Bulletin for Sunday 08/12/2007
AMONG FRIENDS - Robert Prater
The following article is from the gifted hand of Marty Kessler, preacher for the Choctaw congregation. Marty has been a good friend to me and a great fellow laborer with me in God’s kingdom. I know personally just how much he loves the truth, Lord and His church. I think you will find his article very timely and needed for today’s religious culture.
TO WHOM ARE YOU LISTENING?
“Give us a king to judge us!” the Israelites demanded of Samuel. Why did they want a king? “That we also may be like all the nations”, was their reason. A pitiful aspiration for a nation whose God was the Lord. (1 Sam. 18:1-22)
Israel failed to identify solely with God. Lacking confidence in their identity as His people, they foolishly began to identify with the Canaanite nations around them. Research tells how the Canaanite culture and religion were steeped in sensuality. Archaeological finds, extant artifacts and especially the Ras Shamra tablets found in 1928 have shed much light on their dark and sordid ways. It is said that Canaanite religion was more sexually depraved than any in the ancient world. Rather than be repulsed by their sensual conduct, the Israelites emulated them and abandoned God in the process. (1 Samuel 8)
Not much has changed, The church (God’s people) still tends to look around and see what the neighbors are doing. We sometimes forget that we are God’s people, pilgrims in a land where we don’t belong, and that is not our home.
We see church marquees that advertise contemporary worship. “Contemporary” essentially means that it is according to what’s going on now. Is this how we Christians should order our worship? Should we be looking for what’s going on around us now to judge how we will approach God? If our worship practices are based on what is going on around us rather than the word of God, we are worshipping in the wrong direction.
We see churches changing their name. Is this due to a newfound Biblical injunction, or is this also done to keep up with the religious Joneses? Jesus provided us with all kinds of descriptors for His church: ‘Body of Christ’, ‘Bride of Christ’, church of God’, church of the firstborn’, church of Christ, etc. Each ‘name’ if you will, reflecting in some way an identity with God or His Son.
Today’s monikers however, reflect not an identity with God, but a variety of social and quasi-religious ideas. ‘Life church’, ‘Family church’, ‘Church on the Rock’, ‘Community church’, ‘Victory church’, even ‘cowboy church.’ Even Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and such are handles unknown in Holy Scripture. It’s not that the people who make such changes are evil; the problem is that they’re just not listening to God.
If listening to and heeding the word of the Lord makes you and me different from the rest of the world, Hallelujah! After all, if we wanted to be like the world, why would we want to part of the church anyway? Isn’t that a reasonable question? Seems like I read somewhere that friendship with the world is hostility towards God. (James 4:4) We need to listen to that. -- Marty Kessler, Minister, Choctaw Church of Christ
Jeff Lawerance responded to the Lord’s invitation on Sunday morning. He made a very courageous confession to be restored to the Lord and His church and humbly requested our prayers to be a better Christian husband. We appreciate so very much Jeff’s desire to live a life that honors God and blesses his family. Please continue to keep Jeff, his wife Tina and their 7 month old daughter Kate Olivia, in your prayers. Jeff is the son of Bill and Diane Lawerance. They live at 28 E. Midland St., 74804. Phone number is 640-3179.
Sunday evening we were delighted to welcome Lysa Park and her two fine boys Eric (8) and Adam (5) into God’s family here at Central. They recently moved to Shawnee and come to us from the Westside congregation in Norman. Please take the time to meet this fine family and give them a warm Central welcome. Their address is 47 Northridge, 74804. Phone number is 395-9767.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Mary Martin who passed away early Tuesday morning. Funeral services were pending with Walker Funeral Chapel at the publishing of The Gospel Guide.
We extend our best wishes to Margaret Hanifan on becoming a great grandmother to Jack Woodrow Dunn, IV. Parents are Jack and Krista Dunn, and grandparents are Jack and Richi Dunn. Fredith Hanifan is the great great auntie.
Divorce Care is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced and will be conducted on Wednesdays, August 22 – November 14. If you are interested call Northridge Church of Christ at 275-4180.
Dear Church members, Thank you so much for all you did for our family during our time of need. The food, flowers, cards, emails, calls, and visits were very much appreciated. To those who cooked, brought food, and helped on the dinner the day of the funeral, this was so much appreciated. Your prayers and support during our difficult time were such a blessing. We are thankful for each of you and grateful for our Christian brethren. In Christian love, Fay & family, Charlie & Kathie & families
Thank you so very much for your calls, cards, visits and food that you sent to me and my family. You are all so very special to us. What do people do who don’t have a dear “second” family? The ladies who handled the meal after the service are priceless. I love you all, Mary Jo Fleming
Dear Christian family,
Thank you for your prayers.
Thank you for your love and concern.
Thank you for the calls, cards, and visits.
Thank you for the flowers and food.
Thank you for being there for our family.
Thank you for being there during surgery.
Thank you, youth, for your cards and care.
Thank you for being you.
In Christian love, Dorothy Norton
We are so grateful for the tremendous support; loans of freezer boxes, tents and other equipment, home-made ice cream, sno-cones, other consumables and the like and the large number of dedicated volunteers, without which the Ice Cream Social would not have been a success. We are so blessed to have enjoyed this outpouring of Christian support that made our small contribution “a breeze on a very warm day”.
Carolyn & Geoff [Root]
Bernard Sharp was discharged from Unity Health Center on Monday after surgery on Sunday.
Dave Emery spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Unity Health Center.
Rachel O’Neal recently had to spend some time in ER. She appreciates your calls and visits.
Juanita Combs is experiencing some difficulty in recuperating at home from recent outpatient surgery. She appreciates your calls and visits.
Tim Norton, Sr. was discharged from Baptist Medical Center on Thursday of last week.
James Childers has returned to their home from Rose Manor.
Carol Mahnke always appreciates your visits and prayers.
It was great seeing Dorothy Norton back in our midst this past Sunday evening.
The Area Wide Teen Gathering on Monday night here at Central was awesome! We had a great crowd of 139 teens, worshiping and praising God. Our theme for the AWTGs this summer has been “God said it, that settles it”. Tad McGalliard brought us an excellent lesson on God’s love. I really appreciate Tad jumping in and speaking for us on very short notice when the scheduled speaker was unable to come. Tad didn’t even hesitate when I asked him to speak. And he didn’t disappoint. Thanks Tad. Also thanks to all the moms and dads that helped with the event. From dipping ice cream to moving chairs, you made it easy. A special thanks also to those who brought pop and gave money. You continue to amaze us with your generosity and support. Thanks!
Sadly, school starts for our kids next week. (I say sadly, moms and dads might think otherwise!) Summer is such a great time for “church kids” because they spend most of their time socializing with other “church kids” and that’s a good thing. But when they head back to school they will suddenly be surrounded by other influences that can pull them in different directions, sometimes off the path. Please pray for them as they begin a new school year that they may be able to avoid those things that can cause them to stumble. Pray that they will keep their focus on Christ and be excellent examples of Him wherever they go and whatever they do.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS:
Aug. 17, Friday – Friday night at the house @7:30
Aug. 26, Sunday – Dinner and Devo
September 5, Wed. night Ladies class resumes
September 12, Wednesday morning Ladies Bible Class resumes
September 29, 30, Central Centennial Homecoming - “A Century of Service to an Eternal God,” Stafford North
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 137
Worship Service 190
Sunday Evening 122
Wednesday Evening 108
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: Chuck Carter
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Wade Baskin
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Steve Kelly
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton George Mastick
Kenton McGalliard Clavin Norwood
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Glendon Combs James Reeves
Jim Pettyjohn Bob Bivins
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Bob & Ann Bivins
Ann Perry & Carolyn Root
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jason Perry
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly Bob Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Austin Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297