Some Truths From Proverbs ~
The book of Proverbs is a collection of short truths. Some other books can be read as a story because they are about individuals and the events in their lives. The Proverbs are usually short sayings. All of these are important. Today think about chapter 17.
(verse 1) Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife. People will many times use the expression, I wish I had some peace and quiet. I am amazed at the noise in America. We have radios, televisions and many other machines which play music. It seems that everywhere I go there is something playing. The quietness in this verse is the opposite of strife. It isn't just noise. I have heard people say, "Why can't we just get along?" No one wants to be around fussing and complaining. This verse may be expressing an extreme, but I think not! I believe it is a truth.
(verse 2) A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and will share an inheritance among the brothers. How can parents honor a son who brings shame upon the family. People appreciate ones who show wisdom. Do you know that wisdom is given by God. Notice what it is like. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17. This describes the kind of person all people enjoying being with. Are you like God?
(Verse 3) The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the hearts. Just as the refiner knows when the silver and gold is pure, so the Lord knows when the heart is pure. Sinners are purified by the Lord through the blood of Jesus. That is the reason that Ephesians 2:8-9 says we are saved by grace. God sent Jesus to die for our sins so we can be reconciled to Him and have eternal life. We cannot deceive God; He knows the heart of each person.
(verse4) An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. This is so true today just as it has always been true! People tend to listen for what they wish to hear. Liars will be happy to spread rumors and even to expand upon them to make them fit what they want people to believe. Proverbs 6:17 begins the list of the seven things which are an abomination to the Lord. One of these is a lying tongue. Jesus taught, But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37.
(verse 5) He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. God has always been concerned about how the down- trodden are treated. Jesus said there would always be poor. Just because someone is poor they should not be treated disrespectfully. And you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool," have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? James 2:3-6. A Christian is to help those who are in need. Give to those and expect nothing in return. Jesus taught as we treat others we are treating Him. When Jesus spoke to Saul of Tarsus, He told him he was persecuting Him.
Be mindful of the truths in the Bible. The truth is always the truth!
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, Katelyn Jost (neice of Robin Davis), Lew Tinker (friend of Tom Huff), Julie Pinkerton (Tommy Williams' cousin)
Freda Lancaster has been to a specialist in Cape and was told she has a mass on her lung. They did a biopsy, but at the time of this writing, she did not have the test results. Please keep Freda in your prayers.
Marion West, Mescal West's husband, recently had a stroke, and he is in rehab now in the old Doctor's Hospital building. Please keep Marion and Mescal in your prayers.
Leoma Owens' sister-in-law recently passed away. Our sympathy is extended to Leoma and the family. Please keep them in your prayers.
Betty Britton, coworker of Inis Kearbey, has been diagnosed with cancer and would appreciate your prayers.
Cloyce Sowell is having back problems and Melba was recently in the hospital and is home now recuperating. Please keep Cloyce and Melba in your prayers.
Susan South has sought a second opinion with a doctor in St. Louis concerning her cancer, but has not found out anything from that visit. Please keep Susan in your prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Helena Gardner, Kenny Huggins, 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; Margaret Donica, Leoma Owens, and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale; and Warren Kaufhold (Gail Magill's father) in Mark Twain.
We welcome our new sister in Christ, Connie Norden, who was baptized on Tuesday. If you have not met Connie, please welcome her into our church family.
The congregation is invited to a joint Birthday Party for Edna Merle and U. L. Smith on Sunday, August 31st, in the Fellowship Room of the Highland Drive Church of Christ. The party will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and they have requested no gifts.
Tim and Cindy Smith
Thank you note: Just wanted to say thank you for all the cards and prayers during my recent surgery. I am feeling much better but still have some healing left to do. Thank you again.
In Christian love, Tom Shephard
To my church family at Highland Drive:
A heartfelt thank you for the prayers, phone calls, messages and cards. I am so much better since the cardioversion (shock). In Christian love, Loretta Tompkins
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be November 10. Items needed this quarter are: HE (High Efficiency) Laundry Detergent, cold Cereal, Cookies, Cooking Spray, flavored Instant Oatmeal packets, and grated Parmesan Cheese.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Youth Rally at Bootheel Youth Camp
September 13 (Attendees respond by 9-5-14)
BYC Ladies Retreat 2014
September 19-20 (hosted by Doniphan)
Spiritual Growth Seminar at Green Forest
September 20-21 (speaker Spencer Furby)
Homecoming & Fish Fry, Children's Home
in Paragould, September 27
Fair Haven Children's Home
Benefit Auction - September 20
50th Anniversary celebration - October 11
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
A Lot of People Want to be SAVED,
but Few People Really Want a MASTER
Imagine that you're walking into a football game and you see someone holding up a sign with a Bible verse on it. What Bible verse would you automatically think was on this poster if I asked you? Most would say John 3:16 ... right? And even if you have no idea what I'm talking about as far as the football sign, then you understand that John 3:16 is the most quoted and memorized verse of all time. And I would bet you all the change in my pocket right now (I'm poor - don't get your hopes up) that you could quote John 3:16 out loud for me. But could you quote Luke 9:23 off the top of your head? And even if you can, I'm sure you'd rather quote John 3:16 instead!
We, in our culture, love the idea of being saved. But we don't like the idea of having a master. "Follow me" back in Jesus' day was more than just an invitation to a play date for follow the leader. It was a call to surrender your life and everything you have to literally go where the master went and do what the master did. Today, we're training people to get saved and to be forgiven of their sins, but when we get into the baptistry, we are doing so much more than just swimming, we are making a commitment. We are deciding to follow Jesus wherever He goes, and there is no turning back! Are we training people to follow Jesus and make HIM their master when they are baptized? Because Jesus says this in Luke 9:23, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Jesus calls the shots once you follow Him; He is in the driver's seat. We let Him control our lives. Once we leave the baptistry we are supposed to live no longer in control of our own lives but instead letting the Master take control. Everyone wants a savior, but not everyone wants a master. And my question is this: which do you have?
-- Andrew Hicks
(article taken from the Center Hill bulletin, 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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