SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
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
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: TITUS
Chapter 2:1-15: Duties of the Older and Younger: But as for you, speak the things which
are fitting for sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith,
in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not
malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may
encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure,
workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be
dishonored. Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an
example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond
reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. Urge
bond-slaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not
argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God
our Savior in every respect. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly
in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God
and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to
purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak
and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
(More Next Week! Stay Tuned!)
WHY MARRIAGES FAIL!
By David King, Herty Church of Christ Bulletin, Lufkin, Texas
Why do marriages fail? Pundits offer several different reasons, but these explanations don’t tell
the whole story. For example:
Marriages do not fail due to incompatibility. Every marriage is comprised of two people who
are incompatible in some respects. In successful marriages, partners learn how to adapt to
each other’s interests. Their differences become a source of strength, not a source of conflict.
Marriages do not fail because of money. Our grandparents were far poorer than we are, yet
there were far fewer divorces in their day. Some-how, they figured out that money – or the lack
of money – was simply something a couple dealt with. When they said, “for richer or for poorer,”
they meant it. Poverty was a shared experience that brought them closer together, rather than
driving them apart.
Marriages do not fail because of in-laws. God decreed that a man should “leave his father
and mother and be joined to his wife” (Genesis 2:24). A failure to ‘cut the apron strings’ when
entering a new relationship with a spouse can generate a lot of problems. But the in-laws
generally can’t be blamed for the problems. They can’t intrude into the marriage unless the
couple allows them to do so.
Marriages do not fail because of sex. Of all the incompatibilities that a couple have to
struggle with, this is probably the biggest. Men and women have completely different libidos,
and it takes some couples a long time to understand each other’s needs in this area. Some
couples never do reach that understanding. But that doesn’t mean a marriage is doomed.
Successful marriages have this problem, too. They just learn to adapt.
Marriages do not fail because of kids. Of all the reasons offered for a failed marriage, this is
the most inexcusable. Raising children to be happy, well-adjusted, productive citizens is a
primary reason for marriage in the first place. This job can be exhausting, exasperating, and
expensive. But if a couple remans patient and committed, it will be the most rewarding
achievement of their life. If children become the source of marital discord, there is something
else going on behind the curtains.
All of these issues may contribute to a failed marriage, but they are not the underlying
cause. The main reason that marriages fail is simply selfishness. One or both parties in the
relationship considers “self” to be more important than “spouse.” Armed with that attitude, every
difference, however trivial, becomes a potential battleground that can destroy the marriage.
Self-help books on these subjects could be a good resource, but the best resource is a
thorough indoctrination into the Biblical meaning of “love.” “Do nothing from selfishness or empty
conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another (esteem others) as more important than
yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of
others” (Philippians 2:3-4). Amen.
NOTICE: We are having worship today at 10:00 a.m., for everyone. We plan to have services
next Sunday and the next, if the Lord Wills. The speaker will be announced later. May God
bless the Westfield Church and its efforts to present the gospel to the world. 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.Paul preached the gospel of Christ the Risen Lord;
He received it not from man, so how did he get the Word?
2.At Antioch I foretold a famine, that to Judea would extend;
Saints in other places determined, needed help they would send.
3.We raced to the grave of Jesus, the apostle Peter and I;
I was faster than he, but waited for him, the empty tomb to verify
Answers to Last Week’s ‘Bible Riddles’: 1. Zacharias (Luke 1:18-20; 59-64); 2. Chastens (Heb.
12:4-6); 3. Faith (Heb. 11:6).
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
ATONEMENT PROVIDED & OBTAINED! By Joe Price, Herty
“In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity.
And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6).
One would be hard-pressed to find a more concise description of God’s part and man’s part in
salvation “by grace . . . through faith” (unless it is this quote from Ephesians 2:8-9). God
provides atonement for our sins out of the abundance of His mercy, revealing it by His word of
truth. As the apostle Paul noted, “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward
man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy
He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-
5). God’s kind love and generous gift of mercy saves us. God’s mercy is offered to you. Obey
God’s gospel in faith and receive atonement for sins (Acts 2:38).
GIFTED TO SERVE! (Read: Romans 12:3-13)
It occurred to me one day that my right foot does all the pedal work when I’m driving my
automatic transmission car. It alone works the accelerator and the brake. The left is idle.
What happens if I decide that to be equitable, my left foot ought to replace my right foot half the
time when I am driving? (If you have never done so, please don’t try it!) If we don’t require such
equality of the members of our own body, why is it that we sometimes expect it of people in the
church? That seems to be an issue that the first-century church at Rome faced. Some were
thinking more highly of themselves than they ought (Romans 12:3), just because they were
doing some things others were not doing. But Paul reminds us that “all members do not have
the same function” (v. 4). We’ve been gifted according to God’s grace (v. 6). He gave us
those gifts to serve others, not ourselves (vv. 6-13). Our service is to be marked by diligence
and fervor, for we are serving the Lord, not man (v. 11.) So, let’s not look over our shoulders
to see what others are doing or not doing. Look at how God may be able to use you in His
kingdom today. We can’t all play the same part in God’s service, but we can all play in harmony.
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; 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.
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).