Bulletin for Sunday 03/15/2009

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Look Up

Look up to the mountain, gain strength for your day

For God is our mountain. He will point the way.

His word’s the compass, set on Heaven above.

With our directions secured by His love.

 

Our ways through the desert. Satan’s trying heat.

But God will supply us living waters sweet.

His precious promise, if His word we heed.

Manna and water for our daily need.

 

Make straight for the mountain, never turn aside.

Satan would snare us, and God’s love deride.

He’ll place temptations in our way to roam.

But if we’re faithful, God will take us Home!

 

Alta C. Carroll


SYMPATHY

1931          Nina Lee Baylis          2009

We extend our loving sympathy to Norma Edgmon and all the family of Nina Baylis.  Nina departed this life late Saturday evening, and Dwyane Dennis conducted funeral services the following Tuesday at Cooper Funeral Chapel.


AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

In last week’s article we looked at how it is a helpful way to remember the events of Genesis by breaking down the book into two parts and we looked at the first part of: four great events Creation, Fall, Flood, and Babel.  Let’s now look at the four great men of faith.

Abraham – Abram was a very wealthy man living in the land of Ur when God called him (Gen. 11:31-32) Incredibly, Abram left his homeland without even knowing where he was headed (Heb. 11:8-9).  Abraham becomes a model of faithfulness in the New Testament because he consistently believes God’s word and acts accordingly (cf. Rom.4; James 2; Gal. 3). Saving faith is always depicted in Scripture as trust in God’s word connected with obedience.  God made a promise to Abram that, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3).  Thus, God “chose” the nation of Israel to bring Jesus into the world (Galatians 3:15-18).  What an amazing promise to a man of tremendous faith! (Heb. 11:8-12)

Isaac When God told Abraham and Sarah they would bear a son, they laughed (Gen. 17:17; 18:12).  When their son was born, they named him “Isaac,” which means, “Laughter” (Gen. 21:1-7).  Growing up, Isaac must have learned tremendous lessons from the faith of his father, Abraham.  It was Isaac who was nearly offered as a sacrifice (Gen. 22:9-14), and it was for Isaac that Abraham sent a servant into a far country to find a bride (Gen. 24:3-4).  Abraham seemed genuinely concerned that his son learn the most important lessons of life; fear God and keep His commandments. (Eccl. 12:13)  May God give us more fathers so dedicated today!

Jacob – Isaac was the son that God had promised all along, and thus Isaac became the father of twin boys, Jacob and Esau.  Jacob deceived his brother and father into receiving the blessing and birthright, both of which had been Esau’s (Gen. 25:29-34; 27).  Jacob fled his brother in fear, and thus began a journey that changed the world forever.  His name was changed to “Israel,” and he received a vision of the promise God had made to his grandfather, Abraham (Gen. 28:13-14).  Jacob went to work for his Uncle Laban and married his two daughters, Leah and Rachel.  Through Jacob’s family came 12 sons and one daughter, Dinah.  The 12 sons of Jacob became the families of the tribes of Israel.

Joseph – Because their mother was loved, Joseph and Benjamin became the “favorites” of their father Jacob.  Whenever parents play favorites, bitterness and resentment are part of family life.  Joseph was given a beautiful coat by his father, and his brothers despised him for it.  Seeking to do him harm, they cast Joseph into a pit (Gen. 37:12ff), and later sold him into Egyptian slavery.  Joseph was a faithful man of God, however, and he acted with integrity when tempted to do evil (Gen. 39:7-15).  For this, he was again cast into prison.  From Joseph’s life Jesus called those “blessed” who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (Matt. 5:10-12).  Joseph forgave his brothers and explained their misdeeds this way, “you meant it to me for evil, but God meant if for good.” (Gen. 50-20)  May all Christians have faith like that!

     We dare not overlook the fundamental teachings of Genesis.  They were written for our learning (Rom. 15:4), and can build up those who live by faith (Hab. 2-4).

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


FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY

Please keep in mind our upcoming Friends & Family Day on Sunday, April 5.  The speaker will be Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University The theme for the lessons will be “The Family.”  We will soon have some invitation cards for you to mail and pass out.  Let’s all do our part to pray, invite and attend this special outreach event.  Keep in mind that we will also have a catered meal by Chicago Street Deli served next door in the Municipal auditorium.


THANK YOU

Thank you for the lovely flower and the wonderful lunch.  It was very much appreciated.

Carolyn Richards (daughter of Jearline Bates) & family


PRAYER CONCERNS

Clydean Decker spent the weekend in ICU and then in a room at Unity Health Center She returned home on Monday.  She and Harold appreciate your prayers. 

We rejoice with the Nortons that Tim, Sr. is now cancer free. 

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


HAVE YOU GIVEN THANKS TODAY?

“I said to myself often that I was an unfortunate dog and born to be always miserable,”  That’s the confession of Robinson Crusoe as he was a castaway on an uninhabited island on the coast of America.

Maybe you too, have found yourself on the isle of “Woe Is Me.”

As Robinson Crusoe seriously considered his condition, he began to comfort himself by setting the good against the evil in the following manner:

EVIL: I am cast upon a horrible desolate island, void of all hope of recovery.  I am singled out from all the world to be miserable.  GOOD: But I am alive, and not drowned, as all my ship’s company was.  And He that miraculously saved me from death can deliver me from this condition.

EVIL: I’m a solitaire, one banished from human society.  I have no clothes to cover me.  GOOD: But I am not starved and perishing on a barren place.  I am in a hot climate, where if I had clothes, I could hardly wear them.

EVIL:  I am without any defense to resist man or beast.  GOOD: But I see no wild beast or men to hurt me.

EVIL:  I have no soul to speak to, or relieve me.  GOOD: But God wonderfully sent the ship in near enough to the shore that I have gotten out many necessary things to supply my wants.

If you are feeling ‘down,’ it just might help to set the evil against the good and be as honest as Crusoe was.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

John Gipson, Windsong, N. Little Rock, AR


Youth News

Bob Stephens

There will be a LTC drama practice after services Sunday evening.  Please be here!  Spring break is this next week and a ‘Fun day’ is in the works for Wednesday.  Activities to be announced. 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

March 15, Search: “By Grace Have You Been Saved”

March 15 – 18, Gospel Meeting at Wewoka with Dr. David Lipe, Mon – Wed., 7 p.m.

March 22, Search: “A Scarecrow in a Cucumber Field”

March 29, Search: “The Gift of Repentance”

April 1, Ladies class meets at 100; April luncheon

April 5, Search: “A Holy God, a Holy People”

April 5, Friends & Family Day with  Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University.  A Luncheon is to follow morning service at the Municipal Auditorium.  Chicago Street Deli will cater the meal.

April 5 – 8, Gospel Meeting, McLoud, Keith Mosher, Sr., Wall, Mississippi , Sun. – Wed., 7 p.m. See bulletin board

 


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              151

Worship Service                                       229

Sunday Evening                                       137

Wednesday Evening                                112

Contribution                                     6,165.10

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                            Ron Taffe

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Gene Norton

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Herman Guin                                  Jim Cross

Glendon Combs                        Lynn Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Clavin Norwood                        Austin Beard

USHERS

Paul Harris                               Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Carl Weeks

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                Jim Pettyjohn

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Steve Kelly

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297