Valentines February 14 – Love
Love is amazing.
Love prompted God to send his Son to the earth to bring salvation for all men. (John 3:16; Titus 2:11). Why would a perfectly righteous God love mankind? The answer is that God is love! (1 John 4:8).
Love for the Father and for mankind lead Jesus to the cross to die for our sins. He never stopped loving his own. “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” John 13:1.
Love for our fellow man is commanded by God. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was “Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 22:37-39. The love for fellow Christians is stress in 1 John 4:20-21 “If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
You know February 14th Valentine’s day is the love between boys and girls or men and women. The American society has developed the habit of giving candy, flowers and a card to the love of your heart.
The word heart in the Bible is sometimes used in reference to the mind as in Romans 10:9-10. Other times the word heart is used in reference to the emotions as in the above passage in Matthew 22:37.
We talk about having a broken heart! We speak of a heart full of joy or love! Every spouse is to love their spouse with all their heart. The only one to put before your spouse is the Lord. He must always be first in our life! Our children should not come before our spouse. There is no one on earth who is to come before one’s spouse. Read Ephesians 5:25-33! When we love as the Lord has commanded then a lot of our problems will be gone. “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8.
We (people) are strange to each other! I have known couples that many people did not like, yet they were “in love” with each other. Couples who are in love want to spend time together! They want to please each other. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:33 “But he who is married cares about the things of the world--how he may please his wife.”
Ephesians 5:25-33 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Do your best to make every day a “valentine’s day” for your spouse. Yes, even when life is “rough”!
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Joann Godwin, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Eli Kelly (Bill & Jo Ann's grandson). Velma (Mary Taylor's sister).
-Joey Hays, Hazel Weathers grandson passed away. Graveside services were held on Fiday.
-Mark Alexander, son of Cotton and Linda Alexander passed away on Monday. Graveside services were on Thursday.
-Ruby Goodrum, had a stroke a few weeks ago. She is making improvements.
-Phillip Spradling, Robert's brother has throat cancer and will be having treatments. If you would like to send him a card his address is: 5539 Hwy 67 North Poplar Bluff MO 63901.
-Patricia Cole, Penny Davis' mother is in the hospital in Sikeston. She has a lot of medical issues going on at this time and is very weak.
-Karly Mossman, Marilyn Dodge's granddaughter has the flu.
-There are a lot of families dealing with the flu and other illnesses at this time. We wish them all good health soon.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Patsy Myers, Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Lee DuBois (Lou Roach's sister), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Roxanne Carson, member at Green Forest, Phillip Spradling, (brother of Robert Spradling.
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Ruby Goodrum.
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.
The Highland Drive Congregation sent a memorial gift to the Children's Home on behalf of our dear brother, Jack Whiteside. Our prayers are with Cella and the family. Jack will be missed by all.
100th Anniversary Celebration:
The Highland Drive Church of Christ congregation will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary on April 9th, 2017. Ken Hoppe from Crowley's Ridge College will be the speaker. There will be a fellowship dinner after morning services. Anyone with pictures from the Oak Street congregation location and early pictures from the 1960's from the 1601 Highland location, please give them to Mark North.
-Clothing Room is in need of household items for families who have lost everything to a fire. Special needs are: linens, towels, etc.
-Dishes from the funeral are in the foyer at this time. After 2 weeks they will be taken down stairs.
-Next quarters teaching material is in the workroom.
Mark your calendars:
Inspiration 2017 - March 3 & 4.
Annual youth rally at the Dexter Church of Christ. Lonnie Jones is this years featured speaker.
Re-Building The Walls-
West Kentucky Leadership Workshop
March 18, 2017 - Registration 8:00-8:50
22nd Annual Doniphan Ladies Day will be Saturday, April 1, 2017. Registration and
Breakfast 8:30-9:00. Lunch provided.
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up
-February 27. (toilet paper, toothpaste, dishwashing detergent, disinfectant cleaner (non-aerosol), cereal, and marshmallows).
Fill in the blanks:
"Then _____ said to them, "_____ and let _____ ___ of you be _______ in the name of Jesus Christ for the _______ of _____; and you will _______ the _____ of _____ _____." Acts 2:38
A LOVE SO TREMENDOUS
I saw my Savior writhing in pain,
I looked away but looked back again.
HOW could I look away
knowing full well,
HIS suffering and HIS pain
was to save me from Hell.
As I look in His eyes
as He suffered on the tree,
His mouth whispered "I LOVE you,"
YES, He was doing it for ME.
A love so tremendous,
A love so true,
He DIED for ME...
AND He died for YOU!
-Catherine J. Carter
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.
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
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