The Special Day ~
There are many special days in the life of each person. Some remember them better than others. In the United States most people celebrate their birthdays. I am sure each year I have celebrated mine. Most of those I cannot recall to memory. I have learned something by being forgetful - if you forget a special day, it is hard to compensate for that forgetfulness.
There are special days mentioned in the Bible. When the Israelites were released from slavery in Egypt, this was the Passover. God caused the firstborn of the Egyptians to die at midnight, but because of the blood on the doorposts of the Israelites, God spared their firstborn children. God told them to have a special feast time to remember this. This day was set by God to be observed each year. When Jesus was living, He kept this special day. The night before He was crucified, He ate the Passover supper with His disciples. “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” John 13:1.
The Sabbath was a special day for Israelites to refrain from work. There was a lot of controversy during Jesus’ ministry because He did good on the Sabbath, such as healing. “And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" Luke 14:3. The Jews did not believe He should heal on the Sabbath. “But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, 'There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.' " Luke 13:14. We know that Jesus was sinless, so He did not break the Sabbath by what He did. Many of the rules which the Jewish leaders had made were not God’s rules. Jesus taught, “But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.” Matthew 12:7. Jesus finished the Old Testament Law. “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14. All of the “Holy Days” in the Old Testament were given to the Israelites, not Christians. “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17.
There is a special day given for Christians. It is the first day of the week. Jesus arose on this day. “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.” Matthew 28:1. This same Sunday Jesus appeared to the disciples minus Thomas. The next Sunday He appeared to them again and Thomas was present. The first sermon concerning salvation through Jesus was preached on Sunday (Acts 2). The disciples came together to break bread on the first day of the week. “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” Acts 20:7. The church at Corinth was told to lay something aside on the first day of the week. The apostle John was “in the Spirit” on Sunday. (Revelation 1:10). We follow these thoughts and realize that Christians have an example to meet together on the first day of the week. So we meet together on Sunday. The time of the meeting isn’t told to us; that is decided by each congregation of the church.
Jesus is special and Christians are special because they are obeying Him. He has forgiven them of their sins.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Roxie Miller, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), James Wheeler, Bob and Betty Spiker, Annette Gorney (niece of Curtis Ashby), Judy Curry, Loyd Sullivan, and Mark Allen
Joyce Duffy, Bobby Miller's mother, has now been released from the hospital in Shreveport after being treated for uncontrolled high blood pressure. Thank you for your prayers on her behalf.
Jerry Robertson Jr., in Michigan, recently was in a motorcycle accident and broke his collar bone. He had to have surgery to set the bone. Please keep Jerry Jr. in your prayers as he recovers.
Clifton Smith, former member at Highland, is in the wound-care unit at the new hospital. He also has Alzheimer's and had been in Cedargate prior to treatment in the hospital.
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Robert Spradling. His niece, Donna, recently passed away. Please keep this family in your prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Helena Gardner, Kenny Huggins, Dan Gregg, and Tammy Sowell
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; U. L. Smith, Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn in Westwood; Elsie Coleman in Mark Twain; and Margaret Donica, Leoma Owens, and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale
There will be a fellowship Fish Fry on Saturday, May 3rd. We will eat around noon. Please bring a side dish or dessert.
Don and Gail Magill - new phone number
We have a new automated notification service, "Call-A-Member," which we will use to send recorded messages to let all members know of certain church activities and in the event of bad weather when services will be canceled.
If you have Caller ID, all five of the Call-A-Member phone lines used to send our messages are in the 817 Area Code, and will have a 591 prefix.
Thank you note: Dear Church Family,
Thank you so much for your monetary gift to us to help with our medical bills. You have truly exhibited God's love to us. We sincerely appreciate the gift, but more importantly appreciate and need your prayers. Wesley is still struggling with pain and weakness from the accident and may have to undergo surgery at some point. Until then, we continue to serve God and thank Him always for the good family at Highland Drive. Thank you again. Humbly yours in our Lord and Savior, Wesley and Linda Morgan (members of the church at Campbell)
The next quarterly Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be May 5, 2014. Items needed this quarter are: Dishwashing Detergent, Deodorant (non-aerosol), Instant Rice, HE (high efficiency) Laundry Detergent, Muffin Mixes, and Pickles.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
BYC Work Days - to prepare for campers
April 25-26 & May 31
Gospel Meeting - Shady Acres in Sikeston
Gospel Meeting - Campbell
April 27-30 w/speaker Austin Holiman
Gospel Singing - Main St. in Walnut Ridge
Gospel Singing Schedule -
Lawrence and Randolph Counties
June 7- Pyburn Street
July 12 - Portia
August 2 - Evening Star
September 6 - Black Rock
October 4 - McIlroy
November 1 - Lynn
December 6 - Stokes
Some Things Aren't Negotiable
A hunter raised his rifle and took careful aim at a large bear. When the man was about to pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a soothing voice, "Isn't it better to talk than to shoot? What do you want? Let's negotiate the matter."
Lowering his rifle, the hunter replied, "I want a fur coat."
"Good," said the bear, "that is a negotiable item. I only want a full stomach, so let us sit down and negotiate a compromise." They sat down to negotiate and after a time the bear walked away, alone. The negotiations had been successful. The bear had a full stomach, and the hunter had his fur coat!
Satan says to you, "Let us negotiate." But there are some things that cannot be negotiable. We cannot compromise God's truth. Christ and His church deserve our very best and utmost loyalty. Remember, "be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour: whom resist (NOT COMPROMISE WITH) steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8-9)
-- Tom Moore, via Sunset church of Christ, Shreveport, LA, Bulletin Digest, March 2006
(article taken from the bulletin of the Center Hill Church of Christ, Paragould, Arkansas)
Quips & Quotes:
If you have wept genuine tears over another's pain, misery, and frustration, you may be surprised to find that when happiness comes to that person, it also comes to you."
When you have struggled to find solutions to another's problems, you may be surprised to learn how the solution helps you too.
(taken from the Hickory Ridge Bulletin)
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.
Westwood Hills Nursing
Home Service ..... 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study............... 7:00 p.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