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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.

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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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R16:16 Welcomes Truth for the World

To the Sower’s Spotlight

TFTW

In our current spotlight we are featuring Truth for the World.

Truth for the World is a global evangelism outreach of the church of Christ using multi-media and personal ministry. This ministry is overseen by the congregation at Duluth, Georgia.

The evangelism efforts of this congregation is extensive. Here is a brief synopsis of what they are doing.

  • Radio, Shortwave, AM/FM

1-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute radio programs

Radio programs are on-the-air in the U.S., the Philippines, and Nigeria.

Radio programs are broadcast globally to 6 continents via shortwave

Radio programs are downloadable via the TFTW website

A sub-collection of our audio programs are available on the Internet Archive (archive.org)

Truth For The World Internet radio station airing 24/7 via SHOUTcast

Truth For The World Internet radio station can be heard over-the-phone by calling our phone number with AudioNow.

Duluth Church of Christ Internet radio station via Live365 airing worship services, Bible studies and Truth For The World radio programs

Podcasts

  • Television

·         programs on-the-air in the U.S. and the Republic of Palau and online globally

·         YouTube and Roku channels

·         Videos available on DVD and Blu-Ray

  • Print materials, tracts and bible studies

Bible Q&A book

Articles

Tracts for downloading, e-mailing and printing

Basic Facts of the Faith

Mission Magazine

  • Bible Education Courses

Bible Correspondence Courses available on our website or through-the-mail

Interactive, multimedia educational module on the Steps of Salvation on our website

  • Website/Blog

 Website is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Indonesian

Social media including Facebook, Twitter and Google +

  • Mobile

Mobile app containing articles, tracts, the ability to stream radio and TV, and a plan of salvation quiz is available for Android and iOS devices

Text-blasting sends out TFTW news and Bible information to those who want to receive this information via texts.

Truth For The World Internet radio station can be heard over-the-phone by calling our phone number with AudioNow.

Mobile website

  • Personal Missionary Trips utilizing gospel meetings and lectureships.

2011 – Australia, India (our church elder), West Virginia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines

2012 – Mexico and West Virginia

2013 – India, Peru, West Virginia, and Mexico

How can you help?

Prayer. Be in prayer for the efforts  of this ministry, each and every aspect of this work has the ability to bring souls to Christ.

Partner with Truth for the World. If you are a member of the church of Christ, they will accept your monetary donation via their website.

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

 

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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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Preachers Have Favorite Passages Too

In the Sower Spotlight

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Each quarter the team at R16:16 is choosing to feature those within the brotherhood who are faithfully working to sow the seed of the kingdom. We do this in hopes of bringing into the spotlight those groups, organizations or businesses whose tireless efforts are seldom seen. Often these works are being maintained on shoe string budgets, yet those workers remain dedicated to seeing them through.

This quarter we are excited to share in the Sower Spotlight: The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (PFP), is a monthly e-zine that is written by a compilation of gospel preachers and organized by Lee Snow and Tony Clay. The main article is written by a guest writer who shares an article about his favorite Bible passage. Additionally the e-zine contains 5 additional articles written be various but regular PFP writers.

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The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (PFP) was started in March of 2012 by Lee Snow. It began for him as a way that would help him in his Bible study. His hope was that by sharing what he was learning with his blog readers he would be motivated in his own study, while at the same time, spreading the Gospel. Since that time it has grown to include the monthly e-zine which includes 6 regular writers, as well as the blog which publishes new content several times a week.

Lee is a graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. He currently serves as minister for the Gray Church of Christ in Gray, GA. He grew up in Arab, Alabama and began preaching in 2009. Tony Clay is also a graduate of the Memphis School of preaching. He works with the Enon congregation in Webb, Alabama. Tony, a Michigan native began writing for PFP by contributing weekly blog articles. He now writes a monthly column for the e-zine called, “Say What?” which examines various popular teachings and trying them by the word of God to see what is true.

 If you are looking to be led in your Bible studies and want to dig into the word seeking truth, then you will want to take a look at The Preacher’s Favorite Passage 

Here is how you can help:

1. Pray for their outreach. The more they can encourage others and teach the truth the more the Lord will be glorified.

2. Register (for free) to receive their monthly e-zine via your email, or read the e-zine and/or blog regularly online.

3. Tell your friends. You can Like them on facebook or follow them on twitter.

 

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Faithful Women Encouraging Through the “Faithful Woman Newsletter”

In the Sower Spotlight

Each quarter the team at R16:16 is choosing to feature those within the brotherhood who are faithfully working to sow the seed of the kingdom. We do this in hopes of bringing into the spotlight those groups, organizations or businesses whose tireless efforts are seldom seen. Often these works are being maintained on shoe string budgets, yet those workers remain dedicated to seeing them through.

This quarter we are excited to share in the Sower Spotlight: Faithful Woman Newsletter.

Faithful Woman Newsletter (FWNL) is a quarterly printed and mailed newsletter with purpose of encouraging women everywhere in all walks of life: from teens to the widows, from the young in Christ to the mature Christian, both the lost and the saved.

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The women of today’s world are inundated with images portraying how women should dress, act and look in order to receive worldly praise. The Bible says,

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

It is the belief of the FWNL staff that women in the world today need to hear this message. Women need to know that to be truly beautiful, they must Love God more than the world and “adorn themselves with good works” (1 Tim 2:9-10).

In 2008, some women of the Lord’s church recognized a need to reach out to all women; to strengthen and encourage those in Christ and reach out to those who know not Christ and God’s great love for them. Thus, Faithful Woman Newsletter was passionately started by the women of Howe church of Christ in Howe, TX. They continue to write, edit, and publish the newsletter as they seek to glorify God and encourage the sisters. Faithful Woman Newsletter operates with a continuous 4 member staff, but has many women who are involved as writers.

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Maybe you are thinking ‘Why print and not online?’ Amy from the FWNL staff answers this question.

“Simply put, even in our high technology world, there are still places that the printed word can go that the internet cannot. The printed word is longer lasting than the internet. While we try to encourage you today, it may be that years from now as someone digs through a box that we truly fulfill our goal of encouraging someone. The printed word can be more intimately shared than a quick email online article or text. As you pass on a copy of FWNL, the receiver feels that you have taken that extra step of reaching out to them. The printed word encourages you to take a break from the world. The texture and feel of the page, the opportunity to sit in a comfortable chair, the lack of noises and flashing give your body and mind a rest from the technology filled world. And lastly isn’t it fun and delightful to get something in the mail besides bills! But if you insist on using technology, we put in online for you too.”

Click to see the latest FWNL Issue 6.1.

How is it currently used?
The staff at FNWL has developed three ways to utilize Faithful Woman Newsletter.

The first way is to “Encourage”

It is simple to use in order to encourage women everywhere.
– mail to various individuals homes
– hand out to the women of specific congregations
– Hand out copies to those who come for ladies days
– give to the women of your congregation
-send to your missionary wives as encouragement
– and host online chats about the articles found in the newsletter

That brings us to the Second way to utilize Faithful Woman “Challenge.”

“Challenge” is a “chat about it” outreach program where a congregation challenges their women to utilize the one-on-one chatty nature of all women to share God’s love with someone they know.
– Share a copy and yearly subscription with a neighbor, friend or family member. Then chat with her about the articles in the newsletter as each new issue is mailed out. Use that chat time as a spring board for inviting them to worship and talking about deeper spiritual matters.

Finally another way to utilize FWNL is to “Reach.”
“Reach” is our most encompassing outreach program. This program helps put a positive face of your congregation in the minds of those around you and in your community.
-Saturation mailings in various communities and neighborhoods as an outreach of the congregation
– take to assisted living faculties and nursing homes
-leave in the waiting rooms of hospitals or the teacher’s lounge at schools
– use in women’s prison ministries
-Use in door knocking campaigns.

As you can see the women of Howe church of Christ in Howe Texas, are working diligently to spread the word and love of God into not only their community but to any congregation or individual who would seek to get involved. The Faithful Woman Newsletter is a free print publication, and as such you can subscribe and request as many copies as you would like. The staff will mail them to you and then you too can Encourage, Chat and Reach others who “know not Christ.”
How can you support FWNL?
1. Please pray for the FWNL staff and writers.

Amy says,

“Please pray for us. Because without the Lord’s guidance and help, our work is in vain.”

2. Become a writer. They are always looking for writers who will search the scriptures and then encourage others.
3. You as an individual can choose to support their work with a one time donation, or even a monthly donation with any amount you choose. You can contact the staff through their web page to find out further information about how/where to make donations.
4. Get your congregation involved. Consider which program would work best for you? What are some areas of ministry that you could utilize FWNL? Then contact the staff at FNWL and request your subscription.
5. How much does it cost?
Currently FWNL is FREE to readers because of generous support from various congregations and individuals.

As you can see the women of Howe church of Christ in Howe Texas, are working diligently to spread the word and love of God into not only their community but to any congregation or individual who would seek to get involved. The Faithful Woman Newsletter is a free print publication, and as such you can subscribe and request as many copies as you would like. The staff will mail them to you and then you too can Encourage, Chat and Reach others who “know not Christ.”

Stop on over at the FWNL web site and take a look around. You can find past issues, some study aids for women at the very top of the page and some wonderful articles. Just a note: The FWNL page is still under construction, building a webpage takes time, so be patient. If you have a question or comment just click the Contact page. I’m sure the staff would love to hear from you, and receive a little encouragement as well. Oh, and don’t forget to tell them you found them at R16:16.

 

New E-Zine for Christian Teens

Kaio Publications

We are so excited to share with you a brand new e-zine for Christian teens by Kaio Publications called iLuminate. This new magazine is the result of the work of our Brother Joe Wells. Joe began Kaio Publications this past fall because he has a passion for the Lord which leads him to encourage and motivate our young members to live sanctified in Him.

iLuminate

This week they released the premiere edition of the magazine iLuminate which is free to view. The title “iLuminate” comes straight from Matthew 5:16 where we are told to let our light shine and reflect all glory to God. “iLuminate” will challenge, encourage, and inform as you strive to shine for HIM. The subscription rate is $10 per year or $16 for 2 years and the magazine is published bi-monthly.

 So what will you find in this magazine? iLuminate is an interactive e-zine with links to the Kaio Facebook Community, and Twitter Page as well as a video message from the editor. Articles will be a variety of messages geared at encouraging teens in their daily walk in Christ, from dating and current events to bible study, every page has been thoughtfully considered to catch the interest and spiritual needs of their target reader. 

As parents you can rest assured that Joe holds scripture as his highest standard and he seeks only to encourage his readers in truth. In this premeire issue you will find articles written by both Joe and his wife Erin as well as Cindy Colley, Adam Faughn, Caleb O’Hara and more.

Kaio’s mission is… “to ChallengeEncourage, and Inform teens and families. Whether you find yourself in the midst of a storm or you are on the edge of the forrest looking at a path that leads to the unknown, we want to be a help – a tool that can generate discussion that can help direct you back to the Bible where the real answers from our Heavenly Father are found.”

Joe & Erin

Joe, a graduate of Freed Hardeman University, has worked in ministry since 2000 and currently serves as the preaching minister with the Lakeside church of Christ in Orange Park Florida. He and his wife Erin have been married for 11 years and together they work diligently serving the Father. They travel all across the country in ministry to members of all ages with Joe speaking at gospel meetings, youth rallies, camps and lectureships. Erin is a regular writer and pod-caster for Come Fill Your Cup a blog of  encouragement for sisters by sisters. They are parents to 4 gorgeous children, 3 boys and 1 girl ranging in age from 8 to 1 year. They are attentively teaching through homeschooling as they train up their children in the Lord.

Kaio Publications also offers a 4 part downloadable audio seminar by Joe Wells called “Where the Wild Things Are” where Joe explains to his teen audience the reality of this jungle called life. He challenges them to decide if they will plant their roots in culture or by the stream found in Psalm chapter 1.

Kaio Publications is a non-profit organization that functions solely on financial support from within the brotherhood. Be sure to follow Kaio Publications at their Facebook Community Page or on Twitter. If you would like to support their efforts in teaching our young members by making a donation please visit their Donate Page.

 

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