1 onto Church of Christ Soul FOOD A Generous Helping Of Information To Fill The Hungry Soul Arizona 6th Annual April 2012 National Dinner Day A Fundraiser in Support of Southwestern Christian College Saturday, May 19, p.m. - 5 p.m. Guest Speaker: Calvin Bowser, Los Angeles, CA InnPlace Hotel Phoenix N. Metro Parkway East Phoenix, AZ Tickets $50 per person "Jesus Came to Seek and Save the Lost" Dinner Day Coordinator LaRosa Schexnayder Supporting Christian Education TIMES OF ASSEMBLY SUNDAY: Bible Study...9:15AM Morning Worship...10:30AM Evening Bible Classes...5:00PM Evening Worship...6:00PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Classes...6:30PM OUR LEADERSHIP ELDERS: Fred Holloway Merlon M. Thompson MINISTERS: Merlon M. Thompson John Dunn (Assoc. Minister) DEACONS: David Carrillo Rayford Mitchell Santiago Nunez Calvin Schexnayder Brian Skirvin Rodney Staggers CONTACT US PHONE: FAX: West Tonto Street Phoenix, AZ (SW Corner of 11 th Ave & Tonto St.) tontochurchofchrist.com For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Psalms 107:9
2 And the Lord Added... Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38 Juwan Dobbins Jr. Baptized 12/18/11 Bria Schexnayder Baptized 12/28/11 Jeremiah Schexnayder Baptized 12/28/11 Trey Flowers Baptized 12/25/11 Isaiah Schexnayder Baptized 12/28/11 Sherell Neal Baptized 3/25/12 Hate Paying Taxes? Tax time is on us again. Even though we may disagree with the way the government spends our money, our duty as Christians is clearly spelled out in the Bible. We are to pay our taxes and do it honestly (Romans 13:7). People complained about paying taxes even in Jesus time. The Roman Empire, which had conquered Israel, imposed a heavy financial burden to pay for its army, road system, courts, temples to the Roman gods, and for the emperor s personal wealth. Taxes were handled differently then. Instead of mailing your check to the IRS, you paid directly to a local tax collector, who arbitrarily decided what you were going to pay. Tax collectors did not receive a salary. They got their pay by sometimes charging people more than they owed. Levi, who became the Apostle Matthew, was a tax collector until Jesus Christ chose him as a disciple. We don t know whether Jesus gave him the name Matthew, or whether he changed it himself, but it is a shortening of the name Mattathias, which means the gift of God. Matthew served as one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. As an eyewitness to the life of Christ, Matthew recorded a detailed account of Jesus message and deeds in the Gospel of Matthew. Zacchaeus was another tax collector mentioned by name in the Gospels. The chief tax collector for the Jericho district, he was a short man (think Danny DeVito), who climbed a tree so he could observe Jesus of Nazareth better. There are important lessons in the Bible stories of Matthew (Mat. 9:9, 10:3) and Zacchaeus (Luke 9:1-10). Neither of these men worried about the cost of obeying Jesus. Neither asked what was in it for them. They simply followed, and Jesus changed their lives forever. Jesus is still changing lives today. No matter what we have done or how tarnished our reputation, we can receive the forgiveness of God through repentance and baptism. God can use anyone to help him in his work. We should not feel unqualified because of our appearance, lack of education, or our past. We should also remember that the highest calling in life is serving God, no matter what the world says. Money, fame, and power cannot compare with being a faithful child of God. Consider how Jesus changed the lives of the tax collectors Matthew and Zacchaeus.
3 What s Cookin? APRIL 2012 DATE EVENT LOCATION TIME CONTACT/DETAILS Mon 9 Men s Leadership Meeting 1101 W Tonto St, am - 12:30pm Kevin Burns Sat 14 Monthly Men s Breakfast Southwest Church of Christ 8720 W Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ :00am Rob Dockall Sat 14 Monthly Area-wide Singing Mesa Church of Christ 1223 E Dana Ave Mesa 6:30 pm Sat 21 AZ Lectureship Planning Meeting Main Street Church of Christ Eloy, AZ 10:00am Merlon Thompson Every Saturday in April AZ National Dinner Day Planning Meeting 1101 W Tonto St, :00am LaRosa Schexnayder or Merlon Thompson MAY 2012 DATE EVENT LOCATION TIME CONTACT/DETAILS Fri 5/4 - Sat 5/5 Ladies Spring Retreat at Copper Basin Bible Camp (for ladies & teen girls) Copper Basin Bible Camp 3300 Copper Basin Rd Prescott, AZ See flyer Send reg by April 27th to Colleen Bristow, 184 S Palace Gardens Dr, Tucson, AZ Sat 5/19 AZ National Dinner Day Banquet Speaker Calvin Bowers Jesus Came to Seek and Save the Lost InnPlace Hotel Phoenix N. Metro Prkwy East Phoenix, AZ :00-5:00 pm LaRosa Schexnayder or Merlon Thompson Mon 5/20 -Thur 5/24 Tonto Homecoming Gospel Meeting Speaker Calvin Bowers Jesus Came to Seek and Save the Lost 1101 W Tonto St, TBD Merlon Thompson or Fred Holloway
4 The Church of Christ and Easter Sunday, April 8th is Easter, a day of togetherness and celebration for families far and wide. Hams will be devoured! Sweet potatoes will meet their doom, and thousands of chocolates will melt as the sun beats down on their plastic-egg-ovens. Somewhere while hiding this year s eggs, a grandpa will find one from last year! Attendance at church gatherings will swell. In many churches, the normal program of worship will be altered to accommodate special Easter services. Faithful churches of Christ do not today, and never have honored Easter (or Christmas) above the first day of the week. It is true that some churches of Christ have fallen in with the fleeting fashions of the world, but there is no scriptural warrant for setting aside Easter and Christmas as special celebrations. We are sometimes criticized for not being in step with the religious world, but since the scriptures do not authorize our celebrating these days, there is no reason for us to do so. Besides, nobody knows when Jesus was born and nobody knows the Sunday on which Jesus was raised from the dead. We do not celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; we celebrate his death and resurrection. If the God of heaven had intended for Christians to honor these two days--christmas and Easter--he would have provided instructions for doing so. Both of these are based on pagan holidays--not on the scriptures. We worship our Lord on the day he was raised from the dead--the first day of the week. That Christians must do so is not even open for debate. According to Acts 2, the church of our Lord was established on the first day of the week. The early Christians met on the first day of the week to engage in the Lord s supper (Acts 20:7). Paul wrote as follows to the church at Corinth: Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as the Lord has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (I Cor. 16:1-2). Worshipping on the first day of the week has been so widely accepted that very few people in any religious group which calls itself Christian have ever doubted our responsibilities to worship God on that day. Easter is an important opportunity for churches of Christ. Many will be present at worship services that haven t attended all year and may not again until this time next year. Therefore, it s an infrequent opportunity for churches to make an impression on folks who believe at some level, but haven t yet made a commitment to Christ. Easter began as a pagan fertility celebration, honoring false gods, but Catholic missionaries, to ease the transition of pagans into Catholicism, Christianized the celebration, moving its date to the first Sunday after Passover, and making it a celebration of the resurrection. Today both Catholics and Protestants celebrate Easter as a religious holiday. Though some have veered from tradition, historically, churches of Christ have no special programs honoring Easter. It s not because we disdain the day, or wish to be judgmental, nor is there anything inherently wrong with the personal celebration of holidays (Romans 14:5-6). It s because we re committed to simple Christianity as described in the New Testament that we strive not to do anything in our
5 The Church of Christ and Easter cont. assemblies for which we find no New Testament precedent, or that would bind one man s opinion upon another (Galatians 4:10-11). The New Testament says nothing about celebrating Easter. Every day of a Christian s life is supposed to be a celebration of the first-born of the dead (Revelation 1:5). Nevertheless, many souls will come out on Easter interested in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you don t ordinarily come to church, but plan to on Easter, I encourage you to do that, and hope you ll hear something that will make you want to attend regularly, and more than that, to make a commitment to Christ! Every church should try to reach out to those who ve come to church in honor of the day. Their intentions are good. There s nothing wrong with preaching about the resurrection on Easter Sunday, but nothing in the Bible requires it either. I hope all of us who are faithful church members will be prepared to reach out to the souls who visit our services on Easter Sunday, and every Sunday! Excerpts taken from The International Gospel Hour, Fayetteville, TN and Highland Heights Church of Christ, Smyna, TN Prayer for the Sick Is your heart heavy over a sick friend or family member? Do you wish you could do more to help? You can lift your friend or family member to the Lord in prayer. Here is a Bible verse and prayer to help you ask God for healing for someone. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The affectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Dear Lord, You know my friend/family member so much better than I do. You know his.her sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my friend now as you work in his life. Lord, let your will be done in my friend s life. If there is a sin that needs to be confessed and forgiven, please help him to see his need and confess. Lord, I pray for my friend just as your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you, Lord, to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life. No matter how you look at it, gambling is a way of profiting from others misfortune. How can that possibly fit into our daily walk with Christ? Lord, I don t always understand your ways. I don t know why my friend has to suffer, but I trust you. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my friend. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him with your presence. Let my friend know you are there with him through this difficulty. Give him strength. And may you, through this difficulty, be glorified in his life and also in mine. In Jesus name. Amen.
6 Bring it to God Casting all your care on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). I love to receive phone calls from any of my three grown daughters, all of whom live in states other than the one where my wife and I reside. If one of our children is struggling with some situation in her life, it does not lessen the gladness my wife and I feel to hear that daughter s voice. Rather, we rejoice our child would respect and trust us enough to share her problems with us. God desires us to bring our troubles to Him. He cares about us. He wants a close relationship with us. One aspect of that relationship is for us to talk to God in prayer about those things that trouble our hearts. The writer of Psalm 10 feels burdened. He confronts God, Why do You stand far off? and Why do You hide yourself in times of trouble? Then he vividly describes the trouble he faces and calls upon God to rise up against the wicked and give relief. Do we trust God enough to bring Him the burdens of our hearts? Will we cast our anxiety on Him and receive the peace that only He can give? Power for Today, July 2011 Homecoming GOSPEL MEETING begins Sunday, May 20, W. Tonto St. Jesus Came to Seek and Save the Lost Guest Speaker: Bro. Calvin Bowser Figueroa Church of Christ Los Angeles, CA OUR HARMONY We all have various tastes in music, but let us be harmonious - in one accord, as we sing to God, and edify one another. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16). ARIZONA CHURCHES OF CHRIST RRFE Holy Land Tour 15 Day Tour of the Bible Lands September 1-15, 2012 Mike Scott & Jerry Lawlis (Director of the Red River Family Encampment) would like to invite you to a 15 day tour of the Bible Lands this September 1-15, This trip is all inclusive, all taxes, tips, entry fees, meals, 4 star hotels, air fare (from NY), transportation is included. We will spend 10 days in Israel, and 3 days in Jordan, with 2 days travel, there and back. This is a once in a lifetime, life-changing trip. You will never be able to read the Bible the same after this trip everything comes alive once you've seen it with your own eyes. If you are interested please contact: Mike Scott via for complete details Or visit the following website:
7 Christian Connections Keep this quick reference page handy for help when you need it. AZ Lectureship AZ national dinner day baptismal COMMITTEE Arree Walton, benevolence Nate Phillips, Building & grounds Fred Holloway, community outreach Rodney Staggers, deacons David Carrillo, Rayford Mitchell, Santiago Nuñez, Calvin Schexnayder, Brian Skirvin, Rodney Staggers, elders Fred Holloway, education Van Morrison, evangelism William Flowers, John Dunn, finance Rayford Mitchell, Cecil Neal, food assistance Nate Phillips, Pantry: Veronica Carrillo funerals Rollie Settles, Kitchen & Supplies Nate Phillips, media MINISTRY Bruce Hilton CDs/DVDs: Veronica Carrillo Newsletter: Valerie Mitchell ministers John Dunn, prison/jail ministry David Whitted secretary Sharmaine Arnold, sick/shut-in visitation Nate Phillips, singles COMMITTEE Freddie Dobbins, Rose Dobbins, sisters helping sisters Diane Dodson, transportation Vincent Ford Voices of Faith John Jones, youth MINISTRY Robert Harrell, zone program Zone Coordinator John Dunn, Executive Secretary Chris Bottari, Phone Commanders Sis. Dunn & Sis. Payne Zone A: S of US 60, E of I-10 Anthony Davis Van & Diane Dodson Zone B: E of Central, W of I-10, S of I-17 Garry & Kitty Walters Donald & Felisa Morehead Zone C: W of Central, E of 27th Ave, S of I-17 Juwan & Eve Dobbins Van & Cynthia Morrison Zone D: W of 27th Ave, S of I-10 Herb & Talitha Scruggs Bruce & Regina Hilton Zone E: N of I-10, W of 101 Robert & Monica Harrell Zone F: N of I-10, E of 101, W of I-17 Cecil Neal David Whitted Zone G: N & E of I-17, W of 51 David & Veronica Carrillo Ed Knox Zone H: E of 51, N of US-60 Gary Freeman Please notify Valerie Mitchell with any changes or updates to this information.
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