Bulletin / Prayer List 8-26-18

Prayer List
A.C. Quinn is recovering from his cardiac catheterization. He had one stint inserted.
Dannie Baker is recovering from cataract surgery.
Andy LeDane is recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
Billy Joe Loftice has been diagnosed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Ray Harmon is recovering from surgery.
Chris Johnson’s mother Angel Johnson has begun cancer treatment.

Don Baker, James and Florene Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Jennifer Cox, Mary Hamel and husband, Don Hickerson, Eddie Hickerson, Gary Hickerson, Dorothy Hodges, Bobbi King, Audrey McKin, Beryl Miller, Della Price, Eddie Rolens, Brian Scott, Amy McKillop, Dale and Lana Rideout

Serving in the military; 
Cody Blomstedt, 
Josh Van Deren and 
Chris Johnson. All are in the U.S. at this time. 
Tyler Davies is in Hawaii for special training 

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… 

Fellowship is today after morning worship service. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Ladies Bible Class will start Tuesday September 4 at 10:00am. They will meet in the large classroom.

Pantry Item:  Spaghetti Sauce

September Announcements: Robert Embry
Lord Supper: Robert Courtney, Don Harrington and Kerry King
September Prayers: Morning: Greg Counts – Robert Courtney 
Evening: Don Harrington – Charles Counts
Scriptures: Robert Embry

I Like My Church Because
By John Gipson
     She visited the congregation where I preached a number of times, and we studied together a few times. The thing that turned her off was the emphasis we placed on the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and the importance of the new birth. She brought our studies to a close by saying, “I like my church because we don’t teach any doctrine.”

     Sadly, in some places, the church has turned a “believing church” into an assembly of activities, with countless programs and committees going to and fro to satisfy their own desires—many of which have less to do with being “servants of the Word.”

     Far too many folks have become religious consumers. They look to the church to meet their needs—and quickly look elsewhere if they feel their needs are not being met. The emphasis is no longer on God or Jesus Christ, but rather on “me, myself, and mine.”

     For many years in our world truth has vanished—leaving it to each person to do as he pleases. As David F. Wells has said, “The bottom line for the modernized world is that there is no truth; the bottom line for the Christian consciousness is precisely the opposite.”

     James Orr, over a century ago, stated that the New Testament “comes to men with definite positive teaching: it claims to be the truth; it bases religion on knowledge….  A religion on mere feeling is the vaguest, most unreliable, most unstable of all things.”

     In past years, when I had the privilege of standing in Hardeman Nichols’ pulpit, he always said to me, “Preach the Word.” It seems to me, especially now, that the great need of the hour is to “Preach the Word”—it remains the power of God to save.

     Or, to quote the inspired Jude, “Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” 
(KJV 2 Timothy 1::9)