December 9, 2001
Volume 11, Number 49

Be Diligent

"Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds."
Proverbs 27:23

Every wise merchant will occasionally hold a stock-taking, when he will cast up his accounts, examine what he has on hand, and ascertain decisively whether his trade is prosperous or declining. Every man who is wise in the kingdom of heaven, will cry, "Search me, O God, and try me"; and he will frequently set apart special seasons for self-examination, to discover whether things are right between God and his soul. The God whom we worship is a great heart-searcher; and of old His servants knew Him as "the Lord which searcheth the heart and trieth the reins of the children of men."

Let me stir you up in His name to make diligent search and solemn trial of your state, lest you come short of the promised rest. That which every wise man does, that which God Himself does with us all, I exhort you to do with yourself this day.
Let the oldest saint look well to the fundamentals of his piety, for grey heads may cover black hearts: and let not the young student despise the word of warning, for the greenness of youth may be joined to the rottenness of hypocrisy.

Every now and then a cedar falls into our midst. The enemy still continues to sow tares among the wheat. It is not my aim to introduce doubts and fears into your mind; nay, verily, but I shall hope the rather that the rough wind of self-examination may help to drive them away. It is not security, but carnal security, which we would kill; not confidence, but fleshly confidence, which we would overthrow; not peace, but false peace, which we would destroy.

By the precious blood of Christ, which was not shed to make you a hypocrite, but that sincere souls might show forth His praise, I beseech you, search and look, lest at the last it be said of you, "Mene, Mene, Tekel: thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."

Adapted, Evening Readings

Would We Know?

If we had been the shepherds one night long ago,
I wonder if we’d recognize the star or if we’d know
the reason for His birth and if we’d really go
to worship at the manger. I wonder, would we know?

Is it really any different than if Jesus came today?
I wonder, would we recognize His face in any way?
Or would we turn away from Him
not knowing what to say?

If Jesus walked among us in our hurried, busy pace,
I wonder if this stranger would really find a place?

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Coming Soon ...

… a new program of outreach into our community entitled House to House / Heart to Heart. It is an 8-page bi-monthly magazine that presents the gospel of Christ in a very positive format. At present more than 750,000+ issues are being mailed with great success throughout the country.

We have ordered our first issues and hope to begin an initial mailing of the magazine into our community around the first of the year. (Sample issues the foyer.)

If you have a friend, neighbor or co-worker that lives in Charlotte or Sarasota Counties that you would like to have placed on the mailing list—please give us their name and address. (There are sign up sheets for the mailing list on the table in the foyer.)

A Seminar That You Will Not Want To Miss ...

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar dealing with these and other important issues. The speaker is Dr. Bert Thompson, former professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University. He is Executive Director and co-founder of Apologetics Press. He is also the editor of Reason and Revelation, a monthly journal on Christian evidences, published by Apologetics Press since 1981. All sessions are free. In addition, handout materials accompanying each lecture will be made available free-of-charge to those in attendance. Most sessions are followed by questions and answers.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, January 25, 2002
at the Venice High School Auditorium
7:00 p.m. “The Creation / Evolution Controversy

Saturday, January 26, 2002
at the Venice High School Auditorium
1:00-2:30 p.m. “Creation or Evolution … Which? Part I
2:30-3:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
3:00-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. “Creation or Evolution … Which? Part II

Sunday, January, 27, 2002
at the Church of Christ of Venice Building
10:00 a.m. “Scientific Evidences for the Inspiration of the Bible
11:00 a.m. “The Effect of Evolution on the Home, Church and Nation

Note: Friday and Saturday Seminar sessions will be held at the Venice High School Auditorium.

More details and scheduling coming soon!

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 9th: Ephesians 5:1-20; Ezekiel 14-15; Psalms 44
Monday, 10th: Ephesians 6; Ezekiel 16; Psalms 45
Tuesday, 11th: Philippians 1:1-11; Ezekiel 17; Psalms 46
Wednesday, 12th: Philippians 1:12-30; Ezekiel 18; Isaiah 47
Thursday, 13th: Philippians 2:1-11; Ezekiel 19; Isaiah 48
Friday, 14th: Philippians 2:12-30; Ezekiel 20; Isaiah 49
Saturday, 15th: Philippians 3; Ezekiel 21-22; Isaiah 50

"Religion without joy is no religion.”


New Directory

The new directories are in the foyer. Please - one directory per family.

Due to some technical difficulties (computer) we are still working on some pages.

If your family page is missing it may be due to such a problem or we may need to take/retake your photo. If your page is missing or you have an addition/correction please see Ted.

Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Larry Jenson - Stepheny Bennett
Melissa Keyso -
Pansy McCord - Naomi Morton
Dorothy wooley - Grace Webb - Craig Collier
Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier
Virginia Law - Walt & Jeanette Thompson - Mary Kaupilla

Sunday’s Lessons:

AM ... "The Perfect Gift" (John 3:16)
PM ...
"Moving On Up" (2 Samuel 2)

You are invited to ...
The "Navarre's Holiday Gathering"
December 14th, 5:30 pm ... Friday
Please bring your favorite finger-food
Directions will be in the foyer.


Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Mike Weber  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 David Coffman  



 Ted Wheeler


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Dale Schwartz


Evening Services



Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 David Coffman


Our Record - Last Week


 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Charlie White



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  Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
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