November 4, 2001 #15
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preacher's articles this issue
THE WHOLE TRUTH
As he came
into the kitchen, the high school
athlete's mother asked how well he
performed during his first track meet.
He replied, "I came in second in the low
hurdle race." "That's great," she said,
as she filled with pride. Father and
siblings joined in singing his praises
at the dinner table. When asked for more
details, he elaborated, "Seven runners
where scheduled to run in the race, but
only five showed up at the starting
line. After two false starts, two of the
runners were disqualified. During the
race one of the runners fell while going
over a hurdle. So I crossed the finish
line in second place!" (I was that
runner!) Anything less than the whole
truth leaves the wrong impression!
Abraham said Sarah was his sister (a
half truth--she was his half- sister)
and left the impression they were not
married Genesis 20:12). Isaac also said
his wife was his sister (Genesis 26:9).
Both caused trouble for themselves and
others. Therefore, laying aside
falsehood, speak truth, each one of you,
with his neighbor, for we are members of
one another (Ephesians 4:25).
Adams preaches for the North San Diego
church of Christ, San Diego, California.
This article is from the October 31
issue of his ezine, "Thursday's
Thought." You may subscribe by
sending him an email at email@example.com.
The church's website is http://northsandiego.homestead.com
by Bill Graham
everywhere. Just look around! Pogo has
been quoted as saying, "We have met the
enemy and he is us". We're often puzzled
how our decisions seem to work against
us and get us into trouble. How
frequently we fall flat on our faces
because we did not fully consider the
consequences of doing what we did. We
pray for wisdom but rush headlong into
decisions without proper spiritual
preparation. We impatiently force our
way through doors instead of waiting on
God to open the doors he would have us
Jesus cautions those
who would build a tower to first look
closely into the matter. Here are his
words, "For which of you, intending to
build a tower, does not sit down first
and count the cost, whether he has
enough to finish it?", Luke 14:28. Have
you ever while driving chanced upon an
aged and partially constructed concrete
block wall with weathered pieces of
warped lumber strewn about? All evidence
enough that someone had started a
building (tower) that he did not have
the wherewithal to finish. If so, did
the above words of Jesus perhaps come to
Who wants people
laughing at our half-finished towers;
namely, our poor planning? The Lord's
words to Isaiah so often characterize
such lack of planning and forethought.
"Israel does not know, My people do not
consider." Isaiah 1:3 For Judah it was a
matter of their forsaking Jehovah God
and building on foundations of false
The Bible is filled
with admonitions to "consider";
"consider the lilies of the field",
"consider the works of God." God wants
us not only to think and consider, but
to do it in the context of His will.
Often He advised not only prayer as
preparatory to the disciples' actions,
but fasting as well. When questioned
about his success and their failure in
casting out demons, Jesus told them that
"this kind does not go out except by
prayer and fasting." We might also note
here that both prayer and fasting were
also practiced by Paul and Barnabas as
they commended to the Lord the elders
which they had appointed in every city.
In every area and day of life we're
confronted by decisions. Some take these
seriously, while others go through life
helter-skelter, living for the moment.
Be assured, however, that all make
decisions. The parable in Luke 10 is a
story about decisions. The thieves chose
to rob a man of his clothing and beat
him unmercifully. The priest who chanced
by, chose to ignore the poor naked, half
dead man; stopping not at all to see the
man's needs. The next to pass was a
Levite, who looked on the man's
affliction and likewise chose to do
nothing. Next came a man from a race of
people (Samaritans) with whom the Jews
had no dealings (John 4:9) and according
to secular history, a people whom the
Jews considered no better than dogs.
This Samaritan man, even though "the
lowest of the low", chose to do right
and spared neither time, money nor
effort to aid the poor broken Jew.
No doubt about it. Life is filled with
crossroads where crucial decisions must
be made. There are decisions which pose
serious consequences, should the wrong
one be made. Decisions such as selecting
a marriage partner, taking a job or
"building a tower." Even the decision to
become a Christian must be weighed
carefully to see if this is really what
one wants to do. Here most of our
readers are undoubtedly thinking, "This
is not right!" Everyone should choose to
become a Christian! Jesus didn't think
so! His words were very definitive and
precise, "And whosoever does not bear
his cross and come after me cannot be my
disciple." Luke 14:27. Jesus is saying
that becoming a disciple of his is not
for everyone; a choice must be made.
Graham is the coordinator of the World
Bible School program at the Main
Street church of Christ, 318 N. Main
St., Springfield, Tennessee 37172.
by Gary L. Hutchens
there may have to be the official
classification of a new medical
disorder, "White Powder Phobia." It is
the fear of white powder. The news is
filled with updates on who is the latest
to receive in the mail an envelope
containing white powder laced with
anthrax and who is the latest victim to
test positive to having been exposed to
anthrax after handling such an envelope.
The terrorist plot seems to be
spreading. Apparently, a number of media
offices, including all three of the
traditional major television networks,
have been hit, as have congress and
Microsoft. Several post offices have
been contaminated simply from handling
the tainted envelopes that were sent
through the mail. Dozens of individuals
have now tested positive for exposure, a
number have developed symptoms and at
least four persons have died.
Of course, nobody
knows for sure who is sending out the
stuff, and nobody knows who might be the
next recipient. As a result, many people
are in something of a frenzy. There have
been all kinds of reports of "white
powder" and suspicious looking envelopes
and packages flooding the offices of the
various authorities around the country.
Many people are going to the mailbox
with a wary eye. Some celebrities have
begun to refuse to receive fan mail.
Countless people have changed various
plans they had made. People are scared!
Scared to the point, in many cases, of
reacting rather ridiculously. But, fear
will do that. It'll take an otherwise
down to earth, rational individual and
turn him into an irrational, hand
wringing basket case. Fear can be
absolutely crippling. And, this world is
full of fear.
Christian, though, can look forward to a
future without fear. A future spent in
the secure presence of the Heavenly
Father. Even while still in this world,
he can look to the Father for calm in
overcoming the fears of this life. The
apostle Paul wrote, "For God has not
given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Tim.
1:7). John wrote, "There is no fear in
love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves torment" (1 Jn.
There's no question
about that torment factor in fear. Some
people hardly leave their homes for fear
of one thing or another. Some people
become so fearful in a given situation
that they cannot speak. In some cases
they cannot move. That kind of fear is
not pleasant, and to experience it on a
continuing basis is torment!
But, a faithful
Christian has God on his side, and
that's an awesome advantage. He can face
a fearful situation knowing that he can
trust God to see him through it, not
necessarily to eliminate it, but to see
him through it. Nothing is too big for
God to handle. There is nothing beyond
God's power to overcome. What a comfort!
However, this comfort
is only for the faithful Christian. A
person cannot live just any old way he
wants until he gets into some fearful
situation and then expect to be able to
call upon God and have Him come to the
rescue. God is there for those who love
Him enough to live by His teachings. He
loves us enough to have sent His Son to
die on the cross to pay the price for
the guilt of our sins. He expects us to
love Him enough to live a life
characterized by obedience to His
teachings. Jesus said, "If you love Me,
keep My commandments" (Jn. 14:15).
Some people seem to
think that they can continually disobey
God's teachings, live a general
lifestyle that demonstrates virtually no
dedication to God, and still be blessed
with His continuous deliverance. They
think they can live in sin, without
seeking forgiveness, and expect God to
automatically forgive them anyway. Well,
there is something a whole lot more
fearful than the prospect of finding
white powder in an envelope mailed to
your home or business. It is the
prospect of falling "into the hands of
the living God" to face eternal judgment
unprepared (Heb. 10:30-31). What is your
greatest fear? You cannot keep somebody
from mailing an envelope filled with
white powder to your address. But, you
can make sure that when you face eternal
judgment, you'll be ready. Are you ready
L. Hutchens is the minister at the Sunny
Slope church of
Christ in Omaha, Nebraska.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
goodies this issue
LIFE HAS NO REVERSE GEAR
Life is like a
clock. The hands of time
go only forward, never backward.
Life is unlike a film. It can never be
rerun for a second showing.
Life is unlike an automobile.
no reverse gear.
Life is unlike a pencil. You cannot erase
Today is your opportunity to do all that
you can do, for all of yesterday's
blunders can't be undone. It's
impossible to live your life over, so do
the best you can today.
Unknown. Taken from the bulletin
of the Morro Bay Church of Christ,
Morro Bay, California.
Hearts of Gold
HELP FOR THE
by Rose Ann Noey
As outward man at length decays,
My inward man's renewing.
I read God's Word from day to day
Which helps me go along life's way,
These arduous trials enduring.
My loving Saviour sent me help,
My inner man to strengthen.
Into His Word I love to delve
To fill my soul's deep empty wells,
My spiritual heights to lengthen.
As I read that Book divine,
My hidden man is stronger.
His precepts to my new man bind;
I leave the old man far behind,
And shed the devil's fetter.
Teach me, Lord, to stay the course,
The way You'd have me go.
It is Your Word which is the source
That seeps inside my heart Its force,
Your Will, my Lord, to know.
Ann Noey lives in Logansport, Indiana,
and attends the Yorktown
Road church of Christ at 406 Yorktown
Road, Logansport, Indiana
& sayings for bulletins and signs
thanks is a course from which we never
Our job is not to see through each
other, but to see each other through!
Men do not reject the Bible because it
contradicts itself, but because it
Be careful of your thoughts. They
might break into your words at any time!