Bulletin for Sunday 10/26/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

 What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback?  He loses his confidence.” (Quote from Terry Bradshaw, who quarterbacked the Pittsburg Steelers to victory in four Super Bowls in the 1970’s)

The apostle John wrote, “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” (1 Jn. 3:21 NIV).  It is easy to see that John addresses confidence in this verse.  He had earlier addressed the same subject (Read 1 Jn. 2:28).  The word translated as “confidence” here is sometimes translated as “boldness” in other places.  One such instance is in Hebrews 4:16.  There we are told that the child of God is empowered to come before the throne of grace “boldly” to seek the desires of his heart.  This is done despite his failures and past transgressions.  Such would not be possible without God’s grace and mercy extended toward us.

God grants the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Matt. 26:28; Acts 2:38).  This is a pardoning of guilt and it allows a “clearing of the slate.”  The conscience is to be purged or cleansed (Heb. 9:14).  Confidence is possible through the knowledge of God’s redemptive work in Christ.  God does not intend for His people to live in doubt and uncertainty.  He wants us to have the peace “which passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).

Consider the apostle Paul and his own remembrance of his ugly past (Acts 22:19-20; 26:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:9; Phil. 3:6; 1 Tim. 1:13).  Obviously he remembered these things.  Yet he knew that he was forgiven.  Is there any question about Paul’s confidence?”  What of Peter who denied the Lord three times (Matt. 26:69-75)?  Do we see any evidence of lack of confidence after this act?  While both of these men would remember their failures and sins, they did not “beat themselves up” over it.  They both pressed on in service for the Lord.  Each one is a key figure in the spread of Christianity in the first century.  What they did would not have been accomplished without the confidence that comes by the grace and mercy of a loving God.

One writer described the effects of doubt spiritually by saying, “There is no greater self-torture than that created by doubt.  It is a malignant cancer that eats away and erodes faith.”  Simply put, doubt works to deny the encouragement provided by forgiveness.  God has made it possible for all to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4).  Doubt says, “Everyone but me.”  God has said He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1Jn. 1:9).             

Doubt says I don’t know how He can forgive me.”  God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).  Doubt makes God out to be a liar.  Have you ever noticed that doubt was at the heart of the first temptation Satan hurled at Jesus?  “…If You are the Son of God…” (Matt. 4:3).

Confidence is the antidote for doubt.  God’s Word provides plenty of antidote, more than enough so “…our heart does not condemn us…”  It is like medicine for a serious illness.  If we don’t use it the consequences will be tragic.                                                                                                                         

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

                            (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)                                                          


MABLE BASSETT HOLIDAY GIFTS

For those wishing to participate in the holiday gift project for women at Mable Bassett Correctional Facility, there is a container and a list of acceptable items in the foyer.  These will be picked up on November 6.  If you have questions, see Ann Perry.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are still in need for a few more volunteers to help with the coat giveaway on Saturday, November 15.  If you would be willing to be of service, please let that be known on the signup sheet in the foyer.  We would still appreciate your donations of coats.  For more information see Ron or Debbie Taffe.


THANK YOU

Thank you for all the kind words, cards, and prayers at the loss of my brother.            Ann Perry


MOVED

Rosie Brightwell has moved to 600 Eula Brown Circle #8-B, Tecumseh, OK 74873.  Her phone number is 598-8116.  Rosie placed membership with the Highland congregation in Tecumseh this past Sunday.  She has been an asset to us here at Central, and we will miss here.  However, still being nearby, we look forward to her visiting back with us from time to time.  We wish Rosie every happiness in her new home.  (Don continues to reside at the Veterans Home in Norman.)


PARTY DELAYED

The party in honor of Carl and Yuavonda Weeks has been postponed until sometime in late November due to several scheduling conflicts.  Carl and Yuavonda were united in marriage on October 11.


PRAYER CONCERNS

At the beginning of the week we knew of no Central member in the hospital. 

Lorine Watson is scheduled to have surgery at Mercy Health Center on Friday of this week and will be there for several days. 

Former Central member, Royce Peerson, is scheduled to have surgery for a brain aneurysm on Wednesday of this week at Baptist Medical Center.

Remember both of these in your prayers as well as Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Frances Taylor.


PICTURES OF NEW MEMBERS

We are wanting to get pictures of all new Central members since our last pictorial directory was taken in March of 2007.  Michael Michener is currently working on taking these pictures after services in the fellowship room.  If you’re a new family and he hasn’t contacted you yet to schedule your family’s picture, you can call him at 881-4696 to do so.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

Oct. 26 – Sunday – Inflatable Party with area teens

Oct. 31 –Friday – Halloween party with kids at the Canards

Nov. 1 – Saturday – Frightfest at Frontier City


BIRTHDAYS IN NOVEMBER

04

Jeffrey Behrnes

04

Beverley MacMillan

04

Jo Sneed

06

Diane Lawerance

08

Jim Pettyjohn

10

Gage Anderson

14

Juanita Combs

15

Jim Carpenter            

15

Francis Davis – 90th!!!

16

Sue Riedel

17

Camden Prater

18

Cathy Rose

20

Marcia Dennis                    

21

L.B.  Hall – 92nd!!!

22

Rachel Hall

23

Mazella Patterson

23

Teresa Story

26

Anneca Anderson


ANNIVERSARIES IN NOVEMBER

 

01

Wayne & Patti Spencer – 12th

06

Jack & Betty Rye – 21st

06

Joe & Phyllis Scheidt – 25th

11

Kevin & Pam Baskin – 20th

14

Harvey & Carletta Moore – 55th

24

Bob & Cleta Allen – 51st

28

Dale & Barbara Tucker – 43rd

We extend our best wishes to those having birthdays and anniversaries in November.  We would especially like to honor L.B. Hall on his 92nd birthday and Francis Davis on his 90th.  Harvey and Carletta Moore and Joe and Phyllis Scheidt have milestone anniversaries this year.  Our congratulations go out to them.  


NOVEMBER

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

 1

Jere. 24, 25,26

1

Titus 2

 2

Jere. 27,28,29

2

Titus 3

 3

Jere. 30,31

3

Titus 4

 4

Jere. 32,33

4

Hebrews 1

 5

Jere. 34,35,36

5

Hebrews 2

 6

Jere. 37,38,39

6

Hebrews 3

 7

Jere. 40,41,42

7

Hebrews 4

 8

Jere. 43,44,45

8

Hebrews 5

 9

Jere. 46,47

9

Hebrews 6

10

Jere. 48,49

10

Hebrews 7

11

Jere. 50

11

Hebrews 8

12

Jere. 51,52

12

Hebrews 9

13

Lam. 1,2

13

Hebrews 10:1-18

14

Lam. 3,4,5

14

Hebrews 10:19-39

15

Ezek. 1,2

15

Hebrews 11:1-19

16

Ezek. 3,4

16

Hebrews 11:20-40

17

Ezek. 5,6,7

17

Hebrews 12

18

Ezek. 8,9,10

18

Hebrews 13

19

Ezek. 11,12,13

19

James 1

20

Ezek. 14,15

20

James 2

21

Ezek. 16,17

21

James 3

22

Ezek. 18,19

22

James 4

23

Ezek. 20,21

23

James 5

24

Ezek. 22,23

24

1 Peter 1

25

Ezek. 24,25,26

25

1 Peter 2

26

Ezek. 27,28,29

26

1 Peter 3

27

Ezek. 30,31,32

27

1 Peter 4

28

Ezek. 33,34

28

1 Peter 5

29

Ezek. 35,36

29

2 Peter 1

30

Ezek. 37,38,39

30

2 Peter 2


LOOKING AHEAD

October 25, Ladies Day at Henryetta, 9 a.m. to Noon; continental breakfast & lunch; child care provided; Tulsa United Ladies will sing.

October 26, Search: “The Dynamic of the Christian Faith”

October 27-29, Tipton truck coming. Needed supplies: cereal, soups, white Karo syrup, Ranch-style beans, chicken broth, beef bouillon, shampoo, hair conditioner, trash bags, paper towels, Scrubbing Bubbles.

October 31, Friday, Halloween party with fun games and candy for all children and their families at the Canard’s, 6400 Acme Rd. Church van will leave the building at 6:30 if you would like a ride. Donations of candy are needed. Leave in the kitchen. For further info see Kari Canard or Maggie Prater

November 2, Standard Time resumes

November 2, Search: “Imitators of the Churches of Judea”


Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

Submitted by Joe Magee


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              134

Worship Service                                       191

Sunday Evening                                       108

Wednesday Evening                                165

Contribution                                     3,964.05


SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                         Eric Park

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Brian Nipper

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

James Reeves                             Robby Kinsey

Jon Merritt                                  Jim Carpenter

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                             Bob Bivins

USHERS

Steve Kelly                                  Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Kasey Kelsey & Barbara Vanlandingham

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe


EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Jim Walling

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Robert Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                         Bob Seikel


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Burl Vanlandingham


VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297