Our Prayer List:
- Jack Singleton will have knee replacement surgery on September 20.
- Al Campbell, Elza’s brother continues to recover from open heart surgery.
- Becky Cottengin, Sue Iorg’s niece is out of ICU and doing better.
- We extend our sympathy to the Stephen Gardner family. His funeral was Saturday.
- Pat Jones (Sandy’s mother) has a lump under her arm. She had an appointment on September 13.
- We extend our sympathy to the Freda Richards family. Freda is Jim Haden’s sister.
Remember These Individuals In Your Prayers
Others on Prayer List:
Bob & Jorene Thomas, Jim & Irene Haden, Hazel Lawson, Chet McHaffie, Carl Galloway, Henrietta Wallace, Betty Stull, Davey Weter, Mary Harris & Autum Parkhurst.
Reminder – Pantry items for Fair Haven - items for the week are Fabric Softener, Fabric Sheets and Cascade.
Our Monthly Potluck Dinner will be tonight after the PM Service. We will celebrate September Birthdays and Anniversaries.
A Men’s Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at the church building.
The Ladies Bible Class starts Sunday, September 23 at 5:00 PM at the building.
A Men’s Bible Class will start Sunday, September 23 at 5:00 PM at the building (study sheets on foyer table).
Our Fall Gospel Meeting with Adam Orr is scheduled to start October 7 and will run thru October 10. Meeting flyers are on the foyer table.
There are two new pages for your directory on the foyer table – Chuck/Mikki Evans and Sandy Jones. Welcome to the Sparta Church Family!
Portrait of Satan
So just what does Satan look like? The media gives him the appearance of a monster, with a head shaped like a goat. Artists have given him the form of a man with his own identifiable beard and with horns coming from his head. Cartoonists have portrayed him wearing a red suit with a pitchfork and a pointed tail. When you think of him, what picture do you get?
When the evil one came into the Garden of Eden, he was depicted as a serpent. Human aversion to snakes was unknown in the garden. It came later as the result of sin (Genesis 3:15). That “old serpent” who came to Eve appeared as one of God’s noblest creations. He was cunning and crafty and had the ability to speak. What danger could possibly come from a conversation with this amazing beast?
What harm could possibly come from Eve having a Bible discussion about what the Lord had said? Unaware of the dangers, she was taken captive by the cunning devices of Satan. We know, or at least should know, what she did not know. Paul said, “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” His ministers, those he used for his purposes, transformed themselves into ministers of righteousness (2 Coronthians 11:14-15). Things are not always as they seem.
So how does Satan appear to us? Perhaps he comes as an easy avenue to gain fortune through dishonest gain—remember those 30 pieces of silver! Perhaps as wine swirling so beautifully with its appealing aroma. Wine is still a mocker and must not be longingly looked upon (Proverbs 20:1; 23:31). Perhaps he appears as a group of friends whose values are not the same as yours, but whose companionship coupled with the weight of peer pressure causes you to go along with them and lower your personal values. Perhaps he comes with a cup of coffee shared with an acquaintance, parent or good friend (sometimes of the opposite sex), as we tell them of our marital problems and they so sympathetically listen and console us. Perhaps it comes as a “fun date” with someone you would never consider marrying and just decide to go out with them “just this one time – just for fun.”
How does he appear to us? He appears in so many ways not mentioned above, but which are part of our daily lives. The point is this. If we only think of Satan as depicted by human wisdom, we will never see him! Is there any wonder Jesus urged that we pray we would not be led into temptation? Is there any wonder we are told to be sober and vigilant for that evil one who threatens us as a roaring lion? He comes in sheep’s clothing, yet we seemingly never look beyond the sheepskin.
Things are not always as they seem!