The Reporter   
 Volume 53 # 15  --  April 7, 2013

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     Solomon said, "Of many books there is no end." (Ecclesiastes 12:12)  Yet one book stands out as far different from all others.  This book, the Bible, has been protected and preserved by the providence of God.  Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Matthew 24:35) The Bible claims to be the inspired word of God, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible is without error and it is the complete religious guide for mankind. The Bible as it is meets all of man's spiritual needs. God is the author of the Bible. He used inspired writers to communicate His message to the world. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21) The Bible is God's word.  Therefore, the obligation rests upon us to study God's book, handle it correctly, believe and obey its teaching.


     The Bible is the word of God and it can be understood. Humanity has truly been blessed by God with this great gift, the Bible. If we appreciate having the Bible, we should study it daily. The people of Berea demonstrated the attitude that we should have toward the Bible. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." (Acts 17:11) Our personal Bible study should produce a sincere desire for obedience from the heart. (Romans 1:5) Knowing some simple things can help.  The Bible is made up of the Old Testament and the New Testament. In our study of the Bible, we learn that the Bible is actually sixty-six books which together tell one story. The message of the Bible is, someone is coming, someone has come, and someone is coming again. The sixty-six books that make up our Bible are divided into Old Testament and New Testament for a purpose. Thirty-nine Bible books are in the Old Testament. Twenty-seven are in the New Testament. It matters not how smart a man may become he is still ignorant if he does not know and obey the word of God. We never outgrow our need for God and His revelation. What a mistake people make by not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God. (Matthew 22:29)


     The Bible is not just another book among books. The Bible is God's word, His truth. John wrote, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17) The Bible is the timeliest and most useful book ever penned. It tells man how to live on earth and how to go to heaven when he dies. An honest student of the Bible can understand it. As we study we see that the divisions of the Old Testament are simple.  The divisions are: (1) Five books of law -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and   Deuteronomy, (2) Twelve books of history -- Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, (3) Five books of poetry --  Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, and (4) Seventeen books of prophecy -- Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The Old Testament is true and dependable. The apostles and prophets delivered the message they had received from God. Do not doubt God's word. Believe and obey His truth.

     Today we live according to the 27 books of the New Testament. The entire Bible is true, inspired and complete. The twenty-seven books of the New Testament can be divided as follows: (1) The gospel - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, tells of the life of Christ, His personal ministry, death and resurrection, (2) Acts tells of the establishment of the church and forgiveness of sins, (3) Twenty-one books tell how to live the Christian life - Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, and Jude, (4) Revelation tells of the eternal victory for God's people. We know that the teachings of the Bible must be obeyed. "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:14) The Bible is a book for all purposes. It provides comfort for one in sorrow; it provides encouragement for one that is in despair; it provides strength for one that is weak and it gives hope to the one that is lost. The Bible can meet our every need. God's precious word also has an answer to all our religious questions. Scripture tells us how to live and how to die. From the Bible we learn where man came from, our purpose for being here, and where we are going when we die. The Bible is man's roadmap from earth to heaven. It is this same word that will judge us in the last day. Jesus said, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48) We should believe the word of God and make it our daily companion. We should allow the word of God to govern our lives and to lead us to heaven.

     The Bible is God's powerful salvation message. The word of God has the power to save all that will believe and obey it. Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." (Romans 1:16) If anyone is to be made free from sin, he must know the truth because it is the truth that makes you free. (John 8:32) Not only will the truth save your soul, but it will keep you in the pathway of righteousness. This great truth is taught in the powerful 19th Psalm. The Psalmist said, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward." (Psalm 19:7-11)

     Study the Bible, accepting all that it says. Believing only a part of the Bible is not pleasing to God. (John 12:48) Study the Bible with an honest desire to learn more of God's will for your life. (John 5:39-40) Study the Bible, respect it as God's word, learn what you need to do to get into Christ where salvation is found and obey God from your heart. To become a Christian, you must hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), repent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Christ (Acts 8:37) and be baptized to be saved. (1 Peter 3:21) Take time to learn God's word, live by its teaching, die by it and go to heaven when life is over.  The Bible is true!  You can depend on its teaching. Your soul is safe as you follow its precepts.                     

                 ---- Charles Box

News & Notes

1. Prayer List: Health South Rehab: LeAnn Parker (sister of Vickie Clark) In Need of Prayer: LeRoy Boutwell, Mary Ann Bozeman, Brenda Burkett, Edwina Butts, Terry Claunch, Camren Coleman, Tim Croley, John Curry, Syble Farmer, Marietta Faulkenberry, Ann Jackson, Felice Kendrick, Patricia Kennemore, Ed Klash, Peggy Lassiter, Arthur Little, Kathy Mathis, Annie McKee, Jeff Miller, Jane Owen, Candice Parker, Elizabeth Perdue, Tina Pouncey, Brian Queener, Lydia Ann Raybon, Becky Reynolds, Denver Reynolds, John Reynolds, Billy Rodgers, Rosie Rudolph, Caleb Sams, Ron Seal, Carlos & Nell Shanklin, Nathan Simmons, Liz Singleton Vickie Starkie, Sarah Stidham, Robbie Taylor, Gene Till, John Tindoll, Bobbie Walker, Danny Waller, Leroy Waller, Jimmy Walker, William Ward, and Tom Young. Crowne Health Care: Helen Autrey, Dorothy Buck, Jewel Cauthen, Gladys Childs, Arlene Coletrane, Betty Findley, Davis Hester, Kathy Johnson, Sarah Knight, Nelda Sanders and Annie Ruth Tetter.


2. Sympathy Expressed: Our love and sympathy is expressed to: (a) Jewel Cauthen and her family in the death of her brother, Theo “Penny” Sexton. Mr. Sexton was murdered. (b) Allan Jackson and his family in the death of his nephew, Daniel Reaves. He died in an automobile accident.

 3. Prom Alternative: Please pray for Darrell, Jamie and all who are involved in the Prom Alternative. A special “Thank you” is extended to all who have helped in any way to make this possible.

 4. Great Job: We commend Baker Bozeman, Jacob Till, Blake Bagents, Hunter Owens, Darrell Powell and Josh Till for leading in our worship last Sunday night. You all did great!

 5. Developing Strong Families: Jeff Grimes will present three lessons at the Walnut Street Church of Christ on April 21st to help us develop stronger Christian families. We will have a meal following morning worship on that day. The bread and beverage committee has clean up duty. 

6. Egg Hunt and Fellowship: Thank you to Marty and Alicia Sexton for hosting an Egg Hunt and Fellowship. Those who participated were blessed. It was great to see the children having so much fun! Thank you.

 7. Sign-Up Sheets for Vacation Bible School: June 23rd – 27th -- Let’s get an early start by signing up to help now.

 8. Anniversary: Celebrating an Anniversary this week: April 13th Randy and Lisa Bagents.

 9. Birthdays: Celebrating a Birthday this week: April 12th Donald Davis and Bobby Taylor.

 10. Dear Church, Thank you for the prayers on my behalf when I was in the hospital. They were a lot of help. I also appreciate all the calls that I receive from some of you showing concern for me. Valeria Stacey

 11: A note from Clara McGill: Dear Sisters & Brothers, It is with a heavy heart that I leave my Walnut Street family. I hope each of you know what a wonderful congregation you have. Thank you for being so nice to me and accepting me. Your Sunday night services are the best. It blessed my heart to hear Charles as he interacts with the boys and girls. They are learning “every day” life lessons that they will remember for the rest of their lives, plus the books of the Bible and the plan of salvation. I fell that some of our pre-teens know more about the Bible than “grown ups” that have gone to “denominational gatherings” all their lives. Please keep up the good work. Let us pray that God will see fit to let us be back in Greenville in December. Love to all. Clara McGill.

 12. Area Events: (a) April 7-9 – Gospel Meeting – North Lowndes Church of Christ – Sunday 9:00 & 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – weeknights at 7:00 – speaker Charles Box. (b)  April 20th – Ladies Day – Rock Hill Church of Christ – 9:30 a.m. – Speaker Judy Dixon – Theme: A Soul Makeover. (c) Backwoods Christian Camp -- July 7th-12th. Counselors and Campers are needed. Contact Darrell Powell or Charles Box at 334-382-3001.

“The Consequences of Failing to Attend”

   As we study about the subject of Church attendance, hopefully I can instill in you the knowledge of the great blessings that can be gained through gathering with the Church. Joy and blessings accompany obedience to every command of God. Therefore, it is a given that obeying God in attendance to worship will bring us many good things. However, with all of God’s commands there are also consequences for those who fail to obey.

    When one fails to be faithful in attendance he shows much about himself. First, he shows that he lacks respect for the Holy Scriptures. Anyone who respects God’s word says, will read it and follow the example of early Christians. Acts 20:7 says that the disciples, or followers of Christ, met on the first day of the week to partake of the Lord’s Supper, and to hear Paul preach.  Hebrews 10:25 says Christians are not to forsake the times of assembly that have been ordained, but are to use those times to exhort one another to do good. So, it is evident in one who fails to attend that he does not act as if he respects the will of God. 


   The unfaithful Church attendee also displays disrespect for the elders of the Church. They have been set in the oversight of the Church.  (Acts 20:28) Therefore, the things they ordain, that are in accordance with the will of God, we are to obey. (Hebrews 13:17) In addition to the command for all Christians to gather on the first day of the week, most elders have established other times for the Church to gather and participate in worship to God. So, if you are in the habit of neglecting the services, which the elders have ordained, you are in the habit of neglecting the services, which God himself has ordained and commanded. 


   If you have been unfaithful in church attendance, you need to repent today, because you have sinned. “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  (James 4:17)  “For the wages of sin is death…”  (Romans 6:23)                 

- - - - Darrell Powell


He who loses money, loses much. He who loses a friend, loses more. He who loses his faith, loses all!


Service Time:


Morning:                                              Evening:

    Bible Study 9:30                                 Worship 6:00

    Worship 10:30                               


Bible Study 7:00 pm


Here To Serve:

Elders:                                              Deacons:

    Mike Bagents                                      Tony Bozeman

    Bobby Terrell                                     Bruce Cauthen

Minister:                                                 Wayne Garlock

    Charles Box                                        Jason Holladay

Youth Minister:                                      Dennis Lowery

    Darrell Powell                                    Jim Till                                                                            



Walnut Street Church of Christ

P.O. Box 551

Greenville, AL 36037-0551