March 3, 2019
WELCOME TO THE
We want to extend a warm wel-
come to any guests that have come
our way today. We hope that you
enjoy our worship. If you have
any thoughts or questions about
any part of our services, feel free
to contact the elders at:
5348 Old Springville Road
Pinson, AL 35126
Worship 8:00 AM
Bible Class 9:30 AM
Worship 10:30 AM
Worship 5:00 PM
Our Rule of Thumb is Green, Jesus’ Rule is Golden
On Saturday morning, I woke up early and carried out my morning routine of making
scrambled eggs. Because I have a green thumb, I added avocado this time. I surprised my
sons with a spin on the Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham.” My youngest, age 5, took one
look and said, “I don’t like green eggs.” I asked him, “how do you know unless you try
it?” (I admit that from the looks of them, I agreed with his judgment.) My rule of thumb
had never been greener; but having eaten them myself, I knew they tasted fantastic! He
took one bite and then exclaimed, “MMMMMMmmm I like green eggs!”
My son showed me an easy (maybe over easy in this case) trap we all fall into. We
all have our own standard of expectation. We judge books by their covers. In a sense, we
have a “rule of thumb.” I look at the sunshine outside and walk out the door with a T-shirt
on, only to find that I miscalculated and needed a coat. I look at the eye of the stove on
high heat, and make it a rule of thumb not to touch it so I don’t get burned. I look at my
adolescence and wonder how I survived with all the poor judgments I made. Jumping a
ramp 26 feet into the lake on my bicycle, my cousins and I shooting fireworks at each
other are a couple few rules of thumb I disregarded. So are we allowed to judge -- or not?
There is judgment that is righteous, and there is judgment that is unrighteous.
Jesus said, “Judge NOT, that you be not judged. For with the judgment YOU pro-
nounce you will be judged, and with the measure YOU use it will be measured to you.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in
your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your
eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your
own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s
eye” (Matthew 7:1-5, emphasis added).
If each person uses their own judgment (their rule of thumb) the standard will be
different for every person. True judgment was already mentioned at the beginning of Je-
sus’ sermon. Jesus tells us not to be angry (with an anger that leads to murder), do not
lust, do not make oaths. He is saying that we should NOT live according to our own rules
and expect others to fall in line with them. He tells us to remove the log in our own eye to
see clearly to remove the speck from our brother’s eye. The only way to remove the log is
by the judgment Jesus has given. When we follow His word and His rule, He removes the
log that our hands (thumb included) created. Just remember that our rule of thumb is
green. Jesus’ rule is Golden.
A Note From the Harp
Average Weekly YTD:
Friends & Family
William Westbook (Father of Ann
Milli Wallace (Cousin of Mary Lou Shoe-
Clark & Pam Schatz (Friends of Patricia
Sonya O'Rourke (Sister in law of Pat &
Stan Stephens (Father of Christi Key)
Pauline Fields (Mother of Ron Fields)
Suzan Carver (Daughter of Kay Carver)
Phyllis Blazer (Friend of the Fields)
Vada Lilja (Mother of Janice VanHorn)
Laura Jenkins (Wife of Jeff Jenkins)
Sandy Jenkins (Cousin of Linda Carter &
Patsy O’ Rourke)
Yvonne O’Brien (Mother of Connie
Charlie Wagner (Uncle of Connie
Jim Malone (Brother of Terry Malone)
Margie Knight (Adkinson’s Cousin)
Shirley Family (Friends of Montgomerys)
Jennifer Cather (Daughter of Dangars)
Ryan Montgomery (Son of Donna
Brianna Bulger (Sue Adam’s niece)
Dennis Zak (Charlie Chaney’s Bro-in-
Jerry Shea (Charlie Chaney’s nephew)
Tommy Shea (Charlie Chaney’s Bro-in-
Peggy Chaney (Sis-in-law of Charlie
Betty Trull (Sister of Sandra Singer &
Rachelle Taylor (Grand daughter -in-law of
Lucas Adkinson (Grandson of Billie & Mark
Leroy & Jean Owens (Parents of Jill Wil-
Jean Smith (Lisa Powell’s Mother)
Our prayer list is updated monthly.
Our Honored Guests 2-24-2019
In Town: Sammy Estes, Raven Jackson, Shawn Polk,
Out of Town: Shirley Brashaw
Hospital / Rehab List
Judy Barnett– knee replacement– Recovering at home
Thurman Crawford– Arteriogram– February 26 @ St. Vin E.
Marilyn Glass– Back Surgery– recovering at home
Joyce Taggart- cataract surgery Feb. 19th & Feb.27
Mike Godwin– Meadow View Nursing Center
ATTENDANCE FOR 2-24- 2019
AM 435 PM 210
Events for the Youth
YOUR FEET CAN BE BEAUTIFUL
Has anyone ever compliment you on your feet?
Paul talked of those individuals who had beautiful feet.
He wasn’t speaking of the physical appearance of those
feet but of their involvement in work and service to God.
He told the Roman brethren, “For whoever will call
upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then
shall they call upon Him in whom they have not be-
lieved? And how shall they believe in Him of whom
they have not heard? And how shall they hear with-
out a preacher? And how shall they preach unless
they are sent? Just as it is written, HOW BEAUTIFUL
ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TID-
INGS OF GOOD THINGS” (Rom. 10:13-15).
The feet are said to be beautiful because of the
message they bring. Perhaps Paul mentioned the feet
because so many of those who preached at that time
traveled by foot. The Battle of Marathon was fought on
the plains of Marathon in the year 490 B.C. between the
Greeks and the Persians. If the Persians won the Greeks
would see their way of life destroyed and themselves
become slaves. The people in Athens, 25 miles away
from the battle, waited anxiously to know the outcome.
Were their warriors able to stop the Persian advance? In
the distance they saw a runner bringing news from Mara-
thon. The man’s name was Pheidippides. He had run the
22 miles without stopping to bring the good news:
“Rejoice, we conquer”. And with those words he col-
lapsed and died.
Imagine how welcome, how beautiful to the peo-
ple of Athens was the sight of that messenger who
brought the good news of victory. Paul here is quoting
from Isaiah 52:7 in regard to God’s promise that Judah
would be brought back from captivity in Babylon and re-
stored to their own land. The messenger is seen in the
distance running, an indication of the joyful message he
is bringing. Such a sight was indeed beautiful to those
Jews waiting for that very moment in time.
The last words of Jesus before leaving this world
were, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to
all creation” (Mk. 16:15). The word gospel means “good
news.” The good news is the news of being released
from the captivity to sin. The world is enslaved to sin for
to whoever we yield ourselves to obey we become the
slaves of that which we obey (Rom. 6:16). Those Chris-
tians in Rome had been slaves of sin but they had
obeyed that form of doctrine that made them free from
sin. Whenever we involve ourselves in teaching the gos-
pel to others we are bringing good news to them that
they might be free from their sin that is destroying them.
In bearing the good news to them, our feet are beautiful.
Are your feet beautiful? Have you helped teach anyone
that good news?
Our heartfelt thanks for every expression
of love and concern these past two weeks.
You sat with Rick for six plus hours during
Marilyn's surgery. You prepared wonderful
meals. Every visit, card, call and especially
your ongoing prayers are appreciated beyond
With love and gratitude,
Rick and Marilyn Glass
Bibles for Belize
We are in need of new Bibles for Belize.
Large print are the most requested. Most
of the Christian Bible stores will match
World Bible School has the best price, $5
for the Bibles plus shipping and handling.
You can go to
and order. These are not the large print
but are good Bibles.
We are also in need of reading
glasses or you can donate money to buy
Bibles and glasses. We will be going to
JR. & SR
No Classes Today
March 10, 2019
Area Wide Singing
3-8 Plainview Church of Christ
3-15 Gurley Church of Christ
3-22 Arab Church of Christ
3-29 Oneonta Church of Christ
MAYWOOD CHRISTIAN CAMP
Registration is now open for Maywood.
Jerry Jenkins week is July 7-12.
Annual Fundraising Benefit Dinner
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Tickets $50 per person
$20 per current camper
Cindy Swan: email@example.com
MENS PRAYER BREAKFAST
Save the Date
7 AM—9 AM
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Member Involvement Sheets
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and fill out the areas of work you would
like to be involved in at Deerfoot. If you
do not see an area of work that you think
is needed, please write it on the sheet.
Please fill out your complete name, ad-
dress, phone numbers, e-mails, and the
best time you can be reached. Please also
include the service time that you attend.
Member involvement sheets are in the
Bibles For Belize still Needed