WHAT’S NEW AT PARKWAY DRIVE?

What’s New at Parkway Drive ?

Two new opportunities are available at Parkway Drive and in this article I am excited to tell you more about them.  First of all, the ladies of the congregation have a new opportunity to get together on Wednesday evenings for a Ladies Only Bible Study.  This class will begin meeting in the fellowship hall at 7:00pm for an encouraging time in study together.  Sandra Medley is the facilitator with her and others bringing the weekly lessons.

For the men of the congregation, we invite you to plan to be a part of a Men’s Only Study entitled, “Rise Up Parkway Brothers”.  This will be going on at the same time as the Ladies Class, only the men will meet in the Auditorium beginning October 19th.  We are praying for and calling upon for God to bring forth male Teachers, Song Leaders and new Leaders at Parkway Drive.  I ask for you to join with us in praying that God will do so.  However, as is the case in most prayerful petition, we’ve got to do our part. Jason Freed will be the facilitator of this class with Kelvin Wells and Tim Norman assisting with the teaching.  The following are the dates, Teachers and Subjects to be addressed.

October 19th  –  Jason Freed – Who Me ? – A look at men of the Bible who were called to serve.

October 26th – Kelvin Wells – Preparing to Teach – Guide us through simple step by step methods of teaching the Word of God using parables.

November 9th – Tim Norman – Teaching Resources – Guide us through how to select a topic, teaching study guide, and along with the Bible present an effective adult Bible Class Lesson.

November 16th – Jason Freed – Preach the Gospel – Guide us through how to prepare a 20 minute sermon using an outline.

November 30th – Kelvin Wells / Tim Norman – Leading Singing – Kelvin will present information on organizing a song service.  Tim will present the basics on reading music.

December 7th – Jason Freed – Put It Into Practice –  4 men will present 5 minute lessons and 10 men will each lead 2 verses of a song.

December 14th – Jason Freed – Why Serve ? –  An introduction to the duties of deacons and how deacons can benefit the church along with Biblical Qualifications of Deacons.

December 21st  – Jason Freed – Lead, Don’t Drive – An introduction to the duties of elders and how elders can benefit the church along with Biblical Qualifications of Elders.

As you can tell by the dates, there will be some interruptions for the first Wednesday devotionals as well as the upcoming holidays.  On January 4th, we will go back to classes as usual, hopefully drawing one or more men from this study to begin teaching on Wednesdays in the auditorium.

I welcome your thoughts and comments..

Kelvin

Rejoice!

Often, when reading the Bible, we find this word (Rejoice) it sounds great doesn’t it? A life of rejoicing… As we think on this, it is safe to say this is very desirable, we all want to have joy filling our lives. So why don’t we allow this joy to fill us? Honestly, we get in the way; we don’t allow God’s blessings and His joy to be a dominating factor in our lives. When we truly grasp His love for us and His provisions the reaction we will have will be only to rejoice. We, as His children, need to take shelter in our God. We need to allow Him to tuck us in with His protection. Focus your mind on the way, God blesses the godly to notice how He surrounds His people with His shield of love.
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Psalms 5:11-12 NKJV
Not only does the Psalmist tell us the secret and the joy we have as being God’s people to (rejoice), but our brother Paul also says, we are to be a people who rejoice and where our rejoicing should be. Our rejoicing is in the Lord. Paul gives a list of names of those who he worked with and who’s names are in the book of life, meaning they are blessed by God and in Christ (saved). Paul then says “Rejoice in the Lord and again I say rejoice!” Philippians 4:3-4
As we go throughout the rest of the week, take time to dwell on as the Psalmist had a focus on: the protection, provisions and the love our Father showers us with and (REJOICE!)
I cant wait to see you!
Jason Freed

FROM PARKWAY DRIVE TO COOPER!

It was a good work!  The gospel had been spreading and advancing.  Acts 11:21 tells us, “The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”  A few verses later, it was at this church that disciples were first called Christians.  The last verses of the chapter illustrate the love flowing through the congregation, as they generously gathered a gift of help for the saints in Judea, who were going through a famine.  This church was a wonderful example to the entire brotherhood of peace in the midst of diversity.  They worked together in harmony, despite the fact most of them were Gentiles.  In Acts 13:1, it even appears one of their main leaders, Simeon, was an African.  The Antioch congegation had a lot going for it.  It was destined to become, for awhile, the largest assembly of God’s people, anywhere on earth.

Yet, in the midst of this success, Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit tapped on the shoulders of Barnabas and Saul, saying He was calling them to another work.  Without hesitation, they made preparations to embark on what we sometimes call The First Missionary Journey.  Not only did the two of them exhibit this pioneering spirit, but the church backed them in the decision.  With prayer and fasting the brethren laid hands on them and sent them off.  The result, over the next chapters, was Christ’s kingdom in places it would not have been, otherwise.

In similar fashion, Melody and I are leaving Parkway Drive, today.  There is other work to be done and other places where we are more needed than in your midst.  As we depart we ask for the same prayers Barnabas and Saul received so many centuries ago.  We, in turn, will pray for you.  As the Antioch church continued to prosper in the absence of Barnabas and Saul, we pray the congregation here will also continue to move forward.  As we leave, we challenge all members to take just one step forward.  The hole left behind will quickly fill if each individual begins to do just one act of service you have not been doing before.  We love you!  May God bless Cooper and may God bless Parkway Drive!

— Monty Huffman

Open The Eyes of My Heart, Lord!

Psalms 119:17-24

This week’s challenge from last Sunday night sermon was to read Psalms 119. As we read it, it is my prayer that the heart of the writer moves us to thinking like him. I would like to share one of the passages that has really encouraged me and my prayers. I have listed it below. I hope you have been blessed as you have read Psalm 119 this week.

“Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times. You rebuke the proud—the cursed, who stray from Your commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt, For I have kept Your testimonies. Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.” Psalms 119:17-24 NKJV

Open my eyes Lord, sometimes I feel I’m walking around like a blind man. Have you ever felt that way? If so, may our thinking be transformed into what we see here from the Psalmist. We are to be transformed by renewing our minds by the Word of God.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

Let’s continue on the path of allowing God to open the eyes of our hearts so we can see like He sees.

I can’t wait to see you!

Jason Freed

REVIVE US AGAIN!

Totally unacceptable! How sad to see such complacency among God’s people! Israel, though back from Babylonian captivity 90 years, now, had still not restored order. It took the labors of Haggai and Zachariah to even convince Judah to rebuild the temple, then they quit! So, God sent Ezra to put the priesthood in order, along with proper sacrifices and feast days. That done, they quit again! Now, the Lord was sending his servant, Nehemiah, as governor to finally build the walls of Jerusalem and set the gates. His leadership led not only to amazing building succes, but to further spiritual revival, as well.

Saints are still constantly in need of that kind of revival! Complacency is as much a temptation as in Bible times. It was great to have a Revival Sunday, this past weekend! Pray we may continue to have a visionary leadership that calls us ever onward. We must refuse to quit working! In Nehemiah‘s book, we read how the walls were completed in record fashion due to almost 100% participation from the people. Parkway has the same need, today! I encourage you to fill out the Involvement Form, handed out Sunday. Those who left early, get a form in the foyer, fill it out and get it back to the elders.

The Book of Nehemiah has one really sad verse. In 3:5, among the excitement and eager cooperation, we read how nobles from the city of Tekoa refused to put their shoulders to the work. Almost 2500 years later their memory is still emblazoned in infamy in the Word. I don’t want my name next to theirs. It is time to each do our part. Neh. 3:8 is another interesting verse. Hananiah, a perfume-maker by trade, became a wall-builder for the God! Four verses later, Shallum was building, helped by his daughters. Everyone, both men and women, old and young contributed to the project. In Neh. 3:30, Meshullam may not have been quite as youthful and vigorous as others, but scripture records how he did what he could. He “made repairs opposite his living quarters”. Even if I have to work from home, there is a place for me in the kingdom of the Lord. Let us all get busy! Lord, revive us again!

— Monty Huffman

I’M STARVING!

We have all heard it haven’t we, maybe even have said it, once I heard one of our kiddos say, “Mom, dad, I’m starving! And there is nothing to eat!” It wasn’t very long after that, Natalie went into the kitchen and whipped up a delicious meal. So really, there was plenty to eat, they just weren’t willing to do the work to enjoy a great meal.

We just had our Revive Us Again Sunday and Parkway On Parade, we saw the fruit of our labor. I’m sure you can join me in saying, “we are so blessed with being a part of such a great congregation, a congregation with intentionally providing the spiritual food needed for the soul”.

On Wednesday night, we had a toe stompin’ devotional, lead by one of our shepherds Tim Norman. As he talked about the Beatitudes, he mentioned the verse from Matthew 5:6, which says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”.

As I asked earlier, we have all heard someone say, “I’m starving” and I’m quite sure we have all said it. Have you ever heard any one apply that to their spiritual appetite or their spiritual hunger? I know we get hungry both physically and spiritually. When you get hungry, you make sure you have the things you need days before the hunger finds you. The same applies to our spiritual food. Prepare before hunger pains hit. Just as you set a food budget, set a time budget to spend time in the Word and make sure to head over to 3120 Parkway Drive. Dig into the feast of the Word of God. You don’t want to find yourself saying IM STARVING!

I can’t wait to see you!

Jason Freed

BARKING AT TREES!

Though scarcely twelve inches tall and not even weighing that many pounds, in his eyes he is the mightiest hunter to ever stride the earth.  He is a dog.  His name is Moose and he lives at our house.  We regularly come home to a living room full of feathers.  The other day my wife had to wash the bed lenins because she awoke from a nap to find a dead rat lying beside her.  Ally cats all over town know better than to stray into our back yard.

What Moose likes to hunt best of all, however, are pesky squirrels.  He can’t stand to stay inside more than fifteen seconds before bounding out back, head raised high, eagle eyes scanning our pecan trees for any sign of movement.  You know when he has spotted one of the varmints by his frantic and at times seemingly incessant barking.  In fact, he often barks, squirrel or no squirrel.  His hunting philosophy seems to be, “If you bark at enough trees, sooner or later you will catch a squirrel!”

While the yapping can sometimes be annoying, I can’t help but admire his obvious devotion to the hunt.  That kind of dedication is something we could use in the church, today, when it comes to the search for souls.  The truth is we don’t win more people to the Lord, because our hearts are not in it.  We could use a few Mooses in our congregation.

One of our important purposes, as Christians, is to bring others into the fold.  This takes persistence!  In Luke 14:23, the master giving a banquet ordered his servants to go out and “compel” people to come in.  We may not want to be quite like little Johnny, who came home disheveled and bruised with a black eye.  Mom asked what happened.  He said he’d been convincing the neighbor, Billy, his religion was the right one.  While we can’t pummel people into the church, we need to be more aggressive.  Ezekiel was told to speak to Israel, “whether they listen or don’t listen”.  May the Lord grant us that kind of determination, this week, as we invite folks to our Revive Us Again Sunday.  Please join me as we get out and bark at a few trees!

– Monty Huffman

RUN

As we look back on our nation and the world’s history, we find books and books written about successful men and women that have accomplished amazing things. We are recipients of some of their great accomplishments: electricity, automobiles, planes, boats and the list goes on and on. As children, when we are taught about these men and women, passions are fueled and we start to dream about how some day we can impact and change the world like they did. We then finish our studies and step out into a life of work, work, work…hoping for the day to come.
God is able to use us to change the world, not only make life better here, but change the eternity of many. I once had a neighbor, who also my brother in Christ, set his mind on finding Saul (of the Bible). He made it his goal to seek after the next “Saul of Tarsus”, a person that would change the world and eternities of many. Not only do we benefit from the inventions of those who lived before us, but we benefit much more from the ones who boldly spoke of Jesus and His saving grace. It is said that Thomas Edison failed nearly 1000 times trying to make the light bulb, and when asked about it he said, “I didn’t fail, I figured out 1000 ways how not make the light bulb”. That’s a very positive way to look at things isn’t it?
We are meeting at the building every Sunday morning and every Sunday night. We even meet on Wednesday night to prepare ourselves to be stronger men and women of God. As we go through-out the week, we are faced with our many failures. Don’t lose heart! “Run”, run the race set before you and you will change the world. You will impact the eternities of many. Don’t forget Sunday is “Revive Us Again Sunday“.  Let’s run together!!! “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.”
I Corinthians 9:24 NKJV

I can’t wait to see you!

Jason Freed