Bulletin for Sunday 01/16/2011
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Clavin Norwood Matt Stephens
Keith Lawrence Greg Beal
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Tracy Gettle
Robert Perry Tim McGalliard
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Tim & Janice McGalliard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jon Merritt
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Carl Weeks
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly George Mastick
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297