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THE BUILDER
NEXT MEETING OCTOBER 25
Woodlawn Christian Campbellsville
Executive Meeting at 7 P.M. (EDT)
(No Meal)
General Meeting at 8 P.M. (EDT)
Speaker: Michael Luke, Minister at Lebanon Christian

FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
November 22—Jamestown Christian
(Jamestown has agreed to serve a meal.)
Speaker: Rob Harlamert, Elevate Christian, Lexington

2022 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The list of nominees for 2022 officers and directors will be published in the November issue of The Builder. The election will be conducted at the November 22 meeting.

2022 HOSTS NEEDED
Praying for improved conditions, we need host congregations for our meetings. Please contact Jim Pope, the Secretary, to sign up.

A LITTLE BOY’S PRAYER
“Dear God, please take care of my daddy and mommy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of Yourself, God. If anything happens to You, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”

GOOD REPLY
Random Churchgoer: “I didn’t really like worship today.”
Francis Chan: “That’s okay, we weren’t worshipping you.”

LIVING BY SON—LIGHT
Some of our days seem very dark. Sickness, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or another struggle overshadows life. In our despair, it can be difficult to sense God’s presence. If God were here, we reason, surely He’d be shining His light on our dark circumstances. When life is bright and joyous, it’s easy to sense God; the sun becomes a natural metaphor for God’s Son, Jesus, the Light of the world. But even on cloudy days, the sun still shines, its presence not bound by our limited vision. And in the darkest night, the sun remains; the warmth it gave before dusk lingers, enough to preserve us into the dawning of a new day. Sometimes we even catch its reflection in the moon. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5b, NRSV). Trust in God; even in life’s dark times, the Son still shines! (Copied)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Should Christians participate in Halloween? Here is one viewpoint:
Being a Christian…
…is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff—including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see. (Copied)

GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT
In Luke 2:49, Jesus told His earthly parents after they found Him in the temple, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s House?” Obviously, they didn’t and the tragic reality is that many in society today don’t realize it either. Permit me to share some reasons why I believe it is important for every Christian to be in the “Father’s House” EVERY SUNDAY unless they are sick or providentially hindered.
#1 – EMULATION. It ought to be the consuming passion of our lives to be like JESUS (Phil. 3:10-11). If we continually absent ourselves from the teaching and preaching of His Word, how do we expect to become like Him?
#2 – EXAMPLE. Paul told people “Follow my example. as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Today, too many in the Church have to say, Do as I say. . .but not as I do.” We ought to walk in such a way that if people follow us they’ll end up right behind the Lord Jesus Christ.
#3 – ENVIRONMENT. It’s never been more essential to surround yourself with godly people. It is nigh on to being impossible to live the Christian life successfully if you attempt to do it on your own.
#4 – ENCOURAGEMENT. Some weeks you’ll need to be an encouragement to others. Other weeks you’ll need the encouragement yourself. The important thing is that we commit ourselves to encourage one another each week (Phil. 2:1-4). Your faithful, consistent presence week after week and service after service is an incredible encouragement to people you’ll never find out about this side of eternity. Why don’t you determine to be an encourager every week for the rest of your life? (See Heb. 10:24-25)
#5 – EQUIPPING. Ephesians 4:12 tells us that believers need to be equipped “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” If you’re not able to serve and minister effectively, the body of Christ will not be able to be built up. The local church has always been the most effective tool for equipping (teaching, training, etc.) you for the task God has called us to.
#6 – EDUCATION. Paul told Timothy that we need to study to show ourselves “as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15) –David Brown

The Builder is published monthly by Kentucky Men for Christ
Editor: Judy Clay
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1200 Lexington Road
Danville, KY 40422
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THE BUILDER SEPTEMBER 2021

NEXT MEETING SEPTEMBER 27
White Mills Christian Church
Executive Meeting at 7 P.M. (EDT)
(No Meal)
General Meeting at 8 P.M. (EDT)
Speaker: Kamarr Richée, Minister at Dogwood Christian in Hopkinsville

OUR WEBSITE ADDRESS:
www.kymenforchrist.org

FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
October 25—Woodlawn Christian
Speaker: Michael Luke, Minister at Lebanon Christian
November 22—Jamestown Christian

LOOKING AHEAD
Praying for much improved conditions in 2022, the Executive Committee is optimistically scheduling meetings for next year. If your congregation would be willing to host a meeting, please contact Jim Pope, Secretary, to reserve your date. Meetings are on the fourth Monday night each month January through November.

YOU HAVE INFLUENCE
Our speaker in Glendale, Nathan Ayers, reminded us that we each have influence. The statement caused me to reflect on the many people in my life who encouraged and guided me in life’s decisions. Mr. Ed Barlow from First Christian in E’town invited me to my first MFC meeting more than 20 years ago. After that first meeting, he continued to encourage me in my various levels of participation. I am grateful for his influence which started with an invitation to a “soup and sandwich” meal. Who have you invited (influenced) to attend MFC lately? —Charles Young

THE “GRAYING OF MEN FOR CHRIST”
The “Graying of America” refers to the aging of the U.S. population. According to the Census Bureau, by 2035 senior citizens will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. People over age 65 are estimated to number 78 million, while children under age 18 will number 76.7 million. The aging of the U.S. population will have profound effects on the country, and this demographic trend offers many opportunities for start-up businesses to meet the wants and needs of senior citizens, their families, and their caregivers.

So what does this have to do with the “Graying of Men for Christ”? None of us were in attendance when Men for Christ started in 1952. However, many of us have been associated with the organization for a substantial number of our total years. And, in case you haven’t noticed, the majority of our attending members would be listed in the “senior” category. Our organization is fortunate to have a number of senior members who are still willing to serve as leaders. But, to ensure the continued existence of Men for Christ, there must be younger men who are willing to step up to the plate to provide leadership for the future. We must challenge younger men to get involved as we challenge our senior members to reach out to and encourage the next generation of leaders.
—Charles Young

A GREAT QUOTE
“I believe there is an actual, literal Heaven. I believe there is an actual, literal Hell. Don’t ask me where and don’t ask me what it is going to look like and all of that. I don’t know. I only know that Jesus warned us about one and told us of the joys and the happiness of the other.” —Billy Graham

REMEMBERING MY FATHER
A little over 8 years ago, my father passed away. Dad was a simple quiet man, with an easy laugh and a song in his heart. He grew up on a farm; took care of the family farm and my Grandma after my Grandpa passed away. He was the hardest working man I’ve ever known. He worked in a steel mill, an oil refinery, and for a coal mining equipment manufacturer. Dad loved his family, his animals and his land and Jesus. The clearest pictures of Jesus I’ve ever known was how my Dad treated the world around him. I had the great privilege and honor to be able to speak at his memorial service. I shared a list of the things I had learned from my Dad; not the things he told me but the things I learned by watching him. Much of that list pointed me to God.
1. The love of a beautiful woman is worth more than all the riches in the world. Always tell her you love her and that she’s pretty; she may not always believe it but she’ll always appreciate it.
2. Be ready to forgive your children when they mess up because they will.
3. Sing! Sing to your animals, your children, your grandchildren, your wife, and your God!
4. There’s no such thing as a horse that can’t be ridden, only men who cannot ride.
5. Have a simple wardrobe. You shouldn’t worry about what you are going to wear.
6. Learn to grow things: grass, hay, vegetables, animals, children, grandchildren, families, Faith.
7. Don’t waste ammunition. Hit what you aim for.
8. A good book is better than a movie any day.
9. There’s no substitute for hard work and faith.
10. You can silence 6 rowdy boys at the dinner table by unbuckling one belt buckle.
11. You don’t have to be in church or on your knees beside the bed to talk to God. Those are good places to be, but God will listen to you wherever you are.
12. Be loyal, win or lose.
13. Learn to laugh. Learn to tell stories.
14. Take some time to stand on a hill and look down in the valley at all that God has blessed you with. —Ed Snyder, First Christian E’town

ELEVATE CHRISTIAN IS LAUNCHED
Elevate Christian in Lexington held the first services Sunday, September 12. They are meeting at Lexington Christian Academy. Please pray for this ministry!

2019 Meeting Notes

Date Location Speaker Congregations
Represented
Total
Attendance
January 28 Glendale Christian Carroll Egnew 25 107
February 25 Columbia Christian Rodney Booe 24 132
March 25 Science Hill Christian Kim Beckwith 24 97
April 22 Victory Christian Jim Cooper 23 94
May 20 Mt. Moriah Frank Preston 22 88
June 24 Mackville David Kibler 27 123
July 22 Rolling Fork Jeremy Willis & John Parkey 26 105
August 26 White Mills Larry “Fella” Wilson 26 122
September 23 Lebanon Christian Brent Godsey 25 110
October 28 Campbellsville Christian Joe Tipton 29 129
November 25 Jamestown Christian Jackie Miller 23 124

2018 Meeting Notes

Date Location Speaker Congregations Represented Total Attendance
January 22 McKinney Christian Bill Welker 25 102
February 26 Columbia Christian Fred Mitchell 26 131
March 26 Egypt Christian Justin Boyd 28 155
April 23 First Christian Elizabethtown Bob Russell 33 192
May 21 Indian Hills Christian Doug Martin 25 120
June 25 Mackville Christian Joe Earl Brown 25 118
July 23 Russell Springs Christian John Davis 26 130
August 27 Glendale Christian Jeremy Willis 25 135
September 24 Southern Heights John Parkey 19 89
October 22 Graefenburg Mike Currans 20 77
November 26 Jamestown Carl Gabhart 21 108

2017 Meeting Notes

Date Location Speaker Congregations
Represented
Total
Attendance
January 23 McKinney Christian Jason “Bucky” Walters 24 124
February 27 Columbia Christian Dr. Tom Mobley 31 149
March 27 Woodlawn Christian Greg Comp 24 132
April 24 White Mills Christian Paul Patton 24 121
May 22 Moreland Christian John Parkey 23 123
June 26 Mackville Christian Pat Massie 24 111
July 24 Rolling Fork Christia Terry Cooper 24 135
August 28 Jamestown Christian Lance Ladd 26 138
September 25 Glenview Christian Dr. David Faust 23 108
October 23 Campbellsville Christian Bryan Hay 23 119
November 27 Journey Christian Joe Hatchett 20 90
Av. 24 Av. 123