West Oaks Church of God Newsletter for January 14, 2024


Talk about "cleanup"! A truck in Memphis hit a retaining wall and crashed, spilling its entire load of Bertolli Alfredo sauce. The road was closed as workers struggled to clean up the sticky, high-calorie sauce, and the thousands of broken glass jars.

We all make messes, don't we? Remember the time you dropped the pizza upside down on the kitchen floor? What about the time the garbage bag broke before you got it into the bin? Or that awful moment you opened your mouth and said something impulsively?

Sometimes we make a mess spiritually yielding to temptation, neglecting our devotions, losing our temper, engaging in a habit we know is displeasing to our God. We need to guard our heart carefully and repent of sins promptly. We should also remember that God doesn't stop loving us when we mess up. At times we might think that God's love for us stops when we sin, but that's not true. He compassionately loves us despite our imperfect nature. God loves you today unconditionally and loyally, but He says obedience is better than sacrifice.

Remember the old song that says:

  • Trust and Obey, for there's no other way
  • To be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey.
Thank Him today for His compassion and love: seek to please Him always.

Psalm 51:1 says "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness & according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

To know the Bible is to know God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Prayer Requests

Please remember to pray for Donna Scott, Meina (Linnette's Sister), Stacey Bobbitt, Jackie Freeman, Ruby Messer, Sheralyn Boynton, Cephas & Billie Ann Goodman. Pray for our Pastor Tommy and wife Teresa, our teachers, our West Oaks Academy, and for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel

  • --For those who live in Zellwood Station and have Opticaltel as their server, Channel 260 (TBN )and Channel 258 (TBN Inspire) plus Channel 45 have wonderful religious programs to watch.
  • --Fill your minds with good positive thoughts and you will have happier days.
  • --So good to see the Senior Parliers back today as they have been battling sickness for a few weeks.
  • --Also glad Jeff and Jill Hanson are back home safely from North Dakota where they spent the holidays with their new grandson (1st) and family. If you have not met them, make a point to do so today. (Jeff was our angel in our Christmas musical event.)
  • --Teresa (Pastor's wife) is having a birthday on the 30th of this month.
  • --So nice to have the Messer's daughter, Teresa, and her husband from Crossville, Tennessee with us last week. She always adds to our Praise Team.
  • --Pastor has been battling sickness this past week (not Covid), so needs our prayers for his continued health.
  • --Please let Joyce know by e-mailing her at if you want to be placed on the prayer request list or our upcoming prayer chain. We also have a sign-up sheet in the foyer for the prayer chain.

  • **Some people never do anything "on time" except buy.
  • **Freedom is not the right to do as you please but the liberty to do as you ought.
  • **If you need an excuse, see the preacher; he has heard more than anyone.
  • **Staring up to admire your halo is certain to create a pain in your neck.
  • **God gives us our relatives but thank the Lord we can choose our friends.
  • **Farmers don't "go to work." They wake up each day surrounded by it.
  • **Everybody wants to talk, few want to think, and nobody wants to listen.
  • **Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
  • **Don't be unhappy if your dreams never come true, just be thankful your nightmares don't.