Bulletin for Sunday 12/14/2008

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with Robert Prater

Human beings seem to innately know that sinfulness and God’s presence don’t mix.  When Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s command, they instinctively attempted to hide themselves from His presence (Gen. 3:8).  Satan tries to keep us away from God and sometimes he uses our own sense of guilt to accomplish this.

When Simon Peter was overwhelmed at the miraculous catch of fish orchestrated by Jesus he said, go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8).  This week while studying some material on evangelism, the author I was reading made the point that Simon was convicted by his own sinfulness and he tried to pull away from Jesus.  That is exactly what he did.

When we become aware of our own sinfulness it makes us want to pull away from God, away from the church, and away from fellow believers.  This is Satan’s work.  Satan’s desire is to keep us sin-sick, guilt-ridden, and away from spiritual healing.  Satan whispers in our ears, “they will be shocked at what you have done,” “God won’t accept you back this time,” “keep it quiet and the guilt will soon go away.”  All of these are the devil’s lies.  Only the Light of God’s presence can destroy the darkness of sin and its slavery over us.  Jesus provides the only healing for spiritual sickness.

Sin is shameful, sin is embarrassing.  But sin is also Satan’s tool of spiritual manipulation.  Guilt is used by God for good to bring us to repentance and spiritual healing. (2 Cor. 7:10)  But Satan can also use our guilt.  He makes us want to hide from God and cover up our sin.  If you feel like pulling away from God because of your sinfulness, you must resist this temptation from Satan.  Jesus provides healing.  The only way to destroy sin in your life and find healing to spiritual sickness is to “confess your sins one to another and pray for one another that you might be healed.” (James 5:16)  Jesus, the great spiritual Physician, can heal all diseases and bind up all your wounds.

Finally, OUR CHURCH SECRETARY (she didn’t want this mentioned) Ann Bivins has served very faithfully as our church secretary for 10 years, beginning in December 1998.  As our secretary she takes care of the daily business of the church.  Her responsibilities are truly too numerous to list!  Her work makes me and Dwyane’s job so much easier and we are completely indebted to her.  She of course also does an excellent job on the weekly bulletin.  More importantly though she’s the face that greets those that come in our doors.  She’s the voice you hear when you call us on the phone.  She’s the hands and feet that make our church office run smoothly.  Ann is always willing to do whatever it takes to be a blessing to our church family.  Thank you Ann for 10 years of service!

[Jim & Vivian Cross also completed 10 years of service in May of this year.  Their hard work and dedication to making sure all is taken care of at the building is so often overlooked.  We do appreciate them so much in all they do]

--Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net) (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


We extend our love and sympathy to Ann Perry in the recent loss of her sister-in-law, Esther Wills, in Augusta, Kansas.  Funeral services were pending at publication of The Gospel Guide.


We also extend our sympathy to Ellen Childers and Rosie Brightwell in the loss of their brother-in-law, George Childers who passed away Tuesday morning.  Funeral services were also  pending at publication of The Gospel Guide.


With some reluctance and after being a member at Central for 61 years and raising their family here, Ellen Childers has decided it’s time to move to be closer to family.  She has moved to 600 Eula Brown Circle, Apt. 8A, Tecumseh, OK 74873.  Her apartment is next to Rosie’s [Brightwell].   She will be attending Highland Church of Christ and asks that you keep her in your prayers and visit often.


Lola Duvall has moved to 1821 N. Bell, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Her phone number is 273-1069. 

Teresa Story has moved to 2801 N. Union, Apt. 59, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Her phone number remains the same. 


Verna Burton’s surgery was postponed last Wednesday due to an infection. It will be re-scheduled in 4 to 6 weeks.

Charles Wright has been ill at home with several health issues and appreciates your prayers. 

David Emery as been diagnosed with shingles. 

Mary Kelly’s mother spent some time in ER this past Saturday but was able to be in worship the next day. 

Cathy Pettyjohn’s brother, Norman Cook, is now in Colonial Estates, room 18, and is greatly improved.

Dwyane Dennis’s dad, Wilburn Dennis is at a low ebb at University Medical Center, room 525, in Lubbock Texas.

Kacy & Robby Kinsey were able to bring their newborn son, Harrison Robert, home on Wednesday of last week.  

Kacy Kinsey’s dad, Eddie Parker, was able to come home from the hospital in stable condition.

Joe Magee is scheduled for partial knee replacement surgery on December 24 at Unity Health Center. 

Harvey Moore is being considered for treatment with experimental drugs at  M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Please continue to remember him and others taking cancer treatments: Juanita Combs, Tim Norton, and Lorine Watson. 

Hazel Lee Behrnes is also struggling with cancer, and Frances Taylor has serious health issues.  They all appreciate your prayers.  

There are others who urgently request your prayers listed in “Continuing Prayer Concerns”.   

It was wonderful to have Mali Lane back with us after her trip to Thailand.


To our Christian family,  We thank you for your prayers, cards and cinnamon rolls before and after Boyd’s surgery.  Boyd is getting stronger each day and we are thankful.  We love you,

                                            Boyd & Joann Cheney


Dear Church family,  Thank you so much for your care and concern in the early birth of Harrison.  Thank you to those who made the long trip to the hospital.  Your kind words and prayers were much appreciated.  It was tough checking out of the hospital without him.  It has been such a blessing since we brought him home this week.  Thanks for the wonderful meals that were brought out.  Thanks also for the phone calls and cards we received.  Please continue to pray for Harrison to grow and become stronger.  We look forward to returning to services as a family, but that won’t be for a while as per doctor’s orders.  Thanks also for the prayers for Kacy’s dad, Eddy.  His heart is back in rhythm and he was finally able to return home Saturday.  Thanks again for everything.  Love,

                           Robby, Kacy & Harrison Kinsey

Youth News

Bob Stephens

December stands to be a busy month for all of us.  We kicked off the holiday season yesterday with a great Christmas party for the younger crowd.  Thanks to all our youth for sticking around and helping make reindeer cookies and wreaths with the kids yesterday.   It’s always a blessing to see our teens at work.  After the party, many of the teens stuck around to help clean up.  After a short rest, we headed off to Blanchard for the Area Wide Teen Gathering.  Of course, it wouldn’t be December unless the high school kids didn’t have to sweat mid-tern tests.  Keep our kids in your thoughts and prayers as they begin to prepare for their tests and finish up any projects they may have.   



December 13, Robert Prater & Bob Perry’s Sunday & Wednesday Young Adult/Family classes party at 5:30, home of Michael & Jennifer Michener.  Bring finger foods & pop and also a $5.00 dirty Santa gift.

December 14, Search: “What Did Jesus Mean?”

December 14, Report from Hope Harbor by Bill Hamrick, PM 

December 19, Holiday party for Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class; bring snacks & Dirty Santa gifts

December 21, Search: “What About Christmas?”


Bible School                                              152

Worship Service                                       210

Sunday Evening                                       110

Wednesday Evening                                  86

Contribution                                     4,774.94



Sunday, December 14, 2008

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                         Carl Weeks

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Tim Norton


NORTH                                             SOUTH

Scott Perry                      Burl Vanlandingham

Geoff Root                                  Austin Beard


Brian Nipper                                    Joe Curtis


Bob Perry                                     Tracy Gettle


Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle


Diane Lawrence & Carolyn Root


James Reeves


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:                          Dale Beard

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                    George Mastick



Classes for all ages

Song Director:             Burl Vanlandingham



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297