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Bulletin for Sunday Sunday 05/07/2006


with Robert Prater

One more word about Bible Translations from last Sunday evening's sermon. I know that to some, new translations of the Bible are a source of great concern and confusion. However, it must always be kept in mind that all of the English versions of the Bible are simply translations of the Biblical text (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) into a person's own native language. The best translations try to achieve both accuracy and readability. The goal is to faithfully translate the message of the original writings in a language that the reader can easily understand. Now, in spite of what some might say, there is no "one version" that is the only correct, reliable one, including the King James. The KJV has been a great version for nearly 400 years. It was produced to give the people of the early seventeenth century a Bible in their own language, common English, which could be easily understood. It has filled that need wonderfully. But it hardly fills that requirement any more, for our language has changed considerably.

The American Standard Version of 1901 is generally considered the most accurate English version, but its style is considered too "woodenly literal" and difficult to understand by most modern readers. As a result, there is the ongoing need for a version, or versions, in our "common language" of today. That is why such versions as the Revised Standard, New American Standard, New International Version, New King James Version, and the most recent English Standard Version have been produced. All of these are produced by a committee of many conservative Biblical scholars and I consider all to be reliable versions. Each version has some advantages, and each has some shortcomings.

I would personally recommend using all these different translations for comparative reading and studying purposes to help better understand the meaning of a given passage. However, I believe paraphrases such as the New Living Translation,
East-to-Read Version, and The Message should be considered more as a commentary than an actual genuine translation to be used for serious Bible study. I also believe that one-man translations like the Phillips and McCord's Translation should be used in conjunction with a legitimate committee translation so as to avoid less personal religious bias in the text. I would not recommend the wording of any translation (in whole or in part) that does not accurately reflect the meaning of the words from the inspired text of the Bible.

Wayne Jackson concludes in his booklet, The Bible Translation Controversy, "There needs to be a more balanced, scriptural and informed presentation on this subject than some have been giving……….in the final analysis, translation selection is a matter of Christian liberty. We have enough real conflicts in the church without ‘going to war' over issues that can be handled in a kinder and gentler manner.' (p. 30)

Friends it is my prayer that by diligent study and comparison all students of the Bible will come to a knowledge of the truth and that all will submit in obedience to the will of God expressed in His precious Word.



We extend our loving sympathy to the family of former member Jessie Lewis who passed away in Oklahoma City on Wednesday of last week. Funeral services were conducted on Monday morning at the Quail Springs Church of Christ.

We also offer our sympathy to all the family of Inez Lairson who died Friday of last week in an Oklahoma City hospital. She was the mother of gospel preacher Phil Lairson, the wife of the late B.D. Lairson, and the sister-in-law of Rosie Brightwell, Ellen Childers, and Charles Lairson. Phil Lairson conducted funeral services at the Highland Church of Christ in Tecumseh on Tuesday afternoon.

Our love and sympathy are also extended to Pat Copeland in the recent loss of her step-son, John Copeland. Memorial services were held last Sunday afternoon in Tecumseh.


To the ladies of the Monday night class, On behalf of the ladies at Central, I would like to thank you for the Appreciation Luncheon you provided us this past Sunday. The decorations, food served, Marcia's speech and the ‘style show' were all delicious and fantastic. Your love and hard work was overwhelming.

Ann for the Central ladies

Thanks to all the ladies who planned and organized the ladies luncheon on April 30. The food was delicious and the program outstanding. Thanks again.

A Christian sister, Vesta [Mays}

The very successful ladies luncheon this past Sunday (over 80 in attendance) was planned and presented by the ladies who meet from time to time on Monday evenings. Due to their erratic meeting schedule, it is not announced, but all ladies are invited to participate who would enjoy it. They meet from mid September through early May. Anyone interested should contact Paula Harris or Marcia Dennis.


Virgil Beasley was admitted to ICU at Unity Health Center on Friday of last week and was dismissed on Monday.

Gerald Smith is home and doing well following knee replacement surgery.

Hazel Lee Behrnes was discharged from Unity Health Center on Thursday of last week. She is able to have brief visits at home.

Bill and Diane Lawerance's daughters-in-law are both doing well after surgeries last week.

Erma Dean Farris had cataract surgery in Tulsa on Wednesday of last week and was in worship this past Sunday.

Leoh Roberts is in assisted living room 114 at the Golden Rule Home.

Paul Harris's dad was scheduled for surgery at Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon this past Tuesday.


Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Virgil Beasley, Betty Bernard, Melba Boston, Bettie Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Ray Davis (Paul Harris' dad) Harold & Clydean Decker, Clovie Dossey, Ethel Fast, Bill Fleming, Mary Gaines, John & Sue Hamilton (Sarah Smith's sister & brother-in-law), Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson (Yuavonda Sperry's uncle), Carol Mahnke, Mary Martin, Don Allen McNutt, Harvey Moore, Ed O'Neal, Niki Peltier, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Cody Veteto (friend of Bob & Janet Stephens), Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, and Viola Yates All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers

Youth News

Bob Stephens

Camp applications are in the foyer, youth house and on the youth bulletin board. Fill them out and turn them in to Robert, me or the office.


Sunday, May 7th, AWTG @ Wilshire, leave at 4 p.m.

Burnt Cabin youth camp is June 11 - 17


May 6, Elders/Deacons Planning Breakfast, 8 a.m. at Benton's Cafe

May 6, 27th Annual Bible Teachers Workshop, "Encouraging the Encourager" (the Teacher), Eastside, Duncan; see bulletin board

May 21, Senior Reception honoring Nathan Kelly and Chris Nipper

May 29, Memorial Day, church office closed

June 11 - 17, Burnt Cabin Camp

July 17 - 21, Central's VBS

September 17 - 20, Central's Gospel Meeting with Kent Allen, Memorial Rd., OKC

Hope to see you here Sunday!

"Satan's cause is never more in danger than when a human being,
no longer desiring, but still intending to do God's will,
looks around upon a world from which every trace of God seems to have
vanished and asks why he has been forsaken, yet still obeys."
C. S. Lewis -- 8^{)


Bible School 133
Worship Service 198
Sunday Evening 153
Wednesday Evening 109
Contribution $4,989.79


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Announcements:Dale Beard
Opening Prayer:Roger Farris
Song Director:Adam Beard
Scripture:Arik Parman
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Ron Taffe


Terry BantaTracy Gettle
Clavin NorwoodAustin Beard


Tim NortonGlenn Watson


Gene NortonBill Lawerance/TD>


Foyer:Gene & Dorothy Norton
Elevator:Bill & Diane Lawerance


Linda CarpenterDiane Lawerance


Howard Vanlandingham


Opening Prayer:Dwyane Dennis
Song Director:Nathan Kelly
Scripture:Ryan Parman
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:John Aylor



Buddy TruesdellChuck Carter


Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Nathan Kelly
Scripture:Jason Perry


James Reeves
If unable to serve this week, notify Frank Romberg - 273-1297

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