Bulletin for Sunday 10/16/2011

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With Robert Prater

       In an era where divorce is rampant and families are disintegrating – even in the church – men desperately need encouragement to embrace their roles as fathers and be the spiritual leaders of their families. (cf. Eph. 5:23, 25; 6:4)  Now, I don’t think I have ever publicly recommended a movie and encouraged our congregation to go see it…until now.  This past Friday night a group of about 12 men from Central went to see the new movie Courageous at the Jones Theater. This movie was produced by Sherwood Pictures which is a movie ministry of a church in Albany, Georgia.  They have also made similar Christian based movies Facing the Giants and Fireproof. The movie “Courageous” is definitely worth your time.  It’s that good and that impactful.  I don’t know if I’ve ever watched a movie that is so emotionally up & down.  It is certainly one of the most powerful films I have ever seen!

     In the movie, men are inspired to become courageous in being brave enough to pick up the challenge to be the fathers, husbands, and men of integrity this world, and especially their families, desperately need.  But, the message isn’t just for men…all people, women, young, old, married or unmarried, will be challenged, moved and inspired.

     Winston Churchill said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  And this is what husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, need to do.  Courage isn’t just something one musters up to rescue someone from a burning building.  It’s also needed to be applied in our everyday lives to know when we’re to stand up and speak and when we’re to sit down and listen.  It takes a wise and courageous person to do just that, especially daily, without backing down when we’re stretched beyond our comfort zone.

     In the movie, Joshua 24:15 is quoted: “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you living, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

     Joshua’s words rise up from history and should echo in our ears today.  He asks us, “Where do you stand?” Choose today!  Stop wallowing and waiting.  Stop shifting back and forth and sitting on the fence in your commitments.  Make it clear where you stand!  May we put every effort forth to live courageous lives for the Lord.  “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, and be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

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

Sermons for Sunday

AM    Servant (Mark 10:32-45)

PM     The Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20)


We express our sympathy to Gene & Dorothy Norton and Lola Mullinax in the loss of their sister Mildred Smith in Roswell, New Mexico.  She was a faithful member of the Lord’s church.  Graveside funeral services were held in Roswell Monday morning.


We express our sympathy to Wayne Spencer in the loss of his step-mother, Jean Spencer, who passed away this past Sunday afternoon in Mineola, Texas.  A memorial service is pending.


Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn have a new address.  It is 317 Club House Drive, Shawnee 74801.  Please make a note of this in your directory.


Central Church of Christ, Thank you for all your loving support for our family during this difficult time.  The meal was wonderful and the flowers beautiful.  Dad loved The Church and felt he had come home to Central.  We love you all so much.                                 The Carl Wills family




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


Former member, Marlene Wadkins, has moved to Sand Plum Living Center, 9999  East 121st St., Bixby, OK 74008. 

Selfish Cruelty

-By Chris Stinnett

     A noted religious broadcaster has made headlines – again – after his comments about divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease.  Someone wrote in a question about a friend who had begun dating when his wife was confined with the terribly debilitating disease.  The televangelist said he wouldn’t “put a guilt trip” on such a man because Alzheimer’s is “a kind of death.”  So the man could divorce his ailing wife – as long as he paid for custodial care.

     Religious people were slackjawed at the answer for a moment.  Then a firestorm of comments were unleashed condemning the cruel and ungodly answer this man offered on a widely watched TV program.  Predictably, other religious teachers quickly responded that such an answer was completely contrary to the teachings of Jesus and in violation of the marriage vows.  Self-righteous pundits and even a Detroit sportswriter (!) felt compelled to weigh in on the corrupt remarks.

     Undoubtedly there are some suffering spouses who will seize this man’s comments as justification for a divorce.  If Alzheimer’s is “a kind of death” that justifies breaking covenant, isn’t a stroke? Or bankruptcy?  Or anything we might disapprove?

     But marriage isn’t a “a kind of vow”; it’s a vow.  And you either keep your vow or you don’t.  If you don’t keep your vow, there is no justification for your betrayal.  And there’s no way to beautify the selfish abandonment of a mate who is ill.

     To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife (1 Corinthians 7:10-11 NIV).

     As long as people have married, some have sought to divorce.  Since vows were exchanged – and vows are very serious – people who want to divorce have tried to find excuses to hold themselves innocent in the matter.  Even though divorce has happened through history, it has almost always been considered a bad thing.

    But we have been trained to be selfish at all costs.  We want a car we cannot afford; borrow the money and buy it.  We want the big TV, the nicer furniture, the newer clothes-charge it on the credit card.  After all, we deserve to be happy; the TV tells me so.

     So if my spouse no longer excites me (he’s lost his hair and gotten fat; she’s picked up wrinkles and bulges, too) I should be allowed to toss him or her aside and get someone more thrilling.  No matter how cruel I must be, I deserve to be happy.

     Jesus Christ made a vow to save us when we obey His gospel.  Do we want Him to be faithful to His vow?  Even when we become a little messy or inconvenient?  Would we be understanding if He decided to betray our immortal souls in the end?  Thank God He is not cruel and selfish, but loving and forgiving!

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

     We had a quick devo Sunday night followed by some great fellowshipping and some games.  Lettie Curtis made some delicious cinnamon rolls.  She has shown us that she is a really good cook and has an interest in helping out.  Thank you for your hard work Lettie!

     Again, I want to remind you all that Kyle is still planning on setting up a lock-in on Friday night, the 21st.  It’s the Friday of Fall Break.  If  you are willing to help him out – please let him know.


October 21, Friday, Fall Break Lock-In

October 21, Dinner & Devo @ Lysa Park’s


October 16, Search: “The Cross”

October 23: Search: “The Resurrection”

October 30, Search: “How Jesus Changes Lives”

November 2, Ladies class meets at 10:30 a.m.; November luncheon follows the class

November 6, Daylight savings time ends. Fall Back

November 12, Annual Coat Giveaway, 10-2pm


Bible School                                                 132

Worship Service                                          195

Sunday Evening                                          125

Wednesday Evening                                     99

Contribution                                         4,473.50



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Ron Taffe


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                      Dennis Brodersen

Frank Burton                          Keith Lawrence


Jeff Todd                                Tim McGalliard


Bob Perry                          Michael Michener


Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:          Michael & Jennifer Michener


Lindsey Bourcherding


Jon Merritt


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:                        Jim Walling

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris


NORTH                                          SOUTH

Richard Albright                       Jim Pettyjohn



Classes for all ages

Devotional:                                Trey Canard

Song Leader:                    Michael Michener



Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297