Bulletin for Sunday 03/01/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

     Having a Heart of Forgiveness (1)

What does it really mean to forgive?  Forgiveness may be one of the least understood topics in Scripture, and yet God says our willingness to forgive others will have a direct impact on where we spend eternity (cf. Matt. 6:12-15).  It’s one thing to talk about forgiveness, but really practicing it is a humbling, maturing, difficult experience.  When we are hurt by someone else, how difficult it can be to truly forgive!

What happens to Christian fellowship when the will to forgive is not present?  Paul answers this question in Ephesians 4:31-32.  He first lists six evidences of a failure to forgive, and then he shows how true blessings result from a will to forgive.

1. Bitterness – Someone has well said that hurt is what others do to you, but bitterness is what you do to yourself.  People who lack the will to forgive frequently revisit past hurts.  These people are miserable, dwelling on the wrongs of others sometimes to the point that they actually begin to enjoy the misfortunes of other people!  Christians had better be careful of taking frequent “mental trips” to revisit their pain – that‘s likely evidence of an unforgiving heart.

2. Wrath – The Greek word translated “wrath” in Ephesians 4:31 carries the idea of a seething desire for revenge.  This person may seem calm on the surface, but inside they are like a pressure cooker about to explode.  When we are full of this kind of rage, it is impossible to truly forgive someone else; worse yet, it is impossible for God to forgive us! (Mark 11:25-26)

3.  Anger – “Anger differs from wrath because it involves a sudden outburst of rage.  Rather than a heart that tries to hold rage inside, anger seeks every opportunity to show itself.  Like a lightning bolt out of a cloud, the angry man unleashes his fury upon everyone he thinks has wronged him.  Christians beware: our tempers might well keep us from heaven.

4. Clamor – This word describes a brawling, argumentative, adversarial spirit.  One who is full of clamor will seek every opportunity to air their grievances with offending parties and anyone else in the vicinity.  Loving confrontation when we have been wronged is commanded (Matt. 18:15ff), but clamor is a contentious attitude that confronts other solely for the purpose of “getting even” or “winning.”                                                

5. Evil Speaking – When an unforgiving heart is present, so often is the desire to speak evil of others.  Some people really seem to enjoy taking every opportunity to say unkind and ungodly things about those who have wronged them.  One common temptation when we’ve been hurt is to gather a circle of friends around us and to “justify” ourselves while condemning those who have done wrong.  Jesus said that we will give an account for every idle word we speak (Matt. 12:36), just as we will give account for having a heart that refuses to forgive.

6. Malice – The Greek word behind “malice” indicates one who possesses a “bad heart.”  One who is full of malice harbors a general feeling of ill will toward the one who has wronged him.  How can we claim to be followers of the One who said, “Father, forgive them,” when our every thought and wish is for our enemies to get exactly what they deserve?  Woe to those who will stand before God with unforgiving hearts!    

  --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)

(www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

1916          Louis Berlin (L.B.) Hall          2009

We extend our loving sympathy to Rachel and to all the family of L.B. Hall.  L.B. departed this life on Wednesday of last week, and Robert Perry and Dwyane Dennis conducted funeral services the following Saturday at Resthaven Funeral Chapel.  There were many friends and family as well as brethren from Central where the Halls have been longtime members.


  MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

It is time to update the Membership Directory booklet.  Please take time to look at the information at your name:  Spelling – Address – Telephone  E-Mail Address – Cell Phone

If there is any correction or addition please email or call the church office or note it on your attendance card Sunday morning, so that we may get this as correct as we can. 

ADDITIONAL INFO

Sunday morning, on the front of your attendance card – put the information you want published in the Membership Directory, or if everything is printed correctly just note OK.  Now – if you have an e-mail address and/or cell phone number you don’t want to publish – the office would like to keep this information separate.  So put this information on the BACK of your attendance card.  We would like this information (especially e-mail) so that we can send you info instead of calling. We will continue to call in emergencies.   If you are not able to attend Sunday – please email or call the church office.


ANNUAL LEADERSHIP DINNER

This year’s Annual Shawnee Area Leadership Dinner will be hosted by the Lakeview Church of Christ at 15301 Highway 102, on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Guest speaker will be Trey Morgan from Childress, Texas.  The catered meal will be $10 per person.  All elders, deacons, ministers and their wives are encouraged to attend.  Please call or email Ann at the church office to RSVP as soon as possible.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Nina Baylis is in very critical condition in ICU at Unity Health Center following extensive surgery on Tuesday of last week.  Your prayers are urgently requested. 

We have no late word from Harvey Moore at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. 

Kathryn Shields  was discharged from Norman Regional Health System on Friday of last week and is now in rehab in room 301 at Unity Health Center South. The phone number in her room is 394-5401.

Roe Honaker has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is now in an Edmond nursing home. 

Louise continues to reside at Tealridge Manor on the campus of Oklahoma Christian. 

We learned Sunday that Jenifer Vasques has not been receiving her medications in Nicaragua due to complications imposed by the Nicaraguan government.  Efforts are underway to get her back to the States for proper care as quickly as possible. 

Lorine Watson has completed her cancer treatments and is doing well.  

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

We are planning to attend a retreat at Quartz Mountain youth camp on February 20-22.  That’s Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.  We’re going with youth groups from churches around the area; Choctaw, Seminole, Tecumseh, Eastside in MWC, and Tad’s group from Duncan.  The main focus of the retreat will be on creation evidences, where do the dinosaurs fit into the picture.  Kim Wall, from Choctaw, will be the speaker.  He has a great website (www.literalgenesis.net) if you want to check it out.  The cost of the retreat will be $40.00.  Please don’t let the cost be what keeps you from going to this retreat.  If you want to go see me and you’ll go!.  I have applications/releases for the kids to fill out.  If you have any other questions ask me!

 

We have thirteen kids signed up for LTC.  They range 3rd – 12th grade.  We will start working shortly on projects for the convention.  Parents, please do your best to make sure your kids are where they need to be, when they need to be there.  A lot of the stuff we do is a team effort and we need the teams together to make things go smoothly.


LOOKING AHEAD

February 13, Friday @ 6:30, Valentine’s Party LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker. Vans leave at 6:00.

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


A REMINDER

Cell phone numbers go public this month.  All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies, and you will start to receive sale calls.  You will be charged for these calls.  To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.  It is the National Do Not Call List.  It will only take a minute of your time.  It blocks your number for five years.  You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.  You cannot call from a different phone number.  Please help others by passing this on to all your friends.  It takes about 20 seconds.


A Cry For Help

There’s an empty ache deep down in my heart

In a place reserved for a special friend.

With a wagging tongue, she hurled her dart

And my wounded heart has refused to mend!

 

She clawed at my soul with her poisoned pen,

And covered the deed with her honeyed words.

When finally exposed, her hands stained with sin

She accused me of twisting her words!

 

Please help me, Oh Lord, give me the power

To fill up the void and to stop the pain!

And Father above, please hasten the hour

When I can open my heart to a friend again.

Alta C. Carroll (1963)

 

(We thank you Alta for allowing us to print some of your poems in our church bulletins)


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              132

Worship Service                                       186

Sunday Evening                                       110

Wednesday Evening                                 121

Contribution                                     4,904.23

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Announcements:                           Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                     Bill Lawerance

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Michael Michener                         Bob Seikel

John Aylor                               Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Josh Lyons                                    Bob Bivins

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                            Herman Guin

GREETERS

Foyer:                        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                      Herman & Ruth Guin

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carolyn Root &Mary Kelly

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:               Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                    Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Jim Cross

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Austin Beard                        Craig McKnight

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297