BulletinGold #213
October
2019  
Vol 19 #10 

October 2019                         BG# 213                         Vol. 19 No. 10
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In this issue ...

 There’s No Need To Hurry
By Al Behel

 Look Into the Mirror
By Johnny Hester

 Expressions & Impressions
By Ron Thomas

 Rejection
By Donna Wittlif

 Right or Wrong?
By Bill Brandstatter

 Beyond a LIfe of Self
By J. Randal Matheny

 Getting Involved Matters!!
By Phil Sanders

 Ruined by a Lie
By David Bragg

 Will There Really Be A Judgment Day?
By R. W. McAlister

 What a Sight!
By David A. Sargent

 This Ezra
By Jim Faughn

 I Am a Christian
By Lance Cordle

There’s No Need To Hurry
By Al Behel

    The late evangelist, D. L. Moody, tells of a preacher who was preparing a sermon on the urgency of receiving Christ when he fell asleep in his chair. The preacher had a strange dream in which he heard a group of demons discussing how to devise a scheme to lead people into hell.
    One of the evil spirits said, “Let’s tell people that the Bible is not the word of God and that it cannot be trusted.” Other spirits spoke up and said that isn’t enough to persuade men. Another demon said, “Well, let’s tell them that God doesn’t exist, that Jesus was only a man, and that there is no heaven or hell.” The other spirits rejected that idea as well. Finally, a third demon said, “Let’s tell them that there is a God, a Savior, a heaven and hell. But, let’s assure them that they do not need to hurry, because they have all the time in the world to be saved. Let’s encourage them to delay their decision to serve God.”
    Satan is the master of deceit. He doesn’t care if we believe in God because he also believes in God. He doesn’t care if we accept that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He was there and witnessed the entire crucifixion. He doesn’t care if we believe that the Bible is God’s infallible Word. He knows Scripture and knows that God doesn’t lie. He isn’t even concerned if we believe that the church is the body of Christ.
     What Satan wants is for us to put God off. To tell God that we will serve Him when we have time, or get the kids through school, or finish our other commitments. He wants us to believe there is no rush, no need to be in a hurry. Sure, he would be delighted if we just denounced God completely, but he knows historically that approach has limited effectiveness.
    Time is God’s gift to us. Each day is an “extension” of life granted by our heavenly Father. Each day He longs for us to fill each moment in deep fellowship with Him, in sharing His love, His grace, and His message of redemption with a dying world. God wants our hearts without diversion, without distraction, without reservation.
     The demons in the preacher’s dream were correct. Tell the world that there is no rush. Tell believers that they will have time to serve God...later. That is Satan’s deceptive and fatal message.  

 - Al Behel preaches for the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ in Pigeon Forge, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://greatsmokymountainschurchofchrist.com/
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Look Into the Mirror
By Johnny Hester

James 1:23-25, "For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."
    Grandpa and his precious, tiny granddaughter were sitting together talking when she asked, “Did God make you, Grandpa?” “Yes, God made me,” the grandfather answered. After a significant pause, the little girl asked him, “Did God make me too?” “Yes, He did,” the old man responded. For a few minutes the little girl seemed to be studying her grandpa, as well as her own reflection in a nearby mirror. The grandfather wondered what thoughts were running through her innocent, inquisitive mind. At last she broke the silence: “You know what, Grandpa,” she said in child-like candor, “God’s been doing a lot better job lately.”
    I love that story. But it hurts a little. A well-made mirror does not lie. We may not like mirrors, but we need them to determine whether we are presentable.
    To determine whether we are acceptable to God, we need to look continually into the mirror of His Word. As we see our reflection in view of what He requires of us, we can make adjustments by bringing our lives into compliance with His will. Thus, according to James’ inspired words, one will “be blessed in what he does.”
    Our Bible classes provide a great opportunity for us to look into God’s Word and take stock of where we are in our spiritual lives. If you already attend and actively participate in the studies, you already know the blessings produced in your own lives. Keep it up. If you do not regularly attend any of our Bible class offerings, please give them a try. I think you will discover blessings in your life resulting from consistently looking into the mirror of God’s Word.

- Johnny Hester preaches for the Matthews Church of Christ in Matthews, MO. He may be contacted at johnnyhester@yahoo.com
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Expressions & Impressions
By Ron Thomas

    Are you approachable? It is likely each of us can say, “Yes, I am approachable. Why do you ask?” It was not long ago that I heard a sister say to the preacher, “You’re approachable.” This is an interesting remark. Is the case that some in the congregation, perhaps Bible class teachers, other saints, elders are not? Perhaps. On the other hand, maybe all that was meant is the preacher is approachable and easy to talk to.
    Are you judgmental? Some time back, a good way in fact, I heard a person say of an elder, “He is judgmental!” The context of that remark had to do with “Let us not approach him lest we be given a judgmental lecture about how we have done this or that wrong.” The idea behind the word “judgmental” is negative in just about every use of the word. We all have a standard by which we live and judge. Most of the time the standard is of our own making, but the standard by which we live and judge is to be the Lord’s. Then, putting that into practice, we form our opinions along with our experiences into a firm decree by which we live. When that decree by which I live is compelled on another person without them asking for it, I become judgmental. I have learned long ago this is a recipe for separation.
    Again, not too long ago, I heard a brother say that when something was introduced into his mind, say some failings or struggle that belongs to a particular saint, the brother who is told this information – told because there is a desire to receive help to overcome – the brother told now can’t get the impression from the mind. Consequently, whenever the struggling one presents him or herself to the preacher, the impression made is the only image seen. The preacher now has to get over the hurdle to be of any help, while the one needing help does not realize the extra height that needs to be scaled.
    Have you come across a saint who mumbles much, says nothing in the mumbling worth hearing, but is judgmental in the saying of it? I have. Rather disappointing. Murmuring/mumbling destroyed the nation of Israel (1 Cor. 10:9-10) and it destroys the saint who engages in the same.
    This goes a long way to solving all of the above: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
    Each of us should put it into practice.

- Ron Thomas preacher for the Sunrush Church of Christ, Chillicothe, OH. He may be contacted through the congregation's website. http://sunrushchurchofchrist.com/
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Rejection
By Donna Wittlif

"He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not" (John 1:10, ASV).
     Rejection hurts. We know how it feels when we don't get a job we've applied for. We don't make the team. We're not included in a group that we wished to be in. Our self-esteem suffers a severe blow, making us believe we are unworthy.
     Our Lord Jesus is the greatest example of being rejected. He made the world, but the world did not make His life easy. He had no place to lay His head, no home to call his own. His followers forsook Him. One of His disciples betrayed Him. The Jewish leaders turned Him away, persecuted Him, and killed Him.
     Surely all this rejection hurt Jesus, for He was human just as we are. He grieved that His own people, for the most part, did not believe in Him. They accepted His healing and His food, but when He was crucified, they left Him. Even His closest friends ran away. Jesus did not let rejection stop Him from completing His mission. He set His face toward the task God had asked of Him and completed it.
     What is our reaction when we are rejected? Do we sink into a black hole of despair and give up? Do we believe that we are worthless? Do we think God doesn't love us anymore? As Paul would say, "May it never be!"
     Consider that rejection may be Satan's ploy to discourage us. We shouldn't believe Satan's lies. Rejection may teach us a lesson. Maybe we could have done things differently to procure a better outcome. Or just perhaps, God has better plans for us. Remember that "A man's heart deviseth his way; but Jehovah directeth his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). When we trust God, He will keep us and show us His way for us.

- Donna Wittlif, the founder and first editor of BulletinGold, lives in Denver, CO. Donna is also a writer of fiction. Her novels, World Eternal: Promises and World Eternal: Proselytes, and World Eternal: Perils, and her newest book, Finding Her Heart,  are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book outlets. For more information visit her website. http://www.donnarwittlif.com/
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Right or Wrong?
By Bill Brandstatter
 
     I have noticed a change in our society. There are some things that were once considered wrong, even illegal, are now considered okay and legal. One example is the legalization of marijuana. When I grew up in the 1960’s and even until recently, the use of that drug was illegal. Now some states have legalized it.
    What was once wrong is now considered to be right. I once read an article about “civil disobedience.” The article was about individuals who were objecting to the minimum wage and wanted it increased to $15.00 per hour. There was even a meeting being held on civil disobedience. One lady commented that their efforts would change the moral consciousness of people. I am afraid our society has become more lawless in many areas, and the idea of obedience is not what it once was. Society is changing the idea of right and wrong.
     What does the Bible say about this? God, after all is the great lawgiver and lawmaker. From Him we learn obedience and disobedience. Isaiah, the prophet, wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Is. 5:20). In the book of Romans Paul wrote about those who “did not like to retain God in their knowledge” (Rom.1:28).
    Obedience is something the Bible emphasizes. Jesus saves those who obey Him (Heb. 5:8, 9). Paul wrote that people should obey the gospel (Rom. 10:16; 2 Thess. 1:8, 9). Jesus stated, “If you love me, keep My commandments” (Jn. 14:15). The Hebrews writer stated: “We have human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Heb. 12:9) What we learn in one area of life can often affect us in another. My concern is that when our society makes legal that which was once illegal, and makes disobedience something to be considered right, what will happen to the souls of individuals who need to obey Christ? Will they understand the obligation to the law that God has given? Will they obey that form of doctrine that was delivered by the apostles? (Rom. 6:17)
     We need to obey the Bible, no matter what man says.  Peter and the other apostles said; “We ought to obey God rather than man”’ (Acts 5:29). So when society says something is okay, we should see what God has to say. When society makes something legal, we need to check what the great lawgiver has in mind. When society promotes disobedience and rebellion, we need to look at what is written in God’s Word. God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4). We can only do that if we know what it means to obey the laws which God has given.
     Let us learn from the Scriptures and obey from the heart. (Rom. 6:17)

- Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://marionchurchofchrist.com/
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Beyond a LIfe of Self
By J. Randal Matheny

Move us beyond a life of self
To your most glorious kingdom reign,
Where words are spoken on Christ’s behalf,
And deeper meaning is given to pain.

I think too much of me and mine —
Let Jesus occupy my thoughts —
Let life be engaged around your throne,
And heart embrace the enduring Cross.

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To Drink, or Not To Drink?
By Seth Myers

    One of the rules of correct Bible interpretation (“lesser” though it may be) is this:
On any given topic, interpret the more difficult and obscure passage(s)
in light of the more clear and obvious one(s).
In other words, view a difficult passage through the lens of a clearer passage on the same subject. An easy example is Luke 14:26, where Jesus seems to say that you have to hate your family in order to be a Christian. However, if we view this difficult passage in light of a parallel passage in Matthew (10:37), we find that the idea of “not hat[ing]” one’s family is modified (or clarified) by, “lov[ing one’s family] more than Me.” Thus, to “hate” family = to love Jesus more than family. What a difference! Another is Matt. 10:34, where Jesus said “I have not come to bring peace [on the earth], but a sword.” Although Matthew clarifies Luke’s record above, here Luke, incidentally, clarifies Matthew’s: for he records Jesus saying that He did not come to bring peace, “but rather division” (12:51). Thus, Jesus used the word “sword” as a euphemistic metaphor, if you will, for general strife and division, which would be manifested in a variety of ways (most of which would not be with a literal sword). And, by the way, the gospel most certainly caused much division—particularly in first-century Jewish homes/families (e.g., Saul of Tarsus).
     But here is a much more urgent, and practical, instance: the often-queried subject of the recreational use of intoxicants, such as alcohol. There are several factors to consider on this subject, some of which are difficult—and more so because they are untaught (e.g., how our word “wine” differs from the original words translated “wine”—which can refer to fermented or unfermented alike). As difficult as some passages might be, though, Proverbs 23:31,32 is as plain as day:
“Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder” (cp. 20:1).
Being inspired of God, these words describe, in unmissable language, how God views beverage alcohol. As such, the responsible student of God’s word will interpret all other, not-so-clear “wine” passages, in light of this crystal clear one. When one does so, situations like John 2:1ff (where Jesus turned water to “wine”) become much less intimidating—for can we really imagine God the Son creating, for man’s recreational consumption, 80+ gallons of that which God the Spirit said man should not even look at? What does such a claim say about Jesus? It says many things, indeed—and none good.

-  - Seth Myers preaches for the Highway Church of Christ in Sullivan, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: https://hwycoc.com/
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Ruined by a Lie
By David Bragg

    An unidentified driver got a surprise the night they decided to destroy Cody Lutz's giant snowman. Lutz, along with his sister and his fiancée, spent considerable time constructing the nine-foot tall snowman. Then someone thought it would be fun to mow down the gigantic structure with their vehicle. The next morning the tire tracks leading up to the Petersburg, KY residence were clear. Also clear was what the driver realized all too late the previous night: the core support for the snowman was a large tree stump (WXIX Cincinnati, Jan. 15, 2019).
    There is little doubt that the vandal believed the snowperson was just snow. After all, it looked like snow. They must of thought that it would disintegrate like snow under the more substantial weight of a powerful vehicle. Surely, they believed it was, well, snow! They discovered the truth the hard way.
    Sadly, and at a far greater cost, many in the religious world have placed their trust in a grace wrapped in a false gospel. It may look to them like biblical grace. They may have been convinced it was true grace. But someday the truth will be revealed that what they believed to be grace was wrapped in partial truths and full-fledged lies. Pray that it won’t be too late!

- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ or his blog: http://davidbragg.blogspot.com/
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Will There Really Be A Judgment Day?
By R. W. McAlister

    In Heb. 9:27 the Bible says, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” In Rom. 14:11-12, the Lord says, “… every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” That’s a reference to final judgment. In II Cor. 5:10, the Bible says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” The Bible is very clear about the reality of a final judgment. I think the real question is, “What happens to us before Judgment?” II Peter 2:9 addresses this, and it reads, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” The Greek text suggests the idea of keeping the unrighteous “under punishment (present tense— continual punishment) unto (looking towards) the day of judgment.” The phrase “under punishment” reveals that the penalty was already being inflicted at the time the apostle is writing.
    The punishment begins at the point of death, in somewhat the same way an individual apprehended in the commission of a crime is jailed until his trial. In that case, he is being punished before actual judgment has been passed.
    In Luke 16, we find the story of the rich man and Lazarus, who begged at the rich man’s
gate. We don’t have time to read all of it, but beginning in v. 22, the Bible says,
"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."
    It’s important to understand that both Lazarus and the rich man are in a place called,
“Hades.” The Hadean realm is divided into two parts, separated by a great gulf (Luke 16:26): “Abraham’s Bosom” (also called Paradise – Luke 23:43), and “torment” or, “Tartarus.” Hades, consisting of Paradise and Torment, could be viewed as “Eternity’s Waiting Room,” where all departed souls await final judgment, which is guaranteed to come, as we’ve already noted from Heb. 9:27, Rom. 14:12, and II Cor. 5:10. It is on the Day of Judgment that souls who are in Paradise will be ushered into Heaven, and those souls found in Torment will be consigned to Gehenna Hell, the final and eternal abode of those who die apart from God.
     In short, if I die as a faithful Christian, my soul will await final Judgment in the Paradise half of Hades, but if I die outside the body of Christ, or as a once-faithful Christian who has turned his back on God and never repented, I will, upon my death, await final Judgment with the rich man of Luke 16, in Tartarus, being tormented in fire. None of us wants that to be our ultimate fate, so I urge us all to seek out God’s plan of salvation in the Scriptures and obey it.

- R. W. McAlister preaches for the Anna Church of Christ in Anna, IL.He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.annachurchofchrist.com/
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What a Sight!
By David A. Sargent

     A few years ago a young mother, Jessica Sinclair of Bridgetown, Ohio, noticed that her 10-month-old daughter, Piper, was having issues reaching her milestone of crawling. She brought this to the attention of Piper’s pediatrician. “At her regular pediatric check,” Jessica reports, “they did an eye screening and saw that she might have had a slight astigmatism.”
     An appointment was made with Dr. Josiah Young of Opticare Vision Centers. Dr. Young discovered the problem. “Her eyes checked out healthy, but come to find out she didn't have an astigmatism; [she was] extremely farsighted,” said Jessica. “Her one eye was +7.00 and the other is +9.00. So we got her glasses made and the Opticare team helped with the choosing and fit of the glasses.”
     A week later, they went back to Opticare to pick up Piper’s glasses. The technicians put the glasses on to Piper’s face only for a second to make sure they fit properly. A little later, they would find out if the glasses really helped Piper’s vision.
     After leaving the Opticare center, Piper and her parents decided to go out to eat. While sitting at the table at the restaurant, they decided to put the glasses on Piper to see her reaction. They made a video and posted it onto Facebook. The video has gone viral with millions of viewers. Here is a link to the video with commentary by Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News: http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/babys-adorable-reaction-to-seeing-clearly-for-first-time-483679811629
     The video shows Piper initially offering resistance as her mother places the glasses on her face. But when Piper looks through the lenses and is able to see clearly for the first time, she stops squirming and starts beaming with smiles as she looks carefully, back and forth, to her mother and daddy!
     In John 9, we read how Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth. This miracle caused quite a stir among the religious leaders because it was done on the Sabbath day. The religious leaders viewed Jesus’ actions as a violation of the Law of Moses. The formerly-blind man was amazed that they were so biased against the One who had clearly demonstrated that He was “from God” (vs. 30-33).
     Jesus later found the healed man and asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?" He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him (John 9:35-38).
     Do you “see” Jesus?  Do you believe that He is the Son of God?
     Examine His claims, His teachings, and His works. Start by reading the book of John.
     Then, if your heart is open, you will “see” through the eyes of faith that Jesus IS the Son of God. You will also “see” that God sent Jesus to this world to die on the cross for your sins and for mine, so that we can be saved and live eternally with Him in heaven (John 3:16).
     Do YOU believe that Jesus is the Son of God? If so, then place your faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from your sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Then, follow Him all the way to heaven by walking in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
     There are none so blind as those who will not see.

- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled "Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
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This Ezra
By Jim Faughn
 
     To some, it may appear as just another one of those long lists of names we find in the Bible. This particular list is at the beginning of the seventh chapter of Ezra. The list begins with Ezra and works his lineage back through sixteen names. The sixteenth name is “…Aaron the chief priest” (v. 5). I guess you could say that this is similar to the lists of “begats” we find in various places in the Bible --- only in reverse.  
     I suppose we would have to have the mind of God to understand all of the reasons why a list like this is in the Bible. Was it included to help to establish the “credentials” of Ezra? After all, if he could trace his lineage all the way back to Aaron, it would help to establish the fact that he did, indeed, have some credibility.
     Were these names included merely to take up space? The obvious answer to that is, of course, an unqualified no!  
     I’d like to mention one thing that comes to my mind when I read the words “this Ezra.” It helps to establish the fact that I am not reading a book of fairy tales, legends, fables, etc. It helps me to know that, when I read the Bible, I’m reading about real people, real places, real events, etc.  
     There is not a passage in my Bible (or yours) that begins, “A long time ago in a land far, far away…” Instead, when I am reading God’s word, I am reading about many people whose names are found in history books. I am reading about events that those same history books verify as having taken place.
     Consider the following passage as just one more example of this: 
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,  Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.  (Luke 3:1-2) 
In these two short verses, there are five governmental officials named. Does the evidence of history tell us that these were real men? Yes! In these same verses, we read about six places (The Roman Empire is implied while the other five are named.) Did these places exist? Yes! In these same two verses, two religious leaders (besides John) are mentioned by name. Did they really live and did they serve in the capacity mentioned in Luke 3:2? Yes!
     If all of this is true, why, then would I doubt that John lived? Why should I deny the evidence he presented about Jesus? 
     Why, in fact, should I deny or question the validity of anything I read in the Bible? 
     Two words --- “this Ezra” --- say to me, "You can trust your Bible."

- Jim Faughn, a retired preacher, serves as an elder for the Central Church of Christ in Paducah KY.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.centralchurchofchrist.org
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I Am a Christian
By Lance Cordle

¨ I am a Christian when I go to work/school; I am a Christian at home.
¨ I am a Christian when I am with my family or friends; I am a Christian when I am alone.
¨ I am a Christian when I interact with friends online; I am a Christian when I am browsing the internet alone.
¨ I am a Christian when I assemble with the saints on Sunday morning; I am a Christian when I eat at a restaurant on Sunday afternoon.
¨ I am a Christians when studying my Bible; I am a Christian when I choose non-religious reading material.
¨ I am a Christian when I pay my taxes; I am Christian when I vote.
¨ I am a Christian when I talk to my neighbor about Jesus; I am a Christian when my neighbor sees me working or playing in my yard.
¨ I am a Christian when I am tempted; I am a Christian when I pray.
¨ I am a Christian when I am sick; I am a Christian when I am well.
¨ I am a Christian when people like me: I am a Christian when people mistreat me.
¨ I am a Christian when I go to sleep; I am a Christian when I wake up.
¨ I am a Christian when my day is “good;” I am a Christian when my day is “bad.”
“Or, do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because of
the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” (1 Peter 4:12-16)

- Lance Cordle preaches the Calvert City Church of Christ in Calvert City, KY.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com
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