Bulletin for Sunday 03/25/2012
With Robert Prater
This partial statement reads in full, “If the water is polluted, painting the pump won’t help.” This adage is saying that you cannot change the inside by making the outside look good. The Pharisees are a prime example of this truth. Seven times in Matthew 23 Jesus called them hypocrites. They excelled in looking religious on the outside, but they were rotten on the inside. The Lord said to them, “For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (23:27)
The rich young ruler would likely have appeared in the “Who’s Who” of outstanding religious people of his day. But that religious exterior concealed a covetous heart. He looked the part but lacked the heart. He went to Christ asking what he must do to obtain eternal life. The Lord told him that if he wished to enter into life, he must keep the commandments. The young man wanted to know which ones. Jesus responded by stating five of the Ten Commandments, and the command to love your neighbor as yourself. All of the commands the Lord referred to relate to how we should and should not treat others.
The young ruler assured the Master that he had kept these commandments, and asked what else he was lacking. What Jesus told him to do exposed his covetous heart - go and sell your possessions, give the proceeds to the poor, and he would have treasure in heaven. Then he could follow Jesus.
The fact that he went away sorrowful and grief-stricken revealed his true master. (cf. Matt. 6:24) No one can serve two masters, and he had made his choice. Money won out over Christ. In order to change masters, it would have been necessary for him to change his heart. (Matt. 19:16-22)
The words that we speak, and all of our sins come from the heart. (Matt. 15:18-19) The things we say and do reveal the truth about the spiritual condition of our hearts. People who are negative and chronic-critics, who complain, who are not generous, who gossip, who are indifferent and apathetic, who fail to demonstrate compassion for the needy, sorrowful, and suffering, who are self-righteous, who look down on those who are not “sound,” or, are who are judgmental expose the kind of person they really are. There is no such thing as a slip of the tongue; it is a revelation of the heart.
Friends, sitting in a pew three times a week can make a person look religious, but that does not make them righteous. When we get the inside right, the outside will take care of itself.
Our hearts rejoice with Dave Emery on his decision last Wednesday evening to be restored to Christ and be a faithful member of only the body of Christ. Dave and Betty have been studying together. Please give him a warm welcome into the Central family.
There will be a get together for the Sunday morning “Young Adult” class after services Sunday evening at the Stephens’. Bring your favorite snack and game. Any questions see Bob or Janet Stephens.
NEW PICTORIAL DIRECTORY
It has been five years since our last updated pictorial directory was published, and there have been many changes since that time. Circle the dates April 24-28 for pictures to be taken here at the building. We will be making your appointments soon.
FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY
Please keep in mind our upcoming Friends & Family Day on Sunday, April 22. The speaker will be Mike Schroeder who is the preaching minister for Blue Starr Church of Christ in Claremore, OK. We will soon have some invitation cards for you to invite others. Let’s do all our part to pray, invite and attend this special outreach event. Keep in mind that we will also have a catered meal by Chicago Street Deli served next door in the Municipal Auditorium.
Your sisters of the Enos Church of Christ invite you to join them for their annual Ladies day on March 31, 2012. The theme of our program this year will be “Fragrance of Christ”. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be available at this time. Our program will begin at 10:00 a.m. Our speaker this year will be, Trulie Redmill of Collinsville, Texas. We pray that you will mark this date on your calendar and be with us to enjoy a day of Christian fellowship and praising God. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Sue Ozment 480-564-2073 or Mary Kemmel 580-564-9428
To the best of our knowledge we have no Central member in the hospitals at the present time. We do have several with major health issues and we do need to remember them in our prayers.
Bob & Janet Stephens’ son, Andy, has been diagnosed with a malignancy. He was scheduled to begin chemotherapy this past Monday. Your prayers are appreciated in his behalf.
We were happy to see Carolyn Mastick in services on Sunday.
It is always good to have Mariella Jacobs able to attend.
Brian & Dena Nipper – 29th
Clavin & Agnes Norwood – 25th
Herman & Ruth Guin – 65th
Geoff & Carolyn Root – 44th
We send best wishes to all having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of April. Notable anniversaries are Clavin & Agnes Norwood on their 25th and Herman & Ruth Guin on their 65th.
I want to thank Trey Canard for hosting our dinner and devo. He brought us an excellent lesson on grace. I know the kids all enjoyed it and got something out of it. Of course, grace was not shown in the nerf war, but that can be expected. It was a fun night. There was a lot of laughing, even to the point of tears with some people. He was a generous host.
Upcoming Youth Events:
April 1 – AWTG @ Holdenville. Leave at 4 pm
BOTTLE WATER DONATIONS FOR LTC LEAVE IN KITCHEN!
March 25, Search: “The Lord’s Day”
March 31, Amy Kelly & Daniel Roberts Wedding, 2 pm
March 31, Ladies Day, Main & Oklahoma Church of Christ, McAlester, Anita Marshall, speaker. 9:30-1:00
April 1, Search: “What Happens at Death?”
April 4, Ladies Class begins at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon follows the class.
April 8, Search: “The Second Coming”
April 15, Search: “The Resurrection”
April 22, Search: “The Judgment”
April 22, Friends & Family Day with Mike Schroeder from Claremore, OK followed by catered meal from Chicago Street Deli at the Municipal Auditorium.
April 24-28, Pictorial pictures scheduled
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 125
Worship Service 192
Sunday Evening 125
Wednesday Evening 102
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Brandon Gober
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Frank Burton
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Cary Leonard Jim Cross
Nathan Kelly Brian Nipper
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Chris Nipper
Bob Perry Bob Bivins
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Bob & Ann Bivins
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Bob Seikel
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jon Merritt Robert Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Michael Michener
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297