May 4, 2018 - Bro. Rusty Hall of Smyrna Baptist Church in Huxley invites all churches to attend "The Porch" service Monday, May 14th in the Church Fellowship Hall. Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm and service begins at 7pm. The speaker will be Jamir KiKa, an awesome missionary to the Eastern People in Ft. Worth. There will be special music by Paul and Brittany Koiner. Please come as you are and worship the Lord with us. Nursery available. Question?? Please contact Bro. Rusty Hall at 318-422-1511.

May 3, 2018 - Just a reminder that the annual Truitt Cemetery Homecoming is this Saturday, May 5, at the pavilion at the Truitt Cemetery.

This is the time to gather with family and friends, perhaps meet some new cousins, decorate your loved ones graves and honor your ancestors and perhaps learn more about your family history. The program and business meeting will begin at 11am and the covered dish luncheon will be at noon. 

The Cemetery Board will meet at 5pm Friday evening in the Truitt Cemetery Pavilion. Come help keep the tradition alive.

May 3, 2018 - As Jesus came up out of the waters of the Jordan from his baptism by John the Baptist the Holy Spirit of God came to rest on him and filled him and then led him into the wilderness for forty days during which time he did not eat.

The devil came to him there and tempted him with promises of worldly riches and power, all if Jesus would only bow to him and worship him instead of the Father God.

As Jesus became increasingly hungry the devil used his hunger as one of his temptations when he asked Jesus to turn a rock into bread and to eat.

Jesus answered from a passage in (Deuteronomy Chapter 8) when he said; “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.” (Luke 4:4) These words were taken from the message given by Moses to the Hebrew people showing them that they did not live by bread alone which God had furnished for them for forty years, but that man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Then the devil took Jesus up on a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the known world at that time, offering him all that he could see if he would only bow to him, saying to Jesus; “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.” (Luke 4:6) To this offer Jesus answered him, “It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Luke 4:8) As Moses explained to the Hebrew people, our God is a jealous God and he will not share his glory with anyone. 
To turn from him is to incur his wrath as Moses says, “Lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he shall destroy you from off the face of the earth.” (Deut. 6:15) 

From there the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and sat him on the pinnacle of the temple and asked him to throw himself down, to jump off the temple when he cites (Psalm 91) trying to use the scriptures to get Jesus to do his will as Jesus used the scriptures to defy his wishes.

Jesus again answered him, “It is said, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Luke 4:12)

And then, having used up every temptation he could think of the devil left him for a more opportune time when he would try to tempt him again.

Still being filled with the Holy Spirit Jesus returned to the area of Galilee where the word went out about his teaching as he taught in the synagogues and was glorified by all.

Jesus then returned to the place of his youth, Nazareth and went into the synagogue where again he read from the scrolls. He read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah where it is written;

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19) 

But those who had heard him were asking, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22) When he heard their doubts Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” (Luke 4:24) 

Showing us that even our Lord Jesus Christ could not be accepted by those that had known him as a child for he had to leave there and go to Capernaum and establish his ministry from there.

Now Jesus endured all of the devils temptations, without failure, remaining without blemish, that he might know any temptation that we might be subjected to today. 

No matter the problem you may face, Jesus is the answer for he and he alone knows our troubles and he alone has the answer to any trouble, any problem. 

So come to him today, come to the one who has been tested and submit to him as Lord that you too might pass the test of temptation. 

Not by your own strength but by the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ who has already defeated the devil, death and the grave, and now lives eternally in heaven.

May 3, 2018 - The community is invited to the old Courthouse Square to participate in the May 3rd National Day of Prayer! Join us as we pray for our Country and for our Community on Thursday, May 3rd from noon until 12:30pm. Be a part of a Prayer Chain around our Historic Courthouse!

May 2, 2018 - The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association would like to invite everyone to their annual Homecoming on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The tradition of cemetery working has been passed down for generations. We now have someone to take care of the cemetery so it’s a day of decorating our loved ones graves and picnicking with family and friends. Your donation will help pay for the care and preservation of the cemetery for present and future generations. If you are unable to attend donations may be mailed to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, PO Box 91, Shelbyville, TX 75973.

May 2, 2018 - In Genesis, Chapter 6 we see the recounting of the flood which destroyed all life that lived on the earth other than the people and animals which God had to enter into the ark for protection.

The Bible says this about the man and his family, Noah, whom God saved to re-populate the earth after the flood would subside.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:9-10) 

God saw Noah as a righteous man, a man, whom God counted as being blameless, without fault. A man whom the Bible also says “Walked with God”. 

There are very few biblical accounts of humans being considered blameless by God or having been said that they walked with God, making Noah a very special person in God’s eyes.

Not so for the earth and the rest of mankind at that point in time.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:13) 

God then tells Noah how to build a boat, an ark, that he is to build this large boat and in it he is to put two, 1 male and 1 female, of every specie of animal, bird, and creeping thing that dwells on the earth. Along with the animals and their feed Noah puts his own family, his three sons and their wives and his own wife.

Note here that the Bible does not mention the fishes. Since the fishes lived in a separate environment man could not touch them, man could not corrupt them so the fishes were spared by the Lord God.

God tells Noah that he is going to flood the earth to over 20 feet above the highest mountain. Why, we ask, would God wipe out all flesh on earth?

The Bible shows us two reasons. First, the earth had been corrupted by the evilness of man and everything that man had touched God considered must be wiped out to cleanse the earth of its corruption. Secondly, God sees only violence in mankind and God hates violence.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” (Genesis 6:12) 

God hates both corruption and violence and so he destroyed all living things on the earth for these two offenses.

When God speaks to Isaiah about the future of Israel and describes later times God says this about the nation of Israel concerning violence.

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18) 

And so God wiped the slate clean and started over with the birds and animals from the ark and with Noah and his family, and from these few the population of the world exists today.

Man is evil and corrupt and someday, a day unknown to us, the Lord who is also just, will once again destroy the earth and all who dwell upon it.

So I beg you today, prepare yourself for this coming day. Make your relationship with God complete, ask God to wipe your slate clean as you start a new path in your life…

May 1, 2018 - Center Church of Christ invites you to come and celebrate our 60th Anniversary by joining us for an area wide singing and gospel meeting May 4th - 6th, 2018.

  • Friday, May 4, 7pm - Area Wide Singing, Refreshments Served Afterward.
  • Saturday, May 5, 7pm - Gospel Preaching, Phil Sanders Guest Speaker
  • Sunday, May 6 - Bible Class 9:45am; Worship 10:45am; Phil Sanders Guest Speaker Both for Bible Class and Worship

Click image above for full viewPlan to come and join us, we will lift our voices in songs of praise. We will hear a wonderful message from the word of God by an able Gospel Preacher and we will be having a covered dish luncheon immediately following the morning worship.

Center Church of Christ, 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas

History of the Church of Christ in Center, Texas

The church of Christ that meets at 110 Hurst Street in Center, Texas can trace it's beginning to 1936. Prior to that time, the history of the church of Christ in Center is obscured by a lack of complete information, due to the fact that at one time in the past, what is now known as the Christian Church was part of the original church of Christ.

However, early in 1936 a young man named Blakely Campbell, who was employed by Beall Brothers, moved to Center from Longview, Texas. He deserves much of the credit for helping to reorganize the Church of Christ in Center. Members met in the courthouse part of the time, and also in the Rio Theater. About 20 members, more or less, met regularly. Blakely Campbell was acquainted with Brother John W. Aiken and the good work that he was doing throughout East Texas in financing construction of buildings for Churches of Christ. Through this contact, arrangements were made and the property was purchased at the corner of Nacogdoches Street and Wheeler Avenue. Brother Aiken financed construction of the red brick church building (the building is still there) which was completed in 1936. He later deeded the property to the Church.

Brother C. M. Pullias preached in the first gospel meeting held in the fall of 1936. The first regular minister of the local congregation was Brother Foy E. Wallace, Sr. His salary for the first year was supplemented by Brother Aiken.

The first elders of the congregation were Fred Jarry, Ira Bell and Tom Watson. The first deacons were Roy Russell, Marshall Thomason and Ottis Stack.

Following Brother Wallace as minister were George McCaleb, S.C. Kinningham, Lee Reynolds, Buck Parham, George McCaleb (a second time) and Louis Wright. This 14-year time period saw the congregation gradually increase in strength and numbers.

In December 1949, Merle Bryant began to work with the Church in Center. During the next few years there was a period of rapid expansion. Many new members were added to the congregation and others who had drifted away were restored to the faith

The Church began to sponsor a series of radio broadcasts daily over the local station, and regular Sunday evening Church services were broadcast for about a year or more. Also, weekly articles were published in the local newspaper. Gospel meetings were held in several rural communities in Shelby County during the summer months. These were sponsored and financed by the congregation in Center

The church of Christ in Center had grown from a fledgling congregation in the period of 15 years to a congregation with a membership of about 150. While Brother Bryant was in Center, the first Sunday in April, 1953, a renewed drive was begun for the building program and a separate fund was set up for that purpose. 

That day, there were 226 present for Bible Class and the building fund offering was $5,567.

Construction began on the building on Hurst Street in October 1957, and the building was completed in the spring of 1958. The first services were held in this building on May 25, 1958.

Since Brother Bryant left in 1954, the following have served the congregation as ministers: James C.Murphy, Jady W. Copeland, R.L. Foutz (he was the minister when the building was completed), Norman Keener, James Montgomery, Eugene Greer, Larry Eoff, Murphy Phillips, Glynn Purdy, Murphy Phillips (a second time), Mel Shulman, Don Norwood, Joe Wrape, Royce Frederick, Foy Forehand, Larry DeLong, and the current minister, Tim Perkins who has been the minister since November 2000.

The history of the Center Church of Christ is a great heritage as we celebrate our 60th anniversary of being in the building at 110 Hurst Street. However, with our faces toward the future, we know that the best and most glorious days of the Center Church of Christ are yet to come.

May 1, 2018 - Homecoming for Campti is held the third Sunday of May each year (May 20th) with a covered-dish lunch served in the Campti Methodist Church Fellowship hall. This historic old cemetery hold pioneers from the time of the Republic of Texas. The Pittman family had a large acreage in the area and part of it from a land grant. The oldest marked grave is that of Thomas Pittman from 1865. Donations may be made to Mary Hughes-Culver, 357 CR 3080, Center, Texas 75935 (Phone 598-8250) or Donna Jameson, 579 CR 2010, Center, Texas 75935 (Phone 591-2400.)

May 1, 2018 - Sardis Cemetery Annual Homecoming and fish fry will be Saturday, May 5, 2017 beginning at 11am.

Catfish plates with all the trimmings with tea or water will be sold at $8 each. Can drinks will be $1 each. Both versions of cookbooks will be available.

The Annual Business Meeting and Gospel Singing will immediately follow the fish fry and clean-up, typically around 2pm or 2:30pm.

Donations are our main source of income for the upkeep of the cemetery and grounds, plus insurance and utilities. We need the help of everyone with family buried here or if you own a plot to please make a donation each year in order to keep the cemetery looking good.

Donations can also be mailed to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935 if you are unable to attend homecoming.

May 1, 2018 - We would like to thank all of our friends, families, and members who made our fellowship hall dedication a success, in honor of Mrs Paulyne Evans.

We saw old friends, old members, and brought back lots of old memories. In the service, we recognized, those who did the physical labor, and those who oversaw the work, but we also reflect back to those families and members who also would have loved to have shared the moment we had on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. The Legacy of every family lives on, the seniors who loved the church their Legacy lives on, through the Pastor, through the Deacons, through the choir, through the missions, and through our children. The fellowship hall dedication was giving back to God, what was given to us in honor of our beloved Mrs. Paulyne Evans.

The hall dedication connected every member and every family that has served in and through the church's history of 137 years. So we thank you, all for fellowshipping with us and we pray that the Legacy of Love, for God, Family, and for each other will continue forever. Thank you.

Pastor Pettis and SJMBC Tenaha, Texas