Bulletin / Prayer List 4-24-16

Prayer List
Nell Hall is having problems with one of her toes again.
Florene Griffin is recovering from back surgery.
Charles Counts’ sisters; Debbie Kluge and Wanda Peterson are having health problems. They are doing some better.
Kerry and Carla King’s niece’s father is scheduled to have pancreas surgery.
Butch Balzen’s sister, Stacy Rogers has a heart value problem and is scheduled to have surgery.

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 Green Beans

May Announcements: Robert Courtney
Lord Supper: Butch Balzen, Jack Cawthon, and Greg Counts
May 1st Prayers Morning: Robert Courtney - Greg Counts
Evening: Jack Cawthon – Charles Counts
Scriptures: Robert Courtney

First Sunday Singing is May 1st at Wolfe City church of Christ from 2:30 – 3:30pm.
A Servant of Jesus Christ

In Romans 1:1 Paul identifies himself as “a servant of Jesus Christ.” The Greek word doulos, from which the English translation “servant” is taken, actually means bondslave and is very strong word indicating a number of many things.

As a slave of Christ, Paul’s life was in subjection to Christ. His conscience, doctrine and conduct were in subjection to Christ, as well as Christ’s honor and dignity being inherent in Paul. Just as Paul was bought by Christ, so too all Christians were bought (I Corn. 6:19-20).

Paul’s subjection to Christ meant that he was obedient in all things just as we should be, even to the point of death (Phil. 2:5-8). Too often, we all have family, friends, events and work to influence our lives, that keeps us from being obedient to Christ (Rom. 6:23)!

Not only did Paul identify himself as “a servant of Christ”, but stated he was called by Christ to be an “apostle set apart for the gospel of God.” (Acts 26: 14-18) Paul acted in official capacity for Christ as an apostle (2 Peter 1:1); and as a bondservant of Christ, he had a message from God that all men are obligated to heed. We need to remember that Christ selected each of the original 12 and named them apostles (Luke 6:13). These men were of humble origin, simple men.

In Mark 16:15-16 and Matthew 28:19-20, Christians too are instructed by Christ to go out into the world and make disciples of all men. We should not be afraid to teach nor be ashamed to teach (Rom. 1:16). We need to be bold (Acts 4:31) and go forth into the world with the same attitude that Paul had and not be afraid what others say. We need to ask ourselves whose praise we seek
(Matt. 6:33)? Who is our Master (Matt. 6:24)? At what price were we bought (I Corn. 6:19-20)?