Bulletin for Sunday 02/22/2009
Having a Heart of Forgiveness (2)
Forgiveness is truly one of the most difficult things God commands His people to do. How many people have difficulty forgiving when they’ve been wronged or hurt? When there is no forgiveness, there can be no fellowship like God intended Christians to enjoy (Eph. 4:31-32). Worse, when there is no forgiveness, the work of the Lord is hindered and souls are at stake. (Matt. 6:12ff) Oh, how Christians need to be willing to have a heart that truly forgives!
Biblically speaking, forgiveness involves two parties. There is to be an acknowledgement of sin for true forgiveness to take place. (cf. Psalm 51:3, 16-17) However, it is also Biblical and right to say that the will to forgive must be present, even when sin is not acknowledged. Our Lord showed a will to forgive even while His enemies nailed Him to the cross (Luke 23:34), but true forgiveness (the condition in which the relationship between Jesus and His executioners was finally mended) did not take place until their sin was acknowledged (cf. Acts 2:36-38).
Kindness – Even if sin is not acknowledged, Christians are to have the will to forgive, and this will expresses itself in kindness. God’s kindness is seen in the fact that while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Eph. 2:7, Rom. 5:8). God didn’t wait to be kind until you and I acknowledged our sin before Him. He showed kindness when He blessed us with His only Son (John 3:16). When Christians have been wronged, we are not to wait until sin is acknowledged to be kind. Kindness is evidence of a heart that knows true forgiveness!
Tenderheartedness – Not only is the forgiving heart kind, but it is tender and sympathetic to the needs of others. Especially is this true when forgiveness must take place. It is humbling to forgive, but it is more humbling to ask for forgiveness from someone we’ve wronged. When someone asks for forgiveness, they are making themselves extremely vulnerable, and a tender heart is needed to respond properly. What a blessing when Christians truly possess a tender heart.
Covering of sin – Paul concludes these two verses by telling Christians to forgive, “even as God in Christ forgave you.” But how does God forgive? God forgives completely, freely, and quickly. Most of all, He promises NOT to dwell on our forgiven sins: “I will remember them no more” (Heb. 8:12). Thus, when Christians possess a forgiving heart, they will choose not to dwell on sin.
Forgiveness “covers up” sin so that what has been forgiven is not continually brought back to our remembrance (Psalm 32:1-2). A heart that truly forgives will not go about mentioning the offense in the presence of others, nor will it continually bring up that offense before the offender. If God chooses not to dwell on our past sins, how much more should we choose to cover those offenses that have been forgiven?
I wonder truly how many pews in the Lord’s church are often filled with bitter, angry people who stubbornly declare, “I’ll never forgive…” or, “I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget.” All the while the words of Jesus clamor for our attention: “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, that you love one another” (John 13:34-35). One writer has so beautifully said, “An unforgiving heart is worse than any cancer because it eats away our very souls.” Conversely, a forgiving heart is better than any balm of healing because it restores in kindness and tenderness with a will to cover a multitude of sins.” Brethren, let’s pray for more forgiving hearts in the church of Jesus Christ!
1915 ROE HONAKER 2009
We express our heartfelt love and sympathy to Louise and all the members of the family of Roe Honaker. Roe went to be with the Lord on Friday of last week and his funeral services were conducted by Dwyane Dennis on Monday at Resthaven. Brother Honaker served as a deacon and as an elder for several years at the Church of Christ at Little. Even into their 90’s, Roe and Louise were able to regularly attend worship until the last few months and provided for us a marvelous example of faithfulness and dedication to the Lord. He and Louise celebrated their 74th Wedding Anniversary on January 19. We will miss him.
We wish to congratulate Steve and Mary Kelly on the birth of their new granddaughter, Eliana Marie Hicks born Wednesday, February 11, 2009. She weighed 8 pounds. 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her parents are Tara and Jason Hicks and she is also the great granddaughter of Joyce Kelly.
Nina Baylis remains in very critical condition in ICU at Unity Health Center following a second major surgery last week. Your prayers are urgently requested.
Harvey Moore has been taken out of the study for the GIST cancer and is taking a different medication for that and for his lung. His and Carletta’s address in Houston is: 8181Fannin Apt. 0116, Houston, TX 77054.
Kathryn Shields was hoping to return to her home on Tuesday.
It has been determined that it is impossible to operate on Jenifer Vasques and chemo would not be helpful. She is being returned to Nicaragua
Please remember in prayer our cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Lorine Watson.
The L. B. Hall Family would like to thank the Monday Night Sunshine Sisters Class for the delicious meal prepared and served for our family. We would also like to thank the church members for all the prayers and calls. Special thanks to Robert Perry, Dwyane Dennis and the choir for helping us celebrate his live.
Rachel, Larry and Louie
Thank you so very much for the lovely green plant you sent in honor of L.B.
The L. B. Hall Family
There will be a few of us missing this Sunday morning. We are going to be at Quartz Mountain Christian camp with kids from around the area. We’re leaving out Friday evening and returning Sunday afternoon.
We have some kids in the group that are staying busy this spring with school activities. Claire McKnight, Molly Gettle and Brandon Gober are all playing soccer. Kenton McGalliard is playing tennis. And Dresean and Deiondre Whiting are wrestling. Pray for these and all our kids that they glorify God in all they do.
We are going to start practicing for LTC soon. Your coaches will be getting in touch with you soon as we begin to prepare for the convention in April. We now have fourteen participating this year. Anyone who hasn’t committed yet, it’s not too late!
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 at 6:30. Guest speaker will be Trey Morgan from Childress, TX. All elders, deacons, ministers and their wives are invited to attend. Catered meal will be $10 each. Please RSVP to the office as soon as possible.
March 8, Daylight Saving Time begins.
April 5, Family Seminar at Central, Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University
We hope to see you here Sunday!
Wynona (Nona) Carter
Bernard & June Sharp – 8th
Jim & Mali Lane – 25th
Larry & Sarah Smith – 36th
Bob & Ann Bivins– 47th
Carl & Ruby Holt – 24th
We want to congratulate all who are having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of March, especially to Jim & Mali Lane on their 25th.
Let your light shine in 2009
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 134
Worship Service 213
Sunday Evening 122
Wednesday Evening 134
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Announcements: Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Kenton McGalliard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Glendon Combs
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
James Reeves Dennis Brodersen
Geoff Root Brian Nipper
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Chris Nipper
Jim Pettyjohn Tim McGalliard
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Tim & Janice McGalliard
Janet Stephens & Cathy Pettyjohn
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Robert Perry
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Bob Seikel
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Austin Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297