What good is it?
The things which God has created such as the many plants, surely have some good use. I do not know what each one is good for! I am reminded of a weed that a homeowner saw one year. The person asked someone who knew if this weed was poisonous. They were told no it is edible. The homeowner cooked some but the taste was bad. So they told the other person. The person responded saying, “Just because it is edible doesn’t mean you are going to like it!”
All people are good for someone. Some are not practicing any good in their life. In order for God to use you, you must submit to Him. When you are putting yourself first, then God can’t use you. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. We sing a song which shows the different stages of submission. The first verse expresses the idea, “All of self and none of thee.” The second verse “Some of self and some of thee.” The third verse, “Less of self and more of thee.” The fourth verse, “None of self and all of thee.” God cannot use a person who does not submit to Him.
So if God does use you, what good are you? If you move or die, will someone need to do more than they are doing now to take up the work you are doing? There are many things to do in the service of the Lord. Notice the things Jesus mentions. I have underlined this to call your attention to them. Ask yourself, “Am I doing these things?”
Reading and studying the Bible is necessary so we know how to please God. We receive our faith from God’s word. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. When you have faith it must motivate you to actions! “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:17. We know the good that comes from studying the Bible – we have faith. “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” James 2:14-16.
Examine yourself! Make the necessary adjustments in your life to please the Lord. Those who please the Lord will live with Him in heaven – eternally!
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Joann Godwin, Mary Mattingly, Margie Wells family, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Eli Kelly (Bill & Jo Ann's grandson), Patricia Cole (Penny Davis' mom).
-Billie & Claude Lowe are not able to come to worship because of weakness & stumbling.
-Jean Reitenbach has requested prayers for herself and her daughter, Beverly.
-Penny Davis' mom, Patricia Cole has been placed in a nursing home at this time. Penny has requested prayers for herself and her mom.
-Mary Taylor's sister, Velma, she has liver cancer and is in the hospital in Virginia.
-Ralph Nelson's uncle, Chester Nelson, was in the John Cochran Hospital with congestive heart failure. He is now at home.
-Anvil Stracener, is a member of the church in Arkansas. He has been a preacher for over 50 years. He is currently in the VA Hospital on the fourth floor and would like to have visitors.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, 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), Sue Hover (friend of Anna Gregory).
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
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.
Debbie Sandlin would like to meet with any ladies that would be interested in helping with preparation for the meal on April 9th. This will only take a few minutes to discuss menu and time and date. We will meet after evening services on April 2nd.
Minute for the Master
The church has a radio spot, "Minute for the Master" on KKLR 94.5, KWOC 930 AM and KWOK FM 93.3. - 2 to 3pm daily.
Thank You Notes:
Thank you Highland Drive church more than we can say for the wonderful party. A special thanks to the ladies who served and decorated. Love you all, Curtis and Georgia
Thank you for your prayers and phone calls. Everything went well and the doctor said the biopsy should come back okay with no problems. Sondra Whitmer
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. Tom Martin, the Elders, and others will be speaking during our Bible class.
Congregational Fish Fry
There will be a Fish Fry for the Highland Drive congregation on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at noon. Ladies please bring side dishes and desserts. This congregational dinner will be held to honor our 2017 graduating seniors, and to honor all of those who teach classes at Highland Drive Church of Christ.
Mark your calendars:
Bernie Church of Christ - March 26-29 - Johnny Hester.
22nd Annual Doniphan Ladies Day will be Saturday, April 1, 2017. Registration and Breakfast 8:30-9:00. Lunch provided.
Hillcrest Church of Christ - Paragould AR - April 1-2. Saturday 8-1, Sunday 9-11.
Special Speaker Series:
Arnold Church of Christ - April 2-5 - Todd Clippard.
Parks Hills Church of Christ - Speaker - Linda Roberts. April 29th.
Pressing On - Youth Rally - Saturday, April 29th. Registration begins at 8:30 - Central Church of Christ, Paducah KY. Keynote speaker - Ryan Scherer
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up
-May 22, 2017. Cold cereal, cookies, cooking spray, flavored instant oatmeal packets, grated Parmesan cheese, HE (high efficiency) laundry detergent.
Look For The Good
Look for the good in others,
Each has plenty to find;
Some are lost in the darkness,
Some are completely blind.
Blind to the way of goodness,
Weary, and deaf and weak;
Such is the soul to reach for,
Such is the soul to seek.
Hold out your hand to others,
Show them our Lord is true,
And, through the joy of service,
You will grow stronger, too!
via - On the Spur of the Moment -
by Mary Oler
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