How close can you come to success and still fail? Why do some people succeed and others who seemingly are doing the same thing fail? I guess I am asking -- what is the secret to succeeding?
In the Bible God tells us about the lives of some people who were successful and some who were failures. Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: 'The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:16-21. The man in the above passage may have considered himself to be successful. The neighbors may have considered him to be successful. God considered the man a fool because he was not rich toward God. How close to success was this man? Remember the rich young man who came to Jesus asking, What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life.? Jesus told him to keep the commandments. He responded that he had kept these from his youth. So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." Luke 18:22. The man had good morals. He seemed to be the kind of person we would like for a neighbor or friend. He too may have been considered successful in material life. One thing kept him from eternal life. How close are you to success? Is there one thing standing in your way?
The success of Job was his faithfulness to God. He had some very devastating experiences -- the loss of all his animals and the death of all his children. He lost his health. He still remained faithful to God. Others thought he was being punished for wickedness. His wife told him to curse God and die. When all his troubles (which were caused by Satan) were over, God blessed him once more even greater than before. His success came from perseverance. He did not give up his faith. He was successful because he did not let the riches (or the loss) keep him from faithfulness to God.
Inventors many times are not successful on the first try. Their success comes because they keep on. All Christians sin, but do not plan on sinning. Some fail in living for God because they quit. Christians are told to add to their life, But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:5-7. We are told if we continue in these things we will never fall. The devil is persistent. He will never give up. If you give up then he has won. When you sin you must repent and ask the Lord to forgive you. Remember when Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray he said, And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13. We know the need to be faithful to the Lord. We also know the need to ask for His help to resist the devil. When we resist the devil, he will flee from us. And when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. (James 4:7-8).
Your success may be just one time away. Stay faithful to God. Go to heaven.
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)
Gary Curry, at the time of this writing, was in the psychiatric ward of St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. Please remember Gary in your prayers.
Judy Curry had a check-up last week in St. Louis and was diagnosed with Ramsey-Hunt Syndrome, which is a nerve condition. She was told she might continue to see some improvement in the next year and a half. Please keep Judy in your prayers.
Freda Lancaster has been to a specialist in Cape and was told she had a mass on her lung. The test they did was inconclusive and she has an appointment with a pulmonary surgeon on September 3. Please keep Freda in your prayers.
Don Magill recently had a stroke, and at the time of this writing was still in the local hospital. He is to be moved to a facility to undergo therapy.
Marion West, Mescal West's husband, recently had a stroke, and he is in rehab now in the old Lucy Lee Hospital building. Please keep Marion and Mescal in your prayers.
Betty Britton, coworker of Inis Kearbey, at the time of this writing, was in the hospital in St. Louis and has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Betty would appreciate our prayers.
Kathy Fox, coworker of Michelle Garner, has cancer and is going to have to quit work because of the seriousness of the condition. Please keep Kathy in your prayers.
Debbie Ward's uncle, Ervin Carr, is to have surgery in the near future to have part or all of his stomach removed because of cancer. Please keep Ervin in your prayers.
Julie Pinkerton, cousin of Tommy Williams, is home now from the hospital and doing better, but is still taking treatments.
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; Margaret Donica, Leoma Owens, and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale; and Warren Kaufhold (Gail Magill's father) in Mark Twain.
The congregation is invited to a joint Birthday Party for Edna Merle and U. L. Smith this afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00, here in our Fellowship Room. They have requested no gifts.
Tim and Cindy Smith
Bible School Teachers - Reminder - the new quarter starts September 7.
We welcome our new sister in Christ, Connie Norden, who was baptized recently. Connie's address, phone number, and birthday are:
3005 Warrior Lane, Apt 1
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Birthday: July 3
Highland Food Pantry
If you would like to help in restocking the Pantry, items needed are: canned meats, crackers, cereal, canned vegetables, soup, peanut butter, jelly, dried beans, rice, canned or powdered milk, juice, mac/cheese mixes, or other non-perishable items.
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
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.
Just Make Yourself ~
Dr. Paul Faulkner once said, "Sometimes you have to grab your 'wanter' by your 'willer' and just get busy." In other words you must simply get up and do what needs to be done. Everything in life isn't fun, or easy, or pleasant. Who really likes to clean a commode?
Confront a brother who is in error, visit the sick, go to a nursing home. These things are not easy to do; but do them, we must, if we are to please the Lord! There is a vast difference between standing on the promises and simply sitting on the premises. Who said that warming a pew is all that living a life for Christ is about?
The story of the Good Samaritan is about caring and compassion. But the first thing and the most important thing he did was to care enough to stop. Do you think it was fun or pleasant for him to bind the wounds of a stranger or to pay for his needs while he got well?
Christianity is not a spectator sport. It isn't a part of one's life; it is life for the Child of God.
(taken from the Corning church bulletin)
Sometimes our lives seem to only have burdens and no joy or carefree moments. This is never true, but because of our thinking it feels that way. Know that Christians will help carry your burdens and God says to cast your care on Him. Love, Vernon
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