April 2, 2000
Volume 10, Number 14

If I am the Weakest Link ...

The old saying tells us that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. How true! If an individual is trying to tow one vehicle behind another, and the chain being used has a cracked link in it, we understand that the rest of the chain will not be able to make up for the weakness found in the one bad link. This is all pretty simple.

Do we also understand the simplicity found in the spiritual application of this fact to our fives? Yes, spiritually speaking, a chain is still only as strong as its weakest link.

We often view the strength of a congregation based upon the preacher, or the elders, or the Bible classes. The problem with doing this is that more often than not these are the strong links. Do you inspect a chain for its strength by counting the strong links, or do you search to see if there are any bad or weak links? Obviously we base the strength of a chain upon its weak links. Therefore, let's do that with this congregation.

For the purpose of this article, let's do the opposite. Ask yourself whether or not you are a weak link or strong link.

If others followed your example and depended upon you, what would we find happening with the Lord's congregation here?
If every member got to worship services at the same time I arrived, what time would that be?
If every member attended Bible study like me, how many would be there?
If every member took part in the singing just like me, what kind of singing would there be?
If every member studied just like me, what kind of lessons would there be?
If every member prayed just like me, how much praying would there be?
If every member gave just like me, what kind of giving would there be?
If every member attended just like me, what kind of attendance would there be?
If every member stood for the truth just as I stand for it, how strong for the truth would this church be?
If every member sought to teach others just like I do, how many would be taught in the next year?
If every member lived just as I live, what kind of examples would the members of this church be?

Difficult test isn't it? Did you pass, or have you painfully seen the poor example that many are setting, maybe even you? This congregation will never be any stronger than its weakest link, and therefore we need to strengthen a few links, or maybe remove them so that we can connect the strong ones.

Don’t be a link that needs removing.

Terry W. Frizzell

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

The Sure Foundation

All men are building their lives on one of two foundations: the sand and the rock.

A life established on the sands of popularity can overturned by whims of human fickleness. To be right with God is better than to be popular with men (Exodus 23:2; Matthew 7:13-14).

A life built on the sands of materialism can crumble in the hour of financial reverses of adversity (1 Timothy 6:6-11). Only emptiness and loneliness will remain.

A life built on the sands of worldly pleasures and lusts can fall to the powerful winds of wasting illness, disease and guilt (2 Timothy 2:22; 1 John 2:15-17). Mental anguish and misery are left. A life built on the Lord Jesus Christ can endure and withstand every terrible tempest of this life.

A life lived “in Christ” (Romans 5:1; 6:1-4; 8:1; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11) will last into the eternal ages. Young people, build your life on the sure foundation. .

Bill Dillon
Gospel Gems, Volume 1, p. 48

Gospel Gems contains 70 lessons that encourage personal and spiritual growth. Each lesson can be read and or presented in just a few minutes. Volumes 1 & 2 are now available in print.

Remember in Prayers:

Iva Turner - Betty Dougan - Bill Sherman - Ersel Riggenbach

Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier - Stephanie Bennett



Ladies Class: Mondays at 11:00 am

5th Sunday Contribution: We will have a 5th Sunday contribution on April 30th—with everything over our budget given on that day going toward our building program. Note: The engineering for the project is nearing completion and the architect is working on some preliminary sketches
Fellowship Meal: This Sunday at noon. (Bring a friend)

Wednesday Class: Jeremiah, chapter 8. 6:30 pm.

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Some Who Failed Christ" (John 6:60-66)

"Confessing Our Sins" (Psalm 51:1-19)

Daily Prayers
will diminish your cares.

"Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray, and cry aloud:
and He shall hear my voice."

Psalm 55:17


Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Larry Jenson


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Glen Law



$ 1767.56
Jim Dougan
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Dale Schwartz
Carl Rigney
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1872.98

Glen Law

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