Bulletin for Sundays 01/11/2009
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
. 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. Oklahoma Christian University
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-- (email@example.com) (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)
We extend our deepest sympathy to Pauline Adams in the loss of her son, Larry, in an airplane crash near
this past Saturday. Funeral services were pending at publication of The Gospel Guide. Justin, Texas
Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning Bible class invites all of the congregation to a get-to-gather honoring
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. Harvey
Harvey and Doris (Phillips) Young’s address is
P.O. Box 566, Ft. Gibson, OK 74434. Doris’s phone number is 405-246-8277. ’s phone number is 918-351-8480. Harvey
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;
Joe Magee is making slow, but steady progress in recovery from knee surgery.
Dwyane Dennis’s dad, Wilburn Dennis, is now home in
and making good progress with physical therapy. Dwyane and his family deeply appreciate your many kind inquiries concerning his progress. Littlefield, Texas
We hope to see you here Sunday!
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
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 ! 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.
and Trey showed me that with Christ we’re all winners no matter what! Thanks fellas! Chad
SUNDAY EVENING, JANUARY 11
LTC MEETING FOR KIDS & PARENTS
MEET IN FRONT OF AUDITORIUM
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
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
Gerald Smith Jim Walling
John Aylor Mitch Harmon
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Geoff Root Josh Lyons
Robert Perry Dale Beard
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Dale & Denise Beard
Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tim McGalliard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Carl Weeks
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Clavin Norwood
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297