Bulletin for Sunday 8/16/2009

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With Robert Prater

     Revelation 3:9

     Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie-indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

     They called themselves Jews.  Christ called them “the synagogue of Satan.”

     Situated near the eastern base of Mount Tmolus stood Philadelphia, a city of Lydia.  It was founded and named by the Pergamene king, Attalus II Philadelphus.  After the death of Attalus III Philometor, 133 BC, it together with his entire kingdom came by his will under the jurisdiction of the Romans.  It was a commercial city of commanding position and considerable importance, and was well fortified.  Within the city a band of Christians met.  They were few in number.  They had but little power, and yet they had kept the word of Christ and had not denied His name.  These Christians had done it in spite of their antagonists.  Their opponents called themselves Jews.

     Jesus said they lied.  Saying a thing doesn’t make it so.  And those Jews who refuse to believe in the Messiah, reject the Gospel, and persecute Christians cannot properly be called Jews.  They are “the synagogue of Satan,” to use the words of Christ. 

     Frank Walters tells about the Polynesian tribes who first encountered white traders.  “They were filled with awe at the economic wealth of the ships captains.  They formed cargo cults, religious societies that tried to produce “cargo” by magical means.  They erected bamboo antennas, sat at makeshift desks and moved scraps of paper around all day.”  They had the trappings, but they weren’t the white traders.

     It kind of makes me wonder.  Am I really a Christian just because I am?  Do I belong to Christ?  Do I follow after Him?  Am I His disciple?  Do I acknowledge His Lordship, or do I just dress up and go to church on Sunday and call myself a Christian?  What Christ says I am and what I say I am might be altogether different.  As the old adage goes, “wearing a feather won’t make you an Indian.”

                        -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net


     Earl Finch remains in VA Medical Center. We have no late word on  Harvey Moore at M.D. Anderson.  Maggie Prater’s grandmother, Thelma Downing is out of the hospital and back in the nursing home.



You are invited to a come & go

90th Birthday Celebration

in honor of Ruth Guin on

Saturday, August 22, 2009

from 2 to 4 p.m.

in the Community Room

First National Bank & Trust

(southwest corner entrance)

130 East MacArthur


Your presence is the only gift desired



      A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege to go to Six Flags over Texas in Arlington Tx.  This was a joy for the kids as well as the Stephens’  and Jill and I.  In all we had 19 go down to include a few of the college kids.  We had the wonderful opportunity to meet for Sunday evening services at the Waterview congregation in Richardson Tx., to hear Robert Ogalsby preach and to hear the wonderful singing of the 1000 plus members.  That evening we all were graciously invited to the homes of a few of the Waterview members for the night to sleep and get ready for the next days events!  A lot of the kids were a little hesitant to do this and it was funny hearing them go on and on about the wonderful time they had with their host family.  The next morning we were all brought to the Church and had a wonderful breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon, provided by one of the members of Waterview.  Before we headed out for the day I had a chance to speak for a few minutes to the kids about life and how it is like a roller coaster with it's ups and downs that we go through, and assured them that the best way to get us through them is with God.  When we got to the Park we hit the ground running.  We road those rides till 7 that evening and headed north to Oklahoma.  This trip gave the group a chance to come together and share a time of joy with fellow Christians.  I just want to point out that it is great knowing that where ever you travel, you are always able to fine a Church of Christ close by to worship and to call upon if needed.  Fortunately the Waterview congregation was willing to host us that night. It may have helped that Jill's parents were member there.  But the thought still remains; we truly are blessed in the body of Christ with loving members.
--  Phil.4:13
, Matthew Sloan


Youth News

Bob Stephens


August 14, Friday Back to School Party at   Northridge



August 16, Search: “The Necessity of Suffering”

August 19, Divorce Care begins at Northridge; see bulletin board

August 23, Search: “Why Jesus Loves the Church”

August 30, Search: “Helps for Bible Study”

Sept. 4, Ladies’ Night at Little, dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m.; program 7 p.m.

September 12, Central Family Fun Night at Incredible Inflatables, 5-7 p.m. More TBA.

September 25-26, Central Ladies Retreat in Tulsa, More TBA.


We’re In This Together

   One f the most elusive marks in baseball is the “perfect game,” in which a pitcher stays on the mound for all nine innings and the opposing team fails to get a single hit, let alone a run. It’s only been done 18 times in over a century of competition. And now Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox has done it—for a second time. But not alone. In the ninth inning, Tampa Bay’s Gabe Kapler hit a towering shot to deep center field. Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise raced back to the wall, timed his jump and in a high-light catch stole the home run, preserving the no-hitter. Even Buehrle admitted he owed Wise something more than a steak dinner!

    Often the greatest heroics are actually collective efforts. And that’s one reason for us to stay close to each other.

     Sometimes I hear people say things like, “I can worship God just as well out fishing as I can in a church building.” Clearly such people only try to justify their irreligion, because nobody can serve God properly in isolation. And nobody who knows God would abandon His people.

     Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:25 NIV).

     From the dawn of creation, God made everything good and only declared one thing “not good.” He said it was not good for man to be alone. We are created with an inborn need for community and society. The wisdom of teamwork is not only common sense but God’s intention for humanity—“If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no-one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:10a NIV).

    Repeated polls show that Americans “believe in God,” yet are drifting away from church attendance in increasing numbers. That shows that the “god” they believe in is not the God of the Bible. The Living God knows that we need the mutual encouragement and support of like-minded souls. He has ordained worship on His day so that all His people can gather together for that purpose.

    Fact: nobody can “worship God just as well” by walking in a field, or fishing, or watching re-runs of frothing preachers on TV on Sunday morning. No heroic victories over sin will be won by those who abandon the rest of the army on the battlefield. We all need to gather together to worship our God “in spirit and in truth.” We’re all in this together. Don’t desert your service with the victory in sight!

       -- Chris Stinnett preaches for the congregation in Seminole, OK




Bible School                                                156

Worship Service                                                 215

Sunday Evening                                                   104

Wednesday Evening                                            118

Contribution                                                            4,809.12



Sunday, August 16, 2009

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                     George Mastick


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gerald Smith                                 Paul Harris

Geoff Root                            Keith Lawrence


Craig McKnight                             Joe Curtis


Jim Pettyjohn                         Bill Lawerance


Foyer:                        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                  Bill & Diane Lawerance


Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root


James Reeves


Nathan Kelly



Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Jim Cross


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Ron Taffe                      Burl Vanlandingham



Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Burl Vanlandingham

Devo:                                         Matt Stephens



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297