Bulletin / Prayer List 3-27-16

Prayer List
Nell Hall is recovering from surgery on her feet.

Betty and Jerry Harris, James and Florene Griffin, Don Hickerson, Andy LeDane, Lester and Billie Phillips, Mary Jean Turner, Michael Armando, Jack and Diane Arnold, Betty Clark, Debbie Kluge, Doris James, Dan LeDane, Gary Hickerson, Beryl Miller, Dean and Della Price, Terry Turner, and Wanda Peterson.

Serving in the military: Travis Counts   Faith Balzen
Cody Blomstedt   Dakota Smitherman

Let us pray for our country and government leaders and those who are in harms way, military and civilian personnel.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…

Our sympathy and prayers go to Jeff Loftice and family in the loss of his aunt Lucy Wheeler.

The next Workday is April 2 at 8:30am prior to our Spring meeting April 3rd.

Our Spring Meeting begins Sunday April 3rd and goes thru Wednesday April 6th.. Services will be a 7:30pm each night. Sunday morning services will be at regular time.

March Fellowship has been moved to Sunday April 3rd after morning worship services.

Pantry Item Canned Tomatoes

April Announcements: Greg Counts
Lord Supper: Barry Cox, Don Harrington, and Kerry King
April 3rd Prayers Morning: Butch Balzen – Jack Cawthon
Evening: Don Harrington – Robert Courtney
Scriptures: Greg Counts

Why Doesn’t Somebody Speak Up?
It was the summer of 1939 when a young man attended a street service in which a Holiness preacher was mocking and jeering at churches of Christ and the teaching of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. The crowd was joining in with hallelujahs and laughter; these meetings occurred each Saturday. As the preacher continued his tirade one Saturday afternoon, the young man thought, “Why doesn’t somebody speak up?” Then suddenly it dawned on him, “You are somebody; why don’t you speak up? Well, sure, but I’m only a teenager; who’s going to teach me?” The young man asked the preacher to explain Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38, but the preacher did not know what these scriptures said so the teenager quoted them for him. The preacher laughed at the young man and humiliated him in front of everybody. The following week this young man went to his preacher and they studied so that the young man would be prepared on the following Saturday. The young man thought, “This time he will not make a fool of me.” When Saturday arrived the young man with his New Testament in his pocket was ready, but the Holi ness preacher did not show up. In fact, he never returned.
The name of the young man is not important. He did nothing spectacular. He only cited two scriptures that we’re all familiar with, Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16. However, the key to evangelism is letting the Scriptures speak. Although, many people place a lot of stock in men who can speak eloquently and sound good, the power to save men from their sins is in the gospel, not in man (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18ff; 2:2). In 1 Peter 4:11, we are told, “if any man speak let him speak as the oracles of God.”
So, the next time someone is ridiculing the church, mocking the Holy Scriptures, and making fun of your faith and you are wondering, “Why doesn’t someone speak up?” remember that someone who needs to speak up is you! You don’t have to be as articulate as a lawyer; you don’t need credentials of a doctor, and you don’t have to possess the eloquence of the TV evangelist. All you need is the Word of God, which is able to save men from their sins (James 1:21).
By the way, in case your curiosity has gotten the best of you, the young man was Mack Lyon who was the evangelist of the TV program, “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” (Selected)