Bulletin for Sunday 01/22/2012
With Robert Prater
The sign said “STOP.” I didn’t. So I said to the judge…
1. I think every person has the right to choose his own interpretation of this word.
2. My mother did not believe in stopping. If I were to stop, I would be condemning her.
3. My family never stopped. If that was good enough for them, it is good enough for me.
4. I have gone so long without stopping, I don’t think I can start now.
5. My preacher says I don’t have to stop.
6. My parents made me stop when I was young, so I don’t do it now.
7. What about those who never see the sign?
8. I believe only going is essential. Stopping is optional.
9. How do you know the word means today what it did when it was first written?
10. I’ll stop after I get my life straightened out.
11. I’ll stop when my wife decides to stop. It would mean so much more if we did it together.
12. It’s nobody’s business whether or not I stop.
13. I feel that as long as we are all sincere, your Honor, you will accept us no matter what we do.
The above is not original with me, but I do not recall where I first read it. It contains a simple yet powerful message concerning how some people read and apply the teaching of the Bible, as well as the non-sensible “reasoning” they use for not doing what the Bible plainly teaches.
The excuses people make for not complying with the will of “the Judge of all the earth” (Genesis 18:25) would never be offered to a human judge. Think about it.
--Robert-- (firstname.lastname@example.org) www,preacherprater.blogspot.com
Una King, former Central member and mother of Ben King, passed away on Friday of last week. She had been in a care facility for several years. Graveside services were held on Thursday of this week at 2 p.m. at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond.
We extend our sympathy to former member Howard Vanlandingham and all the Vanlandingham family in the loss of Howard’s daughter, Toni, on Thursday afternoon of last week. A memorial service was conducted Saturday in Granbury, Texas.
Herman & Ruth Guin wish to thank the church for the poinsettia delivered to them during the holidays.
Doris Phillips also sends her appreciation for the poinsettia given to her from her church family.
Marcia Dennis is scheduled for complete knee replacement surgery on Wednesday of this week at the Community Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Nancy Irelan is scheduled for complete shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday of this week at McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Edmond.
Burl Vanlandingham’s brother, James, remains in Baptist Medical Center, room 777. He will possibly be there for several more days. They request and appreciate your prayers.
When Evil Is Redefined as Good
“Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I, I love to be around them. I, I… But no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.
— Jerry Sandusky
“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But it anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matt. 18:2-3, 5-6)
Allegations that Sandusky, the former Penn St. assistant football coach, repeatedly molested young boys during his years at the school, has triggered a sense of national outrage rarely seen. But even as prosecutors are investigating this sickening saga, activists are working to eliminate the shame attached to pedophilia. The December 17, 2011 issue of World reports,
“A nonprofit in Westminster, Md., called B4U-ACT has been advocating since 2003 on behalf of those it calls “minor-attracted people” – adults or adolescents who feel sexual attraction toward children. Relying on questionable psychiatric estimates, the group claims up to 8 million men in the United States experience such attractions, but feel stigmatized by society and are afraid to visit a mental health clinic.
“We see minor-attracted people as whole human beings, not as dangerous criminals or ‘deviants,’” says the organization’s website. The group affirms that therapists should report confessed or planned illegal activity to police, yet “we recognize that laws… do not require the reporting of sexual feelings and desires.” Further, “we are not advocating treatment to change sexual feelings.”
The point could not be clearer: there is nothing wrong or deviant about such feelings and attraction. Except that there is. Despite the insistence of some that nothing is wrong in terms of human sexuality, the witness of Scripture says otherwise. The call to “Flee all sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 6:20) uses a word that applies to all sexual sin, including pedophilia.
World’s Daniel James Devine notes that representatives from the “minor-attracted people” community arranged a conference call last year with editors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to discuss changes to the pedophilia entry in the handbook. (They were largely ignored).
It bears mention, though, that homosexuality shook off its status as a mental illness in 1973 when the American Psychiatric Association removed its entry form the DSM. Social acceptance wasn’t far behind, with gay marriage gaining support in droves.
What will happen if activists are successful in casing pedophilia as just another sexual orientation? The Bible gives an unmistakable warning to our increasingly confused society: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” ( Isaiah 5:20 )
--Chuck Monan, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, Little Rock, AR
I know you all have been dying to hear about this fun activity I’ve planned for January 29. It is just an afternoon of fun. We will go to the city and play a couple of games of laser tag. The youth went once over the summer and it was a lot of fun. Then on the way home we will stop somewhere for some ice cream. This is for all the youth and for the 5th graders. Just a little activity to help them get excited about joining the youth group. It should be about $15 for two games. They will need to know about how many we are bringing, so please let me know by January 25. That would be perfect!
Jan. 21, AWTG @ Central (Moore) leaving at 8:30 AM
Jan. 28, Activity with youth & upcoming youth.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Frank Romberg, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills, Don Zielenski, (friend of Fay Truesdell). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers
January 22, Search: “Not Too Hard”
January 22, Asher ‘ Quarterly singing’ 3:00-4:30 pm
January 29, Search: “Out of Darkness”
January 29, Wedding shower in honor of Amy Kelly and Daniel Roberts. They are registered at Dillard’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target. To contribute to a group gift; Rita Romberg, Denise Beard or Janet Stephens
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 132
Worship Service 186
Sunday Evening 119
Wednesday Evening 89
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Announcements: Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer: Dennis Brodersen
Song Director: Michael Michener
Scripture: Mark Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Walling
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Richard Albright George Mastick
Jim Carpenter Nathan Kelly
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Bob Bivins
Steve Kelly Ron Dunavan
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Ron & Evelyn Dunavan
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Robert Perry
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jon Merritt Dale Beard
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297