spoiling our innocent pleasures, and cheapening our view of life. He does it so subtly that most are unaware of what is happening (2 Corinthians 11:3).

  Mike Riley

A Godly Mother

As a new Christian and young mother, I ran across this short this poem:

     A careful person, I ought to be; a little fellow follows me.

     I do not dare to go astray, for fear he’ll go, the self-same way.

These few lines perfectly encapsulated the sentiment in my heart: to be the most righteous, God-fearing, obedient, faithful Christian mother I could; and, in so doing, guide my precious child to heaven. There is no more valuable gift a mother can give her child than being a godly example. Godly mothers are instilling character, teaching Biblical morals, and readying souls for heaven. If you are a mother, always remember this. If this is the type of mother you have, let her know how much you appreciate her. If not, pray for her, and all the other mothers who are failing their children by not setting a godly example.

“Her children rise up, and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6


The Little One That Follows Me

A careful woman I ought to be; a little one follows me. I do not dare to go astray, for fear they’ll go the self-same way. I cannot once escape their eyes, whatever they see me do, they’ll try. Like me, they say, they’re going to be, that little one that follows me. They think that I am good and fine; believe in every work of mine. The bad in me they must not see; my life to them must an example be. I must remember, as I go, through summer’s sun and winter’s snow, I’m building for the years to be, for that little one that follows me.

Some Good News

We had a very good gospel meeting this year. I trust that all were help and encouraged. Ken brought us some fine and challenging messages. Attendance was good. I believe this was one of the best attended meeting we have had in a long time.

Isn’t it great that Paul Davenport was baptized into Christ. Congratulations, Paul. I started thinking about how many young men and ladies have grown up at North Main and made the decision to be a Christian. Think of the impact they have had and will continue to have in the Lord’s church throughout the world.

One thing that helped make our gospel meeting a success is the support of our sister congregations. Let’s not forget their gospel meetings but be as supportive of them as they have been of us.

The first issue of House to House/Heart to Heart in our community is schedule to come out this month. It will go to 1000+ residents. Pray that it will be well received and bring forth good fruit.