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Bulletin for Sunday Sunday 11/05/2006


with Robert Prater

In just a few days Americans will be going to the "polls" to vote. We will elect new Congressional, state and local representatives, a governor and other state officers. As American citizens, we enjoy a privilege too few people enjoy - the right to select by popular vote the people who exercise authority over us, and to have some say in the decisions those people make. It's a privilege for which we should be grateful, and one that we ought to exercise as conscience and understanding dictate.

As effectively as our democratic system works in the civil realm, we run into problems when we attempt to apply the same principles to the household of God. The Lord is not the head of a democracy, a republic, or any other form of representative government. He is not interested in our choosing for ourselves how His business ought to be run, nor is He at all inclined to have decisions made by majority rule. He alone has the right to determine what is and is not appropriate for His people. His vote is the only one that counts.

The Bible warns us of what happens when people try to manage God's business in their own way. "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth." (1 Tim. 4:1-3) All the dangers Paul mentions here are symptoms of the same underlying condition - rejection of God's authority.

When individuals (or churches) decide that they know better than God does how they ought to conduct themselves, they not only disobey His commandments, but they invent their own rules and bind them upon others. They fall into the trap of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day, of whom He said, "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers'." (Matt. 23:4) Think of all the false doctrine men have concocted for themselves and for others, because some group somewhere decided that they could alter God's plan to suit themselves.

Of course, many are easily persuaded to "go along with the crowd" when others decide to abandon the truth. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables." (2 Tim. 4:3-4) But the Scriptures caution us not to be swayed by what "everyone" wants to do. "My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent," wrote the wise king. (Prov. 1:10) "You shall not follow a crowd to do evil," the Lord God told the Israelites. (Exodus 23:2)

If we learn any lesson from secular politics, it should be that the majority is often not in the right, and quite frequently is in the wrong. When it comes to principles of faith, God's direction is always the correct one, no matter how many others may disagree. The Lord always constitutes a majority, even if it's a majority of only two: He and you.



This next Sunday, November 5, Dr. Mike O'Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian University, will be speaking to us at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Combined teen and adult classes will meet in the auditorium. We will have a potluck luncheon following the morning service. Remember to bring enough for yourself and visitors.


There is a sign up sheet on the foyer table for volunteers for the Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway on Saturday, December 2. Please sign up and be a part of this gratifying work serving the Lord and helping people in need.


Our family offers praises of Thanksgiving unto God for you and rejoices that you shared in Dale's victory and paid tribute with beautiful flowers to his Christ-centered life.

"Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ."

Pat Ward & Family

Carolyn and George Mastick would like to thank all those who have donated large suitcases for the Nicaragua Mission Trip. We have received eleven already. We found several on our porch when we arrived home recently. Don't forget to save those soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc. from your motel stays. We found out that we helped over 4,000 individuals on our trip this summer. It was with your help this was accomplished. There were eleven baptisms, not eight as I reported. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!


Nadine Magee has a broken hip after a fall in her home on Wednesday of last week. Surgery was done last Thursday and she was moved to South Campus, room 302, on Monday to begin therapy. She will probably remain there about 10 days.

Clavin Norwood's mother, Elizabeth Watson, is now home after shoulder surgery in Paris, Texas.

Sue Riedel's daughter, Vicki Williams, is back home in the nursing home after spending several additional days in a Lawton hospital.

Sarah Smith's grandson, Justin Schaffer, will have heart surgery at Presbyterian Hospital on November 7. Sarah will have shoulder surgery at Deaconess Hospital on the next day.

Melba Boston and Harvey Moore continue to need and appreciate your prayers.

We all seem to have family members or friends serving in our armed forces. Please continue to remember them in your prayers.


The coat give away is Saturday, December 2. We are in need of sizes 8 through 18. Adults, XLG thru 3X along with caps, gloves, and blankets. Please remember - no clothing, shoes or toys. Donations always welcome.

Youth News

Bob Stephens

Congratulations to the guys on the football team, Austin Beard and Jason Perry played towards an exciting win last Friday night. They have only one more regular season game this Friday. It's a special night for Jason. It's Senior Night. Good job fellas!

We have set a date for the annual hayride. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18th. Everyone is invited to come. It will be at our place in Earlsboro (only a few miles east) starting at 5:00 p.m. So plan to be there!

Teens don't forget to take a look at the LTC sign-up sheets. You have until the end of November to decide what you want to do. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. It's a great way to learn new ways to serve the Lord. And to get to know other teens in the group better.


November 5, AWTG at SW in Ada - leave at 3:45 p.m. return by 9:00 p.m.

November 18, Saturday - Hay-Ride at the Stephens @5:00 p.m.


November 5, Dr. Mike O'Neal, president Oklahoma Christian, speaks 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., potluck luncheon following

Supply list posted on the bulletin board in the foyer for items needed to fill sacks for the prison ministry. See Ann Perry for further information.

November 23, 24, Thanksgiving; church office closed

December 2, Central Annual Coat Give Away

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"Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all."
Augustine -- 8^{)


Bible School 149
Worship Service 211
Sunday Evening 152
Wednesday Evening 107
Contribution $4,387.25


Sunday, November 5, 2006

Announcements:Dale Beard
Opening Prayer:Paul Harris
Song Director:Dwyane Dennis
Scripture:Wade Baskin
Sermon:Dr. Mike O'Neal
Closing Prayer:Chuck Carter


Terry Lowe Bob Stephens
Kenton McGalliard Brian Nipper


Scott Perry John Aylor


Gene Norton Geoff Root


Foyer:Gene & Dorothy Norton
Elevator:Geoff & Carolyn Root


Paula Harris Cathy Pettyjohn


Terry Banta


Dale Beard Ron Taffe


Opening Prayer:Robert Perry
Song Director:Dwyane Dennis
Scripture:Jason Perry
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:George Mastick



Austin Beard Burl Vanlandingham


Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Clavin Norwood
Scripture:Austin Beard


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

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