Bulletin / Prayer List 3-25-18

Prayer List
Kathy Hill received a good report. We need to keep her in our prayeers.
Florene Griffin is in Woodland Nursing Home room 423. It is behind TMC.
Dale Counts did not received a good report
A friend of Don Hickerson Della Skerkis has asked for our prayers.

James Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Eddie Hickerson, Gary Hickerson, Dorothy Hodges, Bobbi King, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Della Price, Eddie Rolens, and Brian Scott.

Serving in the military; 
Faith Balzen, 
Cody Blomstedt, 
Travis Counts, and 
Chris Johnson. All are in the U.S. at this time. 
Tyler Davies has been deployed to Guam. 
Josh Van Deren is scheduled to be deployed to Africa in July.

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…

Don’t Forget Our Spring Meeting will be April 1st to April 4th. Services will begin at 7:30pm each night. Plan now to attend and invite others.

There will be a Work Day March 31 8:00am to prepare the Church, Grounds and House for our Meeting.

This month’s Fellowship has been moved to April 1st after morning worship service.

Pantry Item:

April Announcements: Don Harrington
Lord Supper: Don Baker, Robert Courtney and Robert Embry
April 1 Prayers: Morning: Don Bake and Robert Embry
Evening: Alex Miller and Greg Counts
Scripture Reading: Don Harrington
by A. C. Quinn
Christians are to be lights--the influence of all that is good and right--reflecting to a lost and dying world. The Son of God. Jesus instructs Christians with these words: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14-16).
Most, if not all, little children who have been brought up in the church have been taught the song: “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine.” It, of course, is based on Jesus’ instruction to “let your light shine.” How tragic it is for Christians to teach such an imperative lesson to the young only to teach them quite the contrary in real life. Children grow up seeing and being influenced by parents and others with whom they must live whose lights are hid “…under a bushel.” You see, the imperative to let your light shine is also embraced in Paul’s instruction to the Ephesians: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).
Christian influence--shining lights--does not only affect children and family; it affects the world as well. Paul speaks to the church at Philippi regarding this issue: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15). It is a forgone conclusion that it is difficult to get people interested in God, the gospel, and the church. The primary reason for this problem is the lights of Christians are not shining as they should. As the old song so aptly expresses: “You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.”
How does your light shine in the world around you? Is it a shining example of the Lord demonstrated through faithfulness, love and good works, or is it hid “..under a bushel” of worldliness and unfaithfulness? How about your epistle? What do men read in the book of your life? It is simply another demonstration of the Christian’s life as it is lived daily before the world. What does the world read? Make no mistake about it, it is read: “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart” (2Cor. 3:2-3).
There will be an opening of the books (Revelation 20:12-15), and judgment shall be based on the content of those books.

 Is your light truly shining? Is your epistle (book) fact or fiction?