PUT THE SALT IN
"Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt?" (Job 6:6).
"Salt is what tastes so bad if you don't have any of it," said the little boy. And we know exactly what he means. If I am going to eat an egg, I want some salt to go with it. If there is no salt, then just forget the egg as far as I am concerned. It's a necessary ingredient.
In answer to his "miserable comforters," Job wanted his friends to know that he wasn't complaining without cause. If he had spoken bitterly, it was because he had suffered grievously. His body was afflicted, he was enduring poverty, bereavement, and mental depression. He had every reason for sorrow. After all, doesn't the wild ass bray when he has no food? If dumb animals complain when they are starving, why shouldn't he? "Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt?" Job says, "My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me."
Job seems to be saying, "I have reason for my complaints. If I had everything I once had, you wouldn't hear any murmuring from me. But I have been greatly tried, and therefore I cry out."
I wonder how many other people feel like Job? The zest of life is gone; no joy remains which gives meaning to existence; in short, they are ready to cash it in. Like those who find no flavor in their food, they loathe every bite they take. Life is as tasteless as the white of an egg. Darkness is their guide; despair is their leader.
Why go on feeding upon that which is tasteless? If the life you are living hasn't brought satisfaction, maybe you need to make a change. Why, like the prodigal son, do you go on eating husks when there is food in your Father's house? Good food . . . in abundance.
If you are tired of your bland menu, put the salt in, brother; put the salt in. Early Christians found the "abundant life" and "joy unspeakable." You can too! John Gipson, January 16, 1975, Little Rock, Arkansas
THE BOOK OF REVELATION
The church in Prague is hosting a seminar on the book of Revelation on Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon. It will be taught by Gary Henson of the Oklahoma City School of Biblical Studies. Additional information may be found in "Looking Ahead."
LADIES DAY AT BELL & FARRALL
Dear sisters in Christ,…We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our Second Annual Ladies Day program. Our speaker this year will be Phyllis Davis of Dallas, Texas speaking on the theme "Me, Myself, and I or God." We will also have a group of ladies from Southwestern Christian College hosting a session for the young ladies. The program will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. A continental breakfast will be served and registration will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at the close of the program. Our sisters have worked diligently to prepare an informative and edifying day for you. It is our sincere hope and desire that you will join us for this day of spiritual enrichment.
Your sisters in Christ at Bell & Farrall
The Westside congregation in Norman will host a pre-marriage seminar for engaged couples on Saturday, May 1. There will be two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.). There will be a breakfast at 8:30, a noon meal at 12 and two refreshment breaks. Everything will be provided free of charge. The seminar will be taught by Leon Dennis. Participants are asked to pre-enroll by calling 329-0392.
A wedding shower is planned for Jordan Parmer and Christi Rettig on May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the fellowship room. If you would like to participate in a group gift, see Mary Kelly or Rita Romberg.
I would like to thank everyone who so generously made donations to our LTC trip. We had a great time! Once again our kids represented Central well. We should all be very proud of them.
Margaret Hanifan returned home from the rehabilitation hospital on Friday of last week. Betty Martin was scheduled to have eye surgery at Unity North on Wednesday of this week. Emma White had outpatient knee surgery recently and is doing well at home. We knew of no one in the hospital when this week's Gospel Guide was prepared.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Gwen Barrett, Louise Barrett (Kathy Peerson's mother), Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Lucille Bowers, Letha Buford, Harold Carothers, James Childers, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Elizabeth Garbe, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis, Earnest & Vesta Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Dean Wall, Doris Whittern, Argil Wiggins, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, Viola Yates, Verna Nell Young, and Tollie Zitterkopf. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your remembrance of them in prayer.
Well, LTC 2004 is over! Even though it was a little soggy, what a great weekend we had! Central was well represented by our kids. They represented the church well, more importantly, they represented God well. They always do!
There were approximately 1,930 3rd - 12th graders participating in the Tulsa convention this year. It's such a wonderful thing to see the church being represented by so many enthusiastic young men and women wanting to please God in all they do. Central had 24 students participating this year, and 28 parents/coaches/siblings/spectators along with us. Thank you to all the coaches, parents and supporters for their encouragement and help, we couldn't have done it without you. Also to those who helped by providing pop, water or money for the trip, Thank you. Without the help of all of you, this trip would be impossible to pull off.
April 18, Sunday - Volleyball Tournament in Tecumseh
April 28, Wednesday - Deadline for Six Flags/Rangers Trip cost $30.
April 14 - 17, Gospel meeting, Tecumseh, 7 p.m., Leon Dennis, Westside, Norman
April 16, 17, Seminar on book of Revelation, Prague, Friday, 7 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - Noon (lunch provided), 1 - 3 p.m., Gary Henson, Oklahoma City School of Biblical Studies
April 17, Ladies Day at Northridge, salad luncheon; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
April 18, New Song Class, 7 p.m.
April 24, Ladies Day, Bell & Farrall, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Phyllis Davis, Dallas, Texas, "Me, Myself, & I or God," continental breakfast & lunch
May 1, Pre-marriage seminar, Westside, Norman, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Leon Dennis; call 329-0392 to pre-enroll.
May 1, Bible Teachers Workshop, Eastside, Duncan