Bulletin for Sundays 01/25/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

The apostles were mystified.  Jesus had a way of saying things that sometimes enlightened, sometimes rebuked, and sometimes bewildered them.  On this particular occasion, the latter was the case.  Here’s what the Lord had said: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.  For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.  They will scourge Him and kill Him, and the third day, He will rise again.” (Luke 18:31-33)

God’s word says the apostles understood none of these things. (Luke 18:34)  The intriguing question is, “why not?”  Had the prophets not been clear about the suffering Messiah?  Indeed, they had (cf. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 & 69).  Had the apostles not heard Jesus speak this way before?  Of course they had (cf. Luke 9:44).  What, then, was the reason the apostles did not understand the Savior’s mission?

The simple answer is this:  Jesus was not living up to the expectations the apostles put on Him.  The twelve, like the majority of their countrymen, expected Jesus to rise up with a vast army and return Israel to prominence among the nations.  It was this misguided expectation that kept the apostles from seeing the horrific and glorious truth that Jesus was plainly speaking to them:  He was about to die for them.  Their eyes were closed to truth because they were looking for a different kind of Savior.

Things aren’t much different today.  Some religious people are still looking for Jesus to return and set up an earthly kingdom.  Others are looking for Jesus to rid them of their financial debt.  Still others expect the Lord to, “perform a miracle” in their lives so that they can have abundant wealth, happiness, and freedom from sickness.  Many people today are looking for a different kind of Savior. Like the apostles 2000 years ago, many people just won’t open their eyes to the real mission of Jesus.

Here’s a grand thought, however: Jesus didn’t leave His apostles with their eyes closed!  After His death, burial, and resurrection, the Lord appeared in Jerusalem where the eleven were gathered.  Jesus said to His men: “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” (Luke 24:44)     

It was like a splash of cold water in their faces.  The Bible says, “He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)  As these apostles opened their eyes to truth, they began to live fruitful lives in the service of the Master.

Truth can only change us if it can first reach us.  As long as they had their, “great expectations,” Christ’s message was not heard by those apostles.  They, like us, needed to open their eyes.  They needed teachable spirits – spirits marked by that enduring and challenging prayer, “not my will, but Thine be done!”

Life is all about learning to see the world from God’s perspective.  We do that by delving into His word and allowing it to change us.  What about you?  Are you learning to see things the way He sees them?  Are your eyes open?

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


BAPTISM

We rejoice that Thursday evening, Michaela Michener was baptized into Christ by her father Michael.  It is such a joy to see Christian fathers baptize their family.  We are so proud of Michaela in her decision and thankful for Christian parents like Michael and Jennifer.  We are blessed to have many such families here at Central.  Let’s all be an example and encouragement to them and continue to keep them in our prayers as they grow up in the Lord.


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Martha Chaffin in the loss of her son-in-law, Bill Heard, on Sunday evening in Wichita, Kansas, after experiencing a massive heart attack.  He was also the brother-in-law of Verna Stinnett.  Services were pending at publication of The Gospel Guide.


NEW ADDRESS

Steve Eaton has moved to 812 E. Midland, Shawnee, 74804.  His phone number remains the same.  Please make this correction in your  membership directory.


THANK YOU

I would like to thank you for the sack of goodies at Christmas and for the ones who helped to put them together and deliver them. Emma White; 

A special note of thanks for the wonderful sack of fruit and nuts at Christmas.  I truly enjoyed it.  Thanks to ones who put these all together.  Erma Dean Farris.

I appreciate so much receiving the personal notes from our youth.  It really made my day.  Joe Magee

Dear Central Family, We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who so warmly welcomed Michaela into God’s family last Thursday evening.  We could never have dreamed that after such a short time here so many people would venture out on such a cold night.  That so many cared, further shows us what a dear and precious gift you are in our lives.  We could not think of a better congregation for our little one to grow and learn in.  Thank you, all of you, for being the Godly people you are, and for so quickly taking us into your family.  May we give a tenth of all you have given us!  Our Love and Thanks,   Michael, Jennifer, Michaela & Mark Michener


PRAYER CONCERNS

Jearline Bates remains in Norman Regional Health System, room 3051.  She is unresponsive after a stroke last week. 

Harvey Moore had tests at M.D. Anderson last week. 

Hazel Lee Behrnes is now under Hospice care.  She appreciates visits and prayers. 

Verna Stinnett had a feeding tube inserted last week at Southwest Medical Center.     

Cherrel Hamilton was dismissed from  Oklahoma Heart Hospital last Tuesday. 

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

Jim Cross will have eye surgery at Integris Baptist Hospital on Thursday. 

Jim Pettyjohn’s sister-in-law, Marty Pettyjohn spent several days in Unity Health Center last week. 

It was good to have Joe Magee in services Sunday.

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


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

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.


FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

01

Thelma Divine

01

Billie Horton

01

Michelle McKnight

02

Andy Stephens

02

Matt Stephens

03

Roe Honaker

04

Greg Beal

04

Boyd Cheney

04

Lettie Kay Curtis

06

Steve Kelly

06

Carolyn Mastick

06

Rebecca Pickard

07

Pauline Adams

07

Dalton Lyons

07

Cathy Pettyjohn

10

Keith Lawrence          

12

Ellen Childers

13

Cayla Miller

14

Dennis Taylor

15

Robby Kinsey

19

Lynn Harmon

23

Austin Beard                  

23

Bob Seikel

25

Josh Lyons

25

Dorothy Norton


FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES

27            Keith

&

Jennifer

Lawrence

16th

 

Our congratulations to all who are having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of February.


LOOKING AHEAD

January 25, Search: “Christian Children”

January 25, Reception in honor of Doris [Phillips] and Harvey Young’s recent marriage following evening service, hosted by Dwyane’s Sunday a.m. class.  To contribute to a money tree, see: Linda Carpenter, Marcia Dennis or Cathy Pettyjohn.

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


Youth News
Bob Stephens

Congratulations to Dresean Whiting.  Dre took first place in his weight division at a wrestling tournament this past week.  He has been working very hard and it shows.  Good job, Dre!

LTC forms!  Do you still have yours?  If you do, get it to me as soon as possible.  We want to make sure we can reserve plenty of rooms for the trip.  LTC is an awesome program with many activities to choose from.  It’s a great way to sharpen your skills and talents to glorify God.  If you have any questions just give me a holler.

We will be going to Norman Sunday afternoon to the AWTG at Westside.  We plan to leave at 3:30 and be back by 8:30 or so.


.We hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              151

Worship Service                                       221

Sunday Evening                                       141

Wednesday Evening                                106

Contribution                                     4,629.29

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:               Dennis Brodersen

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                   Clavin Norwood

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                         Craig McKnight

Chris Nipper                          Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                                   Joe Curtis

USHERS

Robert Perry                           Bill Lawerance

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                  Bill & Diane Lawerance

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn & Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Jim Walling

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gene Norton                          Tim McGalliard

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297