Mark 14:3 While he
was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper…
In this text, Jesus was
most likely having a meal at “Simon the Leper’s” home. Evidently, Simon was
actually a healed leper because according to the law, he would have had to be healed
of his leprosy in order to host a party. But the thing I find interesting is,
even though all evidence points to Simon as being healed at this point, he was,
and still is known as "Simon the Leper."
A leper's life was
difficult not just because of the leprosy but maybe more so because leprosy was
believed to be a curse from God. It was believed during those days that a leper
was a leper because of some outrageous sin in their lives and they were under
God’s judgment. But we also know that when Jesus heals, He heals completely.
So are we guilty of
labeling people this way still today? You know what I mean, once a drug addict,
once an alcoholic, once an unwed mother, once an illegitimate child, once a divorcee…are
they known as a “Simon the leper” forever, even after they give their lives to Jesus
and He heals them completely?
Or once a liar, once a
thief, once an adulterer…we talk and preach on Sunday’s that God can and does
forgive completely, and that He can wash away all those labels, but are we, as people,
ever guilty of never completely forgetting?
As followers of Jesus, we
are called to always receive all those who Jesus receives, completely. God can
heal the labels that so many carry around, and if God can heal it, then shouldn’t
we as followers of His forget that label
as well? Love people until they ask you why.
**Remember movie night is
tonight. Episode 2 of The Chosen will start at 5:00 and Episode 3 will start at 6:00. Bring your
own snacks and drinks. Popcorn will be furnished.
** Please join us to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mike and Patti Allison next Sunday, October 24th, from
1-2:30, at 41 Travis Road. No gifts please…but cards are welcomed! Please mail
cards to the address above if you’re unable to attend.
** We are planning a Trunk or Treat
permitting, at Connor Park on Broadway Sunday evening, October 31st,
from 5-6:30. We will have hot dogs and our annual Trunk or Treat. The
community will be invited, so we need everyone to bring treats to pass
the pavilion or your trunk. You may want to bring your lawn chairs. The
will be here to help us.
** We extend our deepest
sympathy to Mike and Jessica Guerra on the passing of their son, Brandon.
Funeral services were Friday.
** Our thoughts are with
Jerry and Betty Herndon on the loss of her sister-in-law, Lillian Gatewood.
Memorial services will be held at a later time, when Lillian’s daughter,
Candace, recovers from lymphoma and is able to travel to Corpus Christi for the
** Linda Hayhurst has been
in the hospital since last Wednesday. She is dealing with several issues.
Please keep her in your prayers.
** Rudy Melendrez has some
health issues, but got a good report from a procedure he had last Wednesday.
Keep him in prayer.
** We are sending 19 Sonic
cards to college students and AIMers. Thank you to everyone who responded with
** Dear Church Family,
Thank you all for the love you have always shown us. You have always been so
special to us and will always be in our hearts. Thank you for the send-off! The
mailbox is so pretty and the notes are a treasure! The contributions will help get
us started in our new place. We will miss you! We love each one of you, Wayne
and Yvonne Nevins
** If you would like Wayne and Yvonne’s new mailing
address, please contact the office.
Also keep these people in your
hearts and prayers:
Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody
Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Bill Huff, Wynelle Waldo, Glen Waldo, Sr., Herb
Huff, Butch Moore, Annette Tracy, Terry Cash, Duane
Tracy, Sean Chambers, Linda Hayhurst, Lena
Allison, Gigi Barlow, Noe Jackson, Yvonne Nevins, Charles McKone,
Carolyn Cox, Jeff Swanson, Linda Cates, Gayle Scott, Theron Culwell,
Carolyn Culwell, Nelda Elliff, Dony House,Linda Magallanes, Tommy Stewart, Blake Pigg, Service
men and women, AIM, Mission Teams, College Students
Larry Stewart Daryl Tucker
Richard Combest Ross
Bobby Moudy Danny Tucker
Johnson Delphine Ruiz
Because the Lord is my
Shepherd, I have everything
I need! He lets me rest in
meadow grass and leads me
beside the quiet streams.
Bible Study at 9:30 Services at 10:30
Sunday:Bible Class...9:30 a.m.
Worship...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Bible Class 9:30 A.M. Bible Study...6:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month...potluck followed by
early evening services.