Hall of Faith ~
Today there are many halls of fame. Each sport has their own. Many states or cities have a hall of fame in various sports. In a manner of speaking we have a hall of fame for famous people.
The Bible is filled with many people of great faith. Hebrews chapter eleven lists many of those men and women of old whom God exalts as having great faith. There are many more which are not mentioned who had great faith.
Job was a man of great faith. Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" Job 1:8. This is God's testimony concerning Job. There is none like him on all the earth! You may have heard the expression that we are all different. This isn't the Lord's meaning. He was talking about Job's righteousness. We may think someone is that way but this is God's statement. It is right. When we make that assessment, we may be wrong.
We know very little about Job. We do not even know when he lived. A man cannot follow the Lord unless he has received instructions. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17. We do not know who taught Job the teachings of the Lord. We just know that faith comes by hearing God's word. For us to have faith, we must be taught God's word. We may teach ourselves or we may be taught by others. The Bible is God's word. Each one of us is responsible for learning the word. God has freely given us His word.
When Jesus was here, one of the things which proved He was from God was - the poor have the gospel preached to them. Luke 7:22. God doesn't charge anyone for hearing the gospel. The hearing of the gospel can create faith in a person. You cannot be a person of great faith without knowing the Word of God.
Some will put their faith on how they feel. They think, I know that is right because I feel good when I do it. Feeling good does not mean we have faith in God. It means we have faith in our feelings. Our feelings are not always on target with God's Word. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. Isaiah 55:8. We do not want to have a faith in something which is not the truth. There are many false teachers in the world. There have always been false teachers. The writers of the Bible warn about them over and over again. Their teachings may sound good. People may believe it and feel good about it, but that does not mean it is true.
If you are to be a man or woman of faith in God's sight, you must know His word. You must believe what His word says. It is important to believe in God, but you must believe that He will reward those who diligently seek Him. Faith must motivate you to obey His word. But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. James 2:20-23. Yes, Abraham believed that God could raise Isaac from the dead. That was the reason he could offer him as a sacrifice. He was called the friend of God because of his faith which motivated him to obey.
If a list of faithful people was written by God of those living today, would your name be on it? Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Loretta Sullivan, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), Joe Taylor (Mary Taylor's son), Alma McCray (Donis & Betty's stepmother), Louise Medler (Jean Butler's daughter, Marsha's mother-in-law), Robert McKee (Patsy Myers' nephew), Melinda Taylor (Bob and Kathy Taylor's daughter)
Jack Whiteside is dealing with a lot of pain in his knees at the present time. Please keep him in your prayers.
Harold Culp, father of Sandy Cooper, has pneumonia and is in rehab in the old Lucy Lee Hospital facility on Westwood, Room 321.
Bill Kenser is scheduled for another eye surgery to redo one that had already been operated on.
Louise Pinkerton has been back in the hospital recently. Louise is Tommy Williams' cousin.
Larry and Priscilla Spradley continue to deal with chronic health problems, and they want you to know that when they are not present for worship and Bible study, they are not able to be out because of illness and would appreciate your prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Freda Lancaster, Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Dan Gregg, Harold Shaw, and Helena Gardner.
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, Susan South and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Leoma Owens and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale.
The Midweek Service this week will be on Tuesday evening, December 23rd.
Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes
Last Wednesday night in the Elders/Preacher meeting, a decision was made to begin Lads to Leaders. This is an exciting program. Our goal is to train people to be leaders in the Church. By doing this training, we want to help the individuals of the congregation to have a closer bond with each other. We'll have more information in next week's bulletin. Love, Vernon
Thank you so much for all the calls, cards, visits, and especially your prayers during my illness.
In Christian Love, Nellie Wagner
To my Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for all the cards, calls, prayers and love. It is so comforting to me to know you care.
In Christian love, Freda Lancaster
To all the congregation at Highland Drive:
Thank you for all the gifts. The money totaled a little over $800. The cards are appreciated, especially the kind compliments you wrote in the cards. It's great to be a part of a congregation who respects God and His Word. Thank you for honoring us and especially for letting us be a part of the work here.
Love, Vernon and Judy
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Youth Rally, February 6-8, at Paragould
Center Hill Church of Christ
Annual Youth Rally at Dexter, March 6-7
w/speaker Jeff Miller, Apologetics Press
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be February 16, 2015. Items needed this quarter are: Dry Cereal, Cookies, Cooking Spray, Flavored Instant Oatmeal Packets, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and HE (high efficiency) Laundry Detergent.
City Upon a Hill ~
One of the late President Reagans favorite sayings (this was read at his funeral) comes from John Winthrops sermon he gave in 1630 AD in which he described America and the endeavors of the people coming to the new world at that time as a City upon a hill. But this description is far more appropriate of the church of Jesus Christ than any one nation on earth.
for we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world, we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God and all professors for Gods sake; we shall shame the faces of many of Gods worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whether we are going. I close with the exhortation of Moses that faithful servant of the Lord in his last farewell to Israel:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20: See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.
Let us not forget who we are in this world, who we really represent as we live our lives, and what we are called to do as the church be a light to the world!
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
(taken from the Hickory Ridge church website)
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