February 27, 2000         Volume 10, Number 09

Restoration

Manasseh led Judah into total apostasy, into more evil, the Bible says, than the Canaanites whom God had driven out of the land before them (2 Kings 21:9). God and his work were totally forgotten. Then Manasseh died, his son Amon who followed briefly in the evils of his father as king also died, and Josiah became king.

Josiah wanted to please God. He ordered the abandoned temple to be cleaned and used again. They found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD. They read it, and Josiah and the people determined to walk as the LORD commanded in it. They destroyed the idols they had worshipped, and they set out to do the rest of what the Lord required. They discovered it was about time for the feast of Passover.

They learned in Book of the Law the miracle God had wrought in their deliverance from bondage and their establishment as a nation.

Though Passover had been neglected for many years and its prescribed manner of celebration had been forgotten, when they read the directions in the Book of the Law, they celebrated it again, just as the LORD commanded in His word.

Restoration today follows that same pattern.

If the word of God concerning conversion is forgotten or ignored, and believers seeking salvation are being told just to pray, rather than to repent and be baptized, then "reading the book of the Lord" (see for example Acts 2) and putting into practice what is found there is the means of restoration.

If the worship of the church is changed to include things the Lord has not indicated he desires, such as burning incense, praying to departed saints or instrumental music, or to omit things the Lord has commanded, such as the Lord's Supper, then by reading the book of the Lord and beginning to practice the things commanded in it, restoration occurs.

If members' lives are immoral, if their attitudes are belligerent and unforgiving, if there is unconcern about disunity or apathy about evangelism, the solution is to read the book of the Lord and begin to practice the holiness, longsuffering and evangelism commanded in it. Restoration!

Restoration is not an invention of nineteenth century man. It is done at the impetus of the eternal and holy God.

Cecil May Jr.

A Memory System

Forget each kindness that you do ... As soon as you have done it;
Forget the praise that falls on you ... The moment that you’ve won it;
Forget the slander that you hear ... Before you can repeat it;
Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer ... Wherever you may meet it.

Remember every kindness done ... To you, whate’er its measure;
Remember praise by others won ... And pass it on with pleasure.
Remember every promise made ... And keep it to the letter;
Remember those who lend you aid ... And be a grateful debtor.

poets unknown

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

This Saturday

Our monthly Youth Devotional is at 5:00 p.m. this Saturday at the home of Wayne & Robin Vowell.
Be sure to pick up a map / directions from Wayne or Robin and sign the sheet in the foyer.
Remember - everyone is invited.

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Think About It

“The company you keep ... Will determine the trouble you meet.”

Cf. Proverbs 22:24-25

Remember in Prayers:

Everette Riggenbach - Ersel Riggenbach

Bill Shermon - Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law

Viola Morinier - Ron Jones

B.C. Carr - Will Stewart - Ricky Powell

News:

 

Ladies Class: Mondays at 11:00 am

This Sunday : Song Service at 6:00 pm
Fellowship Meal : Next Sunday (1st Sunday in March) following our morning services. Be sure to invite a friend.
Web Site: The "Members Only" section is now online. Contact Ted for your username and password.

Wednesday Class: Jeremiah, chapter 5. 6:30 pm.

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Elders" (Acts 14:21-23)

"Song Service "

Baptism ...

On Wednesday, Lillian Comiskey, was baptized into Christ. Lillian, age 91, is the aunt of Sue Smith.
Sue and her husband, Godfrey, have worshipped with us whenever they have been down visiting with Lillian. See directory for update.

Our days are identical suitcases.
All the same size; but some people can pack more into them than others.

Ephesians 5:15-16

 

Service Opportunities

Time of Services

Announcements:

Wayne Vowell

Sunday

Ushers:

Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Lance Leavens

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

Dale Schwartz

Monday

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am

Closing Prayer:

Ernest Bowker

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Don Douglas

Songs:

Dale Schwartz

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Delbert Leavens

Attendance:
91

Communion

Contribution:
$ 1438.00
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Dick Navarre
Kerry Keathley
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1821.13

Jim Dougan

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