The use of parables by Jesus is not new to the Bible scholars. Judges 9:8-15 is a parable about trees asking different varieties to be king over them. The meaning is about the men of Shechem making Abimelech king over them. He was a very wicked man. He killed all the sons of Gideon except the youngest who hid himself.
Read who the trees asked to be the king of the trees! Many different ones had good reason not to be king. At last the trees asked the bramble to be king. The ones that were asked before him had more important jobs than to be king. The bramble was not a good king!
Christians have important jobs to do. We are to: And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15. 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, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:19-20. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:25-27. There are many things a Christian must do, but all deeds should lead toward teaching the lost.
Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons. He never lost sight of his mission to seek and save the lost! Luke 19:10. We must live our daily lives. This may include going to buy groceries, helping the sick, or giving to the poor. But all things must be done to bring glory to God. Yes, the Olive tree needed to produce its oil. The fig tree needed to produce its fruit. The vine needed to produce new wine. God has given each one of his creatures a job to do.
The new creations in Christ (Christians) are to be about their Father's business. We do not have the time to be king. We have a king Jesus Christ. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." Matthew 2:1-2. Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" So Jesus said to him, "It is as you say." Matthew 27:11 Jesus has the authority/power given to Him by God.
We are each servants of God the only living God. He is our creator. He sustains our lives. He desires to save each one of us. "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
Each Christian can and must do the work of our King. Just as God made the plants and animals to be useful each in its own way, so each Christian is to be useful in his/her own way. All things are to be done according to the King's commands. Go and serve Him today.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Roxie Miller, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), James Wheeler, Helena Gardner, Bob and Betty Spiker, Annette Gorney (niece of Curtis Ashby), Kenny Huggins, and Dorothy Bass
Tom Huff is scheduled to start chemo treatments on March 5. Please continue to keep Tom and his family in your prayers.
Judy Curry had an MRI on Wednesday, but at the time of this writing did not have the test results.
Loyd Sullivan had eye surgery recently and is recovering.
Gloria Williams has been released from hospital and is doing better. She expresses her appreciation for all the visits, cards and phone calls during her illness and hospital stay.
Edna Kenser is dealing with cancer, so please remember Edna in your prayers.
Don Magill had a colonoscopy on Thursday. (At the time of this writing, we did not know the test results.)
Gail Magill's sister, Mary, had surgery last week which went well and Gail appreciates your prayers on her sister's behalf.
Patsy Myers is scheduled for surgery on March 18 in St. Louis.
Penny Summers recently had rotator cuff surgery. Please keep Penny in your prayers while she is recovering.
Glenda Lancaster's aunt who lives in Newport, Arkansas, fell recently and has been in the hospital.
Irvin Carr, Deborah Ward's uncle, is undergoing further evaluation prior to possible stomach surgery. Please keep Irvin in your prayers.
Mike Patridge has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Please pray for Mike and his family. His daughter is a friend of Debbie Ward.
Mona Scallion, friend of Stacey and Debbie Ward, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please remember Mona in your prayers.
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby River Mist; U. L. Smith, Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn - Westwood; Elsie Coleman - Mark Twain; and Margaret Donica, Leoma Owens, and Bill Thornberry - Oakdale
We are in need of van drivers. If you can help with this service, please see Ralph Nelson.
The Tuesday morning Bible Class will resume March 4th at 10:00 a.m.
There will be a bridal shower for Michelle Nelson Garner on Sunday, March 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., here in the church basement.
The Highland congregation sent two memorial gifts to the Paragould Children's Homes. One memorial gift was sent in behalf of Patsy Householder, our sister Rose Johnson's daughter; and one in behalf of Nicky Miles, our sister Priscilla Spradley's half brother. Our prayers are with these two families. The Elders
Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 9. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour.
There is an informational sheet in the foyer to add to your church pictorial directory which lists important phone numbers including the different hospitals and medical facilities in the area. Please pick up a copy to place in your directory.
Randy English sent us a note that there had been 8 baptisms recently in the area where he is working.
Vijay Kumar also sent a report recently indicating there had been 3 baptisms in his congregation since our group left India.
Labels for the Children's Homes
The Children's Homes collect Campbell's Soup and Best Choice labels.
They also collect the UPC code from the following products:
They would appreciate our collecting the labels and UPC codes from these products, so they can redeem them for items needed at the Homes. If you wish to help with this, please save the labels, put them in an envelope, and place the envelope in the black box on the wall just outside the office door. We will give them to the driver at each of their quarterly scheduled food/supply pick-ups. The next pick-up date is May 5.
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:
Bible Bowl 2013 - 2014
March 2 at Dexter
April 6 at Bernie
Annual Youth Rally - "Inspiration 2014"
March 7 & 8 at Dexter
Annual Gospel Singing at Paducah
March 14 at Central Church of Christ
Ladies' Day at Doniphan
April 5 - theme: "He Gave Me a Song"
Youth Rally - Central Church of Christ
April 19 at Paducah
Don't Swat That Bee ~
I read a quotation that said, "It isn't so much how busy you are; but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted." That sounds good, but I know a few bees that got swatted as well.
In the church, we have some bees and some mosquitoes. Some people work at building up the church, while others expect the church to work for them. One gives honey; the other sucks the life-blood from the body. One group wants to serve, and others want to be served.
Let's be careful not to swat a bee. Let's protect the bee. We certainly don't want him to become an endangered species! In fact, while we are at it, let's change mosquitoes into bees. That's something we can do that science can't!
"...encourage thou him..." 2 Samuel 11:25
-- taken from the Corning church 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
Sunday Bible Class .................... 98
Sunday Morning Worship ......... 153
Sunday Evening Worship ...... 81
Wednesday Night Bible Study .. 76
Sunday Contribution ................. $3,522.00
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