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     SEPTEMBER 13, 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
NOTICE:   We are having Church services at 10:00 a.m., until further notice.   May
God bless the Westfield Church and its efforts.   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 SEPTEMBER
2nd Hubert Crowson;  6th Sylvia Vera;  6th Don Henderson;  
14th Ramona Walker;  16th Brittany Clayton;  19th Reagan Begnaud;  
22nd Margo Dearing; 27th Sheryl Loyd;  30th Elliha Baker;
                             HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FOR SEPTEMBER
24th Jeff & Ramona Walker;

READING THE NEW TESTAMENT:   SECOND TIMOTHY:

Chapter 4:6-22:  Preach the Word:  For I am already being poured out as a drink
offering, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the course.  I have kept the faith;  in the future there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that
day;  and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.   Personal
Concerns:   Make every effort to come to me soon;  for Demas, having loved this
present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica;  Crescens has gone to
Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  Only Luke is with me.  Pick up Mark and bring him with
you, for he is useful to me for service.  But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.  When
you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially
the parch-ments.  Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm;  the Lord will repay
him according to his deeds.  Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously
opposed our teaching.  At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted
me;  may it not be counted against them.  But the Lord stood with me and
strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished,
and that all the Gentiles might hear;  and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth.  The
Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly
kingdom;  to Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.  Greet Prisca and Aquila, and
the household of Onesiphorus.  Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left
sick at Miletus.  Make every effort to come before winter.  Eubulus greets you, also
Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.  The Lord be with your spirit.  
Grace be with you.    (More Next Week!   Stay Tuned!)

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?

Part One;   Part Two Next Week.
Part One:  By Allen Webster, Heart to Heart/House to House Bulletin
In view of recent events, one writer suggested that we all “boycott God.”  
    The writer proposed that if we all stopped praying, attending church, and praising
Him, that this just might make Him stop killing so many people in tragic disasters.
    God gets blamed for a lot of things He doesn’t do.   Satan made the fire that
destroyed Job’s sheep look like it came from heaven (Job 1:16).   The persecution
came from the opposite direction, but it was in the devil’s favor to make God appear
as the bad guy.   It is still in Satan’s favor to do so, and he still does.  Unbelievers
stumble over the problem of evil, and Christians sometimes doubt God when
suffering.   They all wonder:
•        How could a good God allow evil?
•        Why doesn’t an almighty God do something about it?
•        Couldn’t an omniscient God create a world without evil?
•        Why doesn’t a loving God help His children?
    A moment’s reflection shows the impossibility of God’s intervening in every
disaster or each time evil is about to befall His world or one of His children.   Why
doesn’t God do something?
PEOPLE WOULD LIVE IN CHAOS
    God is a God of order.   He goes by the rule He gave for the church:   “Let all
things be done decently and in order” (1st Corinthians 14:40).
    Our existence depends on the consistent working of physical laws such as inertia
and gravity that God set up at the Creation (Genesis 1).
    If God suspended natural laws every time one of His creatures was in a
dangerous or life-threatening situation, chaos would reign.   Cause and effect would
have no meaning.   Changing one person’s life would set off a domino effect for all
those in the same area and all who were connected through the relationship.
    We could not function in a world without rational prediction.   We would not know
how to behave from one second to the next.   In some instances one event would
follow from a certain set of conditions, but at another time the same circumstances
would lead to a different result.
    Would you want to live in a world where ‘natural laws’ have become temporarily
suspended.

PEOPLE WOULD BECOME RECKLES
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    God desires His children to be prudent and careful (Proverbs 16:21;  Acts 16:
28).   If good people were invincible and bulletproof, they would take crazy chances.   
If there were no danger in running a stop sign at a busy intersection, texting while
driving, smoking, using firearms, or lifting weights, then people would soon abuse
every situation.    This invincibility would effectively remove human freedom and
responsibility More Next Week;  Part Two!)

ATTENTION:    
Last Sunday, Sept. 6, was a wonderful and beautiful day.
It was very encouraging to be there to worship our Lord with the other saints.   Bro.
Geoff Litke brought the lesson and it was very timely.   The message has been
‘recorded’ for future listeners, and will be recorded next week.  More about this in the
future.  This Sunday the speaker will be Bro. Jerry Loyd.   May God bless the
Westfield Church in its effort to spread the Good News.   Amen.
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.In the Spirit on the Lord’s day, my eyes saw much in a vision;
  Though persecuted oft in this life, Christians do win the final decision.
2.They honored God with their lips, their traditions were ingrained;
  Teaching the commandments of men, made their worship totally vain.
3.I slew James, the brother of John, as Jews watched Christians squirm;
  I gloried as the people called me a god, then died, eaten by worms.
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’:  1. A house (Matt. 2:11);  2. Light (Matt. 5:
14);  3. Dorcus or Tabitha (Acts 9:36-43).
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Our memory verse for September comes from the
New Testament book of  1st John
.   Only one verse.   
Easy and familiar.   Repeat it over and over.   You can do it.
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue
But in deed and truth”  (1st John 3:18).

REPEAT IT AGAIN; THEN AGAIN;  TEN TIMES TEN


A HUMAN JESUS:   The Gospel Accounts present a truly human Jesus, not a
ghostly figure who only appeared to be flesh and blood.  Jesus spoke of His own
body (Mark 14:8), head (Luke 7:44-46), hands, feet, flesh, and bones (Luke 24:39),
and blood (Matt. 26:28).   He also displayed distinctly human feelings and qualities:  
He was moved to pity (Mark 1:41) and compassion (Mark 8:2).  He was distressed
(Mark 7:34;  Luke 8:24-25), angry (Mark 3:5), annoyed (Mark 10:14), surprised
(Mark 6:6), disappointed (Mark 8:17;  9:19), and hungry (Mark 11:12). Although He
was born of a virgin, Jesus was a true human being.  Yet after seeing Jesus calm a
savage storm by simply “rebuk[ing] the winds and the waves,”  His disciples “were
amazed and asked, ‘Who can this be?’” (Matt. 8:27).
By Mike Benson, Oxford, AL. House to House/Heart to Heart Bulletin.
UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK
    How beautiful and lovely to meet with the saints on the first day of the week for the
memorial of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.   Saints assemble with humble
minds to think upon this great sacrifice, not just because they must, but because they
may.   Upon this first day God gives us the privilege to bow in remembrance of Christ’
s cruel death by communion with Him.   We come to the Supper to testify not that we
are righteous, but to prove our love to Christ by a thankful and obedient life everyday
of the week.  We come, not because we are strong, but because we are weak;  
because in our frailty we stand in constant need of heaven’s mercy.  Come;  let us
worship together upon this first day of the week.   Amen.

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; Mildred Edmonds; 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. Mildred Edmonds is fighting cancer.  Remember her 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).