Repentance is; a relinquishment of a practice through conviction that it is offensive to God. Or turning from one's own way of life to walk in God's way.
Repentance is necessary to receive salvation. Since sin separates one from God, one must turn away from sin (repentance). But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2.
This has been and continues to be a command of God. When Paul was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the men of Athens he included repentance in his preaching. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30. You may be a good person and try to be honest and a good neighbor, but any sin, just one little sin, will separate you from God! God commands ALL men everywhere to repent! You are included in that command. Please understand that without repentance you cannot go to heaven!
Faith must come before repentance. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6. You will not choose to please God by repenting of sins if you do not believe in Him.
Repentance is being sorrowful because of sin, but it goes one step farther changing from sin. Many are sorry they have sinned but will not change their life. For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:8-10.
Some people will look at themselves and others and think because they are better than others, they do not need to repent. Jesus realized people thought like this. Notice: Luke 13:1-3 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Jesus is to be the one we measure ourselves by. All people fall short of perfection. So others may be sinful, but we are commanded to repent or perish! Jesus commanded. That puts an end to the idea that one does not need to repent!
God has commanded repentance so that we will not perish! He has no desire for anyone to be lost. Of course, one must come to God on His terms and not one's own terms! The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.
When one repents, there is a change in their life. John the Baptist told them, Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, Matthew 3:8. An example of what repentance means is given in Ephesians 4:28, Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. This verse points out that repentance is not just quitting sinful things, but doing righteous things.
Do you need to repent? Repentance is not the only command in obedience to God. It is certainly a necessary one. The Lord doesn't desire you to be lost! Christians do not wish you to be lost! You should not desire to be lost! Will you change your life by turning from sin to obey God?
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
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)
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Paul and Penny Summers. Their son, W. Paul Summers, Jr., of Colorado, recently passed away. Our prayers are with this family.
Our sympathy is also extended to Glenda Lancaster and family. Her niece's husband, Eldon Wixson, who lived in Jonesboro, Arkansas, recently passed away. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Clella Whiteside experienced a blood clot in her lung recently. She was treated at the hospital and has now been released. Please keep Clella in your prayers.
Jean Reitenbach is scheduled for back surgery tomorrow, June 1, in Springfield. Please keep Jean in your prayers.
Loyd Sullivan has been having trouble with the pressure in his eye, but he is doing some better. Please continue to keep Loyd and Loretta in your prayers as they both deal with health problems.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Bobby Miller, Debbie King (Jamie Harty's neice's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son)
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Bill Thornberry in General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
This is the Fifth Sunday of the month and all money collected over $2,000 will go toward paying down the building debt.
There will be a Lads 2 Leaders meeting this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come.
William Morrow was baptized on Sunday, May 24. Please welcome William as a new brother in Christ. His address is: 1424 Rosedale in Poplar Bluff; and phone number is 429-3354.
The congregation sent the Paragould Children's Homes three memorial gifts in behalf of the losses of family members by our members. We sent the gifts in behalf of the brother of Mary Jo Fry; Viola Corder, the sister of Curtis Ashby; and W. Paul Summers, Jr., the son of Paul and Penny Summers. Our prayers are with all of these wonderful families.
Bible School Teachers: If you have not yet picked up Teaching Materials for the upcoming quarter, they are available in the Teachers' Workroom. The new quarter for the Sunday morning classes will begin on June 7. For the Wednesday night classes, the first class of the quarter will begin on June 10.
There will be a gospel singing at the Fisk congregation from 2:00 to 3:00 this afternoon. All are invited.
A Fish Fry is planned for the congregation on Saturday, June 6th, at noon. Please bring a side dish or dessert.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Fish Fry for the Children's Homes
at Dexter Church of Christ, June 8
"CRC Day" at Crowley's Ridge College
June 14 - Raising Funds for Bible Dept.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be August 10, 2015. Items needed this quarter are: Bathroom Cleaner (Non-Aerosol), Paper Napkins, HE (High Efficiency) Laundry Detergent, Orange Juice (bottled), Pantyhose, Bathroom Tissue Paper.
Messages to Help Inspire You to Live a Christian Life
Proverbs 29:11 "A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back."
A common misconception about anger is that you should hold it in. However, this is not expressing anger properly. In the above passage the concept of holding it back is given. This is now taught by many leading experts on anger. In the book "Winning over Your Emotions" by H. Norman Wright, there is an entire chapter outlining various methods to hold back anger in order to give us time to deal with it properly.
One quote from the book gives some suggestions for the kind of thoughts or self talk that will help. One of those is "No matter what happens, I know I can learn to control my frustrations and anger. I have this capability because of the presence of Jesus in my life." The idea being, when we allow the teachings of Christ to permeate our thoughts completely then we will look to them to guide us.
other suggestions from the book are:
This may seem strange to you at first, but when you truly want to control the emotion instead of allowing your emotions to run rampant, then you will develop skills like these to assist you.
a Fantastic Day!
Prison Minister, Arnold Church of Christ
Happiness doesn't depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.
(taken from the Corning church bulletin)
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