Bulletin for Sunday 01/08/2012

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With Robert Prater

This past Sunday evening around 600 members from the Shawnee area churches of Christ began the New Year with a wonderful time of worship and fellowship at the Shawnee Expo for Praise Him 2012!  All the congregations who participated enjoyed such a grand night of unity and togetherness.  Too many congregations and Christians tend to withdraw and isolate themselves from other area brothers and sisters in Christ.  Sunday night truly increased our sense of brotherhood with our neighboring congregations.

Happy New Year, 2012!  Let me ask you a question: Do you want to grow in your faith and be closer to God this year?  Well, faith is like a living organism – it either grows or it dies.  “Holding our own” will not happen if we do nothing to make our faith stronger.  Like our physical condition, once a person gets in shape, he or she will not stay fit if they stop exercising.  So it is with faith.  The way to weaken our faith is to do nothing to strengthen it.  The truth of the matter is that crises do not create faith, they just reveal whether or not we have it.  What can we do to prepare our faith so we will be ready when we face adversities?

Faith not only comes by hearing God’s Word, it also grows by the same process (Rom. 10:17).  Spiritual life is nurtured by the words that proceed from God (Mt. 4:4).  As Jesus said, “…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (Jn. 6:63).  The Bible is our “faith food.”

Faith also grows through prayer.  Praying that God will help us increase our faith is appropriate (Lk. 17:5).  However, a fringe benefit of prayer is that our faith is fortified as we see the Lord responding to our petitions to Him and working providentially in our lives. (Rom. 8:28)  Knowing that the Lord is hearing and helping us causes our trust and confidence in Him grow.

Another way to help our faith grow is through obedience.  G. K. Chesterton said, “The trouble with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting, but that it has been found difficult, and not tried.”  When our lives are devoted to the Lord as living sacrifices and we are determined to consistently obey His Word, we see for ourselves that the will of God is “good, acceptable, and perfect” (Rom. 12:1-2). So an inevitable consequence of living the Lord’s will is that our faith will grow stronger in the process.

Friends, the choice is clear – we can fortify our faith or see it fail when we need it most.  “If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength” (Prov. 24:10 NIV).  I want my faith to grow stronger in 2012.  How about you?

                      --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)

Sermons for Sunday:

AM   A Three-Point Faith Inspection (Heb. 10:19-25)

PM   Should I Bother to Read the Bible?


Curtis Jarrell’s grandmother, Mary Jo Jarrell, passed away in Oklahoma City on Monday.  Funeral services were pending at publication time of The Gospel Guide.


There will be a LTC Training Session Sunday afternoon, January 8.  Those participating in Chorus, Drama, Puppets, Scrapbook, Bible Reading or Song Leading should meet at the building at the assigned times listed below:


2:00 – 2:50     Chorus / Scrapbook

3:00 – 3:50     Drama / Scrapbook

4:00 – 4:50     Puppets

6:15 – 7:00     Ext. Bible Reading/ Song Leading


Jeffrey Barnes spent some time in ICU at Unity Health Center with pneumonia. 

Rhetta Smith has been admitted to Sunset Estates, room 49, until a permanent room is available at Rose Manor.  Rhetta is the wife of Al Smith and mother of Dennis Jones. 

James Vanlandingham, brother of Burl, was readmitted to Integris Baptist Hospital with an infection.

Joe & Nadine Magee’s son-in-law, Danny Fox, has been diagnosed with leukemia and is in St. Anthony Hospital undergoing chemo treatments.  He & his wife Judy are members at Choctaw. 

Your prayers are appreciated. Jennifer Lawrence’s grandmother, Ann McIntire, is in ICU at Conway Regional Hospital in Conway, Arkansas. 


Jewel Wills has moved to Oklahoma City with her daughter.  Her address is: 10204 Mantle Lane, Oklahoma City, 73162.


To my Loving Church Family, Thanks so much for all the beautiful cards, also the calls and prayers and just now Dennis’ delivered the beautiful poinsettia you sent.  I will be seeing you very soon.                                         Anita Hinson

Thank you guys for being like a second family to my girls.  I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sincerely, Jennifer Duckett;  Thank you very much for being here for our family, Karri Condra

Thank you so much for the beautiful poinsettia plant and thanks to Jim Pettyjohn for delivering it.  In Christian Love, Sue Merritt ~

I want to thank the church for the pretty poinsettia.  I want to thank John & Beverly for bringing it to me, and the nice visit we had.  They are a nice couple. A Friend, Nadine Collins ~

Dear Church Family, Thank you ever so much for the beautiful poinsettia.  Also a special thanks to Marcia for taking time from her busy life to deliver it. In Christian Love, Lorine Watson ~


Please add Kim Jarrell’s birthday to your listing for January.  Her birthday is January 20th.


January 8, Search: “Speaking Truth”

January 8, Sunday afternoon, LTC Training  Session

January 15, Search: “God’s Inspired Word”

January 22, Search: “Not Too Hard”

January 29, Search: “Out of Darkness”

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

It’s a new year.  The youth are starting off the new year with a busy month.  We started with the Area Wide Worship Service and then played games with the area wide youth afterwards.  There will be two youth rallies this month.  There’s also going to be activity with the youth and some of the kids who are about to move up so that they can start getting excited about joining the youth.  As if that wasn’t enough, LTC practices are starting.  So the youth shouldn’t have any trouble staying busy.


January 8, AWTG @ Seminole. Leave at 4:30

Jan. 21, AWTG @ Central (Moore) leave at 8 AM

Jan. 28, Day of fun with youth & upcoming youth.  More info to come.  Date could change.


Self-help – Trust in God first; don’t turn to him as a last resort. (See Proverbs 3:5-6)

Tape measure – Consider only God’s standards; don’t compare yourself to other people. (See Luke 18:9-14)

Rearview mirror – Don’t live in the past.  You’ll miss out on what God is doing in your life now. (See Philippians 3:12-14)

Gavel – Instead of judging others, pray for them, help them and team with them. (See Luke 6:37-38)

Life vest – Don’t be overly cautious spiritually, Peter experienced Jesus in a real way because he dared to step out of the boat. (See Matthew 14:22-33)

Garage-door opener – We think we’re networked but often isolate ourselves from our neighbors.  God intended for us to live in community with one another. (See Hebrews 10:23-25)

Handcuffs – Don’t offer excuses about why you can’t help out.  God can do amazing things through – and despite – us.  Just follow him, with no excuses. (See Mark 6:35-44)

                                             - Gregg McCaslin


Bible School                                                  128

Worship Service                                           191

Sunday Evening             ‘PRAISE HIM 2012’

Wednesday Evening                                      75

Contribution                                          4,940.26



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                  Richard Albright

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Bob Stephens


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                               Bill Lawerance

Keith Lawrence                              Kyle Perry


Jon Merritt                                  Austin Beard


Steve Kelly                                     Ron Taffe


Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe


Jennifer Lawrence


Jim Pettyjohn


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:              Michael Michener

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Robert Perry


NORTH                                          SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                                  Bob Perry



Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Burl Vanlandingham



Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297