Bulletin / Prayer List 12-18-16

Prayer List
Mark Morris still needs our prayers.
Brenda Williams, A.C. Quinn’s daughter is home recovering from a heart attack.
Don Boyd’s cancer has returned.
A friend of Greg Counts’, Ronnie Brown is a diabetic and is losing his sight.

Andy LeDane, Eddie Griffin, James and Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Don Hickerson, Lester and Billie Phillips, Dan Tucker, Mary Jean Turner, Armanda family, Jack and Diane Arnold, Betty Clark, Doris James, Gary Hickerson, Bobbie King, 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 is in California. 
Cody Blomstedt is in El Paso, Texas.

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…

Pantry Item: Sweeten Condensed Milk

Dec 25th Prayers: Morning: Don Harrington – Robert Courtney
Evening: Charles Counts – Don Hickerson
Scriptures: Greg Counts
Spectator or Participant
By David Shearer

In Mark 14 we see the last few hours of Jesus’ life. We find him with three disciples praying when a throng of solders, scribes, Pharisees, Chief Priest and their cohorts come to arrest Jesus.
Now I had really never considered this before until I studied this out in Mark that there were six hundred or maybe a thousand present to take Him into custody when we compare the other Gospels. That is why Judas prearranged to kiss and embrace Jesus so they would know who to take into bonds. The soldiers were there doing their duty and chances are most of them did know Jesus.
Let’s look at the spectators who were present. There was Malchus. He was a servant of the High Priest. Now it was possible that he was summoned to go along or it could be that he knew something was going down and he wanted to be there to watch. At any rate, I’m pretty sure that he was not expecting to get his ear wacked off, therefore, he was an unwilling participant. John records his name and that Jesus healed it. That surprised Malchus and others, too, no doubt.
Now Peter was the participant that did the ear cleaving on Malchus. Notice his bravery. Including Jesus, there was four of them and yet he was willing to fight. Another one who was caught up in the ruckus was a young man whom they tried to grab hold but he slipped out of his cloth and fled. Most believe this to be Mark. After all he had an interest in what was going to happen to Jesus. Mark’s account is only one that tells of this man.
Take some time to read Mark 1 then ask yourself some questions. Would I have been a participant or a spectator? We know that all those that were close to Jesus fled. It was part of the plan that He should die for our sins.
That deed has been accomplished. There is a song that we sometimes sing that says “What will you do with Jesus?” Will you be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord? 1 Corinthians 15:58 Will you accept Him? Reject Him? Will you show your love to Him by keeping the commandments?
The way I see it God wants participants in His Kingdom not just rubberneckers standing around watching, but doers of the word. What do you think?

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).