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HIGHLAND DRIVE CHURCH OF CHRIST

To worship and serve God we:

Teach The Lost, Care For The Needy, Edify The Saved

Phone: (573) 785-2679

E-Mail: hilandcc@mycitycable.com

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www.poplarbluff.churchofchristwebs.com

May 20, 2018

Article from the Minister

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 isn’t 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.”

Love Vernon

IN OUR PRAYERS...

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.

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Prayer request:

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.

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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).

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CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.

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NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & FAMILY NEWS

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.

Upcoming Area Events - Check bulletin board in foyer for more information.

VBS

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.

BYC

50th Anniversary Celebration of BYC, August 25.

Bible Lectureships

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...”

Guest Article

GOD'S TRUE GUIDE

Acts chapter 2 tells us about the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. This event was made known by the sound like a mighty rushing wind and tongues like as of fire setting upon each of the apostles. We may note there was a sound, but no wind and tongues like fire, no fire. This was something the people could hear and see. They did not really “see” the Holy Spirit. But the effects which Christ used to let them know about the Spirit's coming. The apostles were given the power to speak the wonderful works of God. Their speaking was such that all were able to hear in their native language, to which they had been born.

When we search the Bible about the Holy Spirit we find no other occurrence like this. We may say that God does some things different for His own purpose. He does not always tell us why He does this, but when we cannot find another event like this we know it is special. When many people heard this they came to see what was happening. We are told that they were bewildered or confused. They had never heard of any thing like this happening before. Yet some of them made fun of this saying, they are drunk with new wine.

Peter spoke up and begin to explain to them that Christ had received this from the Father and poured forth that which they were seeing and hearing. (Verse 33) He explains to them that this is the fulfillment of the prophecy from Joel. (Joel 2:28-32) They could understand this to be true, as they saw these things and heard the words of the prophecy, it all made sense to them. We too must recognize the truthfulness of this and believe that Christ had kept the promise which He made to apostles to give them the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth.

The apostles were speaking words which the Holy Spirit were giving them at that moment. They were teaching the truth which Christ had told them about, that is they were preaching the true gospel of Christ. We can easily understand the message which Peter gives about the coming of the Holy Spirit. We can also understand the message which he gave about Christ. The people understood this message and realized their sinful condition, because of their part in calling for the crucifixion of Christ. When they asked, “brethren what shall we do?” Peter tells them “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) As we search the scriptures we find this was repeated many times, different words may have been used, but the meaning was the same. When we are seeking salvation from sin we must believe this message, obey the same commands. I urge you to study this and obey Christ.

Love, Wayne Curry

SALVATION

HEAR:

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

BELIEVE:

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.

REPENT:

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.

CONFESS:

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.

BE BAPTIZED:

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

REMAIN FAITHFUL:

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.

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Television

New Wave TV Channel 18 Wednesday

5pm - In Search of the Lord's Way

5:30pm - Key to the Kingdom

Radio

FM 94.5 and 93.3 - AM 930

Minute for the Master - between 2-3pm

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Sunday Services

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.

Elders

Tom Carter ………....…........……. 785-7455

Charles Lancaster …....…….......... 785-8748

Mark North .................................... 686-2230

Ralph Nelson ........................cell # 776-4655

home# 785-7773

Deacons

Lorenzo Sandlin ……....….........…. 785-4118

Stacey Ward ………....….........……718-8198

Aaron Sandlin ..................................429-0290

Minister

Vernon Curry …...………........cell# 714-8240

 

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