Bulletin / Prayer List 8-6-17

Prayer List
Don Hickerson is scheduled to have cataract surgery August 9.
Corey Miller is having problems with his throat.
We need to keep Kerry King’s mother in our prayers.
Greg Count’s cousin Jim Hallman is having back problems.
Tabitha Griffin has begun taking cancer treatments.
Gary Hodges is not doing well.
Robert Embry’s niece son Ryan Pattie is having health problems.

Eddie Griffin, Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Doris James, Jo Gordon, Gary Hickerson, Thomas Mako, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Carol Moore, Della Price and Loretta Rhoden.

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

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 Meeting will be next Sunday August 13 after evening worship service. All men are invited and encouraged to attend.

August 13 Prayers: Morning: Robert Embry – Butch Balzen
Evening: Jerry Harris – Kerry King
Scriptures: Don Harrington
First Century Christianity
By Charles Box, Greenville, AL
Is it possible for people living today to simply be New Testament Christians? Can we be first century Christians in the twenty-first Century? So much is said today about “change” is evident. Computers, communications. and candidates are constantly changing. Must the Gospel be changed to fit a changing world or is the message of Christ’s sacrifice still sufficient for today (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)?
MAN HAS NOT CHANGED. In what is thought to be the oldest book in the Bible (Job), Job’s friend said that man “drinketh iniquity like water…” (Job15:16). That could have been a description of people today. Man now struggles with the same greed, lust, and bitterness as those of previous generations. Human nature today is as it was yesterday. Man has always been given the choice of good or evil (Deuteronomy 11:26, and has always—to some degree—chosen evil (Romans 3:23).
MAN’S PROBLEM HAS NOT CHANGED. In Noah’s days people were wicked: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). In our day sin is still our problem. Man is sinful—un-God-like. “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). There is not even one accountable people who has not sinned (Romans 3:10, 23). Our problem is a common problem—SIN.
MAN’S HOPE HAS NOT CHANGED. Jesus is our only hope. Paul spoke of “…Christ…the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Jesus bore our sins in His own body on the tree (1Peter 2:24). Without His death man would be without hope. ”For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being out to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (1Peter 3:18). Man’s hope is in the fact that Jesus suffered sin’s penalty in man’s place.
Man is the same, sin is the same; man’s hope is the same. First century Christianity is possible today. Through a return to the New Testament teaching in loving obedience to the Gospel we can be Christians only (Acts 2:36-47; Romans 6:1-6). God requires: learning of Christ (Romans 10:17), belief in Christ (john 3:16), repentance of sin (Acts 2:38), confession of faith (Romans 10:9, 10), and baptism (Mark 16:16). Have you obeyed the Gospel? If not, now is the time!

9“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11)