Did you see last night’s twilight? Our sun’s sinking orb splashed geysers of color in a glorious salute to stars that blinked awake as we graciously spun toward darkness, sharing daylight with the other side of our planet “The heavens declare the glory of God,” says Psalm 19, “and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.” Psalm 19 is virtually peerless in its poetic power and theological depth, addressing God’s communication through both nature and His Law,says Donald Williams. . . . “Behind the primeval explosion of creation and behind the smoke and fire of Sinai is the loving heart of God seeking our hearts.” (Word Publishing) “The Bible claims that people can know God because He has chosen to reveal Himself and to unfold truths about Himself in words and deeds (2 Peter 1:16-21). The everlasting covenant, God’s promise/plan to all who believe in Messiah Jesus is the grand story line that unfolds itself across every sacred page. In both testaments, the same God offers the same salvation by the same Savior through the same actions.” (Lee Gugliotto, Review & Herald Publishing)
“Oh, how I love your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.
Your command makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is always with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers
because Your decrees are my meditation.” Psalm 119:97-99
“The more time that we spend in [Bible] meditation the deeper its truths are pressed into our lives. Meditation does for your soul what stain does for raw wood. If you are a woodworker you know that you have options when it comes to stain. You can pour stain onto a piece of unfinished furniture and immediately wipe it off. If you do this, the impact of the stain is slight. Stain that does not stay long does not make a significant change in the color of the wood. If, however, you take the stain and spend hours with a cloth rubbing it deep into the wood, the effect is entirely different. When you invest a significant time and ‘elbow grease’ the stain doesn’t just sit on the surface. The stain is pressed down deeply into the grain of the wood. As you spend time meditating on the truth of Scripture you are rubbing it deeper and deeper into your soul. You are deepening the patina of your life. You are taking on the hue of your Savior. You are becoming increasingly godly. And the results will be lasting.” (J. Kent Edwards, “Deep Preaching,” p. 97)
You’re invited to Southwestern’s vesper service at 7:30 in the Sanctuary this evening, when Adventist Theological Society President Dr. John W. Reeve will present “Modalist Arians and Trinitarians in Early Christianity.”
Our speakers this morning will all be world-renowned authors and professors assembled for the Trinity Conference hosted by Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Theology, in cooperation with Keene Church and the Adventist Theological Society. First service speaker at 9:00 in the Sanctuary will be Larry Lichtenwalter, President of Middle East University, whose topic is “Beyond Imagination: Life with the Triune God.” Matthew Tinkham, a pastor and a doctoral candidate, will speak for Elevate’s Middle Service at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall. For second service at 11:30 in the Sanctuary, Jiri Moskala, Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary Dean, will speak on “The Person of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament: Our Greatest Need.”
Music for both morning worship services in the Sanctuary will be provided by Southwestern Adventist University musicians. During second service Keene Worship Band will also bring worship in music. T’resa Weaver will tell the children’s story for both services. Sipho Ndebele will offer congregational prayer. Matthew Hanson will call for the offering, which will support Texas Vision. Chad Hutchinson will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young adults, don’t miss Elevate’s service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00! In addition to your guest speaker, you will enjoy lots of friendship!
It’s time to sign up for the April 20 Resurrection Pageant! Forms are available at the display in the lobby. We need actors, behind the scenes support and marketplace booths. Thanks for getting involved!
Attention Deaconesses! Please join us for Deaconess potluck and meeting today, 1:00 PM at Hopps Museum. Please bring your prepared and ready-to-serve dish. We look forward to seeing you!
Trinity Conference continues in the Sanctuary this afternoon, with Matthew Tinkham speaking on “Hierarchy and Subordination in the Trinity? The Biblical, Logical, Historical, and Theological Problems of Neo-subordinationism” at 3:00; Jiri Moskala speaking on “Toward the Trinitarian Thinking in the Old Testament” at 3:40; Larry Lichtenwalter speaking on “SPIRIT-to-spirit: The Living Reality of the Spirit’s Work Within” at 4:20; John Reeve speaking on “The Stoic View of the Spirit and the Spirit as a Personal Force” at 5:00; and a Panel Discussion with Guest Speakers and Religion Faculty at 5:40. Everyone is welcome.
Thanks to everyone who helped out at the food bank last week! We were able to serve over 160 families.
It’s about balance – a fall-prevention class – will meet 1:00-3:00 PM Mondays after our weekly community meal at the Annex, February 18 – April 8. Register at 1-877-847-9355 or TexasHealth.org/Classes.
Grief recovery – Meet every other Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Room 106. Sonia Vergel leads. firstname.lastname@example.org. Next meeting is February 26.
Church Board: Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 PM., in Southwestern Adventist University’s new Nursing Building.
Wednesday night Bible study – We invite you to our Chapel at 7:00 as James Winegardner explains Revelation 17, 18. Come and discover!
General church fellowship potluck will meet next Sabbath, March 2, in the Fellowship Hall after second service. Bring lots of your favorite food!
Attention Deacons! We will have a Deacon planning meeting at 3:00 on March 2 in the Fellowship hall (right after potluck).
“Masterpiece,” a class similar to “Painting with a Twist,” is brought to you March 2 at 4:30 in the Annex! If possible, bring your own 11×14 canvas.
From Hurt to Hope – death…divorce…depression… On Tuesday evening, March 5, at 7:00, come to the Annex for a grief recovery discussion with Bonnie Parnell, David Slee, Ingo Sorke, and Tony Torres. This grief support group meets at 7:00 PM the first Tuesday of every month in the Annex.
Mobile Health Clinic comes to Keene Church! Texas Health Huguley will offer free or low-cost healthcare services on the first Thursday each month as of March 7. 9:00-11:30 and 12:30-3:00. Info: 817-568-5378.
Bible School – “The Old me is passed, the New me is born.” – Student
Southwestern Adventist University
- Trinity Conference – SWAU is partnering with the Adventist Theological Society to host a Trinity Conference from February 21-23 in the Keene Church Sanctuary. All are welcome. Info: swau.edu/TrinityConference.
- The Navajo Missions Team is needing wide-mouth mason canning jars in these three sizes: 4 oz, 8 oz, and 12 oz for the spring break mission trip to Arizona. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the welcome desk through February 23.
- “Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012”is on exhibit in Chan Shun Library, Feb. 3 – March 1.
- SWAU offers two national tests normally available only on Saturday. SAT is March 10; register at collegeboard.org. ACT is April 14;registration act.org. Both tests at 10:00 AM, location TBA depending on number of registrants. 817-202-
Keene Adventist Elementary School
PreK enrollment is now open at KAES. If your child turns four by September 1, we invite him or her to be part of our KAES family. Visit our campus or call (817) 645-9125 to discover our PreK and Kindergarten programs. Visit us on the web, also, to learn more about our school and register: kaes4kids.com.
- Dr. Seuss Literacy Night is Feb. 28 @ 6:00 PM. During this event children will celebrate as they listen to Dr. Seuss stories and participate in a themed craft.
- Dr. Seuss Book Walk on March 1, 9:00-11:00 AM. Students will be grouped by grade level and rotate through read-alouds. Books will highlight Dr. Seuss for Read Across America Day.
Chisholm Trail Academy
Follow the trail home to CTA’s 51st Alumni Weekend March 29-30! Honor classes are: 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014. Info: alumniCTA@gmail.com, email@example.com, 817-658-9461.
Keene Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Health Fair, Job Fair tomorrow –Free! 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Leiske-Pultar gym. Health screenings, job search info, hearing van. Seminars on many topics. Bounce houses, balloon animals for kids. Food court. KAES Marimbas, Eden’s Echo Trio, SWAU Music, Alpha Worship Group. Visit and enjoy!
“Called to Serve” ASi SW Spring Convention is March 14-17 in Cleburne! Registration is now open. ASi membership is not required to attend. Info: asisw.org or (817) 219-5724. Early bird rates end March 7.
Triumphant Quartet will have you smiling, laughing, crying, encouraged and uplifted when you come to their powerful Gospel concert in our Sanctuary on Saturday night, March 16, at 7:00. Come early for a good seat!
FY 2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by February 28, 2019 – $511,872.00
Donations Received through February 16, 2019 – $467,918.00
Amount still needed this month – $ 43,954.00
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru Feb. 16, 2019 – $300,221.72
Amount still needed – $249,778.28
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Southwestern Union Conference Support – $ 75,000.00
Keene Church donations received through Feb. 16, 2019 – $228,918,94
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $315,120.79
Amount still needed (phase 1) – $130,960.27
Today: Texas Vision; Next week: Church Budget
“The ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold–than an abundance of pure gold;
and sweeter than honey – than honey dripping from the comb.” Psalm 19
“The psalmist discovers in his time of meditation what Ezekiel found out; that the Scriptures are delicious! It is a treat to be able to bite down on God’s ideas because we can chomp with confidence. Not only does God give us exactly what we need, but His ideas will never hurt you. On the contrary, they will enrich your life beyond your wildest imagination. In keeping them there is great reward! . . . Meditating on Scripture has been likened to a cow chewing its cud, and it turns out that the analogy works!” Texas dairy farmers know that dairy cows spend almost 8 hours a day chewing their cuds, which they have chewed multiple times already that day, for a total of almost 30,000 chews daily. “That’s a lot of chewing! While I prefer to eat my meals just once, we could learn a thing or two from our four-legged friends when it comes to Scripture. Too often we gulp down the truths of Scripture as quickly as 99-cent [vegeburgers] at a fast food joint. How much better off we would be . . . if we were to slow down and chew on the truth!” (ibid, Kent Edwards)
Enjoy a daily Bible banquet, Forever Family! Chew slowly, and enjoy every sweeter-than-golden-honey morsel!
Your Keene Church Pastors
My Mother’s Old Bible Is True
I’ve found that earth’s waters will ne’er satisfy,
I sought for refreshing and cheer;
Its cisterns were broken, its fountains were dry,
Its joys like the dews disappear.
My mother’s old Bible is true;
From cover to cover, all through!
A message of love,
‘Twas sent from above;
My mother’s old Bible is true.
I turned to the Bible, glad tidings I read,
Of rivers unfailing and bright;
Of Christ the Good Shepherd, who safely hath led
His flock by the streams of delight. [Refrain]
I read of the mercy that bought him to die,
To save guilty sinners like me;
That now he is living in glory on high,
My more than a brother to be. [Refrain]
Away with the fountains that shine but to mock,
Away with earth’s perishing toys;
I drink of the water that flows from the rock,
I feast upon infinite joys. [Refrain]