But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15. To be ready to give a defense for the hope. We have a great hope in Jesus Christ. This hope comes by our faith through the word of God. We read and study the word of God. The evidence that is given in the word creates a faith in us. We can give a defense for the reason for the hope. We can do this by knowing the word and understanding how to apply it to our lives. Be ready with an answer!
To be ready we must set the Lord apart in our life. We cannot serve two masters. The Lord must be our master. He has been given a place of honor in the hearts of all Christians. He reigns supreme in our life. We serve no other master. He is the only one in our life. We have given our obedience to him for as long as we live upon the earth. We know when we obey Him, He will give us a home in heaven. Be ready to meet the Lord.
Remind them to subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work. Titus 3:1 Be ready for every good work. Each Christian is to do the work of the Lord. Matthew chapter 25 talks about feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, visiting the Christians in prison, clothing the naked, giving a drink to the thirsty and taking in strangers. In another place the rich are commanded to be rich in good works, ready to give and willing to share. Be ready to share.
There are many people in the world who are in need. Some of them are in need physically, some emotionally and spiritually. We need to be ready to help them. They may just need us to give them our time or friendship. They may need a Bible study. They may just need someone to listen. Christians are to fulfill the needs of others. These are good works. Many of these will not be fellow Christians. They may be people of the world that we meet. Be ready to help.
Be ready of the judgment. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forththose who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation. John 5:28-29. You see the separation is because some have done good and some have done evil. Are you ready for that time of separation? We have only one life to live. We must prepare for the judgment in this life. And as it is appointed unto men to die once, and after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27. Be ready today because this may be your last day to prepare then the judgment!
We are told to be ready in different words. Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41. Jesus warned his disciples to be ready by saying watch and pray! The commands of God are for all people around the world. All who obey him will inherit a home in heaven. None of God's commands for Christians are given for a particular location. All who hear the word, believe it, repent of their past sins, confess their faith in Jesus as God's Son and are baptized will be saved. The saved are added to the church any where in the whole world. Christians can worship God in prayer, with singing, preaching, partaking of the Lord's Supper, and giving as they have prospered. Be ready to do all that God commands!
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Mary Mattingly, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly Richard & Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son).
-Junior Jones - Georgia Ashby's brother passed away. His funeral was on Wednesday. Georgia is not feeling well and she was not able to attend.
-Tommy Williams had cateract surgery on Thursday.
-Sandra Cooper had knee replacement on Monday. She is at home in some pain but doing good.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Patsy Myers, Tom Huff, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Phillip Spradling, (brother of Robert Spradling), Sue Hover (friend of Anna Gregory), Eunice Condict (Teresa Davis' mom), Sandy Harty, (Dennis' sister-in-law).
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.
Thank You Note
I am paying my hearty thanks to you all at Highland, Memphis and Wayne and Vesta and Sybil and some other sisters for the cards sent to my mother. She surprised to see the cards and kept them in a bag and when I went there showed the cards and she was excited about the cards and said I don't know these people, how could they sent me cards and for what I told her that they are all your friends praying for you always and sis Sybil, Vernon and Wayne are responsible for all these things. She was so happy and asked me to give her hearty greetings to you all for your kind love and remembrance.
Vijay Kumar's mom
New phone numbers
John Arnold - 872-6128
Wilma Arnold - 872-6125
Bootheel Youth Camp forms are on the table out front. Camp sessions start the weekend of June 9th.
We need to provide 15 dozen brownies for BYC on Thursday, June 29th. Please bring on Wednesday June 28th.
Our pantry is in need of restocking. No green beans at this time.
Last year the change cans brought in $348, 317.00. We have empty cans available if you would like one.
Our VBS will be June 26-29. 6:30 to 8:00. Ladies we will need cookies - Talk with Loretta Thompson.
Christian Day at the Ballpark
For anyone interested there will be a Christian Day at the St Louis Cardinal Stadium on July 30th. For more information see flier on the bulletin board.
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up
-August 21, 2017. Fabric softener sheets, velveeta cheese, rotel, steak sauce, band-aids, evaporated milk.
Our gospel meeting will be November 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Brother Ted Spencer from the Sparta, Missouri Church of Christ outside of Ozark, MO will be our speaker. It will be a great 3 days.
A Bible Answer
Watch "A Bible Answer" on Sunday Channel 12 at 8am or
anytime at www.abibleanswertv.org.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. May the grace and peace of God be with you! I am thankful for your prayers, financial help and concern for the Churches of Christ in India.
Brother Vijay is in contact with many preachers and congregation in the area where he lives. The weather there has been hot until recently. The high each day is about 90 degrees. This compared to over 100 each day. The rains have begun giving the people relief from the heat.
There is a great need for Indian Brothers trained to preach the gospel. The population of India continues to grow. There is a great need for more preachers. There is a preachers school in Thimmapuram. We help support this school with your contributions. The number is limited to 12 students each year. The school year is for 10 months. This is an intensive Bible study. Each book of the Bible is covered. Brother Vijay is the director and one of the teachers. This may be the most lasting work in which we are involved.
Many of the preachers are very poor. Contributions for the rural congregations are only a few dollars each Sunday. Many of the members will give rice, a few will bring a few bananas and others may bring a few eggs as their contribution. A few of the preachers who have proven to be faithful are supported by Christians in the USA. There are many who are given a few dollars (possibly $10) each month from the contributions you give for the work.
The church is growing in India. The government is making rules which are not good for the church. The Lord still continues to give the increase. Most of our work is in Andhra Pradesh state. The state just north of there is Orissa. The Christians are persecuted more there. We have visited in that state a few times but not often. The churches are growing there also.
We are involved in childrens home, printing tracts, monthly teaching paper, song books, buying Bibles, bicycles, helping widows and other things.
Brother Vijay has purchased a new van. The old van was 10 years old. It has had many repairs. The van is used for the Lords work. He has a motor cycle for his personal use. Most of the money was given to him for that purpose, he had to borrow some from the bank. The loan is about $9,000. If you will help to pay this bank note he would greatly appreciate your help.
Pray for the churches of Christ in India. May the grace of the Lord be with you!
Your fellow Christian,
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.
Tuesday Bible Study ......10:00 a.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