Bulletin for Sundays 01/18/2009

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Robert Prater

This past Sunday the new 2009 budget was presented to the congregation by the elders.  God has been so good to bless us, and we thank God you are willing to share your blessings in this church family.  We are so grateful to each Central member who has given so generously week after week.

In our day there is both a great deal of confusion and hostility surrounding the subject of giving.  This is no doubt due to infamous charismatic televangelists who put tremendous psychological pressure on their followers to give large amounts of their income and resources so that the leader can have those monies for his or her own disposal.

What does the Bible say about financial giving?  Under Mosaic Law in the Old Testament, tithing or giving 10% of one’s possessions was commanded by God. (Lev. 27:30-32)  The main purpose of the tithe was to support the Levitical priesthood. (Num. 18:25, 26)  Priests were not allowed to own land, and therefore had no source of income, other than the tithes of the people.

In the New Testament, Christians are commanded to give, but are not told to give any particular percentage or amount.  The principle of New Testament giving is summed up by this word of Paul in 2 Co. 9:7: “Let each one give just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”  Each Christian is to decide in his own heart “how much” to give and to give it cheerfully.

Of course we remember the story in the gospels when Jesus praised the poor widow very highly precisely because she gave a higher percentage of her possessions (all she had! Mark 12:41-44).  And immediately before the apostle Paul writes that “God loves a cheerful giver,” he writes, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully”.  (2 Co. 9:6)  Sadly most studies show that most Christians today give far less than 3% of their income.

In principle, ten percent may be a good goal; some may be able to give much more, some less.  One should not be guilty for whatever amount they give.  We should give generously to the Lord because God has given to us so richly beyond belief in Christ. (cf. John 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:9; 9:15 )  Therefore, the Christian’s motivation for giving should be for the very same reason in keeping all the other commandments of God, not out of a sense of “duty” (must do so) but because they desire to do so from a loving heart. (John 14:15)

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


We are so pleased to have Craig, Michelle, Hillary, and Claire McKnight, former members, back at Central once again.  They let their desire to do this be known on Wednesday evening of last week.  They live at 18 Pineyridge Lane , Shawnee , OK 74801 .  Craig’s phone number is 639-9680, and Michelle’s is 620-1234.  The McKnights are diligent and faithful Christians and will be a great asset to Central.


You are invited to a shower for Harrison Robert Kinsey, newborn son of Kacy and Robby Kinsey, on Sunday, January 18, at 2 p.m.  It was good to see Harrison in worship for the first time this past Sunday and doing well after a premature start in life.  If you wish to participate in a group gift, see Mary Gettle, Tamie Perry, or Maggie Prater.

Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning Bible class invites everyone 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.


Thank you very much for the delicious fruit and candy and nuts.  It is so nice for our church family to bring back wonderful Christmas memories and a special thanks to those who came out in the cold weather to deliver them.  In Christian love, Barney & Jo Sneed

I want to thank the church for my Christmas sack of nuts and candy and fruit.  I want to thank Gerald & Bertha for bringing it to me. Nadine Collins;

Our church family, Thanks for the Christmas sack of fruit, candy, and nuts.  And to all the wonderful people putting those sacks together and delivering. May God bless all! Bernard & June [Sharp];

Thank you so much for the sack of wonderful ‘goodies’ at Christmas time.  We enjoyed it very much. Linda & John Sharpley


Your prayers are requested in behalf of Cherrel Hamilton who is in Oklahoma Heart Hospital , room 243 after experiencing a heart attack on Friday of last week.  At the moment, she is being treated with medication only.  Cherrel is Sarah Smith’s sister. 

Bob Bivins is to have outpatient surgery on Thursday of this week at Dean McGee Eye Institute to replace a defective cornea transplant. 

Remember cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients in prayer: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Lorine Watson.



Jearline Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold & Clydean Decker, L.B. & Rachel Hall, Cherrell Hamilton, Roe & Louise Honaker, Joyce Kelly, Melrose Kotts, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Nancy Simmons, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Frances Taylor, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White and Emma Wilson.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


January 18, Search: “The Christian Mother

January 25, Search: “Christian Children”

February 22,23, Affirming the Faith Seminar, Theme: “I Am Not Ashamed,” hosted by OKC area churches of Christ; held at N. MacArthur; www.affirmingthefaithok.com


And God has appointed in the church…helpers. 1 Corinthians 12:28.


God appointed in the church some very impressive folks.  Just go down the list and see for yourself: apostles, prophets, teachers, workers of miracles, healers, administrators, and speakers in various kinds of tongues.  There’s a certain glamour and sheen to be found in each of these words.  They are folks to be looked up to and respected because of the gifts God has given them.

But right in the middle of such distinguished company the Lord saw the need for “helpers.”  And maybe that’s where I can fit in.  If so, I will be rubbing shoulders with some very elite folks in God’s scheme of things.

I think of some helpers in the first century:  There was Dorcas who sewed and ministered to practical human needs.  There were four men who let the paralytic down through the roof of a house so that Jesus might heal him.  And there were those who held the rope so Paul could slide down the outside of the city wall in a basket and escape those seeking to kill him.  Apollos is said to have greatly helped those who through grace had believed.  Timothy and Erastus are both called helpers of the apostle Paul.  And Paul says of Phoebe that she was a helper of many, and of himself as well.  I even read of some who helped by praying (surely something all of us can do).  And who can forget those ladies who worked side by side with Paul “whose names are in the book of life”?

There’s a place in the Kingdom for you and me.  We can all belong to the “Honorable Order of Helpers!”  Remember the words of Paul to Titus, “And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful” (Titus 3:14).

John Gipson

Windsong Church of Christ, North Little Rock


Bible School                                              144

Worship Service                                       224

Sunday Evening                                       125

Wednesday Evening                                117

Contribution                                     4,684.33



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Perry

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Jim Cross


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Mitch Harmon                              Dale Beard

James Reeves                             Brian Nipper


Tim McGalliard            Burl Vanlandingham


Robert Perry                                 Tracy Gettle


Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


John Aylor


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:                         Carl Weeks

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Frank Burton


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                           Robby Kinsey



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly



Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297