We have a unique opportunity to serve this Saturday from our very own property in Trunk-or-Treat. This particular ministry pulls in dozens of people from our surrounding community and gives us a chance to be Christ to them and pour into their lives. Many of the people that will be here Saturday are looking for a safe place for their child to explore and have fun in, and what better place for that is there than the Church? We all know that the Church really is a place where we don’t have to worry, but can lean on others through our hard times and be uplifted continually. I hope that we can show that to our guests this Saturday by investing in them and showing them that the Centerville Church of Christ is a place for all to belong. It’s easy to stick with our familiar friends at a fun evening like this, but hopefully we can be intentional about meeting and caring about the people we don’t recognize this Saturday. I look forward to seeing you all there as we empower our own kids while reaching out into the community.

Blessings,
Houston Haynes

 
 
"This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth". 1 Timothy 2:3-4

     From the beginning of time, God has desired to have full fellowship with humanity. In the Garden of Eden, God and man freely talked and spent time with each other. When sin entered the world, God predicted that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:14-15). Jesus overcame the devil at the cross (Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8). The Lord Jesus “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4). “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).  To die to sin and live to righteousness meant people would need to know the gospel of Christ. Only Jesus has the words of eternal life (John 6:68). Without the knowledge of the truth people cannot enjoy eternal life or live eternally with the Lord. This is what makes our ministry so urgent and necessary. There is no other salvation from sin or way to life than through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). We must speak as often as we can to everyone we can as long as we can. We speak with the confidence people will listen to the truth presented with love and kindness and will respond. We preach Christ and Him crucified, because God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    We would love to sit down and study God's truth with anyone who desires. Please just let us know and we will help in any way we can.

God Bless,
Todd Parsely

 
 
It's good to be home!

I enjoy having the opportunity to travel to other congregations to hold meetings, and I enjoy the fellowship of meeting other Christians. But I enjoy being home and being back with my family here at Centerville. I hope you consider this congregation as your family. Your spiritual family of brothers and sisters through the blood of Christ. A family that you can depend on and lean on in the good times as well as in the bad times. To know that we here at Centerville care and pray for each other continuously. The Bible instructs us to pray for one another. We read in James 5:16; "Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." It is a great honor and privilege to intercede on each others behalf, to take their names before the throne of God. We all get to those times in our lives when we need the prayers of others to help sustain us through difficult times. That is why it is so important as a church family to stay involved and in touch with each other's lives and needs. We are all walking through this journey of life together and what better help and strength than to have others praying for us. Somehow this journey becomes a little easier when others genuinely care about and pray for our problems. Let me encourage you today to look around you and take notice of your brothers and sisters needs and what others may be dealing with and pray for them. Never take it lightly. God is moved by the prayers of His people. It is my prayer, that we never forget the power of our prayers, and that we always know the importance of praying for one another.

If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know. 

 God Bless- Todd
 
 
    I recently read an article where a reporter was lamenting the fact that many of the physical needs that people have are not being met. This reporter was pointing to the fact that civil authorities are being taxed to the limit, and that those agencies who exist to relieve those who live on the streets are at their limit also. The reporter was trying to express that there are other sources of help available and she specifically mentioned "churches" and said, "After all, that's the purpose of church anyway!"
    There are indeed a few religious groups that have benevolent aid as a regular, and even the major part of their work. They plainly advertise themselves as such. But is this the "purpose of the Church?" Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying. I am not saying the church should not help people from time to time, but I think it's important to be informed that the church that Jesus built was not given the sole task of going into all the world just to feed everyone, cloth everyone, or house everyone. The church that Jesus built is a TEACHING body (John 6:44-45), and that which is to be taught is the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16). That Gospel is to be preached to the whole world, and every child of God is to be taught to live by what the Word demands. Sure, along the way there will be occasions of benevolence that arise that will involve the needs of some, and the church will meet those needs. But benevolence is never to be the major sole work of the church. The church can never be just another relief agency for the community.
    "Go into all the world and preach the GOSPEL to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has not believed shall be condemned."
If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
God Bless- Todd
 
 
    We live in a world of value. What I mean is, the value we place on something will determine how important it will be to us. People today can hoard things of little value while throwing away many of life's most valued treasures. And that seems to have always been the case. Adam and Eve sacrificed paradise in the garden for a moment of recklessness to taste something that was forbidden by God. Esau sold his birthright for some stew. Judas betrayed his greatest friend for some silver.
    One of the most amazing things about much of mankind is that they place a very low value on virtue, morality, and hope. There are few things in life that are exceedingly important. Surely a wise person would not think of throwing these things away for things that, by comparison, are virtually trash. Jesus taught that His words and His way are like the pearl of great price, worth everything else that one may give up in order to have it.
    Christianity is like the hidden treasure that a man found, and he sold all that he has so that he would be able to buy it. It is worth self-denial, suffering whatever is necessary, bearing whatever burden he must in order to have that which deserves to be first in one's life. The words of Jesus still resound: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..." (Matt. 6:33).
    Satan is the most ruthless criminal of all. For mere pennies, he can buy off souls that Christ gave His life to save, all because many are poor traders who never truly learned the value of Christianity and their own soul. Jesus asked, "For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37).
    So to answer our question, What is Your Christianity Worth? One word sums it up perfectly: EVERYTHING!
If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
God Bless-Todd
 
 
In His prayer in John 17, Jesus states that His disciples are not of this world, just as He is not of this world. How can that be? We are born here, aren't we? Of course we were. But, we have been called out of this place (2 Cor. 6:17; 1 Peter 1:13-15).  We do not belong to this world (1 Cor. 6:19-20). If we do not belong to this world, than how do we live in this world? Jesus, the one who left heaven and came to this world as a man in which He did not belong. How did he do it, and what did He teach us that will help is be able to do it as well?
    1. Do Not Fall In Love With This World (Matt. 6:19-21). Jesus knew where He was from and often spoke of returning there. And we should focus on the promise of that home that awaits Christians when we are done here in this world.
    2. Live a Holy Life (1 Peter 1:15). Jesus lived a perfect life, without sin, even in this dark world.
    3. Stay Focused On Why You Are Here (Matt. 6:24; Col. 3:22-24). Jesus was continually reminding those around Him that He was here to fulfill the will of His Father in heaven.
    4. Stay Connected to God (1 Thess. 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:15). Jesus frequently withdrew Himself from the crowd and His disciples to pray. He taught us the importance of prayer and the importance of knowing what the scriptures say. To help keep our eyes on Him.
    5. Look Forward To Going Home (John 14:3; Luke 12:36-37). Jesus spoke about returning to the Father and taking His followers with Him. If we will observe and practice the way Jesus lived and what He taught, then we can live as we should in this world in which we do not belong. "This world is not me home, I'm just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; the angels beckon me from heaven's open door, And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."
    If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
God Bless- Todd
 
 
    We are honored to have you here with us today. Whether you are one of our members or a first time visitor or here with a family member, you honor us with your presence. We are a group of New Testament Christians seeking to call things by Bible names, to do things in Bible ways, to adhere to the teaching of the New Testament church as closely as possible. We seek to be the New testament church just as it is set forth in scripture. We believe that truth and love are both important. Jesus said that His disciples would be known for their love (John 13:34-35).
    Our mission as individuals and as the Lord's church is to reach out and seek to share the truth of God's word with others (Matthew 28:19-20). To send the light of the Gospel as the message of salvation. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."
    On behalf of the Elders and all our members we want to welcome you today and to encourage you to participate in our worship to god. We also want to invite you to join us for lunch that has been prepared in the Family Life Center immediately following worship service. We look forward to our time together with you in worship and fellowship. If you have questions about the Bible or about the worship service, please do not hesitate to ask. If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance, let us know.

God Bless- Todd
 
 
    I came across this the other day; the author is unknown, but the message is clear about our commitment and excitement of being a Christian:
    "I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I'm finished and down with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, deluded, or delayed. I will no flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for my banner will be clear--I'm a Christian!"  -Amen
    If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of ay spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
                                                                                                            God Bless- Todd