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              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).
 
                                     
    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 2:1-19:   
Be Strong:   You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses,
entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  Suffer hardship
with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier in active service entangles
himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him
as a soldier.  Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless
he competes according to the rules.  The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to
receive his share of the crops.  Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you
understanding in everything.  Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,
descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to
imprisonment as a criminal;  but the word of God is not imprisoned.  For this reason I
endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain
the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.  It is a trustworthy
statement:   For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;  If we endure, we will
also reign with Him;  If we deny Him, He also will deny us;  If we are faithless, He
remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.   An Unashamed Workman:   Remind
them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to
wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be
diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be
ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  But avoid worldly and empty chatter,
for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.  Among
them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying
that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.  
Nevertheless the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows
those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain
from wickedness.” (More Next Week!   Stay Tuned!)
*Note by Brother Don Henderson: More study is needed here to know what
Hymenaeus and Philetus were teaching about the resurrection.

                                 DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK!
                    By Oran Rhodes, Reprinted From The Heart to Heart Bulletin

I admit a curiosity for bumper stickers.   On occasion, one succinctly states a great
truth or at least provokes reasonable thought.
    Once I stopped at a light, and the car in front of mine had the sticker, “Don’t
believe everything you think!”   The more I thought about it, the more that statement
struck me as appropriate.   
    Often people reason, “If I think it, it must be right.”   The press and the politicians
seem to believe that if one repeats something often enough, even if it is wrong,
people will believe it.   When people decide that this propaganda is what they
believe, then it must be right.
    While the mores of society are in transition, morality is not.   Society thinks that we
have a new morality, but thinking it does not make it so.
    In spiritual matters, the dangers and consequences are so much more serious
because they affect the eternal.
    Naaman made this mistake because things did not turn out as he thought they
would.   He became furious, saying, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out
to me, stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the place,
and heal the leprosy’” (2 Kings 5:11).
    Because of his thinking, Naaman could have lost the opportunity for healing
simply because what God, through Elisha, required was not what Naaman thought it
should be.   People reject God’s plan of salvation because it differs from what they
think. Different folks think that God ought to save them by certain means---faith only,
sprinkling, good works.   Others think God should save them in their sins, not from
their sins.
    Many become indignant when it is suggested that what they are practicing---
whether in worship, works, or manner of life---does not have God’s approval
according to the Scriptures.   The defense offered is that this is what attracts people,
what pleases people, and what people think they should do.
    A good reminder to all men is, “’My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your
ways My ways,’ says the Lord.   ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:
8-9).
    Whether it is our judgments about our fellow man, about the world around us, or
about our responsibility to God, remember that in every case truth should be the
measuring standard.   
 
   Please, do not believe everything you think.    Amen._______________

Promise to be better:   Husbands promise to be a more caring husband & father;
Wives promise to be a more loving wife & mother; Parents resolve to give more of
yourselves to your children; Children resolve that you will honor your parents.   
Determine to do your best for those you love.

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.Solomon, in all his wisdom and glory, found time still passes as a rain;
   With all his glory and riches, How long as king did he reign?
2.They cut wild gourds, stirred them in the boiling brew;
  The gourds were poisonous, until this prophet put flour in the stew.
3.I failed to heed Joshua’s warning, cursed would be the restorer’s fate;
  My first born was laid with the foundation, my youngest son in the gate.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’:  1. Purim (Est. 9:18-32);  2. Proverbs (Pro. 5:
15);  3. Belteshazzar (Dan. 1:7).
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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
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I Want to Walk Barefoot:   A 12-year-old boy named David was born without an
immune system.  He had spent his entire life in a plastic bubble to prevent exposure
to germs.  He lived without ever knowing human contact.  When asked what he would
like to do if he could be released from his protective bubble, he replied, “I want to
walk barefoot on grass, and touch my mother’s hand.”

SUBTRACT THE PANTS!
  Written Anonymously
A college graduate had passed with flying colors.   He was a full-fledged Certified
Public Accountant.  He returned home feeling proud of himself.   His father had
immigrated to the U. S. and now owned his own little business.   The young man
began by criticizing his father’s bookkeeping.
    “Dad, you don’t even know how much profit you’ve made.   Over here in this
drawer is your accounts receivable.   Over there are your receipts and you keep all
of your money in the cash register.   You don’t have any idea how much money you’
ve made.   The father answered, “Son, when I came to this country the only thing I
owned was a pair of pants.   Now, your brother is a doctor, your sister is an art
teacher, and you are a CPA.   Your mother and I own our home.   We have a car,
and we own this little business.   Add that all up, then subtract the pants, and the rest
is profit.”
DIVIDING AND CONQUERING . . .
One of the first lessons our children should learn from parents is to “obey” their
parents in all things (Col. 3:20).  This they must understand is the right thing to do
(Eph. 6:1).  Sometimes a child will get permission to do something from one parent,
and tell the other parent that mom or dad said it was alright with them.  The child may
fail to let the second parent know that the per-mission was conditioned solely upon
the second parent’s permission.  Parents, therefore, should be united in their training
of their children.     Amen.
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; Don
Blackwell; Mildred Edmonds; Maya Briggs; J. O’Brien;  Ina Henry & Family;
SPECIAL PRAYERS TODAY FOR….
Sis. Ethel Crowson is now at a home nursing facility.  The address is 830 Hodgkins,
Hou., TX,  77032.  Remember her and family in your prayers.
Sis. Ina Henry doing well.   Remember her and family in 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).



Special Prayers for Brother Walker's Grandfather