GONE HOME! Paul Stanley Knecht, 82, of Sellersburg went “home” to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Maple Manor Christian Home in Sellersburg.

He was born March 13, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Paul and Mary Knecht. He earned his PhD at Michigan State University before becoming a professor at Northern State University in South Dakota.

Survivors include Louise V. Knecht, of South Dakota; John Knecht and his wife, Tamara, of Louisville, Ky.; Charles Knecht and his wife, Beverly, of Mackville, Ky.; Louis “Mickey” Knecht and his wife, Molly, of Floyds Knobs; Madellene Hickman, of Georgetown; Betty Allen and her husband, Dennis, of Salem; Mary Lewter and her husband, Billy, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Isaac Henry Knecht and Jerimiah John Knecht.

20th ANNUAL CRUSADE FOR CHRIST was held March 26-29,2012 at the Oak Grove Church of Christ and sponsored by: Pine Grove Church of Christ, Independence. A great week of fellowship and feeding on the Word of God was had by all in attendance. We were uplifted by numerous messages dealing with God’s perspective delivered by Ray Naugle, Mike Abbott, Joe Stone, Robert Johnson, Sonny Childs, Kenneth Istre and Bennie Hill. Once again the area ladies outdid themselves serving two meals daily. The Thursday evening meal was fried catfish and earlier in the week was plenty of gumbo, Jumbalaya, beef brisket as well as fried chicken. I’m beginning to understand why the Wilson – Preston – Wood look forward to their annual reunion. What a special to all. Several homes were opened for housing for overnight guest. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

THURSDAY MAY 3, 2012 marks the 61st annual National Day of Prayer. Cities and churches throughout the nation will hold prayer gatherings to recognize God’s goodness and to thank Him for the many blessings He has poured on America. Millions will gather to seek His guidance and protection for our national and local leaders, our communities, and our families.

“One nation under God” is this year’s theme, based on Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. “ In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord proclaims “If my people, who call on My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land,”

REVIVAL: LeCompte Church of Christ, Louisiana May 4 -7, 2012 with evangelist, Mike Abbott. This is Friday through Monday. Bro. Dillard Fontenot, minister, encourages you to remember the meeting in prayer.

Revival: Community Church of Christ, Louisville, KY – Ron Flora: Minister. Speaker: Scott Reeder, Bordon Church of Christ. May 6-9, 2012

WOODLAND BIBLE CAMP camping season is fast approaching. Churches and interested individuals should have received schedules by now. For applications or additional information please write Woodland Bible Camp 15243 W. 150 N., Dugger, Ind 47848 or check out their website: woodlandbiblecamp.org The first official camp week is: Senior Week (Grades 9-12 & First two years of college June 10-June 16. Directors: John Kesel, Justin Adams & Tim Parrott.

KY-IND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: July 30 – August 2, 2012 at Portland Christian Schools (East Campus) 8509 Westport Road. Louisville, KY 40242  502.266.9892 ALL SESSIONS! Theme: “No Other Name Under Heaven”

SENIOR CITIZENS WEEK is September 10-14, 2012 (Mon.-Fri.) Directors: J.R. & Pie Satterfield, Bennie & Adele Hill. Contact J.R. at 812) 949-1959. Theme: “Telling HIStory!” Great week of Christian fellowship being planned you won’t want to miss!

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE? DeRonna Riddick, Hamilton, OH www.pastorswife.net

God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Proverbs 20:30

  1. God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags……if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water. Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? James 1:2-3
  2. God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something….health, money, a relationship……by losing it. attention to your laws.” Psalm 119:71-72
  3. God uses problems to PROTECT you. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Genesis 50:20
  4. God uses problems to PERFECT you. Problems, when responded to correctly,are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity. Romans 5:3-4

God is at work in your life-–even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it’s much easier and profitable when you COOPERATE with Him.