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HIGHLAND DRIVE CHURCH OF CHRIST

To worship and serve God we:

Teach The Lost, Care For The Needy, Edify The Saved

Phone: (573) 785-2679

E-Mail: hilandcc@mycitycable.com

Fax: (573) 785-1139

www.poplarbluff.churchofchristwebs.com

November 26, 2017

Article from the Minister

The One Church

This statement is humble obedience to what the Lord requires of us. The Bible is from God. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” II Peter 1:20-21. This is true of both the Old and New Testament. In II Peter 3:14-16, Peter speaks of Paul's writings and links them with the rest of the scriptures. The one church will be the one which is following the instructions of the scriptures. Those who are not following the scriptures are not following the Lord. There are many congregations around the world which are the one church. When a congregation chooses not to follow the Bible that church will be lost.

It is necessary to say here, the one church is not perfect people. Christians are of all ages (spiritually) there are weak ones in any congregation. Therefore the one church isn't filled with perfect people. Read I Corinthians to see the one church which has imperfect members.

The one church is one which gives God glory by the name. There are different names given the one church which is in the Bible, I will give just a few examples; church of God, church of Christ, church of the Firstborn. These names do not glorify a human or group of humans. They do not glorify a particular doctrine. There is something in a name. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on the earth, and of those under the earthPhilippians 2:9-10. The one church will have a Bible name – not just a Bible word!

The one church will worship as the Bible directs in the New Testament. The pattern given to us in the New Testament includes praying, singing, partaking the Lord's Supper, giving, teaching/preaching and fellowship with God and fellow Christians. In the New Testament the Lord's Supper and giving were practiced on the first day of the week. (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). The other approved acts of worship were done at any time during the week including Sunday. When a church adds to their worship those things which are not authorized in the New Testament, that is sin and not pleasing to the Lord. It is something which he did not command. When a church does not practice all these acts of worship as authorized in the New Testament, that is sin and not pleasing to the Lord. Therefore any addition or subtraction from God's commands, approved examples and necessary inferences makes that church not the one church!

The one church will teach and practice the organization of the church in the New Testament. Each congregation is under the Head, Jesus the Christ. They will also have elders and deacons. Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops (elders) and deacons. These elders and deacons will meet the qualifications given in the New Testament in I Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.

The one church will be caring for the widows and orphans. “Pure religion and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27. The one church will care for anyone in need. “Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10.

The one church will have members who carry each other's burdens. “Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2.

In order to cover all the one church is to do I would need to reprint the New Testament. I hope you have a copy of the whole Bible. God has given it to mankind for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. He will use His word to judge us, therefore we must strive to be the one church and encourage all other people to be the same. (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Love, Vernon

IN OUR PRAYERS...

Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Mary Mattingly, Ruby Dunn, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly, Larry & Priscilla Spradling, Richard & Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Mary Jo Fry and Bill Fry (Mary Jo's son), Mary Gilley (Judy Curry's mom), Bobby Miller.

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Prayer request:

-Jerry Robertson is in the old Lucy Lee building in rehab. He now has some movement in his right leg. He can have visitors 4:30 -8:00pm.

-Our prayers are with sister Susie Taylor as she goes through these trying times with her sinus cavity cancer. Surgery went well, she is still in a lot of pain and still has a long road ahead of her.

-Vesta Curry had her knee replacement surgery on Wednesday. All went well.

-Johnnie Pinkerton had her first cancer treatment on Wednesday.

-Tracey Tompkins, the son of Tom Tompkins has West Nile Virus and is in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

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DEALING WITH CANCER:

Nadine Barton, Patsy Myers, Tom Huff, Helena Gardner, Susie Taylor, 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), Mary Wagner (Anna Gregory's sister), Danny Kisner (Jean Reitenbach's nephew), Johnnie Pinkerton, (relative of Tommy Williams and Margie Wells).

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CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.

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NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & FAMILY NEWS

Thank You Note

Dear members of the Highland Drive Church of Christ,

Thank you so much for your help and support for the Aransas Pass Church of Christ after hurricane Harvey. Your prayers have meant a lot to us, also.

In Christian Love, Heather & Charles Miller

Tuesday AM Bible class will stop for the winter months.

Teaching material

Next quarters teaching material is in the workroom.

Upcoming Area Events - Check bulletin board in foyer for more information.

Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up

December 4, 2017. Cocoa powder, cold cereal, ranch dressing, soap pads (SOS), snack cakes, canned drinks.

Appreciation Dinner

There will be appreciation potlock dinner for Vernon Curry on December 11 following the morning services.

Pantry Items

Our pantry is running low. We are in need of: dried beans, canned fruit, crackers, cereal, and sugar.

Guest Article

Drinking From My Saucer

 

I've never made a fortune

And it's probable too late now.

But I don't worry about that much,

I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,

I'm reaping better than I sowed.

I'm drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

 

I don't have a lot of riches,

And sometimes the going's tough.

But I've got loved one's around me,

And that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for His blessings,

And the mercies He's bestowed.

I'm drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

 

I remember times when things went wrong,

My faith wore somewhat thin.

But all at once the dark clouds broke,

And the sun peeped through again.

So God, help me not to gripe

About the tough rows that I've hoed.

I'm drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

 

If God gives me strength and courage

When the way grows steep and rough,

I'll not ask for other blessings,

I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy

To help others bear their loads.

Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,

'Cause my cup has overflowed.

-John Paul Moore

via-Hickory Ridge Church of Christ Bulletin – Hickory Ridge AR

SALVATION

HEAR:

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27

BELIEVE:

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

REPENT:

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

CONFESS:

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

BE BAPTIZED:

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

REMAIN FAITHFUL:

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

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Sunday Services

   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.

 

Elders

Tom Carter ………....…........……. 785-7455

Charles Lancaster …....…….......... 785-8748

Mark North .................................. 686-2230

Ralph Nelson ....................... cell # 776-4655

                                          home # 785-7773

Deacons

Lorenzo Sandlin ….....….........…. 785-4118

Stacey Ward ………...….........……718-8198

Minister

Vernon Curry ......................cell#  714-8240

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Highland Drive Church of Christ

1601 Highland Drive

Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

 

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