Bulletin / Prayer List 10-1-17

Prayer List:
Gary Counts is recovering from knee surgery and is preparing to have surgery on the other knee.
Robert Embry’s niece’s son, Ryan Patti is still having problems
Corey Miller is recovering from surgery but got the results from the tests and everything was negative.
Billie Bradford, Kathy Hill’s sister, needs our prayers.
Jerry Stice, Don Baker’s brother-in-law had eye surgery last Monday and is doing well.
Bobbye King, Kerry’s mother, will have surgery on Oct 17th.
Jim Hallman is having severe back pain.
Carl Hall, a friend of AC, is still waiting for the doctor to decide on treatment for his heart problem.
Gary & Dorothy Hodges need our prayer.
Don Harrington had cataract surgery Wednesday and will have the other eye done in 2 weeks.

Remember in Daily Prayer:
Eddie, Tabitha, Florene, and Jimmy Griffin, Jerry & Betty Harris, Billie Phillips Betty Clark, Jo Gordon, Gary Hickerson, Ron Hunter, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Carol Moore, Della Price, Jessica & Loretta Rhoden.

Serving Our Country:
Faith Balzen, 
Travis Counts, 
Cody Blumstead, 
Dakota Smitherman and
Chris Johnson (deployed to Kuwait)

Lost Loved Ones & Friends:
Doris James, Betty Harris’ sister passed away last week.
Thomas Mako, friend for Butch & Charae Balzen passed away last week.

Our Fall Meeting is scheduled for Oct 8-11 with Curtis Ritchwood.

Pantry Item: Cereal

The Sovereignty Of God

By Mike Riley

Several years ago, I remember a religious sign that was erected with only two words printed in bold black letters which read:

“Try God.”

It wasn’t too long before someone had scribbled below it this question:

“On what charge?”

If we think that’s funny, let’s consider the man in California a few years back, who actually tried to sue God for a storm that had caused him to suffer uninsured loss. The judge threw the case out of court saying the sheriff’s office was unable to bring the defendant to court.

Similarly, many folks have tried to call God into question for one thing or another. Many play the game of “Whys.” “Why did God make me like this?” (Romans 9:20; cf. Isaiah 45:9). “Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble?” (Habakkuk 1:3). “Why would a good God allow good folks to suffer at the hands of evil men?” (Job 24:1-17).

Like the California man, the maddening thing to these folks, is that they can’t get God into the courtroom.

The concept of the sovereignty of God, is a hard lesson for mankind to learn (Jeremiah 32:17; Jeremiah 32:26-27; cf. Genesis 18:14). God moves and acts on His own authority (Daniel 4:8-25).

He does what He pleases when He pleases, and He refuses to stoop to the curiosity of mortal men (Hebrews 2:6; cf. Psalms 8:4; Job 7:17-21). He will not explain nor apologize for His actions, and He will not be brought up on our charges (Daniel 4:35; Romans 11:33-35).

Rest assured, God is still on the throne and is still working things out for our good (Psalm 45:6-7; Hebrews 1:1-8; Romans 8:28), even if we don’t understand all the brush strokes going onto the Canvas of life’s portrait. Therefore, let us trust ourselves to a God who knows and understands the whole picture (Psalm 37:3-5; Proverbs 3:5-6).