Sometimes when I am talking with someone and they ask me a question, I am blank. This happens to most all people. I am amazed when I visit with one woman in particular. She is getting close to 100 years of age and seems to not draw as many blanks as I do.
We must diligently study the Bible so we can tell people about it. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15. You spend a lot of time on important things in life. The most important thing is to prepare yourself for a home in heaven. All the things which bring you pleasure fall far behind this in importance.
How much time do you spend preparing yourself to be like God? There are two things needed to make this preparation: 1) You must learn His commandments. 2) You must do His commandments. Now, I haven't included believing His commandments. You already know that you will not obey if you do not believe. Spend time preparing your life so it isn't a blank.
Think about the time you studied to pass a test. You may be one who spent many hours studying for the test the night before the test! You may be one who spent hours each day learning the material for the test so you would be prepared. Think of the Bible as necessary knowledge. Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” John 12:48. I am not making a test to give to anyone to determine their eternal abode. God has prepared the test and given you the answers. This test is the Word of God. God does not have any surprise answers. All answers are given in the Bible. Please use time each day to study the Bible. You certainly do not want to draw a blank when taking this test!
I believe you can read the complete Bible in one year by reading only 3 chapters per day. You will be amazed how much you learn just by reading the Bible. If you give one hour per day to study, you will learn much more. The Bible is a very easy book to read. It does take more effort to study it. Learning the Bible is enjoyable. There are events and people of all kinds written about there. Some of the people are really wicked. Some are really righteous. There are love stories, battles, executions, family stories, etc. When you have read and studied the Bible, you will know what others are talking about when they talk about the people, events and principles found in the Bible. Read and study so you do not draw a blank.
No one lives a blank life. Each day we are all writing our life history. There will be days when we do not do anything which we will remember, but those days aren't blank. Christianity is a religion of doing. "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21. You are doing something. You must be doing the 'will of My Father in heaven'. Sure, you must study to know what is the 'will of my Father in heaven'. Knowing the will of God is not sufficient. You must obey the will of God. Read and consider Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus said the man who obeys His sayings is a wise man. Are you wise? He also said the man who does not obey the commands is a foolish man. Are you foolish? In the above passage both heard the word of God. James reminds us we are to be doers of the word and not hearers only. You are writing your life. Be diligent not to draw a blank at the judgment.
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
Susan South is seeking a second opinion with a doctor in St. Louis concerning her cancer. Please keep Susan in your prayers.
Loretta Sullivan recently had eye surgery which went well. She will return to the doctor in a few days for a check-up.
Tom Shephard was to have surgery to repair a hernia this past Friday in St. Louis.
Warren Kaufhold, Gail Magill's father, has been moved to the Mark Twain Nursing Home, Room 609.
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 Mark Twain
The next Children's Home food/suppply pick-up will be tomorrow - August 4. Items needed this quarter are: Spaghetti Noodles, Cooking Oil, Butterscotch Chips, Cookie Mixes, Cream of Mushroom Soup, and Oatmeal.
The Elders would like to thank everyone for making the 2014 VBS such a great success. We would like to thank all of the following teachers, refreshment servers, helpers, and bus driver: April Sandlin, Debbie Sandlin, Jill Shepherd, Cindy Mathis, Linda Nelson, Robin Davis, Peggy Brake, Sharon Hewlett, Aaron Sandlin, Vernon Curry, Debby North, Glenda Lancaster, Loretta Tompkins, Kathy Taylor, and Ralph Nelson.
The Annual Bootheel Youth Camp Fish Fry and Silent Auction will be August 9 at noon.
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 Marble Hill Church of Christ needs someone to preach on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday mornings each month. If you are interested, you can contact Russ Cook, 573-866-2168.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Southeast Missouri Lectureship
Sunnyview in Farmington - August 16
Summer Youth Series 2014
August 4 at Green Forest
August 11 at Dexter
Weekend Seminar w/speaker Brad Harrub
August 22-24 at DeSoto
Homecoming & Fish Fry, Children's Home
in Paragould, September 27
Harding University Bible Lectureship
September 28 - October 1
Gospel Singing Schedule -
Lawrence and Randolph Counties:
September 6 - Black Rock
October 4 - McIlroy
November 1 - Lynn
December 6 - Stokes
Fair Haven Children's Home
Annual Benefit Auction - September 20
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and bidding begins at 10:00 a.m. (This auction helps the Home pay for heating fuel expenses).
And on October 11, the Home will have their 50th Anniversary celebration, 11:00 to 3:00 p.m (lunch provided).
Please RSVP by visiting their website at www.fairhavenchildrenshome.com or by calling (417)862-6675 or email to email@example.com.
When you open a package of seeds, they don't look anything like the pretty picture of plants or fruit on the outside of the package, do they? I wish I could say I have experience with planting seeds that bring forth fruits and vegetables. But if you put them in the ground, they have the potential to produce what's in that picture. It's the same way with God's Word. When I read God's Word, study it, meditate on it and put it in my heart, I'm actually putting a seed in there and that seed is going to produce fruit. As we discussed several weeks ago in a lesson, Mark 4 says the Word can produce a 30-, 60- or 100-fold increase. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, talks a lot about the Word. Here are a few verses:
"I will meditate on your precepts, and contemplate your ways." (Psalm 119:15)
"Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servants meditate on Your statutes." (Psalm 119:23)
"Let the proud be ashamed, for they have treated me wrongfully with falsehood; but I will meditate on Your precepts." (Psalm 119:78)
Do you notice how, in several of these verses, David basically says to God, "I've been wronged, but I'm going to choose to meditate on Your word"? People were speaking out against David and saying things about him that were untrue, but he didn't meditate on those things; instead, he decided to meditate on God's Word. Do you realize we all meditate on things? Here's the problem: when we're in bondage to something, it's easier to meditate on the lie that holds us captive instead of the truth that sets us free. Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." That means if you spend your time meditating on lust, pride, anger, bitterness, discouragement and depression, pretty soon you'll have a toxic, depressed and discouraged heart. It's okay to be upset or angry in a moment, but the key is not to meditate on it. That's when those attitudes take root in our hearts.
Have you ever been in an argument with someone? How much time did you spend afterward thinking of all the things you wish you'd said? We meditate on it instead of God's Word. Instead of focusing on these things, we need to plant the seed of the word of God in our lives because it will produce something good in us.
-- Michael Meredith, Pulpit Minister
Center Hill Church of Christ, Paragould
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
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Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901