April 30, 2000
Volume 10, Number 18

Be Vigilant

Although I am not a religious watchdog, I am concerned that many people who claim to follow Christ are disregarding God's commands. Even Ted Koppel, anchor of ABC's Nightline, said that in the days of Moses God gave 10 commandments to His people, not 10 suggestions.

As I speak with people around the country, I find evidence that an increasing number of congregations are teaching things that conflict with Scripture. Many of us have hoped that some of these problems were the result of an ongoing struggle for maturity in Christ.

One area where the battle for Christian souls is fought is language. Mainstream Christianity is losing the war of words. "Liberals" hide behind the acceptable description of being "progressive" or "moderate," while "legalists" prefer to be known as "conservatives."

"Non-salvation issues" and "traditions" are linguistic attempts to legitimize selective obedience of God's teachings. "Non-salvation issues" have been said to include such teachings as women taking leadership roles in assembly or the inclusion of instrumental accompaniment to singing. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that any issue where you fail to follow God's instruction can become a salvation issue - just consider Nadab and Abihu or Anaias and Sapphira.

We are even confusing what it means to be a Christian. Some congregations have joint worship services with denominations and support the Billy Graham Crusade as an "evangelistic effort." They have invited "Christian" speakers into their assemblies and accepted "Christians" into the fellowship of their local congregations. However, these "Christians" have not put on Christ by being immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. While many of these people believe in and appear to follow Christ, they do not appear to have followed God's instructions for membership in His family.

My son, Kerry, asked a friend who is in a leadership position with a denomination that does not believe that God has instructed us to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, "How do you deal with Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16?" He replied honestly, "We just ignore them."

We can't ignore God's teachings.. Don't play word games. You may fool some people, but not God.

Neil W. Anderson

Appointment of Elders

On May 7th. Delbert Leavens, Wayne Vowell and Ted Wheeler will be appointed as elders during our morning worship service.

Jackie Stearsman, director of the Florida School of Preaching, will be driving down from Lakeland to help us conduct these services.

A fellowship meal will be served in the annex immediately following the service.

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

Remember in Prayers:

Iva Turner's sister, Hazel - Leslie Johnson - Bill & Jeanne Sherman

Jerry Bennett - Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier



Building Program: Be sure to check the bulletin board in the foyer to see the preliminary drawings from the engineers and the architect. In addition to adding 85 paved parking places we are also looking at making some architectural changes to the front of the building. These would include closing in and widening the front porch to form a new entry into the building and building a covered driveway onto the front of the building. To see our tentative site plan and the architect's 1st draft - click here.

Ladies Class: To resume in the Fall.
5th Sunday Contribution: We will have a 5th Sunday contribution this Sunday — 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.
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Inspiration of the Bible" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 10. (6:30 pm)

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Bread Upon the Waters" (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

"Song Service "

Children are natural mimics.
They act like their parents ... in spite of every attempt
to teach them good manners.


Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Clarence Riggenbach

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Larry Jenson



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Charlie White


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Wayen Vowell


Larry Jenson

Our Record - Last Week


Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach



$ 1184.50
Delbert Leavens
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Carl Rigney
Jim Dougan
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1784.11

Ernest Bowker

Copyright © 1999-2000 Church of Christ of Venice. All Rights Reserved.