with Robert Prater
One of the great obstacles that we face today as Christians is the old nemesis of materialism. The American Heritage Dictionary defines materialism as "worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life" and "undue regard for worldly concerns." The person who would follow Christ faces no greater problem than the problem of wrong attitudes toward money and material things. One of the most basic, fundamental choices a human being ever makes is whether to serve God or money. Materialism is a matter of attitude. And it is just as much a temptation for those who have little as it is for those who have much.
A materialistic person neglects spiritual priorities for material ones. Oftentimes it is difficult to get members of the church involved in the work and fellowship of the Lord because they are so weighted down with the cares of the world. Because the material things of the world have taken priority over spiritual things, their involvement in the church suffers. Christians who used to be faithful in their attendance on Sunday and Wednesday nights have let the things of the world keep them from seeking first the kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) Some of God's people have also made the wrong choices about material things, and therefore, they cannot give "as they have been prospered" (1 Cor. 16:1-2) because of so much consumer debt and living beyond their means.
Maintaining spiritual priorities in this extremely materialistic, 21st Century American culture is not easy. It is a battle that all of us face everyday of our lives. Yet, we cannot straddle the fence between godliness and worldliness. Jesus warned, "No man can serve two masters--you cannot serve both God and money." (Mt. 6:24; Ja 4:4) We are either slaves of God or slaves to the world - no fence straddling. And may we always remember that the choices we make about materialism will determine our eternal destination. As someone has aptly stated, "What happens to us in the hereafter depends on what we are here after!" Friends, it is vital that we lay up treasures in heaven rather than upon earth. (Mt. 6:19-21)
- - Robert - -
We extend our loving sympathy to the family of Clarice Jean Radar. Clarice passed away on February 26 in Mariposa, California. She was the daughter of the late Browder and Merl Brundege who were members at Central. She was the sister of Kay Villines of Durant who has been a frequent visitor at Central was also the cousin of Frank Burton and Roe and Louise Honaker. Clarice maintained her ties with Central even after the death of her parents. Her last visit was in May of 2004. Funeral services were pending in Mariposa when the Gospel Guide was prepared.
LOOKING IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES
One time a very shy young man went to a bookstore to buy a book on the most effective way to find and romance a woman. The store clerk was a woman, so the shy young man couldn't bring himself to ask her for help. After spending much time and searching on every shelf, he finally spotted a book that looked helpful. The book was simply titled "Ways to Woo." He timidly brought it up to the counter, and the woman clerk said, "Are you sure you want volume 12 of the encyclopedia?"
Its easy for people, shy or not, to look in the wrong places for the right answers. Book titles can be misleading, and smart people can be mistaken. Many people spend their whole lives searching for answers that are only found in the Bible. May we always remember, and remember to tell others, that only God's word is "a lamp to our feet and a light to our path." (Psalm 119:105)
- Dennis Lynn
Millie Riley is now living at Golden Rule Home #35, P. O. Box 1853, (38801 Hardesty Road), Shawnee, OK 74801.
David Nail is now living at 614 N. Park #A, Shawnee, OK 74801
We want to thank everyone who came to our shower and all the great gifts we received. It meant so much to us! A special thanks to Betty [Emery], Rita [Romberg] and Janet [Stephens] who gave us the shower. Thank you so much to everyone who gave on the group gift. We love you all,
Jeff Lawerance and Tina Kappes
Floy Turner had gall bladder surgery Monday morning at Unity Health Center. Surgery went well and she is in room 217A.
Glenn Watson was in Unity Health Center, room 319 with pneumonia.
What a wonderful thing it was to see Dorothy Strickland able to be in our services for the first time in many months.
Aubrey Mercer is back in Shawnee after a visit to California which lasted much longer than planned due to illness.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Betti Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Ray Davis (Paul Harris' dad) Harold & Clydean Decker, Mary Gaines, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson (Yuavonda Sperry's uncle), Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Don Allen McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Eddie Morris (Louise Dixson's brother and Jim Pettyjohn's cousin) Monroe Pettyjohn, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Doris Whittern, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, Viola Yates, and Verna Nell Young. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
March 20, New song class, 7 p.m.
April 3, Daylight Saving Time begins
April 6, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows
April 13 - 17, Gospel Meeting, Tecumseh, Chris Stinnett, Seminole
April 16, Oklahoma Heart Association Blood Drive
It was great to have the Tecumseh FFA as our guests in Sunday morning worship. Thank you to the Nipper family for hosting them. Speaking of Nipper's, Chris and Tanner Nipper have been busy showing their livestock. The weekend before last in a Stillwater contest, Chris placed second and Tanner placed 5th and 3rd on their heifers. And this past weekend, Chris received a 1st, a Grand and a Reserve for his heifers at the Tecumseh Local FFA show. Good job fellas!
This weekend was a busy one for Matt and Andy Stephens. Their Tecumseh Savage basketball team played 3 games in as many days, winning the Regional Consolation game in Weatherford on Saturday, giving them the opportunity to move on to the Area playoffs. Good luck guys! And Matt Stephens' picture was featured in the Shawnee News-Star on Saturday.
It's time to beg! The kids will be going to Tulsa for the LTC Convention at the end of this month. Rita [Romberg] has graciously volunteered once again to coordinate the meals for us. If you are interested in supplying water or pop, just take it downstairs to the kitchen. If you want to know of anything else we might need or if you would like to donate see Rita. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We appreciate it more than you know!
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
March 4,5 - Friday-Saturday, Spring Visit at OC for juniors and seniors
March 5 - Saturday, Youth Forum and Spring Sing
March 6 - Sunday, LTC Drama at 2 p.m. Chorus at 4 p.m.
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Psalm 150:1 - 2
Hope to see you here Sunday!