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                                             AUGUST 16, 2020
                                WESTFIELD CHURCH OF CHRIST
                           1610 WESTFIELD LOOP, HOUSTON, TX  77073
                                                      ELDERS:
                  James Fillyaw: 713-560-5104; Hubert Crowson: 281-732-9606;
                        Jerry Loyd:  713-775-5377;   Church Office:  281-821-8531
                                         CHURCH SERVICES
NOTICE:
  Church services have been curtailed for a period of time.   We do have
available prefilled communion cups, masks and gloves on the table in the foyer, if
you desire to worship with your family.   If you need any of these items, call one of the
elders for entry to the building. May God bless the Westfield Church and its efforts.   
Amen.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but
exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the day approaching”  
(Hebrews 10:25).  
If there is anyone left off the Birthday or Anniversary lists,
or dates that need changing, please let me know!
                      HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR AUGUST
2nd Jerry Loyd;  6th Hannah Drake;  15th Suzie Higgins;  19th Kaymi Clayton;
23rd Gwen Huffman;  29th Leilani Baker;  31st Angie Lee;
             
         HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FOR AUGUST
24th  (’56)  Hubert & Ethel Crowson;
READING THE NEW TESTAMENT:   SECOND TIMOTHY: Chapter 1:1-18:   
Timothy Charged to Guard His Trust:   Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will
of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved son:   
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  I thank
God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly
remember you in my prayers night and day, longing to see you, even as I recall your
tears, so that I may be filled with joy.  For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you,
which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure
that it is in you as well.  For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God
which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God has not given us a spirit
of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.  Therefore do not be shamed of the
testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the
gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy
calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace
which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by
the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus who abolished death and brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an
apostle and a teacher.  For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not
ashamed;  for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to
guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.  Retain the standard of sound
words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been
entrusted to you.  You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from
me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  The Lord grant mercy to the
house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my
chains;  but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me---the
Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day---and you know very well
what services he rendered at Ephesus.     (Continued with More, Next Week!   Stay
Tuned!)

THE BLOOD OF ABEL
By Taylor Pickup, Church of Christ, Stonewall, La., Bulletin.
   Genesis 4 reveals that one of Adam and Eve’s sons murdered the other.   Cain
killed Abel.   And the reason?   Sin!   God warned Cain that,  “If you do not do well,
sin is crouching at the door.  Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it” (Gen. 4:
7).   Sadly, Cain did not rule over it.   He allowed sin to overtake him and destroy
him.  So, he murdered his brother.   God said to Cain, “What have you done?   The
voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground” (Vs. 10).   The field
was covered in Abel’s blood.   In a sense, that blood was crying out:   “look what Cain
has done!”   Because of his guilt, God sent Cain away.   Genesis 4:16 says, “Then
Cain went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of
Eden.”   All of us have acted like Cain.   We may not have had physically murdered
anyone, but we have allowed sin to overtake us and destroy us.   And our sins cry
out, “Look what man has done!”   Like Cain mankind stands guilty before God.
   But God decided to atone for the guilt of man.   God wanted to save man from the
sin that had overtaken him and destroyed him.   God planned for us to be “justified
by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put
forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:24-35).   
God purposely had His own Son die.   Because it was the Father’s Will, Jesus let
Himself be tortured, mocked, and executed.   And the reason?   Sin!   His death
would defeat the death of mankind.
   Hebrews makes a comparison between Abel and Jesus.   The Hebrew writer said
to his Christian readers, “But you have come to . . . Jesus, the mediator of a new
covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of
Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24).   The blood of Jesus “speaks a better word” than that of
Abel’s blood.   What is the Hebrew writer trying to convey?   Abel’s blood condemned
a man.   Jesus’ blood saves mankind.   Abel’s blood was shed out of hate.   Jesus’
blood was shed out of love.   Abel’s blood caused Cain to be sent away from God.   
Jesus’ blood causes man to be brought back to God.   Abel’s blood says, “Look what
Cain has done!”   Jesus blood says, “Look what God has done for you!”
   We must understand that sin is utterly horrific, even more gruesome than the
bloody corpse of Abel lying in a field.   Only then can we begin to appreciate how
loving and merciful God is, because He planned for His Son to personally experience
that horror in order to save us.   Our lives should be completely changed once we
are confronted with God’s grace.   We should be continually drawing closer to our
almighty and compassionate Lord, who’s “sprinkled blood speaks a better word than
the blood of Abel.”
IN MEMORIAM:    This past week Sis. Elsie Wilson passed from this life Tuesday,
8/11, to be with the Lord for eternity.   She was a faithful Christian and married to a
faithful minister of the gospel, Bro. Justus Wilson, who passed from this life many
years ago.   The Wilson family attended many different churches in their life span
with Justus’ preaching.  They spent a little more than eight years total preaching for
Westfield Church of Christ.  (Not including meetings.)   Sis. Elsie Wilson was 88 years
young.   She was plagued with sickness (including Alzheimer’s) at the last and is now
free from pain and worry, with our heavenly hosts ministering to her.   She is survived
by her son, Bro. Glen Wilson;  and other relatives and friends.  Glen will need our
prayers, having been Elsie’s care-giver for many years up to her death.   Funeral
services will be held at the Champion Church of Christ, Saturday, 8/15, at 10:00 a.m.  
No graveside services.   May God bless Bro. Glen as he adjusts to her absence.   
Remember Glen and the rest of the family in your prayers.   Amen.
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ATTENTION:     Our next open-pantry day has been put on hold for a few months.   
Let’s not forget to restock the pantry.
NOTICE:     The program, ‘In Search of the Lord’s Way’, airs on Sunday mornings:  
On DISH Network, 7 to 7:30 a.m., local TV channel 57.  On Uverse, 6:00 a.m.,
Sunday, ch. 1180.  Check your provider if different.
ATTENTION:     The worship service at Village on the Park, on Sundays, has been
put on hold for an unspecified time.  It shall return soon.
TEST YOUR BIBLE KNOWLEDGE!
‘Bible Riddles’ You Should Know (Easy From the O.T.):   
1.Twas the 14th & 15th days of Adar, this Jewish feast was set;
  To celebrate their delivery from Haman, their nemesis.
2.”Drink water from your own cistern, and water from your own well.”
 Is written in this Book, words on which man should dwell.
3.We know him as Daniel, whom from lions God did protect;
 A Babylonian name he was given, can you this name reflect?
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’:  1. Meriam & Aaron (Num. 12:1-16);  2. Lice
(Exo. 8:16-19);  3. Ezra (Ezra 7:1-27).
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Our memory verse for AUGUST comes from the
New Testament book of  Matthew.
  Only one verse.   
Easy and familiar.   Repeat it over and over.   You can do it.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he
who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matt. 7:21).
REPEAT IT AGAIN; THEN AGAIN;  TEN TIMES TEN

REMEMBER IN PRAYERS….
Norma Hicks; Sharon (Norma’s dtg.in-law);  Violet Kendrick & family; Jean Williams;
Kenneth Bone; ‘Ro’ Higgins (Roy Higgins son); Selena Baker; Louise Drake; Ramona
Jackson; Ed Walker; Ken, Beverly, Kamryn Fillyaw; Ronnie Weaver; Suzie Stephens;
‘Cotton’ Weaver; Evalette Dunbar; Jim & Sande Endy; Amelia Williamson; Rebecca
Stone; Faye Stephens; Billie Nelson; Henderson family; Ethel & Hubert Crowson;
Charles Melvin; Don Blackwell; Mildred Edmonds; Maya Briggs; Jonathan O’Brien;  
Ina Henry & Family;
SPECIAL PRAYERS TODAY FOR….
Sis. Ethel Crowson has been moved to a home nursing care facility.  The address is
830 Hodgkins, Hou., TX,  77032.  She is still weak and in need of our prayers.   
Remember her, Hubert and family in your prayers.
Sis. Ina Henry doing well.   Remember her and family your prayers.
Bro. Jim Endy doing better at home.  Remember the family in prayers.
Sis. Evalette Dunbar having some tests.  Remember her in your prayers.
Baby Maya Briggs doing better.   Remember her and family in your prayers.
Sis. Mildred Edmonds is fighting cancer.  Remember her in your prayers.
Sis. Rebecca (Becky) Stone needs our prayers.
Remember Ken, Beverly, and Kamryn Fillyaw in your prayers.
Remember Bro. Cotton Weaver in your prayers.
Bro. Kenneth Bone doing well and still needs our prayers.
Ronnie Weaver still needs our prayers.
Ed Walker still needs our prayers.
Bro. Shawn Henderson & family needs our prayers as they deal with illnesses.
“. . . The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much”  (James
5:16b).