One lady wrote: “My sister was bemoaning the fact that she had procrastinated cleaning and organizing her house. She felt a lot of pressure to get moving. That afternoon she phoned, sounding glum. ‘I went to the bookstore and bought a book on how to get organized. I was all fired up, and decided to clean out all the shelves in the living room. While I was working, I found the same book. I had bought it a couple of years ago.’”
Procrastination – A verb meaning “To delay or postpone action; to put off doing something.”
Hara Estroff Marano in “Psychology Today” wrote, “There are many ways to avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be procrastination. Procrastinators sabotage themselves. They put obstacles in their own path. They actually choose paths that hurt their performance.” Sounds a whole lot like Acts 24:25: “Now as he (Paul) reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now, when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”’
The list of things about which we might procrastinate is endless. So, how can we avoid becoming a procrastinator? First, develop a better concept of the brevity of life (See James 4:13-14). Second, understand that not doing what is right and necessary is, at the very least, unhealthy and at the worst it is sin (James 4:17). And third, postponing, for whatever reason, doesn’t help you. It only prolongs any agony and/or robs you of success. And in truth, delay does not honor God (Ephesians 3:21).
Listen to the inspired Paul, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”
Friends & Family: Wes Quillen (friend of Sharon Saunier); Angel Wood (wife of Jamie) suffered a stroke; Judy Notaro (Kim Pool’s sister), Joyce Clouse: chemotherapy; Roco (1 ½) & family (friends of Foster & Kim Pool): cancer; 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: We extend our sympathy to those who have lost loved ones recently: Keith Butler, brother-in-law of Wilda McCullough, passed away last Saturday. The funeral was Wednesday.
New Address: Barb Ramsier is now at The Inn at Belden Village, 3927 - 38th St NW, Canton OH 44718 (Room B-18). Her phone number is 330-454-2433. Please update your directory.
ONFTM: Tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM. Fill out a commitment card on the table in the foyer if you plan to attend.
Devotional: We will have a devotional at the Hennis Nursing Home in Bolivar TODAY beginning at 2:00 PM.
Birthday Fellowship: The Birthday Fellowship will be held TODAY following evening services. Please bring finger foods, a 2 liter of soda and plan to celebrate with us!
Graduate Recognition: Sunday, May 17th. The names of all graduates need to be submitted to the office by Sunday, May 10th, along with a photograph of the graduate, if possible.
FYI: Beginning Sunday, May 3rd, the children, and teachers will go directly to their Bible classes following morning worship. There will no longer be an assembly in the annex building.
Golden Agers: Tuesday, April 28th: Bible study then out to eat (meet at the building at 10:30 AM).
The Card Ministry schedules are on the table at the rear of the auditorium for the months of May, June, and July. If you signed up to send cards, please pick up your copy.
Current Bible Class Offerings
Classes are provided for children of all ages.
Potter Children’s Home:
1. Baby Wash
Mother’s Day Luncheon: Saturday May 9th at noon here at the building. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board with choices of sandwiches. Please list choices by the end of April. Cost: Adults $7.00, Ages 4-12 $3.00, 3 & under Free. Money will be collected by Judy Franks, Jody Dimit and Hope Camarata.
Ladies Sewing: The ladies will be sewing each Monday from 10:00 AM – noon.
May 17th: 6-12th grade – Lunch & Activity here at the building. Sign-up sheet on the teen board.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Friday Night Sing: Please check the schedule on the bulletin board. Anyone needing a ride to those can see Don Hopkins.
Cleveland Indians Game: This year’s trip to the Indian’s game will be on May 22nd. This is dollar dog night and fireworks after the game. Cost of the tickets and bus ride is $35.00. Seats are located along the 3rd base line in the upper reserved section. We have accommodations for 56 people (friends and family included) on a first come / first serve basis. Sign-up on the bulletin board and pay Richard or Ruth Smith to reserve your seat.
QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK
Does God’s grace simply make up the difference between our efforts to be righteous and salvation? How much are our efforts worth in our salvation?
I read a story written by Brother Jack Wilkie which reminded me of my understanding of God’s grace in my younger years. Here is the story. Did you ever have one of those moments as a kid when you really wanted to buy something? Whatever the item may have been, you had your eye on it for months as you saved to buy it. Finally the day came when you decided it was time to make your long-awaited purchase. You got your parents to take you to the store, you proudly took the item off the shelf and walked straight to the checkout line…only to find out that you were a few dollars short. Maybe the price had gone up since you last checked, or you hadn’t figured in the taxes, but whatever the case, you simply did not have enough to get what you wanted. So, in your time of desperation, maybe your mom or dad stepped up and covered the extra cost. They made up the difference for you and now your trip to the store ends happily ever after with you having secured what you wanted all along.
Great story, but not a good analogy of God’s grace despite the fact that many Christians see it that way. That group included me for quite some time. If this idea were true, it would mean that we are personally responsible for earning as much of our salvation, by doing good works, as possible. Well what percentage of our salvation does God require before His grace begins?
The truth of the matter is that by our own efforts we cannot accomplish the forgiveness of one sin. Our salvation is received totally by the grace of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourself; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10). Salvation is God’s gift to man through the blood of Jesus Christ. Works of merit have nothing to do with our salvation.
But God’s grace is not received without conditions. God is the giver of grace and man is the receiver. We cannot receive a gift, without some effort on our part. But after we have done what is necessary to receive the gift it still is just that, a gift. God told man that to receive His grace that faith in Christ as God’s Son is necessary, that this faith must lead to repentance of sins which will lead to making a commitment to the Lord and finally followed by immersion in water for the remission of sins. These are not works of merit but works of God.
Once one is saved by God’s grace, there follows a lifetime of service to God. These works of service are not works of merit but works of God. God’s grace is free, but must be received and lived under. Our entire life as a Christian is under God’s grace. -B. C.
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Opening Prayer Elder Elder
May 03, 2015 A.M. P.M.
Opening Prayer Elder Elder
For The Record (04/19/15)