Bulletin 6/10/12

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We look forward to being visited by a lot of campers and camp staff on Sunday morning.

Be sure to say a prayer for them and encourage them before they leave for Frog Road!

And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
Exodus 20:8-11 (ESV) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

Bulletin 6/3/12

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Remember that cookies for Frog Road Camp are due at the building by June 8th.

And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
Revelation 1:4-11 (ESV) John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

Bulletin 5/27/12

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And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (ESV) But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another– if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home–so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

Bulletin 5/20/12

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Congratulations to all of our graduates! Read about them here.

And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
Romans 1:18-32 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Bulletin 5/13/12

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The Glenpool church of Christ honors mothers this Sunday. Be sure to be our guest for this special Lord’s day and show your mother the honor she deserves.

To My Mother
by Robert Louis Stevenson

You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.

And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
Luke 1:30-31 (ESV) And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

Bulletin 5/6/12

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A Special Prison Ministry Contribution will be taken this Sunday morning. The collection plates will be passed a second time after the regular collection. The collected funds will help to pay for the postage and expense of the correspondence materials used by Bill Hamrick in the prisons.

Click here for an article on Baptism that goes along with the Sunday morning sermon.

Click here for the links to the audio files from the recent Creation themed Gospel Meeting at Cleveland, OK.

And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
Ephesians 4:4-6 (ESV) There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call– one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Bulletin 4/29/12

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Remember that this is a Fifth Sunday, so …

A Special Building Fund Contribution will be taken Sunday morning. The collection plates will be passed a second time after the regular collection.

A Potluck Dinner will follow the morning worship assembly. Group Byers is responsible for clean up afterwards.

The Afternoon Worship Assembly will be begin at 1 PM. There will be no 5 PM service this Sunday.

And now for the Sunday morning sermon text:
Deuteronomy 15:4-5 (ESV) But there will be no poor among you; for the LORD will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess– if only you will strictly obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today.

Bulletin 4/22/12

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Bible class teachers: Remember our Teacher Appreciation Dinner this Sunday night after services.

Why God Made Teachers
When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery.
When God created teachers,
He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which to grow
So we can all decide
How to live and how to do
What’s right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong.
Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place.

Bulletin 4/8/12

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I’m actually preaching on the Passover and the Resurrection on Sunday in an attempt to take advantage of an opportunity to reach visitors. As you know I’m all for rabbits and eggs (especially if made of chocolate), but this weeks bulletin contains some interesting facts that should be considered when thinking about Easter. Here are a few additional thoughts on Easter adapted from Doug Dingley in this week’s Cleveland Contender:

  • The word “Easter” is completely and forever foreign to Scripture; that it never even once occurs in most modern translations of the Bible such as the American Standard, New American Standard, English Standard, or New King James versions, or even in the New International Version, and etc.
  • The only time “Easter” ever occurs in Scripture is in the original and otherwise very reliable 1611 King James Version, where it occurs only once (Acts 12:4), and then only as a complete mistranslation of the Greek word “pascha,” which means “Passover,” as it was so correctly translated the other 28 times it occurs therein.
  • “Easter” itself was originally a celebration of Estra, the pagan false goddess of fertility (hence the bunny), which the Catholic Church then confiscated, combined, and configured into their already compromised and corrupted form of “Christianity.”
  • In so celebrating, Protestants are not actually protesting (as their name is meant to imply) unbiblical Catholic doctrine, but fully promoting and perpetuating it.
  • Jesus Himself told us all, very clearly, completely, and concisely, exactly how His faithful followers were to remember Him (Luke 22:14-20), and those followers show us an example of how often He is to be remembered (Acts 20:7).