Bulletin for Sunday 02/08/2009

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SYMPATHY

We extend our loving sympathy to the family of Jearline Bates who departed this life in Norman on Wednesday, January 28.  Dwyane Dennis conducted funeral services on Friday at Cooper Funeral Chapel in Tecumseh.  She was buried at Brown Cemetery in Pink.  Jearline was Central’s secretary from 1966 to 1998 during which time she endeared herself to all.  We rejoice with her in her salvation!


AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

PREMILLENNIALISM, part 2

One of the most popular paper-back books that have invaded the religious market in recent years are the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.  These books are religious fiction based on a premillennial understanding of the way the world will end.  The popularity of this effort has enabled the originators to develop a parallel film series as well.  Because so many people are curious about the subject of “end times” events, let us consider what the Bible has to say about it.

Jesus is coming back – At His ascension, an angel asked the apostles, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)  The early church eagerly anticipated the return of Jesus, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)  “When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” (2 Tess. 1:10)  Jesus Himself predicted His return, “If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3).  Scriptures plainly teach that Jesus will one day return.  His second coming is sure as was His first. (Titus 1:2; Gal. 4:4)

Jesus’ return will signal the end of this world – Despite what many today are teaching, there will be no secret “rapture of the saints” preceding the second coming of Jesus.  Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica that His coming would be very public: “with a shout” (1 Thess. 4:16) before the resurrection of the dead.  The writer of Hebrews says, as it is appointed for men once to die, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time apart from sin, for salvation.” (Heb. 9:27-28)  If Jesus is returning once to rapture the saints, and then returning again to rule on the throne of David as premillennial doctrine states, then there are too many comings.  Peter, who knew Jesus better than almost anybody, said that when Jesus returns, “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:10)  His return will signal this world’s end.  There will be no more opportunities for repentance, and there will be no more time to seek the Lord’s will (Matt. 6:33).

Jesus’ return will be a surprise – Many are pointing to current troubles in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world as “signs” that Jesus’ return is imminent.  This is generally the premise of the “Left Behind” series of books as well.  Scripture teaches that it is foolish to try to predict the return of Christ, however, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,” (2 Peter 3:10)  Jesus said, “of that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matt. 24:36)  Again, “watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Matt. 24:42)  And a third time the Lord says, therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matt. 24:44)

     The lesson of Scripture is clear: all human beings are obligated to be prepared for the second coming of Jesus, for His coming will be unexpected and sudden.  In light of these and other passages, it seems foolish to try to discern the events preceding the end of the world.  Heaven is a prepared place for people who are prepared to meet God in judgment.  Are you prepared for the end of the world?  Are you prepared to meet your God? (Amos 4:12)

    --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)                                

(www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


VALENTINE’S DINNER

Everyone in the congregation is invited to a Valentine dinner on Friday evening, February 13, 6:30 p.m. at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker.  The entrée choices will be steak, chicken fried steak, and grilled chicken.  There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer (with prices listed for each entrée).  Please check which entrée you think you would like just so we can give the restaurant an idea of what to expect.  After dinner, we will return to the building for dessert and entertainment. If anyone needs a ride, the vans will leave at 6:00 p.m.  See Maggie Prater for more info. 


THANK YOU

Dear Central family, Words are inadequate in expressing our gratitude for the wonderful shower honoring Harrison.  Thank you to everybody who generously contributed to the group gift.  We immediately began using the pack-n-play.  We used the rest of the money to buy Harrison a high chair and a bigger diaper bag.  There is much to carry when we take Harrison out.  To the hostesses of the shower: Janet, Maggie, Mary Gettle, & Tami, you out did yourselves.  From the food to the decorations and your matching outfits, it was perfect.  Thanks also to the ladies who spent their Sunday afternoon celebrating with us.  All the gifts were great.  Everybody’s support and prayers have been appreciated.  Thank you all. 

Love, Robby, Kacy & Harrison Kinsey


PRAYER CONCERNS

Kathryn Shields was scheduled to be transported by ambulance from Unity Health Center to Norman Regional Health System on Monday for back surgery on Tuesday,.  She appreciates your prayers. 

When The Gospel Guide was prepared, L.B.Hall was in room 419 at Unity Health Center in critical  condition.  He and Rachel both need our prayers. 

Harvey Moore’s recent lung biopsy at M.D. Anderson revealed no new malignancy.  He will have a CT scan on Wednesday of this week to determine if his tumors are still shrinking.  If so, and if he can maintain his weight he will be able to continue with the experimental treatment he has been receiving.  He and Carletta always appreciate your prayers. 

Roe Honaker is in the Autumn of Life Center in Edmond for evaluation.  He and Louise need our prayers. 

Aubrey McNutt who grew up at Central and is the son of the late S.T. and Inez McNutt, has recently had surgery in Dallas for a malignancy,.  He’s requesting the prayers of the brethren he’s known and loved for so long.  Physicians have not yet settled on a prognosis for Aubrey. 

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


Youth News
Bob Stephens

Congratulations to Trey Canard on placing third in last week’s race.  It was great to see his smiling face back on the podium! 

LTC practices will start soon.  Sunday, February 8th, is absolutely the last day to turn in your forms!  Parents, please let me know if you have any questions.  Please encourage your kids to participate. (And by encourage I mean tell them they’re going to do it!)  It’s a great program and they’ll be glad they did!”


LOOKING AHEAD

February 13, Friday @ 6:30, Valentine’s Party LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker

February 20, 21, Affirming the Faith Seminar, Theme: “I Am Not Ashamed,” hosted by OKC area churches of Christ; held at N. MacArthur; www.affirmingthefaithok.com

February 28, Central Teacher’s Work Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.  Lunch provided.

March 4, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows

March 6, Annual Shawnee Area Leadership Dinner, hosted at Lakeview.  More TBA

March 8, Daylight Saving Time begins.

April 5, Family Seminar at Central, Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              148

Worship Service                                       224

Sunday Evening                                       118

Wednesday Evening  Icy roads-services cancelled

Contribution                                     5,497.17

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 8, 2009

 

Announcements:        Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                 George Mastick

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                             Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Geoff Root

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Josh Lyons                                   Bob Perry

Glendon Combs                        Tim Norton

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jim Carpenter                           Jon Merritt

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                             Bob Bivins

GREETERS

Foyer:                      Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                          Bob & Ann Bivins

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cheryl Miller & Diane Lawerance

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

James Reeves

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:            Michael Michener

Song Director:                           Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                 Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard                 Tracy Gettle

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Craig McKnight

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297