Grace Notes
June 17, 2018


For any who would like to give online: Here is the correct info to use for making direct deposits:

GENERAL FUND: BSB: 084-730 Acct No: 18-601-0230

Service times: All Age Sunday School – 9:45 AM
Morning Worship – 11 AM 
Evening Worship 6 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting – 7 PM                                                                                                                                        Friday Youth Groups – 6:30 to 8:30 PM

From Our Pastor –

We welcome our visitors today and invite you to worship with us again soon. Please contact Pastor if you have any queries.

Please keep in mind these dates:

Saturday, June 30 – GBC 27th Anniversary BBQ at church – 5 PM

Sunday, July 1st – GBC 27th Anniversary church services – Dave Onus to speak. There are flyers on the back table to give to those you’d like to invite.

We are encouraging any who wish to donate toward the Dagans’ House Fund to designate your offerings in the offering boxes or put your gifts in the heart shaped box on the back table. All funds given will be used only to help with the rebuilding of their house in PNG.

Choir practice is at 5 PM this afternoon.

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Quotable Notes and Notable Quotes –

  • One of our dear Aussie brethren, told me years ago that there isn’t much difference between the gods of the heathen in the Old Testament and the gods of modern man. He said they used to spell the name of their god “B-A-A-L”, and now they spell it “BA-L-L”.

  • There’s a video clip on the net which has the host going out on the street and asking the people to name a book, any book. Of the fourteen people he interviewed, not one could name a book, and one of them had been a librarian! – Pastor

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Losing the Art – Of reading that is. It’s a dying art. Not that some have lost the ability to read, but that they have lost the desire to read. I don’t mean reading a few funny quotes or memes, but reading, as in a BOOK! Ooh! What is that, you say? You remember? Books! Those things made of cardboard and paper that have typed print on them, that you physically lift and turn the pages, and bookmark, and turn down the corner of the page to save your place! A BOOK!

With the addition of technology, with screens staring us in the face everywhere we look, it’s hard to to just sit down and read a good book, to be taken to another world through your imagination, to see characters brought to life through the print on a page. Or to be encouraged, comforted, rebuked and convicted.

I know we now have the ability to tap away at our screens and read straight from our handy little device, and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing to make use of. What I’m getting at is, that even on our screens, we seem to have such short attention spans that we can’t sit still and focus for long enough to read anything of any length.

When was the last time you read a book? A whole book? Not just portions of a book. Maybe even an article of more than 500 words. And what about our Bibles? We have in our hands God’s instruction book for life, and yet we flounder around looking for answers, when the answers are sitting right in front of us, on our bedside table, gathering dust. What does God say about reading?

1 Timothy 4:13 – Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Revelation 1:3 – Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Isaiah 34:16a – Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read… – Excerpted from Jillian Holmes’ “Holmestead Blog for Sunday May 27, 2018” http://holmestead7.blogspot.com/

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Deacon True Sez –

Well, the Easter Fancy Dress Parade at our little country church is over, with some surprisin’ results. Ma don’t go in for it, but she does wash my old overalls and starch and iron ’em so I don’t shame her. She even talked me into wearin’ a tie so I dug around in the back of the closet till I found my old John Deere tie and dusted the cobwebs out of it so the tractor on it looked half presentable. Ma give me one of them looks, but I told her if I had to wear starched overalls, I at least got to choose which tie goes with ’em.

Esmereldy Fluglehorn was sportin’ a pair of red shoes to match her new purse. Too bad she didn’t see the 50c price sticker on the back of one shoe. Nanetta Berkenshire wore a fancy glass necklace made out of what looked like Tom Bowler marbles with holes drilled right through ’em and strung on fishin’ line. Ma said they did sorta match her mascara.

The real show stopper was Agnetha Jerkenstein’s Easter hat. Musta been at least three stories tall, what with feathers and bows and ribbons and lace and what looked like lantana flowers draped all over it. The ladies was Gobsmacked (with a capital G!) and all gathered ’round dear old Aggie, ooooo’in and aaaaahh’in and lookin’ at it from all angles. Us men stood off a good distance chucklin’ and shakin’ our heads.

Delbert Jorgenson went out to the car to get his Bible and came back in the door with mischief wrote all over his face. Uncle Charley says, “What are you up to, Delbert?” Delbert looked us each one in the eye and smirked, “Watch the door, just you watch the door.” So we did, at least out of the corner of one eye. Sure enough, the door swung wide and in pranced Doreen Dooblefiddler, the local bag lady that scavenges the garbage dump for things to sell to poor folks. Yep, you guessed it, Doreen had on a I-dentical hat to Aggies’ fancy headgear, I mean down to the lantana flowers, the whole shindig! And of course old Delbert, he never lets us down. He says in that piercing voice of his, “Good mornin’ Doreen! Sure do like your Easter hat! How much did that set you back?” Well, of course, all the ladies did the swivelneck thing. You shoulda seen their eyes. Talk about deer in the headlights! Doreen hadn’t spotted the ladies yet when she picked Delbert out, “Got it fer nuthin’, Delbert! Walmart musta bought a hunnerd of these here showponies and sold one of ’em to some sucker! They throwed the rest of ’em in the dump yestiddy so I grabbed me one. How do ye like it?” Dunno how Agnetha got out the side door so quicksmart, but the next time I looked at Ma, Aggie weren’t nowhere to be seen.

I asked the preacher why he don’t never preach on “puttin’ on the dog” at Easter time, and he just looked at me with big eyes and shook his head. That boy done got some smarts!

 


Grace Notes
June 10, 2018

For any who would like to give online: Here is the correct info to use for making direct
deposits: GENERAL FUND: BSB: 084-730 Acct No: 18-601-0230
Service times: All Age Sunday School – 9:45 AM

Morning Worship – 11 AM
Evening Worship 6 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting – 7 PM –
Friday Youth Groups – 6:30 to 8:30 PM

From Our Pastor –
We welcome our visitors today and invite you to worship with us again soon. Please
contact Pastor if you have any queries.
Please keep in mind these dates and invite a friend to come:
Saturday, June 30 – GBC 27th Anniversary BBQ at church – 5 PM
Sunday, July 1st – GBC 27th Anniversary church services – Mr Onus
to speak
Choir practice- 5 PM today.
We are inviting any who wish to donate toward the Dagans’ House Fund to designate your
offerings in the offering boxes or put your gifts in the heart shaped box on the back table.

Notable Quotes and Quotable Notes –
* Deacon True Sez – Me and Ma were in town shopping and I saw a sign advertisin’ ladies
dresses, 80% off. I told Ma she oughta get some since the price was so cheap. She went in
the shop for a look, but came out emptyhanded. When I asked why, she told me they were
40% off the top and 40% off the bottom, and she likes to wear dresses that are 100% there.
Mighty smart woman, Ma.
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THE UNCHANGING WORD

Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God –
Naught else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel
condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,
HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!

Copied from Echoes of Grace,

Lord, Prop Me Up On My Leanin’ Side –
Every time I am asked to pray, I think about the old farmer who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up
on our leaning side.’ After hearing him say that prayer many times, I asked him why he asked it so
fervently. He answered, “Well sister, you see, it’s like this…. I’ve got an old barn out behind the
house. Been there a long time, an’ withstood a lot of bad weather; Gone through a lot of storms, and
it’s still standing. One day a while back I noticed it was leaning pretty bad to one side. So I went and
got some posts and propped it up on its leaning\’ side so it wouldn’t fall over.
Then I got to thinking about how much I’m like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve
been in a lot of life’s storms. I’ve had a lot of bad weather in life, and a lot of hard times, and I’m
still standing too. But I do find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the
Lord to prop us up on our leanin’ side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leanin’ at times. Sometimes
we get to leanin’ toward anger, leanin’ toward bitterness, leanin’ toward hatred, leanin’ toward
cussin’, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t. So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on
our leaning side’ so we will stand straight and tall, and not fall down to the ground.”
– from Fran Carling
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Narcissistic Symptoms in Children – There are several symptoms that characterize a
narcissistic child.
1. Grandiosity: The narcissistic child believes she possesses exceptional talents or intellect. In
her online article published by “Psychiatric Annals,” Karen Kernberg Bardenstein, Ph.D.
says the child’s superior view of herself reflects in her haughtiness toward others. She does
not view others as important and expresses no empathy or warmth toward them, because of
her distorted view.
2. The absence of reciprocity, as in taking turns, supports her inflated self-love. Others’ needs
don’t matter to her. Her needs always prove more pressing. She believes the world revolves
around her because of her uniqueness.
3. Learning interests her only when she likes the subject matter. When she reaches a boring
spot, her mind shuts down or she moves on to something that holds the promise of mastery
and praise. Because she cannot tolerate failure, she often abandons a project that won’t make
her shine. When she doesn’t receive praise for her endeavours, she opts out and stops trying.
More here http://steveblizard.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/narcissistic-symptoms-in-children/
Worry
Worry never climbed a hill.
Worry never paid a bill.
Worry never dried a tear.
Worry never calmed a fear.
Worry never darned a heel.
Worry never cooked a meal.
Worry never led a horse to water.
Worry never done a thing you’d think it oughta

– Anon

So What Happens When A Church Becomes A Business? – from Sam Pascoe,
“Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a
philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a
culture; finally it came to America and became an enterprise.”
“Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old – and I wanted them to appreciate the
importance of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.”
After a few moments the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. She asked such a
simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision
where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.”
She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that prostitution?”