Bulletin for Sunday 08/26/2012
With Robert Prater
Most of us are not unlike Samuel, sent to the home of Jesse to anoint one of the sons of the family as king. Jesse’s eldest son, Eliab, walked into the room, and Samuel was immediately impressed. Although we are not told what Eliab looked like, the context suggests that he was a tall and handsome man like Israel’s first king, Saul (1 Samuel 9:2). Samuel took one glance at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” But God told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:6-7). Appearances can easily deceive. David’s son Absalom was more handsome than any man in Israel, perfect in face and physique from head to foot (2 Samuel 14:25). Yet Absalom was a treacherous, murderous, and arrogant son who sought to kill his father and steal his kingdom. Many were persuaded to follow Absalom because of his compelling appearance, but ultimately he was defeated and slain. In contrast, consider Gideon, a man from an insignificant family in one of the smallest Israelite tribes, and by his own admission the least of the men in his own family. (Judges 6:15) Still, God saw in Gideon a leader capable of defeating an innumerable army with only 300 men.
Like Gideon, Saul of Tarsus was a man some might have easily disregarded because of his outward person. He once wrote concerning himself, “‘His letters,’ they say, ‘are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.’” (2 Cor. 10:10) Yet God chose this fellow who made such a poor outward impression as one of the chief deliverers of His inspired word. Why? Because “the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.” (Psalm 7:9)
In our modern culture, people spend millions of dollars every day trying to beautify their outsides, while their inward being goes lacking. The Scripture instructs us, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward — arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:3-4)
God cares nothing for those things that distinguish us in the flesh (Galatians 3:28); His concern is for our souls: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:10) In the presence of our Father we are all judged, not by the color of our skin or any other surface characteristic, but by the content of our character.
Everyone is invited to a cookout at Austin and Alex Beards’ new home at 109 Cottontail Drive on Saturday, September 1, at 4 p.m. There will be volleyball, horseshoes, and good fellowship. Please plan to bring either a side dish or dessert and let Alex know what you plan to bring. See Austin or Alex for directions.
All ladies are invited to a salad supper at the home of Jennifer Michener on Monday night at 6:30. Please bring a salad and join us.
We want to thank our Christian family who helped us celebrate our 50th with your attendance or cards. We are truly blessed to have so many brothers and sisters to share this time of our lives.We love you all, Paul & Paula [Harris]
Sue Merritt spent some time in Baptist Medical Center after experiencing a spike in her blood pressure.
Janice Watson made several trips to the ER at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital with a vertigo problem.
Misty Martin, daughter of Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn remained in Oklahoma Heart Hospital South after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
Bob Allen received a good report from his biopsy last week. It was diagnosed as an infection and will be treated with antibiotics.
Prayers have been requested for Aubrey McNutt who is in critical condition in a Dallas hospital with Pulmonary Embolism.
Fay Truesdell’s granddaughter-in-law, Lauren Robinson, recently diagnosed with the West Nile Virus, has been able to return to her home under close medical supervision.
Well, I’m back from my honeymoon. It was so great to see many of you at my wedding. I want to thank Joe Curtis for volunteering to drive the van and for all the kids who chose to come. It was really great seeing all of you there. I also heard that Chad Beard gave an excellent lesson at Northridge last Wednesday. I am sorry I didn’t get to hear it but I am proud of him.
September 2, Search: “Hearing the Gospel”
September 3, Labor Day, church office closed
September 9, Search: “Believing in Jesus”
September 9, Guest speaker Ken Ellis, from Noble Church of Christ teaching the combined teen and adult classes and preaching AM
September 12, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Ladies Bible Class resumes; “Daughters of Eve”
September 16, Search: “Repentance”
September 18 & 25, Free “Living Well with Diabetes” Seminar at Central presented by Ken Ellis from Noble Church of Christ, from 7 – 8:30pm. Outsmart Diabetes, Stay Motivated! Flyers coming soon.
Sept. 21, Friday, Ladies Night at Little. Salad supper 5:30-6:30, program begins at 7 p.m.
When Jesus wanted to feed the crowds of 5,000 and 4,000 people, his disciples instantly offered excuses. It would be too expensive. We won’t be able to get enough food. This is a remote place. Plus, it’s too late.
But Jesus didn’t address any of those excuses. All he asked in both instances, was “How many loaves do you have?” Then he miraculously satisfied everyone’s hunger, with leftovers to boot.
Jesus doesn’t want our excuses, either. All he wants is us – and what we already have. Watch in amazement as God blesses that and uses it mightily. Gregg McCaslin
Mariella Jacobs – 90th !!
Thelma Franklin – 91st !!
ANNIVERSARIES IN SEPTEMBER
Ron & Debbie Taffe – 36th
Bob & Louise Perry – 30th
Arthur & Noma Epperson – 39th
Frank & Rita Romberg – 44th
Don & Judy Wills – 51st
Al & Rhetta Smith – 47th
Gene & Dorothy Norton – 65th
Richard & Robyn Yahola – 20th
Congratulations and best wishes to all having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of September. Special recognition to Gene & Dorothy Norton on their 65th anniversary and Mariella Jacobs on her 90th birthday and Thelma Franklin on her 91st birthday..
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 121
Worship Service 208
Sunday Evening 107
Wednesday Evening 92
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
August 26, 2012
Announcements: Steve Kelly
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Austin Beard
Scripture: Keon Lawrence
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Bob Stephens
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Jim Pettyjohn
Jon Merritt Chris Nipper
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Geoff Root Brian Nipper
Bob Perry Dale Beard
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Dale & Denise Beard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Bob Seikel
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Taffe Paul Harris
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
5th Wednesday Night Singing Devo
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-12977