West Oaks Church of God Newsletter for January 15, 2023


Are you carrying around a heavy burden?

That is what a bull elk in Colorado did, who somehow stuck his head into an abandoned car tire and got it caught around his neck. As his antlers grew, the tire was impossible to shake off. He was tracked for two years as he wandered around "tired." His heavy rubber necklace weighed him down day and night. Finally, wildlife officials were able to find and tranquilize him. They removed the heavy weight from his neck before releasing him back into the wild, free at last.

The Lord knows how much we can carry, and He knows how to lift the burdens from our shoulders at the right time. We can cast all our cares on Him, knowing He will care for us in His timing, in His will, and in His way.

How easy it is to go through life worrying about everything! How many of us are carrying too much weight on our shoulders when we should let the Lord remove those burdens. There is a God, a Savior, a Holy Spirit, a Bible, an eternal city, and a sure and certain hope. God loves us perfectly and perfect love casts out fear. Instead of worrying, try worshiping. A song of praise does so much to drive out the worries and woes of life. Try singing this song throughout the day:

  • All of my burdens went rolling away,
  • Rolling away, rolling away,
  • All of my burdens went rolling away,
  • Down at the Savior's cross.


Donna Scott, Jackie Freeman, Len Hayles, Ruby Messer, Cephas & Billie Ann Goodman, and Larry Campbell (cancer). Remember also to pray for our Pastor and wife, our teachers, the West Oaks School and the Peace of Jerusalem.

  • --Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. day, a national holiday.
  • --Sis. Rebeccah Williams has been in the hospital with pneumonia but is home and gaining strength, day by day.
  • --The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia.
  • --Jackie is planning on signing the papers this coming week for her new home in Zellwood Station. She had to be hospitalized this week for an accident that hurt her back.
  • --Russell Guthrie is able to provide maps for people that hunt deer and pinpoint the deer on the map. He is always busy with a project that he works on and this was a big hit!
  • --The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair itself.
  • --Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.

  • **A grouch thinks the world is against him - and it is.
  • **Turn your mess into a message.
  • **Fears, not years, make us old.
  • **You need hope to cope.
  • **You weren't put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.
  • **What is missing from CH__CH?............U........R!
  • **Some doctors believe in the shock treatment - mailed out the first of every month.
  • **It used to be hard to find a needle in a haystack, but now it's just as hard to find one in a womans's hand.
  • **The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not do.
  • **Hatred is like a rifle with a plugged barrel. The backfire can be much more dangerous than the shot.
  • **Some people suffer in silence louder than others.