7, 2002 Vol 2 #5
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Observations on the Lord's
preacher's articles this issue
Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper
during the last Passover supper which
he ate with his disciples, he set in
place one avenue of Christian worship
(Mt. 26:29). Christians proclaim the
Lord's death in this memorial feast (I
Cor. 11:26). We do this on the first
day of the week because it is
authorized by approved example in the
scripture (Acts 20:7).
divinely appointed elements of the
Lord's Supper are unleavened bread,
representative of the body of Christ,
and the fruit of the vine, symbolizing
the blood of Christ (I Cor. 11:23-26).
We do this in remembrance of Christ's
death, the only means of redemption
for sinful man.
Paul wrote the church of God at
Corinth, he found it necessary to
correct some abuses they were making
of the Lord's Supper. He had praised
them for their loyalty (I Cor. 11:2),
but because of the shameful condition
which existed in the Lord's day
worship, he could not praise them for
that (I Cor. 11:20-22). Whatever the
cause, it appears they were turning
the Lord's Supper into a common meal.
In addition, there were divisions
within the congregation, and they were
not respecting each other as brethren.
This unbrotherly attitude may be where
the problems all started.
way, this passage does not condemn the
eating of food in a church meeting
house. If this were true, the church
in the first century would not have
been able to worship in homes where
the families ate their food. Paul
didn't condemn the Corinthians for
eating in the place where they
assembled, but for their unchristian
conduct in eating and drinking to
excess, and ignoring other brethren in
the process. When Paul said "it is not
possible to eat the Lord's Supper"
(11:20), he didn't mean they couldn't
go through the form of eating the
supper. He meant they could not do it
in an acceptable manner. Paul sets
forth the divine origin and purpose of
the Lord's Supper with the intent
evidently to condemn the misconduct of
the brethren in Corinth, and to
encourage them to get right with God.
If Christians today come to worship
with the wrong attitude toward any
item of worship or toward any brother,
they are not in a position to be
pleasing to the Lord whom they claim
to serve (cf. Mt. 5:23ff).
have misunderstood the phrase, "an
unworthy manner" (I Cor. 11:27). This
is not talking about an unworthy
person. We should not fail to partake
of the Lord's Supper because we think
we are unworthy. If we had to wait
until we were worthy by our own
merits, we could never partake! I n
order to make sure we partake in a
worthy manner, a man must "prove
himself" (I Cor. 11:28). We must test
our attitude toward the Lord and our
brethren. Christians must come to the
supper with a spirit of humility and
reverence and observe it in a proper
way. The Lord's Supper is certainly an
important part of Christian worship.
Clements wrote this article while he
was preaching for the church of Christ
in Meridian, Mississippi.
|Half Empty or Half
teacher set a glass of water on his
desk. The water reached the half-way
point in the glass. He asked his
students: "Is this glass half empty,
or half full?" The purpose of the
query was to learn who in the class
were optimists and who were
pessimists. The optimist would have
observed that the glass was half full.
The pessimist would have declared it
to be half empty.
apostle Paul was an optimist. He saw a
silver lining behind every cloud. He
stated that he had learned "whatever
state I am , to be content" -Phil.
4:11. How could Paul have this
attitude? He wrote that statement
while in a Roman prison. The answer
lies in what he thought about and
filled his mind with. Paul thought on
things just, pure, lovely, of good
report, virtuous and praiseworthy
(Phil. 3:8). Then he encourages
Christians by writing:" thing things
which you learned, and received and
heard and saw in me, these do, and the
God of peace will be with you" (Phil.
3:9). The Christian should be an
optimist. There are a number of
reasons a Christian should be
all our fears can be overcome. John
said that the victory that overcomes
the world is our faith - 1 John. 5:4.
If I have the right kind of faith, I
can be optimistic in a pessimistic
mistakes can be forgiven. No one is so
bad that God will not forgive him. We
all make mistakes (Rom. 3:23). Even
the apostle Paul made mistakes (1 Cor.
9:27). Someone once wrote, " He made
no mistakes, he took no wrong road, he
never fumbled the ball, he never went
down beneath the weight of the load,
he simply did nothing at all." This is
a great mistake - Jas.4:17. There is
no reason to let sin keep us out of
the great assurance by God we have in
this life. Paul made a really
optimistic statement when he wrote,
"And we know that all things work
together for good to those who love
God, to those who are called according
to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28). Paul and
John both knew what it was to face
temptation. Temptation can be resisted
and overcome- 1 Cor. 10:13.
your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
When we are trying to reach people
with the gospel, our attitude should
be ..Never give up, never give up,
never give up. Paul admonished
Christians to not "lose heart" (Gal.
6:9). Some measure success by numbers.
Seed needs to be sown and given time
to germinate. We should let God have
his time (1 Cor.3:6).
God has provided us with an
all-sufficient guide to follow. This
guide is a lamp to my feet and a light
to my path (Ps. 119:105). God has
provided us with all things that
pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet.
man's necessities are promised. Jesus
said that if the kingdom of God and
righteousness were top priority, God
would provide us with the necessities
of life (Matt. 6:33). He provides us
with many things, however, that are
unseen. The spiritual blessings in
Eph. 1:3 are items which cannot be
seen. They can be experienced,
however, by the faithful child of God.
Some of these include prayer,
fellowship, and giving. From the very
beginning, God has provided. He still
does today. We can be happy in this
life and in the life beyond. God will
Christians should be
optimistic for at least the above
six reasons. The last reason,
however, is the most important.
Christians should be optimistic
because they are God's people. God
is on their side (Rom. 8:31). God
has provided a way out of sin. The
Christian has sins forgiven. That
alone ought to cause optimism ,
hope, and a brighter tomorrow.
looked at the glass the teacher
presented, would it be half empty or
Brandstatter preaches for the church
of Christ in Vienna, Illinois.
|Can a Gift Have
I was having a discussion with a
friend about the wonderful gift of
salvation that God has purchased for
us by the sacrifice of Jesus’ death. I
asked him if he thought a gift would
still be a gift if there were
conditions attached. He replied, "No,
it would not be a gift." I posed a
scenario whereby a rich friend offered
to give him a car if he would meet him
the next morning at 7:00 at a certain
place in town. I asked, "Would you get
the car if you didn’t show up?" He
said, "No, of course not." I then
asked, "If you went and got the car,
would it be a gift or not?" Then he
saw the point. Of course it would be a
gift. In no way does a condition mean
we earn what would otherwise be a
is it that when Jesus and his apostles
attach the condition of faith and
baptism to salvation (see Mark 16:16
and Acts 2:38 for starters) that many
begin to cry, "That’s works salvation,
not grace!"? I would truly like to
learn how, when I was baptized, I did
any work at all. Do you know? Instead,
when I believed in Jesus and was
baptized (by someone else) into Him, I
was surrendering to His marvelous
grace! Have you surrendered?
Barr preaches for the Indiana Church
of Christ, Indiana, Pennsylvania.
goodies this issue
times in my life the calm waters have
been stirred. Stirring waters are
signs of change. When the water stirs
the course of time may be altered. One
might be called upon to make some
remarkable changes in their life.
was once a man who could do nothing to
change his condition. He was lying by
the healing pool to wait for the
waters to physically stir. When the
waters stirred the people would get in
the water for healing.
problem was this man could not get in
the water. He would beg for assistance
but everyone was too busy getting in
the pool to help him. He never made it
to the water while it was stirring.
Then along came Jesus and the man
reports to him.
"Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no
one to help me into the pool when the
water is stirred. While I am trying to
get in, someone else goes down ahead
had the answer. John 5:8 Then Jesus
said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat
and walk." John 5:9 at once the man
was cured; he picked up his mat and
opportunities pass us by. The door is
open but we can’t get through the door
cause it is jam packed with people
going through the door. Before we can
get in the door is closed. The water
is stirring, but we can’t make it to
news is this. My gift reminds me that
Jesus knows our situation. He will not
leave us without an answer. He will
come to our aid.
to Jesus. Mat 11:28 "Come to me, all
you who are weary and burdened, and I
will give you rest. Mat 11:29 Take my
yoke upon you and learn from me, for I
am gentle and humble in heart, and you
will find rest for your souls. Mat
11:30 for my yoke is easy and my
burden is light."
water stirring in your life? You can’t
seem to make it to the water in time?
Wait on Jesus. Listen to His Word. You
might find yourself doing something
you could never do before.
Woodall Life preaches for the church
of Christ in Sterlling Heights,
Michigan. This message is from the
June 24, 2002 issue of "Life
Thoughts," his weekly devotional
Hearts of Gold
Defend the Truth
Rose Ann Noey
Defend the truth, you men of
truth which God has given.
When others say,
"Oh, it's ok
"To choose your road to heaven."
"What road you choose, you should not
"As long as we're all striving.
"Play fast and loose
"With Bible Truth -
"Make Faith your own contriving."
As gently calm as water seems
Upon the beach a-splashing,
Satan's a fox
Hiding dangerous rocks -
On which Faith's boat comes crashing.
Remember what the Bible says
In giving us a warning.
Our ignorant way
Makes easy prey
For those who're bent on harming.
But you, dear friends, build up your
Upon the Holy Faith.
And others snatch
From Satan's cache
Before the time's too late.
Defend the truth, you men of God.
Defend and take a stand!
There's just one road
To Heaven's abode -
And the Bible's that Heavenly Plan.
Rose Ann Noey worships with
the Yorktown Road Church of Christ
in Logansport, Indiana. She states
that a couple of phrases in this
poem were from a little commentary
written by her friend Brad Price,
who preaches in Goshen, Indiana.
|Wisdom From the
are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to
oneself as better than others]
a lying tongue,
the truth only when it's convenient]
hands that shed innocent
those who haven't done anything wrong]
a heart that devises
up ways to do evil]
feet that run rapidly to
to be involved in doing wrong]
a false witness who
to help a friend or to hurt another]
one who spreads strife
[fostering turmoil among members,
friends or family members]
These actions are not only hated by
but are harmful to others, and are
to the one who does them.
preaches for the North San Diego
Church of Christ in San Diego,
California. "Wisdom from the Book" is
from the June 26, 2002 issue of his
& sayings for bulletins and signs
clears the way for our walk with God.
spirituality can be compared to an
airplane ride. The higher we rise, the
smaller the things on earth become.
some folks is the practice of sowing
wild oats six days a week, and on the
seventh day going to church and
praying for a crop failure!
God's greatest preachers never stood
in a pulpit!
millions are dying--untold!