Everyone has a favorite food that they prefer, so that is the reason for the variety of food. Some people would prefer donuts and some do not like donuts at all. The same is true with automobiles and shoes -- people have different brands that they prefer. In America we have such a variety of everything that we have carried it over into our religious beliefs as well.
The American people have decided they can search for a church that they like. I think that is where the idea of "join the church of your choice" came from. Many people with young children will choose a church that has a program that is of interest to them for their children. Or many people choose a church because they like the kind of music they have there. All doctrine is not considered based on the Bible.
In John 17:20, Jesus prays that there would be unity among all his followers. Unity involves more than believing that Christ is the Son of God. It includes obeying all the commandments Jesus has given to us. John 14:15 says, "If you love me, keep my commandments." So if we truly love the Lord, we will consider what he wants, rather than our choice from the variety of church choices.
Since Jesus prayed for unity, it isn't right for mankind to change anything Jesus has said. We should not accept a church which does not comply with God's Word, the Bible.
Jesus teaches that there is just one church. In Ephesians 4 he talks about the one body, in the same list he talks about the one Father, and the one Lord. "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:3-6. If we want variety in life, we need to have it in just physical things that are not important to our soul's salvation.
God has directed us in how we should worship him. We need to understand that it is God who is in charge and not us. We are not the ones who are to be pleased - God is. It doesn't matter if I enjoy instrumental music, God did not authorize it in our worship. Since God is the one to be pleased in our worship, we are to do only the things He has authorized us to do.
The name of the church is important. The names used for the church in the Bible give glory to God. If we have a name for a church that glorifies man, or a group of men, then it would not be something God would want us to use. There are names that have been given to churches that the church which belongs to Christ would not accept. During the early years of the 1800's, Alexander Campbell was a preacher of the Gospel. During these years and several years following, many people wanted to refer to the church as "Campbellites." This name has been rejected by the Church of Christ for various reasons. First, we are not following Alexander Campbell. Secondly, we are following Jesus Christ.
Baptism is important for our salvation. We do not take the name of baptism -- we are following Jesus Christ. God has given us a pattern to follow in becoming a Christian. That is a method God has given us to obey, but we are not following a method. We are following Jesus Christ. It is important that we have the name of Jesus Christ.
There are some names used in the Bible that describe the church, such as, church of God, church of the Firstborn, the Way, churches of Christ, and others. All of these names in the Bible give glory to God.
Variety in food, cars, clothes, shoes, etc. are not important. We must be more particular with our spiritual lives. We cannot choose variety where God has given us specifics. When we teach and practice the word of God, we will be the church that Jesus built. If we choose variety and the doctrines of men, God will not be well pleased with us.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), James Wheeler, Bob and Betty Spiker, Annette Gorney (niece of Curtis Ashby), Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Loretta Sullivan, Kevin Beard (minister in Arkansas), Helen Haywood
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Faye Sandlin, who passed away last week. Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, with the funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home. Please keep the Sandlin family in your prayers.
Our sympathy is also extended to the family of Elsie Coleman, who passed away last week. The funeral was on Thursday in Jonesboro. Please keep Wilma and John Arnold and the rest of the family in your prayers.
Betty Spiker had surgery recently on her arm and is still recovering. She had a doctor's appointment last week to have the staples removed. Please keep Betty in your prayers.
Leoma Owens, at the time of this writing, was still in the local hospital. Please keep Leoma in your prayers.
Helen Haywood is doing some better following a recent blood transfusion. She goes back to the doctor in a few days. Sister Helen expresses her appreciation for your prayers.
Walter Willeford, son of Myrtle Willeford, had colon surgery recently. He is home now and doing better, but is still sore. Please keep Walter in your prayers as he recovers.
Nadine Barton responded last Sunday evening asking for prayers, as she struggles with a lot in her life, including self-worth. She would also like for her children to be Christians. Please pray that Nadine will have the strength to do the things the Lord wants her to do, and please pray for her children.
Marilyn Dodge's brother recently passed away and our sympathy is extended to Marilyn and the family. Please keep them in your prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Helena Gardner, Kenny Huggins, Dan Gregg, and Tammy Sowell.
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; U. L. Smith, Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Margaret Donica, Leoma Owens, and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale; and Warren Kaufhold (Gail Magill's father) in Greenville.
Vacation Bible School will be July 28, 29, and 30. We will start at 6:30 each evening, with classes for all ages. Please invite your friends, family members, and neighbors.
Thank you note: To our Church family, we thank you for the visits, the food brought to the house by the Ladies Bible Class, for the cards, prayers and phone calls. Also thanks to Vernon and the ones who came to sing for Dorthy. May God bless you all.
The family of Dorthy Bass
The congregation sent a memorial gift to the Paragould Children's Homes in behalf of our sister Elsie Coleman, Wilma Arnold's mother. Our prayers are with John and Wilma and all of their family. The Elders
The congregation sent a memorial gift to the Paragould Childrens Homes, in behalf of sister Faye Sandlin, Lorenzo Sandlin's mother. Our prayers are with Lorenzo and Debbie, Aaron and April Sandlin, and the rest of the Sandlin family. The Elders
Highland Clothing Giveaway:
Children's clothes of all sizes are needed at this time for the clothing room.
If you would like to help in restocking the Highland Food Pantry, items needed are: canned meat, crackers, canned vegetables, soup, peanut butter, jelly, dried beans, rice, canned or powdered milk, and mac/cheese mixes.
The next Children's Home food/suppply pick-up will be August 4, 2014. Items needed this quarter are: Spaghetti Noodles, Cooking Oil, Butterscotch Chips, Cookie Mixes, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and Oatmeal.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Area-Wide Gospel Meeting, Carson Center
in Paducah, July 27 - July 29
Southeast Missouri Lectureship
Sunnyview in Farmington - August 16
Summer Youth Series 2014
July 21 at Bernie
July 28 at Cape Girardeau
August 4 at Green Forest
August 11 at Dexter
Gospel Singing Schedule -
Lawrence and Randolph Counties:
August 2 - Evening Star
September 6 - Black Rock
October 4 - McIlroy
November 1 - Lynn
December 6 - Stokes
Grandma's Glasses ~
Two small boys were discussing eyeglasses. "Wouldn't you hate to wear glasses? one asked.
"No," answered the other, "not if I could have the kind my grandma wears! My mother says she can always see when folks are tired or discouraged or sad. She sees whenever somebody is in need and she can always recognize when you have something on your mind that you need to talk over. But best of all, she can always see something good in everybody!" The little fellow continued: " I asked my grandma one day how it was that she could see that way. She said it was because of the way she's learned to look at things since she's gotten older. So I'm sure it must be those glasses of hers!"
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us could see others through Grandma's glasses?!
-- taken from the Corning church bulletin
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3
Acts 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10
Bible Study ….……..... 9:00 a.m.
Morning Worship...….10:00 a.m.
Evening Worship ......... 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study...7:00 p.m.
Westwood Hills Nursing Home Service
Wednesday .............. 10:00 a.m.
Tom Carter ………....…........……. 785-7455
Charles Lancaster …....…….......... 785-8748
Mark North .................................. 686-2230
Ralph Nelson ....................... cell # 776-4655
home # 785-7773
Lorenzo Sandlin ….....….........…. 785-4118
Stacey Ward ………...….........……718-8198
Vernon Curry ......................cell# 714-8240
Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901