Gregory Blvd Church of Christ

7109 Raytown Rd

Raytown, MO 64133


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THIS WEEK                        4/22/18                                  275.4    329.2     250


Robbie Grogan will lead the Adult Class study in Galatians.
Steve Wright, Morning & Afternoon Speaker
 Bill Norman, in Charge of Afternoon Services


Paul Walker, 1 Samuel

Paul Walker is doing the announcements and Bill Norman is in charge of the program.

Serving one another is how we help and encourage each other. Please let the Elders know how you can serve.


Please make sure that you lock your cars while attending services. Suspicious activity was reported in the parking lot. March 12 one of the members had his catalytic converter stolen.

Special prayer request:  

Update on Donna Walker: Hospice has been activated to care for Donna’s health needs. She would enjoy short visits but call first. For now, she will be able to make short trips as she feels able.

There may be times when, even though she’d love to see or talk to you, Donna won’t be able to do so. Thank you for your understanding.


Reminder: Several of our members are aroma intolerant. Please keep this in consideration when you think about using cologne or perfume.



(LET'S TAKE RESPONSIBLITY! - If you can't perform a task, please find a substitute!)



Communion Preparation - The Grogan's

Collection Counting - David & Brian


FOOD PANTRY:  Nothing needed ATT


REMEMBER: Whenever you have a change of address, e-mail address, or phone number, please let us know; the information is needed for the Church Directory. You can e-mail the info to Denton Lancaster at



Cancer – Donna Walker; Sharon Amos (friend of Linda Terry) - successful surgery; Kim Houseman (Friend of Nina);  Pat Blodgett (George's sister); Melba McDaniel; Sarah Emory; Sabrina Porter; Eldon Cox; Bobby May & wife Kizzie; Steve Shelton (Nina's friend)

Other Health Concerns:Maxine Morrison - torn muscle in back of the knee; Leroy Cassidy, Tom's uncle - broken shoulder & hip; Steven Vigus (Cody Gentry's father-in-law); Makenzie Lederer (Blue Springs); Sandy Hummel - recovering well - back at work in a wheelchair; Harriett Nelson - back pain: Paula Waldowski (Barb Landes' sister); Jane Stoneman's son-in-law, Jim Lamm - brain tumor; Richard Meiner - heart attack;  Neal Wagley (Donna's brother); Walt Ridenhour; Rita Prier; Dale & Wylie Herrington; Elden GrittmanPatti MartinDoug Twaddell; Dylan Sparks; Jean Norman.

Elderly & Shut-ins: Fred Rickner; Chad Freeman; Marge SadeDaryl & Janie Lancaster; Carol Grittman; Jane Stoneman; Jerry & Jean Norman.

Others: Juna's grandson passed away; Nina's daughter, Amber; Coen, relative of Glenda Grogan, severe burns along with his father who burned his hands trying to rescue him; Robbie & Glenda's son; Stacy Green; Alyssa Coombs; Michael Rhodes; Brandon Krahenbuhl.

Service Men & Women:  Rob Landes, Dillon Myers, Kyle Martin, Max Prier, Mason Hernandez - on a ship off of South Korea, Kellie Brassfield, specifically requests prayers for Mason Hernandez's wife and daughter, Jolee & Nina. Nina misses her daddy terribly. Ayden Twaddell, Max Prier, Juna's granddaughter's husband Nick - Guam.

Always remember our young people who have grown out of the family home and are pursuing studies and careers, that they continue to seek wisdom from the omni-present Father. And that they continue to hold Him first in their lives.


So many have serious illnesses…our prayers may help to relieve suffering and bring comfort:

Sharon Amos Pat Blodgett Eldon Cox Sarah Emory Elden Grittman Kim Houseman
Patti Martin Bobbie May Melba McDaniel Richard Meiner Sabrina Porter Steve Shelton
Jackie Todd Doug Twaddell Steven Vigus Neal Wagley Donna Walker Jerry Weichelt




Walt & Juna Ridenhour (18).



Jean Norman (1), Alex & Nick Aguirre (3), Rita Prier (6), Maxine Morrison (10), Janie Lancaster (13), Paul Walker (14), Carol Grittman (24), and Denton Lancaster (24).



Scripture Gives Us Some Wonderful Verses to Pray

For example, there's a great prayer to pray for yourself and your loved ones in Colossians 1:9-14 asking God to "give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding."  

Paul explains the purpose of this prayer:

1. So we'll live lives worthy of the Lord - v.10 (
Matthew 10:37-39).
2. So we'll please Jesus in every way - v.10 (
Ephesians 5:8-17). 
3. So we'll bear fruit in every good work - v.10  (
Ephesians 2:10). 
4. So we'll grow in knowledge of God - v.10 (
Jeremiah 9:23-24). 
5. So we'll be strengthened with God's power - v.11 (
2 Corinthians 12:9).
6. So we'll have endurance, patience, and thankfulness - v.11-12 (
Romans 5:3-5).

And why do we want to pray for these?
Because God "has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins." (Col.1:13) 

Wow! If that doesn't knock your socks off, I'm not sure what will.






When a few of us used to get together after church to play Risk or Rook, I could never remember the name of the song I had to listen to. It was always identified as "the song with the beat." Years later I learned it was the theme to "Midnight Express." (Is that right, Rich?) I never remember the name of a song or artist who sang it. So, when reading Ezekiel 8-11, yes a song came to mind- "Behind Closed Doors when the lights are turned low...." (Whoever performed it, I'm not sure.)

"Behind closed doors, what one chooses to do behind closed doors is no one's business but our own," has been a popular battle cry. "Keep your nose out of my bedroom!" For the record-I HAVE NO INTEREST what you do behind closed doors. No one knows but you and God. As Ezekiel learned, God is concerned and if it is against His will, He will one day act. In the Prophet's days, the priests and the leaders claimed "God does not see." Yet, the Glory of the Lord left His Sanctuary, the place of grace, and He proclaimed a thorough house cleaning. When God gets up from His throne, we better wake up for the results will not be pretty! Jerusalem was about to be destroyed, these leaders and priests were about to get a wake-up call that could not be shut off by a snooze button.

God doesn't seem to appreciate what "is done behind closed doors." In Ezekiel 8-11 what was going on was an abomination to Him. What happened in the dark of night was to hide it from the people they were "leading." He often uses the illustration of working while it's day and night is a time of rest. He often uses the night to illustrate the opportunity for the thief to come and destroy. He said what is done in secret will be shouted from the house tops.

The "Show Me" state has what is called the "Sunshine Law" where the actions of the Missouri government agencies are required to be transparent, meetings are to be open to all. Yet, a recent test conducted by the State Auditor found only a third of the information requests allowed by this Sunshine Law to various state agencies were successfully answered timely according to the law, some responses were received months later and some requests were "blown off." Do we really require more out of our elected representatives than God does of those who represent Him? I don't think so!

So, what lessons can I learn from these events from Ezekiel 8-11? What is done in secret is known to God, He sees all. As hard as it was for the Prophet, he was given a message to proclaim. It was heartbreaking to see the corruption, the abomination committed in secret. It was twice as painful to have to proclaim the destruction of his family, his country and all he holds dear. But God, did not leave the Prophet without hope! God promised out of the children of Israel in exile God would call His people and they would return to Him. These people would not have hearts of stone, but would walk in His ways and be His people and He would be their God (Ezekiel 11:17-20). The lesson from this text is that I should seek God and follow Him.

As to what happens "Behind Closed Doors"? This is God's business! He will take care of it. I need to make sure that whatever happens "Behind my Closed Door" glorifies Him as I seek recovery from this strange and scattered land.


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