Bulletin / Prayer List

 Tom Bean church of Christ

July 25, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

July

ANOUNCEMENTS

Kerry King

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Greg Counts                Kerry King

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

AC Quinn                      Kerry King

                              Robert Embry                Greg Counts                            

SCRIPTURE READING

Kerry King

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PRAYER LIST

Don Baker is in TMC with blood count problems. The blood thinners seem to be causing the problem. He hopes to go home Friday.

Frank Roden surgery is re-scheduled for July 26th..

Robert Embry had a port put in last Monday and will begin chemo on July 27th.

Charlie Counts had surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach on July 15th.

Debbie Brown is scheduled for surgery on August 4th.

Kevin Embry will have back surgery July 29th.

Lisa Courtney is suffering from the after effects of Covid. She had a Lung Wash and the doctors discovered a hole in her right lung. She also has pneumonia and is in quite a bit of pain.

Steven Wilkerson, Lexy’s great grandfather is on a lung transplant list.

Gary Yowell has an infection in his leg.

Don Hickerson was taken to the ER in McKinney Thursdays with low sodium.

Tohnie Hynds (friend of Carla) is in the hospital with complications from cancer.

Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Robert Embry, Frank Roden, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Skylar Carr, Bob & Carol Moore, Christina Morris (AC’s granddaughter).

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Pantry Item: Presweetened Kool Aid

Men Serving Next Month - August

Announcements & Scripture Reading – Greg Counts

Lord’s Supper – Jerry Harris, Robert Embry

Men Serving Next Week August 1, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: Jerry Harris – Don Baker

Evening: Charlie Counts – Don Hickerson

               “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayerof a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:16)

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LOVE NEVER WASTED

  Love may go unrequited; but it is never wasted. The nature of biblical love is often misunderstood—viewed on the level of the hopeless romantic—measured by feeling rather than substance. But, love is inherently an extension of ourselves to others—a decision to seek another’s best interests. Love is not just a bubbly, feel-good, purring cat softly rubbing against the face feeling. Love is real. Love gets dirty. Love is willing to be inconvenienced. Love waits while another’s needs are first met. Love is the “more excellent way” Paul describes in the context of how God’s people should treat one another in the local congregation (1 Cor. 12:31; 13:4-7). We would do well to develop these traits in every aspect of our daily lives.

  If love is never wasted, then why do we, at times, feel discouraged about how people respond to our love? In some cases, it might be because our love has not yet risen above that which is extended only to those who can love us in return. Jesus identified this as the kind of love commonly practiced in the world around us (Mt. 5:46-47). However, Jesus calls us to a higher love, challenging us to love even those who do not love us in return (Mt. 5:43-45).

  Other times we get discouraged about unrequited love because we have lost sight of things unseen. Though love may appear to go unnoticed or unappreciated, it may yet have a lasting, cumulative effect on the heart of the one to whom we have shown such love. Sometimes, love is felt as an after-the-event experience (Rev. 14:13). The full impact of our love may not be felt during our lifetime. But we must press on remembering that “God is not so unjust so as to forget your work and the love which have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints” (Heb. 6:10). In a sense, love is a treasure sent on to heaven before us (Mt. 6:20-21). We show our love by obeying His commandments including the one which says to “love one another, just as I have loved you” (Jn. 14:15; 15:12).

  Love is risky business. There is always the possibility of rejection. This is what happened when Christ came into this world (Isa. 53:3). Sadly, we are often unwilling to risk rejection for the sake of those we love. As a result, some friends may face eternity never having been given opportunity to hear the truth of the gospel. Others will never hear needed correction because we have misunderstood the loving nature of discipline (Heb. 12:6). Who knows but what that difficult conversation, seasoned with prayer, may turn out to be a lifeline to the soul of a friend? Even if we are rejected, we have shown true love for God, His word, and our friend. Love is never wasted.

Glen Elliott–

Bulletin /Prayer List

                                          Tom Bean church of Christ

July 18, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

July

ANOUNCEMENTS

Kerry King

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Greg Counts                Kerry King

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

Walter Mc Millen                Jerry Harris

   Greg Counts                         Don Baker       

            Kerry King   

          Jerry Harris                       Charley Counts        

SCRIPTURE READING

Kerry King

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PRAYER LIST

Don Baker needs a heart valve replacement and also has a blockage. The doctors have put Don on blood thinners to help determine if he will be able to have a stint procedure instead of having open heart surgery.

Frank Roden surgery is scheduled for July 19th..

Robert Embry will have a port put in Monday and will begin chemo on Wednesday.

Charlie Counts had surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach on July 15th.

Debbie Brown is scheduled for surgery on August 4th.

Floyce Hunter & family – Floyce’s daughter and son-in-law are both out of the hospital and doing better.

Paula Courtney has not been feeling well.

Kevin Embry will have back surgery July 29th.


Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Robert Embry, Frank Roden, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Skylar Carr, Bob & Carol Moore, Christina Morris (AC’s granddaughter).

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Pantry Item: Canned Green Beans


Men Serving Next Week July 25, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: AC Quinn – Robert Embry

Evening: Kerry King – Greg Counts


“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,
that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth much.”  (James 5:16)



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The Sustaining Power of the Lord

  Sustain is variously defined as “to keep in existence; maintain; prolong….To supply with necessities or nourishment….To support…encourage….To endure or withstand…” (Amer. Her. Dict.). In the Scriptures, it is the Lord who sustains His people. David says, “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul” (Ps. 54:4). Then again, in the next chapter, David encourages us with these words: “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken” (vs. 22). God sometimes uses human agency to sustain. This is indicated by Isaiah who says, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word” (50:4).

  The need for sustenance is as deep and wide as the world itself. There is no one without need of the Lord’s sustaining power. From a purely physical perspective, we stand in need of God for every blessing connected to life. In making God known to the Athenians, Paul said, “in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28). Jesus describes the Father as causing “His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and [sending His ] rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Mt. 4:45). Jesus Himself is a partner with the Father in sustaining the physical creation. He is the One through whom the Father made the worlds (Heb. 1:1-2). He is the One through whom all things are held together (Col. 1:17). Apart from the sustaining power of God, the universe would fall apart. Peter tells us that “the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). The only thing necessary to bring about the end of God’s material creation is for Him to withhold His sustaining power. The end will not come as a result of some mysterious cataclysmic event brought about by the gradual process of global warming—it will happen “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet…” (1 Cor. 15:52). It is absurd to think that we have any control either in determining or predicting the day of Christ’s return and the destruction of the world. Only the Father has that information (Mt. 24:36).

  But, for the Christian, sustenance also takes on the form of encouragement, nourishment, and support. In our struggles to live for Jesus, we are as dependent upon the Lord for spiritual strength as we are for daily physical provisions. Where would we be without the Lord? God is the Giver of “every good and perfect gift” (Jas. 1:17). Let us not forget that this applies also to His abundant spiritual provisions. In Christ, we enjoy “every spiritual blessing” (Eph. 1:3). Through the true knowledge of Him, we have been given “everything pertaining to life and godliness…” (2 Pet. 1:3). God has provided for our encouragement, support, and nourishment. We take advantage of His offer for sustenance through prayerful trust, earnest study of His word, and mutual exhortation in the body of Christ. Has there ever been a greater need to seek the care and provision of the Lord? We have been called as Christ’s followers to “sustain the weary one with a word” (Is. 50:4). When we are so often tempted to use our God-given faculty of speech in ways inappropriate for one who has been called to be like Jesus, resolve instead to sustain one another with words that build up, give grace, and meet pressing needs
 (Eph. 4:29).

 –Glen Elliott–


Bulletin / Prayer List

                                            Tom Bean church of Christ

July 11, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

July

ANOUNCEMENTS

Kerry King

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Greg Counts                Kerry King

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

AC Quinn                       Robert Embry

Don Baker                      Don Hickerson

            Kerry King   

          Jerry Harris                       Charley Counts        

SCRIPTURE READING

Kerry King

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PRAYER LIST  

Don Baker needs a heart valve replacement and also has a blockage. The doctors have changed their minds and feel that Don will be able to have a stint procedure instead of having open heart surgery.

Frank Roden surgery is scheduled for July 19th..

Robert Embry has been diagnosed with cancer in his pancreas. He had a CT scan Thursday and more doctor appointments Friday. CT scan showed the cancer has not spread. He will have a port put in next week and will begin chemo every other week.

Charlie Counts is scheduled to have surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach on July 15th.

Debbie Brown is scheduled for surgery on August 4th.

Floyce Hunter & family – Floyce’s daughter and son-in-law are both in the hospital in Las Vegas with Covid.

Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Robert Embry, Frank Roden, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Skylar Carr, Bob & Carol Moore, Christina Morris (AC’s granddaughter).

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Pantry Item: Whole Dill Pickles


Men Serving Next Week July 18, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: Walter McMillen – Charlie Counts

Evening: Jerry Harris – Don Baker


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,

that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer

of a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:16)
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Unanswerable Argument

In the face of opposition, we may defend our belief in Jesus in many ways. We may argue for the inspiration of the Bible on the basis of archaeological evidence. Or, we may rely on its scientific foreknowledge. We might even choose to use examples of fulfilled prophecy. All of these are viable forms of argumentation; but, there remains one unanswerable argument. When properly used, this argument will confound the enemies of Christianity. Interested? Then, read on.

In the fourth chapter of the book of Acts, we read about two ordinary fishermen who had become followers of Jesus Christ. They were arrested for proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. When the Council assembled to deal with these men, they observed a change within them. The text says that “as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply” (Acts 4:13-14). There was nothing they could say in response to what had been done—it was an unanswerable argument! They could not deny the miracle that these men had performed in the name of the Lord nor could they explain the change that had taken place within them in any way other than their association with the Lord.

We are not in a position today to do what Peter and John did through the special gifts they had received through the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). However, the fact remains that good works provide an amazing, if not unanswerable argument, in our lives as well. The works we do out of love for Jesus demonstrate to the world our faith in Christ. As James pointed out “someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (Jas. 2:18). Works done for the Lord demonstrate our faith and shine like a beacon in a world of darkness. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16). We will have little lasting effect on the world if we argue for Christ merely with words. Actions that reinforce and illustrate our message bring it all together in a way that draws the seeking heart to Jesus.

The world may ridicule our faith in God. People may mock our good behavior in Christ. But, they can never adequately answer the argument rendered by changed lives that are filled with good works offered in the name of Jesus. Remember that one unanswerable argument for the Christian faith is its belief and practice in the lives of ordinary people.

–Glen Elliott–

Bulletin / Prayer List

                                     Tom Bean church of Christ

July 04, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

July

ANOUNCEMENTS

Kerry King

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Greg Counts                Kerry King

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

Walter Mc Millen              Kerry King   

          Jerry Harris                       Charley Counts        

SCRIPTURE READING

Kerry King

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PRAYER LIST

Don Baker needs a heart valve replacement and also has a blockage. The doctors have changed their minds and feel that Don will be able to have a stint procedure instead of having open heart surgery.

Frank Roden will stop taking blood thinners on July 6th and surgery should be 2 weeks later.

Robert Embry has been diagnosed with cancer in his pancreas. He will have a port put in to begin chemotherapy soon.

Charlie Counts is scheduled to have surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach on July 15th.

Debbie Brown had a biopsy and is waiting to discuss treatment options with her doctor.

Floyce Hunter & family – Floyce’s daughter and son-in-law are both in the hospital in Las Vegas with Covid.

Stan Harley – (friend of Kerry) is in a Dallas hospital in very serious condition with his heart.

Christina Morris (AC’s granddaughter) doctors are trying to determine if she has MS or Rheumatoid Arthris.

Kerry King – will have surgery on his elbow, wrist and thumb on Sept 9th.

Tyler Smithermon (Frank’s grandson) is in Baylor McKinney with stomach issues.

Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Robert Embry, Frank Roden, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Skylar Carr, Bob & Carol Moore.

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Pantry Item: Pop Tarts

Men Serving Next Week July 11, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: AC Quinn – Don Baker

Evening: Robert Embry – Don Hickerson


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,

that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer

of a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:16)

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God’s Silent Authority

A respect for the authority of the Bible is basic to the restoration of New Testament Christianity. The old slogan: “Speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent” is both accurate and scriptural. The apostle Peter says, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God…” (1 Pet. 4:11). Ours is a day of religious anarchy. But, those who reject the authority of God’s word and begrudge God the right to tell us how to work and worship in the church will be judged by the same standard they have ignored. When God speaks, we must listen and obey (Hb. 1:1-2; Jas. 4:17). Failure to do so will result in eternal ruin (2 Th. 1:7-9).

Our respect for the authority of the Bible will also be seen in how we view the silence of the Scripture. We must respect both what the Bible says and what it does not say. In directing our action, the Bible does not have to list everything that is forbidden. When God told Noah to use gopher wood, He did not have to specify all other kinds of wood as being off limits. He simply commanded Noah to use gopher wood. Similarly, when God commands us to sing and make melody in our hearts, He does not have to tell us that using instrumental music in worship is sinful. The silence of the Scripture has authority enough to keep us from doing other than that which is specifically mentioned (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).

In discussing the priesthood of Jesus, the Hebrew author says, “For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests” (Hebrews 7:12–14). The inspired author argues from the silence of the Scripture. Someone may argue, “It doesn’t say a priest could not come from the tribe of Judah!” However, the Law plainly states that the tribe of Levi would serve as God’s priests. Therefore, all other tribes were excluded from serving as priests under the Law. A change of law was necessary before Jesus could serve as our high priest.

Using a similar argument, one might suggest that the Bible does not explicitly forbid the use of instruments of music in New Testament worship. However, when God commands us to sing and make melody in the heart, all other kinds of music are excluded. To do otherwise would be to repeat the sin of Nadab and Abihu who died before the presence of the Lord (Lev. 10:1-2). God expects all those who seek His favor to show respect for His word Therefore, we must neither add to nor take away from the word of God (Rev. 22:18-19).

–Glen Elliott–

Bulletin / Prayer List

                                  Tom Bean church of Christ

June 27, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

June

ANOUNCEMENTS

Greg Counts

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Robert Embry                 Jerry Harris

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

Jerry Harris                   Robert Embry

Don Baker                     AC Quinn        

SCRIPTURE READING

Greg Counts

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PRAYER LIST

Don Baker needs a heart valve replacement and also has a blockage. The doctors have changed their minds and feel that Don will be able to have a stint procedure instead of having open heart surgery.

Frank Roden will stop taking blood thinners on July 6th and surgery should be 2 weeks later.

Robert Embry has been diagnosed with cancer in his pancreas. He will have to see a specialist to determine treatment.

Charlie Counts is scheduled to have surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach on July 15th.

Debbie Brown had a biopsy and is waiting to discuss treatment options with her doctor.

Floyce Hunter & family – several, including Floyce, has tested positive for Covid.

Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Skylar Carr, Bob & Carol Moore, Christina Morris (AC’s granddaughter).

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Skylar Carr, Bob & Carol Moore, Christina Morris (AC’s granddaughter).

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Pantry Item: Spaghetti Noodles

Men Serving Month July

Announcements & Scripture Reading: Kerry King

Lord’s Supper – Greg Counts – Kerry King

Men Serving Next Week July 4, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: Walter McMillen – Jerry Harris

Evening: Kerry King – Charlie Counts


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,

that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer

of a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:16)


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Lightweight Christians

 The book of Psalms opens with a picturesque contrast between the righteous and the wicked. The righteous are compared to a beautiful and fruitful tree firmly planted by streams of water while the wicked are like chaff driven and tossed by the wind. At first glance, we might think the primary difference between the two is in their outward appearance. Not so, the chief distinction between the two is in what lies beneath the surface. Unfruitfulness in a child of God is not so much the result of what happens on the outside as it is what is happening on the inside.

  In reference to spiritual growth, we must have roots before we can enjoy fruit. Long ago, the prophet spoke of the surviving remnant of God’s people and promised that “the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward” (Is. 37:31). That is how things work in the vineyard of the Lord. God’s word is planted in the human heart and, like a seed, it germinates and grows. But the success of the young plant is not determined so much by what is seen above the soil as what takes place underneath the soil. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus mentioned seed which has been planted in rocky, shallow soil. The result had all the appearance of being healthy, thriving plants; but, “when the sun had risen, they were scorched…because they had no root…[and] withered away” (Mt. 13:6).

  If we want to grow spiritually, we will need to give primary attention to what is happening on the inside—that is, we will need to look at our roots. The people to whom Isaiah wrote his letter had become spiritual lightweights. They were about to be blown away by the judgment of God. He said their root had become rotten and their blossom was about to be carried away like dust by the wind. Then, he explains, “For they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the Holy One of Israel” (Is. 5:24). Our roots must be solidly grounded in the word of God. God’s word supplies us with the necessary nutrients for living a fruitful and productive life (Mt. 4:4; 2 Tim. 3:17). Too many have sought spiritual strength and productivity in the philosophies and strategies of men only to be disappointed with spiritual malnutrition and barrenness. Why not, instead, drink deeply of Christ and His word? It is when we are firmly rooted on the inside that we are “built up in Him and established in [our] faith…” (Col. 2:7). Only then, will we “bear much fruit, and so prove to be [His] disciples” (Jn. 15:8). Living without roots in Christ and His word makes us spiritual lightweights. As such we have no anchor to hold us in place when the storms of life come against us. Instead, we will be carried aloft by the wind until such time as we can be gathered together with all the other unfruitful branches in God’s kingdom and burned in the fire of God’s judgment. Think root and then fruit!

–Glen Elliott–



 

Bulletin / Prayer List

                                         Tom Bean church of Christ

June 20, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

June

ANOUNCEMENTS

Greg Counts

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Robert Embry       Jerry Harris

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

Walter Mc Millen        Kerry KIng

Don Hickerson           Greg Counts


SCRIPTURE READING

Greg Counts

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PRAYER LIST

Don Baker needs a heart valve replacement and also has a blockage. The doctors have changed their minds and feel that Don will be able to have a stint procedure instead of having open heart surgery.

Frank Roden has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He will have to stop taking blood thinners before surgery. This will take place sometime next month.

Robert Embry has been diagnosed with cancer in his pancreas. He will have to see a specialist to determine treatment.

Bob & Carol Moore (friends of Charlie & Helen) Bob is at home now and Carol has been moved to the 8th floor at TMC

Charlie Counts had surgery on June 11th to clean out his carotid artery. He will have surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach on July 15th.

Lucas Drew is in remission.

Debbie Brown had a biopsy and is waiting to discuss treatment options with her doctor.

Christina Morris is having tests to determine if arthritis is the cause of her problems.


Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Lucas Drew, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Eddie Hickerson (Hyper Cholesterol), Floyce Hunter, Skylar Carr.

Serving Our Country:


Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford

Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts


Pantry Item: Spaghetti Noodles


Men Serving Next Week June 27, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: Jerry Harris – Don Baker

Evening: Robert Embry – Charlie Counts


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,

that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer

of a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:16)

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Having Patience Under Stress

By Kevin Cauley


“Patience is a virtue” was an expression I heard a lot growing up! Now that I am almost 50 years-old, I have an inkling of what my parents meant. There are times in life when all that can be done is to wait and that is a good thing. Sin can create in us a sense of urgency that isn’t necessary. This urgency motivates us to act when we don’t need to act. Acting in such situations sometimes creates more problems than it solves. What is needed is a little patience. It takes self-control to hold oneself back from acting when all that can be done is wait. In Psalm 40:1 David wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.”

Lack of patience can also cause us to use our tongues incorrectly by saying things that we should not say. Sometimes a person may feel like he just must say something. He feels awkward when there is silence among others. So, he blurts out the first thing that comes to his mind. Maybe it’s innocent, but maybe it isn’t. Patience will help one to keep one’s tongue in check. James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” Alas, there are no perfect people, so James states, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).

So the next time you feel motivated to “do something,” ask yourself, “Do I need to wait and see what happens first?” Psalm 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”

Bulletin / Prayer List

                                    Tom Bean church of Christ

June 13, 2021

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com


                   ELDERS                       DEACONS               PREACHER 

                Charlie Counts                Greg Counts             Kerry King
                Kerry King

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES   

Sunday        Bible Study  9:00 AM   Worship 10:00AM   Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday  Bible Study 7:00 PM

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MONTH

June

ANOUNCEMENTS

Greg Counts

SERVING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Robert Embry       Jerry Harris

PRAYERS TODAY

MORNING                  EVENING

Robert Embry            AC Quinn

 Jerry Harris                Don Baker 

SCRIPTURE READING

Greg Counts

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PRAYER LIST

Don Baker needs a heart valve replacement and also has a blockage. He will have to have open heart surgery as a stint procedure is not possible. He also having some bleeding in his stomach and his back is not doing well.

Frank Roden has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He will have to stop taking blood thinners before surgery. This will take place sometime next month.

Robert Embry – Doctors told him he has a cyst on his pancreas. He will have a procedure for the doctors to use a camera to look at his stomach and pancreas on June 16th.

Bob & Carol Moore (friends of Charlie & Helen) both are doing better.

Charlie Counts had surgery on June 11th to clean out his carotid artery. He will have surgery to fix the aneurysm in his stomach later.

Christina Morris ac’s Granddaughter is undergoing tests

Remember in Daily Prayer:


Cancer: Lucas Drew, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Debbie Brown (Jan’s cousin)

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Jennifer Campbell (Frank’s daughter - MS), Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister), Anna Lois Farris (heart), Eddie Hickerson (Hyper Cholesterol), Floyce Hunter, Skylar Carr.

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Tyler Davies, Jesse Thetford


Police & First Responders, Medical Staff & Doctors:

Travis Counts, Dalton Griffin, Chelsie Serrano, Kim Counts

Pantry Item: Dish Washing Liquid


Men Serving Next Week June 20, 2021

Prayers:

Morning: Walter McMillen - Don Hickerson

Evening: Kerry King    -       Greg Counts

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,

that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer

of a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:16)


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There Is A Season

   It is only the beginning of June, but for all practical purposes, summer is upon us. As the temperatures rise, our spirits are called back to the more pleasant days of spring. How quickly one season passes into the next! Passing seasons have not always been a part of the human experience. Seasons are the result of environmental changes produced by the Flood. Along with His promise never to destroy the world again with water, God promises an endless cycle of changing seasons, each with its own particular purpose (Gen. 8:22). Like successive waves driven across a sandy beach, each season is followed by the next, marking the passing of time with accurate precision.

   Each season has its appropriate responsibility. Solomon observes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1, ESV). Balance is found by using life’s opportunities in a timely manner. Unused opportunities disappear. Paul said, “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Gal. 6:10). It is a beautiful thing to behold God’s people sincerely engaged in doing good deeds (Tit. 3:14; Mt. 5:16).

   Jeremiah’s expectation for His people was based on what he knew about their spiritual season. It was summer – a time for reaping a harvest of repentance. But the prophet’s sorrow overwhelms him as he sadly observes, “Harvest is past, summer is ended, And we are not saved” (Jer. 8:20). Like rapidly diminishing light at the end of a long, summer day, their season was changing without their having repented. A foreboding new season was on the horizon – a season of painful discipline under the righteous judgment of God.

   Are you approaching a change in season in your life? We don’t know what the future holds – but we do know the God who holds the future in His hands. There is a season for every matter under heaven. May God grant us the wisdom and resolve to faithfully pursue His will each day.

–Glen Elliott–