Bulletin / Prayer List August 16 2020

 Tom Bean church of Christ

August 16 2020

209 South Brown Street

Tom Bean, Tx 75489

Phone: (903) 546-6620

Email: tombeancoc@gmail.com

Website: tombeancoc.com

                       ELDERS                     DEACONS          PREACHER
                   Charlie Counts               Greg Counts           Kerry King             
                   Kerry King 


Sunday         Bible Study 9:00 AM     Worship 10:00AM     Worship 6:00 PM 

Wednesday   Bible Study 7:00 PM




Kerry King


 Robert Embry         Greg Counts



Jerry Harris              Don Baker

      Walter McMillen      Charles Counts


Kerry King


Melissa Pool, Paula’s daughter is in TMC with pneumonia.

Anna Lois Farris is in a Texarkana hospital. She had hip surgery but is scheduled to go to a rehab facility in Nashville AR. She needs to see a heart doctor but needs to be a little stronger.

Joy Fowler has been receiving more treatment. She is doing better.

Lovoe Harber (Charlie’s sister) is getting better. She will be re-evaluated soon.

Gordy & Glonda Hicks (friends of Charlie & Helen) have requested our prayers. They live in Alabama. Gordy is in the last stages of cancer and has pneumonia and the Corona Virus. He is in the hospital in Huntsville. Their daughter, Pam, also is in the hospital with the Corona Virus. She is on a ventilator. Their granddaughter, Courtney has the virus but is doing better. Courtney’s son Brantlee, who has autism, is being cared for by a family member.

Don Stringfellow (friend of Walter & Robert – Meals On Wheels) has been diagnosed with cancer. He is doing better

Sue Pray (Don Harrington’s sister) passed away.

Remember in Daily Prayer:

Cancer: Kathy Hill, Betty Clark, Ruth Stone (Greg’s bosses’ wife), Jesse Farrer (Tom Bean schoolboard president), Sharon Ditto (friend of Jan), Mary Estep.

Macular Degeneration: AC Quinn, Beryl Miller

Others: Greg Counts, Florene Griffin (back & hip), Beverly Roberts (MS), Dannie Baker (severe allergies), Steve Dupuis (heart, AC’s son in law), Bill Davis (stroke), Darril Slone (Mysathenia Gravis).

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Kirk Johnson (Kuwait)
Tyler Davies has been deployed to South Africa.

Consider Your Influence 

By Josh Blackmer 

We have an ability that we may not be using effectively for Christ. In His Sermon on the Mount, He described it as salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16). We should be very concerned about our influence. The Lord’s work consists of influencing people in God’s direction (Col. 1:28). Influence comes down to a matter of communication, both verbal or non-verbal. This includes our online communication. Sometimes, we are guilty of neglecting principles of influence and communication. Here are three to consider.

First, we need to examine self before influencing others. The most significant change starts with self. The “inside out” approach in influencing others is best. Jesus illustrates the importance of self-examination with the story of a man with a beam in his eye trying to help a man with a splinter (Matt. 7:3-5). Paul wrote, “I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). In doing this, we must model the conduct we wish to encourage in others (Acts 20:34-35; 1 Cor. 11:1). We must always be an example (1 Tim. 4:12).

Second, we should try to understand where people are coming from and advise with compassion. It is true that in some cases we have to earn the right to be heard by showing ourselves to be genuinely concerned about the other person. We can often be sympathetic to the situations of others. To be able to be empathetic is more influential. We need to be able to understand the real needs people have. Often a grumpy disposition is less about who they are and more about what they are struggling with. This is not an excuse, but understanding it changes how we approach them. Just telling them to stop being grumpy won’t help. If we help them deal with what is making them grumpy, that gets to the source. Understanding needs to go before being understood (Phil. 2:4). Jesus, the Master Teacher, saw people with His perfect understanding and compassion (Matt. 9:36).

Lastly, a good example is not enough. We must communicate. Character and compassion are not enough to communicate the truth of the gospel, it takes words (Eph. 1:13; Acts 11:13-14; Rom. 10:17). The gospel is of no benefit if it is not made clear (Col. 4:3-4; Eph 6:19-20). We must strive to balance courage and consideration. We must be courteous as well as candid (Col. 4:5-6). We must communicate. We cannot afford to sacrifice clarity for courtesy. We must be what we ought to be and genuinely seek to understand others. We must “admonish / warn” and “teach” (Col. 1:28). We all have people in our circle of friends that only we can influence. We are their only link to the truth of the gospel. Are we using that influence for the sake of Christ or social and political issues?