Bulletin for Sunday 01/16/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Jeremiah charged God’s people of the Southern Kingdom (Judah) as follows: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)  It is believed that during the time in which these words were spoken that great political pressure forced acknowledgement of pagan religion and false gods.  Jeremiah was renouncing those influences.  There was much class distinction, family life was deplorable, foreign cults were prevalent, the poor oppressed by the rich and creating an atrocious religious climate.  It was a dark time in  Judah!  Their paths needed straightening.  To the hearers of Jeremiah’s words, the “old paths” were the words, commandments, and the Divine truths especially found in the Ten Commandments.

I think most of us realize that many of the areas of truth on which God has spoken are under attack.  The home, marriage, homosexuality, abortion, Christian morality, the plan of salvation, and the worship of the church are all facing attacks from the world in which we live.

God’s people must get back to the old ancient paths ---the paths of righteousness and holiness and truth.  The ancient paths that lead to eternal life. What we need is a big dose of old-time religion!  Unfortunately, many people equate “old-time religion” with the legalism of the past.  I’m not for legalism, unless, of course, legalism is defined as obedience to the Word of God.  I abhor the outward, legalistic trappings of “twice dead religious systems.”  Such man-made standards have hurt the church as much as liberalism.

Many people today are trying to develop a Christianity that will fit with the lifestyle of the 21st  Century.  Through “new revelation” and “new thing” theology, they are compromising doctrinal truth and soundness and thus watering down the Word and making it of no effect---in their lives and in their evangelism.

One writer described the problem in the following manner:

“Many youth ministers try the latest snacks    and activities to attract kids to church or to Jesus.  They learn this, obviously, from senior ministers who try to attract baby boomers like Wal-Mart lures its customers---with slick promotions and bargain prices.  Our consumer-driven approach to church growth has us trying every new thing out there to fill the church. (You see filling the church is a higher priority than filling the people with the presence, the power and purity of Christ)  To get the “seeker” to try our brand of Christianity, it has to be attractive, fulfilling and not cost too much.  If you ask me, a Christianity that doesn’t cost much is deceitful and disgraceful. In the language of business, it is false advertising and fraud.”

     Friends, from the time of Jeroboam, Satan’s “ministers of light” have been offering an easier way to serve God, an easier, less costly way of slaking their thirst for spiritual fulfillment. (See 1 Kings 12:25).  But these new and easier ways will never satisfy.

Only the living water that Christ gives will satisfy.  Remember what He told the woman at the well: “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)

The wells of living water are found along the old paths of the truth of God’s Word and righteousness, and not on the superhighways of compromise.  We must walk the ancient paths once again if we are to find the life-giving Oasis that is Jesus Christ.  We must abandon twenty-first century Christianity in favor of first century Christianity.  As straight and as narrow as they may be, we must walk the old paths.

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


PLACING MEMBERSHIP

This past Sunday Phillip Collins requested to be considered a member at Central.  We are delighted to have him and his 2 year old Daxton (Dax).  They live at 1915 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804, and the phone number is 637-3238.  Phillip is the son of Steve and Sherri Collins, the grandson of Don and Aletta Collins, and the great grandson of Phyllis and Joe Scheidt all of whom attend Central.


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to the family of former member, C.F. Drain, who passed away on December 29.  A private graveside service was held at Tecumseh Cemetery on Monday of last week.


THANK YOU

Dear Central Family, I’m progressing well after my surgery, but have a number of months before I’m completely recovered.  Joan and I appreciate all your cards, calls, and especially your prayers.  Thank you so much.  We love you all,                                                   James Reeves                            


PRAYER CONCERNS

To the best of our knowledge, we have no Central member in the hospital at the present time. 

Lois Lanier continues to be ill at home.

Sue Merritt’s great grandson, Blake Carter is taking chemotherapy at the present time..  

Boyd Cheney continues therapy at home following hip replacement surgery.

It was good to have Juanita Combs, James Reeves and Frank Romberg in services Sunday


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Chelsea Coleman (1 year old friend to Mykah Shelton), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Mike Fruech, (brother of Beverley MacMillan)  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, 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, George Pittser, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipper’s dad), Frank Romberg, Curtis Rowe, Betty Rye, Larry & Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers


LOOKING AHEAD

January 15, Saturday, Central men’s breakfast 9 am in the fellowship room

January 16, Search: “The Heart of Jesus”

January 23, Search: “Jesus Blesses Us”

January 30, Search: “Thy Will Be Done”

February 25-26, Affirming the Faith seminar hosted by OKC area churches of Christ held at N. MacArthur, www.affirmingthefaith.com


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

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #7A

Alice Rice, #55

Dessie Weeks, #54


Close out Prices on winter coats
Remember Warmth from the Heart in November


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                 130

Worship Service                                                     205     

Sunday Evening                                          100

Wednesday Evening                                  106

Contribution                                                             6,177.43

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 16, 2011

 

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Ron Dunavan

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                      Matt Stephens

Keith Lawrence                              Greg Beal

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                  Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Robert Perry                         Tim McGalliard

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Jon Merritt

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Carl Weeks

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                         George Mastick

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297