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"HUD'S" RECIPE

Sunday, August 26, 2018

I first met him in 1968.  I loved him from the start. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.  He had a smile that never quit.  His humility and sweetness were so evident. I believe it was true that he had no enemies. All who knew him loved him. We just knew him as "Hud" McGee. His likeness and image speak to me even now after all the years.

 

I finally asked him, "Hud, you have so many friends, how do you do that?"  His answer came in an expected humble and quiet way.

 

"Well," he said, " through the years I have tried to make as many new friends as possible, and I've done all I could to keep all my old friends, too."  Is that a profound answer?  Well, maybe and maybe not.  Perhaps the profundity lies in its simplicity!

 

Friends are such a valuable commodity.  Friends, to me, are worth more than all the money and wealth in the world.  My friends keep me going.  I couldn't make it without them.  I want to make as many new friends as possible. And I don't want to lose even one of my old friends.

 

Thanks "Hud," for the lesson! I hope to see you again, old friend!  - Tom Butterfield

RULES FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Remember when novels used to end with, “And they lived happily ever after”? I venture to guess that rarely, if ever, has a marriage been entered into with a desire for less than “happiness every after.” Charlie, a teenager, asked his uncle Ted, who had been married for more than 50years, what was the secret to a happy marriage. Uncle Ted answered, “You can be happy in your marriage if you choose to be happy.” Here are a few rules that will help marriages become happier: 

 

1. Make a decision to be happy. 

 

2. Think kind and happy thoughts about each other. 

 

3. Choose to say positive things to each other. 

 

4. Choose to have fun time together. 

 

5. Always keep the forgiveness door open. 

 

6. Choose to send out positive vibes to each other. 

 

7. Choose to be optimistic even in tough times. 

 

8. Choose to be kind and courteous to each other. 

 

9. Keep conversations cheerful and open…listen. 

 

10. Remember each day is the first day of the rest of your life. 

 

11. Live with the end in view. 

 

12. Get up on the “right side” of the bed. 

 

Happiness in marriage is a choice that originates inside the heart. It doesn’t depend on external trappings or circumstances.

 

J.J. Turner

 

Helping them get to Heaven

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Fred B. Craddock tells the following story:

"At Fannin County Hospital, ministers take turns being chaplain for the week. I took my turn, and the week I was on watch, there was a baby born. Not a lot born in that little bitty thirty-bed hospital. But I went there, it was about nine oclock in the morning, and I saw all these people gathered, looking through the glass. There was that little bitty new baby, and it looked like a clan of people gathered around. I said, "What is it, boy or girl?"

"It’s a girl."

"Whats the name?"

"Elizabeth."

"Well, is the father over here in this group?"

"No." Looked back over there, and leaning against the wall, was a young man.

He said, "Im the father."

I said, "Babys name Elizabeth?"

"Yeah."

"Beautiful baby." She was squirming – you couldnt hear through the glass – but she was squirming and red faced, and all like that. I thought maybe he might be concerned, and I said, "Now, shes not sick. Its good for babies to scream and do all that. It clears out their lungs and gets their voices going. Its all right."

He said, "Oh, I know shes not sick. But shes mad, preacher." I said, "Whys she mad?" He said, "Well, wouldnt you be mad? One minute youre with God in heaven and the next minute youre in Georgia."

I said, "You believe she was with God before she came here?

He said, "Oh, yeah."

I said, "You think shell remember?"

He said, "Well, thats up to her mother and me. Its up to the church. Weve got to see that she remembers, cause if she forgets, shes a goner." (Craddock Stories, p.127)

We might not agree with the young fathers thinking totally but he does state an important truth about his young daughters future; if his daughter is ever to have a home in Heaven it is up to him and his wife and the church to help her get there.

This is what the Bible has been telling us all along in Ephesians 6:4, it reads, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

And as a congregation of Gods people it is our goal to help children get to Heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."

This is why we at the Camden Ave. Church of Christ offer weekly Bible School, Vacation Bible School, encourage Christian youth camp, and do what we can for our youths spiritual life by offering other spiritual activities. We want to do our part in helping our children go to Heaven. But parents must do their part in seeing the importance of these spiritual activities and getting your children to these spiritual opportunities.

If we do not help our children get to Heaven, who will? Think about it!

Mark T. Tonkery

Helping them get to Heaven

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Fred B. Craddock tells the following story:

"At Fannin County Hospital, ministers take turns being chaplain for the week. I took my turn, and the week I was on watch, there was a baby born. Not a lot born in that little bitty thirty-bed hospital. But I went there, it was about nine oclock in the morning, and I saw all these people gathered, looking through the glass. There was that little bitty new baby, and it looked like a clan of people gathered around. I said, "What is it, boy or girl?"

"It’s a girl."

"What’s the name?"

"Elizabeth."

"Well, is the father over here in this group?"

"No." Looked back over there, and leaning against the wall, was a young man.

He said, "Im the father."

I said, "Babys name Elizabeth?"

"Yeah."

"Beautiful baby." She was squirming – you couldnt hear through the glass – but she was squirming and red faced, and all like that. I thought maybe he might be concerned, and I said, "Now, shes not sick. Its good for babies to scream and do all that. It clears out their lungs and gets their voices going. Its all right."

He said, "Oh, I know shes not sick. But shes mad, preacher." I said, "Whys she mad?" He said, "Well, wouldnt you be mad? One minute youre with God in heaven and the next minute youre in Georgia."

I said, "You believe she was with God before she came here?

He said, "Oh, yeah."

I said, "You think shell remember?"

He said, "Well, thats up to her mother and me. Its up to the church. Weve got to see that she remembers, cause if she forgets, shes a goner." (Craddock Stories, p.127)

We might not agree with the young fathers thinking totally but he does state an important truth about his young daughters future; if his daughter is ever to have a home in Heaven it is up to him and his wife and the church to help her get there.

This is what the Bible has been telling us all along in Ephesians 6:4, it reads, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

And as a congregation of Gods people it is our goal to help children get to Heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."

This is why we at the Camden Ave. Church of Christ offer weekly Bible School, Vacation Bible School, encourage Christian youth camp, and do what we can for our youths spiritual life by offering other spiritual activities. We want to do our part in helping our children go to Heaven. But parents must do their part in seeing the importance of these spiritual activities and getting your children to these spiritual opportunities.

If we do not help our children get to Heaven, who will? Think about it!

Mark T. Tonkery

Suggestions For Successful Prayer Life

Thursday, January 25, 2018

1. Pray Immediately Upon Rising - In what better way can we begin the day than by thanking God for His protection and care during the night and by asking for his guidance during the new day? Prayer at the beginning of the day is an insulation against evil throughout the entire day.

2. Pray Before Every Meal - God has provided for our needs in such a bountiful manner! The least we can do is express our gratitude as we sit down to enjoy each meal. In these days when we eat many meals in crowded public restaurants, a few moments of silent prayer often must serve for the audible prayer which we pray around our tables at home.

3. Pray At Set Times - The ancient Jews, and others, reserved specific periods each day for prayer. We find it helpful, too. These regular times serve as reminders and help keep the busy world from crowding out our periods of communion with God. One woman uses her dishwashing time for prayer.

4. Pray When You Are Discouraged - Most of us dont need much encouragement to pray when we are discouraged or when we face some special problems. At such times prayer comes naturally. It is comforting to know that God listens to our prayers in times of crisis. The Christian has the privilege of leaning upon the Lord in times of difficulty.

5. Pray When You Are Happy - It is easy to pray in times of crisis...and equally easy to forget to pray when life is running smoothly. Christians need to thank God for their happy and prosperous lives.

6. Pray With Your Whole Family

There is something wonderful about a prayer in which both children and parents have a part. Let it be one united prayer, with each member of the family contributing a few sentences about those things closest to his heart, beginning it with the smallest child who is old enough to say a prayer. Then go from child to child and on to parents, until finally the father closes the prayer with the final "amen."

7. Pray Immediately Before Retiring - After the cares and toils of the day the child of God needs to talk with his heavenly Father. There are blunders to be confessed, sins to be forgiven, and there is gratitude to be expressed for the blessings of the day. Sleep will be sweeter if we have committed ourselves to the Lords loving care.

8. Pray Fervently - James says, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much in its workings" (James 5:16), Christ commended the importunate widow for her persistence (Luke 18). We must feel deeply the things we say to God, and must say them earnestly, fervently in full faith.

Batsell Barrett Baxter

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