Bulletin for Sunday 10/14/2012
THE RELIGION OF PEACE STRIKES AGAIN
“Today, many Americans are asking ― indeed, I asked myself ― how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be.” ― U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commenting on the U.S. Embassy Attack in Libya, Sept. 12, 2012.
How could this happen? Is it really necessary to continue to pretend that all religions are the same, and that Islam is a “religion of peace”? The most recent Muslim attacks on Americans were allegedly triggered by an unflattering film portrayal of Muhammad by some crank. Really? So explain why the attacks just happened to be launched on Sept. 11?
Millions of Christians were offended by the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” nearly a quarter-century ago. But do you recall anyone blowing anything up or shooting Martin Scorcese? Yet anytime Muslims are offended or insulted, someone has to die.
We are at war with Islam. It may not serve our immediate foreign policy objectives for our political leaders to openly acknowledge this fact, but it is unambiguously so. It is not merely that we are at war with an otherwise peaceful religion that has been “hijacked” by extremists. We are at war with precisely the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran, and further elaborated in the literature of the hadith, which recounts the sayings and actions of the Prophet.
It may be politically correct to describe Islam as a religion of peace, but this description is at odds with history, current events… and Islamic scripture itself. You can read passage after passage from the Koran that call the faithful to violence.
The literature of the hadith further elaborates the call to jihad:
Jihad is your duty under any ruler, be he godly or wicked.
A single endeavor (of fighting) in Allah’s Cause in the forenoon or in the afternoon is better than the world and whatever is in it.
A day and a night fighting on the frontier is better than a month of fasting and prayer.
Nobody who dies and finds good from Allah (in the Hereafter) would wish to come back to this world even if he were given the whole world and whatever is in it, except the martyr who, on seeing the superiority of martyrdom, would like to come back to the world and get killed again (in Allah’s Cause).
He who dies without having taken part in a campaign dies in a kind of unbelief.
Paradise is in the shadow of swords.
The texts are unambiguous. On almost every page, the Koran instructs Muslims to despise non-believers. On almost every page, it prepares the ground for religious conflict. Even a cursory reading of these passages reveals a link between Muslim faith and Muslim violence.
In fairness, Christianity has had numerous episodes of violence and brutality in its past. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the Peasants’ War, and the troubles in Northern Ireland are but a few examples. But here is an important difference: when Christians behave in this unseemly way, they are doing so in opposition to the teachings of Jesus. When Muslims behave this way, they are being faithful to the teachings of Muhammad.
We can continue to act like we’re “confounded” by such actions, but are we, really? If 19 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were members of Churches of Christ, I wouldn’t get upset if we came in for some criticism. If Muslims are tired of being “unfairly stereotyped” as violent, irrational terrorists, there is an easy solution. Stop killing people.
What a contrast with Jesus, the Prince of Peace who taught that all who live by the sword will die by it. (cf. Matthew 26:52).
--Chuck Monan, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, Little Rock, AR
Sermons for Sunday
AM: The Secret Life of a Christian (Col. 3:3-4)
PM: When God Said, “I Need That” (Joshua 14 & 20)
With the deposit of our last 5th Sunday contribution on September 30, 2012, into our building fund account, we now have $90,917.92.
Dear Church Family, We are both sad and happy to tell you that Autumn, the little girl who has been living with us for some time, was able to be reunited with her biological family. Although we are sorry to see her go, we also rejoice for her family that they are now blessed to have her in their lives every day as we were for a short time. We would like to thank you all for all the wonderful love and support you gave Autumn and our family while she was with us. We ask that you continue to keep Autumn and her family in your thoughts and prayers always. In Christian Love, Ken & Hillary Whittington
George Mastick is recovering at home with both wrists broken resulting from a fall at his home last week.
Bob Bivins was dismissed from St. Anthony Shawnee on Wednesday of last week and is also recovering at home.
Zhila Haggard had surgery on Wednesday and was expecting to return home on Thursday.
Jo Sneed continues to improve at home following her surgery.
Chad Beard will be following up with his doctor on Wednesday for results from recent testing.
Dorothy Norton remains in Rose Manor, room 215, for physical therapy.
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), 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.
This Saturday (October 13th) the Stephens’ are hosting a Halloween party for the youth group. The party will start at 6. Wear a costume. There could be a prize at the end of the night. I, also, might not let you eat if you don’t dress up, if Bob and Janet let me. There will be games and a movie. If weather permits, some will take place outside. So bring a blanket or chair and a bottle of pop. There are plenty to give you a ride, so don’t let any excuse keep you away.
Upcoming Youth Events
October 13 – Halloween Party at the Stephens
October 27 – Frontier City/Fright Fest
October 14, Search: ‘Speaking in Tongues
October 21, Search: ‘Christian Citizens’
October 28, Search: ‘Morality’
November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away. We need youth size 8 through XL in adult sizes!
DON’T FORGET OUR COAT
GIVE AWAY ON NOVEMBER 10TH!
WE STILL NEED YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XL
TO TELL THE TRUTH
To prepare for a sermon on honesty, a pastor asked church members to read Joshua 25. The next week, he asked, “How many of you read it?” Half the hands in the church went up. “Great,” the pastor said. “You’re the ones I want to talk to…because Joshua has only 24 chapters.”
--From The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart, Charles (Chuck) Swindoll
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 113
Worship Service 182
Sunday Evening 106
Wednesday Evening 109
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
October 14, 2012
Announcements: Dale Beard
Opening Prayer: Bob Stephens
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Ron Dunavan
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Scott Perry Carl Weeks
Jon Merritt Nathan Kelly
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Burl Vanlandingham
Jim Pettyjohn Michael Michener
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Michael & Jennifer Michener
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Cross
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Cary Leonard Steve Kelly
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Devotional: Carl Weeks
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297