Wednesday, August 24, 2011


"Jesus In The Gospels" Disciple Bible Study Completed @ Tinney Chapel

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JESUS IN THE GOSPELS invites believers to look at Jesus in each of the four Gospels and ask the question, "Who is the Jesus that you see?" This study will deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message.

Two questions frame this study: "Who is the Jesus you bring with you to this study?" and "Who is the Jesus you take with you from this study?" JESUS IN THE GOSPELS takes participants on a journey from one question to the other.

While distinct in format and approach, this Bible study builds on the foundation and carries forward the philosophy and ideals that shaped DISCIPLE—high-commitment, long-term, disciplined study that fosters community and builds toward transformation.

JESUS IN THE GOSPELS is different from DISCIPLE Bible study in its approach to Scripture; it looks more closely at the Gospel texts, in the kind of daily preparation and study required of the participants, in lesson layout and design, and in the nature of the study and discussion that takes place in the weekly group meeting.

JESUS IN THE GOSPELS focuses on the portraits of Jesus found in the four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word in used in the title signals that this study takes an approach different from the familiar "life and teaching of Jesus" approach of reading stories and accounts of what Jesus said and did in order to draw conclusions about their meaning and about who Jesus was. This study looks at the way each Gospel writer presents events and teachings and at the picture of Jesus that emerges in each of the Gospels.

Lessons 1-22 concentrate on Matthew, Mark, and Luke with some related passages from John. Lessons 23-30 concentrate on the Gospel of John with supporting passages from other parts of the New and Old Testament. In the course of the thirty weeks, participants will read the four Gospels and considerable amounts of Scripture from other parts of the Bible.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011


"He Cares For Me" Sung By Tinney Chapel Choir Today

Pastor Sue's sermon, "Do You See The Invisible?" was inspired by Matthew 15:21-28.

With constant thanx to our devoted acolyte.

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Below is the Scripture, Matthew 15:21-26, for Pastor Sue's Sermon, titled, "Do You See The Invisible?":

Matthew 15:21-28

New International Version (NIV)

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

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Sunday, August 07, 2011


"Miracle Or Transformation" Preached @ Tinney Chapel

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Miracle Or Transformation
Sermon by Pastor Sue Gross
Based on Matthew 14:13-21

Matthew 14:13-21

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Obituary & Funeral Info for Nyla Dave Tinney Avant

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Nyla Dave Tinney Avant, 74, a longtime resident of Longview, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, at a local hospice following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Graveside services for Mrs. Avant are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Lee Cemetery in Winnsboro under direction of Welch Funeral Home, 4619 Judson Road.

Mrs. Avant was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Winnsboro to Taft and Linnie Tinney.

Nyla is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry D. Avant Sr. of Longview; daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and Tim Stauffer of Tyler; son, Donnie Avant of Longview; five grandchildren, Amber and Chris Benson of Longview; Nick Stauffer of Bridgeport; Brooke and Mason Avant of Longview; sister and brother-in-law, Bette and Herchel Chadick of Terrell; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Cindy Tinney of Winnsboro; and sister, Lynda Hollingsworth of Winnsboro; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins; and her extended school family.

Following in her parents' footsteps as an educator, Nyla received her teaching certificate from East Texas State College in 1958. She completed her masters in 1962. She taught in Seagoville for two years and then moved to Longview where she continued to teach for another 43 years. After her retirement, Nyla enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Jerry, traveled to many wonderful destinations often taking or meeting up with loved ones along the way. Nyla loved being outside, whether taking care of cows in earlier years or planting flowers in her gardens.

Pallbearers will be Billy Russell, Keith Hutchinson, Ray Hollingsworth, Lance Tinney, Chance Tinney and David Blair. Honorary pallbearers will be Amber Benson, Chris Benson, Brooke Avant and Mason Avant.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Welch Funeral Home.

The family requests memorials be made to Beacon Hospice, P.O. Box 5908, Longview, 75608; or to Texas Oncology, 1300 N. Fourth St., Longview, 75601.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on August 3, 2011

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