Bulletin for Sunday 10/26/2008
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.
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.
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 for all the kind words, cards, and prayers at the loss of my brother. Ann Perry
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.)
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.
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.
BIRTHDAYS IN NOVEMBER
Francis Davis – 90th!!!
L.B. Hall – 92nd!!!
ANNIVERSARIES IN NOVEMBER
Wayne & Patti Spencer – 12th
Jack & Betty Rye – 21st
Joe & Phyllis Scheidt – 25th
Kevin & Pam Baskin – 20th
Harvey & Carletta Moore – 55th
Bob & Cleta Allen – 51st
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.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Jere. 24, 25,26
1 Peter 1
1 Peter 2
1 Peter 3
1 Peter 4
1 Peter 5
2 Peter 1
2 Peter 2
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
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
James Reeves Robby Kinsey
Jon Merritt Jim Carpenter
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Bob Bivins
Steve Kelly Tracy Gettle
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Tracy & Mary Gettle
Kasey Kelsey & Barbara Vanlandingham
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Robert Perry
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Bob Seikel
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297