family notes


BOYS RANCH -- Texas Boys Ranch (TBR) has given over 800 young boys the experience of seeing their work rewarded, a good education, healthy and successful living skills, and a strong sense of worth. Thanks to the generosity of a Lubbock bank, you can help give $10,000 to this non-denominational, faith-based, childcare agency, just by "voting" online daily until Christmas. To vote for TBR every day, click here, or go to ((look near the bottom of the left column).

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A SPIRITUAL TREASURE -- Wherever God has a child, I have a brother or sister! John said it in First John, but many who thought they knew the Bible once failed to grasp this scriptural truth. Today most Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches owe much to the late W. Carl Ketcherside, who for decades smiled and kept loving people who abused him for teaching what the apostle John wrote so long ago. GracEmail subscriber Bob Mize has created a website containing the complete writings of Brother Ketcherside, plus audio recordings of some of his sermons. To enjoy this spiritual treasure, click here or go to .

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GIFT IDEAS -- Whatever the gift occasion, consider a book by Edward Fudge. To see pictures, descriptions and ordering information, just click on titles below or go to .

The Great Rescue
The Sound of His Voice
The Fire That Consumes
Two Views of Hell
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER -- For several years, gracEmail subscriber Mark Whitt has produced a daily one-minute spiritual radio message called "The Heart of the Matter," aired by the Seven Mile Post Road Church in Athens, Alabama. It is clear to me, having heard dozens of these messages and having known Mark for 35 years, that he has been gifted by the Holy Spirit to fulfill this powerful ministry. If you would like to consider using this program in your area, you may contact Mark by email here or at .

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NOVEMBER MINISTRY -- God willing, I will be teaching and preaching as follows during November. You are cordially invited to attend any of these meetings.

November 15-16, 2008 -- Springfield, Virginia
Springfield Church of Christ
"Church Leadership"

Saturday, 10 a.m. -- Jesus on Leadership
Saturday, 2 p.m. -- Insights from Acts
Sunday, 10 a.m. -- Leadership in the Epistles
Sunday, 6 p.m. -- Male & Female in the N.T.

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November 17, 2008 -- Washington, D.C.
United States Capitol Building
Mansfield Room

Prayer Breakfast
7:15 a.m.

"Market-Place Faith"