NORTHWEST CHURCH OF CHRIST
3904 38th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44718
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November 2, 2014                      Vol. 6   No. 5

LANCE’S LINES

When Jesus Is In The Right Place

            A father was reading his Sunday paper, wishing not to be disturbed by his small daughter.  When she persisted in interrupting him, he took a map of the world he found in one section of the newspaper, gave it to her, and told the girl to put it back together as it should be.  That would keep her occupied, the father felt, and allow him time to finish reading his newspaper.

            To his astonishment, the girl returned shortly, not only with the map reassembled, but restored correctly, with all the nations and continents in their proper place.

            “How did you do this?” the father asked.  “I didn’t think you knew anything about geography.”

            His daughter replied, “There was a picture of Jesus on the other side.  When I had Jesus in the right place, the whole world was right.”

            How’s your “world”?  Is it the way you’d like it to be?  Given the means and opportunity, what would you change?  At various times the answers to these questions will be different.  We all have our good days and our bad days, the times when everything falls into place and the times when nothing is working out right.  But, maybe the most important question is not, “What would you change?” but, “Are you willing to make the necessary changes?”

            There is one change that can have a long-term effect:  making room for Jesus in our life.  You remember, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem it was at a time when the Roman government was taking a census, when Caesar Augustus had decreed “. . . that all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1).  Joseph and Mary travelled from Nazareth, in Galilee, to Bethlehem, in Judea, because Joseph was “. . . of the house and lineage of David (Luke 2:4).  Mary was close to delivering her child, which she did in the stable of a local hostelry, “. . . because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).  How sad it is, how eternally consequential it is, when people have no room for Jesus in their lives.

            As the little girl told her father, “When I had Jesus in the right place, the whole world is right.”  When we have Jesus in the right place in our life, that is first, the whole world will not be a perfect place, all of its trials and problems will not be automatically resolved, but our own perspective on things will be different, and we will have an assurance of a relationship with a powerful, compassionate, Lord.

            Like the pieces of a puzzle, our lives can be jumbled and disoriented.  Jesus helps us put the pieces together again in the right order.  He gives both pattern and purpose to the jumbled mess that we can make of life.  Just as the little girl, we can reassemble our life with Jesus as our model.

            Make Him your Savior and Lord.  The world makes more sense when Jesus is in the right place.

FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:

Church Family:  Donna Gessel had shoulder surgery last Monday at Aultman Hospital. Linda Hopkins (heart catheterization last Wednesday); Ellen Gray has been moved to Bethany Nursing Home;   Howard Moffett: Aultman/Woodlawn; Bill Hootman:  Rose Lane Health Center (knee surgery rehab). Also, keep Nancy Brown (shingles), Nelda Anderson, Gene Buxton, Dorothy Townsend, and Jim Ladson in your prayers.

Friends & Family:  Remember our Shut-In members, those in the Armed Forces, our Brethren in Kenya and the Leadership of the Lord’s church here at Northwest.

Death:  Mark Rybicki passed away Tuesday evening.  Arrangements were pending at the time of printing this publication.

Responses: Two responded to the invitation last Sunday morning:  Melissa Cartledge (prayers for husband, Don (health problems), and Sarah Campana (upcoming oral surgery). 
 
Change of AddressKeith and Deb Hill have a new address: Please see the printed bulletin.  Please make the changes in your directory.    

Miss Molly’s Tea Room:        The annual trip to Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina will be on Saturday, December 6th. Details and signup sheets are posted on the bulletin board.

NeedOur brother, John Hartley, is now living in Kent, OH and worshipping with the church there. He is very appreciative of the clothes that were sent; however, he still has need for a winter coat (size XXL) and shoes (size 10 ½).  If you can help, please put those in the foyer labeled with John’s name.   

Silver For Children:  The representative from Potter Children’s Home will be in our area between November 9th and the 21st to pick up our filled coin banks.  Please turn in your filled banks to the office by next Sunday, November 9th.

Election Day  - November 4th (at bldg.)
Devotional at Hennis – November 23rd         

NOTE:  If you could use hearing aid batteries (size 10), please contact the office.  They were donated to anyone who could benefit from this particular size.

*YOUTH*
November 14th-15th – Youth Rally @ Kittanning, PA. *****Details on Teen Bulletin Board. ******
December: Christmas Break – Lock-In for Grades 3-12 (Date: TBA).
February 26th – March 1st: CYC

Acme Receipt ProgramTurn in your Acme Grocery Receipts for NOCYC now through February 4th.

Current Bible Class Offerings

SUNDAY MORNING
1.   “Luke” – Lance / Auditorium
2.   “New Testament Christianity” – Doug Clouse / Room 12
3.   “Acts” – Bill / Room 14
4.   “Attitudes Of Gratitude” – Juanita Brown / Rm. 17

WEDNESDAY EVENING
1.   “All You Need To Know” – Lance / Auditorium
2.   “Titus” – Bill / Room 14
3.   “Minor Prophets” – (Men’s Class) – E.C. Bradley / MP Room (South)
4.   Ladies’ Class – Shirley Wyatt / Room 7

Classes are provided for children of all ages.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Office Closed – November 27th & 28th
Holiday Tea –  December 6th
Holiday Dinner –December 14th

QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK
     Today we often hear how the “evangelicals” influence the political and religious worlds.  What is an “evangelical” and is the church of Christ considered as evangelical?

     “Evangelical” describes individuals and churches(including independent congregations and whole denominations) who reject religious modernism’s denial of the supernatural and who believe the Bible is the Word of God.  They emphasize personal conversion and the importance of holy living.  By this definition we could claim to be evangelical.

      Evangelicalism is better recognized by some people who claim the label:  Billy Graham, Chuck Swindoll, John Stott, and organizations such as Promise Keepers, Willow Creek and Christianity Today.  Evangelicals are widely diverse in doctrine.  Charismatics and cessationists, premillennialists, Baptists, and Calvinists, all fit comfortably within the “evangelical” label.

     Here is the big difference between the Lord’s church and evangelicals.  An overwhelming majority of evangelicals believe in justification by faith alone, defined as an entirely inward faith, specifically apart from any act of obedience.  Also most reject the idea of restoration of congregational worship, organization and work on the basis of apostolic instruction to the first century church.  

     Churches of Christ are, therefore, distinct from evangelicals, in the specifics of some beliefs, but even more in the degree of importance placed upon these beliefs.  A defining distinction is the conviction that baptism is essential to salvation. 

     Evangelicals see the necessity of baptism as a denial of justification by grace and faith alone, matters about which they believe the scriptures to be clear.

     If it is at baptism that the Lord saves and adds, then obviously those who have not been baptized still need to do so to be numbered among the saved.  If sprinkling is not baptism, and if being immersed while believing that baptism has nothing to do with salvation is not scriptural baptism, then those evangelicals are biblically not Christians.  They see themselves as “born again” and are working to bring others into their way of thinking.  Those in the church of Christ view the evangelicals as prospects for conversion.

     One of the problems in the church today is some of our church leaders and preachers view these people as good, honest, hardworking, God fearing people who exhibit the characteristics of a Christian.  They just cannot believe these people are not saved.  So rather than to try to bring the evangelicals closer to the Bible truth of God’s plan of salvation, our brethren have modified the teachings of the Bible and, in essence, have joined the evangelicals in their error.  This is not the Lord’s way of solving the problem.  You may gain friends but you are not saving souls.  Brethren, man cannot convince God that his Word needs to be brought to date to please the wishes of the present day society.

     No, the church of Christ is not a part of the evangelicals.

(Excerpts were taken from an article “What the Church Ought to Be: Not just another Evangelical Church” by Cecil May, Jr. October 2014 issue Gospel Advocate)

TODAY’S SERMONS:

A.M. –The Place Called Heaven” (John 14:1-3) - LANCE
P.M.  –  “Properly Understanding. . .The Three Spiritual Ages - LANCE

Those reading for lessons during the worship service are asked to use the “New King James Version”, as it
corresponds to the pew Bibles and the projections on the screen.

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PRIVILEGED TO SERVE

** If you are unable to serve in the scheduled capacity, let Art Hopkins know. **

November 2, 2014                   A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                        Elder                                        Elder
Song Leader                             Stephen Lindenberger               Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering              Mike Moss                               John R. Oberlin
Prayer                                      Bob Franks                              John Oberlin                            
Reading                                    Devin Watson                           John Heid                                
Text                                         John 14:1-3                              II Timothy 2:15            
Dismissal                                  Bill Dimit                                  Leonard Miller             

Serving Communion:
1.  Marty Norris           5.  Al Rohr                                           1.  Darin Nicholls          3.  Clyde Burfield
2.  James Blackwell      6.  Don Hopkins                                   2.  Jeff Thompson         4.  Ken Gessel
3.  Leo Howard            7.  Steve Moser
4.  Mark Daverio          8.  Matt Moser

November 9, 2014                  A.M.                                        P.M.

Opening Prayer                       Elder                                       Elder
Song Leader                            Stephen Lindenberger             Stephen Lindenberger
Communion / Offering           Mark Daverio                          Patrick Shepler
Prayer                                   Jim Jacobs                               Kevin Johnson
Reading                              Darin Nicholls                         Terry Pyles
Dismissal                            Cliff Schofield                            Josh Heid

Serving Communion:
1.  John Logan              5.  Bill Dimit                             1.  Bob Hughes           3.  Bryan Reed
2.  Matt Logan             6.  Don Higgins                         2.  Don Hopkins          4.  James Dreussi
3.  Ron Franks             7.  Keith Hill                                      
4.  Virgil Anderson     8.  Rick Blackburn

For The Record (10/26/14)
AM Worship…………..230
AM Bible Study……….174
PM Worship…………..162
Wed. B.S. (10/29/14)…..102