New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with News Editor Sue England about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 221.Church LifeWhen life is beyond repair, ifs time to call the Master Craftsman
The last coat of lacquer went on without a hitch. All that was left was to glue a small section of loose veneer and then send the old rocker made new to be upholstered. It was beautiful already. I can’t wait to see it when it is completely finished.
The first time I saw it was almost 20 years ago. It was sitting in a trash pile south of Houston on one of those long, steamy nights so typical of the Texas coast. Jan was very pregnant and we were very broke so when I saw it I immediately pulled over. After all, we were going to have a baby and needed a rocker, and this one was definitely in our price range.
For weeks I carefully restored the old rocker with patience and diligence. It was not a matter of refinishing, mind you. This was a need for restoration. Abandoned and at the end of usefulness, the rocker
was restored to its original beauty.
It lasted through more than IO years of heavy use. Two babies were rocked to sleep night after night. Many friends sat and talked about life in the junk pile chair, now an envied antique. But time and too many moves took a toll. Eight years ago, the rocker was moyed to the shop to be fixed and finally to storage for lack of time and patience. What had been restored and lovingly used was once again a broken down piece of old furniture.
Until two months ago. Carefully and lovingly, I restored it again. The
brokenness has been repaired, and the useless is once again useful.
Gordon MacDonald said this: “The fact is, almost every one of us will encounter some issue that introduces us to brokenness at a far greater intensity than we ever thought possible ... Broken worlds are a significant part of living — we must be vigilant enough to avoid the avoidable, but prepared and disciplined enough to persevere when facing the unexpected or the unavoidable.”
I have a knack for restoration. I look behind the brokenness and filth of furniture and people and see a better day on the horizon. I was not so prepared when my own world broke, though.
What does the healer do when he is the one in need of healing?
Maybe you find yourself in the
same place. Maybe you are the one who has always been in charge, the one to whom everyone else came when they had problems. Maybe you are the mom and dad who took care of life and found your fulfillment in keeping it all together for everyone else. Maybe you are the one who cared for the sick neighbor or relative or spouse and found your satisfaction in restoring other people’s broken worlds. Or maybe you’re like me. The guy with all the answers. Confident, secure in the future, in control of life and loving it all the more.
And then brokenness arrives and what life was supposed to be ends abruptly and with pain. What life was planned to be is no more and those who promised to be there through thick and thin are gone. What are you going to do now?
Cherubim and seraphim
Carrie Chaney, daughter of Van and Marjorie Chaney of New Braunfels, and Laura Cook, daughter of Ted P. and Kathy Cook of New Braunfels, will be performing in concert with the Baptist All-State Choir at the Myerson Center in Dallas on July 19.
More than 800 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Texas auditioned for the choir in February.
Carrie Chaney is a member of the varsity choir at Canyon High School, and Laura Cook is a member of the varsity choir at New Braunfels High School.
They are seniors at their respective schools. Carrie and Laura are coached by Wally and Sandra Black and are being sponsored by First Baptist Church of New Braunfels.
LOCAL CHURCH BRIEFS
Methodist ministers continue in ares appointments
Bishop Raymond H. Owen of San Antonio announced the ministerial appointments in Corpus Christi during the June 4 to 7 session of the church’s Southwest Texas Annual Conference Pastors with new assignments led their new congregations in worship for the first tune June 15.
The pastors continuing in the same appointments are Mark Deaton, Bulverde United Methodist Church; Albert Bell Clayton, Canyon Lake United Methodist Church; Virginia Livergood, Charlotte United Methodist Church; and Fred Frvin Martin, New Braunfels First United Methodist Church.
Bizar honored by Church off Christ
Emma Lou Bizer of New Braunfels was honored al the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, July 3 to 8, for work done in various ministries of the church. She is one of the members of the United Church of Christ.
Women off First Protestant present Christmas in July Bazaar
Join the women of First Protestant Church in its Family Life Center (entrance on Coll Street) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 for its annual Christmas in July Bazaar. Proceeds will go toward the various mission programs here and in other comers of the earth. Child care will be provided for shoppers.
The traditional lunch of potato soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage at $4.25 is a real bargain, so First Protestant invites friends and families from the community and the churches to join the church for a real treat. Before or after lunch, shoppers can get a jump on Christmas shopping, selecting from a wide variety of handmade items and delicacies such as:
• the bakery — many kinds of homemade breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, and pies (cream pies made the day of the sale);
• canned goods — homemade jellies, jams, pickles, fruits, etc.;
• stitchery — dish towels, pot holders, pillow
cases, and many unique, whimsical gifts for the home;
• decorations — seasonal (especially Christmas) and year-round decorative items;
• for children — clothing, crafted toys, crib linens;
• plants — variety depends on what is received.
First Protestant invites the community to help reach out to those in need. For mort information, call 608-9456.
First Church of Mazarsfio offers VSS
The New Braunfels First Church of the Nazarene, 1465 Interstate 35 East, will offer vacation Bible school, 6:30 to 9 p.m., July 28 through Aug. I, for grades K through 6.
This year’s vacation Bible school is titled “Adventures Unlimited,” featuring a safari tour through the promised land. The week will end with a hot dog cookout for the whole family.
For more information or pre-registration, call 625-0803
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McDonald spoke the truth ... "broken worlds are a significant part of living.”
What you do with your. broken world will determine the quality of life you will have. It is God who speaks through the' prophet Hoses about restoring broken worlds.
‘7 will bring* her into the wilderness ... I will give her vineyards from there, ”
And the Valley of Trouble will be a door of hope.
I do not know why our worlds break, but this I do know. God is always lovingly involved in the desire to restore. Whether our world breaks because of others or our own foolish choices, God’s desire is to give us vineyards in the desert and show us the door of hope in the dark valleys of hopeless living.
Are you in the Valley of Trouble?
Oswald Chambers said “God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.”
And just like my old rocker, the restoration that He works will be admired by all. Only a few will know what it took to be put back together. No one will fully understand the painful steps of restored living that you experience. But God does.
Because He is there with you. And He is the Master Restorer.
(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.)
Where it falls, there it shall lie
Have you ever moved? I mean really moved? I think I’m sort of an expert on the subject since I have moved both inter-state and intra-city. This is not something for which I am proud. I simply offer this to give credibility to the story I am about to tell.
A few weeks ago, some friends and I helped a family move across town. I sympathize with anyone who must go through the process of loading and unloading boxes, furniture and other items that don’t seem to have a convenient way to get from one place to another. As the morning passed, we were unloading the contents of the truck into the new residence and lo and behold, there was a waterbed! Now J own three of the things, and let me be the first to say that tearing down and setting up a waterbed ranks right up there with getting an enema. I really felt sorry for these people now.
As we carried in the frame, I jokingly quoted the verse from Ecclesiates 11:3 which says, “In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.” My attempt at humor was designed to highlight the fact that once you decide where the waterbed goes, there it shall stay! You can’t change your mind after the frame is down and the water’s in the mattress.
My friends and I returned to the truck to get another load of whatever we could carry. One of these men said to me, ’Tim, you have a Bible verse for everything!” While I was flattered by such a comment, I retorted to him that it just goes to show how incredibly relevant and practical the Bible is.
This kind of incident is not uncommon for people who read the
“Listen to Me, O My servant Israel, O My chosen ones: The Lord Who made you. Who will help you, says ‘O servant of Mine, don’t be afraid. O Jerusalem, My chosen ones, don’t be afraid. For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground, I will pour out My Spirit on your otfspnng, and My blessing on your descendants; and they will spring up among the graSs like poplars by streams of water.’
“ ‘Oh, that you had listened to My laws! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river, and great waves of righteousness. Yet even now, be free from your captivity! Leave Babylon, singing as you go; shout to the ends of the earth that the Lord has redeemed His servants, the Jews. They were not thirsty when He led them through the deserts; He divided the rock, and water gushed out for them to drink. But there is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’
“And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so tliat Israel is gathered to Him (for I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and My God shall be My strength), indeed He says, ‘It is too
small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should~be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ “Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him Whom man despises, to Him Whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers: ‘Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord Who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.’ Thus says the Lord: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; that You may say to the prisoners, “Go forth,” to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.” ‘They shall neither hunger nor thirst; the searing sun and scorching desert winds will not reach them any more. For the Lord in His mercy will lead them beside the cool waters.”
(Taken from Isaiah 44,48, 49, "The Living Bible, ” “The New American Standard” and “The New King James. ”)
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FLAT MOUNTAIN, W Va. (AP) — From a converted shed outside his farmhouse, the Rev. James B. Johnson is making plans affecting about 1.5 million worshipers in 5,823 churches.
Johnson, a retired Air Force officer and minister, was elected last month in Indianapolis. His two-year tem) begins in January.
Johnson, bom in Williamstown, attended Marshall University for a year and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1955. He entered Air Force flight school and eventually became a Hight instructor stationed in Mississippi.
After a few years, he resigned his commission and became a preacher, serving for 29 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Fairmont.
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SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — A student angered by her expulsion from a prestigious Roman Catholic university for spending nights with her fiance is taking her .grievance to court.
Aliya Peerzada, 23, is suing Thomas Aquinas College for invasion of privacy and civil nghts violations.
The suit seeks unspecified damages, legal fees and a permanent injunction barring the school from violating Peerzada’s civil rights.
“This is a unique suit,” said Andrew Koenig, her lawyer. “She enrolled in a college. She didn’t enroll in a convent.”
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Bible. People want to accuse me of knowing the Bible because I tyve a seminary education. I guess they feel that if they could’ve gone to seminary, they would know how to read the Bible for themselves. I eagerly answer this charge by declaring that while seminary taught me many things about the ministerial profession, it lent very little to my practical application of the Bible to my life. I did not have one professor who told me that when moving waterbeds, Ecclesiates 11:3 is the verse to know.
The point of this article is clear and simple. All people can read and understand the Bible, or at least most of it. (I allow some exception for Leviticus.) The truly outstanding thing is that the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer allows for consistent and practical application to any and all Scripture since it is He who inspired ifs contents. I gain personal instruction and inspiration as I regularly put the Bible in front of my eyes and READ. It is amazing how regularly this happens. Give it a try for yourself. I’ll go out on a limb (with my Bible, of course) to guarantee that you will draw life from the Bible as you read it with sincerity and openness.
(Tim Judkins is an associate minister at First Protestant Church in New Braunfels.)
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