In this world there are many comparisons. Athletics are compared to others all the time. That is reason they keep a record of who has made the most touchdowns or the most home runs.
We have carried this over into the religious world. We compare our congregation to others. We compare ourselves to other individuals. In a sense the people in the first century compared Jesus to others. And so it was when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:28-29. The people recognized the difference.
In the Old Testament God compares the different men with others. These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did and won a name among three mighty men. Indeed he was more honored than the thirty but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard. 1 Chronicles 11:24-25. When Solomon's son became king he took the advice of the young men rather than the advice of the old men. He compares himself with his father's rule. He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy but I will add to it; my father chastise you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges! 2 Chronicles 10:14. Many of the kings did not do the right things. They worshiped idols and forsook the true worship of the Lord.
Josiah is unusual. Josiah was eight years old when he became king and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem and he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left! 2 Chronicles 34:1-2. Josiah is the seventeenth king from David. God takes notice of people. He is comparing this king to David. I know that we compare people to others. Did you know that God did in the Bible?
How is your life? Are you living righteous? I know that people may not remember us in a few years. God will remember. He will remember even at the judgment. Will he remember you for good or evil? Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he that 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. Jesus compares the righteous and the unrighteous in the judgment.
Jesus is the one we are to compare ourselves to. 1 Peter 2:21. We can compare ourselves with other men if they are following Christ. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. If we only compare ourselves to others we are unwise. For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12.
The conversation between Peter and Jesus in John chapter 21. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved him Peter answered then Jesus said feed my sheep. Then Peter thinks of another man and asked what he was to do. Then Peter turning around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, Lord who is the one who betrays You? Peter seeing him said to Jesus, But Lord what about this man? Then Jesus said to him, If I will that he remains till I come, what is that to you? You follow me! John 21:20-22. Many times we compare ourselves to other people and it isn't our concern what they are doing. It is our responsibility to follow the Lord. Whenever we compare ourselves to Jesus we see we have some more growing and doing to reach his great height!
Don Magill, Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Terry Butler, Dathel Webber, Duard and Mary Mattingly, Ruby Dunn, Jerry Robertson, Jean Reitenbach and her daughter Beverly, Richard & Bobbi (Cleo Crofford's son & daughter-in-law), Mary Jo Fry and Bill Fry (Mary Jo's son), Mary Gilley (Judy Curry's mom), Trace Tompkins (Tom Tompkins son), Bobby Miller.
-Quentin Smith got to go home on Friday.
-Dathel Webber is not doing very well at this time.
-Ruby Goodrum is homebound and would like visitors.
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), Phillip Spradling, (brother of Robert Spradling), Mary Wagner (Anna Gregory's sister), Danny Kisner (Jean Reitenbach's nephew), Johnnie Pinkerton, (relative of Tommy Williams and Margie Wells).
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.
January 21st Steve Sanders
January 28th - Zach Curry
February 4th - Stacey Ward (am)
Scott Harty (pm)
Thank You Notes
-Dear Christian friends, we just want you to know you matter to us, and you always will. Thank you for every prayer, card, calls, visits and food! We are both slowly recovering and hope to attend every worship service soon. Our love and sincere, Thank You!! Cloyce and Melba Sowell
-Thanks to everyone who called or sent cards. A special thanks to Bobby Miller for all the cards he has sent to Jerry. We have received over 35 cards. We would like to thank Bob Taylor for setting with Jerry and Bobby Tompkins for fixing the car, and also Tommy Williams for calling everyday. We are so blessed to have brother's and sister's who care. God Bless. Jerry and Patsy Robertson
The congregation sent a memorial gift on behalf of Don Bulington, Joyce Sandlin's father, to the Paragould Children's Home. Our prayers are with Joyce and Kyle at this time.
Cindy Mathis- 179 Hunter Road- PB
Great Smoky Mountains Holiday Inn Conference Center Pigeon Forge TN. February 14-18. Please register by January 15.
Mark your calendars for March 2 & 3 for Dexter's annual youth rally. Eric Lyons from the Apologetics Press will be the featured speaker.
2018 Ruth Rally
Run your Race March 9 & 10 - Weekend retreat for girls grades 7-12 at Center Hill Church of Christ Paragould AR
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up March 5, 2018. Olives, BBQ Sauce, Bleach, Country Gravy Mix, Brown Gravy Mix, Brooms/Mops.
The Severest Sin of Christians
The severest sin of Christians is a numbing lack of concern, an anesthetized attitude of I dont care. Im in the fold. Why should I concern myself? I have a fire insurance policy against hell.
When Gideon was through thinning out his frightened and indifferent soldiers, he discovered that only one out of one hundred was brave and really meant business. I trust there is a better percentage of courageous and sincere people in our church membership today.
However, it has been stated that one fourth of the members of the average church could be dropped from the rolls and they would never know it happened, and the church would be no weaker as a consequence.
My guess is that the percentage is closer to one half rather than one fourth. Is it a wonder that people are rushing headlong to perdition? While you read these lines, thousands are perishing dead in trespasses and sins. It is estimated that 40,000 people die everyday in this world who have never even heard the name Jesus Christ.
Apathy, complacency, indifference, spiritual drowsiness, and insensitivity are lulling the church of the Lord Jesus Christ to sleep. The unorganized indifference within the ranks of the church members is far more destructive to the work of the Lord than all the organized forces of iniquity assailing it from the outside.
Like the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, how often has Jesus checked on you and found you sleeping? Christians sin far more against the Lord by what we fail to do rather than what we do. We grapple more with the sins of omission rather than sins of commission.
Friends, there are prayers to be prayed, sick to be visited, lost people that need taught the gospel, people who need love, young people who need to be encouraged, etc. It is time for the church to be all to this community that God intends us to be.
(taken from the Hickory Ridge church website, 10-7-13)
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