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                                                    OCTOBER 25, 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 OCTOBER
16th Sammy Drake;  16th Juan Huffman;  17th Susie Stephens;
19th Cyndi Middleton;  21st Kareena Fillyaw;  25th Sande Endy;
                                      HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FOR OCTOBER
16th Juan & Gwen Huffman;

READING THE NEW TESTAMENT:   HEBREWS

Chapter 2:1-18:   Give Heed:   For this reason we must pay much closer attention
to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken
through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?   After
it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who
heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various
miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.  
 Earth Subject to
Man:   For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are
speaking.   But one has testified somewhere, saying, “What is man, that You
remember him?   Or the Son of Man, that You are concerned about Him?   You have
made Him for a little while lower than the angels;  You have crowned Him with glory
and honor, and have appointed Him over the works of Your hands;  You have put all
things in subjection under His feet.”   For in subjecting all things to Him, He left
nothing that is not subject to Him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to
Him.  
 Jesus Briefly Humbled:   But we do see Him who was made for a little while
lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with
glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for every-one.   
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in
bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through
sufferings.   For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one
Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, “I will
proclaim Your Name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your
praise.”   And again, “I will put My trust in Him”  And again, “Behold, I and the children
whom God has given Me.” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He
Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render
powerless  him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those
who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.  For assuredly He
does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.   
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become
a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for
the sins of the people.   For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has
suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.  (More Next Week.)
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Kids Say The Funniest Things:   When our son was about four, we were trying to
explain to him about families---who was the mother and father, and so on.   But when
I said, “Grandma and Grandpa are my mother and father,” he exclaimed!   “Aw, come
on, Mom, you’re just kiddin’ me!

                                  TURNING TRIALS INTO TRIUMPH
             Written By Jason Trick, Herty Church of Christ, Lufkin, Texas

In Acts 16:20-25, we read of Paul and Silas in prison.   For just a few moments
consider their current situation.   Their clothes were torn from their bodies as they
were beaten with rods until they were severely bruised and bloody.   When the
beating was done, they were dragged naked and bleeding into a windowless inner
prison and their feet locked and immobilized in stocks.   There they lay in the dirt, filth
and darkness.   But they did not wallow in misery, complaint and regret.   In the
middle of the night in that dark foul cell, they prayed and sang hymns to God.   How
could Paul and Silas sing songs of praise and joy in such a distressing time?   Why
were they cheerful when many would be overwhelmed with sorrow and sadness?   
What filled their heart with such happiness that it overflowed and poured forth from
their lips in sweet hymns to God?   These gentlemen turned trials into triumph!   
What can we learn from such an example as this?
    We must learn to look on the brighter side of trials.   Joy is something you can
learn.   We need to think positive thoughts.   We need to find the good in every
situation.   The book of Proverbs records; “A merry heart makes a cheerful
countenance . . .” (Prov. 15:13).   A cheery heart brings smiles.   What is inside is
reflected on the outside.   A happy heart is reflected with a happy face.   Things may
not always be going the way we want, but if we are at peace with God, rejoicing will
reflect such.   Jesus instructed Paul to be of good cheer while in prison (Acts 23:11;
Phil. 1:12-14).   Suffering for the cause of Christ should bring great joy to our lives
(Acts 5:41-42; James 1:2-3; 1st Peter 4:12-16).    When we stand up for the Lord and
suffer persecution, there can be no greater joy than to be counted worthy to suffer
for His name.   When our faith is tested, it should bring out the best in us.
    Did you know that when we put our faith in the Lord, we become victorious in the
midst of trials?   Far too many Christians have been hit with a profound blight of
pessimism.   Any time hardship comes our way, we want to look at life in its lowest
point.   There is no place for negative thoughts among the Lord’s people.   It was
Paul and Silas’ faith in the Lord that kept them joyful in the midst of chains (Phil. 4:4;
2nd Tim. 1:11-12).  If we are Christians;  if we have faith in the Lord;  then we should
exhibit joy like Paul and Silas in such dreadful circumstances.   What gave Paul the
strength to overcome these distressing circumstances?   It was his faith in the Lord.   
Only Christ can give us the strength in time of need to overcome our problems in life
(Phil. 4:12-13).   Whatever our circumstances, it is our faith that says, “God will
provide” (Matt. 6:25-32).
    And what is our greatest weapon against the trials that surround us?   Prayer is
the Christians greatest weapon. Because God will take care of our troubles in life
(Phil. 4:6-7).   We can allow ourselves to be swallowed up with grief, self-pity, and a
negative outlook.   A negative outlook on life is self-defeating and hinders God’s work
in our lives (Num. 13:27-33).  A pessimist is defeated by his own attitude before he
ever begins.
    But people who develop a positive outlook on life through prayer accomplish far
more.   Christians can have a peace of mind when they lay all of their burdens on the
Lord.   Faith in God through prayer turns trials into triumph!
    Are you turning trials into triumph?   Or are you being defeated by a negative
attitude on life.   Do not let yourself be overcome by pessimism.   Christians
overcome hardships of life, by seeing things at a positive level.   As Christians we
look on the brighter side of life from the viewpoint of God.   Our faith carries us
through life, turning trials into triumph.

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.):   
1.3 times I prayed to God for help, but what I asked, He would not do;
  He told me ever so patiently, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
2.Joseph of Arimathea and I did come, as darkness did loom;
  The body of our Savior we claimed, and placed it in Joseph’s tomb.
3.Peter came to the house at night, his kind voice I did recognize;
  But the door I refused to open, because of my great surprise.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’:  1. Salome (Matt. 20:20-22; 27:56; Mark
16:1);  2. Judas (Matt. 1:20-25); 3. Stephen (Acts 7:54-60).
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Our memory verse for October comes from the
Old Testament book of  Psalms   Only one verse.   
Easy and familiar.   Repeat it over and over.   You can do it.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to
dwell together in unity!”  (Psalm 133:1)

REPEAT IT AGAIN; THEN AGAIN;  TEN TIMES TEN


REMEMBER IN PRAYERS…
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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;  Ina Henry & Family;
SPECIAL PRAYERS TODAY FOR….
Sis. Ethel Crowson is now back at the home nursing facility, 830 Hodgkins, Hou., TX,  
77032.  She is doing better but she is still having extensive medical problems.   
Remember her, Hubert and family in your prayers.
Sis. Ina Henry doing well.   Remember her and family in your prayers.
Bro. Jim Endy doing better at home.  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).
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