Friday, November 16, 2018

In the News ... "'Operation Christmas Child' shoebox gifts "

• Going on NOW at 1st Baptist-Big Spring

Amber Mansfield, Reporter
Big Spring Herald


BIG SPRING, TEXAS - As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Big Spring families are expressing their gratitude by giving back. Residents are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received ...

Read the rest of this BSH report ...

First Baptist Church
705 W FM 700
Big Spring, TX 79720
(432) 267-8223

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Monthly Recap — October 2018"

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.




Friday Story: "Monthly Recap — October 2018"

Rising up to Challenge: 16,838 Lives Transformed Because of You; In the Highlands of Ecuador; “Eat Good, Do Good, Feel Good”; Right at Home in Costa Rica; Two Containers x2; Don Speaks at Stanford University; Staff Costume Contest; more ...

read the rest of this story ...

In the News ... "This Abilene Thanksgiving event not an impossible mission"

ARN File Photo
• Going on TODAY in Abilene, Merkel and Clyde

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Love & Care Ministries is staging its the 20th annual Mission: Thanksgiving from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday in the drive-through parking lot of Arrow Ford.

At the same time, a similar Mission: Thanksgiving will be at the Love & Care facilities in Merkel and Clyde.

The event provides clothing and other goods needed through the winter for people experiencing homelessness or in need ...

read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it. Nowadays most people hardly think of Prudence as one of the ‘virtues’. In fact, because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are ‘good’, it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding. In the first place, most children show plenty of ‘prudence’ about doing the things they are really interested in, and think them out quite sensibly. In the second place, as St Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Courtesy Photo
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 16, 2018

THRIVING CONGREGATION - First Presbyterian Church in Dickson, Tennessee, was in a rut. The pastor of more than 30 years had retired a year before, and the six-member session was keeping the church together. But they were barely surviving. It was all they could do to keep up with their regular tasks, let alone start any new creative ventures.

Throughout this time of transition, there was growing confusion among the congregation about who did what. Who did a member contact to reserve the fellowship hall? Who did a person call to put an event into the newsletter?

Something needed to be done ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In the News ... “Operation Christmas Child"


'Collection Week' is going on NOW

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week has been scheduled through Monday.

Shoeboxes filled with small toys for a boy or girl between the ages of 2 and 14 years, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement will be accepted.

Shoeboxes can be dropped off at Sherwood Baptist Church, 505 E. 42nd St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Friday and Monday, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Go online for directions on how to fill a shoe box, along with additional information.

In the News ... "It's time for 'Empty Bowls'"


TODAY, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Amber Mansfield, Reporter
Big Spring Herald


BIG SPRING, TEXAS - Empty Bowls is this month, an annual fundraiser put on by The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, the non-profit organization that helps other local non-profit organizations do their work.

Scheduled for Nov. 15, the program raises money by selling tickets to the frontrunner for the "Tastiest Fundraiser of the Year" title. Local restaurants and organizations make and serve up batches of their best soup to ticket holders, who crowd Howard College's Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, to partake in the hearty treats. Those in attendance also get to pick out a porcelain bowl to take home, hand-crafted by volunteers over the previous weeks.

Twenty-nine chefs, countless volunteers, and hundreds of hungry mouths each year is what makes Empty Bowls a success. The program is one of the most popular fundraisers that the local United Way puts on to help benefit the 15 local partnering agencies that they help support.

“Buy a ticket and come join us, and enjoy a simple meal prepared by local chefs and community members, plus more,” said Christian Fair, Executive Director of United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. “Also when you purchase a ticket, it includes with it a hand-crafted bowl made by local art students and community volunteers while supplies last, so be sure to get here early.” ...

More about this event ...

In the News ... "Meals on Wheels-Odessa faces driver shortage"

OA Photo by Mark Rogers
• Delivers to about 540 seniors and adults with disabilities every week

By Courtney Borchert, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Local charities are finding that providing services to some of the community’s neediest has come with a greater challenge this season.

Meals On Wheels-Odessa Executive Director Margaret Burton said they face a shortage of volunteers that she has not seen at this level in her tenure. The lack of drivers has had a direct impact on the amount of people the organization can serve as a whole ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

TTO VERA GEBBERT, who had told Lewis of her pregnancy and of her having read Isaiah 66:9 from the Bible she kept open on her dining table: On not wishing to be pregnant.

23 March 1953

Your first story (about mistaking [your pregnancy] for seasickness) is one of the funniest I ever heard. In our country there are usually alterations of shape which would throw grave doubts on the sea-sick hypothesis!... but no doubt you manage things better in America. Any way, congratulations and encouragements. As to wishing it had not happened, one can’t help momentary wishes: guilt begins only when one embraces them. You can’t help their knocking at the door, but one mustn’t ask them in to lunch. And no doubt you have many feelings on the other side. I am sure you felt as I did when I heard my first bullet, ‘This is War: this is what Homer wrote about.’ For, all said and done, a woman who has never had a baby and a man who has never been either in a battle or a storm at sea, are, in a sense, rather outside—haven’t really ‘seen life’—haven’t served. We will indeed have you in our prayers.

Now as to your other story, about Isaiah 66? It doesn’t really matter whether the Bible was open at that page thru’ a miracle or through some (unobserved) natural cause. We think it matters because we tend to call the second alternative ‘chance.’ But when you come to think of it, there can be no such thing as chance from God’s point of view. Since He is omniscient His acts have no consequences which He has not foreseen and taken into account and intended. Suppose it was the draught from the window that blew your Bible open at Isaiah 66. Well, that current of air was linked up with the whole history of weather from the beginning of the world and you may be quite sure that the result it had for you at that moment (like all its other results) was intended and allowed for in the act of creation. ‘Not one sparrow,’ you know the rest [Matthew 10:29]. So of course the message was addressed to you. To suggest that your eye fell on it without this intention, is to suggest that you could take Him by surprise. Fiddle-de-dee! This is not Predestination: your will is perfectly free: but all physical events are adapted to fit in as God sees best with the free actions He knows we are going to do. There’s something about this in Screwtape.

Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena. All blessings.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 15, 2018

2018 ADVENT DEVOTIONAL - As a pastor, I am reminded weekly during Sunday’s prayers of people that life is not easy. I listen as those in the pew ask for comfort, guidance, healing and hope. I listen, and then I pray for our laments to turn into songs of praise.

Mary had a song of praise — one that thanked God for looking favorably upon her and the plight of her people — and so in planning this year’s Advent devotional, I thought it was fitting to hear from Mary and to be reminded once again that God sees us, hears us and is with us always.

Presbyterians Today’s new Advent devotional for 2018 is based on verse 52 from Mary’s Song of Praise — also known as The Magnificat — found in Luke 1: He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

In the News ... "Heritage Museum holding ornament making class"

KWES Photo
• No experience needed; Goodies provided

By Kirsten Geddes, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

BIG SPRING, TEXAS - The Heritage Museum of Big Spring will be holding an ornament making class on November 18.

The class will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and will cost $40 per person Heritage Museum of Big Spring ...

 • read the rest of this KWES report ...

In the News ... West Texas Food Bank prepares for 'Senior Box Program'"

KMID Photo
• Sign-ups begin this Thursday - TOMORROW

Staff Report,
KMID-TV


ODESSA, TEXAS - Tomorrow, the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) will be meeting with residents for their Supplemental Senior Box Program.

Officials say they are pushing to get the word out as they are seeing record numbers of senior citizens coming through their pantries.

The WTFB will be signing seniors up for the program tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at the Odessa location, 411 S. Pagewood ...

read the rest of this KMID report


In the News ... "Mission Dorado gets new pastor"

OA Photo by Mark Rogers
• Traffanstedt learns leadership from military, business experiences

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The Rev. Odell Rolan “Del” Traffanstedt came to the ministry in a roundabout way, but the training he got in the military and the steel, trucking and oil industries has proved efficacious to his new career ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

Where moss grows most. Amidst it came,

Unearthly sweet, out of the air it seemed,

A voice singing to the vibrant string,

‘Forget the grief upon the great water,

Card and compass and the cruel rain.

Leave that labour; lilies in the green wood

Toil not, toil not. Trouble were to weave them

Coats that come to them without care or toil.

Seek not the seas again; safer is the green wood,

Lilies that live there have labour not at all,

Spin not, spin not. Spent in vain the troubles were

Beauty to bring them that better comes by kind.’

From Narrative Poems

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

PDA Photo
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 14, 2018

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE SHORT FILM - To Breathe Free, a short movie produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), was screened twice at the recent DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Produced and shot in D.C., the film follows the five-year saga of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs, Syria, to refugee camps in Jordan to beginning their new life in the nation’s capital. The 16-minute documentary, which focuses on the humanity of refugees, brings a perspective and voice that goes beyond the political rhetoric surrounding the ongoing refugee debate ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In the News ... "NewsWest 9, Salvation Army kick off annual Christmas Toy Drive"


• Toys donated go to West Texas families who can’t afford gifts this year

By Violet Trevizo, Digital Content Manager
KWES-TV

MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXAS - NewsWest 9 is kicking-off the annual Toy Drive for the 26th year.

Each year families start to cross items off their Christmas list and for some it can be a stressful time if gifts aren’t in the budget.

That’s why NewsWest 9 along with the Salvation Army drop off red barrels to be filled with toys across the Permian Basin ...

read/watch the rest of this KWES report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Goodness

It has sometimes been asked whether God commands certain things because they are right, or whether certain things are right because God commands them. . . . I emphatically embrace the first alternative. The second might lead to the abominable conclusion . . . that charity is good only because God arbitrarily commanded it—that He might equally well have commanded us to hate Him and one another and that hatred would then have been right. I believe, on the contrary, that “they err who think that of the will of God to do this or that there is no reason besides His will.” God’s will is determined by His wisdom which always perceives, and His goodness which always embraces, the intrinsically good. But when we have said that God commands things only because they are good, we must add that one of the things intrinsically good is that rational creatures should freely surrender themselves to their Creator in obedience. The content of our obedience—the thing we are commanded to do—will always be something intrinsically good, something we ought to do even if (by an impossible supposition) God had not commanded it. But in addition to the content, the mere obeying is also intrinsically good, for, in obeying, a rational creature consciously enacts its creaturely role, reverses the act by which we fell, treads Adam’s dance backward, and returns.

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Photo by Danny Murphy
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 13, 2018

VITAL CONGREGATIONS INITIATIVE - When Phyllis Sanders saw an article in South Carolina’s newspaper, The State, titled Losing Faith, she considered it a godsend. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, November 12, 2018

In the News ... "All Saints Episcopal School, Happy State Bank donate $5,000 to Red Cross"

LAJ Photo by Erica Pauda
• A sixth grader at the school came up with the idea for the fundraiser

By Erica Pauda, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - The South Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross received a $5,000 donation from All Saints Episcopal School and Happy State Bank Friday morning in a presentation at the school ...

 • Read the rest of this LAJ report ...

In the News ... "Oilfield Helping Hands reopens Permian Basin chapter"

KOSA Photo
• Will host its first Permian Basin meeting Dec. 12

By Shane Battis, Reporter
KOSA-TV


MIDLAND, TEXAS - Sometimes just one injury or sickness can be a huge toll on some families.

One nonprofit is coming to the Permian Basin to offer them a helping hand.

Five years after closing its doors, Oilfield Helping Hands (OHH) is coming back to the Permian Basin.

Like the name implies, Oilfield Helping Hands raises funds to give directly to petroleum employees whose families are struggling to pay bills in the face of an illness or accident ...

read/watch the rest of this KOSA report 


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

I then went westward across the moor, with the telegraph posts on my right and began to descend from such a point that the long straight reach on whose upper end Rockford stands, was straight in front of me. After a steep scramble down bracken and heather I got into thick and silent woods. Every kind of tree grows here, all at an acute angle on the steep hillside. There is plenty of moss and ivy and biggish rocks and boulders, some covered with green, some sticking through like bones of the hill. I sat there and again came very near the real joy, but did not quite arrive.

After this I went down to the water’s edge. The stream was smooth here and the valley bottom quite flat (on this side) with big forest trees dotted at wide intervals…There was one quite awesome place where I looked down through dead fir trees into a black hole lighted with foam at the bottom: and suddenly a swallow flew out just above the water.

From All My Road Before Me

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Photo by Gregg Brekke
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 12, 2018

DACA REPEAL - The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued a letter commemorating the anniversary of the dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The longstanding immigration policy allowed children of undocumented migrants — also known as DREAMers— to remain in the United States under a process of bi-annual renewals ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On God

The voice of God indeed daily calls to us; calls to the world to abandon sins and seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly. O that we may all hear the call of the Father and, sometime, at last be converted to the Lord. In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 11, 2018

Courtesy Photo
MINUTE FOR MISSION: VETERANS DAY - One hundred years ago today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting in World War 1 came to an end. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated on the previous day, and the new government of Germany, eager for peace, immediately concluded an armistice agreement with the Allies.

The war did not go out with a whimper, however ...

CLICK HERE to read more.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

In the News ... “'Salvation Army in desperate need"


• Needed items may be purchased online

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - The The Salvation Army of Odessa emergency shelter is in desperate need of new beige or white twin fitted and twin flat sheets to replace those that are already worn out. Last month, they provided 75 people with 1,008 nights of a safe place to sleep.

For more information on how you can help us, call Lt. Clara Gomez at 332-0738 or Clara.Gomez@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Selected sheets may be found online at Walmart or on Amazon.

In the News ... "Odessa Church News"


• Today and in the days ahead, in Odessa-area houses of worship

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Coming events include worship services, classes, Bible studies, community outreach, fundraisers, mission opportunities and more ...

read the rest of this OA report ...

In the News ... “'Hot Rods for Homeless' Car Show"


• Sunday - TOMORROW - afternoon at Basin Nights

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - A Hot Rods for Homeless Car Show, hosted by The Pink Ladies and Jesus House of Odessa, has been scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Basin Nights, 2113 Kermit Highway.

Help keep the homeless and underserved population of Odessa warm through the harsh winter months.

Entry fee is $10 with the donation of winter items, or $20 without.

Admission for the public is free, but everyone is encouraged to bring items to donate.

A full list of items needed can be found posted online.


In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Briefs"

Courtesy Photo
• What’s going on in area churches

By Erica Pauda, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - From the Avalanche-Journal, news of special events and programs at houses of faith in Lubbock and across the South Plains ...

 • read the rest of this LAJ report ...

 • more from the LAJ's "South Plains Faith Calendar" ...

In the News ... “Midland Faith & Philanthropy Briefs"


• Going on now, and in the days ahead, in the Tall City

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Diwali celebration to include performances, dinner; Supply drive to benefit Safe Place; Veterans to be treated to lunch ...

 • read the rest of this MRT report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

A blind man has few friends; a blind man who has recently received his sight as, in a sense, none. He belongs neither to the world of the blind nor to that of the seeing, and no one can share his experience. After that night’s conversations Robin never mentioned to anyone his problem about light. He knew that he would only be suspected of madness. When Mary took him out the next day for his first walk he replied to everything she said, “It’s lovely – all lovely. Just let me drink it in,” and she was satisfied. She interpreted his quick glances as glances of delight. In reality, of course, he was searching, searching with a hunger that had already something of desperation in it. Even had he dared, he knew it would be useless to ask her of any of the objects he saw, “Is that light?” He could see for himself that she would only answer, “No. That’s green” (or “blue”, or “yellow”, or “a field”, or “a tree”, or “a car”). Nothing could be done until he had learned to go for walks by himself.

From The Dark Tower

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 10, 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - For Emily Donovan, youth director at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and co-founder of Clean Cape Fear, the fight to protect and nurture children goes far beyond the walls of the church. She recently testified before the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment on the dangers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a result of local pollution ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, November 9, 2018

In the News ... “Annual 'Kick4Kenya'"


• One of the largest and longest running charity races in the area

Staff Report
Odessa American


MIDLAND, TEXAS - KWO (Kenya Widows and Orphans) Ministries has scheduled the ninth annual Kick4Kenya 1K/5K/10K at 9 a.m. Saturday at Golf Course Road Church of Christ, 3500 W. Golf Course Road, Midland.

There will be a 1K fun run for kids, a 5K run/walk and a 10K run.

All proceeds benefit orphans and widows in KWO’s 15 children’s homes in Kenya.

Go online for more information or to register.

In the News ... "Annual Border Mass draws El Paso, Juarez, NM faithful in midst of migrant crisis"

EPT Photos by Rudy Gutierrez
"Hospitality, welcoming is key to Christianity."

By Rudy Gutierrez, Reporter
El Paso Times


EL PASO, TEXAS - Diocese of El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz and Diocese of Las Cruces Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez administered Communion during the annual Border Mass on Saturday at the border fence in the Anapra area of Sunland Park, New Mexico.

The event occurred on both sides of the border, with Mexican clergy taking part across the fence in the Anapra area of Juarez ...

Read/watch the rest of this EPT report, and enjoy a photo album ...


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

I hope no reader will suppose that ‘mere’ Christianity is here put for- ward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions. . . . . It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. For that purpose the worst of the rooms (whichever that may be) is, I think, preferable. It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at. I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do get into your room you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and, of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling. In plain language, the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these doctrines true: Is holiness here? Does my conscience move me towards this? Is my reluctance to knock at this door due to my pride, or my mere taste, or my personal dislike of this particular door-keeper?’

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Courtesy Photo
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 9, 2018

JEAN ARTHUR, DONOR TOWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS/EDUCATION - A Florida woman who was a lifelong Presbyterian, a savvy investor and a pioneer for women in the Chicago banking industry has left a bequest of more than $1 million to the Presbyterian Foundation. The money is being used to establish a fund for scholarships for students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

In the News ... “'Denver & the Mile High Orchestra' coming to Midland"


• Christian, gospel music from 'A Modern Day Horn Band'

Staff Report
Odessa American


MIDLAND, TEXAS - Denver & the Mile High Orchestra will perform in concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana Ave, Midland.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (432) 683-0600.