Bulletin for Sunday 12/12/2010
With Robert Prater
This week marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. We should always remember the day that would “live in infamy” – and learn from it.
What happened on December 7, 1941? Simply put, we were caught off guard. In the decades since the attack, there has been a great deal of investigation, speculation and debate over how this could have happened and who is to blame for “dropping the ball.” What seems fairly certain is that there were some warning signs and data available that, if taken through the proper channels, might have changed the complexion of this attack or thwarted it altogether. Well, I’m not writing this to debate such things, but to make a simple point: it’s not good to be caught off-guard. And even though the attack on Pearl Harbor would have a positive outcome, many lives were lost and many more would perish in the ensuing war in the Pacific.
As Christians, we have a dangerous enemy – an empire of evil, plotting surprise attacks against us. Satan’s greatest advantage is the element of surprise. Many times we just don’t see it coming. The good news is that our Lord has given us “classified” information about our enemy to alert us and keep us from being taken by surprise! (2 Cor. 2:11) Consider the apostle Peter’s inspired words: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV)
We shouldn’t be surprised when, because of our devotion to Christ, we feel pressure and opposition from those of the world. Notice that Peter didn’t say “if” this would occur, but ”when”. Paul declares that persecution would happen to everyone who lives a godly life in Christ. (2 Tim. 3:12) Jesus also forewarned us of trouble and “tribulation” in the world. (John 15:18-21; 16:1-4 & 33) By knowing these things beforehand, we can be prepared and not “Melt down” or give in to temptation.
Later in his letter, Peter advises: “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV)
We shouldn’t be surprised when we feel the pull of temptation, rather we should be prepared! We are all subject to the devil’s attacks and need to be on high alert at all times – never letting down our guard. (Eph. 6:10-18)
So whether there was sufficient data and resources to thwart the attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago we may never know for sure. But this we know for sure: Our “Commander” has given us sufficient data and resources to thwart the devil’s attacks. We need never be caught off-guard!
-- Robert -- email@example.com
The Central Church of Christ has purchased six acres of land on 45th Street for possible future expansion. The property is located between Walker Funeral Chapel and the railroad tracks on the south side of the street on what has been Cliff’s Kennels. Although there are no immediate plans to build or relocate, this property will give the congregation opportunities to someday relocate, if that becomes the more central part of town or resell the land to make improvements at the 10th and Bell location.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Thelma Franklin has moved to Sterling House, 3947 North Kickapoo, Apt. #127, Shawnee, OK 74804. Her telephone number is 275-0775. Please make this change in your directory.
I thank you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for the lovely Poinsettia and the birthday cards I received. It reminds me of your love and the love of God who loved us so much as to send His Son for our salvation. Elva Gill
We would like to thank everyone for the cards, calls, and prayers. Frank had his oral surgery done on Friday and is doing well. He should start his chemo after the first of the year. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Frank & Rita (Romberg)
Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Thank you very much for the gift card and for the poinsettia plant. The gift card helped a lot. Love always,
Dear Church Family, The poinsettia you sent is beautiful! And so is the lady who delivered it. Thank you, church family. Anita Hinson;
Thank you for the beautiful poinsettia. It was so thoughtful of you, and I will enjoy it every day. Thanks again. Sincerely, Lola (Mullinax);
Thank you, Central Church of Christ for the beautiful poinsettia. Thanks to Jim & Janet Walling for bringing it. Grace Lofties;
I appreciate so much the beautiful poinsettia delivered to me from the church by Paula & Fay, and of course their visit. Geri Outlaw;
I want to thank the church for the beautiful poinsettia brought to me. Sue Riedel;
Boyd Cheney remains in Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Baptist Integris Hospital following hip replacement surgery November 29. He was in room 625 at publication time but hoping to go home the middle of the week.
Frank Romberg had oral surgery on Friday of this past week. James Reeves is scheduled for back surgery on December 20 at the Oklahoma Spine Hospital in Oklahoma City
December 10, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning Bible Class seasonal party, 6:30, Ron & Debbie Taffe’s home.
December 11, Holiday party for Robert Prater’s Sunday morning Young Adult/Families class at Kari Canard’s home, 6 p.m.
December 12, Search: “Designed by God”
December 15, Last ladies class for 2010, 10 a.m.
December 19, Search: “Christianity Is Good”
December 24, Church office closed
December 26, Search: “Why Did Jesus Come?”
December 31, Church office closed
January 2, Shawnee Area-Wide Worship, “Praise Him-2011”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday evening 5 p.m. Alan Martin, guest speaker
January 5, Ladies Bible Class resumes; 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows class
December 17 & 18, Friday & Saturday; Shawnee Area Wide teens lock in. We need parents and/or sponsors for this event.
December 19, Sunday; Christmas Party at Scott & Tamie Perry’s.
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, #7A
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 119
Worship Service 191
Sunday Evening 133
Wednesday Evening 103
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Bryce Beal
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Nathan Kelly
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Brian Nipper Jim Cross
Jim Carpenter Greg Beal
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tracy Gettle Richard Albright
Bob Perry Ron Dunavan
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Ron & Evelyn Dunavan
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bob Seikel
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tim McGalliard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Paul Harris
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Craig McKnight
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297