with Robert Prater
Please continue to work toward and pray about our upcoming Warmth from the Heart coat distribution this Saturday morning, December 4th. This is such a tremendous effort to better serve those in our community who have physical needs and to also reach out to them with the saving gospel of Christ. Thank you all for the wonderful way you have responded this year as requests were made for your donations. Friends, someone in need will be blessed by your donation. It is a blessing to work with people who are ready to answer such calls.
Brethren, it is never enough to just talk about Christianity; we must "walk the walk." Nike, the people who make the sporting goods and clothes, made famous the motto: "Just Do It!" After all the conditioning, training, instruction, and learning, there is a time for action. Spiritually, it is a little tougher for us to say, "Just do it", but I believe it is a biblical principle. Look in Matthew 25 at all the action words that Jesus uses in telling us about a portion of the criteria that God will expect of His people on the day of judgment - feed, give, invite, clothe, and visit. It is almost as though He says, "Don't talk about it. Don't analyze it. Don't try to justify not doing it. Just do it!" Jesus says to His apostle's and to us, "go….make….baptize...teach." (Mt. 28:18-20) "Just do it!" Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about their contribution for the needy saints in Jerusalem and Judea. He had previously praised and encouraged them for having the desire to help. Now it was time to act and he pointedly said, "Now therefore perform the doing of it….." (2 Corinthians 8:11). "Just do it!
There is so much to be done here at the Central Church of Christ. Souls are waiting for us to love them, teach them, encourage them, and help them make it to the ultimate journey of life, heaven. We have been taught and admonished. We understand God's word. The fourth book of the New Testament is called "Acts (Actions) of the Apostles." Christians are called to action. It is time to "just do it." It is time to invite people to Bible class and worship. It is time to visit the hurting, the bereaving, and those who need our love and encouragement. It is time to share the gospel of Jesus with others. By the way, our time is short. We must "just do it" NOW!
- - Robert - -
In a time of extravagance and waste, Calvin Coolidge became President. Born in Plymouth, Vermont, on July 4, 1872, Coolidge was the son of a village storekeeper, and a man determined to preserve the old moral and economic precepts in the midst of great material prosperity.
President Coolidge's conservatism revealed itself in every aspect of his life, including his well-known frugality. Knowing of his respect for his bankroll, his wife, Grace, nevertheless fell for the blandishments of a traveling book salesman and bought one of those 1800-page "home medical advisers" for something like fifteen dollars (a lot of money in those days). No sooner than the salesman departed, Grace began to have grave misgivings. "What will Calvin say?" "How am I going to tell him?" Finally, she decided to put the book down on the library table, and await the explosion which would follow when her husband found it. To her amazement, nothing was said about it at all. Finally, after several days, Mrs. Coolidge opened the book and found that her husband had written a note on the fly-leaf. "I have looked carefully through all 1800 pages of this work," it read, "and find no cure whatever for a sucker."
"Buyer's remorse" is not unknown to most of us. "Why did I buy this?" "I could have used my money more wisely." Such mistakes are seldom of such magnitude to really threaten us financially, but they certainly leave us disappointed with ourselves.
An Old Testament prophet once asked, "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?" This pictures life in its dissatisfaction and hunger. It's the condition of the soul apart from God - a sense of unrewarding, fruitless labor.
The antidote for an unfulfilled life is a willingness to diligently listen to God and come to Him (Isaiah 55:1-3). When that decision is made, there will be no remorse. John Gipson
Windsong Church of Christ, Little Rock, AR
There will be a Christmas party/fellowship for all those in Robert Prater's Sunday morning Young Adult/Families class on Friday evening, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Bob and Louise Perry. Please bring finger foods, pop, or desserts. Also, please bring a Dirty Santa gift. (No more than $10)
Thank you for the food again. It was a big help and was delicious! Hope to bring Jordan to church soon. Love in Christ, The Carter Family
Dwyane Dennis was admitted to Unity North on Saturday and dismissed the following Monday. (Is a dog really man's best friend? Ask Dwyane!)
Harvey Moore was admitted to Integris Southwest early Sunday morning. He was improving at publication time and was in room 601.
Charles Thomas was admitted to Unity North with pneumonia last Friday evening... He was in room 205 at publication time and hoping to go home on Wednesday.
Bob Hardin spent several days in Unity North following a heart attack. He has had severe heart damage and will be checking with his doctor in two weeks for possible further treatment.
Denise Beard's newborn great nephew is in critical condition at Children's Hospital. He will possibly be facing open heart surgery if the hole he has in his heart does not close.
Sarah Smith will be having cancer thyroid surgery on December 4th at Baptist Integris Hospital.
It was so good to see James Childers and Cathy Pettyjohn able to be with us for worship on Sunday. We also enjoyed our visit from Tad McGalliard.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Betti Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Harold & Clydean Decker, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Harvey Moore, Eddie Morris (Louise Dixson's brother & Jim Pettyjohn's cousin), Ruth Nevills, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Naomi (Richards) Rutledge, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorenson, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, 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.
Sunday, December 5, the girls of the youth group will be going out to lunch and traveling to Oklahoma City to tour some holiday houses. The guys will meet them at 5 p.m. at the Cherokee Hills church for an area wide. If you have any questions (girls), direct them toward Janet!! Since the area wide will be over by 6 p.m. we will eat out on the way back, so bring a little money.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
November 27 - Saturday, Dinner and Chickasha Lights Trip
December 5 - Sunday - Girls Day Out, AWTG @ Cherokee Hills, leave 4 p.m.
December 12 - Sunday - Ginger Bread House Construction & Devo at the Gettles'
December 18 - Saturday - Teen Christmas Party at the Cross'
December 4, Last Warmth from the Heart coat distribution
December 17, Young Adult/Families Sunday morning class Christmas party/fellowship, Bob & Louise Perry's, 7 p.m.
December 19, New Song Class, 7 p.m.
December 22 & 29, Ladies class will not meet
December 22 & 29, No classes; devotional for all ages in auditorium
January 5, Ladies class resumes 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows