There are many who teach religious doctrine. God warns us about false teachers. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1.
We have examples of false prophets among the people in the Old Testament. One man said he was a prophet and told a man of God just the opposite of what God had told him. He believed the false prophet and it cost him his life. (1 Kings 13:1-32). In second Timothy chapter 4: verse 1-4, false teachers and their doctrines are described. People seek them because they are saying what the people want to hear. Today many people check out different churches until they find one which pleases them. Jesus said, You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32.
The truth is found in the Bible! Everything which God desires for us to know about the spiritual life is there. The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29. This was true under the Old Testament, and now the same is true under the New Testament.
We must be careful with our spiritual life. Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? Hebrews 2:1-4. This is a great warning against drifting away. Many people do drift. They have not made plans to quit the churchGod! They just become lax in doing one thing, then another, and eventually they have drifted away. Each one of us must guard ourselves. When we take note of where we were at one time, then where we are today, we can know if we are drawing closer to God or drifting.
It is the responsibility of fellow Christians to help one another be strong. It is easy to drift with the flow. When driving in water, it is so easy to drive off the road, because we begin to watch the current which is moving. The world around us is moving. It is moving toward the devil. We must be careful not to begin drifting along. Drifting in a boat down a river or across the lake is enjoyable to many people. The temptations of the world will not have warnings written on them, saying, "come with me and go to hell." The truth is still the same as it was when given by God in the first century.
We must be careful how we handle the truth. The goal that God has set forth for the church is the same goal that Jesus had. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10. When we tell the truth of the gospel, our goal is to convert the individual to the Lord. When they obey Jesus, they will receive the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. Because of that goal, we always speak the truth in love. But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- Ephesians 4:15. We must speak the truth. Anything less than the truth does not save or set us free. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32.
Jesus came and died, was buried, and arose from the dead. He is coming again so we must be prepared to meet Him. He has gone to prepare a place for His people.
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Duard and Mary Mattingly, Ruby Dunn, Jerry Robertson, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter, Beverly, Richard and Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Mary Jo Fry, Mary Gilley (Judy Curry's mother), Trace Tompkins (Tom Tompkins' son), Scott Davis, Angie Sandlin, and Bobby Miller.
Anna Gregory had surgery at Southeast Hospital in Cape on Wednesday. Please keep Anna in your prayers as she recovers.
Mazie Fowler had surgery on Friday to remove a blockage in her leg. At the time of this writing, we did not have an update. Please keep Mazie in your prayers as she recovers.
Curtis Ashby was recently moved from the hospital to a rehab facility and is doing much better.
Jean Reitenbach's daughter, Beverly, was to have surgery last week, but her A1C level was not where it should be, so her surgery had to be postponed.
Sherry Smith has been at home with a condition causing her feet to swell. Please keep Sherry in your prayers.
Judy Curry was treated at the emergency room on Tuesday for the intense pain she was dealing with. Please keep Judy in your prayers.
Our sympathy is extended to Bill and Joane Kelly following the death of Joane's nephew, Johnny Stiber. Please keep this family in your prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Tom Huff, Nadine Barton, 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), Brittany MacDowell (grand-daughter of Mac West), Jessica Payne (teacher at Fisk Schools)
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, Barbara Hook are in Westwood Hills; and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.
Please welcome Steven Pierce into our church family. Stephen was baptized last week. We and the angels in heaven rejoice! Steven's address and phone number are: 1271 CR 461, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901; phone - 712-0868.
The congregation sent a memorial gift on behalf of D. J. Minchew's sister, Bobbie Hook, to the Paragould Children's Home. Our prayers are with D. J. and the family.
Your congregation's participation in our grocery pick-up program fulfills the very essence of Jesus' words in Matthew 25:37-40. Your donations are truly being used to help the children who came to the Children's Homes in need of the very basics of life. We know we could not provide these necessities without the generous, faithful support of congregations such as yours, and we are extremely grateful for your dedication to Jesus' mission. Thank you.
Micah Brinkley, Executive Director
Children's Homes, Paragould, Arkansas
UPCOMING AREA EVENTS:
(Please check the bulletin board in the foyer for further information):
"Casting for Kids" Bass Classic fishing tournament, to benefit the Paragould Children's Homes, Saturday, March 31, at Lake Norfolk, Henderson, Arkansas (near Mountain Home).
Ladies Day at the Doniphan Church of Christ, April 7, 2018, with theme "Spring Cleaning."
Bootheel Youth Camp -- Work Day, May 5, 2018, 9:00 am - after lunch. Help is needed to get the Camp ready for the summer sessions.
Show-Me State Bible Lectures at the Branson Church of Christ, Sunday, May 27 through Sunday, June 3, 2018, with theme "Show Me What the Bible Says About ..."
50th Anniversary Celebration of the Bootheel Youth Camp, August 25, 2018.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New Wave TV Channel 18 Wednesday
5pm - In Search of the Lord's Way
5:30pm - Key to the Kingdom
FM 94.5 and 93.3 - AM 930
Minute for the Master - between 2-3pm
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
Lorenzo Sandlin .... ......... . 785-4118
Stacey Ward .... ......... 718-8198
Aaron Sandlin ..................................429-0290
Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901