Bulletin / Prayer List 12-17-17

Prayer List
Charles Counts skin condition is improving but he is having blood pressure problems.
Kathy Hill is home from the hospital. She is waiting for test results.
Frank Rhoden is home recovering from surgery.
Andy LeDane is scheduled to have surgery Dec. 21st.
Rose Harrington is having severe back pains.

Eddie and Tabitha Griffin, Florene and Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Gary Counts, Carl Hall, Jim Hallman, Eddie Hickerson, Gary Hickerson, Dorothy Hodges, Ron Hunter, Bobbi King, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Kylie Painter, Ryan Patti, Della Price, and Eddie Rollins.

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…

It was decided in the Business Meeting that the evening worship services for December 24 will be moved to 2:00pm.

There will be no Ladies Class until January 2, 2018.

Pantry Item: Toilet Tissue

December 24: Prayers: Morning: Robert Courtney – Don Baker
                                     Evening: Robert Embry – Don Harrington
Scriptures: Robert Courtney
Does Matthew 18:20 Exempt Christians From Attending The Regular Worship Assembly?

Some Christians quote Matthew 18:20 to try to justify their practice of going out on Sunday to fish, golf, attend travel ball or perform some other recreational activity, missing the first-day-of-the-week assembly and simply holding their "own services" since two or three are gathered. Many verses like this are abused in like manner (such as, Matthew 7:1 where people claim that you cannot judge (see our Question in the Q & A- Is It A Sin To Judge?).
This verse has to be put into its whole context: Matthew 18:15-20: "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
The context indicates that Jesus is talking about conflict resolution, not the worship assembly. Notice there is a progression of what is to happen to gain your brother or sister in Christ back if they have sinned against you. First, you are to go to them personally. If that does not work, secondly, you are to bring two or three witnesses. If that does not work, then bring it before the congregation. Notice that Jesus goes back to the part about two or three witnesses because such was done in His name (by His authority - Colossians 3:17). Therefore Jesus will be honored when His commandments are being obeyed by that company of His precious followers who are trying to do the right thing.

(The Gospel of Christ)