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Be Not Dismayed

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” –Isaiah 41:10

I often find myself relying on the illusion of the world, that somehow I am the master of my own destiny and that I have the capacity to upset the revolution of the celestial bodies. While it is true that God has given man the supremacy of choice, the aptitude to make decisions, and in many ways feel dominant; things still do not continually go our way. No matter how many times I think I am in charge, God reminds me that I am but a pilgrim traveling through this weary land, the master of naught excluding my ability to choose. Read more

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Widlord Thomas – new missionary to Haiti

Several years ago, Widlord Thomas, one of Roberta Edwards’ first kids in Sonlight Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, traveled to Freed-Hardeman University to study the Bible. After his graduation in December, he will return to Haiti to preach and teach the gospel and the Estes Church of Christ will provide oversight. Read more

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What is the world searching for?

According to a release from the following is a list of the top ten Bible verses searched for on their website. It is interesting to see what people have need of just from skimming through a list of most searched Bible verses. My challenge to the church at Estes is to share at least one of these verses with someone outside the church this week. The world is yearning for truth, will you share it? Read more

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The purpose of the Financial Support Group is to provide Biblical guidance and wisdom with Christian support and encouragement in a variety of financial areas through group and individual counseling, Bible class studies, and seminars. Finances can be a source of burdens for all of us – but these burdens can be overcome and peace can prevail. Read more

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We at Estes are encouraged when we read the “thank you” notes that individuals and families send to us because our members have visited, taken food, sent gifts, phoned, prayed or in some way sent a message that they are loved. Read more

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Things that the LORD hates

The seven things God hates can be found in Proverbs 6:16-19 (ESV)
16 There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers. Read more

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Celebrating the Family

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Spend the day with your family.

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October 31-November 2 at Chickasaw’s Lake LaJoie Group Camp

Sign up at the lobby display and spend time with your Estes family!

FUN TIME DISCLAIMER. This year’s Family Camp will feature trick or treating and a Fall Festival. The kids can trick or treat from cabin to cabin and there will be fun and games in the mess hall. Costumes ARE welcome (even adults….).

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This week’s Echo features artwork by Tessa Epperson, daughter of Lewistown, Montana, missionaries Russell and Allison. The Estes congregation recently contributed to a project to update and expand their building. Please keep the Eppersons, and our other missionaries, in your prayers.

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New TV Program – Sunday 6:30am

Fabric of Family is a TV program that is designed to address family issues from a biblical perspective; it will now be available for viewing in the West TN area on the CBS affiliate at WBBJ TV and might be of interest to readers of the Estes Echo. It is presented in the form of a magazine-style program, integrating several short family-related segments along with a panel discussion led by Barry Gilreath, minister of the Jackson Heights Church of Christ in Florence, AL. The program was originally designed to complement the programming of the Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) to address needed family topics; however, in recent years it has also entered other media venues as a stand-alone program.

Fabric of Family was originally under the oversight of the Highland church of Christ in Dalton, Georgia, where Gilreath preached for almost thirteen years. When he accepted the work with the Jackson Heights congregation in Florence, Alabama, the oversight was transferred to the elders at JHCC.

Fabric of Family is entirely a labor of love. Neither the host nor any guests are compensated for time or travel expense. 100% of the financial support received goes towards the actual costs of producing the program and purchasing air time on the networks.

The core of Fabric of Family is the family table discussion. Typically, Gilreath will have two guests to discuss a particular family topic from the Bible’s perspective. Most of these guests are preachers in the Lord’s church. He tries to involve preachers in the viewing areas by enlisting them as guests when possible. Occasionally, Gilreath will interview a guest who is not a preacher, but has a special life experience and perspective in a family-related area.

The overall objective is to supply a comprehensive television program that is biblically-based, visually appealing, and will interest all demographics in a scriptural fashion. Fabric of Family provides a needed venue for today’s families rooted in the Word of God. As more people learn of the broadcast, it grows in popularity and viewership. As financial support increases, new markets will be added to expand coverage. The hope is that our families will be strengthened and brought closer to God through this program.

For an overview of the entirety of Fabric of Family, please review the brief video presentation below.

–Edited from information provided by Barry Gilreath, host of Fabric of Family.
Submitted on behalf of the Estes elders