Central Church of Christ
300 North Donley Avenue
P.O. Box 357
Tulia, TX 79088
Ph. 806-995-2561---info@coctulia.org
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Frightened by Freedom

“The Shawshank Redemption” is one of my all-time favorite movies. In the movie, Ellis "Red" Redding has spent his prime wasting away in prison because of a reckless act of violence he committed as a teenager. After 40 years of incarceration, Red finally receives his release to enjoy the freedom for which he's longed. However, he can't free himself from the habit of asking for permission each time he wishes to use the men's room. He's become "institutionalized”. This newfound life scares him, because he's grown accustomed to the structure behind bars.

Imprisonment  had become safe for Red. He didn't have to exercise his own decision-making.

Someone else did the thinking for him, and now, on the outside, he faces a prospect more terrifying than incarceration: freedom. Red confesses that he thinks of various ways to break his parole and return to the security of his prison cell. He sums up his dilemma in one line: "It is a terrible thing to live in fear."

You know, people caught up in legalism are no different than Red—scared to death of the freedom grace brings. It's much easier to retreat to our cells of dos and don'ts. But the church should not protect people by building legalistic walls. It is the prison cell of legalism that keeps us from experiencing real life in Christ.

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I love you all,



** We will have potluck today, April 18th, after morning services. Join us for good food and fellowship.

** Justin Brown will be speaking at Happy Church of Christ during their meeting next weekend, April 23-25, titled “Legacy”. Justin’s message, “Living by Faith”, is on Saturday, April 24th, at 7 pm.

** Family Day is Sunday, May 2nd, at Caprock Canyons near Quitaque. We will meet at our usual location, Group Picnic Pavilion #1, for a potluck luncheon of sandwiches, chips, dips, and desserts. Tea and water will be provided. You may bring a cooler with soft drinks and juices for your family. Please make plans to join us for a day of food, fun and fellowship.

** The Children’s Home in Lubbock is asking us to collect boys’ pajamas for this year’s Big Heart campaign. Any size or style will be appreciated. Please bring those pajamas to the office by May 23rd. Thank you!




If you are visiting us today, we are honored you chose us. We hope that today’s time together will help deepen your relationship with God and widen your circle of friends.

We are a church family who seeks to follow Jesus and be true to the Bible.

Please stay around after our assembly so that we might get to know you better. 

Thank you again for worshipping with us today.






Our Prayer List


** Jessie McKone is still able to have visitors. You will need to wear a mask and have your temperature checked.

** We extend our sympathy to Richard and Priscilla Frausto on the passing of his father, Joe Frausto. Funeral services were yesterday, April 17th, at the Catholic Church.

** A memorial service for Isabel Moreno, mother of Avreelynn Moreno, was yesterday at Life in the Word Church. A meal for the family was prepared by their church members and served in our fellowship hall.

** Melody Jennings is having foot surgery tomorrow, April 19th, in Lubbock.

Also keep these people in your hearts and prayers:  

Ray Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Bill Huff, Wynelle Waldo, Herb Jennings, Margaret Huff, Butch Moore, Annette Tracy, Janet Wright, 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, Service men and women, AIM, Mission Teams, College Students


Mike Allison              Toby Brown

Larry Stewart             Daryl Tucker


Richard Combest      Ross James   

                  Kevin Leatherman

 Bobby Moudy           Danny Tucker

Brian Bailey


Tim 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.

Psalm 23:1-2 TLB




Mission Contribution

Bible Study at 9:30
 Services at 10:30

Schedule of Services

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.


3rd & Donley, PO Box 357, Tulia, Texas 79088




Family Happenings

Happy Birthday


18th-Gayle Scott
 20th-Gaye Young
 20th-Terry Dutton
 22nd-Vicki Littlefield


Bible Chair
High Plains Childrens Home
Sunset School of Preaching