Convinced, Certain and Sure
It takes a lot of faith to trust in God. It takes even greater faith to trust in some idea that man has thought of. God gives us a lot of evidence that He is the Lord and His promises will be carried out! The Bible is true if Jesus is God's only begotten Son! If Jesus isn't who the Bible says, then we should not believe and obey God expecting a reward of eternal life.
There are two occasions recorded where God confesses that Jesus is His Son. One time is at Jesus' baptism and the other time is at the transfiguration. “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17. “Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" Matthew 17:4-5. God is convinced, certain and sure that Jesus is His Son! If there was no more evidence in the Bible concerning the idea that Jesus is the Son of God, this is sufficient. There is more!
The people who lived during the life of Jesus on the earth confessed that he was the Son of God. “He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:15-17. Peter, as well as the other apostles, had been with Jesus for a long while. Peter was convinced that Jesus was the Son of God. He had seen the miracles and heard the teaching which Jesus did. Peter was convinced, certain and sure that Jesus was the Son of God. The people knew that Jesus was more than a mere man. “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." John 3:1-2. Nicodemus does not confess that Jesus is the Son of God. He does say He was “a teacher come from God.” Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus down from the cross and buried it. This is an indication they were his disciples.
“Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" John 1:48-49. This event is amazing! We do not know any more about this than is revealed in these two verses. Nathanael is convinced, certain and sure that Jesus is the Son of God!
When Saul of Tarsus was traveling to Damascus to persecute Christians he had a vision. “Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." Acts 9:4-5. Saul was the enemy of Jesus. He was persecuting Him. Saul changed his mind and his life because he believed that Jesus was the Son of God. You may read many things about Saul (Paul) throughout the book of Acts!
Are you convinced, certain and sure that Jesus is the Son of God? If you are, then you should give your whole being to Him in obedience!
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), Melinda Taylor (Bob and Kathy Taylor's daughter), Marie Gilpin (Vernon's sister), Steve Sanders (minister at Doniphan), Jennifer Webber, Loyd and Loretta Sullivan, James Godwin, Lonnie Goings (Kathy Harty's brother), Mickey Allen, and James Carr (Debbie Ward's father)
Anna LouEllen Goin had a stroke on Wednesday, and at the time of this writing was still in the local hospital and improving. Please keep Lou Ellen in your prayers.
David Barton, Nadine Barton's son, continues to have health problems and Nadine has requested prayers on his behalf.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Bobby Miller, Debbie King (Jamie Harty's neice's mother-in-law).
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Bill Thornberry in General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
Congratulations to Inis Kearbey! Inis will be retiring after 37 years, and her retirement party will be at the Twin Towers on Wednesday, April 29, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited.
No winter clothing is needed at this time for the clothing give-away room. Thank you for your continued support of this benevolent work.
Dear Highland Family,
Thank you so much for the wonderful meal prepared for our family in the recent loss of our dear husband, dad, and Gramps U.L. The love demonstrated by this, as well as all the prayers, calls, cards, caring visits, and the service given us will never be forgotten. What a blessing it is to have such a loving church family. May God bless you.
In His love, the Smith Family
Thank you to everyone for all the cards, calls, and especially the prayers for me while in the hospital.
James Carr & Stacey and Debbie Ward
We appreciated the update on the Children's Homes by Brother Arvil Hill last week. He reminded us of how much the collection programs mean to them financially, such as the Change for Children Coin Banks, and the Food Labels, as well as the Memorial Gifts. Coin Banks are available in the foyer. If you would like to collect labels to send to them, they need the UPC bar scanning codes from Best Choice and Campbell products. A few other products have the Labels for Education code which they can also redeem. Labels collected by Highland members can be sent to the Home at the time of the quarterly food pick-up. The next pick-up will be on Monday, May 11.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Gospel Meeting at Corning, April 26-29
w/speaker Gerald Fears
Annual Youth Rally, on May 2
Central Church of Christ in Paducah
(note: RSVP by April 29th)
Monthly Preachers' Meeting at Sikeston
May 12 - "Preaching Outside the Box"
Bootheel Youth Camp Work Day
May 16, 9:00 am - after lunch
Bootheel Youth Camp Applications for the 2015 summer sessions are now available and copies are on the table in the foyer.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be May 11, 2015. Items needed this quarter are: Laundry Detergent, Paper Plates and Cups, Tea Bags (Decaffeinated), Potato Chips or Cheetos, Trash Bags, Liquid Cleaning Supplies (such as Lysol, Mr. Clean, Pine Sol).
A Rough Row to Hoe ~
The Christian life has been described as “headed into a storm, in a storm, or coming out of a storm.” The question for the believer is not if trials will come, but what to do when they do come. The apostle Paul said that “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” in Acts 14:22. Paraphrased into today’s language, Jesus might say we have a “rough row to hoe” before we enter God’s presence.
Accepting the blunt reality of trial and hardship is the first step to dealing with adversity. The Christian is no more immune to cancer or hurricanes than the non-Christian. The ruin of the fall and the entrance of sin into the universe adversely affect both man and creation (Romans 8:22 – “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time”).
We must realize that the primary purpose of adversity is to expose our weakness and drive us to fresh trust and dependence on Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to trust Him with each burden, each problem, each setback (1 Peter 5:7 – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you”).
God knows that if we trust Him as our faith is tested, we will discover His strength – we will grow stronger. In our weakness, we can discover His strength. The winds of financial misfortune, illness, divorce, or death may be too much for us to handle, but nothing is too complicated or burdensome for God!
James 1:2-4: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
(taken from the Hickory Ridge church website)
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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Evening Worship ......... 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study...7:00 p.m.
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Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901