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Teach The Lost, Care For The Needy, Edify The Saved

Phone: (573) 785-2679

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September 17, 2017

Article from the Minister

Have You Forgotten

Have you forgotten all the reasons Moses gave to the Lord for not doing what the Lord commanded. One of his reasons was that he could not talk good. So the Lord provided his brother Aaron for his mouth. One reason was the people might not believe him. Another reason was he did not know which God was sending him! Have you forgotten he went anyway and was a success?

Do you remember Joseph? All the things which happened to him! His brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites. They sold him to Potiphar. He did not believe Joseph and put him into prison. The butler forgot about Joseph for two yeas after he was released. These are some of the bad things. Did Joseph give up? Remember he became second in power in Egypt. Have you forgotten he was a success?

Have you forgotten Saul of Tarsus? He was a young man who held the coats of those who stoned Stephen. He was persecuting the church more than others his equal. He had letters giving him permission to go to Damascus to persecute more Christians. Jesus talked with him. He became a believer and went into the city so he could learn what Jesus wanted him to do. He prayed for three days and nights neither eating or drinking. He became a success. He established many churches of Christ. He wrote thirteen books of the 27 which comprised the New Testament.

Have you forgotten that Peter told the Lord that He would not die. He told Jesus he was ready to die with him. He told Jesus he would never betray Him. Remember the night of Jesus' trials that Peter denied Jesus three times. Peter preached the first sermon to the Jews (Acts 2) and the first gentiles (Acts 10). He was a success.

What is our excuse for not obeying the Lord? Are His commandments just too much for us? Are we too bad? Are we to weak in the faith? Are we putting off until a good time? What is the answer?

Let us pray; Our heavenly Father, we praise You. We realize that from You all blessings flow. There are times when we are weak and doubtful of Your power. Let us remember You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Please grant us wisdom so we may know how to carry out Your commands. We know that Your commands are eternal life. Give us the courage to move forward with Your work. We pray that we will always be faithful to You. We know the Bible is our guide. May we never stray from Your truth.

Father, we are weak. We know there are times when we have not done the things which You have commanded. We ask You to be merciful to us and forgive us of these sins. May we be more diligent to obey. We know Father, there are times when we do things which You have condemned. We ask forgiveness of these sins as well.

Help us to grow in love for You and for our fellow man. We know if we are obeying You we are loving You. Dear Lord, May we take the time to study and search the scriptures so we know them for our own salvation. We desire to know them so we can teach salvation to others also. May we teach the truth with love. Please open the hearts of those we teach so they will be receptive of the truth. Help us to use the Gospel as Your power to save the lost. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

What are your thoughts about doing the will of God? Are you willing? Several times Paul asks the people to pray for him. We certainly need to pray for each other and ourselves so we can carry out the will of God. We must trust in His power...the gospel for the way to convert the world. It is the same gospel that keeps us strong and faithful to Him.

Love Vernon


Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Mary Mattingly, Ruby Dunn, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly, Larry & Priscilla Spradling, Richard & Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Mary Gilley (Judy Curry's mom), Bobby Miller, Aiden Sandlin.


Prayer request

Melba Sowell – was in a accident Sunday evening. She has a compressed fracture in her back. Has been in a lot of pain but is doing a little better at this time.

Aiden Sandlin – has not received any information on test results.

Bob Taylor – has Rocky Mountain fever, red blood cell count is down and he also has an MRI on Friday in Cape on his shoulder.



Nadine Barton, Patsy Myers, Tom Huff, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Phillip Spradling, (brother of Robert Spradling), Sue Hover (friend of Anna Gregory), Mary Wagner (Anna Gregory's sister).


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.



Hurricane Contribution

The congregation has sent a check for $6,100 to a small congregation in Aransas Pass, TX. This is money which individual Christians of Highland have generously given to help brethren rebuild their homes and the church building. I talked with the minister, Don O'Herde and he expressed their appreciation for the help. It is a blessing to Christians of both congregations. We commend the congregation for your concern and generosity.

The Elders

News from the Children's Home:

The Children's Home at Paragould sent a letter stating the the Highland Drive congregation had contributed $1,000 from January 1 to August 30. Their annual Fish Fry Open House will be on September 30, program will start at 10:30 with meal being at 12. If you have change cans we will take them at this time. They are also in need of house parents and are raising money to purchase a truck to use in picking up the food from area congregations.

New Address:

Cindy Mathis

640-9 CR 468 Poplar Bluff MO

Upcoming Area Events - Check bulletin board in foyer for more information.

Ladies Days

-Annual Bootheel Ladies Retreat – September 22-23. “Lord, Fill My Cup” Hosted by the ladies of the Bernie congregation. $20 for both days – Preregister by September 4th. Details on bulletin board.

-Fall Ladies Day – Curry Street Church of Christ West Plains Mo – September 23, 9:30 (lunch provided after program). Please RSVP by September 18. “I Knew You From The Womb”

-”What's in your suitcase? Central Church of Christ Paducah KY -September 23 – 8:30. Speaker: Erin Wells.

-Piedmont Church of Christ Ladies Day – October 7 – 8:30. Speaker Kim Kemnitzer. Lunch provided – RSVP to 573-223-7297.

Youth Rally

-Freed-Hardeman University – RUSH 2017 September 29 – October 1. See bulletin board for more details.

-Youth Rally conducted by Crowley Ridge College, Paragould AR. Magill Farm in Puxico MO. October 21 – Begins at 1pm with evening meal and hayride to follow.

Gospel Meetings

-Central Church of Christ, Paducah KY – September 17-20. - Speaker Eric Owens.

-Our gospel meeting will be November 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Friday and Saturday nights will be at 7pm. Sunday at 10am and 5pm.. Brother Ted Spencer from the Sparta, MO will be our speaker. It will be a great 3 days.

Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up

December 4, 2017. Cocoa powder, cold cereal, ranch dressing, soap pads (SOS), snack cakes, canned drinks.

Guest Article

The Greatest Book

The Bible is no ordinary book. Human skill or genius just do not explain it. It shines with a heavenly glory.

John Ruskin said that the book of Job was the world's greatest poem. Charles Dickens judged the parable of the Prodigal Son as the greatest short story ever written. The phrase “the greatest” well describes the book we call the Bible.

The Bible survived countless enemies. Voltaire predicted that the Bible would become extinct within 20 years of his death. Twenty years later, it was Voltaire who was “extinct” not the Bible.

Give yourself an opportunity to know better the world's greatest book. You're invited to attend the worship services of the Church of Christ each Sunday. Bring your Bible and let's learn together.

via – Bill Dillon – Hickory Ridge Church of Christ



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


Sunday Services

   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

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Poplar Bluff, MO 63901


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