There are a lot of things that people celebrate. High school seniors are still celebrating the completion of their school. It is a big step to finish attending classes each day and going out into the world to put their education into practice. They will learn much more throughout their lives just as we adults have. I do pray the adult world is gentle with them. I wish for them the success they desire. To all remember to keep God at the center of your life! You can depend on God. You know people may let you down, but God never will. “I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3. Remember to celebrate the death of Christ on your behalf for the remission of your sins. This is to be done each Sunday as you gather with other Christians. Stay faithful to God. When you come to the end of your life he will give you a home in heaven.
The congregation at Highland Drive is planning to celebrate being debt free this year. The elders have made the decision to pay the building off in July. Everyone has been a part of the success of making the payments on time – even ahead of time. The loan was made for twenty-five years. It has not even been half that time and the debt will be paid in full. A definite date has not been set for the celebration but it will follow the completion of the payments. No decision has been made about how to celebrate. You may be thinking of suggestions. Someone has suggested putting verses from the Bible in helium balloons and releasing them as a part of this celebration. Someone has suggested burning of the note. Another suggestion is to have a meal together. Think about it.
While the debt was being paid off the congregation has concentrated its efforts along that line. Now, we are looking forward to evangelism in our area as well as other parts of the United States and maybe the world. Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." We certainly must teach the gospel to our community. People are dying every day without salvation in our area. I know that most people say that everyone is going to heaven. God does not say that. He says, “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21. Brothers and Sisters the Gospel plan of salvation is plain. God is plain that anyone not obeying His gospel plan will not be saved. It is time for us to change our thrust and get more diligent in teaching the lost. God loves them and wants them to be saved. We are his messengers for the gospel. Let us teach it to the lost.
We celebrate our common faith many times each week. We meet on Sunday morning at 9 o’clock for Bible classes, 10 o’clock for the worship service and in the evening at 5 o’clock. Wednesday evening is another time for Bible classes at 7 o’clock. We must also mention our Tuesday morning Bible class at 10 A.M. Then the Wednesday morning devotional at the nursing home at 10 A.M. Different groups meet for coffee or to enjoy playing games with each other at different times during the week. Many people visit in others homes just for a private visit. We have something in common – our faithful obedience to the Lord.
Celebrate life with your physical families. Always remember your spiritual family. God is the Father of the spiritual family. Jesus bought us with His blood.
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Marilyn Dodge, Flo Lombardo, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Kassidi Lands (Kathy Harty's great niece), Claude Lowe, Clella Whiteside, Marissa (Daughter of Loretta Neill & Steve Aguilar),
Halie Havok Age 20 (Dennis & Kathy Harty's Grandaughter) The doctor found a mass on her thyroid and they are doing more tests.
Nellie Cude passed away on Friday May 20th. She is the aunt of JoAnn Lansford. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Lloyd Sullivan had eye surgery on May 24th. He is home and doing well. Please keep him in your prayers.
We received a note from Gale Meentomeyer asking for prayers for her. She is scheduled for cataract surgery June 1st and she ask that her faith be strengthened.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum, Tammy Howell, (Nellie Wagner's daughter), Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty)
Della Garris (Friend of Joyce Sandlin)
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, & Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain
Work day at Bootheel Youth Camp June 4th, 9am till ..... Lunch will be furnished.
Children's Homes, Annual Semo Fish Fry June 13th at 6pm at Dexter Church of Christ Fellowship Building.
Lyndal Joplin wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers concerning his vision problems. His exam indicated mini stokes had affected his vision. No surgery is needed at this time.
We have heard from Larry and Priscilla they have tentative plans to return next month.
Who Is This Person?
Answers for last weeks riddle:
#1 Kathy Knowles
#2 Judy Curry
Person 1 -
I have 3 children.
Born in Arkansas.
I have 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
I collect junk.
I am a woman.
Person 2 -
I love to camp.
I used to jump out of planes.
Born in Missouri.
Married 55 years.
Retired from postal service.
I am a man.
Growing Up Into Christ,
The Importance of Family
Picture this Scene. A little baby boy is born in a hospital and everyone is so excited. However, when it comes time to take him home, the parents say, “we think he should stay here with you.” While such would never happen to a child born into a loving or even semi-loving family; the question is why? The answer is because we all realize that a baby needs a home. A place to be nourished, protected, cared for and loved. A
place to grow and mature.
Thankfully, God has provided the family to serve just such a need. If only there was a place where the new-born child of God could go to find something similar! A Home and a Family. A Place where they could be nourished, protected and loved. A place where they could grow and mature. Now that I think about it, I think that there is such a place. It is called the local church and family of God.
It is in the context of this family setting that we find the following exhortations. “Exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb.3:12-14). “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Heb.10:24). The “one another” passages of the
NT can only truly be fulfilled in the context of the local assembly of believers.
Thus, when it comes to the subject of spiritual growth, which God expects of each one of us, God has not left us alone. God knew that on our own we would be much more vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy and the lures of the world. Thus, in addition to the Word and Prayer, God has blessed each of us with a spiritual family in which we can find everything we need to grow into spiritually healthy and mature Christians. From a practical standpoint, God’s provisions for us as members of His family (belonging, support and encouragement) are realized in the fellowship of a local congregation of the Lord’s people.
It is in such arrangements that we can be under the oversight, guidance and protection of a group of elders whose job it is to watch out for our souls. It is in the local church that we can remain in close contact with like-minded and like-purposed individuals. It is in the local church that we can be encouraged in our struggles, applauded in our victories and admonished when needed.
It is as a part of a local body of believers that we have access to all these blessings and more and thus it amazes me that I have actually had people argue with me about the importance and/or need of being a part of a local church.
To appropriate God’s blessing of the local family we must first join ourselves to a local collection of believers in Christ and then we must become involved in the life, worship, work and fellowship of that group.
It is in this area that I want to close by considering 2 Important Truths. First, unlike the physical world, in the church we do get to choose which family to be a part of. However, when you choose that work then be a part of it—there is too much “church hopping” in the church today. Second, as is true in the physical family, we can isolate ourselves from our spiritual family and thus lose the blessings and provisions of being in that family to begin with, so stay connected.
In the local church we should not only find love, support and encouragement as we seek to grow and mature in our walk with God, but we also have the opportunity and responsibility to give such back to others. Thank God for the Family.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice
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