Bulletin for Sunday 02/10/2013
1926 Joe Magee 2013
We offer our sincere loving sympathy to the family of Joe Magee who passed away this past Saturday. Joe was a faithful Christian and a long time minister of the gospel. He lost his wife, Nadine, on November 29, 2012. A memorial service will be held February 23 at two o’clock.
With Robert Prater
The story is told about years ago when a reporter visited in the locker room with Oakland Raiders football player Ken Stabler, who was a good quarterback, but he wasn’t known as an intellectual. The newspaper man read some English prose: “I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than that it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy, impermanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” After reading it, the reporter asked him, “What does this mean to you?” Stabler immediately responded, “Throw deep.”
John Maxwell included this illustration in his book, Be All You Can Be. God wants us to get the maximum enjoyment and fulfillment out of life, a way of living Jesus calls the abundant life (John 10:10). So many Christians live life far below their potential. Living for selfish purposes such as pleasure, money, material possessions, prestige, popularity, or power is guaranteed to result in dissatisfaction and unhappiness. In the words of Solomon, that self-centered way of living is vanity, like trying to grab the wind, in the search for meaning and contentment in life.
There are a number of reasons for “throwing deep.” We owe it to:
Ourselves. Like the apostle Paul, our goal in life should be to please our heavenly Father (2 Cor. 5:9). An eight cylinder car that only hits on six cylinders is neither faithful nor effective. If we do as the two and five talent men did, and use our talents for the Master, we can look forward to one day hearing the Lord tell us, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and welcome us into the joy of heaven. (Matt. 25:21, 23)
The church. The Lord is depending on us as members of the body of Christ to do what we can, to do our part, to enable His church to grow. (Eph. 4:16) As the parts of the body go, so goes the church. Healthy, working body members make it possible for the body, whether it is our physical body or the spiritual body of Christ, to function and carry out its work.
Those we serve. As Christians, we are saved to serve. The Lord never intended for us to just warm a pew after we find salvation in Christ; He wants us to be about the business of serving Him, and we do that by serving others on His behalf. We become His hands to do His work, His feet to run His errands, His voice to speak His words.
God. When we fail to achieve our potential, we deny the Lord the productivity and glory He deserves. Being all that we can be to the glory of God fulfills His purpose for us (cf. Matt. 5:16; 1 Cor. 10:31)
Chad Beard met with the plastic surgeons on Tuesday.
Wayne & Patti Spencer have requested prayers in behalf of their twin great-granddaughters born January 21. They were born prematurely. Their names are Addyson & Savannah Paine.
Prayers have also been requested for Jerry Lanier, son of our late Lois Lanier, who has just arrived in Singapore for treatment of Cerebral Alexia. His treatments will last about 35 days.
It was good to have Virginia Herrera, Lola Mullinax & Lillie Smith in services Sunday.
Everyone in the congregation is invited to a Valentine Dinner on Friday evening, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker. The entrée choices will be steak, chicken fried steak, and grilled chicken. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer (with prices listed for each entrée). Please check the one you think you would like just so we can give the restaurant an idea of what to expect.
This week we are having two big events for the youth. On Saturday we are having a Valentine’s party starting around 5. We will be making valentines, eating, and watching a movie. Who knows, I might light some candles. It should be very romantic. Friends are always welcomed.
On Sunday, the youth will attend the women’s basketball game between OU and OSU. Afterwards we will attend the youth rally at Westside in Norman. We only have 12 tickets total for our group. Let me know if you plan on attending so I will know we have enough tickets.
LTC Practice Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
Bible Bowl @ 1:30
February 10, Search: “God’s Love for Us”
February 17, Search: “Our Love for God”
February 22-23, Affirming the Faith seminar hosted by OKC area churches of Christ held at N. MacArthur.
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Dave Emery, #309
Dorothy Norton, #214B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #511
Sue Riedel, #205
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autrey, #81
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #13
Alice Rice, #55
Rhetta Smith, #44
A FORMULA FOR KINGDOM SUCCESS
IBM founder Thomas Watson said the formula to success is to double one’s failure rate because failure is the best teacher.
Jesus tells of a businessman who entrusted his money with servants. One servant hid the funds, fearing that investment might bring loss rather than gain. On learning this, the businessman grew angry.
God calls us to take risks for his sake. Yet we often keep silent about the gospel. Fearing that others won’t believe us. We stick with familiar congregational fellowship instead of venturing into the uncertainty of community services.
When taking risks for God appears to result in failure, two things are surely at play: We have the opportunity to learn from our experience, discovering new ways to witness and grow stronger in faith. Second, we can trust God to tend the seeds we’ve planted; they’ll sprout in due time, whether or not we see it.
Hope to see you Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 127
Worship Service 193
Sunday Evening 112
Wednesday Evening 94
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
February 10, 2013
Announcements: Bob Seikel
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Austin Beard
Scripture: Keon Lawrence
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Scott Perry
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Richard Yahola Craig McKnight
Ken Whittington Jim Carpenter
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Clavin Norwood Tracy Gettle
Robert Perry Jim Cross
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Jim & Vivian Cross
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jon Merritt
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Carl Weeks
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Burl Vanlandingham
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis