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Church News THE JOURNAL, Thursday, August 26, 2010 - C3 'T The Church of Christ in Perkins We have just completed a study based on the book, "Crazy Love" by Francis Chart who says, "a s I see it, a lukewarm Chris- tian is an oxymoron; there is no such thing." He warns, 'q'o put it plainly, churchgoels who are 'lukewarm' are not Christians. We will not see them in Heaven." Revelation 3:15-18. Not everyone of those who consider themselves "Christians" will want to hear that or even come to Bible studies to consider it, but no book that I can remember, except the Bible, has caused me to do so much heart felt soul searching. For two weeks, I have shared concerns of others about the con- tentment and lack of holy fire exhibited by many who claim to he"Christians." Last week I shared how many young Christians today say they yearn for a deeper understanding of God's word and are ready to serve the Lord wherever He leads them. When 13 year olds are climbing Mt. Everest, sailing around the world by themselves, and 16 year old boys are leading a revolution to get other young people to be real disciples of Christ, it is time for us older folks to encourage them and be good examples of what citizens of Heaven are put here to be and do. It is encouraging to see so many mature Christians who are leading the way. After helping to send others to the mission field, when Tom Spoonts retired, he and his wife sold their possessions and went to Belize as missionaries. For 50 years, Aaron and Sylvia Duncan have opened their home to interna- tional students and taught many about Jesus. Victory Christian Center is spearheading the building of 1,000 houses in Haiti for those who were ravaged by the big earthquake. Teaching about Christ is a part of the project, and many other churches are getting involved. They have already shipped millions of meals and other supplies to that devastated country. Over the last few years our little church has helped with several relief efforts both local and in other places, and we support a couple of mission efforts overseas. Many Churches of Christ are deeply involved in teaching Bible correspondence courses to people all over the world. We have lost all track of how many students we have had. Most of my Bible students today are in prisons all over the place. The August issue of the Christian Chronicle hi-lighted evangelistic efforts in jails and prisons, where many inmates are receptive to these studies. The Airport Church of Christ in Crestview, FL baptized 42 inmates and sent 11,000 Bible courses last year. Jeffrey Dahmer, America's most notorious serial killer was converted and witnessed to others until he was murdered in prison. Last month it was my privilege to visit with S. Kay and Betty Neal who, in their mid-60's, were selling their possessions and getting ready to enter the mission field. There was a time when I was heavily involved in the work God put me here to do, but frankly I'm embarrassed about how little I have done for the Lord lately. Can we talk about this one more time? We invite you to come study with us about what God has done for us and what He expects of us. We meet back in Lover's Lane. Times are posted. Rrst United Methodist Church, Perkins l_zst Sunday morning, Pastor Kip taught our adults in the first of two Sunday school classes on spiritual gifts. Using Charles V. Bryant's book, Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts as his text, Pastor Kip taught an informative session on what spiritual gifts are for, who has them, what spiritual gifts are not, and what they are. Following a discussion session, Pastor Kip passed out copies of Bryant's Spiritual Gifts Inventory so we might all find out what our particular gifts are. In the second and final session, we will share what we have discovered about our gifts, and ways to use them in our congregation and the community. We are focusing on spiritual gifts so we might become more effective as ministers and disciples of Jesus. As Bryant points out, everyone has spiritual gifts, and the body of Christ does not function properly unless those gifts are being used. About 40 people attended the first session, and it encourages our hearts to see so many actively pursuing a deeper commitment. August 28 marks a special day in the life of our congrega- tion. This is the day we have set aside for our annual all-church Planning Retreat. Every year at this lime, we meet together as a church family and look at the calendar for the next year, brain- storm, and make special plans. We look forward to this time together, because it gives us a chance to hear from all ages about possible directions for the various groups. The meeting will last about four hours, with a light lunch between the two two-hour sessions. It is exciting to anticipate where the Lord will lead us for the coming year! Beginning Tuesday September 7, our United Methodist Women will host a month-long study open to all members of the church and the community. The study is on the Native American history and culture and is entitled, "Giving Our Hearts Away." The study will meet every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Becky Morton is coordinating the study, and says the UMW hope to include one or more Native American pastors in the presentation of the study. Set aside these dates to broaden your understanding of our Native American brothers and sisters. Again, this is open to anyone who wants to come. Good News Church Check out our website at goodnew .com. Sunday morning service at 10:00 A.M. at the comer of Third and Kirk meeting at the comer of Third and Kirk. Bob Johnson's sermon Sunday morning was on Romans 8: 1-14. 'qherefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit oflife setme free from the law of sin and death." (NIV) He concluded his sermon with these words: "A soul that comes to the fullrealizxttion that he ought to be in hell but that in reality the Lord Jesus took his hell, and that there is therefore, now, now, NOW, no condemnation for him because he is in Christ Jesus, is likely to be quite moved by the truth. If the members of the human race are permitted to yell because their team won a foot- ball game, because their candidate won an election, because they have won fifty dollars on a horse race, because their drilling has produced a gusher, let us shout for joy because we are in Christ Jesus, there is, therefore, no condemnation for us NOW." Next Sunday's sermons Romans 8:14-39"New Life In Christ" Ladie's study Wednesday evening 7 p.m. at 806 Methodist. "Walking by Faith: Lessons Learned in the Dark" is a DVD study presented by Jennifer Rothschild an internationally known Christian teacher. Jennifer who lost her sight as a teen presents this study of the bible with wit and wisdom as she applies God's word to the challenges of a woman's every day life. Created especially for women, this interactive Bible study promises to be an eye-opening experience. This is a seven week study with viewer guides to help in daily study. NOTE: The Juice box opens this Thursday from 3-5 PM for Junior High students Four Sunday School classes will begin September 5 at 9:20 AM. These will cover our basic age groups. Bob Johnson Minister, Box 615, or 405-747-0448, Brent Niles Youth Minister Christian Church of Perkins By Ralph Martin Sunday, our Minister, David Massey, brought a message "Our God is Able" from Acts 20. Acts 20 tells about the .last few weeks of Paul's third missionary joomey. Paul was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem. He felt the Holy Spirit was telling him he must go there soon even though he would be imprisoned and experience suffering. Paul's traveling companions included men representing churches Paul had started in Asia. Each one carried an offering to be hand delivered to the believers in Jerusalem. Paul had missed the Passover but was anxious to deliver this gift to the Jertlsalem believers during Pentecost be- cause it was a day of celebration and thanksgiving to God for his provision. Paul's party was traveling by ship and was staying ovemight in the port of Miletus - some eighty miles South of Ephesus. To expedite gelling to Jerusalem, Paul summoned the elders of the church of Ephesus to come down and meet with him- which they did. The meeting, by necessity, lasted all night. One young lad named Eutychus, sitting on a windowsill, dozed off and fell three stories to his death. Paul took the boy in his arms and through Holy Spirit found him to be alive and unhurt. Paul's massage to the elders was cleat. They were never going to see him again. They must now feed and shepherd God's flock- his church purchased with his blood over which the Holy Spirit has appointed them as elders. To beware of false teachers - even among themselves. To remember the three years he had served them humbly and "with tears" - never quitting or giving up no matter how rough the going got. And although he preached in both private and public settings to different audiences, the message was always the same: Tum away from sin and turn to Christ by faith. In conclusion, Paul commended the elders to God's care. God, who was able to create the world, save the world from sin and the only one able to save souls. God, who can do anything he desires. God, the Father, who promised never to leave or forsake us. The Father who loves us whether we deserve it or not. - who's love sent his Son to die for our sins. The Father who is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with others of his choosing. And lastly, Paul commended them to the wordofHIS grace- God'srichesatClaist'se . Paul's farewell ended with prayer and many tears as both parties felt See CHURCH, page C4 Phone: (405) 547-4064 Bank Use. 246 S. Main, 547.2414 Steve & Kelley Myers See you in church Sunday Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:30 p.m. ':~ . . : ,- ..;~ ...... .~