Jesus is the Son of God ~
There are many terms used in the Bible to refer to Jesus.
The demons recognized Him as God’s Son. They asked Him things such as, “what have we to do with you?" “Have you come to torment us before our time?” They knew He had power! They did indeed tremble because of their belief. (James 2:19). Jesus never failed in His commands of them. They knew He is from the Father and had the power! We will do well to know this also. Our faith must cause us to obey His commands. He has come to be the savior of the world.
When the angel was talking with Joseph, he said to call His name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21). His name is the only name given under heaven which will save people (Acts 4:12). He came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10). The angel told the shepherds, a “savior” is born! The apostles told the Jewish people, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:30-31. I guess, from my view point, this may be the most precious term given to Jesus. That is because I know His great love and sacrifice, and I know without a savior we could not be saved. He will save all who obey Him. Are you obeying Him? It is so great to have Him as a savior instead of a judge.
Many people call Him “Lord,” even us. Calling Him Lord isn’t all there is for us to be saved by Him. "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" Matthew 7:21-23. We know it is His word that will judge us. (John 12:48). Those judged faithful will enter into heaven. The unfaithful will be cast into hell forever. (Matthew 25:46).
He understands what man goes through. He was tempted in all points as we are, but did not sin. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15. He is our high priest! He intercedes for His. He is our mediator. “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” Hebrews 8:6. Since Jesus is the Son of God, He know and understands God. He is also the son of man. (Matthew 16:13). That makes Him the perfect mediator. He is fair with both sides. It is great to have the Son of God to intercede for us.
Jesus will be our fellow heir. “And if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Romans 8:17. We know that He has inherited a home in heaven! He has gone there to prepare a place for His own. He will come again and take the faithful there with Him. They will be in heaven forever! Are you His? Only His people are going to live in heaven. The angel told Joseph that He will save HIS people from their sins. We become His people by believing in God, repenting of our past sins, confessing our faith that Jesus is God’s Son and being baptized for the remission of our sins. If you have done these things, then He has added you to His church (His called-out people). If you haven’t obeyed Him, then you are lost and will not inherit a home in heaven from His Father!
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), Judy Curry, Loyd Sullivan
Mark Allen is improving, but is still experiencing some problems with his lung that was injured in the accident. Mark was able to be with us last Sunday and asked for prayers and forgiveness. Please keep Mark in your prayers.
Baby Molly Carter, granddaughter of Tom and Donis Carter, is doing better and has been released from the hospital.
Stacey Ward has recently had surgeries for skin cancers and also has been suffering with migraine headaches. Please keep Stacey in your prayers.
Judy Curry saw the doctor in St. Louis last week. He said the MRI showed that the nerve in her ear was inflamed but her hearing and facial muscles have improved.
Joyce Duffy, Bobby Miller's mother, is in the hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, being treated for uncontrolled high blood pressure.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Stacey Ward, Kenny Huggins, and Tammy Sowell
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
There will be a fellowship Fish Fry on Saturday, May 3rd. We will eat around noon. Please bring a side dish or dessert.
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.
We sent a test message last Wednesday to remind everyone of the upcoming Fish Fry.
The message will be recorded by a member of the church at Highland, and when you get the call, the message will start with, "This is Call-A-Member," so please don't hang up until you've listened to the entire message.
We think this will be a great help in notifying everyone of activities or announcements using this automated system. Thank you for your patience while we work out any bugs in the process.
The book of 2012 Bulletin Articles by Vernon is now available for purchase. Each book is $8.00. If you would like a copy, please sign the sheet in the foyer, make your check payable to Tom Carter, and give the money to Tom. Tom will place the order tomorrow, so please submit your money today.
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:
Lectureship at Crowley's Ridge College
April 13-16, at Paragould
Gospel Meeting -w/speaker Kevin Thomason
April 13-16 at Doniphan
Youth Rally - Central Church of Christ
April 19 at Paducah
BYC Work Days - to prepare for campers
April 25-26 & May 31
Seven Things That Will Help You Grow Spiritually ~
1. Live and Work to reach other each day as if you knew the world was going to come to an end next Sunday night. Think of that feeling of urgency and anxiety! (Read 2 Peter 3:1-12)
2. Be as Enthusiastic about the church and its services as you would be if there were an overflowing crowd each time. Think of the interest, anticipation, and excitement of an overflow crowd!
3. Count Your Blessings. Make a list of the things you are thankful to God for and thank Him for them one by one as you pray in your closet. This will help you to be grateful (Philippians 4:6). It will also help you to realize your dependence on God (Acts 17:24-25; John 15:5)
4. Make And Maintain a List of Your Faults. And pray for forgiveness and help to overcome them. This will help us see that we are really not as good as we think we are and how very much we really do need Christ our Savior. It will also help you to sympathize with the faults of others. (James 5:16; Galatians 6:1).
5. Keep a Quiet Time. Set aside 30 minutes every day to spend with God in prayer, Bible study, and meditation. If you really love someone, you want to spend some time with them. Just so, if you truly love God, you want to spend some time alone with Him. (Psalms 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 18:1). First century Christians kept an "hour of prayer" (Acts 3:1).
6. Visit Someone for Christ Each Week. Visit some member you do not know very well; or a sick person; or a visitor to our services; or a weak member who needs encouragement; or someone who needs to become a Christian.
7. Reach Another Person (RAP). Conduct a Bible Class in your home once a month and invite your neighbors, relatives, and friends to attend. The preacher or elders will assist you if you want them to. (Matthew 5:12-15; James 5:20; Daniel 12:3). There are 168 hours in a week. If you were to attend Bible Study, morning worship, and evening services on Sundays and Bible Study on Wednesday and 30 minutes 6 days a week in Bible reading, prayer, and meditation, and conduct an hour long study once a month, you would be giving God less than 10 hours a week, leaving you 158.
-- from the Valley Station Church of Christ, Louisville, Kentucky, article "Bulletin Fodder" by the late Grover Stevens
(via the Palatka 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 .................... 96
Sunday Morning Worship ........ 152
Sunday Evening Worship …..... 75
Wednesday Night Bible Study .. 92
Sunday Contribution ................. $4,142.80
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