Bulletin for Sunday 06/02/2013
EXCUSES OF A CROSS-BUILDER
The Cross looms large in human thought and history. It stands as a magnificent monument to love. But it is also a grim reminder of the cost of sin. The cross brings out both the best and worst in men. It has inspired men to climb the highest roads of sacrifice and nobility, but its existence also reveals the abysmal depths to which men can sink. There would have been no Calvary if there had not, first, been depraved hearts that desired it.
Among those who helped make Calvary possible was the anonymous builder of the cross. Who was he…? He is not named in the Bible. But he existed. The cross had a maker! Perhaps he was a master carpenter who used his gifts to craft an engine of torture for One who was a Carpenter and more. Maybe he had nothing personal against Jesus but was only “following orders,” “just doing his job.” After it was over maybe he even used one of the following timeworn excuses to justify what he did…
1) “A Man Has to Live.” All manner of questionable practices are justified by this excuse. A man puts his business above God, or exploits his employees, or stabs a competitor in the back and then pleads: “A man has to live.” The early Christian, Tertullian, once reproved a fellow Christian for making shrines for heathen temples. The man shrugged his shoulders and said: “It is my business – a man must live. “whereupon, Tertullian responded, “Must you?” Does anyone really have the right to live by making crosses?
2) “If I Didn’t Someone Else Would.” Every black and foul deed imaginable has hidden behind this feeble line. Politicians use it to quiet their anguished conscience when they sell their vote; tavern keepers use it to justify their existence; smut peddlers use it to defend their pornographic empires; and a great many “ordinary” people use it to excuse their shady deals and borderline morality. Surely, the fact that others are willing to make crosses does not justify our doing so?
3) “I’m Not Responsible For The Way It Is Used.” A man drinks himself to a stupor and kills a family on the highway and the liquor industry self-righteously insists: “It is not our fault if our product is misused.” Young people feed on violent, obscene song lyrics and video games and then if they act out their murderous impulses by shooting school children or themselves, record moguls and game developers smugly deny any responsibility. Psychologists and law enforcement officials have repeatedly testified concerning the link between pornography and the violent abuse of women and children but the porno-peddlers shrug their shoulders and white: “We are not to blame if our material falls into the hands of unbalanced people!” This dodge is as old as Cain: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Surely, responsibility to our brother forbids us to construct crosses on which he can be crucified!
Excuses are easy to make. But be sure of this: Those who make them are generally making crosses as well.
This is also true: There would be no crucifixions if there were no crosses.
- Bobby Dockery, Fayetteville, Arkansas
We extend our deepest sympathy to Rachel Hall in the loss of her son, Larry Hall, this past Thursday evening. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Pavilion in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery Wednesday morning.
We express our sympathy to Ruth & Mark Autrey in the loss of their sister and aunt Pearl Huggins of Chickasha on May 10th. We also sympathize in their loss of their daughter and sister Melinda Calvert in Los Angeles, California on May 23. Please keep Ruth & Mark in your prayers.
Sunday, June 2, we will have a welcome luncheon following the morning worship service to meet & greet our new minister, Jimmy Hyde and his family. The church will provide the main course. All families are requested to bring one side dish & a dessert. Also please be sure to invite any members that you haven’t seen in a while. Any questions, please call Robin Yahola or Angie Gober.
TORNADO RELIEF AID
The contribution of $8,632.09 collected on May 26 will be donated to the relief efforts of damage caused from the recent tornado.
Dave Emery spent some time at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South on Sunday He was allowed to return to Rose Manor later the same day.
Bob Bivins spent some time in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital Wednesday morning. He returned to Colonial Estate.
Mariella Jacobs remains in Bradford Village for rehabilitation
Your thoughtfulness was appreciated for the graduation reception in behalf of Skyler. Sincerely, The Norwood Family
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Bob Bivins, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Sherri Collins, Fred Couch (friend of Teresa Story), Robert Donaldson (Vivian Cross’s brother) Norma Edgmon, Dave Emery, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (Carl Holt’s sister-in-law), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Jerry Lanier, (son of the late Lois Lanier) June Lawerance (mother of Bill Lawerance), Aubrey McNutt, Cindy Monday, (friend of Rita Romberg) Patti Morgan (niece of Burl Vanlandingham), Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Addyson & Savahnnah Paine, (twin great grand-daughters of Wayne & Patti Spencer), Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Naomi Rutledge, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Jenni Tennery (Leona Smith’s granddaughter), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Selene Williams (daughter of Craig & Michelle McKnight). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers
June 9-15, CENTRAL’S WEEK @ BURNT CABIN
If you would like to sponsor a child at camp, gifts may be given to Bob Stephens, Bob Perry or Steve Kelly. If a check is given it should have Burnt Cabin Camp on the memo line. The cost for one week at camp is $140.
As many of the kids know, Sunday, June 3, starts the new quarter. This is the day that some of the kids get to move up into the youth group. I can't tell you how excited we all are. Well...at least I'm excited. I know there's mixed emotions with some of the others. A lot more family members are joining, which the older siblings probably aren't thrilled about. It will be great still. I want to remind you that the scripture says in Matthew 21:16, "Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants you have provided perfect praise.”
Well, the kids aren't quite that young, but the point is that we are all in the same boat. There are things we can learn from this new group that's about to join us, and I look forward to learning as well as teaching.
I have a great activity for all of us to do together to start out the summer. Park Plaza Church of Christ is hosting "The Tabernacle Experience." I've bought tickets. You get to walk through a life size replica of the Tabernacle and listen to them explain it all. The cost will be $5 and that will also include dinner. I look forward to this, and all summer, with everyone.
June 4 – 6, Tipton Home truck will be in our area. A list of needed items is listed below:
Canola Oil, Ritz crackers, Liquid Cascade, Saltine crackers, Assorted soups, BBQ sauce, Canned pineapple, Green beans, Spaghetti sauce, Graham crackers, Honey, Presweetened Kool-Aid, Diced tomatoes, Bleach, Toilet tissue, Paper napkins, Paper towels, Toilet bowl cleaner, Ground black Pepper, Peanut butter, 40 gal trash bags, Fabric softener sheets, Club crackers, Assorted cereals, Worcestershire sauce, Picante Sauce, Canned tuna, Pancake mix, Lysol, HE laundry detergent, Salt, Pop-Tarts, Pine-Sol
Hope to see you Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 95
Worship Service 150
Sunday Evening 85
Wednesday Evening 116
Contribution (TornadoRelief) 8,632.09
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
June 2, 2013
Announcements: Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer: Bill Lawerance
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Mark Michener
Sermon: Jimmy Hyde
Closing Prayer: Carl Weeks
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood George Mastick
Keith Lawrence Kevin Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Cary Leonard Austin Beard
Bob Perry Jim Cross
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Jim & Vivian Cross
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Dale Beard
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Jimmy Hyde
Closing Prayer: Michael Michener
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Eric Park Craig McKnight
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for everyone
Devotional: Bob Stephens
Song Director: Craig McKnight
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297