Bulletin / Prayer List 5-7-17

Prayer List
Faith Balzen is recovering surgery at home.
Greg Counts has a severe case of gout.
Mark Morris is waiting for his MRI test results.
Mary Jean Turner needs our prayers.
Mike Dickenson is recovering from kidney surgery.
Don Hickerson’s brother-in-law Louis Horn is home.
Kathy Hill’s friend Gary Hodges needs our prayers.
Families in Northern Arkansas have been evacuated due to flooding.

Andy LeDane, Eddie Griffin, Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry
And Betty Harris, Don Hickerson, Billie Phillips, Mary Jean Turner, Armanda family, Ronnie Brown, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Doris James, Gary Hickerson, Bobbie King, Dan LeDane, Carol Moore, Beryl Miller, and Della Price.

Serving in the military: Faith Balzen, Cody Blomstedt, Travis Counts, and Dakota Smitherman all are in the U.S...

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…

Men’s Business Meeting is next Sunday. All men are invited and encouraged to attend.

May 14 Prayers: Morning: Greg Counts – Charles Counts
Evening: Jerry Harris – Don Hickerson
Scriptures: Robert Courtney
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 that 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).