September 1, 2011 – Volume 6, Issue 8
1. Pastor’s Thought
In looking at this newsletter I can see that I have been sending this out going on four years now. I trust the Rose Hill Herald has been of interest to you.
I was thinking of what I wanted to share with you in this issue and ran across an article by Whitney Hopler advising how to overcome discouragement and thought I would share it with you.
What should you do when you are discouraged?
a. Pray. God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to him about your feelings and listen for how His Spirit guides you. Honestly vent your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you are going through. Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you’ll be able to see your circumstances from His perspective.
b. Remember who God is. Shift your focus from your discouraging circumstances to God Himself. Remember that He is love, and also that He is all-powerful.
c. Prepare yourself for the discouraging situations you’re bound to encounter. Every day, Satan will try to discourage you in some way, but you can guard against such attacks by keeping up with some basic spiritual disciplines daily. Pray, read and reflect on the Bible, write in a journal, and check in with a prayer partner to give each other encouragement and accountability.
d. Stick to your assignment. Think and pray about the work you’re currently doing for God. Ask Him to clarify whether or not He has truly led you to your current assignment. Reflect on the successes and failures you’ve experienced so far and see if you can recognize a pattern that can help you discern if you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. If it seems as if you’re doing what God wants you do to but you just need to overcome some challenges while doing it, don’t give up. Instead, fight discouragement by writing down a fresh vision for how to continue your work in the future.
e. Refill your spiritual energy tank. Identify what’s causing your spiritual energy levels to run low, write down the problem, form partnerships with a few people you trust who can join you in prayer about it, develop a clear strategy for solving the problem, take action, and make yourself accountable to the people who are supporting you in prayer.
f. Take care of your physical health. Giving your body the care it needs will help you feel less discouraged. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
g. Simplify your life. Base your schedule on your priorities. Don’t waste time and energy on activities that don’t reflect what’s important to you. Freeing yourself from unnecessary tasks will encourage you.
h. Share your faith with others. Whenever God gives you the opportunity to share your faith with non-Christians who are seeking Him, do so. You will remind yourself of how God has worked in your life and experience the joy of helping others discover Him.
i. Never give up! Keep holding on to God’s promise that He has an important plan for your life. Keep praying for the encouragement you need to fulfill all of His purposes for you.
Adapted from A Hope and a Future: Overcoming Discouragement, copyright 2009 by Don Wilton. Published by B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN,
2. Something to think about:
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. -Gilbert Chesterton
3. Take time to smile
Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.
Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill.
Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years,
Someone did far more than a normal person’s share of the work.
Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend,
one name was on everyone’s list, “Let Someone Else do it.”
Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; “Someone Else can work with that group.”
It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church.
Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.
Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman.
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.
Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it?
Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?
When you are asked to help this year, remember — we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.
The Army of the Lord
A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!” My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.” Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t “see you except at Christmas and Easter?” He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”
A Sure Cure
Three Pastors in the south were having lunch in a diner. One said “Ya know, since summer started I’ve been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church.
I’ve tried everything–noise, spray, cats–nothing seems to scare them away. Another said “Yea, me too. I’ve got hundreds living in my belfry and in the narthex attic. I’ve even had the place fumigated, and they won’t go away.”
The third said, “I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church…
Haven’t seen one back since!!!”
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it. “Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector. “Yes, that was it!” “You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!” “Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther.”
“I hope you didn’t take it personally, Reverend,” the embarrassed woman said after a church service, “when my husband walked out during your sermon.” “I did find it rather disconcerting,” the preacher replied. “It’s not a reflection on you, sir,” insisted the church goer. “Ralph has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child.”
4. Nazarene and related websites
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org
South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansasnazarene.org
Southern Nazarene Univ: www.snu.edu/home.asp
Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org
Bible Gateway: www.biblegateway.com
5. Rose Hill News
Hard to realize that September is here. School is back in session, and time is moving on. There are a lot of activities at Rose Hill this month:
Ladies’ Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 10AM; Men’s prayer breakfast is the third Saturday of the month at the church at 8AM.
Prime timers will meet on the 15th of this month at noon.
Sunday School will sponsor a free breakfast for you on Sunday, September 11th at 8:30AM.
Choir will meet at 6PM on Wednesday on September 7th and 28th.
The Lighthouse Class will be going to see the Witness in Hot Springs on September 24th leaving the church at 6PM.
The church board will meet Wednesday at 8PM on September 14th.
Birthdays for Rose Hill in the month of September include: Una Dacus (4th), Bobby Jordan (6th), Sandy Furrer (9th), Faith Comeans (13th), Nancy Casey (14th), Shirley Douglass (20th), Connie Hedgecock (24th) and Angela Marshall (29th).
If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or have an incorrect date, please let us know so that we can correct it.
Be sure and look at our church website. Laurie is now placing the Sunday morning sermons online. If you missed Rose Hill Has Talent, she also has that online. Check it out at: www.rosehillnazarene.org
Who do you know that is not attending a local church? Why not invite them to Rose Hill? We believe “Our church can become their home!” Get the contact information to the Pastor and he will contact them.
We are always looking for noteworthy items for the Rose Hill Herald. If you have any suggestions, articles or links you would like to submit, please do so.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19),
Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald. I trust it has been a blessing.
Pastor Steve Comeans
Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene
11001 Kanis Road, Little Rock, AR 72211 (501-225-1082)