Be Pure ~
There are many things in this world which we use that are not pure! Some rules apply toward what is considered pure in different foods, etc. We must live pure lives before God. Now I do not mean perfect! People are pure because the Lord has forgiven them of the sins which they have committed. Note these two verses: As it is written: 'There is none righteous, no, not one;' Romans 3:10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10. The question then must be answered as to how can we be pure!
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 1 Peter 1:22. God has given us the answer! We know that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6) We know the Bible is the truth (John 17:17). When one obeys the Bible, that is obeying the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the only way for us to be pure. The purification takes place when we become a Christian. The pattern given to us in the Bible is hearing the word of God, believing the word, repenting of our past sins, confessing Jesus as the Son of God, and being baptized for the remission of our sins in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. It is the blood of Jesus which takes away our sins. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28.
God expects and commands us to live pure lives. We are His followers and therefore we must be like Him. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:3. Christians must be lovers of righteousness and haters of sin. Living a pure life isn't about being perfect. It is about being forgiven. There is none perfect. (note above). The forgiveness of sins and purity is reached in Jesus where all spiritual blessings are. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3. Forgiveness of sins is a spiritual blessing. When a Christian is forgiven, they are pure. Are you pure? Do you desire to be pure?
It seems that with many people, everything is sinful, even their every thought. God destroyed the earth during Noah's time because the thoughts of men were only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5). He has promised not to cause another flood to destroy all the living on the earth. The next destruction will be with fire when the whole creation will be destroyed. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 2 Peter 3:10-11. We are asked by God, What manner of persons ought you to be?" The answer is that we should live in holy conduct and godliness -- pure! Don't you know that God expects us to live lives which are worthy of Him?
So consider how closely a Christian must guard his life. We must be pure. Some are not pure; in fact, they are given over wholly to sin. The Lord teaches us to live pure lives. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, Titus 2:11-12.
God hasn't left us on our own to struggle with being pure. He taught us by the grace of God to live pure lives. He sent Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins so we can be made pure and stay pure by His blood.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), James Wheeler, Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Loretta Sullivan, Kevin Beard (minister in Arkansas), Helen Haywood, Katelyn Jost (niece of Robin Davis), Lew Tinker (friend of Tom Huff)
Freda Lancaster had a liver biopsy on Friday, but at the time of this writing did not have the test results. Please keep Freda in your prayers.
Tom Huff had a another scan last week, but at the time of this writing he had not met with the doctor to receive the test results.
Don Magill is still in the old Lucy Lee Hospital facility undergoing therapy and improving.
Susan South is dealing with a lot of health problems and not doing well. She is taking radiation and other cancer treatments, and she needs our prayers at this time.
Marion West, Mescal West's husband, recently had a stroke, and has been released from the hospital and moved to the Mark Twain nursing facility.
Debbie Ward's uncle, Ervin Carr, had stomach surgery recently and has been released from the hospital, but has a long recovery period ahead of him. Please keep Ervin in your prayers.
Hazel Weathers' grandson, Joe Hayes, was recently in a motorcycle accident. He is doing better and has been moved to a nursing facility in Sikeston.
Nellie Wagner recently had cancer surgery and got a good report that she will not need treatments, but she has a blood clot in the knee area of her leg, so she was still in the hospital at the time of this writing.
Jan Kinworthy recently had hip replacement surgery. She is home now recuperating and doing well.
Betty Britton, coworker of Inis Kearbey, had surgery recently for pancreatic cancer and the doctors have told her she will not need further cancer treatments. Betty would appreciate your continued prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Helena Gardner, Dan Gregg, Tammy Sowell, and Harold Shaw.
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; Leoma Owens and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale; and Warren Kaufhold (Gail Magill's father) in Mark Twain.
The congregation sent a memorial gift to the Children's Home in behalf of our dear sister Margaret Donica. Sister Donica will be dearly missed by the congregation.
Randy Engligh will be here to speak at Highland next Sunday morning, September 28. Highland has helped support the work in American Samoa since the early 1980's. Randy will report about his mission work during the morning class period, then preach for us during the worship service. Following the service, the congregation will have a potluck luncheon.
Ladies Breakfast in October
The regular monthly ladies breakfast next month will be on Saturday, October 4, at 8:00 a.m. at the Westwood Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center.
There will be a Fish Fry at Highland on November 1 at noon.
Paragould Children's Home
September 27 is the date for this wonderful event. There will be a program which will start at 10:30 a.m. This program usually includes a brief report from the Director, Micah Brinkley. There will also be speeches by current and former residents of the Home. It is very interesting to see the change that a Christian influence can bring to the lives of others.
About noon, a meal will be served which includes fried catfish, chicken strips and all the trimmings. A few of the homes will be open to visitors and will have desserts available in the homes. The food is all free, but they will accept donations. You will have a chance to meet and visit with houseparents and the children living in the homes.
I have been to this event several years. I think that I go for the selfish reason to be encouraged! This is really an encouraging day for the residents as well as the visitors.
David and Geneva Magill have invited everyone to a hayride on October 18 at their home. Food will be provided. Their address is 22464 County Road 295, Puxico.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Gospel Meeting at Curry St. in West Plains
Ladies Day - at Central in Paducah
Ladies Day - at Jackson
The autumn days are here.
The year is growing old.
The woodland leaves are beautiful
In red and brown and gold.
We loved their shady bowers
In which to sit or lounge and rest
In the evening hours.
Replaced by cooling breeze.
And Mother Nature wields her brush
In the painting of the leaves.
It will soon be gone.
But the leaves grow more beautiful
As the days go on.
My morn of life is past.
The sun of life is sinking low,
Its evening shadows cast.
When the year is nearly done,
Grow more beautiful from day to day
As I near life's setting sun.
-- By Frank M. Hendrix
Written on his 90th birthday, 9-19-68. (Brother Hendrix was an Elder at Highland)
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