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                                                         DECEMBER 13, 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
Sunday worship services only at 10:00 a.m., until further notice.  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 DECEMBER

4th Jim Endy;  5th Piper Hunt;  7th Alonso Garrett;
12th Kohen Fillyaw;  14th Elijah Baker;14th Dennis Dearing;  
18th Holly Colotta;  20th Evalette Dunbar;  21st Kenneth Bone;

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FOR DECEMBER

9th Dennis & Margo Dearing;  12th Don & Pat Henderson;
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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT:   HEBREWS
Chapter 9:1-19a:   The Old and the New:   Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine
worship and the earthly sanctuary.   For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in
which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread;  this is called the holy place.   
Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden
altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a
golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;
and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat;  but of these things we
cannot now speak in detail.  Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are
continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second, only
the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for
the sins of the people committed in ignorance.  The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into
the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing which is a
symbol for the present time.  Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make
the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various
washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.  But when Christ
appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more
perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;  and not through the
blood of goats and calves,  but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all,
having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a
heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much
more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to
God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  For this reason He is
the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the
transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may
receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.  For where a covenant is, there must of necessity
be the death of the one who made it.  For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is
never in force while the one who made it lives.  Therefore even the first covenant was not
inaugurated without blood.  For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the
people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and
scarlet wool and hyssop,     (More Next Week!   Stay Tuned!)
Is The End Near?  Part Two of Two.
From House to House Bulletin, By Allen Webster
The world’s last day will be quite eventful.   All of these things will occur   (Consult last week’s
bulletin for Scripture.): The Lord’s return;  The dead raised;  The living changed;  The earth
burned up;  Humanity judged; Kingdom given to God;  Wicked separated; and the Saved go
home.
The End Will come!   The world will have an end as surely as it had a beginning.  But each
generation has its doubters.
The End Will Come Unexpectedly!  No one can predict the world’s expiration date.   Some things
have not been revealed to men.   Still, many have tried to set a date (info from Wikipedia) (See
last week’s dates):
Montanus – 2nd century; (all dates are A.D.) Hippolytus – 500;  Pope Sylvester II – 1000;  Pope
Innocent III – 1284;  Martin Luther – 1600;  Chris. Columbus – 1656;   Isaac Newton –  2060;  
William Miller –  1844;  Joseph Smith – 1891;  Charles Russell (Watchtower) – 1874 & 1914;  
Various other Watchtower ‘prophet’s – 1918, 1925, 1975, and 1984.
Herbert W. Armstrong told members of his church a “rapture” was to take place in 1936, and that
only they would be saved.
During World War II, some watched world political events  and nuclear armaments involving
Europe, Israel, Russia and America and warned the last days were here.  In Hal Lindsey’s book,
The Late Great Planet Earth (1970), he believed Jesus would return by 1988 (but not visibly),
and that after a seven year period of tribulation, He would visibly appear by 1995 to win the
Battle of Armageddon and commence a millennial reign.
Jerry Falwell foresaw God pouring out judgment on the world Jan 1, 2000.   Tim LaHaye and
Jerry B. Jenkins stated the Y2K bug would trigger economic chaos, which the Antichrist would
use to rise to power.
Harold Camping gained notoriety by predicting that Oct. 21, 2011, would be the final day.  After
this failed, Camping admitted in a private interview that he no longer believed anybody could
know the time of the end of the world.   With this last statement, we can agree.   Jesus had said it
long ago:
The End May---or May Not---Be Soon!   Everything the Bible said would occur before Jesus’
return has happened---e.g., a departure from truth (Acts 20:29;  1st Tim. 4:1-3) and the man of
sin revealed (2nd Thess. 2:3).  Jesus could now come at any time.  Then, again, He could wait
another thousand years to give more time for souls to be added to His kingdom (2nd Peter 3:
9).   But what about “the signs of the times” we hear about?
    When a famine, earthquake, or war occurs, many see the end just around the corner.   As
wickedness grows, many say the end cannot be far off.  It is possible that the end is near, of
course, but does the Bible give signs to watch for?
    Matthew 24 is the chapter that best explains it.   This chapter answers two questions His
disciples asked:“Tell us, when shall these things [involving the temple] be?” “And what shall be
the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?”(24:3)  Jesus answered the questions in
order.  In the first section (24:4-35), He explained signs pertaining to the Roman invasion of
Jerusalem in AD 70.  In the second (24:36-25:46), He plainly stated there would be no signs to
precede His return.
    In which section do some think they find “signs” of the end of time?  The first section, which
discusses events that occurred in first century Jerusalem and have nothing to do with a 21st
Century international nuclear conflict.   It does mention “the end” (24:6, 13, 14), but this refers to
the end of Judaism, not the end of the world.  The wars, famines, earthquakes, and false Christs
that some see as fulfilled in today’s news media, the ancient historians:  Josephus, Suetonius,
Tacitus, and Seneca show occurred in the years leading up to AD 70.   
    It is interesting that people claim to find clues in Jesus’ sermon on the end of time that the
One who gave it did not know were there!
    The important thing is to always be ready for Jesus to return.  If we are ready everyday for
Jesus to come someday, then we will be ready any day He chooses!   Are you a part of Christ’s
kingdom?     Amen!

ATTENTION:     Let’s not forget to restock the pantry.   As a reminder, the pantry is ‘always’ open
for any that have a need.   Amen.
NOTICE:     The program, ‘In Search of the Lord’s Way’, airs on Sunday mornings.   Check your
network provider for time and channel.
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 N.T.):   
1.Some of Paul’s writings are hard to understand;
  This I wrote to the brethren throughout the land.
2.The cries of those you cheated rise up to the Lord of Hosts;
  You may live in luxury now, but in hell you will burn as toast.
3.A short epistle I wrote urging brethren to contend,
  Earnestly for the faith once given for all men.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’: 1. Angels (Heb. 13:1);  2. Bethany (Luke 24:50-52;  Acts
1:9-10);  3. Peter (1st Pet. 5:8-9).
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Our memory verse for December comes from the
New Testament book of 1st Peter.   Only one verse.   
Easy and familiar.   Repeat it over and over.   You can do it.
“Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?” (1st Peter 3:13.)
REPEAT IT AGAIN; THEN AGAIN;  TEN TIMES TEN
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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 Willi
amson; Rebecca Stone; Faye Stephens; Billie Nelson; Henderson family; Ethel & Hubert Crowson; Don Blackwell; Maya Briggs; J. O’Brien; Donne, Ina & Henry family;  Sis. Burns dtg., Xavier;  
SPECIAL PRAYERS TODAY FOR….
Sis. Burns’ dtg. Xavier, to have tests for frequent shortness of breath.   Remember her & family
in prayers.
Sis. Ethel Crowson is at the home nursing facility, 830 Hodgkins, Hou., TX,  77032.  Still having
medical problems.   Remember her & family in prayers.
Donnie & Ina Henry doing well.   Remember the family in your prayers.
Jim & Sande Endy doing well.  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. 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).