Oct.6, 2002


Volume 12 - Number 40     

Open your Bible to the book of Matthew the sixth chapter, and you will find the "model prayer." This is the way Jesus taught His disciples to pray. The pattern for prayer will be found in verses 9-13. Pay close attention to the last phrase in that prayer,

"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever."

What kind of people would we be if indeed these principles governed our lives? Take a moment to look.

WOULDN'T WE BE CONTROLLED BY THE WILL OF GOD?

That would surely be the case if we prayed "thine is the kingdom." That would mean his will was in control. Even before these words, one finds the phrase, "thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." One would not pray for his will to be done and at the same time not be controlled by that will. Yes, praying that prayer would bring our wills into conformity to His will.

WOULDN'T HE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF GOD?

As we say, "thine is the power," we would surely be expressing great confidence in His authority and power. He thus tells one to go into all the world; one could go with great confidence. We would know that he was backed by authority that would supersede any other authority on earth. This would challenge us to meet any foe and be faithful under any circumstances where his marching orders sent us. Wasn't this the kind of thing that caused the apostles to say, "we ought to obey God rather than man?"

WOULDN'T WE HAVE GREAT CONCERN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD?

Isn't it typical of the child to want to see his father honored? Isn't this the reason that many times children will restrain themselves less they bring shame upon their fathers and mothers? This becomes a powerful motive for one to live as he ought. He will want all men everywhere to honor the name of God.

When our Lord was on this earth, he was very concerned about glory being given to His Father. This is obvious from the teaching of this prayer. Later in a prayer He prayed, He is heard saying,

"glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee." (John 17:1)

Yes, Jesus was very concerned for the glory and honor that was and is due God.

The principles incorporated in this prayer would help us to be better and more noble people as we live by the highest motives and challenges faced by man.

Winfred Clark


Count It Done

A father wrote to his son,
Who was faraway from home;
“I have sent you a beautiful gift,
It may be delayed, but ‘twill come;
It is what you have wanted most,
And have asked for many days;”
And before the child received the gift
He voiced his thanks and praise.

Our Father saith unto us:
“Your need shall be supplied;
Ask and receive that your joy be filled,
And My joy in you abide.”
Shall we wait to thank till we see
The answer to every prayer?

Forbear to praise till we feel
The lifted pressure of care?
Nay, let us trust His word
And know that the thing is done,
For His promise is just as sure
As a father’s to his son.

Annie Johnson Flint


My Burdens

Lord, I’m so discouraged
I don’t know what to do
I have so many burdens
And I gave them all to you.

But you didn’t take them Jesus
Will you tell me why that’s so?
The answer’s simply little one
Because you won’t let go.

Author Unknown


 

 


AM SERMON:
"Are Your Prayers Being Answered?"
Matthew 6:9-13
PM SERMON:
"How Big Is Your God?"
Joshua 10:1-14,

Web-site - Note the new addition to our homepage: News & Notes. Congregational "news" will be posted there on a regular basis. Anytime you are online you can visit the homepage and find the latest "news" @ www.venicechurchofchrist.com

Fellowship Meal - Sunday, October 6, 2002. @ 12:00 noon. (Please plan on staying and sharing this time of food and fellowship with us.)

Thank You - "I am now feeling a bit better and wish to express my appreciation to the church for all the prayers that have been offered on my behalf." Clarence Riggenbach

““I used to pray that God would do this or that. Now I pray that God will make His will known to me.” -- Chiang Kai-Shek

 

SERVICE OOPPORTUNITIES

 

Remember in Prayer

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 

Mike Weberl
Viola Morinier
Iva Turner
Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill & Jeanne Sherman

Ushers:

 

 Delbert Leavens

 

Morning Services

 

Bible Reading:

 Delbert Leavens  

Songs:

 Larry Jenson  

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler

 

Closing Prayer:

 Charlie White

 
     

Evening Services

 

Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan

 

Songs:

 Larry Jenson

 

Sermon:

 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece

 
Our Record - Last Week

Communion

Attendance:
64
Wayne Vowell
Carl Rigney - Sean Keathley
Troy Wheeler
Contribution:
$ 3129.00
Budget:
$ 2695.00
Copyright 2000-2006 Church of Christ of Venice. All Rights Reserved.