Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Delivered at Buda/Kyle church of Christ, November 30, 2008.
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
Obviously, the biggest thing has been the work load at school, (which has been much heavier this quarter). But, we have also been traveling a bunch, working on Paraguay plans and making further preparations. I have had many opportunities to preach lately and Andrea has been very involved with projects at WVBS and Dripping Springs. We are continuing to work with the youth at "Drippin' " and have several plans in the works.
This picture was taken while we were in Paraguay.
We appreciate all the prayers and well wishes! We hope you all have a great holiday season!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
It was a weekend of spiritual strengthening for our youth before they went back to school.
There were many great classes taught and Brother Montgomery (pictured) brought several outstanding lessons about what it means to be a true disciple of Christ.
We had over 50 students attending all the classes with many of them coming from several miles away.
God was glorified, His Son exalted, and young lives were spiritually edified. Does it get any better than that?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This picture is of the congregation (and some missionaries) meeting in Sanson.
It is really heart warming to worship with brethren that believe the same thing as you, even though they speak a different language. I can't help but think about how excited Paul must have felt when he would meet various brethren throughout the regions that he traveled.
Monday, July 21, 2008
This past weekend we had the privilege of taking the Dripping Springs Youth Group on a road trip to Glen Rose, TX where we checked out dinosaur tracks and fossils. We all had such a great time getting to know each other and many new friendships were made. We worshiped at the Poolville church of Christ and developed more friendships there. The weekend came to a close with one of the young ladies being baptized. God was glorified this past weekend and the spiritual lives of many young (and older) people were lifted. We are truly blessed.............
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sometimes I wonder what excitement there might have been when a couple of the old time preachers would debate each other some late summer night.
Religion was more important to Americans back in those days. I would like to have seen some of that history with my own eyes. But, at least for now, I can look at the old church buildings.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Look at this great picture! Andrea snapped this as we were driving through a state park. The deer just stood there posing while Andrea looked through her viewfinder! Why won't they do that when I am looking through my viewfinder (scope)?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
That's what truly makes a friend - when someone knows all your secrets and quirks, but still likes you anyway!
Andrea helped save my soul. She was patient with me as I slowly built my faith in God by following her example. I will be eternally grateful to her for that (literally)!
Everyone who knows her knows how special she is. Right now, she needs our prayers. Please keep her in your thoughts.
(This picture is at the County Line BBQ - Andrea is a "foodie" and loves to try out new foods and places to eat!)
Friday, June 13, 2008
Please pray for the new babes in Christ and all those that attended that they will take the things they learned and apply them to their lives.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Last weekend we helped host a "Prom Alternative" for the youth of Dripping Springs, Southwest, Buda/Kyle, and University churches of Christ. We started out with a wonderful dinner at an Italian restaurant, then went to the church building for dessert and entertainment. It was a great success thanks to the help of many people. It was a lot of fun and the young people told us they had a good time!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Josh and I enjoy each other's company and we're both looking forward to fishing together when we get to Paraguay - as fishers of men.
"And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men." Mark 1:17
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
At the end of the workshop there was a little pop quiz and Andrea, Cara, Josh, Mrs. Dye and I all won a little prize for answering the questions!
Brethren, please pray for this work and for our continued plans for entering this mission field. God bless! - TS
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
A lot is happening in these next few weeks as related to our mission work plans. Next weekend, we are going to Tennessee for a Paraguay Missions Workshop. The following week I will be presenting our plans to a local congregation. After that, on April 26, we are meeting Robert and Mary Martin to discuss mission strategy and other missionary related information. From there, we are driving down to West Palm Beach to visit with our family and friends. As soon as I get home, I have to start my 4th Qtr at SWSBS. Whew! Can someone say, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" We're looking forward to it!
This picture is of a Jaca fruit we saw in the mercado in Paraguay. It was real spikey. No idea what it tastes like - it was too scary looking to try!
Monday, March 31, 2008
My dad, Dwayne Spradlin, just had his first book published!
It is the result of several people asking him for a simple "introduction" to the Bible. He wrote it as a short read and to simply present an overview of what the Bible is about. Then, a person could begin their study of the Scriptures with a basic understanding of God's message to man.
I read it in one sitting while eating lunch! It's a great little book.
You can find it at: http://www.ketchpublishing.com/
Way to go, dad!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Ralph McClurg writes:
"The photo shows Debbie and Dea and Jim helping Claudia get out of her wheel chair and take some steps. She will get a therapy evaluation on May 9 with the hopes of getting the therapy she needs to help herself more. We will help her get a better wheel chair and some exercise equipment. Her father has to physically carry her up and down some very long steps when she leaves the house because there is no ramp to wheel her up. Both of her parents are devoted to her."
"We were thrilled last night when Claudia, a young lady in a wheel chair who has been studying with Melva, came to the hotel and said she wanted to be baptized. We have helped her previously with funds for physical therapy. She is improving physically, and last night she removed the doubt in her mind about her salvation."
Glory to God!
Monday, March 10, 2008
One of the boys, Pierce Jordan, was a little shy at first and repeatedly turned down the opportunity to have his turn at shooting. After about an hour of watching everyone else having a great time missing the targets, he finally decided to step up and shoot. Wouldn't you know it, he shot better than anybody there! He hardly ever missed and we really enjoyed watching him come out of his shell! (Again, no pun intended) It was a great day for all and we're now looking forward to many more youth events to come.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
That's when it dawned on me, I haven't seen this happen since I moved to Florida! As all my friends and family in Florida can tell you, there are only two seasons there: summer, and not summer. You just don't see entire neighborhoods popping out little buds like this.
Speaking of new beginnings, Andrea and I have accepted a "position" as youth workers for the Dripping Springs church of Christ. We are really excited about the opportunity to get to work with the youth there! They have a great bunch of kids and we're hoping to implement a strong activities program for them to be able to grow in. Please pray that this effort will be successful and that God will be glorified in it! - TS
Thursday, February 28, 2008
These are the words God spoke to Moses when describing who He was. (Ex 3:14) They indicate that God has always existed and will continue to exist. However, this affirmation is not enough evidence for some men. For thousands of years there have been those who deny that God exists. It is a topic that has been subject to debate for just as long and continues today under the guise of evolution and science.
Can one prove God exists? Empirically, no. Or, in other words, by using our five senses, the existence of God can neither be proven nor disproven. That does not mean, however, that there is an absence of evidence for God’s existence. There are many arguments one could use to build a case for God. These arguments use logic and the fundamental laws of nature as their basis for making a point.
One argument simply states that all design must have a designer. Since it can be shown that in all of nature there is design, the architect is concluded to be God. Another argument uses the logic of “cause and effect,” which states that any end result has to have an originating source. The universe is evidence of an effect, creation by God is attributed as the cause. One could also use the argument of morality. This shows man as having within himself an inherit sense of “ought” which causes him to behave differently than other animals. Since this cannot be attributed to some evolutionary cause, it is reasoned that God placed it within man.
The above are but a few of the evidences for God’s existence. These arguments rely on a person to be clear minded in his thinking. If a person opposes the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence that is presented to him will simply be dismissed. It is not difficult to understand this motive because if God does not exist, then man can do whatever he wants without fear of judgment. Men may reject that God exists, but God has declared, “I Am that I Am.” The evidence to support this claim is overwhelming.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Now, I am back in Texas. It hasn't taken long but I have now begun to miss little things about Florida. Cuban food, seafood, palm trees, alligators, and other little things. But, mostly I miss my family. My family at Palm Beach Lakes. My close friends and brethren in Christ who have become my dear family.
There are many little things I miss about home in Florida. These two little ones in this picture are some I miss the most.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
It was an excellent seminar and we really had a great time getting to know Kyle and Eric. They are really great guys! So, the rumor is: Andrea got a seminar for her birthday. The good news: she loved it! Happy birthday, Andrea!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here is a little video clip expressing our gratitude:
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Why do these preachers come in and preach a sermonette, to a bunch of Christianettes so they can all hurry up and go out to smoke their cigarettes? - Foy Wallace
We have a paper due today? - Chacko Pullyampalill
Sometimes you need tack and sometimes you need some contact. - Johnny Ramsey
Is that true, or are you just pulling my wing? - an angel