June 1, 2012 – Volume 8 –Issue 6
1. Pastor’s Thoughts
As I typed in the above information I realized that I have been sending out the Rose Hill Herald to you for 8 ½ years. I trust that you have found it useful in keeping up with Rose Hill news and that it brought some knowledge to help you in your Christian walk and a smile to get you through some of the tough times.
This June will be a busy month for many of us. On June 10th we will be celebrating our Homecoming marking our 74th year as a church; we will have a very special day in honoring Rose Hill fathers on June 17th and our District conventions and District Assembly runs from June 18th through the 20th. We have moved our homecoming from July to June primarily due to the heat in July, but it seems that the heat is moving up right with us! We will have the large plastic tarp up and have a large fan running so we are planning on having a great family time together eating grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and all of the picnic trimmings. We will be awarding the NMI Distinguished Service Award, the Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International Second Mile Award and also the Legacy Award. There will be special music, preaching and dress is casual! I imagine that Belinda will have the usual power zapper water guns on hand to keep you cool! I hope you will plan on attending that day and bringing a guest with you!
We have been going through the Book of Acts on Wednesday nights. It is a marvel how so many were won to the Lord during the Early Church beginnings. There are some things that jumped out at me in studying it: First of all, Dr. Luke tells us that “they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common…Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 3:42-47).
There are several things those verses in Acts speak out very clearly: The people were with each other daily! They devoted themselves (they made it a top priority, in other words) to the teaching and preaching of the apostles and to PRAYER! They actually found time to pray! Talk to the average American Christian and you will find that most of us, if we are honest, have a real battle relegating time for prayer. Yet, isn’t it amazing that throughout the Bible we are strongly encouraged to pray! You probably remember this verse: “If my people who called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Paul admonished us to “Pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17). I find it totally amazing what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1b). They didn’t ask Him to teach them to preach, to perform miracles or anything else. It is obvious to me that they had picked up that the most important way to reach all other spiritual goals was through prayer. They knew that prayer was paramount if they were to follow the Master! The other thing that jumped out to me was that they were “together.” Not just on the Lord’s Day, but daily! We have talked for the last several years about the fact that it is getting harder and harder to get folks to come to church. It appears that if the church doesn’t promote some time of entertainment or a “feel good” program, people will choose other things to go to. And of course, we all know what Paul told a young pastor named Timothy about the last days: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). And the writer to the Hebrews admonishes us, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). Over the past 24 years, it seems to me that I have had to constantly encourage people to come to church. Faith reminded me that about 5-6 years ago, when we were going in to the old Walmart Store on Bowman Road one Friday that someone came up behind us shouting, “Pastor, Pastor! “ When I stopped to see who it was, I saw that is was one of our parishioners. When they caught up to me they said, “I just wanted to let you know that we will be in church Sunday!” Guess what? They weren’t! My wife said, “I don’t understand people. You didn’t even see them, yet they went out of their way to stop you and tell you that they were going to be in church, and then they don’t show! “ She said, “What in the world is wrong with people?” I just looked at her for a couple of moments and said, “Well, honey, it is a disease that has been handed down genetically, called S-I-N!” Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5 to see Paul’s description as to what the last days on earth will be like.
2. Something to think about
Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it–what weakens us is
feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our
self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
— Carlos Castenada
3. Take time for a smile
After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. “Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!” The pastor was thrilled. “No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why.” “Well – it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!”
There is a story about a monastery in Europe perched high on a cliff several hundred feet in the air. The only way to reach the monastery was to be suspended in a basket which was pulled to the top by several monks who pulled and tugged with all their strength.
Obviously the ride up the steep cliff in that basket was terrifying. One tourist got exceedingly nervous about half-way up as he noticed that the rope by which he was suspended was old and frayed.
With a trembling voice he asked the monk who was riding with him in the basket how often they changed the rope. The monk thought for a moment and answered brusquely, “Whenever it breaks.”
On Sunday morning, the preacher brings in 4 covered jars with one live worm in each. In one he poured whiskey, in one he poured liquid chocolate, in the third one he poured cigarette smoke and in the fourth one he threw in dirt. Result was nothing unusual. Worms in first three jars died. He then looked at the congregation and said, “I don’t have to tell much. I believe you have learnt a clear lesson”. Then he pointed at a little girl and asked, “Sweetheart, can you tell what have you learned?” Without any hesitation she said, “If you drink, smoke and eat chocolate you’ll never have worms”.
The Bath Tub Senility Test
Depending on your answer, this might not be a Christian joke to you!
During a visit to a hospital for the mentally infirm, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. “Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub; then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.” “Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”No,” said the Director, “a normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed by the wall or near the window?”
A man was driving to work when a truck ran a stop sign, hit his car broadside, and knocked him cold. Passersby pulled him from the wreck and revived him. He began a terrific struggle and had to be tranquilized by the medics.
Later, when he was calm, they asked him why he struggled so. He said, “I remember the impact, then nothing. I woke up on a concrete slab in front of a huge, flashing ‘Shell’ sign…and somebody was standing in front of the “S!”
The Pastor woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So…. he told the associate pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to preach for him that day. As soon as the associate pastor left the room, the Pastor headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his church.
Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from heaven and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?” The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.” Just then he hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 435 YARD HOLE IN ONE! Saint Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked,
“Why did you let him do that?” The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”
A young woman teacher with obvious liberal tendencies explains to her class of small children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks.
There is, however, one exception. A little girl has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. “Because I’m not an atheist.” Then, asks the teacher, “What are you?” “I’m a Christian.” The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks her why she is a Christian. “Well, I was brought up knowing and loving Jesus. My mom is a Christian, my dad is a Christian, and my grand parents are too, so I am a Christian.” The teacher is now angry. “That’s no reason,” she says loudly. “What if your mom and your dad were idiots? And what if your grand parents were idiots? What would you be then?” She paused, smiled and said, “Oh, I guess that I’d be an atheist!”
There was a missionary going to the Philippines and his wife had a cat which she could not part with. There was a hole in the wall of the house that they moved into. A mouse lived there and the cat loved to chase it.
Every day the cat would chase the mouse but he couldn’t catch it, and the mouse would laugh at him. One day, the cat almost caught the mouse. On that day the cat waited outside of the mouse hole. The mouse was very scared because he could hear the cat outside of the hole meowing. The cat sat there continuing to meow (meow,meow,meow).
Eventually the meowing stopped and all the mouse could hear was ruff,ruff, ruff. The mouse, full of joy, ran out of his house knowing that he had been saved. As the mouse came out of his hole, the cat pounced on him and gobbled him up, and walked away smiling saying to himself, it pays to be bilingual.
A preacher retired and moved to the country to enjoy life and practice his hobby of yard work. Needing a lawn mower, he headed into town to buy one. On the way he saw a sign advertising a lawn mower for sale. He stopped at the house and a young lad came out to greet him.
The preacher asked about the lawn mower and the kid said it was behind the house. The two went to look at the lawn mower. The engine was sputtering along at idle speed. The preacher increased the speed of the engine and mowed a few strips. Satisfied that the mower would do the job they settled on a price of $25.00.
Later in the day, the young lad was riding his bicycle when he spied the preacher pulling on the engine starter rope. The kid stopped and watched for a couple of minutes. He asked, “What’s wrong?”
The reply came, “I can’t get this mower started. Do you know how?”
The kid said, “Yep.”
“Well, how do you do it? Tell me!” the preacher yelled.
The kid replied, “You have to cuss it.”
The preacher rose up indignantly. “Now you listen here. I am a preacher and if I ever did cuss, not saying I have, I’ve forgotten how to do it after all these years.”
With a wise look on his face well beyond his years, the kid said, “Preacher, you keep on pulling that rope and it’ll all come back to ya.”
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5. Rose Hill News:
June 10th marks our celebration for our 74th year as a church. Dress is casual. Ron and his crew will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. There is a sign up sheet for other dishes on the foyer bulletin board. Plan on being with us that day and bringing a friend.
All men join us Saturday, June 16th at 8:00 A.M. for men’s prayer breakfast
On June 17th we will be honoring our Fathers.
South Arkansas District Conventions and District Assembly are scheduled for June 18-20. All services will be at Little Rock First Church of the Nazarene.
If you are an elected delegate or a delegate ex-officio and cannot serve, please let the church office know as soon as possible.
Rose Hill’s birthdays include: Sarah Skillern (4th) and Belinda Carter (22nd)
Rose Hill’s anniversaries include: Greg & Cynthia Hayes (15th), OD & Terry Smothers (18th), Gary and Jeanette Jones (20th) and Pastor Steve & Faith Comeans (21st)
Please let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary or if we have an incorrect date.
Coming events in July include a concert by the Hallelujah Harmony Quartet and a wonderful potluck lunch! Mark this date on your calendar!
Saturday, July 14th from 9AM until 1PM will be a special church board meeting where we will be doing a self-evaluation of ourselves. Lunch will be provided.
If you have a prospect for the church, please get the contact information to the Pastor for follow up.
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72211