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Friday, April 28, 2017

Scripture for Sunday (4/30/17)

Sunday, following morning worship, we will have a covered dish lunch in celebration of our recent baptisms and new members. The church will provide drinks.  
Please bring a dish to share.

Scripture
Acts 6:1-7:2 (ESV)  
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.  [2] And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.  [3] Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."  [5] And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.  [6] These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. [7] And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. [8] And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.  [9] Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.  [10] But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.  [11] Then they secretly instigated men who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."  [12] And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council,  [13] and they set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law,  [14] for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us."  [15] And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. [7:1] And the high priest said, "Are these things so?"  [2] And Stephen said: "Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,  

Acts 7:44-60 (ESV)  
"Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen.  [45] Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David,  [46] who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.  [47] But it was Solomon who built a house for him.  [48] Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, 
    [49] " 'Heaven is my throne,
        and the earth is my footstool.
    What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
        or what is the place of my rest?
    [50] Did not my hand make all these things?'
[51] "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.  [52] Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,  [53] you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it." [54] Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him.  [55] But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  [56] And he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."  [57] But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him.  [58] Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.  [59] And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."  [60] And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Scripture and Questions for Sunday (4/16/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)  
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. [2] And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, [3] but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. [4] While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. [5] And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? [6] He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, [7] that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." [8] And they remembered his words, [9] and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. [10] Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, [11] but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. [12] But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. 

Questions for Reflection
1. When was a time you told a true story that other people found hard to believe?
2. What did the women do after the men had told them that Jesus had risen from the dead as He had predicted? (24:9)
3. How did the apostles react to the women’s testimony? (24:11)
4. Why did the apostles not believe the women? (24:11)
5. In what way were Peter’s actions different from the other apostles? (24:12)
6. How did Peter respond to the sight of the empty tomb? (24:12)
7. Why did the disciples express disbelief even though Jesus had told them clearly that He would rise from the dead?
8. What does this passage teach us about witnessing and evangelism?
9. What does this account teach you about the people to whom God reveals His good news?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule
April 12, Bible Study, Red Room 5:30 PM
April 13, Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7 PM
April 14, Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7 PM
April 16, Easter Egg Hunt during the Sunday School Hour

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/9/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 19:28-44 (ESV) 
And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. [29] When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, [30] saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. [31] If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.' " [32] So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. [33] And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" [34] And they said, "The Lord has need of it." [35] And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. [36] And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. [37] As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives— the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, [38] saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" [39] And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." [40] He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."
[41] And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, [42] saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. [43] For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 
[44] and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation."

Questions for Reflection

  1. How do people commonly show admiration for famous people?
  2. How did people react to Jesus’ entrance into the city? (19:36-37)
  3. Why did all of the disciples begin to praise God? (19:37)
  4. In what way were the words of the disciples’ praises significant? (19:38)
  5. Why were the Pharisees in the crowd upset? (19:39)
  6. How did Jesus respond to the Pharisees’ rebuke? (19:40)
  7. What does this passage teach us about Jesus’ regard for celebrity status?
  8. What can we learn from the example of the disciples in this account?
  9. What has the Lord done for you recently that causes you to praise Him?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/2/17)

Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.

We will have a church cleanup following morning worship Sunday, April 2. Bring a sack lunch and dress comfortable.

Bible study Wednesday at 5:30, The Essentials of the Christian Faith.

Scripture
Luke 18:31-19:10 (ESV)  
And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.  [32] For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. [33] And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." [34] But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. 
[35] As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.  [36] And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. [37] They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." [38] And he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" [39] And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" [40] And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, [41] "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight." [42] And Jesus said to him, "Recover your sight; your faith has made you well."  [43] And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. 
[19:1] He entered Jericho and was passing through. [2] And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. [3] And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. [4] So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. [5] And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today."  [6] So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. [7] And when they saw it, they all h grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." [8] And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." [9] And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. [10] For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." 

Questions for Reflection
1. What does it feel like to be criticized by other people?
2. In what circumstances does the criticism of others not matter to you?
3. How did the crowd respond to the blind man’s actions? (18:39)
4. What did the blind man do in response to the criticism of the crowd? (18:39)
5. What can we learn from the blind man in this account?
6. How is faith involved in Jesus’ miracles?
7. In what situations should you not be concerned about the criticism of others?
8. In what way do we all need healing from the Lord?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Announcements

A new Bible study starts TODAY, Wednesday, March 29th at 5:30 PM, The Essentials of the Christian Faith. We will be going to go through the Apostles' creed line by line.

College Street Church of Christ will have a prayer and lament service tonight, open to anyone in the community. It will begin at 7:00 PM after a meal. All are welcome.

A memorial service for Lexi Cardwell is planned for Thursday, March 30 at 2 PM in the high school stadium.

PLEASE NOTE: In lieu of flowers, the Cardwell family has requested that donations be made to a scholarship fund in Lexi's honor through First State Bank. Checks can be made out to "Lexi Cardwell Memorial Fund" and given directly to First State Bank or to the College Street Church of Christ.

We will have a church cleanup following morning worship Sunday, April 2. Bring a sack lunch and dress comfortable.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/26/17)

There will be a Benefit Supper for Sarah Rotge, daughter of Jeremy & Sandy Rotge on March 25, 2017, at Roosevelt Community Center at 6 PM. Bring a covered dish or dessert. Meat, beans, bread & drink are furnished. Silent Auction from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Items Appreciated. Contact Jane Allison 325-446-2382 or Janis Wiggins 325-446-2313

A new Bible study starts Wednesday March 29th at 5:30, The Essentials of the Christian Faith. We will be going to go through the Apostles' creed line by line.

We will have a church cleanup following morning worship Sunday April 2. Bring a sack lunch and dress comfortable.

Scripture
Luke 16:1-13 (ESV)  
He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. [2] And he called him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.' [3] And the manager said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. [4] I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.' [5] So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' [6] He said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' [7] Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' [8] The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. [9] And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
[10] "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. [11] If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? [12] And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? [13] No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

Questions for Reflection
1. How is a shrewd businessperson viewed in our society today?
2. In what ways does our culture pressure us to love money?
3. What plan did the manager devise to secure his future? (16:4-7)
4. How did the rich master react to the dishonest dealings of the manager? (16:8)
5. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves”?