Bulletin / Prayer List 4-17-16

Prayer List
Nell Hall is having problems with one of her toes again.
Charles Counts’ sisters; Debbie Kluge and Wanda Peterson are having health problems. They are doing some better.
Kerry and Carla King’s nieces father is scheduled to have pancreas surgery.
Butch Balzen’s sister Stacy Rogers is having heart problems.

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

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…

April 24th there will be a “Pounding” for Ashlyn LeDane at the house next door from 2-4:00pm. Additionally, she has requested one or more of your favorite receipts.

Faith Balzen will be home on leave April 29th. Therefore we have moved April’s Fellowship to May 1st to celebrate her being home.

Pantry Item: Canned Peaches

April 24th Prayers Morning: Butch Balzen – Barry Cox
Evening: Robert Embry – Don Hickerson
Scriptures: Greg Counts

Can A Child of God Be Lost?
By Luke Shira
Can one become a child of God, have the forgiveness of sins, and then be lost? Every day I come in contact with such people, they seem to believe the old denominational doctrine “once saved always saved.” It is time we had a wake-up call and realize that Christianity is a way of life, and if we do not follow that way we will never get to heaven. “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
Why does the child of God have so many warnings if it is impossible for him to be lost once saved? In Galatians 5:4, Paul charged those Christians who were turning back to the Law of Moses that they have “fallen from Grace.” Why do Christians live as though they cannot lose their inheritance? Again, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall” (I Corinthians 10:12). Being a Christian is much more than being baptized (although one cannot be a Christian without being baptized).
Why then do so many follow “ways” which are not the Way of Christ? Why does man bring in strange things in service to God, things that are not authorized in His Word? Why are there so many warnings from God? Possibly the saddest and most vivid pictures in the Bible are the ones Peter paints in II Peter 2:20-22, where he compares the apostate Christian to a clean washed sow that goes back into the mud, and the dog that returns to eat his own vomit. Why are we warned if things cannot happen? Just like this one who has been washed in the blood of Christ can return to a sinful life or a false religion and be lost. “How shall we escape: if we neglect so great a salvation?

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

(II Peter 2: 20-21).