For many generations people have wondered what was going to happen next in the world. It has been over 40 years since the supreme court declared that abortion was legal in the United States. Many innocent babies have been killed since then. How does God feel about this decision? The United States is still a great country. God has not allowed it to be overthrown. Divorce is everywhere for many and varied reasons. How does God feel about this decision? Recently the supreme court decided that same-sex marriage is legal. How does God feel about that decision?
So what will the church do in response to the decision concerning the same-sex marriages? You must realize the Church of Christ has no earthly head. There will be some members and possibly some congregations who will say, with so many of the world, It is great to have same sex marriages. Most will stand by the Bible given by God to rule the church. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Romans 1:24-27. The sex between those of the same sex is clearly against God's Word. Therefore the church must stand with the Lord.
The only official manual the Church of Christ has is the Bible. We do not have any book written by men which is our official directive. All scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Even the writings of the Apostle Paul are inspired (He wrote the book of Romans). and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:15-16. Considering everything we believe, the whole Bible is inspired by God. Therefore we accept the teaching that homosexuality is a sin.
God condemns this sin as well as all other sins. Sin will separate a person from a right relationship with God. (Isaiah 29:1,2). God is willing and able to forgive sin because Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for those sins. Repentance of sin is necessary to received God's forgiveness.
Homosexuality is a sin which God will forgive. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
We will willingly teach any sinner so they can be forgiven by God and become a Christian. We will not participate in same- sex marriages since this is condemned by God. We will also pray for the leaders of our nation. We will ask God to give them wisdom to rule as He wants. God's people (Christians) do not kill those who oppose them. We believe the gospel will convert sinners to Christians by their obedience to God. The Bible teaches: Faith in God, Repentance from past sins, Confession of Jesus as God's Son, and Baptism for the remission of sin are all God's commands for sinners to become Christians. The sinners at Corinth became Christians this way and you can, also.
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, James Carr (Debbie Ward's father), and Flo Lombardo
Our sympathy is extended to Mazie Fowler and family. Her niece, Peggy Littrell, recently passed away. Please keep this family in your prayers.
Judy Curry, at the time of this writing, was still in the local hospital suffering from severe headaches. Please keep Judy in your prayers.
Mary Taylor is scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery on August 3 at St. Francis Hospital in Cape.
Bri-Anna Harty, Scott and Jamie's daughter, had tests on Wednesday for stomach problems. She also had to wear a heart monitor, and was scheduled for an upper GI. No test results were known at the time of this writing. Please remember Bri-Anna in your prayers.
Michelle Wagner, niece of Anna Gregory, has been in St. Francis Hospital in Cape, after having a stroke recently. Michelle worships with the Harviell congregation. Please keep Michelle in your prayers.
Katherine Batson, Ruby Goodrum's sister-in-law, has cancer of the lymph nodes and would appreciate our prayers.
Mazie Fowler has undergone tests that indicate she is having spasms of the coronary arteries. Please keep Mazie in your prayers.
Lavena Hillis has had a bad cold and has not been feeling well lately.
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)
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.
It is good to be back with my brothers and sisters. I want to thank you for your prayers and concern, for your phone calls, cards, texts, and visits while in the hospital. I am improving each day -- still a little weak from lack of sleep, but making progress. Tom Carter
Lads 2 Leaders
If you are interested in Lads 2 Leaders and its convenient for you, let's meet in the Library at 4:00 this afternoon. I'm thinking especially those who are attempting to memorize the 100 verses and those who are interested in doing bulletin boards. I think we will work on only one or two different aspects of the program at a time until the program gets going good. Everyone in the congregation is welcome to come. I especially invite the Elders to meet with us if it is convenient for them. Love, Vernon
Copies of updated address directories are available in the foyer for your pictorial directory notebooks.
I would like to thank everyone for the cards, calls and prayers during the time of my eye surgery. Hazel Weathers
Thank you to all of our members who brought cookies for Vacation Bible School. The extras will be donated to the Children's Home. You are very much appreciated.
Green Forest has announced their Vacation Bible School, for August 2 - 5, beginning at 6:00 pm each evening.
Fisk will also have Vacation Bible School on August 8 starting at 9:00 a.m.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be August 10. Items needed this quarter are: Bathroom Cleaner (Non-Aerosol), Paper Napkins, HE (High Efficiency) Laundry Detergent, Orange Juice (bottled), Pantyhose, Bathroom Tissue Paper.
Paragould Children's Homes
In a recent letter from Micah Brinkley, Executive Director of the Children's Homes, the following statement was included:
"In light of the moral changes that are going on around us in our world, I feel compelled to reassure you that Children's Homes, Inc. is digging in our heels and plans to remain a Christ-centered ministry intent on following God's law and family design as we care for His children."
Bootheel Youth Camp Fish Fry and Silent Auction will be August 8. The auction will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be at noon. Please make plans to attend and enjoy the food and fellowship. There is no charge for the lunch. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
8th Annual Bootheel Youth Camp Benefit
Fish Fry and Silent Auction, August 8
Summer Youth Series - Theme: "The Truth About Truth"
August 3 - Jackson
August 10 - Dexter
Youth Rally, "Being Who God Wants Me to Be"
August 7-8, Arnold Church of Christ
Gospel Singing, 2nd & Walker
Church of Christ, Pararould, August 8
Ladies Day - "Spotting the Godly Ladies"
September 12 at Arnold
Children's Home Homecoming, Paragould
September 26, starting at 10:30 am
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