Bulletin / Prayer List 11-26-17

Prayer List
Gary Counts surgery has been delayed until Nov. 30th.
Bobbi King is doing well.
Eddie Rollins is having problems with his knee.
Eddie Hickerson needs our prayers.

Eddie and Tabitha Griffin, Florene and Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Jan Hickerson, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Carl Hall, Jim Hallman, Gary Hickerson, Dorothy Hodges, Ron Hunter, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Corey Miller, Ryan Patti, Della Price, Jessica and Loretta Rhoden, and Jerry Stice.

Serving in the military: 
Faith Balzen, 
Cody Blomstedt, 
Travis Counts, 
Tyler Davies, 
Josh Van Deren, and 
Dakota Smitherman all are in the U.S... 
Chris Johnson has been deployed to 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…

Pantry Item: Canned Chicken

December Announcements: Robert Courtney
Lord Supper: Greg Counts, Robert Embry and Kerry King
December 3- Prayers: Morning: Don Baker – Greg Counts
                      Evening: Charles Counts - Kerry King
Scriptures: Robert Courtney

Buy the Truth and Sell It Not
By Don Campbell

Buy the truth, and sell it not” (Prov 23:23, KJV) These words suggest at least three things:  truth is a rare and precious commodity, truth is a costly commodity, and truth may be traded away at an even greater cost.  These three things certainly apply to the truth of the gospel.  However I believe Solomon had a more everyday thought in mind.  He had just said, “Listen to your father….do not
despise your mother” (v. 22).  He follows with: “And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.  Let your father and your mother be glad…” (vv.24-25).
     That truth is a rare and precious commodity is underscored by the work of Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, who says, “Not only do we lie frequently, but we lie without even thinking about it. People lie while they are getting acquainted an average of three times in a 10-minute period. Participants in my studies actually are not aware that they are lying that much until they watch videos of their interactions” (From a 2009 interview in Time).
      There may be many costs involved in buying the truth, but one that comes quickly to my mind is that buying it costs time and effort.  We are bombarded with information claiming to be the truth about this or that person or this or that thing.  It is easy to accept the claim because we like or identify with the person or organization making the claim.  However, any untruth we might embrace becomes a part of us and warps our reality.  There are a number of online sites, some better than others, that devote themselves to debunking some of the more popular and prevalent lies in our society.  However, these “popular” lies may not be as harmful to us as are those we tell ourselves or those we allow friends and family to tell us that we accept without question.
     We sell the truth when we accept information at face value.  This does not mean that we need to be paranoid and go around accusing everyone of lying.  It does mean that we need to think for ourselves.  The Latin phrase fides tamen quin (trust but verify) should be our default mode.  We need to always verify something before we repeat it—or act on it.  The excuse “I was just repeating what I heard,” is really no excuse for peddling, or evading the truth or distortion of the truth.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)