You Did Not Tell Me!
Each individual person has some knowledge but does not have all knowledge. Everyday each has the opportunity to learn more. Are you learning or have you just quit trying? When you try to teach someone anything, you must present it in a way that they will want to listen. This is true of the gospel. The goal of teaching anyone the gospel is so they will obey it. It isn't just showing them they are wrong. We must show them they are wrong, and why, should, and how they can change. Jesus intends for Christians to teach others so they will also become Christians, disciples of Jesus. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19.
People must know they are wrong before they will want to change. So Christians must tell the world they are wrong, and at the same time, they need to be told in such a way they will love Christians for telling them. Read this old song written by James Rowe and think about to whom you need to teach the gospel:
"When in the better land before the bar we stand,
How deeply grieved our souls will be;
If any lost one there should cry in deep despair,
You never mentioned Him to me,
O let us spread the word where'er it may be heard,
Help groping souls the light to see,
That yonder none may say, you showed me not the way,
You never mentioned Him to me,
A few sweet words may guide a lost one to His side,
Or turn sad eyes on Calvary;
You never mentioned Him to me,
You never mentioned Him to me,
You helped me not the light to see;
You met me day by day and knew I was astray
Yet never mentioned Him to me."
There are some guidelines to follow when we are teaching others. I will suggest a few:
1. Be truthful
2. Do it lovingly
3. Show your concern
4. Pray before and after, and even during the study
5. Be persuasive
6. Ask for a response
7. Ask if they need more information
8. Be a good example
9. Plan what you will teach them
10. Love God
Remember, the goal is to make disciples.
So What is Important?
Everything that God has created is important. As humans, we wonder about mosquitoes and other little bugs. These are food for other creatures which God made. Have you ever sat and watched frogs eating bugs at night that are attracted to the light inside a window? Those bugs are important to the frogs. Although to humans, bugs and frogs may be a nuisance. Physical food is necessary to humans, but spiritual food is more important. We must feed on the Word of God and practice what it says. The life that Jesus lived brought glory to God. Our lives should also. Putting God first is the most important thing in our lives.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
Leoma Owens, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), 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), and Joann Godwin
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Lavetta Burkett. Lavetta passed away recently. She was a former member of Highland. Please keep this family in your prayers.
James Godwin had hip surgery recently and has had some complications including a lot of swelling in his leg, and has been in a lot of pain. He is home now. Please keep Brother Godwin in your prayers.
Oleta Harrison's grandson, Eric, needs our prayers. He was a drug addict but had been clean for 15 years. His father died this spring which has affected Eric. Eric is now missing. Please keep Eric and his family in your prayers. (Oleta is a member of the church at Fisk and has been attending services at Highland the last several Wednesday nights with David and Geneva Magill.)
Ruby Goodrum will be staying with her son for a few weeks while she recuperates. If you would like to send a card to Ruby, the address is: Ruby Goodrum, c/o Ollie Goodrum, 6287 Sheppard Drive, Hartville, MO 65667.
Liam Gregory (21 months old), Anna Gregory's great grandson, had heart surgery recently. At the time of this writing, he was still in the hospital in critical condition at Cardinal Glennon. Anna said the doctors think he needs to be on the heart transplant list. Please keep Liam and the family in your prayers.
Lavena Hillis is back at the Westwood Nursing Center, but is still not feeling well. Please keep Sister Lavena in your prayers.
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), and Katherine Batson (Ruby Goodrum's sister-in-law), Betty Hewlett Archer (Sharon Hewlett's sister-in-law).
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, 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.
Geneva Magill will be speaking to the women only at the Bible Study class on Tuesday, October 13, at 10:00 a.m. She will be presenting one of the lessons that she has prepared for India. All the women of the congregation are invited to this class.
David and Geneva Magill will be hosting a hayride at their farm on October 17, at 5:30 p.m. Chili, stew, some hotdogs, and marshmallows will be served. Drinks will also be provided, but if you have a favorite drink you would like to bring, please do so. Straw and hay will be provided as seating, but if you would rather have a chair, please feel free to bring lawn chairs.
Lads 2 Leaders
We will meet this evening following worship. Please bring finger foods.
There is nothing that is automatic in the world. Each program that we are involved in, whether it be in the church or outside the church, must have participants. Please become active in the areas for which you have volunteered.
Please contact Aaron Sandlin or Vernon Curry if you would like more information or have any questions.
There will be a Fish Fry at Highland for the congregation on November 7. Please bring side dishes, drinks, and desserts.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Gospel Meeting at Fisk, October 11-15
with speaker, Gary Stewart
An Unfavorable Balance
Trust in the Lord and do good Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37: 3-4)
Paul, in the first verse of the third chapter of Philippians wrote, Delight yourself in the Lord! (Phillips Translation) Serving the Lord is meant to be a delightful experience. Freely we have received and continue to receive. Serving others in Jesus name brings deep satisfaction and delight. Delightful experiences and activities breed enthusiasm, while irritations tend to dampen our spirits.
God would have us love life and see good days. (I Peter 3:10) He would have us to be enraptured with life and have the attitude each day, This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) Another word for this is enthusiasm, enthusiasm for life and all its undertakings. With most of us, our life consists of a lot of repetitious activities broken only by an occasional vacation. Enthusiasm wanes when we are no longer able to see the newness in the old.
How do your irritations compare with your enthusiasms? We must never allow our irritations with other people, things, and events to become our chief response to life. Clearly, Jesus was visibly irritated with the scribes and Pharisees as seen in Matthew 23 when He pronounced all those woes upon them. He was irritated with the moneychangers in the temple. But these, and other irritations, did not drain Him of His enthusiasm for life and His mission on the earth.
I believe it would be safe to say that most of us are irritated, if not disgusted, with corporate America and our government these days. But that should in no wise sap us of our enthusiasm for life and all its attendant blessings. One does not have to be delighted with the actions of other people, even with the way things are going at church, with the way things are being done, etc., but we must never allow such irritations to erode our enthusiasm and rob us of the joy basic to following Jesus. The emphasis must always be placed on the positive.
Not all irritations are bad for us, nor do they indicate that we are just second-rate Christians. In all of life there is a need for checks and balances. But never allow yourself to lose enthusiasm for the best things of life. Be delighted with the Lord. And remember, when your irritations are more and greater than your enthusiasms, you have an unfavorable balance.
Charles Cash, Bella Vista Church of Christ
(article taken from the Bella Vista 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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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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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