Bulletin for Sunday 10/07/2012
Make plans to attend the Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship October 7-9. The theme "In Him" is taken from Colossians 2:9-10, "In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is head over every power and authority."
With Robert Prater
In his book "The Wonder of It All", Bryan Chapell tells about Lawrence, an African student who was preaching his first sermon in a beginning homiletics class. In the course of the sermon he talked about one of the reasons more is not heard about heaven in our nation today.
“I’ve been in the United States for several months now. I’ve seen the great wealth that is here - the fine homes and cars and clothes. I’ve listened to many sermons in churches here, too. But I’ve yet to hear one sermon about heaven. Because everyone has so much in this country, no one preaches about heaven. People here don’t seem to need it. In my country most people have very little, so we preach on heaven all the time. We know how much we need it.”
Due to the prosperity of 21 st century America, it is easy to fall into the trap of the Laodiceans: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” (Rev. 3:17)
Our material abundance can blind us to our need for God, our dependence on Him for our every need, and our need for heaven. Giving in to the temptation to fix our hope on the uncertainty of riches will lead to spiritual defeat; instead we should fix our hope on the certainty of God.... (1 Tim. 6:17) Proverbs 11:28 tells us: “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.”
There is nothing wrong with enjoying the wealth the Lord has provided as long as we are not enslaved to it, but are generous, rich in good works, and ready to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18) The income we generate from our work is not just to enable us to “live the good life,” but to make it possible for us to help others in need (Eph.4:28).
We will have a greater appreciation of heaven when we understand that it is a place that is “cryproof” and “die-proof.” No more suffering, sorrow, troubles, trials, problems or pain. We will have spiritual bodies that will not get tired or sick, or grow old. (cf. Rev. 21:4)
Heaven can also be appreciated more by realizing that money and the things money can buy are temporary and unable to satisfy the deepest longings of the soul. The most important things in life are not things. The things that matter most are eternal, things like heaven itself. We can have our heart in heaven even though our feet are still on earth (Col. 3:1-2).
Do you know how much you need heaven? Or, do you have your feet and your heart on earth? Until we understand that spiritual riches are the only kind that will endure, we will not appreciate heaven. If we will keep our eyes on the prize, we will see our need for heaven, and one day enjoy the bliss of heaven forever.
Sermons for Sunday
AM: The Scrolls & Parchments (2 Tim. 4:13)
PM: Exercising Faith in Despair (2 Kings 4:8-37)
Bob Bivins was in St. Anthony Shawnee room 218 at time of printing following a break in his upper arm/shoulder after he took a fall last Wednesday. He was hoping to come home with home health this week.
Chad Beard is waiting to hear back from his tests about a large bump that has come up on his back.
Dorothy Norton has been moved to Rose Manor, room 215, for physical therapy.
Dave Emery remains in room 212 at Rose Manor for rehabilitation.
October 7 – AWTG @ Southwest in Ada
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), 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.
DEATH BY WORRY
A story is told about a man who came face to face with the dangers of worry. Death was walking toward a city one morning and a man asked, “What are you going to do?” “I’m going to take 100 people,” Death replied.
“That’s horrible!” The man said. “That’s the way it is,” Death said. “That’s what I do.”
The man hurried to warn everyone he could about Death’s plan. As evening fell, he met Death again.
“You told me you were going to take 100 people” the man said. “Why did 1000 die?”
“I kept my word,” Death responded. “I only took 100 people. Worry took the others.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
1 Thess. 1
1 Thess. 2
1 Thess. 3
1 Thess. 4
1 Thess. 5
2 Thess. 1
2 Thess. 2
2 Thess. 3
1 Tim. 1
1 Tim. 2
1 Tim. 3
1 Tim. 4
1 Tim. 5
1 Tim. 6
2 Tim. 1
2 Tim. 2
2 Tim. 3
2 Tim. 4
October 7-9, OC Lectureship for 2012 “In Him”
Covering: Marriage and Family
October 7-10, Gospel Meeting, Chandler Church of Christ, 1st & Cleveland, weeknight services 7 p.m.; Bill Jones; see bulletin board
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. We need size 8 through XL in adult sizes!
DON’T FORGET OUR COAT
GIVE AWAY AT GARAGE SALES!!
YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XL
Hope to see you Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 110
Worship Service 190
Sunday Evening 101
Wednesday Evening 109
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
October 7, 2012
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Dale Beard
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Chad Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Ron Dunavan
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jeff Todd Jim Cross
Nathan Kelly Kyle Perry
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Lynn Harmon Clavin Norwood
Jim Pettyjohn Carl Weeks
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Dwyane Dennis
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Austin Beard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Richard Yahola Robert Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
Devotional: Michael Michener
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297