Eternal life --
Eternal life -- do you have it or not? The Pharisees believed there was eternal life. The Sadducees did not believe there was eternal life. They did not believe in a resurrection or angels. It is interesting the Pharisees and the Sadducees worshiped together and read the same law from God. For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection--and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Acts 23:8 How can two groups of people who claim to worship the same God be divided on such an important subject?
You know that two opposite groups sometimes band together against a common enemy. These two perceived Jesus as their common enemy. So they worked together to destroy him. He taught the truth. They even said he did. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. Matthew 22:16 They may not have believed what they said about him. In Matthew 22, we see them banding together to plot against Jesus. Did the Pharisees have eternal life since they were against Jesus even though they believed in the resurrection? You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. John 5:39. Did the Sadducees have eternal life even though they did not believe in the resurrection?
Do you have eternal life? These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:13 As you read the book of 1 John (and I encourage you to read it soon, again) you will notice there are many things mentioned in this book other than believing in Jesus to please God. So I ask again, do you have eternal life? who will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; Romans 2:6-7 Eternal life is not given to those who quit following the commands of God! The question isnt if God is able to save. The question is, are you obeying God? So you can answer the question, Do you have eternal life?
Eternal life is an inheritance from God. We do not earn it by our deeds. We receive it because we are forgiven. We are forgiven because we obey. We obey because we believe. God has done his part for you to have eternal life. He has sent Jesus to die for your sins. God has given you the plan of salvation so you will know his will for your life. God has done all this for you and each day that you walk in the light He forgives you of your sins.
Are you doing your part to receive eternal life? What does God expect from you? Everyone is required to call upon the name of the Lord, hear the Word, and believe. (Romans 10:13-17). Repent (Acts 17:30). Confess Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33). Be baptized Acts 22:16). Be faithful unto the Lord (Matt 25:21).
Back to 1 John 4:20-21, If someone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. So are you obeying God?
God wants you to have eternal life. He has made generous provisions for you. Will you respond to him and his commands? Leave the sinful ways of the world and live righteously for God. Romans 6:22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Duard and Mary Mattingly, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly, Helena Gardner, Sherry Smith, Richard & Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Mary Jo Fry, Mary Gilley (Judy Curry's mom), Trace and Sue Ellen Tompkins(Tom Tompkins son and wife), Scott Davis, Angie Sandlin, Bobby Miller.
Our dear brother Jerry Robertson passed away on Sunday evening, May 13th. His services were on Wednesday, May 16th. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Marie Gilpin sister of Vernon, Wayne and Sybil passed away on Sunday (May 13th). Her services were on Saturday, May 19th. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Judy Alphin is in St Joe Manor in Bonne Terre for therapy. Please keep her in your daily prayers.
Lori Carr Debbie Ward's sister-in-law, will have surgery and will have her eye removed where the melanoma is on May 24th. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Loyd Sullivan was in the hospital for breathing problems. He may have been released at the time of this writing.
Sue Kenser fell down some steps and twisted her ankle. She is at home.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Tom Huff, Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett), Brittany MacDowell (grand-daughter of Mac West), Jessica Payne (teacher @ Fisk), Lori Carr (Debbie Ward's sister-in-law), Patty Peters (Anna Gregory's daughter).
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.
Thank You Notes
Dear ladies, We all wanted to thank you for providing the wonderful lunch for Ruby's family and friends. Each dish was made with love and we appreciate the efforts of all who contributed. Ruby and Fred were very proud of their church and its clear that you loved them as well.
Love in Christ, Ken & Donna, Denny & Bonny, Debbie & John
-Thank you all so much for all the cards, phone calls of concern and especially the prayers. We love all of you so very much.
Gloria and Tommy Williams
Children's Home Fish Fry
Monday, June 11th at 6pm at the Dexter Church of Christ Fellowship Building. This is free to everyone. Please RSVP by June 4th, 624-8906.
Teaching material for next quarter is in the workroom.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be June 4th. Items needed this quarter are: Sugar, Ravioli, Toothbrushes, Snack-Size Ziploc Baggies, Tea Bags (Decaf), and Corn Chips.
The Highland Drive Vacation Bible School will be June 18th, 19th, and 20th. Each night will begin at 6:30. Theme: Noah's Ark Adventure.
50th Anniversary Celebration of BYC, August 25.
Show-Me State Bible Lectures at the Branson Church of Christ, Sunday, May 27th June 3rd with theme Show Me What the Bible Says About...
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New Wave TV Channel 18 Wednesday
5pm - In Search of the Lord's Way
5:30pm - Key to the Kingdom
FM 94.5 and 93.3 - AM 930
Minute for the Master - between 2-3pm
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
Lorenzo Sandlin .... ......... . 785-4118
Stacey Ward .... ......... 718-8198
Aaron Sandlin ..................................429-0290
Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901