Bulletin for Sunday 06/01/2008
with Robert Prater
With school being out, we are reminded that the summer season is upon us. There are temptations which Christians face in the summer which do not confront them in the winter. We must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. He will use any and every form of temptation to persuade us to forsake the Lord and enjoy sin’s pleasures for a season.
One of the temptations to which many Christians succumb in the summer months is to dress immodestly. In the summer months, many Americans will wear sexually provocative attire – short-shorts, halter tops, bikinis, and other forms of immodest dress in public places. Paul commanded women to “dress modestly, with decency and propriety…” (1 Tim. 2:9) These words clearly demand we dress in an appropriate and modest fashion and prohibit the indecent exposure of one’s body.
Christians must be aware that clothing reflects the character of a person. (Read 1 Peter 3:1-6) Genesis 38:13-18 gives the account of Tamar putting off her widows garments and putting on the garments of a harlot. When she did this, not only was she treated like a harlot but she acted like one. Proverbs 7:10 speaks of the harlot’s attire as well. Shouldn’t this cause the Christian to admit provocative, sexually explicit clothing invites sexual activity?
Keep in mind that we should always be concerned with the influence and potential problems our dress may cause in the minds of others. We don’t want our clothing to cause another to stumble over temptation. (Read Rom. 14:13; 1 Cor. 8:9) Besides, what message is being sent to a lost world when Christian women (men as well), who profess themselves to be godly, dress in sexually provocative clothing? As Christians we are the salt and light of the world. (Mt. 5:13-16)
Also, in certain contexts, our society still doesn’t hesitate to define appropriate dress. If you want to enter a court room or a prison, you will dress according to clearly defined standards. Shorts, halter tops, bare midriffs, etc. are explicitly denied entrance. They are inappropriate for the setting. Is it too much of a stretch to see our assembling before our holy God to worship in a similar way? When we worship we are actually in the presence of the Lord in a special sense. Therefore, our clothes reflect our attitude regarding worship, respect for others, and especially our reverence for God. It should not call attention to ourselves because it is showy, sloppy or indecent. Let’s honor the Lord with the way we dress as children of God.
Another temptation Christians may struggle with during the summer months is be lured away from faithful attendance and work in the Lord’s church. Many Christians because of their great zeal for fun and relaxation find themselves missing services more frequently due to summer activities. As a result they are unable to faithfully worship and work in the Master’s vineyard. Whatever the Bible teaches regarding one’s responsibilities in the local church, it teaches for all of the year, including the summer months. The Lord’s work continues during the summer time and greatly needs your involvement, not your neglect and absence.
Concerning vacations, some Christians put themselves in circumstances in which they cannot even assemble with the saints to observe the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. The contribution which is generally given at home is consumed on personal pleasure while away in vacations. When vacationing, Christians should be careful not to leave God out of their plans.
I always look forward to the summer season. It is a time of long sunlit evenings, vacations, lemonade, fireworks, and going camping at the lake. There are simply summer pleasures not available to us in the winter months which all of us can enjoy. However, let us be careful not to forget our responsibilities to God during the summer months.
We extend our loving sympathy to Jim Carpenter in the loss of his brother, Alvin Carpenter, in
on Wednesday of last week. Birmingham, Alabama
All the ladies are invited to a bridal shower in honor of Sarah Ziolkowski, bride-elect of Kevin Taffe, on Sunday, June 8, 2 to 4 p.m., in the fellowship room. Selections are at Dillard’s Macy’s, and Target. If you wish to contribute to a group gift, see Beverly Aylor, Marcia Dennis, Mary Kelly or Rita Romberg.
To my Central family, Words can’t express how thankful I am for the wonderful senior reception. I’m very grateful for the Bible, all those who attended, the money card, the food, and all the love shown to me over the years. Your love and kindness will stay with me throughout the years. Thanks again! In Christian love,
Sue Merritt was scheduled to have a total knee replacement on Wednesday of this week at
. Bone & Joint Hospital
John Aylor went home from the hospital on Sunday afternoon. He is improving.
Lil Sullivan has had another small stroke and was recovering in room 869 at
when The Gospel Guide was prepared. Baptist Medical Center
Martha Chaffin is now back at her daughter’s home in
and is doing well in her recovery from a broken hip. Wichita, Kansas
Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Charlotte Seikel appreciate your prayers.
It was good to see Juanita Combs and Emma White able to be in worship Sunday.
Congratulations to Kenton McGalliard. Kenton and his doubles partner finished second in the state finals a couple of weeks ago. Great job Kenton!
Alexis Norwood made the newspaper this past week. She posed for a picture with a school board member at graduation.
Don’t forget to turn in your Burnt Cabin applications ASAP. We’ll be leaving June 8th!
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
June 3 – Tuesday – AWTG
June 8-14 – Burnt Cabin Youth Camp
May 29 – 31, Quest, Oklahoma Christian; see bulletin board
May 29, Quest: Elders, Ministers, & Spouses Dinner,
, 5:30 p.m. Gaylord University Center
May 31 Quest: Ladies Day, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Biblical Studies Building; child care available; reservations required.
June 1, Search: “The Death of Christ”
June 8, Search: “The Resurrection of Christ"
"It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbour."
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 121
Worship Service 190
Sunday Evening 105
Wednesday Evening 113
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Dale Beard
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Brian Nipper Steve Kelly
James Reeves Jim Carpenter
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Geoff Root
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Frank & Rita Romberg
Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Robert Perry
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Paul Harris
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Beard Jim Walling Austin
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Steve Kelly
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297