West Oaks Church of God Newsletter for August 07, 2022


When Todd Nettleton traveled to Ethiopia to interview victims of persecution, he was taken by a national evangelist to meet Pastor Haji, who serves in a dangerous area. Haji was glad to see his friend, the evangelist. Haji embraced the man and told Todd something surprising: "I used to beat him."

Before his conversion Haji led a radical Islamic group that attacked Christians, and he had beaten the Christian evangelist. In spite of the beatings, the evangelist didn't lash out, show resentment, or run from danger. He displayed such love and concern for his attackers that he eventually led some to Christ - including Haji.

Todd said "Lord, I choose to forgive this person, but I need Your help! Take from me the anger...Enable me, with Your supernatural power, to love this person."

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.

Persecution of Christians today revealed the following:

  • --A handful of rotten corn - a day in the life of 50,000 Christians in North Korean Prison camps.
  • --80 lashes and other brutal sentencing of Christians in Iran - China shuts down many of the Christian churches and tears down crosses.
  • These are not isolated events. Every month in our modern world:
    • --255 Christians are killed.
    • --104 Christians are abducted.
    • --180 Christian women are raped, sexually harassed, or forced into marriage.
    • --66 churches are attacked.
    • --l60 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned.


Pray for Teresa Parlier, Linnette Gayle, Barbara Minger and her mother, Rebecca, Len Hayles, Cephas and Billie Ann Goodman, Rev. Gene Rice, Jackie Freeman, Patty Bucharan, Remember also to pray for our Pastor and the West Oaks School.

  • --Tomorrow school begins and our teachers are busy with getting their classrooms ready for the students.
  • --Shirley Davis and her sister, Melba are still in Virginia helping their cousin as he begins his new pastorate.
  • --The Global Methodist Church - a new, theologically conservative denomination - was formally launched May 1, emerging after decades of rancorous debate over the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ. The United Methodists,the liberal wing of the church, would like to extend full rights to LGBTQ people; conservatives adamantly oppose it.

  • **Did you ever notice - when you put the two words 'the' and 'IRS' together, it spells 'theirs'!
  • **A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
  • **A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
  • **Man's way leads to a hopeless end, God's way leads to an endless hope.
  • **Spend your years ripening instead of rotting.
  • **The best things in life aren't things.
  • **Never iron a four leaf clover because you don't want to press your luck.
  • **No one is too bad to go to church; neither is anyone too good to stay away.
  • **Question: When is baseball mentioned in the Bible?
    • **Answer: When Rebecca walked to the well with a pitcher.
  • **When you stop to think, don't forget to start again.
  • **There are two kinds of grace: disgrace and God's saving grace.
  • **Keep your temper: no one wants it.