Warehouse with Bedrooms

Posted January 21, 2019 by Louis Rushmore
Categories: At the Office, Back at the House

I tell people that it took Martha three weeks to snag me (i.e., stalk, bag and mount me above the mantle) and two years to move me from Mississippi to Florida. I say a lot of silly things sometimes.

Nevertheless, Martha and I have moved from Winona, Mississippi to Ocala, Florida. I’ve learned not to go window shopping with Martha unless I’m willing to lug something to the car and later drag it into the house. Now I’ve learned also that just looking at some houses equates to a purchase of a new home. To my surprise, we looked at 10 houses on December 5, put an offer in on one of them the next day and closed on the house on December 31. That night, we slept on a mattress on the floor, but we lodged in our new domicile the very first night we and the loan company shared ownership of 8295 SW 56th Terrace, Ocala, FL 34476.

 

New Year’s Day, our two-year anniversary, we started back to Mississippi from Florida so we could pack and move our household. For two years, we had been hauling some of her belongings from Florida to Mississippi, and now we were carrying it all back—plus much, much more. Her son Bobby arrived in Winona with his tractor-trailer, and we, with the help of others, loaded everything from the bulkhead to the back doors of that 53-foot trailer. Still, we left a shed full of things and more things in the office to be retrieved at a later time. This, despite pulling a utility trailer and cramming the van as full as possible, too.

We constructed a 16-foot long ramp from 2×12’s and 2×4’s to accommodate hoisting things to the five-foot high truck bed. We mused that atop two furniture dollies, we essentially had a 16-foot long skate board that we could ride down the sloped driveway to the road—and possibly beyond!

Several brethren from two congregations in Florida helped us unload the tractor-trailer. Literally, our new home became a warehouse with bedrooms. Boxes and furniture filled the rooms and the garage wall-to-wall. It has been slow trying to unbox everything, and the job will not be complete until after we return in early March from our mission trip to Guyana, South America.

Martha and I are continuing our association with other team members of World Evangelism, though we have moved to Florida. The main difference is that we will not be making a daily presence at the Winona office and warehouse. I will continue to edit The Voice of Truth International and Gospel Gazette Online, and we will continue to visit stateside churches, as well as continue overseas mission trips to Asia and South America. January 30, we depart for Guyana; after traversing that nation with workshops, seminars, Gospel meetings, classes for children and classes for women, Martha and I expect to return to the USA on March 4. We solicit your prayers and invite you to participate with us financially; monetary gifts can be sent on our behalf to our overseeing congregation, the Siwell Road Church of Christ, 4075 South Siwell Road, Jackson, MS 39212.

Lately

Posted December 29, 2018 by Louis Rushmore
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Gospel Gazette OnlineLately, Martha and I have been in Florida, as noted in our most recent post. Sunday, December 13, it was my privilege to teach the a.m. Bible class in the auditorium for the Wildwood Church of Christ. Recently, I started compiling for a future book many of the questions and answers published over the last 20 years in Gospel Gazette Online. Consequently, I have been using some of those questions and answers for classes I teach and for sermons. This time, I discussed with the class “Can a Wife and Mother Work Outside the Home and Be Pleasing to God?” and “Can a Christian Sin and Be Lost?”

Martha and I have also worked on Gospel Gazette Online and The Voice of Truth International. Both magazines require considerable preparation time to keep the monthly and quarterly on track. Coworkers and we are delighted to have such an opportunity to edify and evangelize souls across the globe through these journals. Other activities, as well as spending time with some of Martha’s family for Christmas, have occupied our time.

Just today, I published to the Internet the first issue of Gospel Gazette Online for 2019. This is the result of several named and unnamed Christians who labor loyally without earthly compensation to bring this about. I remain thankful to each of them and to our readers worldwide, too. Be sure to make time for spiritual reading and study even during the hurried holidays. Visit Gospel Gazette Online at www.GospelGazette.com.

DeFuniak Springs, Florida

Posted December 5, 2018 by Louis Rushmore
Categories: Biblical Lesson, Good Friends, Preaching Appointments, Travel

This past Sunday, Martha and I visited two congregations in the vicinity of DeFuniak Springs, Florida. In the morning, we worshipped with the Liberty Church of Christ, and that evening, we assembled with the College Avenue Church of Christ. Both churches received us very well, and I was privileged to speak for each of them. We were greatly encouraged.

After evening worship, Martha and I enjoyed a carriage ride around the lake in the heart of town. The shore, surrounding homes and even in the lake itself were decorated with Christmas lights. The weather was just about perfect, and Martha and I enjoyed it all as well as one another’s companionship.

December Gospel Gazette Online

Posted December 5, 2018 by Louis Rushmore
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Gospel Gazette Online has been in continuous publication since January of 1999. With the December edition of GAZ, we have completed 20 years on the Internet. Thousands of articles are archived, and new material is added monthly. Articles by many Christian men and women comprise the website. It is a useful resource for personal study, class and sermon preparation, and bulletins. Drop us a line and let us know how you make GAZ work for you.

November Rushmore Newsletter

Posted November 21, 2018 by Louis Rushmore
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Whew! Rebecca, Martha and I just sent off the November 2018 edition of the Rushmore Newsletter, plus past, leftover newsletters to additional recipients. For several days, our living room looked like something between a warehouse fiasco and an obstacle course, as we processed about 2,000 newsletters for mailing. In addition, just a few moments ago, I sent 762 email notifications with links for the current newsletter. Altogether, then, nearly 3,000 physical and email addresses have been apprised of our mission labors. Imagine how 3,000 prayers could aid us in our meager efforts to spread the Gospel of Christ. Just think of how even small amounts of financial participation with us could fund our overseas mission activities and related fare. We humbly solicit your prayers so that God may be glorified and so that souls may be edified—Christians and non-Christians—worldwide.

Hot Off the Press!

Posted November 1, 2018 by Louis Rushmore
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Hot off the press—sort of. I just published the November issue of Gospel Gazette Online. So as to not delay publication, the November edition is appearing ahead of completing proofreading—looking for typos, punctuation and grammar adjustments. Life is busy, and my daughter who is our chief proofreader is aplenty busy with teaching school, teaching Bible classes and speaking this weekend for a ladies’ inspiration day in Arkansas. Evidently, Martha and I have been busy, too—not getting the issue of GAZ done in sufficient time for Rebecca to proof it already. I thought that while Martha and I were in Myanmar for a couple of weeks I would work in the evenings on GAZ, but spare time—as well as energy—was sparse.

We remain thankful for both the writers for and the readers of Gospel Gazette Online. Visit GAZ at www.GospelGazette.com. If you are not now receiving monthly notification when each new edition is available, request a free subscription at rushmore@gospelgazette.com.

Christmas in—October!

Posted October 31, 2018 by Louis Rushmore
Categories: Back at the House

Christmas in—October! Why not? Martha asked a couple of days ago if we could put up Christmas decorations. I hadn’t put up any of Bonnie’s Christmas decorations since she passed away in 2015. Christmas Day was her birthday, too. Bonnie grew up without any religious upbringing, and consequently, Christmas had no religious connotations for her and her family; it was merely a national holiday, a time of gift-giving and enjoying seasonal foods. For Bonnie, it was a secular Christmas, similarly as Saturday and Sunday migrated from their pagan origins to merely secular days.

So, Martha and I hauled Christmas fare from the attic in our Winona home. We did not put all of it up, but we squeezed a good portion of Xmas décor into our living room. Christmas in October? Why not? If retailers and their patrons can attempt to celebrate Christmas in July, why can’t Martha spread a little Christmas cheer about us. Besides, we don’t expect to be in Winona during the Christmas holidays; we plan on spending that time with three of Martha’s grandchildren and their parents in Ocala, Florida.

As a sidebar, a few years ago I was visiting a young family. I asked the children if their parents hadn’t told them that Christmas (gift-giving) happens twice a year—in July as well as December. Immediately, the little ones donned critical looks as they gazed at their parents, perhaps thinking that they had been shortchanged. I was more amused than were the parents!