Authored by Jimmy Allen
Ocean State Church Website
In Acts 8, an African man traveled to another country and was met by Philip while reading the Bible on his own. Immediately following this God-ordained encounter, the Ethiopian treasurer was baptized and went on his way rejoicing.
Two thousand years later, in Providence, RI, a single man originally from Liberia, Africa, was met while reading the Bible on his own in a Starbucks restaurant. Shortly afterward, Quarty Soe – a barber and a father – was immersed at the beautiful Lincoln Woods State Park Beach for the forgiveness of his sins at a midweek service.
The Ocean State congregation was officially sent out on August 3 on the concluding day of the New England Christian Conference. Exactly one month to the day – September 3 – Quarty was immersed as a response to Christ’s love for him. Nathan Thompson met Quarty. Nathan, a college student from Colorado, was only in Rhode Island for two months on a summer internship. However, he used his time here to make an eternal connection, even though his stay was brief.
The thirty-something member Ocean State congregation is presently excited and filled with faith at what God has done and will do. Each Sunday and Wednesday, more and more guests are streaming to services from all over the state. Even at Quarty’s immersion, visitors were present from the military to our far southern border in Newport as well as Brown University students in the heart of downtown Providence.
Let’s all continue to pray that God’s name will be glorified in this state, around New England and the world as we love Him and others.
By Jimmy Allen
For the weekend of August 1-3, hundreds and even thousands of disciples streamed to Providence, Rhode Island, from all around New England. Event chairman, Tom Caswell from Worcester, and his committee brought in an amazing array of speakers from near and far including Shawn Wooten (Ukraine), AT and Marci Arneson (Chicago), David and Robin Weidner (Boise, Idaho) and more.
The first day was highlighted by special workshops geared to the ministry staff and small group leaders of the New England churches. In addition to the times of learning, the ligaments developed and time spent building relationships were so valuable. As we consistently work together in missions, conferences and all – there is always the necessity for trust and doing together what we cannot do alone.
On Saturday morning, a large wave of Christians began to flow in to the Rhode Island Convention Center. Powerful singing, overseen by Boston worship leader – Tony Martin, would be a hallmark of the event and kicked off each session. Shawn Wooten’s keynote address walked through the book of Jeremiah and directed us to his 1.)Great Call – Jeremiah 1:4-8 2.)Great Love – Jeremiah 2:1-2 3.)Perseverance – Jeremiah 5:1ff 4.)Great Responsibility – Jeremiah 20:7-9 and 5.)Great Vision – Jeremiah 29:10-13.
Following a lunch break of fellowship and food, numerous classes on a host of topics took place. With issues like purity, marriage, parenting, career, nutrition, worship, and dealing with pain and suffering being discussed – every disciple was able to find places where he or she could be encouraged, challenged and moved forward in life.
Saturday was far from finished after supper and classes. A jazz coffee house and a dance kept many moving and smiling into the late hours of the night.
To see more pictures you can go to the New England Conference Facebook page or to the Hartford Church of Christ web page.
by Mark Schnell, Elder, Boston Church of Christ
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones. (Hebrews 11:17-22)
Few things are more encouraging than enjoying a get-together of extended family where everyone shares a common love for God and His church. Can you imagine sharing a Thanksgiving feast, and during dessert everyone takes turns proclaiming the good things God has done for them? How about a family camping trip, where every morning and every evening is marked by a time devoted to prayer, singing, and sharing? Too good to be true? Maybe, if you haven’t invested in God’s plan for families. However, if you faithfully put into practice the spiritual principles of the scriptures, this can be a reality for you and your loved ones. Continue reading
by Jeanie Shaw
“This is exactly what I needed!” “I’ve already put into practice several important things I learned” are just two responses from women who took part in the Boston Church of Christ’s health symposium entitled, “Happy, Healthy, Holy”.
Hundreds of women gathered on Saturday morning, May 17, at the Burlington Marriott. The program opened with a comedy and song parody taken from show tunes and “oldies” –rewritten to highlight the many special “joys” found in women’s health issues. Ruby Mitchell, Kristen Lamb and Jeanie Shaw dared to tread where “no man would dare to go” as they sang of pap smears, mammograms, “h-o-r-m-o-n-e: and various other topics. The crowd then “danced” to Morgan William’s rendition of Pharrell William’s song, “Happy.” The worship team led us in several powerful and meaningful songs to help prepare our hearts to be fed by our guest speaker, Lynne Green, from Berlin, Germany.
Lynne powerfully taught on the subject of Happy, Healthy and Holy as she guided us, through scripture, toward ways to let go of thoughts that take our minds down harmful paths—and as she vulnerably shared her spiritual journey as she went through a battle with cancer. You can hear her heart-moving message here (Will be posted later).
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