Sprawled on a lumpy mat in his tent by night, exhausted from slogging all day under the desert sun to the tune of whining nomads, what do you suppose relieved Caleb’s slumber-defying angst for forty grueling years, cheering him into a few hours’ rest? Did his mind’s eye sweep over a mountain where giants roamed, overlooking magnificent, fruited plains that flowed with milk, honey, and heavy bunches of succulent grapes? Did he hit memory’s rewind button for the umpteenth star-washed night and hear Moses’ solemn promise: “Surely the land of Canaan where you were just walking will be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God” (Joshua 14:9)? Did his own confident young-man’s voice reverberate in memory through the years, asserting–supported by Joshua: “Let’s go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it!” (Numbers 13:30) Did he remember that, when forty-five years ago 10 of the 12 scouts entrusted with evaluating Canaan were afraid of the giants’ military might, God denied the Promised Land to all except Caleb and Joshua, saying, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it” (Numbers 14:24)?
The day of promise finally dawned! God allowed His people to cross the Jordan River into Canaan. Caleb lives to see the covenant fulfilled. The very land most peopled with the giants is the land that Caleb wants. Asserting that he was just as strong for war now as he’d been 45 years ago, he claimed the Lord’s help to defeat the giants and possess the land. “Give me this mountain,” he told Joshua. “It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I’ll be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:12) . . . Later, blessed with success, Caleb even gifted part of his land to his daughter and son-in-law, who had helped him defeat the inhabitants of the land. (What a contrast with those of us who keep the best for ourselves.) . . . “I don’t know what vows you’ve made, what commitments of life are yours. And you and I do not know what vows the people with whom we are communicating have made to God. But we do know that the Lord has committed Himself to us and to all those who have repented of sin and put their trust in Jesus Christ. . . . At the same time, we need to remember that God doesn’t promise immediate results. Over half a lifetime later, at age eighty-five, Caleb received tangibly that which he had trusted God for all those years.” (John Huffman, Mastering the Old Testament, Vol. 6, p. 205-206)
C.S. Lewis had some thoughts about our paltry expectations of what God would love to do for us: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses”)
In our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will continue his series on Mark. Sofia Lauterbach will present our Scripture reading, and Student Pastor Eliab Quinones will tell the children’s story. Young Adults Pastor Michael Gibson will call for the offering, which will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations. Jorge Velez will offer congregational prayer. Peter Choque and Trent Muse will provide two beautiful musical compositions. Donna Spotts will minister at the organ, accompanied at the piano by her grandson, Pastor for Communication Devin Grady. Our Children’s and Family Ministries Pastor, Travis Patterson, will dedicate Nolan Cayden Kennedy during second service. Peter Choque, Hania Correa, Myrhawell Inocenciao, Trent Muse, Nu Pham, and Chelsea Zabala will comprise our second service praise team. Chad Hutchinson will serve as Deacon in Charge.
At The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 our Pastor for Young Adults, Michael Gibson, will preach about uncertain faith. We all need more certainty in this complex world, so be sure to come and get it, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, this Sabbath!
General church fellowship potluck is today after second service in the Fellowship Hall. Bring extra food and lots of love and friendship!
“Masterpiece” is today! This art class is similar to “Painting with a Twist,” brought to you by your Women’s Ministry on the first Sabbath of every month at 4:30 in the Annex. If possible bring your own 11×14 canvas.
Visitation Committee will meet at 5:30 this afternoon, October 6, at 217 Mistletoe Lane in Keene. All are welcome!
Keene Worship Choir will sell their signature Veggie Burgers on Sunday, October 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Adventist Book Center parking lot. Come have lunch with us, or carry some healthy, delicious burgers home! Thank you for your support as we plan for Christmas!
We’ve started a new Wednesday night Bible study! Be with us at 7:00 PM in the Chapel! Pastor James Winegardner is guiding us from Revelation 1:1, “The revelation of Jesus Christ,” to “‘Yes, I am coming soon.” (Rev. 22:20) You’ll want to experience every prophetic chapter!
“Can we trust the Bible?” Find out at an information-packed movie next Sabbath afternoon! Our faith is based on the New Testament—but skeptics argue that Gospel manuscripts have been doctored to push a theological agenda. In a new original film, Craig Evans highlights new evidence that the case for the reliability of New Testament manuscripts is stronger than ever! Join us in the Sanctuary October 20, at 2:30 PM!
“Adopt” a SWAU student! Some University students need you this year! Email email@example.com
Greeters and pastors potluck! October 20, Fellowship Hall, 1:00! Greeters, don’t miss this special time together!
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.
Southwestern Adventist University is 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.
- FAFSA Night – On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 in Pechero Hall 205, a SWAU student finance representative will help parents and students navigate the complexities of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, explain the differences between subsidized and unsubsidized loans, Parent Plus loans, Pell, SEOG, TEG, and other grants. Bring your 2017 tax year info!
- 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, at the corner of N. College Dr. and E. Walnut St. Garden box applications will be given out, you’ll meet the Greenhouse Masters and take a Greenhouse tour. Learn about plant-based living and how to maintain a thriving garden!
- SWAU Missions Fair and Gary Edwards concert – November 3!
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.
- CTA’s Science Lab Dedication Ceremony is Monday, October 8, at 6:30! Everyone is invited to come and be part of the dedication, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate the completion of our project!
- Come by and check out our car, truck and motorcycle show October 15, 12:00 – 4:00 PM! All proceeds benefit student scholarships! $20 vehicle entry fee. Free admission! 817-658-5131.
Lloyd and Edith Willis are moving to Florida! Everyone is invited to their farewell reception this Sunday, October 7, in the Gathering Place from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Here’s your chance to thank them and wish them well!
“Give me this mountain” Texas Men’s Summit – November 8-11, Lake Whitney Ranch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Norse Seventh-day Adventist Church, the oldest standing Adventist church in Texas Conference, invites you to its 35th annual church service at 10:00 AM Sabbath, October 13. Ron Halvorsen, Jr. will speak. Brazos Chorus will perform. Want to ride horses before church? Meet in Keene at 6:00 AM and head to a ranch near Clifton. For directions to the Norse Church pick up a flyer at the welcome desk or contact Yddo Ortiz at 817-517-4650.
Lillian Davis’ memorial service: Sanctuary, October 13, at 4:00 PM.
An evening with the McNeills! Saturday night, October 13, 7:00 in the Chapel. The McNeills are bridging generational gaps with their variety of music, distinct style, and unique lineup. From praise and worship, to bluegrass, to great hymns of old, there’s something everyone can enjoy!
Long after Caleb claimed his covenant mountain, King Darius observed that the prophet Daniel, “brimming with spirit and intelligence, so completely outclassed the other governors and vice-regents [in Darius’ cabinet] that the king decided to put him in charge of the whole kingdom. [You can imagine how Daniel’s fellow leaders felt about that!] These colleagues dug around for skeletons in Daniel’s closet to no avail, “so they finally gave up and said, ‘We’re never going to find anything against this Daniel unless we can cook up something religious.'” (Daniel 6:3-5, Message) Soon enough they discovered that Daniel prayed to God three times a day, before an open window, no less! They flattered Darius into declaring that for 30 days everyone had to worship Darius himself, on pain of being thrown to the lions for noncompliance if they failed obey. What would you have been tempted to do? After all, it wasn’t as though Daniel had to worship Darius forever–only for 30 days. But Daniel was a man of prayer to the true God. He prayed openly, regularly, and with thanksgiving. His witness is a metaphor for the contrast of Satan’s darkness and Jesus’ light. Does Daniel’s “resurrection” from a dark cave of lions take your thoughts across the centuries to Jesus’ resurrection from another dark tomb into everlasting light, so that you, too, might live forever? (Adapted from Sinclair Ferguson, “Mastering the Old Testament, Vol. 19, p. 133-139)
Be thankful and courageous, Forever Family! Think big about what God wants to do for you!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Standing by a purpose true, heeding God’s command,
Honor them the faithful few! All hail to Daniel’s Band!
Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone,
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known!
Many mighty men are lost, daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host by joining Daniel’s Band!
Many giants, great and tall, stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall, if met by Daniel’s Band!
Hold the gospel banner high! On to victory grand!
Satan and his host defy, and shout for Daniel’s Band!
Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone,
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known!
(P. O. Bliss)