Bulletin for Sunday 04/01/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

    Satan has always exhibited a hostile attitude toward human beings.  From the beginning of Genesis, we can clearly see that Satan was an angel with an attitude!  Satan’s intent is to thwart God’s plans and purposes.  The best picture of Satan’s strategy against mankind can be seen in his conversation with Eve.  Satan intruded into the Garden of Eden with the specific intention of getting Adam and Eve to sin and thus to adopt his attitude of rebellion against God.

    Knowing something of Satan, who expressed himself through the serpent, we can expect that he intended nothing good when he struck up a conversation with Eve.  As we examine the conversation between Satan and Eve, we sense something of Satan's subtlety.  He told no direct lie to Eve, but through half-truth and innuendo Satan led Eve to doubt the Lord.  We can see Satan's basic approach to temptation by looking carefully at the conversation recorded in Genesis 3:1-5.

Satan: "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'  
Eve: "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in       the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”
Satan: "You will not surely die" "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

   Satan sought to distort Eve's view of God.  It was God who told Adam, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat." The one exception was "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." (2:16). Satan shifted the emphasis from God's generous provision of "every tree" to draw Eve's attention to the one tree from which she and Adam were not to eat.  Adam and Eve had reason to appreciate God's generosity in providing so profusely.  Satan's first remark encouraged them to focus on the prohibition, to cast the Lord as harsh and repressive.

    Satan questioned God's Word. Satan directly contradicted God, “You will not surely die.” Satan was casting doubt about the reliability of God's word.  Eve chose to rely on her senses rather than on God's word.  Eve’s response to Satan was to examine the tree. It seemed "good for food." The fruit smelled delicious. It was "pleasant to the eyes." It looked beautiful.  Today many people tend to rely on their senses rather than on scriptures.  If something feels good or is enjoyable, they assume it must be good, even though Gods word tells us it is really harmful.  One of Satan's consistent strategies is to get people to choose on the basis of appearances and feelings and to reject the clear moral guidance provided in Scripture.

     Satan suggested an attractive alternative. Satan suggests that God had a reason for the restriction other than concern for His creatures. Satan promised Eve that when the fruit of the tree is eaten, "your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Most appealing of all to Eve was the fact that the tree was "desirable to make one wise." Eve wanted to be more than she had been, more than God intended her to be. Underlying the rebellion of both Satan and Eve was a desire for independence from God. People still mistakenly take that independence for "freedom," never realizing that it is only in allegiance to God and His will that any creature can find fulfillment and true happiness.

      Friends, we dare not be ignorant of Satan’s strategies, “in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”  (2 Corinthians 2:11)   Make no mistake about it--Satan is real and he is actively seeking to deceive and destroy our faith.  (cf. 1 Pet. 5:7)   But behind him is the God of the universe who is complete control and has all might and power.  God is greater than Satan who is in the world.  (cf. 1 Jn. 4:4)       --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net


Sermons for Sunday

AM   I Am Not Ashamed to Hope in Christ

PM   Comfort in Him


LTC PARTICIPANTS

     There will be a meeting immediately following evening worship, Sunday, April 1, in the basement.  Plan to attend, as we will go over our detailed schedule for the LTC Convention weekend.  Plan on attending a special devotional time led by our young men on Wednesday, April 4.  There will be no Bible class that night.  Following our devotional, you are invited to the basement to see more results of our young folks’ hard work in preparation for LTC.  Thanks, Michael [Michener]


PRAYER CONCERNS

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

Lola Mullinax had surgery at Oklahoma Heart Hospital on Monday. Her surgery went well.

We do have several with major health issues and we do need to remember them in our prayers.


APRIL
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T.Reading

Date

N.T.Reading

1

Judges13,14,15

1

Luke6:27-49

2

Judges16,17,18

2

Luke7:1-30

3

Judges19,20,21

3

Luke7:31-50

4

Ruth1,2,3,4

4

Luke8:1-25

5

1Sam.1,2,3

5

Luke8:26-56

6

1Sam.4,5,6

6

Luke9:1-17

7

1Sam.7,8,9

7

Luke9:18-36

8

1Sam.10,11,12

8

Luke9:37-62

9

1Sam.13,14

9

Luke10:1-24

10

1Sam.15,16

10

Luke10:25-42

11

1Sam.17,18

11

Luke11:1-28

12

1Sam.19,20,21

12

Luke11:29-54

13

1Sam.22,23,24

13

Luke12:1-31

14

1Sam.25,26

14

Luke12:32-59

15

1Sam.27,28,29

15

Luke13:1-22

16

1Sam.30,31

16

Luke13:23-35

17

2Sam.1,2

17

Luke14:1-24

18

2Sam.3,4,5

18

Luke14:25-35

19

2Sam.6,7,8

19

Luke15:1-10

20

2Sam.9,10,11

20

Luke15:11-32

21

2Sam.12,13

21

Luke16

22

2Sam.14,15

22

Luke17:1-19

23

2Sam.16,17,18

23

Luke17:20-37

24

2Sam.19,20

24

Luke18:1-23

25

2Sam.21,22

25

Luke18:24-43

26

2Sam.23,24

26

Luke19:1-27

27

1Kings1,2

27

Luke19:28-48

28

1Kings3,4,5

28

Luke20:1-26

29

1Kings6,7

29

Luke20:27-47

30

1Kings8,9

30

Luke21:1-19


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

I wanted to remind everyone about Wednesday, April 4th, all the kids who are participating in LTC will be performing what they’ve been working so hard on.  It will be down in the basement right after church.  I’ve gotten to watch the kids some and they are all doing a fantastic job.  I know they’re excited to show off for you, so please make it an effort to come down and watch.


Upcoming Youth Events:

April 1 – AWTG @ Holdenville.  Leave at 4 pm


LOOKING AHEAD

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, Friends & Family Day with Mike Schroeder from Claremore, OK, “Getting Another Chance.” Followed by a catered meal from Chicago Street Deli at the Municipal Auditorium.

April 24-28, Pictorial pictures scheduled

May 5, Saturday; Bible Teachers Workshop @ Eastside in Duncan

May 20, Central Senior Reception, Wade Baskin

June 10-16, Central’s camp week at Burnt Cabin

July 16-20, Central’s VBS


PICTORIAL DIRECTORY APPOINTMENTS WILL BE MADE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 1 & APRIL 8!!!


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  130

Worship Service                                           175

Sunday Evening                                           119

Wednesday Evening                                    105

Contribution                                          4,342.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Jim Cross

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                                Jim Walling

Lynn Harmon                          Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                     Bob Bivins

USHERS

Robert Perry                                 Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Pam Baskin

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Richard Albright

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Cary Leonard                               Carl Weeks

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

 

VAN DRIVER

Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297