Who Needs a Physician?
I am sure there are many people who need to consult a physician who will not do so. I guess people think what they don't know won't hurt them. So if they have some kind of a disease, it will be okay unless they go to the doctor. On the other hand, there are people who are not sick, but are constantly going to the doctor. Some people hear that a friend has a disease so they think they have it also!
Jesus said, "...Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Matthew 9:12-13. He was using an illustration about the physical body to teach us a lesson about the spiritual.
Have you examined your association with people? It may be more comfortable to visit those who are spiritually well. It is a relaxing calming visit. It isn't wrong to be around those people. We need that kind of an experience at times.
There are times when we need to help bear the burdens of those who are struggling with a load. We need to be around those who are sinful. They need the influence of a Christian in their life. How can those in darkness see how to live without the light? You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Matthew 5:14-15. Jesus was criticized for eating with tax collectors and sinners. He was with them so they could see the light! He doesn't intend for us to quit associating with the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. John 17:15. Paul told the Corinthians to quit associating with the people living in sin, but not those of the world. He was talking about Christians who were living in sin.
Those who are spiritually sick need to know Jesus and the Bible. You may be the only Bible they see. Be with them, but do not be one of them. When Christians live as sinners, their lights have gone out and they are in darkness. They are not shining their lives for others to see the way to Christ. Christians must stay prepared for living right. We must stay close to Jesus. He said, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12. We must follow Jesus to keep in the light.
Jesus led his disciples to be around those who were not living right! We are His disciples. We must associate with the lost so we can influence them to obey the Lord. Yet, at the same time, we must live pure before them. In doing these things we are taking them to the physician. We would be glad to help one who was physically sick to see the doctor. Jesus was able to heal the illness of the people who walked with him. He is also able to heal the spiritually ill. Let us find those who are suffering from sin and bring them to the Lord.
I am not a medical doctor. I do know several of them who can help with the illnesses of people. I do, and plan to continue to, help those who need to see a doctor. I am not the spiritual doctor, but I know Him. He is Jesus the Son of the living God. He can and will heal the people from sin.
Come to Him, or if you need someone to show you the way, let me or another Christian help you find Him.
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, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), Joe Taylor (Mary Taylor's son), Alma McCray (Donis & Betty's stepmother), Louise Medler (Jean Butler's daughter's mother-in-law), Robert McKee (Patsy Myers' nephew), Melinda Taylor (Bob and Kathy Taylor's daughter), Marie Gilpin (Vernon's sister), Janie Alcock (sister of Ken Ashby)
Our sympathy is extended to the family Susan Sellers, Joane Kelly's cousin. Susan passed away recently. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Sharon Davis, friend of Joane Kelly, has cancer of the stomach and may have to have part of her stomach and esophagus removed. Please keep Sharon and family in your prayers.
Mickey Allen had an angiogram on Wednesday and they found two blocked arteries. He goes back to the doctor this Wednesday. The doctors will try medications first to unblock the arteries. If meds don't work, then stents, then possibly be referred to Barnes Hospital for their opinion concerning possible surgery.
Jack Whiteside has blockages in the arteries in his legs, and his surgery has been rescheduled for February 4. Please keep Jack in your prayers.
Dillin Nelson, fourth grader in the local school system, was recently badly burned on his legs and had skin graft surgery. Please keep Dillon in your prayers. If you would like to send a card, his address is: Dillin Nelson, c/o Sandra Gray, 48 Ripple Lane, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Nadine Barton responded last Sunday asking for prayers for her and her family, and asked for forgiveness if there was anything amiss in her life. Please keep Nadine and her family in your prayers.
Mazie Fowler is home and doing better following a recent stay in the hospital for heart tests. Please keep Mazie in your prayers.
Bo Reeves visited our Wednesday Bible Study and responded asking for prayers. He wants to be back worshiping God and being active in the church again. He lives in Grandin and his address is: P.O. Box 56, Grandin, MO 63943. Phone: 573-714-0908,
Steve Sanders, minister for the Doniphan congregation, at the time of this writing was still in the Cardiac Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Cape.
We don't know of all those in the congregation who may be sick with the flu, but we wish every one of you a speedy recovery.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Harold Shaw, Susan Sellers (Joane Kelly's cousin), Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), 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, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Leoma Owens and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale.
Guest Speakers in Vernon's Absence:
January 25 - Tom Carter & Mark North
February 1 - Travis Quertermous
February 8 - Wesley Morgan (member of the
Vernon and group made it safely to India. Please pray for them as they preach the Word in India that many souls will be brought to the Lord.
Last Sunday night we had a good meeting about the Lads2Leaders, and we are in the process of getting it organized. There are several areas of Christian growth we are going to participate in with each other. We are going to encourage people to be daily Bible readers, to memorize verses, learn to prepare and present Bible lessons, lead singing, learn to teach a Bible class, and to read scriptures in public. Anytime the girls or women are leading, there will not be any men present, as God has instructed in the Bible. There will be special classes for the women and girls.
The elders are overseeing this program. It is not anything different from what we are doing, just a special effort. We will not bypass the authority of the elders at any time and we would like all to participate to whatever extent they would like.
Thank You Note:
Mother's church family can't be thanked and blessed enough for all the calls, visits, flowers and wonderful words of encouragement during her passing. I could go on, but she would not want a fuss made over this, so thanks to everyone.
Ron and Shirley Bowsher
(The Freda Lancaster family)
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
CRC Homecoming, Paragould
Saturday, February 14
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.
The Saloon's Name: "A Bar"
The name of each saloon's a "Bar,"
The fittest of all its names, by far.
A Bar to Heaven, a door to Hell;
Whoever named it, named it well.
A Bar to manliness and to wealth;
A door to want and broken health.
A Bar to honor, pride and fame;
A door to grief and sin and shame.
A Bar to hope, a Bar to prayers;
A door to darkness and despair.
A Bar to a honored, useful life;
A door to brawling, senseless strife.
A Bar to all that's true and brave;
A door to every drunkards' grave.
A Bar to joys that home imparts;
A door to tears and aching hearts.
A Bar to Heaven, a door to Hell"
Whoever named it, named it well.
(taken from the Hickory Ridge bulletin)
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