JANUARY 3, 2021
      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).
                                               14th Rebecca Stone;  25th Louise Burns;  
                                                 27th Heather Drake;  26th Kamryn Fillyaw;
                                                                   None Listed
If there is anyone left off either list and should be on, please let Hubert know.

Chapter 10:26-39:   Christ or Judgment:   For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the
knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of
judgment and
“The fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries” (Is. 26:11).  Anyone who has set
aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much
severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and
has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the
spirit of grace?  For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.”  (Dt. 32:35).  And again,
“The Lord will judge His people.”   (Dt. 32:36).  It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living
God.  But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of
sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by
becoming sharers with those who were so treated.  For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and
accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better
possession and a lasting one.  Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great
reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may
receive what was promised.  “For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not
delay.  But My righteous one shall live by faith;  and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in
him” (Hab. 2:3-4).  But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith
to the preserving of the soul.   (Continued Next Week, Lord Willing!   Stay Tuned!)

                                                           THE PARABLE OF THE TEACUP!
                                                                    ‘Food for the Soul,’ 2006
    A couple went to England to shop in its beautiful stores.   They both liked antiques and pottery and
especially teacups.   One day while shopping in a beautiful little shop they saw a beautiful little
teacup.   They said to the clerk, “May we see that?  We’ve never seen one quite so beautiful.”
    As the clerk handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, “You don’t understand,” it said.   “I
haven’t always been a teacup.   There was a time when I was red and I was clay.   My master took me
and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, ‘Let me alone,’ but he only smiled and
said, ‘Not yet.’  
    “Then I was placed on a spinning wheel,” the teacup said, “and suddenly I was spun around and
around and around.   ‘Stop it!  I’m getting dizzy!’   I screamed.   But the master only nodded and said,
‘Not yet.’   Then he put me in the oven.   I never felt such heat.   I wondered why he wanted to burn me
up, and I yelled and knocked at the door.   I could see him through the opening and I could read his
lips as he shook his head, ‘Not yet.’   Finally the door opened;  he put me on the shelf, and I began to
cool.   ‘There, that’s better,’  I said.  And then he brushed and painted me all over.   The fumes were
horrible.  I thought I would gag.
    “ ‘Stop it! Stop it! I cried.  He only said, ‘Not yet.’  Then, suddenly, he put me into another oven, not
like the first one.  This one was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate.  I begged.  I pleaded.  I
screamed.  I cried.  All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head, saying, ‘Not
yet.’  Then I knew there wasn’t any hope.  I would never make it.  I was ready to give up.  But the door
opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf.  One hour later he handed me a mirror and
said, ‘Look at yourself.’  And I did.  I said, “That’s not me;  that couldn’t be me.  It’s beautiful.  I’m
    “I want you to remember, then,” he said, “I know it hurt to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you
alone, you’d have dried up.  I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped,
you would have crumbled.  I know it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put
you there, you would have cracked.  I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all
over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened;  you would not have had any color in
your life.  And if I hadn’t put you in that second oven, you wouldn’t survive for very long because the
hardness would not have held.  Now you are a finished product.  You are what I had in mind when I
first began with you.”  MORAL:   God knows what He is doing (for all of us).  He is the potter, and we
are His clay.   He will mold us and make us into a flawless piece of work to fulfil His good, pleasing and
perfect Will (Heb. 12:3-9).

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.

‘Bible Riddles’ You Should Know (Easy From the N.T.):   
1.In this city Peter was on a housetop; While hungry, he had a vision;
  Three times God told him to eat unclean animals of Jewish derision.
2.Two disciple were talking sadly, about the crucifixion in Jerusalem;
  To what city were they going as Jesus met and waked with them?
3.What prophet’s words was the eunuch reading, when Philip arrived?
  After Philip preached to him Jesus, the eunuch desired to be baptized.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’: 1. The Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-23);  2. To be cast into
a herd of swine (Mark 5:1-12);  3. James, Joses, Simon, Judas;  His sisters are not named (Matt. 13:55-
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)

                                             DOING WITHOUT
                      By Frank Himmel, Bossier City, LA, Church of Christ
    A nurse was showing a patient to his hospital room.   “Now,” she said, “We want you to be happy
and enjoy yourself while you are here, so if there is anything you want that we haven’t got, let me know
and I’ll show you how to get along without it.”
    Is that not one of the great keys to happiness?   There was a man in the Bible who had little money,
no security, no real home, poor health, little leisure time, and few friends who had not deserted him;  
Yet Paul wrote in these circumstances:
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.   I know
how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity;  in any and every
circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance
and suffering need;  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:9-11).
    If we have Christ, we just might amaze ourselves at what else we could do without.   Amen.
                                   THE PROBLEM OF HEARTLESS PRAYER!
David wished for us a significant blessing from God when he simply said, “May He grant you
according to our heart’s desire.”
 We must learn to look deeply into our own hearts and be careful
about our desires, for God is quite likely to grant us our “heart’s desire.”   Ultimately, that is the only
thing He will grant.   In the long run, that which we receive from God will turn out to be the thing we’ve
most honestly and deeply wanted, not the various things we’ve pretended to want.   Our creator is not
to be manipulated by whims and impulses and superficial requests.   Rather, He acts on the basis of
what He sees when He looks into the very depths of our true will.   If we are sometimes disappointed in
the results of prayer, the explanation is often that God has yielded to the course we’re actually
demanding to follow, rather than give us what we’re “prying” for.   We pray, for example, for spiritual
strength and don’t seem to receive it.   Does God know that we’re not willing to make the sacrifices
that real strength would require?   God is not in the business of granting such wishes.   Because He
loves us, He will probably leave us in the school of selfish hard-knocks a while longer, until we learn to
truly desire something better
.   Anonymous

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;
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).

Please keep Brother Crowson and family in your prayers.