Bulletin / Prayer List 10-9-16

Prayer List
Nell Hall is in WNJ; she needs our prayers.
Helen Counts is recovering from a snake bite.
Dan Tucker is recovering from heart surgery.
Barry Cox will have hip surgery November 11.
Don Harrington will have surgery on his right eye October 10th.
Kerry King’s mother is being treated for stage 4 cancer.
Robert Embry’s uncle Glen Durham is home. He is still having swelling of the leg as well as cancer.
Robert Courtney’s cousin’s daughter is recovering from a stroke.
Gary Hickerson is recovering from surgery.

Andy LeDane, Eddie Griffin, James and Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Don Hickerson, Lester and Billie Phillips, Mary Jean Turner, Armanda family, Jack and Diane Arnold, Don Boyd, Betty Clark, Glenn Durham, Doris James, Dan LeDane, Carol Moore, Beryl Miller, Dean and Della Price, and Terry Turner.

Serving in the military: 
Dakota Smitherman has been deployed to Afghanistan. 
Travis Counts has been deployed to Kuwait.
Faith Balzen 
Cody Blomstedt

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 Fall Meeting was a success and the lessons were great. If you were unable to attend you missed some good lesson on the God Head.

The Men’s Business meeting is today after evening worship services. All men are invited and encouraged to attend.

Pantry Item: Tomato Sauce

Oct. 16 Prayers: Morning: Butch Balzen – Greg Counts
Evening: Robert Courtney - Charles Counts
Scriptures: Don Harrington
God Doesn’t Care…
By A. C. Quinn
There is a line in an old movie which so reflects the attitudes of many people when it comes to the subject of religion. One of the characters in the movie is encouraging a friend to attend a different church. She did so with the encouraging words, “God doesn’t care which church you go to as long as you show up now and then.” There are a number of problems with this innocent sounding theory, of which two will be discussed.
The first problem is that people have the idea that “God doesn’t care.” That is, God doesn’t care what individuals do religiously just as long as they are sincere in their endeavors. The first retort to this idea is the simple question: “If God doesn’t care, why did He give man a book of rules—yes, a book of do’s and don’ts”? Of course, that book is the Bible—God’s inspired word to man in which He directs man in the way the He wants him to go. Further, it does matter to God the church in which one worships. It was important enough that the blood of the Son of God was shed as the purchase price (Acts. 20:28, et. al.). It should be noted, too, that the purchase price was paid for one: Ephesians 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The second problem with the thought that God doesn’t care is the idea that one can just “show up now and then.” This is actually what many people in the church do—show up now and then. To one who has a knowledge of the Scriptures, that is forsaking the assembling of the saints. The Christian is instructed not to forsake that assembling. Hebrews 10:25 so states: “…Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” The first Christians followed these instructions from the beginning (Acts 2:42; 20:7). Still, folks seem to think, by their actions, that God doesn’t care whether or not they attend worship services regularly. One has to wonder what these folks would think if God chose to answer prayers just “now and then,” or if He chose to forgive just “now and then.”
God does care! He is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9); but He does expect his servants to be faithful unto death in order to receive the crown or life (Revelation 2:10).