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| JANUARY 17, 2021
WESTFIELD CHURCH OF CHRIST
1610 WESTFIELD LOOP, HOUSTON, TX 77073
James Fillyaw: 713-560-5104; Hubert Crowson: 281-732-9606;
Jerry Loyd: 713-775-5377; Church Office: 281-821-8531
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 JANUARY
14th Rebecca Stone; 25th Louise Burns;
27th Heather Drake; 26th Kamryn Fillyaw;
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FOR JANUARY
If there is anyone left off either list and should be on, please let Hubert know.
READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: HEBREWS
Chapter 11:17-40: The Triumphs of Faith: By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac,
and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was
said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called” (Gen. 21:12). He considered that God is able to raise
people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. By faith Isaac blessed
Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the
sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying,
made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones. By faith Moses,
when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful
child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses when he had grown up, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than
to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches then the
treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the
king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of
the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they passed through the
Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were
drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith
Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies
in peace. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of
David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness,
obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,
from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received
back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might
obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and
imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with
the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of
whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the
ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made
perfect. So What Else Can God Do? (More next Week Stay Tuned )
Do You Need to Be Encouraged or Warned?
By Gary Henry, North Desoto C. of Christ, Stonewall, LA
On Sunday morning, which kind of sermon do you need to hear: a comforting lesson that helps you
deal with discouragement or one that gets in your face and warns you to take God more seriously?
Depending on your circumstances, you will probably need one more than the other, but, whatever your
needs are, the Scriptures have what you need.
If, despite your best efforts, you’ve been struggling and doubting whether you’re going to make it to
heaven, you need to be encouraged. You need to trust a God who is greater than your hardships, and
there are texts in the Scriptures that you need to pay particular attention to. You need, for example, to
hear Jesus encourage His disciples: “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have
overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).
But if you’ve been lax and overconfident lately, your problem lies in the opposite direction. You need
to be warned, and there are passages that will do just that. You need to hear, for example, the Lord
blistering the Laodiceans: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were
cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My
mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16).
Passages that give us solace and security (such as Heb. 4:16: “Let us therefore come boldly to the
throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”) are not in conflict with
those that stress reverence and responsibility (such as Heb. 12:29: “For our God is a consum-ing fire”);
they just address two different needs, both of which we will have at one time or another. The Bible is a
medicine cabinet that contains both sedatives and stimulants; which medicine we need at a particular
time depends on what is happening at that moment.
Any time a gospel preacher steps into the pulpit, he faces a tough challenge; he must judge the
needs of a group of listeners wisely and present a lesson that meets the main need of the group as a
whole, without doing damage to individuals in the audience whose needs lie in the opposite direction! A
group that needs to be encouraged may contain an individual who is already overconfident concerning
his salvation, and a lesson that comforts the group is likely to send that overconfident individual away
confirmed in his overconfidence. On the other hand, a strong lesson that warns those who think they
stand to take heed lest they fall is likely to have a discouraging effect on that downtrodden soul in the
audience who was already doubtful of their salvation and now goes away thinking the task is even more
impossible than once thought.
So, what is the answer? It is that we all need all of God’s Word. We need all of those who preach
and teach God’s Word. Some individuals need encouraging while others need warnings. Some
congregations need to be comforted, others need to be confronted. It is the net effect of all of us doing
what we personally think needs to be done that, over time, will be the mix out of which God will bring forth
the accomplishment of his purpose (1st Cor.12:14-22). The work needed is too much and too important
and much too big for any one individual.
And what is the application for me and you personally?
It is that we need to hear that which we think we least need to hear!
The preacher who emphasizes things that we think don’t need to be emphasized is probably bringing
a helpful counterbalance to our thinking. And the passages of Scripture that seem least congenial to
our thinking on a given day are probably those that we need to listen to.
Do you want a deeper devotion to God? Do you want to be more devout? Then study Bible
passages you think you don’t need to study and listen to gospel sermons you think you don’t need to
listen to. Somehow you’ll be encouraged. Sooner or later you’ll be warned. And in the long run, you’ll
be healthier spiritually.
“When peace like a river, attendeth my way; When sorrows like sea billows roll; What ever my
lot, Thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well! It is well! With my soul!’ It is well! It is well! With
My four-year-old Grandson, Stephen, had only seen tomatoes in cans. But when he visited our farm, I
showed him around our garden and he saw the tomatoes growing on vines. He responded, “Are those
tomatoes growin’? Wow!! What a good idea!”
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.How many disciples were gathered when they sought help from heaven,
Judas’ replacement to choose, as Matthias was numbered with the 11?
2.I was called a Cananite, an apostle of the Lord;
My name was the same as the apostle who used a sword.
3.The people in Lystra watched Paul a man heal;
What god did they call him, totally against Paul’s will?
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’: 1. Cornelius (Acts 10:24-48); 2. Barnabas (Acts 11:25-26); 3.
God’s Word that Christ spoke (John 12:48).
Our memory verse for January comes from the
New Testament book of Ephesians. Only one verse.
Easy and familiar. Repeat it over and over. You can do it.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things
the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:6)
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; Don Blackwell; Maya
Briggs; J. O’Brien;
Sis. Burns dtg., Xavier; Donnie & Ina Henry & family;
SPECIAL PRAYERS TODAY FOR….
Sis. Burns’ dtg. Xavier, undergoing tests. 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).