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July 24, 2016

Article from the Minister


What Difference Does It Make?

So many people today believe that truth is best but not necessary. They believe and practice it is good to tell a lie on occasion. They believe this especially when the truth might hurt. Jesus said in John 8:32
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." There are many lies being taught by people, but the truth is the only thing which will make you free! You may be hurt when you hear the truth. If you were told a lie instead you might feel good, but you would not be free. Do you desire to feel good or to be free?

Jesus continues to teach them that He was talking about being free from sin. “Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36. Sin condemns a person to hell for eternity. The only way to be free from sin is to obey the truth.

Jesus taught that if you do not believe in Him you shall die in your sins. “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." John 8:24. We are taught in Hebrews that without faith it impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus said in Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” If you do not believe then you cannot be saved that is the truth…the truth shall make you free

Jesus taught that repentance is necessary. When someone has something bad happen to them many believe it was because they are so wicked. It is apparent some believed that in Jesus' time on earth. There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish
.” Luke 13:1-3. Jesus in teaching this indicates that all men are to repent. Those who crucified Jesus were told, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38. You cannot be saved without repentance that is the truth…the truth shall make you free.

Jesus taught we must confess that we believe He is the Son of God. "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33. When the Ethiopia Eunuch was taught about Jesus he asked if he could be baptized. The answer was he could if he believed. He confessed his faith in Jesus as God’s Son. (Acts 8:36-37). Then he was baptized. His faith could not be known without that confession of faith in Jesus. You cannot be saved without confession of faith in Jesus as God’s Son. That is the truth…the truth shall make you free.

Jesus sent Ananias to Saul of Tarsus to tell him what to do. He told him, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' Acts 22:16. The Holy Spirit guided Peter to teach baptism for the remission of sins in Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” You cannot be saved without being baptized for the remission of sins. That is the truth…the truth shall make you free.

Love, Vernon



Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Marilyn Dodge, Flo Lombardo, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Kassidi Lands (Kathy Harty's great niece), Claude and Billie Lowe, Clella Whiteside.

Billie Lowe, sister of Don and David Magill, is at home and improving. Keep Billie in your prayers.

Fred Carter (brother of Tom Carter) is still in critical care. Lets remember Fred in our prayers.

Nadine Barton is at home and has hospice care. Please keep Nadine in your thoughts and prayers. She would love to have visitors.

Ralph Nelson will be having hip replacement surgery on August 2 at Landmark Hospital in Sikeston. Let's keep Ralph in our prayers.

Rick Emmons (Ralph Nelson's brother -in-law) passed away on Tuesday. His visitation service was on Friday. Please keep Rick's family in your prayers.

DEALING WITH CANCER: Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Mary Ault, Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum, Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty)Della Garris (Friend of Joyce Sandlin)

CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.

NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain.



Paying off DEBT CELEBRATION will be the second weekend in August. More details will be coming when plans are finalized.

Youth Rally - Arnold Church of Christ

"Shine Jesus Shine" August 5-6, 2016. Please RSVP by July 24th if interested in attending.

Who Is This Person?

Answers for last weeks riddle:

#1 Nadine Barton

#2 Quentin Smith

Person 1 -

I was born in Poplar Bluff.

My hobby is riding my bicycle.

My favorite food is salads .

I have 2 daughters and 1 son.

I have 2 sisters and one brother who is deceased.

I am a woman.

Person 2 -

I was born in Poplar Bluff.

I enjoy video games.

I enjoy archery .

I enjoy fishing.

My favorite food is potatoes.

I enjoy running but not as a sport.

I am a young man.

Guest Article

The Lost are Lost!

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, 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 people of the world believe that God will save just about everyone. Also many Christians believe that surely God could not punish anyone eternally in hell…well maybe a few really bad people. So many people have bought the idea that God’s grace will somehow find a way to do something other than what God teaches in the Bible. Those who do not obey the will of God will be lost! The lost are lost and need to know how to be saved. Let us go and tell them.

It is the responsibility of Christians to tell the lost they are lost. That isn't all they are to be told. The lost must be told that Jesus came and died for them so they can be saved. Christians must teach them the truth so they will have the opportunity to obey the will of the Father in heaven. The lost are lost and need to know how to be saved. Let us go and tell them.

God does not want any to be lost. (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus came seeking the lost (Luke 19:10). We are followers of Jesus so we are to seek the lost. The lost are lost and need to know how to be saved. Let us go and tell them.

Love, Vernon


                  The Comfort of Christ's Coming

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NKJV)

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.




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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