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This Week’s Brotherhood Highlights

Highlighted Words of Encouragement

Words: The Power o Life or Death
Empowering God’s Women by Penny Kendall

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Penny knows that some days are hard, and that discouragement and disappointment can surround you like a wave. She understands and wants to offer a bit of encouragement for your day.

“GOD’S WORD offers the breath of life and He admonishes our words to do the same.” — Penny J. Kendall

Join Penny on her blog and share your heart with her. She’ll offer you words of encouragment, hope and love.


Highlighted Youth Post

When Silence is Just 
by Jayla Sparks at Marvelously Modest

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To say that wisdom is coming from youth seems like an oxymoron, but the reality is when one is trained up in the nurture of God’s word, wisdom is learned young. That’s what Jayla presents in this blog post about being cautious with our mouth. She uses an excellent Biblical illustration to show that it’s best to think before you speak.

“I believe that this is an issue we often justify and don’t really like to touch. How many times do we mistake going to our brothers and sisters for help, with gossiping?” – Jayla Sparks

Sisters, this is a post you don’t want to miss. You will be uplifted, nudged and gently, lovingly reminded of the importance of our words.

Highlighted Business

H&C Religious Supply

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H&C Religious Supply is a Bible Book and religious supply store located in Chattanooga, TN. They provide resources for all ages, including workbooks, children’s curricula, study aids, teacher’s supplies, and much more. Since the 1970’s have served their local community by providing resources for churches and individuals seeking Bible study aids. Now, with their website they deliver to the needs of Bible students all over the world. Don’t miss, they have free shipping on all orders over $40.


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Brotherhood Highlights from Around the Web 2


We’re bringing you topics of interest from the Brotherhood around the web. Whether you are searching for preacher’s notes, sermon outlines, women’s devotionals or ideas for Bible classes, we want to bring you highlights from around the web as a weekly encouragement to both you and our members.

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This Week’s Brotherhood Highlights

Highlighted Bible Class Lessons

Bible Fun for Kids Lessons on Jesus

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Debbie Jackson is known for her Bible Class lessons that are easy to utilize with all the free printables you need to complete a Sunday or Wednesday lesson. But when she pulls together a complete series of lessons that are based on teaching sound faith straight from the word of God, you can usually cover an entire quarters worth of lessons. This highlight is to let you know about Debbie’s latest series, Jesus, she has spanned a little over 2 months in this series, so far. But you can also search her categories for even more.

Highlighted Blog Post

Snapshots of Faith

Highlighted Blog Post: Snapshots of Faith by Donna Faughn | #R1616

Sister Donna Faughn recently shared this very encouraging post that guides us to look around our congregations at those who influence us to be faithful. Like the Pillars of Faith we see recounted in Hebrews 11 we too can look around at our brothers and sisters and be reminded to be faithful to the Lord. They can be, if we have open eyes and hearts, living testaments of the faith that we have in Christ Jesus.

We encourage you, dear sisters, to read Donna’s words and be motivated to see faith in action all around you.

Highlighted Preacher’s Sermon Outlines

Preaching Help Sermon Outlines – Steve Higginbotham

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Being the daughters, and wives of preachers, and one team member a preacher himself. We all are aware of the time, effort, research and study that goes into developing sermons, week after week. Which is why this week we want to feature a Preacher who shares his sermon outlines online for others to utilize. Brother Steve Higginbotham shares his weekly sermon outlines at They are categorized by year, and then each are listed and attached to a downloadable and printable pdf.

This post organized by Team Member – Renée.


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Brotherhood Highlights from Around the Web

The brotherhood has been busy all around the web. It’s always such an encouragement to stumble upon a blog post, Facebook share or be chatting with a fellow member and discover a great read online written by faithful members of the body.

Which is why we want to share with you some items of interest that we’ve discovered.

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New Series for Young Women in the Church

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This new series Beyond the Foam on Come Fill Your Cup is geared toward young women in the Lord’s church it is written by young women but the goal is to help move beyond the milk of the word and learn how to study themselves into meatier topics.

“…Foam? Steamed milk foams wonderfully, and tastes amazing in coffee, a drink both of us are extremely fond of. However, were we to just live off of foamy milk, we would be undernourished, unhealthy, and seriously craving some Tex-Mex…

Here at “Beyond the Foam”, we are making it our goal to teach women in their teens and twenties the depths of Christ, getting past the milk and the “elementary doctrine” that we are so often given. It is our goal to dig deeper into the text and be a support and inspiration to those who crave more than just milk.”

–Jayla Sparks and Sarah Smith, Co-Editors of Beyond the Foam

Telling the Old Old Stories for Mature Members

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Not a Children’s Bible Story Series, at Radically Christian

In this podcast series the good brothers at Radically Christian are digging in to some common children’s Bible lessons to pull out deeper lessons for more mature members. These brothers are asking the question…

“What can mature disciples of Christ learn from this story?”

Seeking to move beyond the children’s corner of study and into mature, meat filling word.

Standing Firm in the Word

As we continue to be surrounded by a culture bent on destroying Christianity. It becomes harder and harder to speak the truth without controversy. Brotherhood News reported a story last week about Facebook censoring a post on the Facebook Community Page Added to the Church of Christ.

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“Jamie Suiter reported today that on Mar. 12  the popular brotherhood Facebook Page, “Added to the church of Christ,” was asked to remove a post on homosexuality.  According to page editor Tony Brewer, they were told it classified as “hate speech” under the Facebook guidelines.”

With over 60,000 pageviews the original post obviously brought attention to the subject.

These brethren are working to administer the Facebook Page: Stephane Maillet, Tony Brewer,  and Paul Mays. We are thankful that they are standing firm in the faith. Please pray for their continued work.


–This post written by team member: Renée.


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In the Sowers Spotlight: Maidservants of Christ

Sending forth Christ’s Message of Unity

In our current spotlight we are featuring Maidservants of Christ.

Blogging about God's Truth

This blog is a collaborative blog by two friends Helene and Melissa. They met when Melissa started dating the best friend of Helene’s husband, she eventually married him.

Melissa now lives in Tennessee and is the mother of 3 children. Helene lives with her husband and 2 children, whom she is homeschooling, in Asia where they teach English as a second language.

While these sisters in the Lord live on opposite sides of the planet they are working collaboratively, along with occasional input from another friend, Jane, to bring focus on unity in Christ. They seek to encourage women in the word. They seek to be examples to other women that God’s desire is for us to be one in Christ and not divided by petty differences. Their goal is to provide a safe place on the web where women can discuss the truth of the word regardless of spiritual backgrounds so that they can turn the focus to Christ and his word.

Philippians 4:2-3 (NKJV)

 “I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And  I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Just as the Apostle Paul encouraged these women from the congregation at Philippi, so too does Helene and Melissa seek to tell the truth with no sugar-coating, but in much love for souls.

Women's Blog for God's Truth

It isn’t always easy to reach out to others. It isn’t always easy to speak truth even when the truth leads souls to heaven. In a world where so many people deem that they have the right to seek their “own” truth opening the word in such a public was as a blog c

an be very uncomfortable. Yet that is the very goal of these sisters who are dedicated to honestly sharing the word, revealing Christs forgiveness of their own sin, and the promise the He has given through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


How can you help?

  • Visit Melissa, Helene and Jane on their blog, Maidservants of Christ, and join in the conversation on their regular posts.
  • Pray for each of them in the work they are doing with their families and on each side of the world in the communities in which they live.
  • Pray for the work they are doing to seek and save the lost souls who may happen to land on their web page, or those who also are regular followers.
  • Pray for their courage to be strengthened and that they will speak with all boldness of spirit, knowing that they are seeking a greater good for the lives of their readers.

Acts 4:31

“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
~ This post written by Team Member Renee Brown
**Photos are not actual representation of the two bloggers mentioned in the article.

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Work at Home Mom

Where Family and Business Unite

family & business

In our society we can often find it difficult to make a living on one family income. Have you considered that the Proverbs 31 woman provided for the financial resources of her family while maintaining her role as a homemaker by selling products that she made? We are also told she bought and sold land and made a profit from the wares of her vineyard, and that while doing so her husband safely trusted her.

Many stay at home wives and moms are finding that they too can help contribute to the family income by working from home using resources found on the internet. Today we want to tell you about one such woman.

Homemaker and Business Advertiser Providing for her Family

cararigs_1358138679_91Cara Riggles, wife of 23 years to Robert, is a homemaker, homeschooling mom, bargain hunter, blogger at Totally Temberton and online business owner. Striving to reflect the biblical roles that God has placed before her, she works in her online business efforts to help provide income to her family with Christian integrity. Like the Proverbs 31 woman, she works diligently in her role as a homemaker and in her role as an online entrepreneur. Through her efforts she works to ensure that her families needs are met and her “merchandise is good.”

Proverbs 31:11-18 (NKJV)

“The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.”

She shares on her blog posts related to her family’s life. She talks about homeschooling,  coupon deals and bargains she finds. As a blogger she found that she could use her blog page, as do most bloggers, to bring a little extra income to her family’s budget through advertisement sales, product reviews, and other blogging related events.

In 2011 she added to her online business efforts by becoming the owner/publisher of a web-site called Martinsville Macaroni Kid. This website and e-newsletter features family friendly activities in her local community. It is a part of a larger web network of over 500+ publishers. Through this web-site Cara is able to sell advertisement space while at the same time encouraging and supporting her local community. She sells ad space, to businesses in her local community, for both the web-site and the e-newsletter that is emailed to her subscribers.

Cara also is an independent consultant for Usborne Books and More  which is a company that sells children’s books through distribution of independent consultants.

Through her web efforts Cara seeks to bring extra income to her family’s budget. She does all of this while maintaining her roles as Christian wife, mother and homeschooling teacher. As you can see “she girds herself with strength” and most likely “her lamp does not go out by night.”


As a brotherhood of fellowship we can support and encourage Cara in the following ways:

  • Become a follower of her blog and social media sites. Businesses looking to advertise with her are concerned with the number of her stats. By simply following, subscribing, and liking her pages, you can help to increase her stats and make her site more appealing to potential advertisers. Doing this doesn’t cost you anything whatsoever, but can help her out tremendously. (This is true of any of the R16:16 bloggers).
  • When making purchases online, consider linking to various sites from her blog. Cara, like many bloggers, hosts affiliate links on her site. That means when you click from her site to an external site and make a purchase at the external site, she earns a small commission. Doing so doesn’t mean you pay extra for the product, only that she gets paid an affiliate fee for the hosted link.
  • Do you own a family friendly business? Consider advertising on her homeschool & family friendly blog Totally Temberton, or consider advertising on her local (Martinsville, Virginia) e-newsletter site, Martinsville Macaroni Kid.
  • Need books for your children? Cara would be happy to act as your independent consultant for Usborne Books.

You can find Cara at all of these online locations:

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With just a click of a follow button, like button, circle button or email subscription you can help Cara in her efforts to support her family. With a little collaboration through advertising, Cara can help you support your business efforts while you help her in hers.

Have you recently considered how YOU can support and encourage your brother or sister in the Lord in their efforts to provide for their family?

~~ Article written by Team Member Renee Brown.


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Bringing Homeschool Focus to Bible Study

Bible Curriculum with Sound Doctrine

Christian homeschool families are always on the search for Bible curriculum to use in their homeschools. It’s not easy to find products with sound doctrine. Many times looking outside the homeschool curriculum box is the answer. That’s why we want to share with you information about Bible Study Guide for All Ages ( This is a curriculum that was written and designed for use in the Bible school class room, but is laid out so well that many homeschooling families have adapted it to the homeschool classroom.

Bible Study Guide

For Bible Class, Homeschool Class or Family Bible Study

What is so great about this program is, as it’s title states, “for all ages.” That means you can use it with every age in your homeschool room, or in your family as a family Bible study. It’s that versatile. The best part is that this material was written and designed by members of the church.

Chelli blog author at The Planted Trees did an excellent review of this curriculum just last year. She has graciously agreed to allow us to have a preview of her product review here for our readers. Be sure to click SEE MORE… to learn all the wonderful aspects there are to know about this product. 

Final Analysis Friday: Bible Study Guide for All Ages 

by Chelli Guthrie
For Chipette’s kindergarten year, I tried to go cheap on the “extras”. You know, science, history/social studies, etc. to really focus on the 3 R’s. One of the items I skimped on was our Bible curriculum. About two months into the school year, I had the following conversation with myself.

Me: Why are you trying to go cheap on the most important subject your children will ever learn?
Me 2: I don’t know. Because this home schooling stuff can get expensive quickly.
Me: Is it more important that your children know math or that they know the word of God?
Me 2: Point taken.
Sometimes I do not like myself. She can get a little blunt and testy.
So I went with the Bible curriculum I’d been dreaming about owning one day. And I h
ave never regretted it. The best part is that it’s not expensive either.
I want to share with all of you my review of Bible Study Guide for All Ages (BSGFAA).
BSGFAA is set up to cycle through the entire Bible in four years if you do two lessons a week each year. We do a lesson every day.  See More…
Chelli is wife to her “preacher man” they live and w
ork in Texas. She has a degree in secondary history education but has chosen to homeschool their 3 children. She writes regularly on her blog The Planted Trees, and shares about their life, family recipes and their homeschooling journey,  You can follow Chelli on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.
Article Written by Team Member ~Renée Brown

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PFP Encouraging Christianity

Focusing the Sower’s Spotlight on PFP

PFP Ezine

In our current spotlight we are featuring PFP or Preacher’s Favorite Passage. Since this month we are featuring Men In Christ’s Service we wanted to give you a little more information about what PFP has to offer by highlighting some of their monthly e-zine.

In the current edition of PFP guest writer Andrew Lamica, from the Chase Park congregation in Huntsville, Alabama encourages Christians to be imitators of Christ. He uses the passage from 1 Corinthians 11:1 to remind us that this command is often overlooked in study. Too often we fail to truly meditate upon the word and rather gloss over what can become too familiar.

When we look at the religious world around us, many of whom claim Christianity yet walk not after Christ, we should be reminded of this passage and the many others like it written by Paul to imitate Christ.

Brother Lamica does a wonderful job of reminding us that not only is it ok to be a carbon copy Christian, it is a commandment, to pattern ourselves after the life of Christ.  I encourage you to click on over to the PFP e-zine to read the entire article.

Also in the current edition of PFP you will find:

In the Editor’s Addition: Lee Snow discusses the reality of depression and how it can play a major role in a person’s life. He offers a first hand account along with scriptural guidance for how to overcome. He reminds us that with God we can find help for every situation and that He already knows how it will work out.

In the section, Q&A with Billy Hayes, Brother Hayes answers two questions. Both are related to offices mentioned in the Bible. The first, the office of an elder and the second the office of a prophet.

Josh Clevenger in his article Ethical Ekklesia he talks about the modern culture of tolerance and what it means to us as Christians. He explains the worlds view on what tolerance means, and also that we as Christians should love all men to their greatest good – heaven.
The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (the PFP) is a amalgamation of articles and helpful tools for the Christian to use throughout his walk with Christ. We release a monthly e-zine with a main article from a guest writer about his favorite passage outlining the passage of Scripture and teaching about it. In addition to the main article, each e-zine issue has other articles and things from our writers Tony Clay, Billy Hayes, Josh Clevenger, Lee Snow and Travis Byars. The PFP also hosts a blog which is updated several times a week with articles and links. ~Written by Lee Snow.

~~Article written and compiled by Renee Brown; R16:16 Team Member


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