“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.
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.
** We will have potluck
today, April 18th, after morning services. Join us for good food and fellowship.
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.
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.
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!
** 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
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:
Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody
Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Bill Huff, Wynelle Waldo, Herb
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
Allison Toby Brown
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.