Bulletin for Sunday 09/21/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

Our Gospel Meeting with Phil Sanders is coming up October 5-8.  Phil will bring some very challenging, thought provoking, Biblically based lessons that will benefit anyone who is present.  Please be sure you plan to be present for each service and be thinking about those you want to invite to hear the truth preached in love.  Let’s look for opportunities to tell our friends, family and neighbors, and let the Lord make a difference eternally in their lives.

For the moment let’s all commit ourselves to pray daily for our upcoming meeting.  Prayer is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)  Pray earnestly for the Lord to send out laborers into this harvest. (Mt. 9:37-38)  Pray for those who will be planting and watering, that God would provide growth. (1 Cor. 3:6-7)  Pray for our speaker, that he would say the things that need to be said.  Be sure to pray everyday for our meeting that it would glorify God, edify the church, and encourage those outside of Christ to become His disciples.

The words of Paul seem fitting at this time:  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)

                       --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)

          (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)     


OUR CHANGING CULTURE

     A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll reveals that 42 percent of US adults are not “absolutely certain” there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago.  Eight percent is statistically significant.  People are changing.

     A recent Barna report noted that many US adults don’t look at morality the way their fathers did.  There are large generational gaps in how people decide what is right and wrong.  Nearly half of all older adults said they view moral truth as absolute, but only three out of 10 Busters (born between 1964 and 1981) embraced the concept of absolute truth.  Two-thirds of those over 40 said humans should determine what is right and wrong morally by examining God’s principles; less than half of Busters felt this way.  Instead, nearly half of Busters said that ethics and morals are based on “what is right for the person,” compared with just one-quarter of pre-Busters.

What has happened?

     Many in this country have effectively silenced God’s voice.  The courts ordered our schools to abandon prayer and Bible reading in the 60s, replacing them with evolution and situation ethics.  Much of the media have joined with the agenda to push God out of our society, leaving an enormous spiritual vacuum.  Many regard Christians as fanatics, right-wing radicals, and hypocrites.

     We can no longer assume today that people know the God of the Bible.  Even those who read and study feel little hesitation to read into the Bible what they prefer to believe rather than accept what the Bible says for itself.

What can we do?

     Live righteous lives.  Preach the gospel again and again.  Display faith, hope, and love.  Be a servant to those in need.  Speak a good word about Jesus.  Continue to vote godly people into political offices.  Support truly Christian causes.  Reach out to a friend with the good news.  Advertise gospel preaching on television, radio, and the internet.  Give a tract.  Invite a friend to worship with you.  Work harder, and don’t give up.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 15:58)

Phil [Sanders]

Concord Road church of Christ


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Bivins’ eye surgery on Monday to relieve the pressure in his eyes was cancelled.  Hoping this will stay down so corrective cornea transplant surgery can be performed. 

Martha Chaffin’s sister, Jewer Dean McCormick, has come home from the hospital in Ft. Smith.  She is under Hospice Care. 

It was good seeing Mariella Jacobs in worship Sunday following eye surgery on Thursday. 

The following is the report that was read on Chad Beard’s progress this past Sunday morning:  Chad is starting to improve with his pain level lessening, his breathing problems improving, and the flow of his digestive and urinary tract starting to increase.  He has a good appetite and really looks forward to the wonderful meals that you have prepared and brought to the family.  He is still a little depressed over his situation but is showing signs of his former happy self.  The Beard’s cannot thank this congregation and its many members enough for all the acts of kindness and benevolence shown at this point.  Chad has a long way to go and they ask for your continued prayers and interest.”  The Beard family.  

Continue to pray for Juanita Combs, Donna Hale, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Frances Taylor.


THANK YOU

     Thanks to Paul Harris, Jim Pettyjohn, Bob and Robert Perry for changing light bulbs in the foyer.  It is not an easy job.  “Well done.”  Jim & Vivian [Cross]

 

To My Most Beloved Christian Friends,

     There is not enough paper or words to say all the thanks that I owe for the past 15 years.  A special thanks to George and Carolyn Mastick for taking the time to come see me after the death of my oldest daughter.  Thanks for the many cards after my youngest daughters several ear surgeries and my stay in the hospital in 2004.  I know many have lost children and parents.  God Bless.

                                            In love, Sue Riedel


DIRECTORY UPDATE

     Michael & Jennifer Michener have a new telephone number.  It is 405-881-4696. 


DO YOU BLURT?

Have you heard the wise man?  “A prudent man conceals his knowledge, but fools proclaim their folly” (Proverbs 12:23 RSV).  Moffatt’s translation is interesting, “No cautious man blurts out all that he knows.”

 “Blurting” is a very insidious temptation.  We blurt on impulse, without thinking, throwing caution to the wind to get something off our chest, or perhaps say something for self-gratification.  Blurting is done without thought or control.  It has the lure of direct action, but without any consideration of reasonable speech.  It might feel good at the time, but is often accompanied by regret upon further reflection.  It’s an adolescent trait that should be left behind.

A cautious man knows that it’s not always opportune to reveal everything he might know.  Jesus knew and practiced such wisdom.  He once told his disciples, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot hear them now” (John 16:2).

Be careful about speaking when your words might be misapplied.  Such caution was found in Jesus when he ceased answering Pilate, and left  Pilate wondering.

Don’t speak when your words are sure of rejection.  Jesus taught that you don’t give what is holy to the dogs or throw your pearls before swine.

The temptation is to blurt.  Don’t do it!

My Bible teaches, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” John Gipson 

Windsong Church of Christ, North Little Rock          


LOOKING AHEAD

September 20, Marland mansions tour, see Bob Perry

September 20, Open Bible Study Workshop at Harrah Church of Christ 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 21, Search: “Preaching Repentance”

September 26 – 28, Gospel meeting at Thompson Heights, Mike Hall

September 28: Search: “The Good News of Jesus Christ”

October 5, Search: “The Gospel Is Good News”

October 5-8, Central’s fall Gospel Meeting with Phil Sanders, of Brentwood, Tennessee, “Why You Should Be a Christian

October 5, Catered Fellowship meal following morning service in the fellowship room

October 12, Search: “Christ Calls Sinners”

November 15, Central’s annual “Warmth From The Heart” coat giveaway


Trust the past to God's mercy,
the present to God's love
and the future to God's providence.

Augustine

LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              153

Worship Service                                       198

Sunday Evening                                       121

Wednesday Evening                                104

Contribution                                     4,453.75

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                                        Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Brian Nipper                               Chuck Carter

James Reeves                           Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

John Aylor                      Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Paul Harris                                     Geoff Root

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                     Geoff & Carolyn Root

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara Vanlandingham & Molly Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                            Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Jon Merritt

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                            Tim McGalliard

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                     Clavin Norwood

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297