“And you sold PayPal to eBay for how much?” 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asked entrepreneur Elon Musk. “It was about $1.5 billion. So that was a good outcome,” Musk replied in exquisite understatement. “This was the moment I noticed that Musk tends to talk about money in a dispassionate deadpan,” Pelley reports. “To him spectacular wealth is a data point that fails to fire his imagination. But when you talk about ideas, he sparks to life. The more far-fetched, the better.” In their early twenties Elon and his brother Kimball started Zip2, among the first to harness the internet and big data to offer door-to-door driving directions (the brothers kept their employees from realizing that the office was also their living quarters). After eBay, Elon’s vision swept wider to develop Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX, which became the fourth entity in history to orbit a spacecraft and return it safely to earth) and the electric car everyone’s talking about–Tesla. It’s been a wild ride, financially, but Pelley points out, “no matter what the future holds, Musk accomplished what he set out to do. By 2018 nearly all major automakers had announced development of electric models. . . . If you see SpaceX as a rocket company and Tesla as a car company, you’ve missed Elon Musk’s vision entirely. He created them to build vehicles to carry humankind to a future free of the hydrocarbons that cloud the thin wisp of blue we call an atmosphere.” (Adapted from Scott Pelley, “Truth Worth Telling,” p 211-223)
Open your Bible to the books of Numbers and Joshua and you’ll find another visionary: Caleb, son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite. Caleb’s story goes back to Numbers 13:30, when he and Joshua were the only two among twelve spies to bring a positive report when Moses sent them to scout out Canaan. “Let’s go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it,” Caleb urged. He had confidence in God! But Caleb’s position did not prevail. God’s judgment came upon the Israelites for their faint-heartedness. They would not live to see the Promised Land. “But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed me fully, I will bring to the land where he went, and his descendants shall inhabit it.” (Numbers 14:24) Forty-five years later, in Canaan at last at age 85, Caleb didn’t ask for lush valleys and grassy plains. “Give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:12) Caleb wanted to see God’s work in power! No easy places, where he might forget to seek God’s help! He wanted to enjoy all that God had promised him.
Here’s a sweet footnote: Caleb’s daughter Achsah and his son-in-law Othniel, who had helped him defeat the inhabitants of the land, inherited dry acreage. Achsah asked her father’s help, and Caleb gave them upper springs and lower springs so that their land could be productive. Are we so generous?
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach from Mark for the 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. David Mendoza will tell the children’s story, and Mickey Johnson will offer congregational prayer. Tony and Brittany Seery will provide worship music for first service, while the Keene Worship Band will bring second service worship and praise music. Pastor for Children and Family Ministries Travis Patterson will call for the offering, which will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations. During second service our Pastor For Youth, Carlos Pasillas, will recognize the baptisms of Celeste and Deandra Galvan. Travis Patterson will baptize Jasmine Walter during second service. Chad Hutchinson will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Elevate will not meet August 3-18. We will resume at 10:15 August 24 at our new location in the Sanctuary.
General church fellowship potluck is today after second service in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring plenty of entrees, veggies, desserts, and friendly conversation!
“Masterpiece” is today at 4:00 PM in the Annex! Bring a friend and join us on the first Sabbath of each month as we fellowship and paint together. Bring an 11 x 14 canvas if you have it. We always have extras if needed.
Keene Church Sing-along tonight! Please plan on joining us for a sing-along at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary celebrating all the blessings God has given us over the last year. We will also tell you about the work our church staff has been doing on the five-year vision and strategy for our church! You won’t want to miss this event!
Kayaking – is at 10:00 AM this Sunday! Check with Shari Harriss for details.
Motorcycle Breakfast Club meets this Sunday at 9:00 in the upper church parking lot. Have breakfast together and enjoy the ride!
Wednesday night Bible study – Prayer meeting is back! This Wednesday, Pastor James Winegardner will serve substantial spiritual food in the Chapel at 7:00 as we study “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness.” We’d love to have you join the feast!
Postum with a Pastor! Stop by Mountain Coffee on Thursday, August 8, at 4:00 PM, enjoy Postum or another delicious drink, and visit with Rick Weaver! Come again on August 22 to visit with Mary Ellen Winegardner!
May the Force be With You for our seniors continues this Friday (August 9) at 10:00 AM at the Annex. The class is a six-week class and meets each Friday. Bring your mobile phone or tablet and be prepared to have fun and learn how to effectively use them!
It’s Not Enough – Attention families! Please join us NEXT Sabbath evening for a dinner conversation. Our Family Table Talk series continues from 6:30 until 8:30 in the Fellowship Hall with more time for games, kids activities, and a panel discussion. We will examine how to carry Christ into daily routines at home. Bring your favorite picnic dish. Every family in attendance gets a free gift!
Appointed by Grace Concert – August 17 at 7:00 PM at the Chapel. Come prepared to be inspired and blessed by Southern Gospel Music!
Have you enjoyed our “Life Groups” on Wednesdays in July? Or, do you wish you hadn’t missed out? Fall “Life Groups” be announced soon! Watch for information!
Back-to-School clothes are needed – Several families in the community are looking for school clothes for their children as they get ready to go back to school in August. If you have any lightly used elementary school clothing that you’re willing to donate, please drop it by the church office or at Great Stuff.
Need Help? “Fishers of Men” (our Keene Church Men’s Ministry) is available to assist with yard work, small repairs, handyman work, etc. for those who are unable to complete those jobs themselves. Please call the church during regular office hours and state your need, contact information, and mention “Fishers of Men”.
Keene Adventist Elementary School is a ministry of Keene Church providing Christian education for children Pre-K through 8th grade. KAES offers music, technology, PE to round out a strong academic program. 817-645-9125.
- Principal Todd Coulter is available to visit with you today! Stop by to chat in the Gathering Place before and after each service. You can also request a meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org
- KAES will have an open house and parent night this Thursday, August 8, at 6:00 PM. This event is for everyone to see all the new improvements that have been made this summer. Teachers will also be hosting informational talks in their classrooms at 6:45 to help students and parents prepare for the upcoming school year. Join us at 6:00 PM for the KAES open house and stay for the Elementary and Middle School parent night at 6:45 PM.
- KAES Work Bee and pancake breakfast – We need your help. Please consider helping at the Keene Adventist Elementary School work bee this Sunday. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 8:00 in the school cafeteria followed by the work-bee from 8:00 to noon. There are jobs of all kinds that need to be completed before the school year starts.
Chisholm Trail Academy’s goal is to create a safe educational environment that fosters the development of a relationship with Jesus, promotes a life-long love of learning and service, and nurtures the optimal growth, potential, and character of each individual student. 817-641-6626.
Southwestern Adventist Universityis proud to be a part of the Keene Church family. The University’s family-oriented, Christ-centered atmosphere, supported by the Keene Church, offers the right environment for students to learn and grow. These attributes, sustained by strong academics with an emphasis on service and wellness, provide students with the tools necessary to obtain a degree and live a life of service. swau.edu.
- Come see A Lifetime of Landscapes by Lenora Payne at Chan Shun Centennial Library August 4-19. The free exhibit will feature watercolor and oil scenery paintings by the local award-winning artist. Info: 817-506-4713.
Job board – Check the job board for new opportunities posted this week!
Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” No sooner were the words out of His mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” Mark 9:23, 24 Message
“Jesus’ words do not mean we can automatically obtain anything we want if we just think positively. Jesus meant that anything is possible if we believe, because nothing is to difficult for God. We cannot have everything we pray for as if by magic; but with faith, we can have everything we need to serve Him. The attitude of trust and confidence that the Bible calls belief or faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6) is not something we can obtain without help. Faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9) No matter how much faith we have, we never reach the point of being self-sufficient. Faith is not stored away like money in the bank. Growing in faith is a constant process of daily renewing our trust in Jesus.” (Life Application Bible, Mark 9:23, 24)
Pray for God’s light to spark your own vision and the sight of all around us, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastor
Fear not, little flock, from the cross to the throne,
From death into life He went for His own;
All power in earth, all power above,
Is given to Him for the flock of His love.
Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe.
Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe.
Fear not, little flock, He goeth ahead,
Your Shepherd selecteth the path you must tread;
The waters of Marah He’ll sweeten for thee,
He drank all the bitter in Gethsemane.
Fear not, little flock, whatever your lot,
He enters all rooms, “the doors being shut,”
He never forsakes; He never is gone,
So count on His presence in darkness and dawn.