7, 2002 Vol 2 #2
|Every church bulletin usually
contains the names of the church's sick
and shut-in members. It is not unusual
to pick up a bulletin and read a catalog
of mankind's ailments and sorrows. These
seem unavoidable, for as we age, our
body wears out. Various diseases attack
us. It is part of our mortality.
Even though our physical
bodies are wearing out, Paul reminds
us that "our inward man is renewed day
by day." (2 Cor. 4:16) He adds, "For
we know that if the earthly house of
our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a
building from God, a house not made
with hands, eternal, in the heavens."
(2 Cor. 5:1) We are all longing for
that day when "that what is mortal
shall be swallowed up of life." (2
breaks our hearts to see our brethren,
our closest family and friends suffer
from the diseases and ailments of this
life. Yet we know that we are all
terminal. It's just a matter of time
before we go the way of all flesh, as
God has decreed. The Christian,
however, can see heaven through his
tears and know that what lies ahead
far outshines what this life has to
offer. Let us pray for and comfort one
another as we strive for that home
free of suffering and pain.
Panning for more Gold
The Holy Preacher
preacher's articles this issue
preacher "holier" than other members
of the congregation that do not
preach? The answer is no. Note what
Peter said, "Therefore, laying aside
all malice, all guile, hypocrisy,
envy, and all evil speaking, as
newborn babes, desire the pure milk of
the word, that you may grow thereby,
if indeed you have tasted that the
Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to
a living stone, rejected indeed by
men, but chosen by God and precious,
you also, as living stones, are being
built up a spiritual house, a holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through
Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also
contained in the Scripture, 'Behold, I
lay in Zion a chief cornerstone,
elect, precious, and he who believes
on Him will by no means be put to
shame.' Therefore, to you who believe,
He is precious; but to those who are
disobedient, 'The stone which the
builders rejected has become the chief
cornerstone,' and 'A stone of
stumbling and a rock of offense.''
They stumble, being disobedient to the
word, to which they also were
appointed. But you are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, a holy
nation, His own special people, that
you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into
His marvelous light; who once were not
a people but are now the people of
God, who had not obtained mercy but
now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter
2:1-10, NKJV, emphasis added, rt)
You'll note that Peter spoke of
Christians, not preachers. Why is it
then that people contact the preacher
when trouble or affliction of differing
sorts arises? The answer lies within the
Over the years
denominationalism has practiced what is
known as a "pastoral" system of
leadership. It is almost axiomatic that
people of the congregation will call
upon one that is a (or, the) leader. In
denominations the preacher is generally
the leader of the church. But in the
Lord's church that is not so. The
leaders are the elders. If the leaders
are the elders, why is it they are not
called upon first? Sometimes they are,
but on other occasions they are not for
various reasons. Sometimes it is a
matter of "lack" of confidence, and
sometimes it is a matter of convenience
that the preacher is called. If it is
the former, then the elders need to do
some serious soul-searching about the
positions they hold. If it is the
latter, then that is a little more
But in either case, the
Christian should be able to call upon
any other Christian and feel just as
strong and confident that the person
they call upon will be of great help.
The Bible says that the prayer of a
righteous man (any Christian) will avail
much. It does not say that the prayer of
a righteous preacher avails over and
above the righteous non-preacher, does
it? Well, of course not.
No, the preacher is not holier
than any other Christian. He might have
a few more answers to difficult
questions, but he is just as holy as a
faithful sister in the congregation
desiring to serve the Lord and the
Ron Thomas is the preacher at
the Highway church of Christ in
|God Heareth Not
9, we read of Christ healing a blind
man. When the Pharisees discovered he
was able to see, they disputed what
had happened. They claimed the blind
man was not who he claimed to be, but
someone who just looked like him. His
parents, however, attested that he was
Pharisees continued to question the
man who formerly could not see, and in
John 9:31, he said, "Now we know that
God heareth not sinners: but if any
man be a worshipper of God, and doeth
his will, him he heareth."
a true statement, recorded by the
apostle John in his account of the
gospel. Most of the time, we use this
verse among others to show the
necessity of obedience to the Lord and
to refute the "sinner's prayer." While
this is a true application of this
verse, it goes deeper.
the man speaking to? The Pharisees,
who considered themselves the most
righteous among all of God's people.
We need to take this point into
consideration: Even though the
Pharisees considered themselves
righteous, this blind man called them
sinners. He showed them their need.
They refused to hear. We must not have
this attitude today.
Christ, we are weak. With Christ, we
are strong. God will hear us and bless
us as His obedient children. However,
when we live in willful disobedience,
He will not hear. Our iniquities
separate us from the Father, and until
we repent, He will hide his face from
us, and He will not hear (Isaiah
calls the prayer of the upright God's
delight (Proverbs 15:8), but later
says, "He that turneth away his ear
from hearing the law, even his prayer
shall be abomination" (Proverbs 28:9).
We must keep our ears open and obey
what God says if we expect God to keep
His ears open to our prayers.
Carter preaches at the Orchard Hills
church of Christ
at 1630 N. 9th St. in
Covington, Indiana. http://www.tctc.com/~orchardh/articles/index.htm
|Holiness in the
up with the song, "The Lord is in
His Holy Temple, Let all the earth
keep silence before him." Funny
thing, we always sang that song at the
beginning of a period of public
worship! (You will see shortly, why I
last Tuesday night in our Bible study
we talked about Jesus cleansing the
temple (John 2). We discussed why
certain things were not considered
holy for practice in the temple. That
brings up what we should be doing in
God’s temple today.
the meaning of the temple today? In
what should we be careful to be holy?
Some feel that there are certain
things that should not be done in our
church buildings (anything from
drinking a cup of coffee to children
selling Girl Scout cookies). But is
the comparison fair? Are our church
buildings the equivalent of the temple
in Jesus’ day?
Corinthians 3:16, Paul told the
Corinthians that they (the people) are
the temple of God. He said that if
anyone destroyed God’s temple God
would destroy him. In chapter 6:19,
Paul said that a Christian’s body is
the temple of the Holy Spirit and that
the Christian should therefore avoid
temple clean? By all means. Protect,
build up, make holy the people of God.
Never defile God’s holy people. Live
your life so that Jesus’ name is not
shamed in your deeds. But in the
church building, we ought to be able
to do anything that is right (just
like in any other building) and
Barr preaches for the Indiana Church
at 225 East Pike, Indiana,
Hearts of Gold
Dedicated to the Metro Church
sing of a church in the wildwood,
the most wonderful
place in the dale.
But, I know a church in the city where
humbleness and sacrifice prevail.
It's a place where your not disappointed
by life's worldly pleasures of greed.
A place where we follow the Bible and
reach out by planting the seed.
It's made up of God's chosen people who
want to be one with the Lord.
A people who know disappointment and
hold on to God's golden cord.
When we all get together in heaven -
what a wonderful site to behold.
For it wasn't our own dim perfection.
The Lord paid the price for the fold.
They try to be all that they can be -
and they sometimes give you a smile.
With a song in their hearts as they
Knowing the meaning of God's second
I have been a part of their kindness.
And all of the Love they possess.
It's the best Church in the city. Come
see if your life is a mess.
You won't be judged or committed to a
stereotype kind of fault.
You'll be met with great expectation and
find the savior you sought.
As you travel down life's weary pathway
- you're searching for a place to
Come to the church in the city and
listen to the words of the song.
Oh! Come to the church in the city
the most wonderful
place you could sail.
For it's made up of wonderful
Christians, Who live by the Lord's
Woodall worships at the Metro Church of
Christ at 40100 Dodge Park, Sterling
Heights, Michigan. http:// www.qix.net/~metrococ/index.html
Rick gives his permission for you to
place the name of the church you attend
in the title if you want to use the poem
in your bulletin.
Rose Ann Noey
slowly, sin can pull us.
distracts us from our God.
dull our moral judgement
toleration gives its nod.
sadly, sin beguiles us,
in its thick black cord.
flirt with sin so lightly,
forget our patient Lord.
gladly, God receives us
turn away from sin.
toward Him in repentance.
arms accepts us in.
lovely, God describes us
fit to be Christ's bride.
sees us, He sees Jesus
will in Christ abide!
Noey worships with the Yorktown Road
Church of Christ
in Logansport, Indiana.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
Looking for a new life?
God takes trade ins.
Faults are thick where
love is thin.
Almost anyone will make
a better friend than enemy.
The best way to "save
face" is to keep the bottom half shut!