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Being Responsible


Life is unfair!  Stop the world; I want to get off.  How can I ever be happy, when my life has been this bad? My parents made me what I am today!  The problems in my family have influenced who I am and what I will be; there is nothing I can do to change that.  It’s not my fault I am who I am; there is no changing me.

Have you ever thought, said, or heard someone else say something similar to these statements?  Attributing our problems, failures, mistakes, sins, and any other deficiency we may have to someone or something else is a mark of immaturity, selfishness and a disregard for the reality that God made us to be responsible people!

How bad is the problem?

We live in a culture that has elevated pride to the status of a virtue.  Self-esteem, positive feelings, and personal dignity are what our society encourages people to seek.  At the same time, moral responsibility is being replaced by victimism, which teaches people to blame someone else for their personal failures and iniquities (John MacArthur, Jr. The Vanishing Conscience, 11).

We must accept responsibilities for our own actions (Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Joshua 24:15; 1 Kings 18:21; Matthew 7:13-14; 24-27).  God’s record gives us illustrations of wrong choices: Eve (Genesis 3:6-7); Cain (Genesis 4:3,5); People in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:23); and numerous instances of disobedience throughout history.  God’s Word also gives us plenty of illustrations of right choices: Noah (Genesis 6:8); Joseph (Genesis 39:7-10); the man born blind (John 9:7); Paul (Acts 9 & 22); the jailer (Acts 16:33); and many other examples of making the right decision.

Man has obligations that are Divinely given: “Fear God and keep his

commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  See also:  Hebrews 12:28; 1 Samuel 15:22; Matthew 7:21; 4:10. Notice three areas where God especially highlights our individual personal responsibility:

Responsible for Personal Influence: “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all” (2 Corinthians 3:2).  Your lifestyle choices will either produce positive or negative influence to the people around you.

Responsible for Our Words: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).   Are we mindful of how our speech can influence others?  Do we remember that our speech can condemn us?

Responsible for Our Soul: So then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).  “He will render to each one according to his works:  to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  For God shows no partiality” (Romans 2:6-11).

In every choice there is no such thing as indecision!  Whenever we are faced with the choice of good or evil, there is never a middle ground/neutral position!  The choice is OURS to make and we must not blame birth, society, environment, peer pressure, or anything else!  There is reward or punishment depending on the choices we make!

Steve Miller


Family Events

The Hatfield’s

Robert Hatfield: goldhillrobert@gmail.com 803-526-7478. Continue to pray for a smooth transition for them and that their home will sell quickly. Their current address is 5460 Altamaha Drive, North Charleston, SC 29420.

Food Pantry

For the month of September we are collecting yams & cranberry sauce.  Please see William Ireland if you have any questions.

“The Pearl” Service

We conduct a service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at The Pearl of Fort Mill memory care facility next door. 9.8 Leon Sims, 9.15 Chuck Magee, 9.22 Glen Hawkins, 9.29 Tommie Washington.

Women’s Monthly Prayer Meeting Today

The women’s monthly prayer meeting will be today at 5:00—5:50 pm.

Men’s Golf Weekend

The 2019 Men’s Golf weekend will be held October 18—20 near Franklin, NC.  There is limited space available.  Please contact Alan Jopson with questions at 704.236.3376 or


New Horizons Senior Bible Study

The New Horizons Bible Study will begin the first Wednesday in October (the 2nd), at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. See Keith Franklin with questions.

Nursery Attendants

The current nursery attendants list is on the bulletin board, if you would like to add or delete your name please do so. Also if you are attending the Indian Land congregation please indicate this by putting IL next to your name. If you have any questions please see Barry VanHamme.

SECH Service Project

There will be a service opportunity at the Southeastern Children’s home the afternoon of Sunday, September 29th, 2:00—4:30 pm. Volunteers from our congregation will be doing outdoor work at SECH, including mowing, trimming, weeding flower beds, and cutting back brush around the perimeter of fields and fence-lines. Work for all ages, elementary school and above.

We will plan to have a devotional as a group at approximately 5:30pm with the children from the home.

Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Class

Ladies, on Tuesday mornings, you are welcome to join us  beginning September 10 @ 10:00 am the Ladies Bible Class season will begin! We are so excited about our upcoming study from the book, It’s a Red-Letter Day, “How the words of Jesus impact the hearts of women today.” A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. We look forward to growing in the Lord together – one day at a time!   If you need more information, please see Mary Carter.

Southeastern Children’s Home Change Cans

The  SECH change cans are due at the end of September.

Save The Date  Ladies Retreat

Ladies Retreat is the weekend of October 11-13.  It will be at the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort in Pawley’s Island, SC.  The cost of the retreat is $80.  This includes your lodging and the cost of the conference room we rent.  All meals will be on your own.  Please sign up on the bulletin board. Checks can be made out to Church of Christ at Gold Hill Road with “Ladies Retreat” in the memo line.  The theme is “Unfathomable Love”, based off the book Immeasurably More by Cassandra Martin. We hope you’ll join us for an amazing weekend with your sisters in Christ.  Please sign up and pay no later than September 8!  if you have any questions please see Heather Powell.

Indian Land

Check out the new web page: indianlandcoc.org


Area Events

See the bulletin board for event details

9.8-11 Gospel Meeting/ Charlotte Ave./

Jeff Trotter/nightly  at 7:00 pm

9.28 Youth Day/ Highland Acres/ Statesville


Youth Events

Sword Swallowers

Sword Swallowers class for 4th – 6th graders will begin on September 22nd during evening services.  We will not be meeting on September 29th, due to the service project with the children’s home.

Young Ladies Day

Charlotte Avenue is hosting their annual EWES young ladies day, September 28th 9:30—4:00, details to come soon.



* Harold Weston is having difficulty with one of his hips and is affecting his ability to walk. Please pray also for Sharon as she cares for him.

* Betty Baker had some issues with her heart and was being checked out this past week.

* Cris Newell continues to be home bound due to the pain she suffers.

* Prayers for Tim Bannister & Sandy Ibbetson  to continue doing well.

* Margaret Wallace’s mother and brother-in-law (who is a minister for the church)  both had recent procedures

* The mothers’ of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, April Greene, Linda Hill, Shontrell Overton,  Jim Passmore, Len Patterson, Ron Shepherd, and Mark Walker, are all dealing with various health issues.

* The fathers’ of  Dave Beels, Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, and Derrick Williamson are dealing with various health issues.

* Michelle Hicks’ brothers Leroy and Keith Hicks need prayers as they go through some issues.

* PJ Inness’ sister-in –law, Kathy Stevens.

* Charles & Ginger Taylor’s granddaughter Kristin Ginsberg has suffered a severe concussion.

* Bert Schick’s daughter Mylisa Binnell is experiencing a ‘shut-down’ of the left side of her body.

* Sandra Murray’s brother, Tom Ratliff will have 3 surgeries in the next few weeks.

* Charles Taylor’s co-worker, Helene Ward’s cancer has spread to her bones.

* Mark & PJ Inness’ neighbor  update* Linden’s recent test results were encouraging.

* Tim Mastenbrook  reports one more hurdle for Madam Beljour’s VISA from Haiti for her emergency heart surgery.

* Remember our shut-ins: Gloria Girard, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.


Sermons & Classes

Preaching Today:


Robert Hatfield

“Doctrine & Love: Finding the Balance”


Robert Hatfield

“Faith in God’s Plan”



Fall Quarter Classes (September 1)

Sunday Adult Auditorium:

Robert Hatfield

“Philippians ”



Fall Quarter Classes (September 4)

Wednesday Adult Auditorium:

Mark Inness, Steve Miller,

Jim Passmore, Gilbert Shelton

Peter, From Disciple to Apostle

     Wednesday Adult Downstairs

     Ladies Only Class

     “Fragrance of Faith”

(various teachers)