Bulletin for Sunday 09/23/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

One way people try to justify their failure to be an active member of the church is salvation by comparison.  “I’m better than so and so…” Or, “I’m as good as the members of the church.”  Or, “There are hypocrites in the church, and I’m better than they are.”  Those who use hypocrites as an excuse for not attending church services here on earth have chosen to spend eternity with them instead!

God will not judge us by comparing us to any other person.  As one preacher put it, “Saying ‘I’m better than Hitler’ is like saying “I can bench press more than my grandmother.”  God does not grade on the curve.  It’s either perfection or nothing.  No matter how good we are, none of us is good enough to deserve to be in heaven.  Jesus is the only one who has ever earned that right because He was “good enough,” He was perfect.  Unlike us, the Lord never sinned. (cf. Heb. 4:15)

Only one sin is necessary to disqualify us from buying our ticket to heaven with our own righteousness, as Adam and Eve confirm. “For as many as are under the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them’ ” (Gal. 3:10).

We have two options: either keep God’s law perfectly without committing even one sin, or be saved by grace through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9).  Either we will trust our own righteousness or trust Christ.  When we allow our faith to lead us to turn from a life of sin and be baptized into Christ, all our sins are washed away through His blood. (cf. Matt. 26:28; Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:3-4)

The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 how a great exchange took place.  “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  Christ got all our sin and guilt; we got His perfect righteousness standing before God.  His righteousness was exchanged for our sin.

If we continue to seek daily to obey His will, His blood will continue to wash away the guilt of all of our sins (1 John 1:7).  Our position in Christ leads God to view us as sinless, even though in practice we are still sinners.  No, friends, it’s either 100 percent righteous, or trust and obey Christ.  The choice is ours.

      --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)  www.preacherprater.blogspot.com;                         


OLD TESTAMENT CLASS

Ladies are invited to attend the Old Testament study class which will resume on Tuesday morning, September 25,  at 10:00 in the fellowship room.  Anita Jacques will be teaching the class.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Jo Sneed had neck surgery on Tuesday, September 18 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South. Her surgery went well and she is hoping to be home in a couple of days.  

Dorothy Norton remains in room 369 at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital in Integris Baptist Medical Center. 

Dave Emery remains in room 212 at Rose Manor for rehabilitation. 


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter)  Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Harold Decker, Norma Edgmon, Thelma Franklin, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Lonnie McDonald (elder at Northridge), Aubrey McNutt,  Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Emma White, and Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


THANK YOU

Thank you for all the cards, calls, flowers, food and especially the prayers.  I appreciate so much your love and thoughtfulness.         Anita Jacques


HOPE TO SEE YOU SUNDAY!

Sunday, September 30, will be the 5th Sunday building fund contribution


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Girls of the youth, Janet would love help from any and all that want to.  She is in charge of a table for the ladies lunch on the 30th and wanted to offer an invitation to any girl in the youth that would like to help decorate.  You will be meeting in the basement after Sunday morning service on the 23rd.  Lunch will be provided.

Parents, I know this is late, but I’d like to have another meeting to get ideas for activities for the rest of the year.  So start thinking about when you might be able to meet.  Thanks.

Sept. 30 – Youth girls help serve at Ladies Day Luncheon


TIME TO SURRENDER

Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, identifies Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright as a mentor early in his ministry.  Warren once asked him, “Why did God use and bless your life so much?”

Bright replied: “When I was a young man, I made a contract with God.  I literally wrote it out and signed my name at the bottom.  It said, ‘From this day forward, I am a slave of Jesus Christ.’”

Warren wonders how many Christians have considered making such a written contract.  “Even though we’ve surrendered to ministry, we sometimes still argue and struggle with God over his right to direct us,” he writes.  “But Jesus calls us to his ministry, not one of our own choosing.”

He concludes, “It is always the right time to surrender – to God’s grace, love and wisdom.” 

                                                 --Homiletics


WE ARE IN NEED OF

COATS – COATS – COATS – COATS

YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XL


LOOKING AHEAD

September 25, Free “Living Well with Diabetes” Seminar at Central presented by Ken Ellis from Noble Church of Christ, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Outsmart Diabetes, Stay Motivated! 

Sept. 21, Friday, Ladies Night at Little.  Salad supper 5:30-6:30, program begins at 7 p.m., Karen Kinsey speaking

September 23, Search:  “Confessing Christ”

September 30, Search: “Baptism”

September 30, Annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon hosted by The Sonshine Sisters

October 9-11, Tipton Truck will be here.  Needed supplies: Green beans, cereal, soup, apple juice, ibuprofen, powdered sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, apricot preserves, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner, HE laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets, toilet tissue.  Driver will be picking up the “Change for Children” cans also.

November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES

 

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801

Nadine Magee, #31

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, #81

Harold Decker, #110

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Dave Emery, #212

 

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #511

Sue Riedel, #602

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #13

Alice Rice, #55

Rhetta Smith, #44

Dessie Weeks, #54


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              134

Worship Service                                       209

Sunday Evening                                       110

Wednesday Evening                                 105

Contribution                                     5,293.65

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

September 23, 2012

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Nathan Kelly

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                          Tim McGalliard

Geoff Root                            Ken Whittington

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Bob Bivins                                   Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Robert Perry                               Cary Leonard

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                    Cary & Sandy Leonard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Louise Perry

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                        Chuck Carter

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                            Jim Pettyjohn

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                               Paul Harris

Devotional:                                    Chad Beard

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297