To What Do You Yield?
God made all things. Most things do not have a choice between good and evil. When God placed man in the Garden of Eden, he was given a choice. Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." Genesis 2:15-17. We do not know how long they chose to follow God's instruction. They had a choice. Eventually they made the wrong choice and listened to the serpent. Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:4-6. They were tempted. The woman saw the tree was good for food and pleasant to the eye. You know that evil isn't always distasteful and ugly. Look around you; the temptations of evil are not revolting. You still must make a choice. To what will you yield?
Ananias, with Sapphira, knew it was wrong to lie. When they sold their possession, they desired to keep part of the money. They desired for people to believe they had given all they received for the property. There was a choice to be made. They decided to keep part for themselves, and still say they were giving it all! Peter told them they could have kept part for themselves. While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." Acts 5:4. It is apparent they loved money. Paul wrote, For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10. Notice the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. For Ananias and Sapphira it caused them to lie. This lie caused their death. Lying will cause a soul to be lost. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelation 21:8. You have the choice to follow God or evil. The sins which are mentioned will cause one to be cast into the lake of fire. You have the choice to be righteous or evil. To what will you yield?
Naaman, the Syrian warrior, had a choice to obey God and wash seven times in the Jordan river. He was healed just as the prophet said. He made the correct choice. Gehazi, servant to the prophet, lied to Naaman and asked for gifts. This lie caused him and his descendants to have leprosy. Again, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. No doubt Gehazi was pierced through with many sorrows! You have the choice to be righteous or evil. To what will you yield?
Saul of Tarsus had a choice to make. Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He had a vision! He still had the choice to obey or disobey. He obeyed! "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, Acts 26:19. The first day the gospel was preached, about three thousand people made the choice to obey the gospel. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Acts 2:41. You have the choice to be righteous or evil. To what will you yield?
Leoma Owens, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, David Barton, Loyd and Loretta Sullivan, LouEllen Goin, Marilyn Dodge, James Carr (Debbie Ward's father), Flo Lombardo, Mary Ault, Edna Kenser, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Betty Hewlett Archer (sister-in-law of Sharon Hewlett), James and Joann Godwin, Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson, Ruby Goodrum, Kassidi Lands (Kathy Harty's great niece), Lonnie Goings (Kathy Harty's brother)
Edna Kenser is now in rehab at Westwood Hills Nursing Center.
Brooklyn Sandlin, baby of Brian and Jessica Sandlin, has been released from the hospital and improving following a recent bout with pneumonia. She is being kept at home for a while with no visitors.
Nellie Wagner's daughter, Tammy Howell, needs our prayers. Her cancer has returned - she has a tumor on the brain.
Sandra Huggins, Clella Whiteside's daughter, had surgery recently and is home recuperating.
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Velma Smittle, who passed away recently. Velma was a former member at Highland, and is the sister of Ray Thomas. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Myrtle Willeford recently broke a bone in her foot. She is home recuperating.
Harold Culp, Sandra Cooper's father, has fallen twice recently, and at the time of this writing was in the VA Hospital for rehab.
Priscilla Spradley is home now after recently being in the hospital for observation.
Ralph Holland continues to have health problems. Please keep Ralph in your prayers.
McKenzie Brennan visited last Sunday and requested and reminded us to pray for our nation, and for all those people who are hurting because of the recent terrorist attacks.
Nadine Barton has requested prayers for her son David, as he deals with a lot of health problems.
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), Katherine Batson (Ruby Goodrum's sister-in-law), Betty Hewlett Archer (Sharon Hewlett's sister-in-law), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum, Catherine Ross (wife of a cousin of David Magill and Billie Lowe)
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Bill Thornberry in General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
Today is the 5th Sunday, and all the contribution over $2,500.00 will go toward the building fund debt. The congregation is to be commended for their support in reducing the building debt. At this payment rate, the building debt should be paid off by July, 2016.
Teachers - Class materials for the new quarter are available in the Teachers Workroom. The new quarter starts on Sunday, December 6th, and on December 9th for the Wednesday evening classes.
There will be an appreciation dinner for Vernon Curry on December 6th, after morning services in the fellowship room.
We will meet each second Sunday evening following worship service.
Please contact Aaron Sandlin or Vernon Curry if you would like more information or have any questions about Lads2Leaders.
The Elders plan to meet on Wednesday, December 9th, before services regarding the budget for 2016. If anyone in the congregation would like to talk with them while they are together about any concerns, please contact the office to schedule a time to meet with them that evening.
Highland Food Pantry is in need of restocking. If you would like to help with this, items needed most are: canned vegetables, soup, canned fruit, dry cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, mac/cheese mixes, and bottled juice.
We recently received a letter from one of the Hospice organizations in Poplar Bluff, reminding us of the need for volunteers. If you would like to help in this manner, please call Preferred Hospice at 614-4774, Legacy Hospice at 776-6944, or Four Oaks Hospice at 624-3655. (There may be others we are not aware of).
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Gospel Meeting at Bernie, December 4-6
with speaker, Lonnie Jones
Outreach Seminar, at Fruitland in Jackson
Saturday, December 5
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be February 22. Items needed this quarter are: Cold Cereal, Bottled Apple Juice, Non-Aerosol Bathroom Cleaner, Aluminum Foil, All-Fabric Bleach, and Rubber Gloves.
SOME THINGS TO THINK ON
Never neglect daily prayer. When you pray, remember that God is present, and that He hears you. Never neglect daily private Bible reading. When you read, remember that God is speaking to you, and that you are to believe and act upon what He says. If you are in doubt whether a thing is right or wrong, go to God and ask for help in making your decision the right one. Never take your standard of Christianity from other Christians, or argue that because this or that person does something, you may. Ask yourself, "What would Christ do?" Strive to follow Him. Never believe what you feel if it contradicts God's Word. Ask yourself: "Can what I feel be true if God's Word is true?" If both cannot be true, believe God, and make yourself the liar.
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