An Anniversary of God’s Patient Grace

For those of you who know and have heard this story – forgive me. In fact, today’s article may be more for me than anyone else!

It was exactly 38 years ago today that I had convinced my pregnant, “up-to-that-point bed-ridden wife” that she should spend the evening with her parents having gained her newly found freedom. This just 2 1/2 weeks before the expected arrival of our first-born, Aarin. What a great husband! Of course, to make the visit “special,” I would be willing to allow her to have the visit without any interference from me. Instead, I would FORCE myself to rejoin my softball team, which I missed for a number of weeks. Again, what a sacrificial servant!!! I remember the parting words of my father-in-law, Walt, “Bob, don’t go out there and get hurt tonight.” Hurt! It was softball - who gets hurt in softball (cue drum roll).

Two hours later I was driving home using my left foot for both acceleration and braking. My right leg was resting painfully on the other side of the driveshaft hump of my ’69 Pontiac LeMans (350/4 brl carb – for those interested). My right-knee was a mess – I can still remember the mid-air “pop” as I flipped over the catcher on my attempt to score from third. Who gets hurt in softball?!!!

All of this was a result of a weed in my life. Though there wasn’t anything inherently wrong with softball, my selfishness on this occasion made it terribly wrong. Instead of being with a bunch of sweaty guys (actually not very far from here) I should have been with my sweet wife and her family – and my imminent daughter! My sin was throbbing as I drove up the drive and hobbled to the door. There was clearly no joy in Mudville!

After the prelude of several office visits for excruciating knee aspirations (there was nothing aspiring about it!) I went under the knife. Ten days later, July 10, I assisted in the home-birth of our first child, which was quite a task in a full-leg cast. Oh yeah, Nedra did okay, too! (just kidding!)

When I look at the railroad tracks on my right knee today I’m reminded of at several things. First, is my sin of selfishness and its effects over the last 38 years. Second, the incredible love and understanding of Nedra – who got a lot more than she bargained for! And lastly, is the patient grace of God that turned this sinner into a patient of Grace.

I’ve learned much since then – but I still have my weed moments. And, I don’t move as fast as I once did. But if you’re ever up for toss, let me know. Maybe you have a few stories to share as well!

With Glove in Hand and Grace in Heart,




Title: “A Delight to the Eyes” 

Text: Genesis 3:1-13

Pastor Bob Clark

LIFEMATES LIFE GROUP EVENT – TOMORROW! Lifemates' event (for all married couples) Our 2nd event is June 24th from 7-9pm at the Kehlenbrink's home (1546 Idlewild Dr.) To celebrate our marriages, we will play a game called "Ain't That Sweet" and then enjoy some Sweet Treats. The cost is $5 per couple. See Jodi McKinney to sign up.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we will be taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

SUMMER LADIES BIBLE STUDY – Join us for a Ladies DVD Bible Study this summer on 1 Peter - the teacher is Jen Wilkin. We will meet in the Church Lobby on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm. The study will meet at noon in with the hope that those who are working during the day can still come. The study book is available online for about $13. If you are interested, you can contact Gwinn Gibbs at ggibbs@rcs.k12.in.us

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRY meets Tuesday, June 27th at 4:15pm at Rock Solid. Please see Aaron and Emily Fredrick if you like to help with this ministry

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursdays from 6-7:30pm at the Schrage’s home for a study on the book of Acts. For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

EXPEDITION NORWAY VBS – Expedition Norway VBS will be July 10th–14th from 9am –noon. Please sign up at the Welcome Counter. You may also register your children on line https://vbspro.events/p/events/cpc-vbs2017 This link is available on the CPC website http://www.christpca- richmondin.net as well as our Facebook page http://www.christpca-richmondin.net . See Jeff Schrage or Emily Fredrick if you have any questions.


Summer Ladies Bible Study Join us for a Ladies DVD Bible Study this summer on 1 Peter - the teacher is Jen Wilkin. We will meet in the Church Lobby on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm. The study will meet at noon in with the hope that those who are working during the day can still come. The study book is available online for about $13. If you are interested, you can contact Gwinn Gibbs at ggibbs@rcs.k12.in.us


 Kenya: Life-Altering Service

On March 24, 2014, the ordinary Sunday morning in Mombasa, Kenya, quickly shifted into a deadly chaos. The day started with prayer and a church service, but it ended with seven dead congregants and twenty-one severely injured church members.

The attackers struck the Joy in Jesus Pentecostal Church in the Likoni area on Kenya’s east coast. Three masked young men interrupted the church service with gunfire. Austin, a church member, told VOM workers, “I heard some gunshots outside. In my mind, I thought that maybe there was something else out there, maybe robbers doing here and there with the police. We just kept on and proceeded with the teachings. In my mind, I didn’t think that these people were coming inside the church.”

To his surprise, the attackers came into the church and sprayed the congregation with bullets, killing the assistant pastor who was speaking at the front.

Austin and his family were gravely affected. Austin received several bullet wounds and the lasting effects don’t allow him to work. His wife, Diana, had very serious injuries. She suffered multiple fractures to her leg, and ribs and spent five months recuperating in the Kijabe hospital in south central Kenya, with care VOM arranged.

As Diana lay in the hospital bed in agony, at times she felt discouraged. Her physical pain was severe. She was not able to concentrate and could not even receive the words of encouragement from visiting VOM staff. However, Diana knew “there was no other hope except in God;” her trust was in her Savior. “When the accident happened, I was very discouraged, but God’s Word encouraged me and I am now able to stand,” she told VOM workers several months later.

God can use even the most difficult circumstances for his purpose, she said, and in this case, Austin’s mother became a believer as a result of watching the couple steadfastly weather the trial. “These persecutions will strengthen the Church if you remain faithful,” Austin said.

VOM has stood by the couple for the past three years as Diana has undergone extensive medical treatment. We also assisted the family by providing for their son’s education while they recover. Diana was due for another surgery this spring, but her surgeon had to leave the country. VOM field workers continue to provide support by helping her seek the right care and reschedule the surgery with another surgeon.

Diana wanted to reassure others who might be similarly suffering. She said, “Psalms 121 encouraged me. I want to encourage those who are going through pain like me that they shouldn’t be discouraged. God is there! When God brings trials to you, there will always be a way; he will have a way out. Just continue hoping in the Lord, trusting the Lord. Don’t let God go because of such trials.”

As Diana continues to get well, she asks for prayer for her family, for her marriage and that she’ll be able to reach lost family members with the gospel that has sustained her through this trial.

Posted: June 14, 2017

Sources: VOM Sources Posted: June 13, 2017©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and State Disclosure Statements Powered by NCOLInternet




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2  Madeline Steinfort

12  Deb Gentry

13  Susan Cougill

13 Sophia Pfeil

16 Annabella Pfeil

16 Connie Wooldridge 

22 Isaac Cook

25 Eliana (Ellie) Moore 

27 Jacob Kehlenbrink


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2  Judy Ford

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7 Jon Ford

12  Hudson Todd

13  Peter Allen

15  Mark Harrington

16  Roger Golden

19 Jill McKinney 

24 Molly Ansett 

 27 Nedra Clark



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22 Roger & Anna Golden

22 Jim & Jodi McKinney

25 Andrew & Casey Zimmer 

30 Tim & Rebekah Robbins


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