October 7, 2001 #13
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by Bill Stanley
people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land." II
I know that this was
written to a different people at a
different time, but the words keep going
through my mind since the tragic events
of September 11th. As a nation, we do
need healing in our land, but also need
to turn from our wicked ways and seek
His face. In my lifetime I have
witnessed increased sex, violence, and
profanity in the media, legalized
abortion, legalized gambling, and many
have state-run lotteries. Prayers has
been banned from schools, and
homosexuality is heavily promoted as an
"alternate lifestyle." All of this has
taken place without regard for what
God's Word teaches.
You could not watch
the tireless efforts of many volunteers
without realizing that there is still a
lot that is good about America, but if
we really want to call upon God to bless
us because we are a nation that honors
Him, we need to take a look back to see
how far we have drifted from the ideal
of "One Nation Under God."
Let us continue to
pray for our Nation, but let us also
pray for and work for a Nation that
truly is a godly nation.
Stanley is an elder at the Faith Village
Church of Christ, Wichita Falls, Texas.
by Lawrence Barr
mutuality of our care and concern for
one another is one of the most important
principles in the New Testament that
stems from the command to love one
another and makes our being in one body
effective in strengthening each member.
This is one of the most attractive
features of being a Christian. When seen
in the lives of members of the body of
Christ, others will be encouraged to
listen to the Gospel. Consider how you
can put these admonitions into play in
Be at peace with each other
Be kind to each other 1 Thess.
Be mutually encouraged by each other's
faith Rom. 1:12
Bear with each other Col. 3:13 Build
each other up 1 Thess. 5:11
Carry each other's burden Gal.
Confess your sins to each other James
Do not lie to each other Col.
Do not provoke or envy each other Gal.
Don't grumble against each other Jas.
Encourage each other 1 Thess.
Forgive each other Eph. 4:32
Have equal concern for each other 1
Keep on loving each other Heb.
Live in peace with each other 1 Thess.
Love each other as I have loved you
Love each other deeply 1 Pet. 1:21; 4:
Pray for each other Jas. 5:16
Wait for each other (when eating
Lord's supper)1 Cor. 11:33
Lawrence Barr preaches for
the Indiana Church of Christ, 225 East
Pike, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701.
by Jay Kelley
"Therefore he is able to save
completely those who come to God
through him, because he always lives
to intercede for them." Hebrews
Have you ever been
put on hold? I am told that 9-1-1
centers in some large metropolitan areas
where people can be put on hold when
emergency calls overwhelm the system.
Can you imagine being put on hold while
someone is breaking your door down,
trying to get into your home and harm
your family? Thankfully, God isn't like
He is always around
and we only need one of him. In fact,
the writer here is comparing the
excellency of Christ to the shadow of
the Levitical priesthood. Under the
mosaical covenant, the high priest was a
fallible man, subject to sin and to
physical death. He first had to make
atonement for his own sins before he
could atone for the peoples, and he was
subject to eventually die and be
replaced. Under the covenant of Christ,
we have only one high priest, and he is
all we will ever need. He is able to
save us because he offered the perfect
sacrifice, himself. He is also able to
save us because he never dies. He never
gets old or tired. H e is the same
today, yesterday and tomorrow, to
paraphrase the same author.
was forever, the beginning of an eternal
kingdom. After his death, burial and
resurrection, the Lord took his place at
the right hand of God, ever interceding
for us. John says Jesus is our advocate,
using the same term used for a defense
lawyer. With God as the judge, Satan as
the prosecutor, and the scriptures as
jury, Jesus defends us. Not in the sense
that he tries to "get us off." His
defense is much more than that, for he
simply tells the judge, "The penalty has
Kelley preaches for the church of Christ
in Colby, Kan. His e-mail is email@example.com
goodies this issue
FIVE FIRSTS TO
1. Give God the first hour of
2. Give God the first day of the
3. Give God the first portion of your
4. Give God the first consideration in
5. Give God the first place in your
Hearts of Gold
It's silence when your words
It's patience when your neighbor's curt.
It's deafness when the scandal flows.
It's thoughtfulness for another's
It's promptness when stern duty
It's courage when misfortune falls.
OUR DAY IS NOT
Sometimes our day doesn't go
just as we planned.
Some would bury their head in the
Others themselves might reprimand.
Could it be that we rely on our own
Maybe we should rethink our
Rather than with our inner man
And think ourself a fool,
Why not look at our standard of
What guide do we use as a tool?
When we have thought our day is for
Let us know when God we have truly
And found in His Word we have been
In obedience we won't be caught In
Though battles we've fought,
We'll know our day is not for naught!
& sayings for bulletins and signs
is the life you live, not the words you
When it is
good versus evil or right versus wrong,
neutrality is a sin.
vitamin for a Christian is B1