Holy Scripture excels all branches of learning in the very way it speaks; for with one and the same expression, while it recounts history it utters a mystery. – Gregory the Great
Translated into thousands of languages, the Bible is the most influential book ever published. The English King James Version was the culmination of centuries of work by various translators, from John Wycliffe, the fourteenth-century catalyst of English Bible translation, through the tribulations of his successors, including William Tyndale, who was martyred, Miles Coverdale, and others who came to bitter ends. In 1604 a committee of 54 scholars, “the flower of Oxford and Cambridge,” completed for King James the volume that would shape English literature, speech, and thought for centuries. English historian Macaulay wrote of their version, “If everything else in our language should perish, it alone would suffice to show the extent of its beauty and power.” To this day the KJV’s common expressions such as “labor of love,” “a thorn in the flesh,” ‘the root of all evil,” ‘the fat of the land,” “the sweat of thy brow,” “to cast pearls before swine,” and “the shadow of death” are heard in everyday speech. The impact of the English Bible on law and society was profound. In time, the new world of ideas it inspired spread across the Atlantic to America, and eventually, like Wycliffe’s sea-borne scattered ashes, all the world over, “as wide as the waters be.” (Adapted from Benson Brodrick, “Wide as the Waters,” cover jacket)
But have you read your Bible? Really read it? J. Kent Edwards recommends that with the Holy Spirit’s leadership (don’t begin without enlisting the Spirit!), you examine the text as you would a peach, separating it into four components. First, there’s the skin (larger context) surrounding your text. . . . Then, look for the peach / text’s flesh (broad topic)–divorce? nuclear warfare? prayer? Be sure to identify the topic before you proceed farther. . . . After that, discover the seed (the subject). What is the author saying about the topic (Why do we pray? When should we pray?) . . . Finally, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the pit, which completes the subject. The seed and the pit are organically connected and are found within the flesh of the text. (Adapted from Edwards, “Deep Preaching,” p. 69, 70)
Have you wondered why, when the Pharisees asked questions of Jesus, He so often inquired, “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Strolling confidently through their orchards of knowledge, had the Pharisees forgotten that there’s more to the fruit than its skin?
Our Pastor for Administration, Rick Weaver, will preach about “Finding Peace” during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Chisholm Trail Academy students Kayla Anderson, Alaethea Galvan, Chris Adams, Lexi Bradwell, David Mendoza, Eden Samaniego, and Rachel Sousa will provide our music for both services. Alaethea Galvan will read John 16:33 for Scripture. Bo Just will tell the children’s story. Student Pastor Matthew Hanson will call for the offering, which will support Texas Vision, and Mary Ellen Winegardner will offer congregational prayer. During second service, Student Pastor Hazel Marroquin and Children and Family Ministries Pastor Travis Patterson will recognize the baptisms of Kylan Cappers and Landon Hopps, who were baptized at Cleveland State Park last week. Glen Robinson will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Pastor Michael Gibson will continue his series on “Uncertain Faith” in The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. Is your faith becoming more and more certain throughout this series? We know you’re enjoying Elevate’s great music, too!
Youth, don’t miss our Upper Room Social tonight, 7:00! Then, next week: Friday Nite Live meets at 7:30 November 2; UR potluck convenes after church on November 3; and Youth Service Day springs into action at 3:00 PM November 3.
Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet on October 31. Enjoy Starfest with our Keene community!
General church General church potluck will be held in our Fellowship Hall after second service next Sabbath, November 3. Bring plenty of delicious food, garnished with thanksgiving, praise, and friendship!
A memorial service for Audrey Papke, Donna Read’s mother, will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 5:00 next Sabbath afternoon, November 3.
“Masterpiece,” a class similar to “Painting with a Twist,” will be brought to you by your Women’s Ministry on Sabbath afternoon, November 3, at 4:30 in the Annex. If possible, kindly bring your own 11 x 14 canvas!
Church Business Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8:30 PM, Chapel.
Veterans: During worship services on November 10, we will recognize our veterans, active service, those lost in action, and their families. Please send a picture of yourself in uniform to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put it on the honor roll. Please put your name with it so we make sure we have the right name. For those who are able, please wear your uniforms.
Keene Adventist Elementary School
- Come to our annual Pine Car Derby fundraiser on November 4, with prizes and plenty of good food! 817-645-1925.
Southwestern Adventist University
- Today, in the first lecture of the new Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series, Jared Wood, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at SWAU, will speak on “Conservation: God Cares and We Should Too.” 4:00 PM in the Mabee Center.
- Enactus club hosts a healthy living and gardening seminar on Monday, October 29, 4:00-6:00 PM at the Greenhouse across from the radio station. Take a Greenhouse tour!
- The University will host its annual Missions and Service Fair to highlight organizations that focus on serving others. Come out on November 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM in the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium for dynamic speakers, wonderful music, and to get to know your local and international Missions Organizations.
- Gary Edwards concert – November 3, 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary!
- SWAU’s annual Department of Music Bachtoberfest concert highlights the music of Bach and his contemporaries in fun and creative ways. Join us at Mabee Center October 29, 7:30 PM.
- Acrofest, featuring gymnastics teams from around the US, will be hosted at the SWAU Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on November 10 at 7:00 PM. Tickets: acrofest.swau.edu.
Chisholm Trail Academy
- Watch for our student musicians leading out in church today!
Men, register now for the life-changing “Give Me This Mountain!” Men’s Summit at Lake Whitney Ranch, Nov. 8-11. Join hundreds of men from across the conference to hear inspiring messages from Dr. Neal Nedley and others. Attend breakout sessions on finance, health, stress, family and relationships. Canoe, ride horses, hike, and more! Register now at texasadventistmen.org. For local day rate: (936) 419-6224
Thank you for supporting our “No Dough for Bo” air conditioning fundraiser, and for remembering our Keene Adventist Elementary School gymnasium project!
FY 2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by October 31, 2018: $255,936.00
Donations Received through October 20, 2018 – $203,511.07
Amount still needed this month – $ 52,424.93
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received through Oct. 13 – $207,719.87
Amount still needed – $342,280.13
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Keene Church KAES gym commitment (phase 1) – $300,000.00
Keene Church KAES gym donations received through Oct. 13 $199,219.41
Amount still needed to fulfill church commitment – $100,780.59
Today’s offering: Texas Vision
Next week: Keene Church Ministries and Operations
Eugene Peterson, who wrote the contemporary Bible translation “The Message,” passed away this week. In the preface to his translation in the language of today, Peterson says that when he began (at age 70!) working on the project he often felt that he was walking through an orchard at harvest time, plucking fully formed apples and peaches and plums from laden branches. “There’s hardly a page in the Bible I did not see lived in some way or other by the men and women, saints and sinners, to whom I was pastor–and then verified in my nation and culture,” he said. Peterson noticed that nobody seemed to care much about the Bible, and many knew virtually nothing about it, had never read it, and weren’t interested in learning. Or they were so familiar with the text that it had gone flat for them. So he enlisted language that we use to gossip and tell stories, give directions and do business, sing songs and talk to our children. Here’s how he translated portions of 1 Peter 1:
“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God . . . Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,
The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.”
Eugene Peterson’s final publication was entitled “Eat This Book.” As you head to the table, keep the Holy Spirit close while you savor the full fruit of God’s Word!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Holy words long preserved
for our walk in this world,
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh, let the ancient words impart.
Words of life, words of hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam
Ancient words will guide us hone
Ancient words, ever true
Changing me, and changing you
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.