New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, February 8 1985 BAObedience one of gifts of grace from God
By REV. RAYMOND D. REICH Cross Lutheran Church
When our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray, He promised that His Father was anxious to give good gifts to His children.
In the First Petition, “Hallowed be Thy name,” the gift of truth is offered to all who ask for it. In the Second Petition, “Thy Kingdom come,” He promises the gift needed to apprehend the truth, the gift of faith. In the Third Petition, “Thy will
be done on earth as it is in heaven,” our Father makes it clear that He bestows that gift needed to demonstrate the truth that we have apprehended by faith, the gift of obedience to the good and gracious will of God.
By nature we are stubborn and rebellious people who want to have our own way. We insist on doing “our thing,” because it seems good to us. Self-gratification becomes a very desirable and easily defended goal. Selflessness and self-control seem so self-defeating.
But God has graciously converted us from sons of disobedience to children of obedience, from stubborn rebels to obedient lovers. We live in, with, and under His grace.
To bow humbly to the will of God, to pray confidently, “Thy will be done,” must have been a particularly impressive virtue demonstrated by early Christians in a Greek culture.
To the Greek mind, such humility
was a vice, a sign of weakness, the temper of a slave, inconsistent with that self-respect which every true man owed to himself. But our Lord Jesus Christ brought to His disciples a different conception of the fullness of life. The Jew had been taught humility and obedience on the basis -of man’s relationship to God. The Gospel went further and treated humble obedience as the charac
teristic lesson of our Lord’s incarnation.
“Let this mind be in you,” St. Paul said, “which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Because He obeyed His Father’s good and gracious will toward us, we are free to be nobodies, people of no reputation. Now we Christians get our identity from Him after whom we are named, Christ. Now we can say, “I delight to do Thy will.” We can, because obedience is one of the gifts the Father gives to those who ask for it.
Methodist bishop admits guilt feelings
DENVER (AP) — Former United Methodist Bishop James Armstrong, who in late 1983 resigned suddenly both as a bishop and president of the National Council of Churches, says he found that “acknowledgement of guilt is not enough.”
That, by Itself, “leads down an alley to a dead end,” he said in a lecture at the Iliff School of Theology, his first public address in the 14 months since his abrupt resignations. He said admitting guilt must be followed with wholesome selfacceptance, forgiveness and grace.
The “benefits of grace come from beyond ourselves,” he said.
At the time of the resignations, Armstrong referred to “personal failings." His wife, Phyliss, initiated divorce proceedings in March of 1984, but has dropped them. He said they are now rebuilding their lives together.
Armstrong currently is a vice president for a Washington firm dealing with conflict mediation between religious institutions and government agencies.
Indianapolis wooing national headquarters
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - This city, 13th largest in the country, is developing a multimillion-dollar proposal to try to attract four more major Christian denominations to establish their national headquarters here.
Already based here is the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Other denominations being wooed with offers of construction assistance and other benefits are:
The Episcopal Church and United Church of Christ, both now based in New York City; the recently reunited Presbyterian Church (USA), now with main offices in New York and Atlanta, and a projected new Lutheran Church, expected to unite three Lutheran bodies by 1988.
Scholars react to special synod
NEW YORK (AP) — Speculation hummed this week on the aim of Pope John Paul II in unexpectedly calling for a special synod of bishops to review results of the reforming Second Vatican Council of 1962-65.
There were varied conjectures about the objectives, ranging from putting the brakes on some of the sweeping council reforms to giving them fuller implementation. But most scholars discounted such possibilities.
They say the 13-day synod, set by the pope for Nov. 25 to Dec. 8 in a surprise announcement a week ago, would have neither the time nor scope for any major modification of the council’s work.
Alves.set as speaker for Women's Aglow
Elizabeth Alves of San Antonio will be the guest speaker fr the Thursday meeting of the Women’s Aglow Fellowship of New Braunfels.
The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at Russell’s Cafeteria at Courtyard shopping center. A luncheon will follow the meeting.
Mrs. Alves and her husband, Floyd, have a ministry in deliverance, repentance, preparation and prophecy. Mrs. Alves ministers in developing and encouraging Godly leadership.
The couple has made several trips to Europe ministering to various church and women’s groups
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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Six week series beginning January 6
5:45 in the Sanctuary
You are invited to see and hear the inspirational...
Marriage Enrichment Film Series
FILM 5: How To Kill Communication
Sunday, February 10, 1985
Nursery & Bible Hour provided for children thru 5th grade
Church of Christ 1665 Hwy 81 West
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Tree of Life Fellowship
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Asamblea Da Dioa (Spanish Assembly of God), 255 W Commerce St Sunday school 5^30 p rn . evangelistic service 6 30 p rn.; Saturday'
Bibl* Baptist Church 1235 Ervenberg Ave Sunday school IO a rn . worship 11 a.rn and 7 p rn ; Wednesday service 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church 566 Highway 81 W Sunday school IO am. worship 11 a rn and 6 p m ; Wednesday service
Church of Christ, 1665 Highway 81 W.
Bible classes tor all, 9 am, worship IO a m.; evening worship and children's Bible hour 6 pm, Wednesday classes 7 p m Nursery available Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2386 W San Antonio St Priesthood meeting 9 e m.; relief society 9 a m.; young women 9 a rn.; primary 9 a m.; Sunday school IO a rn.; sacrament 10:60 a rn
Croes Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod!, South Hickory and Cross Streets Sunday school and adult Bible 9 a.m.; worship 10:15 a m Eastside Baptist Church 983 Holly St'
Sunday school 9 46 e m.; worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday prayer meeting 6 30 p m.
EJemplo Vivo Baptist Church Garner Hall, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets Sunday achool 9 30 p.m.; worship 10:45 a.m.; church training 6 p m.; prayer meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. at 498 liberty
Faith United Church of Chriet. 970 Loop 337. Church achool 9:15 am.; worship 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship Bible Church. Soims end Morningside Sunday school 9 45 a m.; worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
IFIret Assembly of God, 1687 Highway *81 W. Sunday achool 9:45 a m.; worship 'KMB e.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday ;aervtee7pm_
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(.can Church, KJ& E srvrca 3 a rn , I $2$
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First Baptist Church. 733 Cross St. Sunday school 9:30 a rn., worship 10 45 a rn and 7 p rn ; Wednesday dinner 5 30 p m Bible study and prayer service 6 15
First Church of Christ Scientist 137
E MIU St. Sunday service 10:30 a m.; Sunday achool 10 30 a rn.; Wednesday service 7 30 p m Child care available Firat Church of Naiarene, 1465 In terstate 35 East Sunday school 945 a rn.; worship 10 50 a rn and 6 p m First Presbyterian Church, 27 Krueger. Sunday achool, 9 45, fellowship 10 30 am, worship JI and 7pm
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Highway worship 11 a 6 p m : Wi pm,
Holy Family Hidalgo Saturday Mass 8 e m. (Spanish) 10 (English),
Iglesia Bethel Pantacoatoa. 38N
Grape St Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 7:30 p m.; Sunday achool IO and 11:30 a.m.; worship 11:30 a rn and noon; Monday prayer meeting 7:30 p.m.
Lakeside Baptist Mission FM 725
Sunday school 9 45 a rn.; worship 11 a,rn and 7 p.m.. Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7pm Live Oak Baptist. 335 Washington Sunday school 9 45 a
Firat Mexican Baptist 2080 W San Antonio St Sunday school 9 45 a rn worship 10 50 am and 6 pm Wee
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Oakwood tartlet Church Canyon Abadia School. Bible study 9.30 a.m., worship 1045 am. end 7 pm.. Wad-r <**deY prayer service 7 pm
Our Late^Pbrpetual Help Church. 138 W Austin Massas 5 30 pm.
Help Churc es 5 30 t>. Saturday and 8 and 11am Sunday
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Spud af Lite Fellowship, LOU Ann Drive Oh 1044 in Subdivision
Sunday worship. Sunday s 'n, nursery IO PJT*; evening service 7 p rn.; Tuesday Stop Nfg*t6-30 pm 929 Pine Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m 929 Pine Pastor Tom Staten
Tree of Lift Fellowship, 125 Highway ti W Surrey services 9:45 a rn and 7 p m ; Wednesday service 7 p m.
B'ecken United Methodist Church
FM 2252 Sunday school 9 30 a rn
church service 10 45 a rn
Bulverde Baptist Church P O Bon 43
Sunday school 9 30 a m.; worship 10 45 am and 7 pm Christian training 6 p rn Wednesday service 7pm
Bulverde United Methodist Church
Highway 281 North and Cibolo Crees
Sunday school 9 30 a rn ; church service *10 45 a rn
Canyon Lake United Methodiet Church, Elmtstone Drive Canyon Lake Mot ■?Home Estates Sunday school 9 15 am worship 10 30 a m
Chapel in th# Cove in larder dfRteatioriap, Cypress Cove Dub House worsn,p 9,
Church of CMthifM 3159 and FM 2873 Bima class %0 a rn.; Sunday woMjbtp 11 k-m,emf#p m , Wednesday ,7°
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ter denomination# Deep Acres Canyon C%y„ ChUffc h school 9 im. worship
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Church in the Wildwood (Assembly of God! FU r6 Tnt«feaKs Sunday school Ibffm • worship^! 50 a rn and 6 3§ p m
Cranes Mil Baptist Church, FM 2673 at Starttvi la. Sunday Bible study 9 3C am.; worship 10 46 am 6 30 pm Wednesday Bibi# study and privet 7 3C p rn Nursery provided
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Church of Christ 9 a m.
Pock Hill Gospel Faith Center 502 Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels ban,od the rest area Sunday schooi 10 a m worship 8 and 11 a m and 7 X pm Tuesday Bible couege 7 30 pm Thursday ladies meeting 9 30 a rn and young ministers 7 30 p rn
St Andrew Lutheran Church (ALC), FM 2673 east of Stertzvike Sunday
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St Francis By the Lake Episcopal Church 14 miles west of Interstate 35
on FM 306 Services IO a m Sunday noon Wednesday Rev Katharine <5
St John a Mission Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help mission! Hunter Sunday Mass 9 30 a rn
St Paul Lutheran Church Higt way 1863 at Highway 281 Sunday school 9 a rn worship 10 15 a rn
St Paul United Church of Christ South Main and FM 78, Cibolo Church school and worship at 10 a m
St Thomas Chapel (Roman Catholic),
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Triumphant Lutheran Church,
Cave Road at Schoanthal f 9 a.m.; Sunday am.