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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZEITUNG July 2001 RELIGION Contact Features Editor Betty Taylor at 6259144 TIM JUDKINS Citizens of Heaven have no rights like on Earth Christians in New Braunfels may have a prob It may be difficult to understand and accept the rules of the kingdom of God if we equate them to American rules and to New Braunfels rules in particu If you have been following the annexation controversy or if you are directly involved in you have observed citizenship in We who live in a free country have grown up believing and expecting the right to express ourselves and the right to have a say in decisions that directly affect Residents facing annexation have tried to exercise both of these our under standing of our rights as citizens may not be accu For it was noted that those outside the boundaries of New Braunfels have no rights when it comes to annexa The city can make this and whether they like it or the vic tims have to accept This caveat in our consti tutional system is unpopu lar and generally goes It is the somewhat ugly I have good for everyone in light of this local There is a comparable spiritual princi ple that we can learn now so that when the prin ciple is duly we will not be caught in the same ignorance and frus tration as our neighbors are on the outside of The spiritual reality is that life in the kingdom of God is no When it comes to citizenship in Gods people have no say in what goes on at There are no hear no negotiations and no individual In other living close to New Braunfels can be compared to living in We who follow Jesus Christ now already under stand We know that in order to secure citizenship in Gods we must relinquish our rights and completely yield our will to the king with no reserva tions and no It is Gods way or the high There is a between the annex ation controversy and life in the kingdom of Once annexed into Gods city things still do not Unlike New where you do have a say and can vote once your property is inside the city being in Gods family still allows you no rights and no say in what God wants to Whether you are comfort able with it or the kingdom of God is not a You can demand your rights all you but the prime direc tive of Gods universe is absolute The really good is that God is good and trustworthy and he really does have our best interests in Tim Judkins leads the service of First Protestant Christian singles groups not all about religion CHRIS Charter members of the Singles Fun Club met for the first time Tuesday at Landa Park to exchange phone numbers and plan BY McMiCHAEL Staff Writer Despite the words Christian singles and fun do go said Steve Christian counselor and owner of Expectations Counseling in New You can be a Christian and you can be single and you can have Leavitt In Christian singles groups you dont have to be stoic or One of the things I want Christian singles to know is you can have Several area Christian singles groups are proving that statement to be The An acronym for The Baptist Association of Singles in Christs The meets the first Saturday of each month to do everything from visiting dinner the aters to going to the This is for any single who wants to come and join whether theyve been widowed or never We dont close it off to just Baptists anybody in town or any body in the area is wel We have churches in New Lockhart and Wimberley that are involved in said Johnny singles director at First Baptist Church and council member of The For information about The caU First Baptist Church at 625 College and Career Life Group Tree of Life FeUowshjp at 652 Loop a point tnroughWie years to ensure that the high school graduates and col lege students dont fall through the cracks after they graduate from the youth said Associate Pastor Donald Churches have struc tured children and youth programs and then if you dont have a group that focuses on the needs of the next step college and career they tend to get Duncan The big thing is having some thing designed to specifi cally meet their The College and Career Life Group meets at the first and third Sundays of the month at the facility on Churchill Drive just off the main campus of Tree of Life The evenings start with a praise and worship ses then members partic ipate in a Bible study or a Ufe Duncan Past programs have included personality profile classes on finances and time man agement and goal Gods temple is you are his temple My father and I will come and make our home with Let your door stand open to receive unlock your soul to offer Him a welcome in your and then you will see the riches of the trea sures of the joy of Throw wide the gate of your stand before the sun of the everlasting light that shines on every This true light shines on all but if anyone closes his win dow he will deprive himself of eternal Though He can He does not want to force His way in rudely or compel us to admit Him against our He came into the world as the light of the whole world in order to shine on all peo His light is received by those who long for the splendor of perpetual light that night can never The sun of our daily experi ence is succeeded by the darkness of but the sun of holiness never because wisdom cannot give place to Blessed then is the person at whose door Christ stands and Our door is faith if it is strong the whole house is This is the door by which Christ So the Church says in the Song of Songs The voice of my brother is at the Hear his listen to him asking to enter Open to my my my my per fect for my head is cov ered with and my hair with the moisture of the When does God the Word most often knock at your EDWARD BILY door When His head is cov ered with the dew of He visits in love those in trouble and to save them from being over whelmed by their His head is covered with dew or moisture when those who are His body are in That is the tune when you must keep If you were to if your heart were not wide he would not knock but go away but if your heart is he knocks and asks you to open the door to If you open the gates of your the King of glory will enter your house in the triumphal procession in honor of His has its We read in Scripture what the Lord Jesus said through his prophet Open for me the gates of It is the soul that has its its Christ comes to this door and knocks He knocks at these In the Sacred Word of God it is written I stand at the door and If any one hears my voice and opens the I will come into his house and share his he and I Blessed is that servant who is found at work when his master Open to him he wants to to find you watching and The group also meets for social We go out to Spurs games or Missions baseball games or barbe cues at the lake or cam pouts we dont try to just exclusively get them in a Bible studytype though in everything we do we want to maintain a Christian Duncan The group also partici pates in an annual mis sions Past trips have been to Mexico and Members must be high school and though most are under there isnt really an age Duncan We mainly want them to feel comfortable in a place where they can be minis tered to and build relation he For call Tree of Life at First United Methodist Church About 12 singles at First United Methodist Church are working to organize a group and are interested in new They wanted to get together in a group but not so much for like in some of the other groups what this group talked about and was much more interested in is having quality friendships and said Julie director of Christian The group plans to orga nize weekly For call Carolyn associate at There are many other groups besides the ones listed including the 45andover Singles Fun which isnt affiliated with a denomination or religion to avoid excluding For information about the Fun call Mary Ann Young at 609 Singles If youre Wanting to meet a potential future get on a roller track heading towards God and look beside If that person is going along beside then consider that person as a potential If youre leav ing that person behind or if that person is leaving you its probably going to be a Its very important for Christian singles not to do missionary In other dont date someone hoping theyre going to be the Christian that you want them to be Thats always a One of the most damag ing things that can happen to Christians as they date and try to find that mate is when ever they go too emo tionally and too you can always move You cant move back in a rela Dont do something that youll Leavitt recommends a nondenomina tional Christian singles organization that meets at Monday nights at Castle Hills Northwest Someone interested in joining a singles organiza tion should compare the group to their own person Leavitt Its important to seek groups that are geared towards your Some groups are more worship some groups are more smallgroup some groups are more fun activity A good does all of those things he But if youre seeking one particular youll need to seek out that type of Deacon pays tribute to Bily SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEFTUNG Over 50 years a young man spent several years studying vines and He learned about the different vines and the different grapes that they He learned how to feed the vines and how to prune them to produce more and better He learned about the different pests that plagued them and how to minimize damage done to He learned how to repair damaged vines and just how much water each one He knew that the son of the vineyard owner had suffered and died for the vines in the The young man went to work in the vineyards and learned much more about vines and He learned that some vines produced very sweet grapes while others produced rather sour Some of the vines produced red some produced white grapes and some pro duced black He learned that imma ture grapes were tart or sour but that with time they ripened and He worked very hard in that Sometimes the vines did not respond to his treatment and he had to try other things to help them become healthy and His work was rewarded with success and he was sent to another vineyard that needed loving Time after as the vines responded to his he was sent to a dif ferent vineyard to Many the seed of particularly good grapes was planted and nurtured to produce more good After more than 50 years of he deserved a So he worked less and rest ed more and found out that other workers were able to do much of the work that he had They could not do it the way he had done or perhaps as well as he had done but the vines continued to grow and pro duce good And the Father Well good and faithful And we Thank Monsignor Raymond retired deacon Peter Paul Catholic Church Have you seen the Original Oil Paintings at Ernestos Jewelry 40 Plus pieces of Framed art auctioned Including Original Dalhart Windberg M Caroselli Mike Windberg Betty Allison Limited Edition Artwork by Windberg Harvey others July 2001 at 1 Preview Friday 5 Saturday 10 am New Braunfels Marketplace Next to Ernestos Jewelry IH 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