Bulletin for Sunday 03/04/2012
With Robert Prater
“Peace on the inside will be evident in the changes in our life on the outside” (C.S. Lewis)
In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy and Linus are talking. Lucy tells Linus she has inner peace. Later on when she was giving Linus a hard way to go, he says to her, “I thought you said you have inner peace.” She responds by saying, “I do, but on the outside I’m still obnoxious.”
If we have peace on the inside, it will be evident in our efforts to be peacemakers and promote peace. Trouble makers are troubled on the inside. Our desire will be to be at peace with all men as far as it depends on us. (Rom. 12:18).
The misconception exists that if we are at peace with God, we will not experience the emotional ups and downs that are true of others. The peace that passes all understanding does not fit that description. (cf. Phil. 4:7)
Jesus possessed peace when He was on earth, and He promised to give it to His followers. He tells us not to let our heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (John 14:27). Yet, when we look at His life, there were times when He was angry and grieved. (Mark 3:5) In Matthew 17:17, Jesus expressed His frustration at His disciple’s inability to cast out a demon due to their lack of faith. The Lord was grieved and distressed in the Garden of Gethsemane knowing the suffering He would endure (Matt. 26:37-38).
In his letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul said that he wrote out of much affliction and anguish of heart, and with many tears (2 Cor. 2:4). As devoted to God as he was, he still experienced emotional turmoil in his life.
The peace the Lord provides is not the absence of troubles and emotional distress, but peace in the midst of the storms of life.
As part of a contest, a number of artists were invited to paint a picture of perfect peace. Eventually the judges narrowed their choices to two entries. The first created a scene of a quiet lake high in the mountains. The second depicted a thundering waterfall with the wind blowing the trees back and forth. In the fork of one of the trees being swayed by the wind sat a robin undisturbed in her nest. The second painting won the prize.
The peace the world seeks is found in the first painting, but this is seldom true of real life. The second is true peace - the ability to be secure and at peace in the storms of life because all is well with our soul. This is the peace Jesus promises.
Sermons for Sunday
AM I Am Not Ashamed to Worship
PM Drawing Near to God
We extend our sympathy to the family of Jeffrey Behrnes who suddenly passed away at the age of 42 last Thursday morning. Jeffrey was a very gentle and kind hearted man. He was always polite and courteous to all he encountered. Graveside services were held last Saturday at the Prague Cemetery with Robert Prater officiating.
To the Sonshine Sisters, Thank you so much for the lovely tulip Fay Truesdell brought in your behalf. - Bertha Ann Young
To all our brothers & sisters at Central. We really appreciate your prayers, cards, and visits in our loss. We especially thank those who brought food. Thank you for the donations for our daughter-in-law. It sure helped her. A special thank you to Robert for doing the service. We got a lot of compliments on it. We thank the elders for allowing us to use the building. Keep us in your prayers. In Christian love, Royce & Kathy (Peerson) & Family
To the best of our knowledge we have no Central member in the hospital at the present time.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, 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
WHEN TROUBLES COME
Have you noticed that things often seem to fall apart all at once? It could be a string of financial setbacks. First the refrigerator goes out, then the car won’t start and next the roof starts leaking. Or maybe our relationships break down or our career unravels.
What can we do when hardships threaten to overwhelm us? Peanuts character Charlie Brown said, “I only dread one day at a time.” But we can do better than that.
We can take a deep breath, cling to God’s hand and keep walking, knowing that our heavenly Father is always with us.
The youth will not be attending the youth rally in Norman this Sunday. Instead, we will continue with LTC practice. I think that right now practice is more important. I know things are just starting to click with practices and so I think that is the best choice. Just a reminder, that from here on out, LTC practices will be meeting every week. Good luck to all those who are participating.
WE ARE HIS
“You may not know me, but I know everything about you…(Psalm 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up…(Psalm 139:2)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…(Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image…(Genesis 1:27)
In me you live and move and have your being…(Acts 17:28)
For you are my offspring…(Acts 17:28)
I knew you even before you were conceived…(Jeremiah 1:4-5)
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book…(Ps. 139:15-16)
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…(1 John 3:1)
Simply because you are my child and I am your father…(1 John 3:1)
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…(Ps. 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you with singing…(Zephaniah 3:17)
For you are my treasured possession…(Exodus 19:5)”
Submitted by Nancy Harber & Karen Marasco
March 4, Search: “Where Could I go?”
March 7, Ladies Bible class at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon to follow
March 11, Search: “I Have Failed”
March 11, Daylight Savings Time Begins – Move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night
March 18, Search: “When Your Heart Breaks”
March 25, Search: “The Lord’s Day”
March 31, Ladies Day, Main & Oklahoma Church of Christ, McAlester, Anita Marshall, speaker. 9:30-1:00
April 22, Friends & Family Day with Mike Schroeder from Claremore, OK
May 5, Saturday; Bible Teachers Workshop @ Eastside in Duncan
June 10-16, Central’s camp week at Burnt Cabin
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 138
Worship Service 208
Sunday Evening 127
Wednesday Evening 112
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Steve Kelly
Song Director: Michael Michener
Scripture: Wade Baskin
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Ron Dunavan
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Geoff Root Paul Harris
Lynn Harmon Kyle Perry
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Clavin Norwood Keith Lawrence
Bob Perry Tim McGalliard
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Tim & Janice McGalliard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Cary Leonard
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jon Merritt
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Craig McKnight
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Craig McKnight
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297