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| JANUARY 24, 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 12:1-17: Jesus, the Example: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses
surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat
down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by
sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. A Father’s Discipline: You have
not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the
exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges
every son whom He receives” (Pr. 3:11-12). It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as
with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of
which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had
earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father
of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us
for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not be joyful, but
sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of
righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make
straight paths for your feet, to that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be
healed. Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to
it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble,
and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own
birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing,
he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
(More Next Week! Stay Tuned!)
THOUGHTS TO PONDER:
A Christian shows what he is by what he does with what he has.
How you play the game shows something of your character.
How you act when you lose, shows it all.
Be a building block, not a stumbling block.
Nothing is more frequently opened by mistake than the mouth.
The man who has no proper purpose in life will surely fail.
Be careful of your thoughts. They may break into words at any time.
Don’t think you are on the right road just because it is a well-beaten path.
Joseph – A Man Who Was Victorious Over Sin
By Jason Trick, Minister, Herty Church of Christ, Lufkin, TX
Often, when we speak on the subject of sin, we talk about the dangers and how awful the
consequences of sin can be. We also talk about how vulnerable most of us can be and how we must be
on guard (1st Pet. 5:8). But we must never leave the impression that we are destined to be victimized by
sin and that we can never overcome temptations. King David was one who fell into the clutches of the
devil in a period of weakness. He was overcome by sin. I mention David to draw a contrast, to
emphasize we can overcome temptation. We are not destined to be like David – we can be like Joseph.
His victory over sin stands as a benchmark to all that temptation can be overcome.
Joseph Was In The Center Of God’s Will! This fact is evident by how God blessed him (Gen. 39:
2-6). We sometimes get discouraged when unpleasant things happen to us. Joseph ought to give us
courage, for he stayed in God’s will though others treated him in a shameful way. Jesus was treated the
same way. Some looked upon Jesus and acted as though He was a criminal. Our relationship, with God
is not to be judged by things that people may do to us. Only when we act counter to God’s will in the face
of such events, can we be hurt. Regardless of how others treat you, center your life in God’s will (Matt. 5:
Joseph Maximized The Consequences Of Sin! While the pleasure of sin may seem like a big
thing, and may look really attractive, Joseph looked at sin in a different manner (Gen. 39:6-12). When I
say he maximized the consequences of sin, I mean he saw that it was a sin against Potiphar, Potiphar’s
wife, himself, and against God. It was also a sin against God’s order of marriage (verses 8-9). Joseph
realized the consequences of his sin and thus RAN! When such a situation presents itself, it is not time
to tarry; it is a time to leave (1st Cor. 6:18). Sexual immorality is not something to be lightly regarded. It
is a grievous sin that can wreck marriages, deny little children the benefit of both parents in the home,
ruins a person’s health; destroys a reputation and leads to other awful things. The devil arranges things
that we don’t see until it is too late.
Joseph Was Accountable To Others For His Actions. This is closely related to the previous
point but is not the same (Gen. 39:8-9). We must recognize that we are answerable for our actions.
Joseph was accountable to his master. What would happen if he sinned with Potiphar’s wife, and
Potiphar found out? To answer that, we need only to see what happened when the woman lied about
Joseph (Gen. 39:13-20). He was put into prison! Joseph was accountable to God (v.9). We are
accountable to others for our actions. Not only to employers, family, God, but also to one another as a
body of believers. I never cease to be amazed how a Christian can get involved with some terrible sin,
and then be puzzled at why anyone in the church would be concerned about it. Ladies and Gentlemen,
this is not WalMart, merely selling products. Our accountability to one another helps us live right. God
intended it to be so.
Joseph Was Close To God. He was close to God when things got bad; he was close to God when
things got worse (Gen. 39:2-5, 21). A man can maintain fellowship with God no matter how bad things
seem around him. Joseph should give us all the courage. God wants to be close to everyone; but He will
not force Himself on anyone. It is in our hands as to whether or not we are close to God (James 4:7-10).
This is one of the secrets to dealing with temptation. Many cannot draw close to God because they find it
so difficult to humble themselves before God and admit they need someone greater than self. Joseph
needed God. Take God out of Joseph’s life and what would this story be like?
Joseph Accepted His Circumstances As From God. Joseph recognized God was at work. We
don’t have to know what God is doing to have confidence that He is at work. If we can’t have faith when
things are bad we can’t have faith at all!
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. When the Jerusalem council met, to discuss the problem of circumcision; What man stood to speak,
and guided the council’s decision?
2. Five words I prefer, said Paul, that all can understand; Than what number of words in an unknown
tongue of another land?
3. Before you search your brother’s eye, that speck of dust to clean; First remove from your own eye,
that large wooden __________.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’: 1. About 120 (Acts 1:15-26); 2. Simon (Mark 3:18; John 18:10);
3. Hermes (Acts 15:6-29).
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).