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Archive for February, 2011

February Reflections

Monday, February 28th, 2011

As a short month draws to a close, I share some personal reflections.
The shortest month of the year has been shortened even more by the impossible weather that kept many homebound for the first week of February. We started February at home rather than in ministry travels since we flew home a day early from two delightful weeks of ministry in Michigan.
Our plans for the first Sunday of February had to be postponed–we attended our home congregation at Main and Oklahoma in McAlester that day. The church held morning worship only with the remaining “normal” activities for the day cancelled due to weather.
Our Sunday visit to the Iglesia de Cristo–Park Plaza in Tulsa was delightful, although we were saddened by the fact that the Davila family could not be present due to serious health condition (and eventual death) of Millie’s mother in New York. It is always a joy (and healthy challenge as I need the practice that keeps my language fresh) to teach and preach and fellowship in Spanish. We enjoyed an extended visit with Mike and Teresa Hawkins as we focused on numerous mission concerns. (We also enjoyed our visit that day to the deaf congregation at Park Plaza–see my blog of February 17.
About the middle of the month, we got to do our “grandparent thing” as our youngest grandson came to visit. He had an ear infection and could not go to school, so we nursed him back to some level of health. We took him home on Saturday as his mother and our daughter-in-law, Maria (Michael’s wife), graduated from the University of Phoenix with her bachelor’s degree. It was a proud day for her and the family.
I was privileged to preach at Main and Oklahoma on February 20–I spoke on the “Holy Spirit–Living Water Gushing Forth from Within Us.”
Our time with the Edmond church (Early Bird Class) was a special renewal of friendships. I taught the class on Luke 15, but had the privilege as I began of sharing the Baxter story. Our trip to the Oklahoma City area also included visits with John Wilguess, chairman of the Memorial Road mission committee, and visits on the campus of Oklahoma Christian as I checked in at the offices of the “Christian Chronicle” about some project details.
We also visited our good ministry friends, Don and Carol Vinzant, as Don was in the hospital, recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Please add Don Vinzant to your cancer prayer list. Before we left the City that night, we stopped for a brief snack at Braums and visited briefly with Lynn and Joy McMillon and with the Javier and his family. Javier is currently serving as minister to Hispanics at the Edmond church.
Yesterday, we worshiped with the North Side church in Mena, renewed friendships, and met with various leadership groups in consultations concerning future ministry planning for effective use of available ministry resources for outreach and growth. Our return home was relatively late, but we wanted to be home for an early morning hospital visit today. Remember Leo Utley in prayer as he has exploratory surgery. Leo is 94 years old, and most any surgery is major.

Stars to Steer By: The Whole Duty of Mankind

Friday, February 25th, 2011

My friend, Bob Smith, elder of the Edmond church, emails a “Thought for the Day”. Today I share his offering. If you would like more information on how to receive this daily inspiration, I will be happy to provide the connection.

“To be seeing the world made new every morning, as if it were the morning of the first day, and then to make the most of it for the individual soul, as if it were the last day–is the daily curriculum of the mind’s desire.” –John H. Finley

New Life Behavior: Update

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Yesterday I completed the video recording of an eighth study course in the New Life Behavior (NLB) materials. These materials are used primarily in prison ministry. I am working on this project in conjunction with NLB of Oklahoma and have now completed 105 lessons. (Each course has 13 lessons, except that one of the courses we have recorded had 14 lessons.)

For each one of the video lessons, NLB of Oklahoma does a first printing of 300 copies of the lesson materials, plus some additional study sheets which allow students to answer questions concerning the materials. Some quick math shows that the project has the potential for over 30000 student sessions. Because there are sometimes two inmates in a cell, and they can share the printed lesson materials when they receive individual study sheets, the impact of the recorded and printed materials is often doubled. Students view the videos when they attend a New Life Behavior course taught in the prison where they are housed.

In addition to the classes and studies which occur in various prisons in Oklahoma, the videos can also be broadcast on the closed-TV systems in many prisons, potentially reaching even more with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pray for this effort, for NLB of Oklahoma, for the work of NLBI generally, and for those who are imprisoned–especially those who are our brothers and sisters in Christ. [Oklahoma has a large percentage of the populated incarcerated, and leads the nation in the incarceration of women.]

Holmes Road Church of Christ–50th Anniversary

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Holmes Road Church of Christ in Lansing, Michigan will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on the weekend of March 17-20.
The church has a great history which includes the merger and integration of two congregations in the late 1960s. Strong commitments to local outreach and evangelism, mission work, and good works have characterized this church which has seemingly defied typical church life cycles and remains a strong presence in its community. Over the past month, four have been baptized through the work on campus, and as the church continues a strong multi-ethnic ministry.

You can read a brief history online: Holmes Road Church History.

Marriage Matters–A Good Deal

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

My friends, Jerry and Lynn Jones, are presenters of a dynamic workshop designed to strengthen marriages. Their website is
Marriage Matters.
They have a limited number of sets of their workshop/seminar available VHS format. If you could/would use the VHS tapes, especially if you are in a mission area, they would like to give away these sets.
You can obtain more information concerning their seminar at their website above along with contact information. I recomend the workshop–they will encourage, entertain, and edify those who attend while sharing memorable principles.
The shortcut to the free VHS tapes is to call Jerry at 636-936-1076.

A Letter to My Readers

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Dear Reader,
I am both amazed and pleased as I consider the impact of this site. For over 40 years I preached and taught weekly. I spent 25 years in full-time local ministry–20 of those years in two churches. Those two churches grew in marvelous ways with God’s blessing, one reaching a regular attendance of about 300 and the other a regular attendance of almost 400.
Following my years in full-time church work, my ministry turned toward Christian higher education where I spent about a dozen years working in undergraduate, and then graduate, ministry training. Along the way, I kept preaching and teaching, mostly in interim roles in churches that were “between ministers”.

When I reconstructed my website and added a blog a little over two years ago, I had no idea what would occur. I really thought I was writing for myself, archiving some of the materials I had written, and providing a place for the things I would write in the future. With God’s blessing, the extent of this ministry has reached around the world. In the last days of 2010, visits to the website over the last 2+ years passed 200,000. The number of page views during the same time was 558,000. I believe the impact is even larger because some of you write and say that you are using these materials in church bulletins and your own teaching and preaching.

Your interest motivates me and encourages me as I continue writing and posting. For the most part, I do not know who you are. You remain anonymous, and we are as the poet’s “ships passing in the night.” I pray for you insights and wisdom. I pray for you the ability to find God’s unique niche for you, and his will and way in your life, as we attempt to understand how he wants us to respond to his great love evidenced in the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross for our salvation.

I hope you know I stand ready to assist with that task as I can. I invite your comments and letters.

In the love of Christ, and in the Greatest Cause,
Bob Young

It’s Sunday Again: Gushing From Within Us

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I was recently asked to preach from the text in John 7:37-39, to say something about the living water that is promised to believers. I am pleased to be asked to say something about the Holy Spirit. It has been an overlooked, ignored theme in my fellowship. It is a topic I have not preached on often enough in local ministry.
According to the text, this living water is within us, and flows out of us. Jesus said that thirsty people can come to him and drink. By extension, we observe that the living water in believers today is for a world hungering for the truth. He says that streams of living water flow from within. Literally, the living water springs up powerfully from within us. In saying this, he was referring to the Holy Spirit which would later be given to those who believe in him. He also says that the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified, that is, he had not yet died on the cross.
This force and power, the stream of living water in us, is for the world. This is reason for prayer—prayer for the evangelism and mission of the church into the entire world. The purpose of God, and our purpose, is to carry to the world this living water. We carry it to the world only after making sure it is in us. Then we can carry it to the world which is thirsting for the truth.

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