Bulletin for Sunday 8/2/2009
With Robert Prater
The old farmer, ragged and barefooted, sat on the steps of his tumbledown shack, chewing on a stem of Timothy grass. He was accosted by a passing stranger who was seeking a cool drink of water. Wishing to be agreeable the stranger asked, “How is your cotton coming in this weather?”
“Ain’t got none,” said the farmer.
“Didn’t you plant any?” asked the frowning stranger.
“Nope,” said the farner, “fraid of boll weevils.”
“Well,” said the newcomer, “How is your corn?”
“Didn’t plant none,” said the man, “Fraid there warn’t goin’ to be no rain.”
“Really, what did you plant?” asked the puzzled inquirer.
“Nothing,” said the farmer, “I jest played it safe.”
As I first read this story, I was amused at the short sightedness of the man that refused to plant. How foolish is a man that refuses to plant out of fear of natural calamity. But then another thought came to mind. Are we any different spiritually, when we refuse to plant the seed of the kingdom?
We then excuse ourselves by saying, “They wouldn’t be interested anyway,” or “I wouldn’t want to endanger our friendship with religion.” So we try to play it safe. The result is clear if we do not plant, we will not reap. If nothing is ventured there will be nothing gained for the cause of Christ. Are you, am I, just trying to play it safe? Am I a seed-growing individual, working to make this congregation a seed growing church?
Friends, I think one of the key elements for the ongoing growth of the Central congregation is that every member develops their own service around their personal ability and interests. We do not all have to be alike or do alike. (Please read Romans 12:1-9; Eph. 4:15-16) Allow the Lord to use you and the church will grow.
May the Lord give us vision, wisdom, love and a burden for the lost to plant the seed of His word and kingdom. Know anyone who can use these four things? I do. May God bless this congregation. -- Robert –
We extend our sympathy to all the relatives of the Wakolee family killed in a car crash south of Tecumseh last week. They were the uncle, aunt, and cousin of our Kira Wakolee, granddaughter of Beverley MacMillan.
Keep in mind that you are invited to the wedding of Leslie Gettle and Andy Stephens on Saturday afternoon at two o’clock.
Earl Finch has been readmitted to VA Medical Center and will probably be there until sometime in September when he will have additional surgery. He is in room 6B, 116 but cannot have visitors at this time.
Jennifer Michener’s grandmother, Hollie Corum, had very major surgery last week in Springfield, Missouri.
Harvey Moore remains at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston where they are exploring new treatment possibilities.
Maggie Prater’s grandmother, Thelma Downing of Pryor, was admitted to a nursing home two months ago with numerous health issues. After a bad fall this past week she is now in ICU at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Pamela Blackshire’s grandmother, Rita Fairchild, has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
Prayers have been requested for all of those mentioned in “Prayer Concerns” this week.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Cherrell Hamilton, Louise Honaker, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, 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.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
1 Cor. 1
1 Cor. 2
1 Cor. 3
1 Cor. 4
1 Cor. 5
1 Cor. 6
1 Cor. 7:1-19
1 Cor. 7:20-40
1 Cor. 8
1 Cor. 9
1 Cor. 10:1-18
1 Cor. 10:19-33
1 Cor. 11:1-16
1 Cor. 11:17-34
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
August 2&3, Sunday/Monday – Six Flags trip
August 10, Monday, AWTG at Eastside in Midwest City
August 14, Friday Back to School Party at Northridge
NO BIBLE HOUR THIS SUNDAY
August 1, Leslie Gettle/ Andy Stephens wedding, Central, 2 p.m.
August 2, Search: “The Price of saying ‘No’ to God”
MY LORD AND MY GOD!”
Thomas made the most unambiguous confession of Jesus made by any of the apostles. In plain, straightforward words he confessed Jesus in terms that could have been addressed to the Almighty Father when he said, “My Lord and my God!”
The confession is even more remarkable when one considers the nature of Thomas. Not much is told of him in the New Testament. He, of course, is named among the twelve apostles in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but it is John’s Gospel which gives us pictures of the man.
The first glimpse comes in chapter 11 as Jesus, risking death, prepares to enter Jerusalem to raise Lazarus from the dead. Thomas knows the danger, but in heroic despair says, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Thomas is a realist.
In the upper room, shortly before Jesus’ death, the Lord tells his disciples, You know the way where I am going.” Once again in plain language Thomas speaks, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Thomas will never pretend to believe anything of which he is not sure.
Thomas was so cautious and level-headed that when he heard of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead he wasn’t going to accept it without clear-cut evidence despite the fact that Jesus had plainly predicted it. Nor would he accept it on the words of his fellow apostles. “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Thomas demands evidence!
Eight days after Thomas laid down his conditions for belief, Jesus appeared and told Thomas to place his finger in the nail prints and “do not be faithless, but believing.” With a cry of assurance Thomas shouts, “My Lord and my God!”
That same assurance can be yours if you will read the Gospel of John (John 20:30-31). In fact, there is a special blessing for those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:29).
Windsong Church of Christ, N. Little Rock, AR
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 142
Worship Service 208
Sunday Evening 125
Wednesday Evening 111
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Announcements: Dale Beard
Opening Prayer: Bob Seikel
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Chad Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Herman Guin
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Geoff Root Steve Kelly
Bob Bivins Tim Norton
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Burl Vanlandingham
Jim Pettyjohn Tracy Gettle
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Tracy & Mary Gettle
Cheryl Miller & Cathy Pettyjohn
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Robert Perry
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bob Perry
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jim Carpenter Paul Harris
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Devo: Tim McGalliard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297