3745 Waldron Rd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78418 (361)-937-5758
Dr. Victor Frazier
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Sunday Evening Worship
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Saturday 8:00 am
Saturday 8:30 am
Sunday 11:00 am
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Worship Service At Cinnaron Senior Center
Sunday afternoon at 2:30, 2nd floor Club Rm. Please pray for this work and attend this service when you can to encourage them.
HOME BIBLE STUDY: Easy to understand, in-home, Bible corres- pondence course materials are available. A DVD is also available. Just call the church building, 937-5758 and leave a message. Materials will be sent promptly.
THE MEDINA CHILDREN'S HOME continues to need your usable clothing and household items.
THE SUNNY GLEN CHILDRENS HOME
continues to need our support
THE TV PROGRAM,
"IN SEARCH OF THE LORDS WAY",
has changed channels
and now airs on KDF
Channel 13 on cable
or on Channel 47 as a regular broadcast at
ENCOURAGEMENT AND NEWS,
December 20, 2009
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Robert Frost wrote a poem titled, "The Road Not Taken," which has inspired thousands of authors and perhaps many adventurers to consider the road less appealing to others. At the end of the poem he closed with these words, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." Life is filled with choices for most of us. We choose the road or path our life will follow. Sometimes the choice is made early in our life with decisions about school or our choices of friends. Sometimes the direction we go is influence by others such as our siblings, our parents, or our spouse. Sometimes it seems as if we have no choice at all and we are forced down a road we would rather not take.
I would suggest to you that there is one road one path which we alone can choose. No one can force us down the path; we must choose it for ourselves. Jesus had this to say about it in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way (the road) that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way (the road) which leads to life, and there are few who find it." The path we walk today really has become "the road less traveled." It is unpopular, it is considered old fashioned and out of style. It doesn't go along with what is "culturally acceptable" and people just plain don't like to do some of the things God requires of them. Should we be surprised that so many people in our world choose not to follow Christ and the narrow, difficult road? No not at all, Jesus said over 2000 years ago that this is what would happen.
The leaders of our society are taking away the ability to make choices in some areas of our lives. They can force us to live within the constraints of laws made by ungodly men and women, but they cannot force us to give up our faith and our commitment to God's path. Far too many in the world chooses the wide road; they want the "highway" that is traveled by many others, "the fast lane" as they say. They are more concerned with being popular, politically correct and accepted socially than they are about the lasting consequences of their choices
Frost wrote: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." If you want to make a difference in or world and in your life eternally, choose the right road, the one less traveled by the world.
Remember in Prayers: Glenda Turner & family; Jason Wranosky & his family; Lucille Weber; Dave & Ivy Warner; Jennie Jay; James Marcus mother; Ruth Dailys family; Jack Grahams friends, Anna Neese, Harriet Tillman, & Bruce Ashley; Janie Storys husband, Welton; Fran McCullough, Pat Overby and family, Elizabeth Wells; Cindy Watson
WASHING YOUR SINS AWAY
The following true story comes from the "Kids of the Kingdom" section of Christian Reader (July/August 2000):
As a couple drove home from church one afternoon, they were talking about a friend who was going to be baptized that day. As they were saying how proud they were of him, their three-year-old daughter Elizabeth asked, "What does it mean to be baptized?"
Their 5-year-old son Joshua spoke up, "Oh, baptism -- that's when the preacher washes all your senses away."
Well, that's not quite what the scriptures teach. I'm sure what that little boy meant (at least, I hope so) is that the scriptures teach that baptism washes our "sins" away. Ananias said to Saul (later to be known as the apostle Paul): "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16) Don't misunderstand. It's not that there's magical power in the water. In fact, the power is not in the water, but in the blood of Jesus Christ. But as baptism demon-strates a death (to sin), burial (in water) and resurrection to new life, it expresses a faith in Jesus Christ who died, was buried and who rose again the third day (Romans 6:3-4). And the end result is not a washing of the body, but a washing of the soul -- remission of sins
(I Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38). Have you taken this step of faith? "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16)
then, take yourself out of it!
Life has but two ends; birth and death;
SEARCHING FOR GOD!
No doubt, you have received a sweepstakes notice at some time, from American Family Publishers. You know how it works. You look over their magazine bargains -- and the chance to buy a few for your office or waiting room. In return, they give you the opportunity to win large amounts of money. In 1997, their mailing list included the Bushnell Assembly of God in Bushnell, Florida. The computer somehow twisted the name of the church and a sweep-stakes notice addressed to "God of Bushnell" was sent to the church address. The letter read, "Dear God, We're searching for you. You've been positively identified as our $11,000,000 mystery millionaire!" The letter went on to say, "What an incredible fortune there would be for God! Imagine the looks you'd get from neighbors. But don't just sit there, God, come forward now and claim your prize!"
Wouldn't it be wonderful if they truly were searching for God? If they sensed what Pascal called a "God-shaped void" in their lives and realized their need to come to know God and understand what God could do for them? If they understood that the "prize" God offers is so much greater than the prize they were offering? The good news is that God is not hiding, and those who truly are searching for Him can find him. "From one man, He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so men would seek Him and perhaps, reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 'For in Him we live and move and have our being.'" (Acts 17:26-28a, NIV)
It is humorous that someone would be searching for God, in order to give him 11 million dollars. He owns the "cattle on a thousand hills" (Psa. 50:10) and needs nothing. But He has blessings beyond measure for those who would seek Him out. May you be counted among those who "reach out for Him and find Him."