3, 2002 Vol 2, #9
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Letting Jesus Into My Heart
preacher's articles this issue
I was at a local gas station
recently. I noticed the cashier
talking to a man. While I was
pumping gas they were engaged in
conversion. When I went to pay for
the gas, the cashier announced to
me," I just let Jesus into my
heart." Of course, what she was
implying was that she was saved.
No doubt the man talking to her was
talking about Christ.
The message this woman received is the
type of message many today feel will
save. The message about the good
news of Jesus, accompanied by a quick
confession, repentance, and maybe a
sinner's prayer is all that it
takes, according to some.
However, accepting Jesus involves more
than just an emotional experience.
I fully realize that a person can hear a
gospel message for the first time and
obey it. That is what happened on
the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
The Ethiopian eunuch did that in Acts
8. Lydia, and the jailer also
heard the gospel message for the first
time in Acts 16. Also, individuals in
Ephesus did in Acts 19. In all of these
cases, these individuals were baptized
for the remission of sins. The
Bible never records an incident where an
individual heard the gospel, was
convicted in their heart, and then was
saved without being baptized.
The Bible also teaches that faith comes
by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God (Rom. 10:17). If any one
speaks he should speak as God directs (1
Pet. 4:11). A message about the
gospel that does not include baptism is
not a message that will save. We
must be willing to talk to our friends
and religious neighbors about what the
Bible says and does not say. The
ultimate authority in all religious
matters is the Bible. What Jesus said
will judge us in the last day (Jno.
12:48). Letting Jesus into my
heart according to the Bible would mean
obeying Christ and putting Him on in
baptism. Anything else will not
Bill Brandstatter worships with
the Church of Christ in Vienna, IL .
Can I Do?
by: Charlie Thomason
Sometimes in the church we know of
people who are hurting with loss or
loneliness, or we discover that there is
an individual or a family who really has
a need, and we ask ourselves, "What can
I do to help?" Here are some
Make a telephone call. Write a
note. Send an email. Drop by
for a visit. Pray for them.
Pray with them. Quietly
listen. Say something
encouraging. Refrain from saying
anything that would be
discouraging. Take them to
lunch. Invite them over for
dinner. Give them a gift.
Give them a hug. Offer to
baby-sit. Compliment them. send
flowers. Make a special dish or
dessert and drop it off at their
home. Point them to professional
help (if needed). Give them a good
book that would be helpful.
I'm sure you could add your own ideas to
the list. The important thing is
that we do something. The apostle
John wrote: "If anyone has material
possessions and sees his brother in need
but has not pity on him, how can the
love of God be in him? Dear
children, let us not love with words or
tongue but with actions and in
truth." (1 John 3: 17, 18)
As we do, God will bless. "But the
man who looks intently into the perfect
law that gives freedom, and continues to
do this, not forgetting what he has
heard, but doing it, he will be blessed
in what he does." (James 1:25)
Let us live in ways that God will bless.
Thomason preaches for the Faith Village
Church of Christ in
Wichita Falls, Texas.
|He is the Glue
In response to my article about
"surprising myself," I received a note
from our cousin Darrel this week with a
great comment in it and wanted to share
it with you. Darrel wrote, "Give
people food and affection and make them
feel secure, and for the most part they
are fine. But sometimes they
realize that something else is missing,
but they just can't quite put their
finger on it. Of course we know
that believing in God is the final and
most important part. He is the
"Glue" that holds us together, both part
and parcel. He gives us the final
ingredient to our lives, the best part
that enriches us and feeds the greatest
I thought Darrel's comments were
fantastic. "He (God) is the glue
that holds us together." Paul said
it this way in Ephesians 4: 15-16, "But
speaking the truth in love, may grow up
into him in all things, which is the
head, even Christ: From whom the whole
body fitly joined together and compacted
by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in
the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the edifying
of itself in love."
In Colossians 2:18-19 Paul writes, "Let
no man beguile you of your reward in a
voluntary humility and worshipping of
angels, intruding into those things
which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up
by his fleshly mind, And not holding the
Head, from which all the body by joints
and bands having nourishment ministered,
and knit together, increaseth with the
increase of God."
The Greek here for the words "Knit
Together" is literally: " to cause to
coalesce, to join together, put
together, to unite or knit
together." That is exactly what
glue does. Who is the glue of our
We sometimes hear people say, "I just
can't seem to get it together," or "My
life is falling apart." We know
the secret that far too many
don't. It you want to get it
together and keep it together, then add
the "Glue of God" to your life. He
is what makes it all work; he is the
original "super glue."
May our God continue to bless you and
help you keep it together everyday of
your life! Preach on.
Lawson preaches for the Greenville
Church of Christ, Greenville,
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An article by: Steve
One of yesterday's more
interesting news stories which has
stirred a great deal of excitement among
many biblical archaeologists is the
possible discovery of an ossuary (a
burial box) which at one time, would
have contained the remains of James, the
brother of Jesus...
Engraved on this stone box is the
inscription in Aramaic, "James, son of
Joseph, brother of Jesus."
According to the scholars, from all
appearances, this box seems to be
genuine. The greatest criticism is
that "Joseph," "James," and "Jesus" were
fairly common names in the first century
like "Tom," "Dick," and "Harry."
However, naming the brother as well as
the father on an ossuary is very
unusual. In fact, there's only one
other known example of this in
Aramaic. Thus, it is likely that
this "Jesus" must have had some unusual
role or fame for him to be included in
Now here's the point of this
writing. Suppose it can be proven
that this is indeed is an ancient
artifact verifying the life of Jesus,
and the testimony of Scripture (Matthew
13:55). Do you think that suddenly
churches will be filled to overflowing
with people clamoring to surrender their
lives to Jesus? Or what about the
highly publicized searches for Noah's
ark? Suppose it did survive the
centuries and was discovered. Would
preachers' hands be puckered from
baptizing so many people? I think
The Bible was written to make believers
(John 20:30-31). It contains
sufficient evidence to convince one of
the genuineness of Jesus' claims.
If God's word can't prick the heart and
bring about conviction, an ancient relic
isn't going to do the job either.
The power of conversion and the basis
for faith is the Word of God, not the
artifacts of the past. Keep
preaching the Word, for it is the power
of God unto salvation (Romans
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goodies this issue
It is very
evident that we need spiritual growth
It is easier to work than to worship.
It is easier to read a novel than the
It is easier to support the club we
joined than the church.
It is easier to condemn people than to
pray for their salvation.
It is easier to hold grudges than to
Author unknown. We could all add
situations to this list.
Hearts of Gold
I Do Not Understand
H. L. Gradowith
Precious little we know of the future,
Why, we barely perceive the past;
In this life our ignorance will never end,
We so remain until the last.
For example, why have we such blessings
As have so often come our way?
Have we never reaped the seeds by others
Been blessed though we had gone astray?
And what about the times that we really
To do what we knew to be right
Only to the righteous reward be denied
And find ourselves faced with a fight?
Have we never seen other Christians bowed
With tribulation and sorrow?
Have not they been faced with trouble all
And no relief could they borrow?
And what of the wicked who prosper and
How can that be considered fair?
They seem to have nothing of which to
They live each day without a care.
stood at the bedside of those who have
To do what the Lord commanded,
Despite the good fight that they
Their lives from them were demanded.
I have seen the wicked stand and smugly
When the faithful were mistreated,
Though they devote themselves to evil and
"Good" from them has not retreated.
I do not understand how things seem to be,
I confess: the "why" I don't know;
But I still believe that He's watching for
And that to Him someday I'll go.
I believe that He knows what He's doing
And that some where's a better land;
I believe on That Day He'll dry ev'ry
And that by Him I'll take my stand.
And so, until the day when I reach that
I'll be ever faithful and true;
For there the righteous won't suffer any
And the wicked will get their due.
God Bless You as You Study and Obey His
Word. Tim Smith
Enon Church of Christ http://www.geocities.com/fp5699/
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