We may think about that at different times as we deal with family, friends and school mates. We may use the words keep in touch. I want you to think about being connected with the church and thereby with God.
The church is the body of Jesus. If you are connected with God then you are connected to the church. If you are connected with the church then you are connected with God. Jesus is the head of the church which is his body. Ephesians 1:22-23. Also, when you are connected with God you are connected with His son Jesus. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23.
Those who are Christians are in Christ where all spiritual blessings are. (Ephesians 1:3). So to stay connected we must be a Christian. To stay connected with God we must keep His commandments. "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments." 1 John 2:3. God has set the standard by which we stay in touch with Him.
He wants us to stay in touch with Him. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7-8. Think about drawing close to God. We must be clean. When we submit to Him he will be with us. When a Christian draws near to God He will not turn away from you. When we draw near to Him He receives us.
Peter was an apostle of the Lord. During the storm when Jesus was walking on the water toward the disciples in the boat, Peter asked if he could come to Jesus. He felt safe with Jesus. He wanted to draw near to Him. We know that Jesus did not turn away from Peter. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:30-31. When Peter began to sink Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him. Stay connected.
When sinners call upon the Lord. He will not hear them. Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 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 59:1-2. The sins of sinners has broken the connection from God. People who make the choice to live in sin break the connection with God. Faithful Christians have made the choice to live godly lives. They have been taught that by the grace of God. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, Titus 2:11-12.
Jesus makes a promise to those who obey Him. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. John 15:6-10.
God has given us the way to stay connected with Him. Study His word and obey it. Pray to Him through Jesus. Telephones are handy. We can use them to stay connected with loved ones. We must use them for that connection to be. We must use the Bible to stay connected to God.
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Clella Whiteside, Isabella Sandlin, Eli Kelly (Bill & Jo Ann's grandson).
Beth Bliss daughter of Bob & Loretta Tompkins is well and back at work. We are so thankful for this news.
Prayer request for Sharon Moore, she has cancer and will be going to M.D. Anderson for treatment. Her daughter Trinity and grandson Logan came with Sharon Hewlett on Wednesday night.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Mary Ault,Tom Huff , Harold Shaw
Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum), Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty), Mary Wagner (Anna Gregory's sister), Lea (Lou Roach's sister), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett).
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, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.
A Big Thank You to everyone for the beautiful birthday cards I received for my special day. In Christian love, Georgia Ashby
We will have a guest speaker this evening.Sunday. Michael Nix from "Truth for Today" will be speaking, to inform us about "Truth for Today".
Mary Taylor's sister Velma is being released from Rehab. Mary will be staying with her for awhile to help out. Mary and Velma would like to Thank everyone for the calls, cards, and prayers. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
Thanks so much, Mary and Velma
BYC Retreat - October 21-22
Shady Acres - Sikeston Mo- Oct 23rd - 26th.
Who Is This Person?
Answers for last week's riddle:
#1 - Mark North
#2 - Jerry Robertson
Person 1 -
I attended 4 different elementary schools by the 4th grade.
I checked groceries in the family-owned grocery store at a very young age.
I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.
I have lived in Louisiana.
I have lived in Poplar Bluff 39 years.
I am a woman
I was born in Illinois.
I have one sister.
I love donuts.
I love to mow.
I have been married 38 years.
I am a woman.
Prayer is an Amazing Thing
We've recently studied that one of the things the early church was devoted to was prayer. While visiting with the elders this past Thursday, we talked about ways we can put a greater emphasis on prayer as a congregation. Many of us have found the most helpful way to deal with difficult people is to pray for them. This can be hard to do sometimes. Who among us hasn't struggled to get along with others?
Do you remember the story of Jonah? He actually was hoping to see God deal harshly with his enemies, instead of offering them mercy. Jonah who wanted the destruction of God's merciless enemies and hated the thought of those enemies receiving mercy from God. But God does not delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11) and desires that all people come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). If that is God's heart, should it not be ours? Should we desire the destruction of the wicked? Have we so quickly forgotten the words, "For God so loved the world"? Our call is to follow the command and example of Jesus who told us to love our enemies and pray for them, and laid His life down for His enemies, even praying for their forgiveness as they killed Him.
As we pray, we know that ultimately complete peace and justice are a world away, in the new heavens and new earth. Yet this peace and justice are present now in the people of God. We are called to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) who live justly and spread his peace, not with the sword of man, but the sword of Spirit, the Gospel (Ephesians 6:17). So while we preach and serve, we pray, "Come, Lord Jesus! Come!"
Prayer is an amazing thing. It is awe before and infinite force, yet intimacy with a personal friend. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life. Let's not seek prayer for only ourselves though. Lift up those around you to a God that is infinitely powerful. And lift up those who would be against you to a God who is also infinitely loving and able to give mercy.
Michael Meredith via Centerhill Church of Christ bulletin September 11, 2016
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