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West Oaks Church of God Newsletter for January 21, 2024

THE PROMISE OF PROVIDENCE

One of the oldest congregations in America, founded in 1638, still meets today in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence was founded by a Puritan theologian named Roger Williams, who, after advocating for the separation of church and state, was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636. The new community he founded was named Providence to recognize God's gracious direction in leading the Puritans to this site.

Providence is not a biblical word but has evolved into an idea that refers to God's rule over the affairs of His creation - similar to the biblical idea of God's sovereignty - God's righteous rule over the affairs of his people.

For example, God "changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings." (Daniel 2:21) And, in Christ, "all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17). Such an idea motivated Paul to write Romans 8:28 giving us confidence that God uses everything in our life for good-- "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Because God is good and sovereign, we can trust Him to work out His divine plans and purposes for creation - including His purpose for us.






Prayer Requests

Please remember to pray for Donna Scott, Melba Brown, Meina (Linnette's Sister), Ken (our steel guitarist) and his wife, Dave & Debbie Whitten's daughter, Sheralyn Boynton, Cephas & Billie Ann Goodman. Pray for our Pastor & wife, our teachers, and our West Oaks Academy. Also pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel.






DID YOU KNOW?
  • --In Damaged but not Destroyed, Pastor Michael Todd shares his spiritual path from trauma to triumph. He challenges the notion that our mistakes make us unworthy of God's love and offers spiritual guidance and encouragement to those on their own path to healing. Both honest and insightful, Pastor Mike encourages us to find solace in God and gives us the practical tools to accept God's healing hand.
  • --Anytime you need big answers to big questions, Jonathan Cahn is your guy. In his lat-est bestseller, The Josiah Manifesto, he tackles the most recent and very dramatic years of our lives in a sprawling exploration of ancient prophecies in connection to modern-day events. It's an entertaining and mind-blowing guide to the end of times and what the future may hold.
  • --After living near his daughter in North Carolina for a few years, Larry Campbell, orig-inally from Michigan, who attended our church in the past with his beloved wife Linda has now returned to Zellwood Station & West Oaks. Be sure and introduce yourself to him: he is the one with a warm hug and a smile on his face. Also, if you live in Zell-wood Station, want to golf or need a handyman, he is your guy.





QUIPS AND QUOTES
  • **Your teeth may be false, but always let your tongue be true.
  • **It would be nice if we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings.
  • **Freedom ends when it begins to deprive others of their freedom.
  • **The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in.
  • **Be friendly with the folks you know. If it weren't for them, you'd be a total stranger.
  • **Some folks are so far behind, the future is gone before they get there.
  • **The only way to multiply happiness is to divide it with others.
  • **Habits are like a soft bed, easy to get into but hard to get out of.
  • **Trash isn't made; it accumulates.
  • **Going to heaven is like riding a bicycle - you must either get on or get off.
  • **Modern homes have everything except low rent.
  • **Hell will be populated by two classes of people: those who will do anything and those who will not do anything.