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                                  DECEMBER 6, 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 7:23-28:   Melchizedek’s Priesthood Like Christ’s:   The former priests, on the one hand,
existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus,
on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.  Therefore
He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives
to make intercession for them.  For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent,
undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;  who does not need daily, like
those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people,
because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  For the Law appoints men as high
priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made
perfect forever.   Chapter 8:1-13:   A Better Ministry:   Now the main point in what has been said
is this:  we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the
Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord
pitched, not man.  For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices;  so it is
necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.  Now if He were on earth, He would
not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;  who serve a
copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about
to erect the tabernacle;  for,“See,”  He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern”   
“which was shown you on the mountain” (Ex. 25:40).  But now He has obtained a more excellent
ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of the better covenant, which has been enacted
on better promises.  A New Covenant:   For if the first covenant had been faultless, there would
have been no occasion sought for a second.  For finding fault with them, He says,  “Behold, days
are coming, says the Lord, when I will effect a new covenant with the house of Judah;  Not like
the covenant  which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead
them out of the land of Egypt;  For they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for
them, says the Lord;  I will put My Laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.  And
I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  And they shall not teach everyone his fellow
citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all will know Me, from the least to
the greatest of them.  For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no
more.”  When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete.  But whatever is
becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.            (More Next Week!   Stay
Tuned!)
                             Is The End Near?  Part One 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:
•        The Lord’s return (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18).
•        The dead raised (John 5:28-29).
•        The living changed (1st Corinthians 15:51).
•        The earth burned up (2nd Peter 3:10-13).
•        Humanity judged (Matthew 25:31-46).
•        Kingdome given to God (1st Corinthians 15:24).
•        Wicked separated (Matthew 25:41), and the
•        Saved go home (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17).

    Is that last day near?   Some say it is.   Are they right?   How can we know?   What can we
know?   Let’s see what the Bible says:
The End Will come!   The world will have an end as surely as it had a beginning (1st Corinthians
15:24;  Hebrews 3:6, 14;  2nd Peter 3:1-11).   Jesus promised to return (John 14:2-3), but each
generation has its doubters.   Scoffers in Peter’s day asked,  “Where is the promise of His
coming?” (2nd Peter 2:3-4).   They thought a long delay meant God had forgotten humanity---if
He was there at all.   Peter explained that time is irrelevant to God---a thousand years is as a
single day (3:8).   Promises, however, are important to God.   “The Lord is not slack concerning
His promise? (3:9).   He is faithful (2nd Thessalonians 3:3);  He cannot lie (Titus 1:2).   Thus,
“the day of the Lord will come” (2nd Peter 3:10).
The End Will Come Unexpectedly!   One preacher would ask, “Do you believe Jesus is coming
today?”   If the person replied, “No!” he would say, “Then you had better be ready, for He is
coming at an hour when you think not!” (Luke 12:40).   
    No one can predict the world’s expiration date.   Some things have not been revealed to
men.   Moses wrote, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God;  but those things which
are revealed belong unto us” (Deuteronomy (29:29).   Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the
times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own power” (Acts 1:7; cf. Acts 15:18; 17:
26).   Jesus repeatedly emphasized:  “Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father” (Mark 13:32; cf. Mathew 24:36, 42,
44, 25:13, 19).
Still, many have tried to set a date (info from
Wikipedia):
Montanus’ followers in the second century, sold their belongings and   ascended a hill to await
Jesus return.   Eventually police had to disperse them because they resorted to stealing to
survive.
Hippolytus of Rome predicted A.D. 500 based on the dimensions of Noah’s ark.   (?)
Pope Sylvester II predicted January 1, 1000.  Riots occurred.   Pilgrims headed to Jerusalem.
Pope Innocent III taught it would come 666 years after Islam’s rise, 1284.
Martin Luther predicted it by 1600.
Christopher Columbus predicted 1656 in his Book of Prophecies (1501).
Isaac Newton, following his death in 1727, thousands of pages deciphering Bible codes and
dates were found.   He predicted the end would be no earlier than 2060.
William Miller, a farmer and founder of Adventism, predicted the last day to be Sunday March
21, 1844.   His congregation, believing him, put on white robes and went to meet Jesus on a
rooftop.   When He did not come, Miller recalculated and predicted it to be October 22, 1844.
Joseph Smith said Christ would come by 1891.
Charles T. Russell (Watchtower) predicted Jesus’ return in 1874.  He said Jesus did return but
didn’t reveal Himself, so he recalculated it to be 1914.  Other ‘Watchtower’ prophets predicted
the “end of the present order of things” for 1918, 1925, 1975, and 1984. (Part Two Next Week.  
Stay Tuned.)
ATTENTION:     Let’s not forget to restock the pantry.   As a reminder, the pantry is ‘always’
open.   If you know of any that have a need that can be supplied by the pantry items, you can
get access to the pantry at any time with a phone call.   May God bless the volunteers in their
effort to help others in 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.Be hospitable to strangers, for some in the past,
  Entertained these folks, in an earthly cast.
2.Near this city Jesus ascended into the clouds of heaven above;
  His disciples gazed steadily, at the departing Savior of love.
3.I wrote the saints a letter of Satan’s lures beware;
  He’s a roaring lion that’s seeking souls to devour.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’: 1. Crown of Righteousness (Rev. 2:10);  2. Fig tree
(Matt. 21:18-19);  3. Passover (Mark 14:12-25).
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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 Williamson; Rebecca Stone; Faye Stephens; Billie
Nelson; Henderson family; Ethel & Hubert Crowson; Don Blackwell; Maya Briggs; J. O’Brien;
Donne, Ina & Henry family;  
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. you.
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).