Bulletin for Sunday 09/04/2011
With Robert Prater
Technology has brought many changes to our lives. I am sure many people can look back and see how different things were ten, twenty or even thirty years ago. Today, most people have a cell phone, a computer, or even a cell phone that is more advanced than they were even just five years ago! Most technological advances are a mixture of both blessing and curse. Let’s examine the blessings and curses of three technologies of our age.
1. The Internet. Our world has become much easier because of the ease of access to information thanks to the World Wide Web. From a spiritual standpoint, churches can communicate with members, church leaders with missionaries, and teachers with students evangelistically in ways never before possible. With all of its blessings, the Internet has simultaneously created significant spiritual curses. Perhaps one of the largest dangers is the widespread access and availability of pornography on the net. Statistics show that use of pornography even among Christians is alarmingly frequent. Let us make a “covenant with our eyes” and not let sexual immorality and impurity even be named among those who are Christians (Job 31:1; Eph. 5:3).
2. Facebook. The social networking giant, Facebook, has been one of the greatest advances in communication technologies. Christians are able to network and communicate in much more efficient ways. Church announcements, prayer requests, connectivity with other Christians, and opportunities for evangelism and teaching are almost limitless on Facebook as is the ability to renew old acquaintances. This is a danger to married people who may be tempted to innocently (at first) catch up with old romantic interests. What first begins as a “friend request” can easily escalate into running a series of relational red-lights and accelerating into an extramarital affair. This danger is very real. Christian couples who use Facebook should adopt a policy of full disclosure about their social networking use.
3. Smartphones. You can do almost anything technologically from a phone these days. This allows you to be connected and perpetually “available” (both a blessing and a curse!). Also, one can access the Internet, email, texting, games, and even books directly from your phone. One of the great blessings is the ability to have an electronic Bible directly on your phone. The danger of such “connectivity” on our phones is the distraction it can be to spiritual focus. It can become increasingly difficult to find time to “unplug from the cloud” for quiet time with God in prayer and study. Also, it can be very tempting to text during worship services (or check email or sports scores) when we should be focusing our attention on worship to God.
Now make no mistake about it. Technology is not a bad thing, but in moderation. Balance is important. Our service to God is always most important. We are expected to be “redeeming the time” (Eph. 5:16). We will have to give an account to God for what we do, and for what we don’t do.. (cf. 2 Cor. 5:10; Mt. 25:14ff)
So yes, we are living in an amazing “brave new world” of technology. But it has always been this way. (cf. Ecclesiastes 1:9) Mankind has always had to exercise personal discipline and use the blessings of technology of the age and resist its potential curses.
Sermons for Sunday
AM Transfigured (Mark 9:2-13)
PM Learning to Forgive Yourself
Nadine Magee was dismissed from Unity Health Center on Monday after spending several days.
Carl Wills was transferred to Baptist Integris Hospital ICU on Monday from Unity Health Center.
It was good to have Richard Albright and Joann Cheney in services Sunday.
To our dear Central Church Family, Thank you so much for the cards, calls, and visits. Also to the Wednesday night teen class.. Thank you for the wonderful cards and thoughts you sent to me to get well.
I love you all, Joann Cheney
Dear Brethren, We want to say “Thank You” for your contribution and help during our time of disaster and need. Words cannot adequately express our feelings for the outpouring of love from our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, nationwide. Our building, which sustained some severe damage, is getting back to normal. The roof is almost completed and the carpet will be installed in a couple of weeks. The inside damage is being worked on. Several of our members lost their homes and we lost our dear friends, Bill and Sarah Anderson. Bill was a deacon. Their two children survived the storm. Please pray for Quinton and Grace as they face the future. Again, we want to send you our gratitude for your help. And, most of all, thank you for your prayers, which we still solicit. In Christian Love, The elders - The Church of Christ, 1819 E. 26th St., Joplin, Mo.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Teresa Gardner, (daughter-in-law of Janice Gardner), Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Rita Luye (aunt of Jennifer Michener), Joe & Nadine Magee, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Frank Romberg, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Carl & Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers
September 4, Search: Anniversary Program
September 5, Church office closed, Labor Day
September 11, Search: “Not Too Hard”
September 11, Children’s Bible Hour Resumes
September 11, Sunday 2 – 4: Alex Corn & Austin Beard wedding shower, They are registered at Dillard’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Group gift see Janet Stephens, Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg.
September 14, Ladies Bible Class resumes at 10:30 a.m. with the monthly luncheon to follow
September 18, Search: “Christian Baptism 1”
September 23, Ladies’ Night at Little, Sandy Day of MWC; see bulletin board in foyer for times.
September 25, Search: “Christian Baptism 11”
October 2-4, OC Lectureship, Quest, this year’s theme “I Believe”.
November 12, Annual Coat Giveaway, 2-4pm
!!!ONLY 12 WEEKS !!!
COATS – HATS – GLOVES – COATS
HATS – GLOVES - COATS
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801
Nadine Magee, #31
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
Harold Decker, #110
John Johnston, #116
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Herman Guin, #514
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #511
Sue Riedel, #602
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #7A
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 137
Worship Service 205
Sunday Evening 112
Wednesday Evening 112
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Bob Perry
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Chad Beard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Frank Burton
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Bob Seikel
Geoff Root Brian Nipper
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Jim Carpenter Keith Lawrence
Steve Kelly Bob Bivins
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Bob & Ann Bivins
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Dale Beard
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Michael Michener
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jon Merritt Jim Walling
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Devotional: Bob Seikel
5th Wednesday Singing Devotional
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297