Bulletin for Sunday 10/17/2010
With Robert Prater
The most important command, above all others, is to “love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) Jesus says that all the commands and doctrines of Scripture can be summarized by this one concept. (Matthew 22:40)
The old saying goes, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Sometimes we get lost in all the details of the Scripture that we miss the big picture. We can become so overly consumed with all the commands and doctrines of God’s Word that we miss the real point. Too often we mistakenly think that right doctrine is the destination of our faith. It is not! The real destination is relationship with God. Sometimes detailed doctrine causes us to lose sight of the real goal of our faith – falling in love with God.
That is not to say that doctrine and precise obedient are not essential. After all, you can’t even have a forest if there are no trees. The trees make up the forest. Likewise, individual doctrines are, as one writer so eloquently put it: “the small pixels that combine together to paint the beautiful portrait of true relationship with God.” John put it best when he wrote, “…but whosoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.” (1 John 2:5) Being motivated by His intense love for God, Jesus was compelled to “do exactly as the Father commanded me.” (John 14:31 NASB) His motivation was not command-keeping that resulted in love for God. It was His love for God that produced a loving, and exact obedience.
When Jesus says that the most important command is to love God with all that we are, He seems to be describing a life that has completely fallen in love with God. Well, what does it look like to be completely in love with God? To understand this question maybe we should reflect upon the times that we have experienced the overwhelming emotion of falling in love with someone.
Usually, the first thing that happens when you fall in love with someone is that your mind is completely consumed with that person. Constantly distracted, you cannot seem to focus your mind on other things. Your mind is filled with thoughts of the object of your love.
Dallas Willard describes what being in love with God is really about. In his book “The Great Omission” he quotes Thomas Watson who writes, “The first fruit of love is the musing of the mind upon God. He who is in love, his thoughts are ever upon the object.” If you are in love with someone, you don’t have to remind yourself to think about them. Being in love means that you naturally can’t get the one you love off your mind. The face of your loved one is ever before your mind. That is what it means to really be in love with God.
The French monk Brother Lawrence called attention to the fact that one must “practice the presence of God.” In other to “fall in love with God” he suggested that one must discipline himself/herself to constantly have an awareness of God’s presence. Similar to the lyrics of the favorite Christian hymn, “Be with Me Lord”, we must strive for a constant sense of thy abiding presence.”
This is the very principle that David, a man after God’s own heart, had come to realize. He wrote in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” David is essentially saying that he had learned to make it a constant practice in his life to “set the LORD” before his mind. David’s mind was consumed with a “constant sense of God’s presence.” He had fallen in love with his God. Have you? -- Robert -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Route 66 Reading Schedule:
Matthew 4:12-14: 13; Mark 1:14-6:33; Luke 4:14-13:21; John 1:35-5:47
We express our sincere sympathy to Cathy Pettyjohn in the recent loss of her brother David F. Cook. Funeral services are pending in Boulder, Colorado.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
ATTENTION ALL ADULTS
There will be a Chili Cook Off and Tacky Party on Saturday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship room. A food sign up sheet is on the table in the foyer for you to indicate if you wish to enter the chili cook off contest or for other needed food items. If you have additional questions see Paula Harris.
Charles Wright remains in Integris Baptist Hospital in ICU on the sixth floor.
Bob Bivins had an emergency cornea transplant on Thursday at Dean McGee Eye Institute.
Greg & Analisa Beal’s daughter, Kinzee, has been undergoing several tests.
Sue Merritt’s great grandson, Blake, was diagnosed with a tumor on each optical nerve and will be under close observation for 3 months. He will be reevaluated again to see if they are growing.
Your prayers are appreciated for all the above.
Rachel O’Neal has moved to room 8 at Sunset Estate.
Doris Phillips Young has a new telephone number. It is 214-0016. Please make this correction in your Membership Directory.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt) Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Louise Honaker, Shawna Laffoon (Teresa Story’s daughter), Rita Luye (Jennifer Michener’s aunt), Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene Norton, Scott Olivo (friend of Royce & Kathy Peerson), Rachel O’Neal, Maxwell Parker (infant nephew of Kacy Kinsey), Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Millie Riley, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipper’s dad) Betty Rye, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose), Charles Wright. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
October 30, Saturday, Youth Fall Festival, at the Michener’s! More details to follow.
October 17, Search, “Problems in Worship”
October 24, Search, “Problems in Song”
October 27, 29, The Tipton Home truck will be here. Needed supplies: canned carrots, canola oil, sliced peaches, soups, cherry pie filling, brown sugar, shaving gel, Pine-Sol, bleach, air freshener, liquid laundry detergent.
October 31, Search, “Worship in Prayer”
November 7, Standard Time returns
Coats – Caps – Scarves – Gloves needed for Warmth from the Heart
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
Harold Decker, #91
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
Fred Bowers, #214
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #110
Sue Riedel, #602
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #8
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 129
Worship Service 201
Sunday Evening 103
Wednesday Evening 127
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Announcements: Steve Kelly
Opening Prayer: Bob Seikel
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Mark Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tim McGalliard
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Dunavan Jim Walling
Kenton McGalliard Mitch Harmon
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Geoff Root
Paul Harris Herman Guin
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Herman & Ruth Guin
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly Robert Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297