Slavery isn't always just one race of people. Many times prisoners of war were made slaves with no regard for their race. Slavery is when one person owns another person. Many years ago the American Civil War was fought. President Lincoln freed the slaves. America is not the only country that has dealt with slavery. I agree with a lot of other Americans that slavery does not seem to be right. Have you studied the Bible on the subject? In the Old Testament God deals with how slaves are to be treated! He does not condemn slavery. Look up the word slave, or in some translations the word servant. God is very plain about treating even those who are owned with kindness.
When Paul was writing to Philemon, he instructed him of his relationship to his slave, Onesimus. For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave--a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. Philemon 1:15-16. The instruction is to treat him as a brother. Paul's instruction to the Christians at Corinth. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 1 Corinthians 7:21. There are more instructions for slaves. Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Ephesians 6:5-8.
God through Paul does give instructions to masters. And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Ephesians 6:9. The Lord is over all whether master or slave. All can become Christians. All must become Christians the same way. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:27-29. All who hear, believe, repent, confess and are baptized for the remission of sins are Christians. The requirements are the same for all. All are brothers and sisters in the same church. All are in fellowship with each other and the Lord.
Sin is anything which is condemned by God. He tells us what sin is in the Bible. To live in sin is to be a slave of sin. Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:16. Many slaves were able to buy their freedom. Other people would buy a slave and give them their freedom. Sin is something one can only escape by becoming a slave to God. God has paid the price already for the freedom from sin. Paul told the Corinthians For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:20.
We will be reminded that July 4th is more than family, barbecue, or boating. This is a fact. That day has been set aside by our country to remember the freedoms we enjoy. The Lord reminds us that Sunday is more than resting, recreation, even more than ball games. Sunday is a time when Christians worship God and fellowship with each other.
Be free from sin and a slave to righteousness. Righteous living brings eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
Leoma Owens, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), David Barton, Loyd and Loretta Sullivan, LouEllen Goin, and James Carr (Debbie Ward's father)
Ruby Dunn, at the time of this writing, was in the local hospital being treated for pneumonia.
Ralph Nelson is to have eye surgery on Monday, July 6, at Cape.
Hazel Weathers had a cataract eye procedure recently which went well. She will have the same procedure on the other eye on July 6.
David Mills has asked for prayers; for pain he is having in his feet, and other medical issues.
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), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son)
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby and Loretta Sullivan in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Bill Thornberry in General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
Casey Grant, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, will be our guest speaker on July 12 (in Vernon's absence).
A memorial gift was sent to the Children's Home in behalf of Kenny Huggins, Sandy Huggins' husband, Clella Whiteside's son-in-law, and Bobby and Tommy Tompkins' brother-in-law. Our prayers are with all of the family.
If you would like to send a card to Sandy Huggins, her address is: Hwy N 242, Qulin, MO 63961
Marvella Howe has been moved by family members to a home in Michigan.
Vacation Bible School will be July 20 - 22, from 6:30 to 8:10 each evening. Please invite everyone to come. If you are willing to teach a class, help with refreshments, etc., please see Vernon. Thank you.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Summer Youth Series - Theme: "The Truth About Truth"
July 20 - Shady Acres in Sikeston
July 27 - Green Forest
August 3 - Jackson
August 10 - Dexter
Ladies Day - "Spotting the Godly Ladies"
September 12 at Arnold
Holding God's Name Hallowed
The disciples of Christ came asking, teach us to pray. We all know the prayer. The first petition in the Lord's Prayer is Hallowed be Thy Name. Jesus is saying, the first thing to pray for is that The Father be regarded as Holy, Holy, Holy. Yahweh. I am who I Am. God. Jehovah. Lord. Creator. Sovereign. Deity. What do you suppose would happen if we really held the name of God Hallowed?...
HALLOWED IN OUR COUNTRY.
The United States is becoming anti-Christian. The America that was once concerned with religion, Christian faith, and practice is fading into selfish humanism. We are being told that we are no longer a Judeo-Christian nation. Disturbing! But perhaps its true. There are social, political, and theological forces at work in our country that few if any of us can even begin to understand.
We have all been touched by it. For instance, if YOU were asked to re-write the Constitution of the United States, what ten laws would you select to be the basis of all others? Would you begin with the demand that the Name of God be respected? Him first? No substitutes? His Name not be verbally violated. His day be celebrated? Would coveting and sexual purity be among our top ten? We must admit that we have conformed to worldly thinking. We must return God to His rightful place in our nation and in her laws. The only way we can restore this foundation nationally is for each of us to hold Him to be holy in our personal lives. Amen?
HALLOWED IN OUR CHURCHES.
If the church does not hold God's Name Hallowed, who will? Who will indeed? God works through His people. The Church must be distinctively different from the world or it is not the Church. Have we forgotten our basic Greek? Ecclesia is "called out"--"called out for a specific purpose." Peter said, a peculiar people showing forth the promises of God. There is no other organization on earth commissioned to hold His Name Hallowed. We do it by being a church family faithful to The Book. His Will, His Word, must be held as the highest authority, and never replaced with personal feelings, political correctness, human reasoning, tradition or experience. Amen?
HALLOWED IN SELF.
Existentialism holds that there is no authority higher than self and our own personal preferences. Humanism teaches that truth is personal and relative. There is my truth and your truth, but no absolute truth. During the time of the Judges, the nation of Israel was in disarray; they lost their political confederacy and were generally in a state of spiritual bankruptcy. This was Israel's Dark Ages, brought on by existentialism and selfishness. Scripture put it in these words, Every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Our churches will not change, our country cannot change until we return God to His rightful place in our individual lives. Amen?
The bottom line is this We must place the preferences of God before our own. He must be returned to His rightful place in our personal ethics, in our marriages, our homes, at work, in our entertainment choices. Awe, respect, reverence for God is personal. Faith is personal. Salvation is personal. Sometimes I see brethren become overly concerned with the actions of others. They get upset at family, preachers, elders, fellow Christians, working companions; when the focus first, foremost, and forever should be on self. The question is Is God hallowed in MY life?
I call you to pray daily that God's Name be regarded as Holy in our nation, our churches and in self. We must fall on our knees and petition; Hallowed be Thy Name.
Randall Caselman, Bella Vista Church of Christ (taken from church website)
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