New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Rev. Boyd Luter
Change amazingReligious focus
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Prayer spot is peaceful
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff Writer
Peaceful, quiet solitude can be found at the prayer garden at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on PM 2673 near Starkville.
Members of St. Andrews have landscaped the area to enhance the natural shrubbery with a circle of oleander bushes around the perimeter and hanging baskets.
A mailbox can be found in the fork of a tree, containing devotional booklets for the use of worshippers. Small signs painted on cross-sections of tree trunks are scattered throughout the area displaying Biblical passages.
The prayer garden was conceived by the congregation a few years ago when a need was expressed to leave the sanctuary open for meditation and prayer. “We soon found that unfeasible," said Rev. Arnold Windecker, “because we had no full-time staff to keep the building open.”
“We needed a secluded place for people to come and pray,” he said. So the area was landscaped by the grounds committee.
Windecker's brother, Dr. Leo Windecker of Midland, who works with plastic molds for an aircraft factory, was responsible for the modernistic statue of Christ.
Flynn new pastor
Pastor-evangelist Jimmy Flynn has taken the post of of full-time pastor at Second Baptist Church, 273 Merriweather.
He said that after accepting Jesus into his life at the age of 9, he was on his way to becoming a preacher. By the age of 14 he had a radio show
near the border and at 18, he was ordained into the Baptist ministry.
Flynn has been the head fo the Jimmy Flynn Evangelist Association. He also has been involved in each phase of the gospel ministry—evangelism, Bible conferences, teaching, and director of dramatic gosepel presentations.
School reunions are unsettling affairs. When you haven’t seen a former classmate for years, it’s generally amazing to see the amount of change that has taken place.
As my wife and I attended her high school reunion recently, she was struck by how different almost everyone but her closest continuing friends seemed to be. She was also broadsided by the observation that some had changed dramatically, toward becoming more attractive, outgoing and assured, while others appeared to have been on a non-stop downhill slide since graduation.
How can we account for such startling disparities?
The seemingly small degree of change among friends show us how slow change is in the present tense. It’s almost imperceptible in its creeping character...but it mounts up over the long haul.
That leads us to the second observation. Yes, change is a snowballing process. And, once headed in a direction, it tends to gather steam. Such
momentum is notoriously hard to stop and turn around.
However, the discernible changes I’ve spoken of are outward, surfacy. There’s no time at a class reunion for more than that. A powerful question that yearns to be asked is, “What of corresponding inner changes with these people? How' much have their personalities, priorities and loyalties altered and in what direction?"
Fairly obviously, direction and distance are largely determined by the “dynamite" that propels the object and the aim of the one in control. Thus, asking what is the fuel in your life and who is doing the steering goes a long way toward determining distance and direction.
I^et’s plug this into a Biblical road map. Romans 1:18-32 does not stutter in stating that the fuel of unbelief against God, which includes "going through the motion” hypocritical religion, and the egoitistical steering of man trying to run his own life apart from the Ix>rd, inevitably ends
in a miserable crack-up far from God’s truth and righteous expectations.
On the other hand, Romans 8:28-29 strikingly tells us that the person who loves God by consistent faith in Christ is being propelled along and steered by the Lord down the difficult road of life on an ever-better manner. The Lord is working the bugs out in the believer’s life so that he or she will eventually be beautifully "conformed to the image of His Son) (Romans 8:29).
There’s going to be a great eternal reunion one of these days. (Matthew 25:31-46,
Revelation 20). There will be no choice as to whether or not you attend. God will accept no regrets for that one.
The only questions that are meaningful, then, are "How much will you have changed, in what direction, and because of what dynamic?" Now is the time to make up your mind whether your change agent will be the Lord through faith or your blinding ego through unbelief.
See you at the reunion! A prayer garden statue at St. Andrews Lutheran Church near Startzville
There’s an answer!
Key to heaven told
By NORMAN VINCENT PEALE and RUTH STAFFORD PEALE
Can you know
Q. I have a troublesome question to ask you. What do you have to do to get to heaven? Can you really know for sure?
A. Believe in Jesus Christ. Accept Him as Lord and Savior. Follow Him in your life day by day. Ixive people.
Do this and you can really know for
sure that you will get to heaven.
Afraid to pray
Q. For three years I prayed at least three times a day for my son in the service. I prayed with all my heart that he’d return home safely. He was killed on a street corner in a foreign country, all alone, a few days before he was to come home. And because of his violent death I’m afraid my son didn’t
go to heaven.
How can I live with all this grief, disappointment, fear, hostility and pain?
A. Our hearts go out to you in sympathy. We have found that prayers are answered in three ways—yes, no or wait awhile.
Don’t be afraid to talk to God. Think of Him as your Father. He understands. He also had a son who was killed. God will give you peace of heart.
Family series starts tonight
Tonight and tomorrow, a ee non-denominational film tries on families will be lown at the Church of Christ New Braunfels.
Three of the seven parts of ie series will be shown might beginning at 7 p.m. at ie church. "The Strong filled Child” will start the veiling followed by "Shaping ie Will Without Breaking the pirit” and ‘‘Christian atheling.”
kdolescense: The Origins of elf-Doubt” will begin
tomorrow at 9 a.m. followed by ‘‘Preparing for Adolescence: Peer Pressure and Sexuality,” “What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About the Lonely Housewife,” and “What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women, Money, Sex and Children.”
The series should be completed by noon. The films were prepared by James C. Dobson, Ph.D., who has been called “America’s leading Christian authority on the family.”
Staats named to committee
Dr. William F. Staats, vice liairman of the board of irectors at New Braunfels ational Bank, has been ppointed to the consulting ominitte on capital financing ir the Lutheran Church in merica.
The committee will advise the national church on the most effective way to increase earnings and to use the money in its property and loan fund, said church president Dr. James R. Crumley in New York.
Lawrence A. Czelusta, D.P.M. announces the opening of his office for the practice of podiatry at Canyon Lake Center, Startzville in Dr. Peter Robinson offices
Hours by appointment Phone 899 7681 656 6383
Now, for the first time, hear the real story of the "King of Rock 'N Roll. Know him as his closest friends did.. .as his wife and sweetheart, Priscilla did as they recall their intimate memories of Elvis through three great hours of his unforgettable music.
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