You are always welcome at the November 30, 2008
Plano East Church of Christ
3939 Merriman Drive
Plano, Texas 75074
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Ralph Hutson planoeastchurch.com
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122:1)
THE GREATEST NEEDS OF 21ST CENTURY YOUTH
by Ashley Kizer
The world has changed significantly since the church was established about two thousand years ago. Advances in
scientific discoveries and technological innovations are so regularly reported that we expect consistent updates for just
about everything that we own. Information has been organized to the extent that we can simply type a word into a
computer and almost instantly receive a wealth of data so thorough that years would not suffice to give time enough to
parse it all out. This is truly a remarkable time in which to be alive!
Considering these changes in our global culture, one might assume that our needs have changed as well. We certainly
seem to be a lot needier. After all, we “need” our cell phones and cable television. We “need” our air conditioning and
hot, steamy showers. We may have some “needs” that Christians in the first century did not have. However, amidst all of
the distractions that we regularly enjoy, let us not fail to remember that we still need a Savior.
Since young people are the natives of this new and dynamic society, we may be tempted to believe that their needs
are vastly different from the needs of past generations. Do not be deceived. The greatest needs of our 21st century youth
are the same as they have ever been, and, as Paul said, “...my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in
glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Twenty‐first century youth need education. They will never have faith in God without it (Romans 10:17). “And without
faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Hebrews 11:6). A young person with a good education can do great things in our
world. Consider the proverb: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”
(Proverbs 22:6). King David wrote, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word”
(Psalms 119:9). As a king, David was commanded to “write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the
Levitical priests” (Deuteronomy 17:18). He was to keep it with him at all times and read from it on a daily basis (v. 10). Our
young people need to be taught from God’s Word every day in their homes by loving parents or other guardians (cf.
Deuteronomy 6; Eph. 6).
Twenty‐first century youth need commitment. Unfortunately, today’s youth have few examples of commitment in
their lives. They are all first hand witnesses of our prevalent, selfish culture which exhibits itself in the symptoms of
divorce, lack of service, and rebellion to authority. God demands steadfast commitment. Jesus taught, “If anyone comes to
Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own
life, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). Parents who model this type of commitment for their children will be
rewarded with children who are committed to their heavenly Father.
Twenty‐first century youth need discipline. Solomon wrote, “Apply your heart to discipline…” (Proverbs 23:12).
Observing the beatitudes that Jesus taught requires self‐discipline (Matthew 5:3‐9). Walking by the Spirit and embodying
His fruit requires self‐discipline (Galatians 5:22‐23). How can we expect our young people to “stand firm against the
schemes of the devil” if they are not brought up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:11)? The
Hebrews writer was disciplined by his parents, and he remembered it fondly: “we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and
we respected them…” (Hebrews 12:9). As unpleasant as it might be, discipline is a Christian necessity. Although it “for the
moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful
fruit of righteousness” (v. 11).
God’s Word instructs us how to empower today’s youth to be an amazing force for good. What a world this would be
if every young person received the proper education, commitment, and discipline that he so desperately needs! There will
always be those who despise our youth (cf. 1 Timothy 4:12). Let us be those who enthusiastically say, “Remember also
your Creator in the days of your youth…” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
PRAYERS (we need at least 10 volunteers
Curtis McMurtry (Norma’s brother) is taking to be silent partners)
radiation treatments. ADULT HOLIDAY PARTY
Shirley Gore’s granddaughter CJ is doing well at Ralph & Rebecca’s new house
after having ear surgery. (bring inexpensive man or lady’s gift)
Yoneko Keith was not well and was unable to DID YOU KNOW?
worship with us last Sunday. …that the Bible nowhere says “Accept Jesus as your personal
Others we pray for include— savior”?
…that the “rapture” is not once mentioned in the Bible?
Lu Raper Fannie Shockey …that no one was ever told to “Ask Jesus to come into your
Walter Keith Bernadine Abbott heart” in answer to the question “What must I do to be saved?”
…that every verse in the New Testament in which baptism and
Ginny Cottle Deanna Faulkner salvation appear together lists baptism prior to salvation?
B Blum Earlene Neely …that nowhere in the New Testament is there a command or
David Choon Marie Klepper example for a baby to be baptized?
…that “faith only” is mentioned just once in the Bible, and that
Joyce Brous Rita Raper in a condemnatory fashion?
Nena Lopez (Lala Terry’s cousin—leukemia, …that Peter was not a pope and that he had a wife (Matthew
…that it is against God to call any man “Father” (Matthew
Rolph Holt’s mother (breast cancer) 23:9)?
Carla Raitt (Karen and Richard’s daughter-in-law— …that there is no example or command in the Bible for
chemotherapy) preachers to wear special robes, clothes, etc.?
…that everyone that has put on Christ in baptism is a “saint”
Michael McKinney (Ephesians 3:8; 4:12; 5:3; 6:16; Philippians 1:1; 4:22)?
(Venus Smith’s brother) …that there is nothing in the Bible mentioning or even
Mary Bell (Charlie’s sister—hospice care) suggesting that you can be “bought out of” or “prayed out of” a
Mike & Teresa Demory (missionaries)
Ronald & Rose Coleman (missionaries) D A I LY B I B L E R E A D I N G
Nov 30 Sun Daniel 11-12 II Peter 1
Phillip & Roslyn Hendricks (missionaries) Dec 1 Mon Hosea 1-2 II Peter 2
David Gardner, Allen Tillman Dec 2 Tue Hosea 3-4 II Peter 3
(PTS students) Dec 3 Wed Hosea 5-6 I John 1
Dec 4 Thur Hosea 7-8 I John 2
CALENDAR Dec 5 Fri Hosea 9-10 I John 3
Dec 6 Sat Hosea 11-12 I John 4
Today, November 30—
We will not have our noon covered dish luncheon. O COME, LET US ADORE HIM
We will have our regular Sun-day evening worship O come, let us adore Him,
service at 6:00 O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
Tuesday, December 2— We’ll praise His name forever,
We’ll praise His name forever,
LADIES’BIBLE CLASS AND LUNCHEON We’ll praise His name forever, Christ the Lord.
at Norma’s house—11:00 am We’ll give Him all the glory,
Bring either salad or dessert We’ll give Him all the glory,
We’ll give Him all the glory, Christ the Lord.
Saturday, December 13— For He alone is worthy,
For He alone is worthy,
DOOR KNOCKING For He alone is worthy, Christ the Lord.
9:00 am—3:00 pm
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
Hear the Gospel. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans
Believe on Jesus. “If you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24)
Repent of your sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).
Confess your faith in Jesus. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in
your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one
believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans
Be baptized. “Repent and be baptized, for the remission of sins…” (Acts 2:38).
Live the Christian life. “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev.
Plano East Church of Christ
3939 Merriman Drive
Plano, TX 75074
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Sunday Bible Classes 9:00 am
Sunday Worship 10:00 am
Sunday Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Classes 7:00 pm