Be A Doer
We all have aspirations -- things we seek to accomplish in our lifetime. While those hopes and dreams differ from one person to another, they are no less paramount. With every goal we set, there must be preparation made. No goal will ever be accomplished or dream realized by accident. No one wakes up one day and stumbles across for what they had hoped. It takes a well-organized, well-produced plan. Therefore, most people take the time to iron out the details of their lives; charting the course that must be taken in order to actualize their goals. Even so, most people expect some measure of opposition, frustration, and struggle along the way; and thus they resolve within themselves to make the necessary sacrifices to lay hold of it. And while these steps are crucial to our success, they are simply glorified intentions. The difference between those who aspire and those who accomplish is follow through.
Notice what the Bible has to say about following through in the passages below. James 1:22-25, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."
I John 3:16-19, "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him."
Therefore, if we aspire to be more like Christ; learn of His ways, His teachings, His life and ministry. Take the time to read, study, and understand His expectations. However, understand that knowledge alone is not the goal. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. If we aspire to be a servant and see a brother or sister in need, don't simply wish them well. The love you have for them should compel you to action. Do something about it. Help them shoulder their burden. Walk a mile with them. Be a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, and an ear that will listen. In so doing, the Bible says that we will be blessed in what we do, and shall assure our hearts before God.
Plans and preparation are vital as it pertains to meeting and achieving our long-term goals and aspirations. We must take the time to develop and coordinate a manageable and realistic plan. However, understand that while you may have the best of intentions, you may have the desire, and even a well-constructed plan; those things alone do not constitute action. Above all, we must follow through. We must be a doer.
via - Jeremy Tucker - The Reminder - Dexter Church of Christ.
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).
Tom Huff - will have another lobe in his liver mapped in a few weeks and then have a follow-up treatment shortly after the mapping.
Irvin Carr - Debbie Ward's Uncle, he has cancer and has been placed on hospice care.
Carla Dowdy - Jamie Harty's sister is improving after her operation. She is still weak and in some pain.
Bobby Miller - is having some health issues. Please keep Bobby in your prayers.
Velma Fortin - Mary Taylor's sister passed away. Her services were Saturday, August 12.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
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), Irvin Carr (Debbie Ward's Uncle).
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.
A ladies friendship circle is being formed for the remainder of 2017. If you are interested in participating, please fill out one of the forms located on the table in the foyer and drop it into the jar. We will have a brief meeting after services on Sunday night, August 13th to draw names. If you have any questions, see Debbie Ward for more details.
We have purchased congregational business cards for all members who would like to have 6 to 10 cards a piece. They will be on the front foyer table for distribution. Please take some. Mark North
Thank You Note
To our friends at Highland Drive Church of Christ. Thank you all for praying for mom while she was sick and thank you for praying for us now. We appreciate you all. We find peace in knowing that mom is with the Lord. Also thank you for sending cards, they brought a smile to her.
Rick & Teresa Davis and Eunice Condict Family
John & Bridget Jeter are the parents of a baby girl. Flora Margo was born on August 1st. They live in Bristol, Virginia.
Charles Lancaster 300-5079
Glenda Lancaster 785-8748
10th Annual BYC Benefit Fish Fry & Silent Auction - August 26 - Auction from 11am to 1pm - Begin eating at noon.
-Our gospel meeting will be November 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Brother Ted Spencer from the Sparta, Missouri Church of Christ outside of Ozark, MO will be our speaker. It will be a great 3 days.
-23rd Annual Southeast Missouri Lectureship - Sunnyview Church of Christ Farmington Mo - Saturday, August 26th. - 8:30am to 3pm.
-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.
-Freed-Hardeman University - RUSH 2017 - September 29 - October 1. See bulletin board for more information.
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up
-December 4, 2017. Fabric softener sheets, Velveeta cheese, Rotel, Steak sauce, Band-aids, Evaporated milk.
A Bible Answer
-Watch "A Bible Answer" on Sunday Channel 12 at 8am or anytime at www.abibleanswertv.org.
A Solid Foundation
Earthquakes capture the interest of the world. The tragedy is indescribable. Homes, office buildings, and highways were built and people were assured they were safe. Yet the buildings and roadways have proven to be extremely unsafe. Great damage was done and lives were lost as a result.
Almost 2,000 years ago Jesus said we are wise if we build on a firm foundation, the solid rock. Matthew 7:24-27 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these saying of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." To do this, He said we are to hear the Word of God and fully obey.
Many people may feel they have built their house (spiritual life) upon the solid rock of Jesus Christ, but actually they may have their eternity determined by what a preacher teaches, a creed book says, or what friends or family believe. Friend, lets follow and obey Jesus Christ.
via - Paul Sain
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