News Years Resolutions
I was looking through some of the things in my office. I found this list of New Years Resolutions from many years gone by. I do not know if these resolutions were fulfilled. I believe they are good ideas.
I do not find any one of the above which is bad. How have you improved your life this past year? Is there room for you to grow in any aspect? These resolutions may not fit you at all. So make your own list. Maybe you have already made such a list! How are you going to fill these?
You may desire to in better shape physically. Are you working toward this goal? Are you walking more? Are you lifting weights? Are you eating better? Are you sleeping enough, but not too much? Are you breathing deeply to expand your lungs? Care for the physical body will not turn back the time clock. You will continue as long as you live to become older and weaker as is the nature of life. It does profit a little to care for the physical body.
You may desire to draw closer to God. Are you working toward this goal? Are you spending any more time studying the Bible, Gods word? Are you spending any more time in prayer to the living God? Do you pray in earnest? Is your prayer in faith? Are you reading the word enough so that you can spend time meditating on what the Lord has said?
You may desire to improve you personality. Do you laugh? Are the things which you laugh about what a Christian should laugh about? There are many words which people use that should cause us embarrassment. The world may laugh at the evil stories, but Gods people should not! Are you more compassionate than you have been in years gone by? Do you hear when people talk? Do you care how others feel about things which are not right or wrong, but just ideas?
Where will you spend eternity if you are to die in the shape which you are in? Is God making a difference in you and the evil people of the world? Do you need to yield more to Gods will? Are you selfish wanting only your way?
Consider these things!
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Joann Godwin, Patsy Myers, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Eli Kelly (Bill & Jo Ann's grandson). Velma (Mary Taylor's sister).
-JoAnn Godwin had spinal surgery on Friday (1/13), the doctor cut the rod back to the bone in order to alleviate the pain she has been having since the rod was inserted in her leg.
-Jean Boles, Melba Sowell's sister, had a brain hemorrhage last week. She is at St Vincents Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She is doing better at the time of this writing.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Mary Ault, Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Lee DuBois (Lou Roach's sister), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Roxanne Carson, member at Green Forest.
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.
At the time of this writing we have not heard from the men that have gone to India. Please remember them in your daily prayers for successful and safe trip there and home.
Our speakers for:
Jan 22 - Steve Sanders
Jan 29 - Wesley Morgan
Feb 5 - Casey Grant
Mark your calendars:
Youth Rally -Catching Faith -Doniphan MO- February 3-4. Speakers: Jeremy Tucker, Dexter and Matt Pendergrass, Doniphan.
Inspiration 2017 - March 3 & 4.
Annual youth rally at the Dexter Church of Christ. Lonnie Jones is this years featured speaker.
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up
-February 27. (toliet paper, toothpaste, dishwashing detergent, disinfectant cleaner (non-aerosol), cereal, and marshmallows).
Who Is This Person?
Answers for last week's riddle:
#1 - Tom Huff
#2 - Barbara Huff
I was born in Poplar Bluff.
I love donuts.
I love to watch cartoons.
I enjoy playing with Blaze.
I attend school one day a week.
I am a young man.
I was born in Poplar Buff.
I enjoy reading.
I have lived in 14 different states.
I enjoy visiting Highland Drive Church of Christ.
I am a widow.
I am a woman.
I've Got to Start...
You may actually know someone who has begun a sentence using the above words. The words that this preacher has heard used most ofter to complete this sentence are "exercising" and "eating right." It appears that most of us have a sense of what it will take to improve our health.
The key to accomplishing the desired improvement is truly given in this statement. It is the word "start." We may be playing mind games with ourselves when we utter these words, because if we never start, we will not have to continue the process. Perhaps we feel that we can handle the guilt better than the discipline.
What about spiritually? Have we not also heard someone (ourselves) say, "I've got to start studying my Bible regularly?" We believe what Jesus said about those who "hunger and thirst after righteousness" (Matthew 5:6), but we are still waiting to start.
What about the one who says, "I've got to start visiting like I should?" We believe what James wrote about "pure religion" consisting of visiting the "fatherless and the widows in their affliction" (James 1:27), but we just cannot seem to get started.
In reality, when we make these statements, we are taking the first step; i.e., admitting the personal need/responsibility. Now all we need to do is specify. Instead of repeating the "I've got to" part, say, "I will start (an activity) today at a (time)." Next, set a reminder and then START! Change for the better will become reality when we do. Paul exhorted, "For he says, I have heard you in an accepted time, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (II Corinthians 6:2). Let's get started today.
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
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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.
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