Bulletin for Sundays 01/11/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

Kent Hughes, widely respected Bible scholar, author, and preacher says that there is a myth that would suggest that too much knowledge of the Bible is not good because it tends to, “cool the heart and stunt devotion.”  In essence that too much learning will “spoil faith.”  And he does have a point, when you closely examine how many destructive liberal theologians and modern Bible professors you find in the halls of so many secular Universities and Colleges who do more to undermine and even destroy faith in God and His Word.

But, sadly, too often, Hughes says what they discourage is “the rigorous study of the scriptures, which then delimits their knowledge of God.”  Author and publisher Frank Sheed describes the folly of such thinking in his book, “Theology and Sanity”, saying:

“A virtuous man may be ignorant, but ignorance           is not a virtue.  It would be a strange God who would be loved better by being known less.  Love of God is not the same thing as knowledge of God; love of God is immeasurably more important than knowledge of God; but if a man loves God knowing a little about Him, he should love God more from knowing more about Him; for every new thing known about God is a new reason for loving Him.”

That’s why the Scriptures contain so many admonitions for us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18 ), to “increase in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10 ), and to “abound in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in love” (2 Corinthians 8:7).  Our study of the Bible, which is our primary and infallible source of knowledge about God, is everything to the makeup of our spiritual health and life.

I write this to let you know that I am going “back to school”, to increase my knowledge of God’s Word and to become a more effective servant for the Lord.  I have begun working on my Master’s Bible degree from Oklahoma Christian University.  I’ll be taking a combination of Intensive Short courses and Weekend Format courses, Online courses and some regular Tuesday morning classes on the campus of OC during my study.  I hope to be able to complete this degree in about three years.

There is no way I would be able to pursue and work towards this goal without the wonderful support and encouragement from the Central elders, my family, and most especially, my wife, Maggie.  Now, it is my determination and commitment to not allow these graduate studies to interfere with my local teaching and preaching, visitation, and other ministry responsibilities here at Central.  Really, this will be just the opposite.  I see this hopefully as being an investment and enhancement in the quality of my ministry and service for the Lord’s kingdom in this location.  In the meantime, I would greatly appreciate your encouragement, patience and most important prayers for me as I continue my journey in learning.

Just for your curiosity and information, I am taking 6 hours this semester which includes a preaching class from Genesis and Exodus with Dr. Harold Shank (yes, you’ll probably get to hear some of the fruit of my labor in the near future) and a course on Biblical and Contemporary evangelism with Dr. Stafford North.  On a lighter note, I am all too well aware about what Solomon warned, of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”J  (Eccl. 12:12 NIV)

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


SYMPATHY

We extend our deepest sympathy to Pauline Adams in the loss of her son, Larry, in an airplane crash near Justin , Texas this past Saturday.  Funeral services were pending at publication of The Gospel Guide.


INVITATION

Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning Bible class invites all of the congregation to a get-to-gather honoring Harvey and Doris (Phillips) Young’s recent marriage.  This event is planned for January 25 following the afternoon worship service in the fellowship room.  Please bring snacks, finger foods, and desserts.  If you would like to participate in a money tree gift, see Linda Carpenter, Marcia Dennis, or Cathy Pettyjohn.


ADDRESS CHANGE

Harvey and Doris (Phillips) Young’s address is P.O. Box 566 , Ft. Gibson , OK 74434Doris ’s phone number is 405-246-8277Harvey ’s phone number is 918-351-8480.


THANK YOU

We appreciate the goodies, prayers, and cards.  Recovery is slow but making progress.  Joe & Nadine Magee;

Thank you so much for the Christmas basket.  It is nice to be remembered by my “other” family.  My love to all of you.  Mary Jo Fleming

To my church family, Thank you for the Christmas sack of fruit and candy.  And those that put these together and delivered them.  My thanks, Dorothy Strickland

Thanks to all who gave their time in the sacking of Christmas goodies, and thanks to Glendon Combs for delivering them. 

Thanks to all our Christian friends who have been praying for us and all the many cards and phone calls we have received.  We are truly grateful to each of you and wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Great 2009.  We love each of you, Harvey & Carletta Moore

Thank you all for the Christmas goodies.  A special thanks to the 89 year old lady and her 90 year old husband for braving that cold bitter day.  In Him, Sue Riedel;

Dear Central Family, Thank you for the fruit sack.  I appreciate it very much.  Thank you to all the workers and a big thanks to James Reeves for delivering it.  Love to all, Lillie Smith;


PRAYER CONCERNS

Joe Magee is making slow, but steady progress in recovery from knee surgery. 

Dwyane Dennis’s dad,  Wilburn Dennis, is now home in Littlefield , Texas and making good progress with physical therapy.  Dwyane and his family deeply appreciate your many kind inquiries concerning his progress.


We hope to see you here Sunday!


Youth News
Bob Stephens

I want to brag on a couple of our kids this week.  First, Chad Beard is a real trooper!  When we went ice skating last week during the break we found out how well Chad can handle himself on the ice!  As Janet and I were putting on our skates to help Chad onto the ice in his chair, we looked up and he was already on the ice!  Chad rolled and slid around better than most of us could skate.  Chad didn’t let a little ice slow him down at all.  Good job Chad !

Second, I want to give a shout out to Trey Canard.  The Canard’s are new to Central, and Trey has already graduated from high school, but he’s in class and participates in our activities when he’s in town.  If you don’t know, Trey races on the Super Cross circuit (that’s motorcycles).  We watched him race last Saturday night on live television.  It was incredible to watch.  Trey got knocked out early in the race by another racer but was able to get back on the track and finish the race.  I know he had to be a little disappointed but he finished the race.  Way to go Trey!

Both these guys are excellent examples of what being a Christian is all about.  Sometimes we have obstacles.  Sometimes we stumble.  Sometimes we fall.  But when we have Christ in our lives we know that we can do anything through Him.  He gives us strength to overcome those obstacles.  He will always be there to pick us up when we stumble and fall.  Chad and Trey showed me that with Christ we’re all winners no matter what!  Thanks fellas!

SUNDAY EVENING, JANUARY 11

LTC MEETING FOR KIDS & PARENTS

MEET IN FRONT OF AUDITORIUM

AFTER WORSHIP


LOOKING AHEAD

  January 18, Baby shower for Kacy, Robby & Harrison Kinsey  2 p.m. fellowship room

January 25, after p.m. service; get-to-gather in honor of  Harvey & Doris (Phillips) Young’s recent marriage.


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              126

Worship Service                                       185

Sunday Evening                                       119

Wednesday Evening                                  93

Contribution                                     6,306.47

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                      Bob Stephens

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                        Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                      Robby Kinsey

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gerald Smith                               Jim Walling

John Aylor                               Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Geoff Root                                    Josh Lyons

USHERS

Robert Perry                                  Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Austin Beard

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:          Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Tim McGalliard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                         Carl Weeks

 

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