Bulletin for Sunday 10/21/2012

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SYMPATHY
THELMA FRANKLIN
2012

We express our deepest  sympathy to the family of Thelma Franklin who passed away on October 10 in Stillwater.  Thelma was a devoted child of God and the sister of the late D.O. Passons. Services were held Monday, October 15, at Resthaven with Dwyane Dennis officiating.


AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

“OMG”

You hear it in the movies, on television programs, on social media (twitter, facebook, texting, etc.) and in everyday conversation, especially during times of emotional shock, tragedy, or good news. The letters, as you probably know, stand for “Oh my God.” One of the signs of our times is that “there is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Rom. 3:18) However, what really most concerns me is the flippant and profane use of His name among people who profess faith in God. 

     Please recall that under the Old Covenant one of God’s ten laws was, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7)   God’s name was to be held in honor or God would curse His people. (Malachi 2:2) 

     The New Covenant demonstrates the same principle of honor for God.  1 Timothy 1:17 says “To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”  Revelation 4:11 says “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power ,for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”  In Revelation 7:12, the angels, elders, and living creatures cried out, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

      Again, I’m seeing a disturbing trend that concerns me among Christians.  There are too many Christians who are frequently using this “omg” texting shorthand for taking God’s name in vain.  I just want to ask you to think before you type that shorthand on your computer or phone. If you typed the longhand phrase, “Oh my God,” would it be appropriate?  Would you think this use of God’s name was intended to honor Him, to give Him glory and praise?

     Certainly there are times when saying “Oh my God” is appropriate. We have songs that use that phrase.  As we pray, we may praise God by calling out to Him, “Oh my God.” We are recognizing that He is our God; we are not. We are recognizing that He is our God; money is not. We are recognizing that He is our God; idols are not.

     However, when someone has said something surprising or said something that really resonates with us and we want to accentuate it simply by typing, “OMG!  That’s amazing,” are we really calling on God and honoring Him?  Were we even addressing Him?  Or were we just taking His name in vain because it was so easy and everyone else does it?

     God’s name is not meant to register our surprise, our shock, or our amazement. God’s name is meant to be held in honor, to bring glory to Him, to address Him.  The command to let no unwholesome word proceed from our mouth would certainly include taking His name in vain. (cf. Eph. 4:29) 

     Please think about this before you type your next status update. Let’s honor God in our speech.   That includes using His name only in a respectful and reverent way in our texting and online posts.  He deserves it.

                       --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)


Sermons for Sunday

AM:  See the Cross of Jesus!

PM:   Evangelizing the Internet Generation – Mike Mazzalongo


BAPTISM

Hearts were rejoicing Sunday morning when Alishia Knight confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized for the remission of her sins.  She has been recently attending with Central member Phillip Collins and his son Daxton along with her two year old daughter Trinity.  Alishia and Phillip plan to be married very soon and will live at his home on 4 Sequoyah listed in the directory.  Her cell phone number is 570-2590.  Please give her a warm welcome into the family of God at Central


GUEST SPEAKER

This coming Sunday evening, we will be blessed in having Mike Mazzalongo speak to us.  Mike is the Education and  Media Minister for the Choctaw Church of Christ.  Mike has had a multi-faceted career in ministry for over 31 years serving as a missionary, pulpit minister and Dean of Students for Oklahoma Christian University.  His specialty has been the production of multi-media tools used in education and evangelism.  He has produced several television series in Canada and the United States and continues to provide content for Google's #1 rated free Bible media website, BibleTalk.tv. He will be talking to us about “Evangelizing the Internet Generation.” 


PRAYER CONCERNS

Nadine Magee is in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, room 203. 

Nadine Collins spent some time in St Anthony Shawnee Hospital this past week.

Joe Magee was scheduled for surgery on Friday at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.   

Bob Bivins, Zhila Haggard George Mastick, and Jo Sneed continue to improve at home following injuries and surgeries.

Chad Beard was to follow up with his doctor on Wednesday for results from recent testing to see if another surgery will be needed. 

Dorothy Norton remains in Rose Manor, room 215, for physical therapy. 

Dave Emery has been moved to Colonial Estates, room 124, for continued rehabilitation. 

It was so good to have Joe Magee in services on Sunday.


THERE WILL BE NO CHILDRENS BIBLE HOUR THIS
COMING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, DUE TO FALL BREAK


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

 

The youth will be going to Frontier City on October 27th.  Right now, the plan is to leave around 1 o’clock in the afternoon and stay until 8 or 9.  The cost will be $18.00 plus any money for a meal.  I’m still looking for a better deal, but for now that’s the deal we can get with a group of 15 or more.  So invite your friends.


YOUTH EVENTS

October 22 – Maddie Curtis turns 12

October 27 – Frontier City/Fright Fest


LOOKING AHEAD

October 21, Search: ‘Christian Citizens’

October 21, Mike Mazzalongo from Choctaw speaking PM.

October 28, Search: ‘Morality’

November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away.  We need youth size 8 through XL in adult sizes!


COLLEGE CORRESPONDENCE

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ really great.  I’m making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard.  With all my $tuff, I $imply can’t think of anything I need.  $o if you’d like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I’d love to hear from you.  Love, Your $on

 

Reply:

IkNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics and oceaNOgraphy are eNOough to keep even an hoNOr student busy.  Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOough. Dad.


Hope to see you Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              113

Worship Service                                       182

Sunday Evening                                       106

Wednesday Evening                                 109

Contribution                                     4,973.27

 

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

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                                     Carl Weeks

Jon Merritt                                  Nathan Kelly

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                  Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                      Michael Michener

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:          Michael & Jennifer Michener

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                    Craig McKnight

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Jim Cross

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Cary Leonard                                Steve Kelly

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                      Craig McKnight

Devotional:                                              Carl Weeks

VAN DRIVER

Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297