6, 2005 Vol 5 #1
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Saying Versus Seeing
preacher's articles this issue
important that we teach our children to
love one another. However, this becomes
difficult when they hear us constantly
criticizing and complaining about
What they see outweighs what we
say. It's critical that we teach
our children to obey all of the Lord's
commands. However, the job becomes
hopeless when they see us excusing
ourselves from obeying certain commands
we may find "too restrictive."
What they see outweighs what we say.
It's crucial that we teach our children
how the Lord wants them to act as
husbands, wives and parents. However,
there is more likelihood they will
follow our example rather than follow
What they see outweighs what we say.
Unless, and until, what we say and what
we do are one and the same, we will
never be convincing.
Thursday's Thoughts, Editor: Ron Adams
(c) 2000-2005 Ron Adams preaches
for the North San Diego Church of Christ
in San Diego, California. Past
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|Things Needed in
1. More open
hearts and fewer open mouths.
Prejudice closes the heart to the truth
(Matt. 13:15, 2 Thess. 2:10). The
TRUTH is the only thing which can save
(John 8:32, 1 Pet. 1:24). If the
heart were kept with all diligence
(Prov. 4:23), it would be right before
God and would speak only that which is
good (Matt. 12:34).
2. More sound heads and fewer
sore-heads. More lovers of truth
and fewer rebel rousers. We are
being plagued on every side by every
kind of wild and fantastic idea.
Frequently I read of young men who are
set on delivering us from what they call
"the bondage of orthodoxy." Many
are being advised to seek God in strange
bizarre ways. The Bible says,
"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by
the word of God" (Rom. 10:17).
3. More standing for the faith and less
falling for the fanciful (Jude 3).
The church has always been hurt by those
who have a desire for that which is new
and different. Many are constantly
being blinded by such newness. But
the truth never changes (Heb. 13:8, John
14:6). It is fixed, unalterable,
and everlasting. Often the voices
of the wise, those sound in the faith,
go unheeded, while the voices of the
foolish take over. Paul in 1 Cor.
16:13 says, "Watch ye, stand fast in the
faith, quit you like men, be
strong." The landmarks of
Christianity are safely moored in the
Holy Scriptures, and we must not allow
them to be bypassed by modern
time this is done, it will bring
division and destruction, as it did in
the days of Jeroboam and Rehoboam.
Paul McClung is a retired preacher who
is an elder at the 4th and Stewart
Church of Christ in Brownwood,
Texas. He wrote these words in
January 1968, but they are still needed
|What God Wants
Jay Kelley He has showed you, O
man, what is good. And what does the LORD
require of you? To act justly and to love
mercy and to walk humbly with your
God. Micah 6:8 These three
things - act justly, love mercy and walk
humbly - are the focus of a
God expects His people to treat others
fairly. Jesus summed that up in the
Golden Rule. Fair treatment means a day's
work for a day's pay, whether you are the
worker or the payer. It means a fair
shake for everyone with whom we deal,
regardless of our personal
feelings. It means standing up for
right when it isn't popular.
Ultimately, it means doing what God tells
us to do all the time.
To love mercy is more than being
merciful. It is one thing to
grudgingly give mercy to those who deserve
otherwise because God has ordered it as
though we were children ordered to make up
after a fight. It is quite another
to love mercy so much we look for ways to
show it. Jesus loved mercy, and his
example was one of the greatest compassion
in confronting the sins of the people
combined with stern
rebuke for those who led them.
Finally, we are to walk humbly with our
God. When we think of the great
privilege to walk with God, how can we do
any less than walk humbly? It is a
human tendency to get a little full of
ourselves from time to time, and
Christians are no exception.
It is good for us to remind ourselves that
we are here simply by God's grace and the
message we have been given is not our own,
but God's. If that message is
rejected, we should not angrily assume it
is personal. Rather, as those who love
mercy, we should be saddened when someone
seals their doom by rejecting God.
In the end, our outward obedience -
frequency of communion, worship and even
mode and reason for baptism - must come
from a sincere desire to please God.
we might as well be heathens.
Jay Kelley is the evangelist for the
church of Christ in Colby, Kansas. His
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Being a Christian Means...
goodies this issue
Christian means that at the point of my
conversion, I was forgiven of all past
sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Being a
Christian also means that if I live
faithful to God's will, I will be saved
in heaven forevermore (2 Tim. 4:8; Rev.
2:10)! But let's look at this
another way: Being A Christian Means I
Am Not What I Used To Be Prior to
becoming a Christian, I was living in
sin (Eph. 2:1). Living in sin, I had no
inheritance in the kingdom of God. (Eph.
2:11-12) I used to be self-serving,
directionless, without Christ, and
without hope. It was a pitiful
existence. But now, I am not what I used
to be. I have hope, I have a purpose to
my life, I have Christ! Because He died
for me, I'll live for Him (2 Cor.
5:15-17; 1 Pet. 4:1-2)!
Being a Christian Means I Am Not What I
Am Going To Be Even though a Christian,
I still dwell in a world of temptation
and in a weak physical frame. I have
limitations. Even though striving toward
perfection, I am not there yet. Even
though maturing, I still have a long
ways to go. But there is coming a day
when I will have a body like Christ's
(Phil. 3:21). There is coming a day when
I will be immortal and incorrupt (1 Cor.
15:51-57). I look forward to this day,
because that is the day I will be in
heaven forevermore (2 Pet. 3:11-12; 1
But in the meantime, I have a lot to do.
I need to continue to learn, love, live,
and let others know the will of God. And
I know that I can do even better in
regard to these if I can remember that I
am a Christian - I am not what I used to
be, and I am not what I am going to be!
Edd Sterchi is the minister of the
Harrisburg church of Christ in
In 1981, a Minnesota radio
station reported a story about a stolen
car in California. Police were staging an
intense search for the vehicle and the
driver, even to the point of placing
announcements on local radio stations to
contact the thief. On the front seat of
the stolen car sat a box of crackers that,
unknown to the thief, were laced with
poison. The car owner had intended to use
the crackers as rat poison. Now the police
and the owner of the car were more
interested in apprehending the thief to
SAVE HIS LIFE than to recover the car.
Many view God as a policeman trying to
catch someone doing wrong, when in
reality, God wants to rescue us from our
deadly sins (Romans 6:23). He is "not
willing that ANY should perish but that
all should come to repentance" (2 Peter
3:9). He "desires ALL men to be
saved and to come to the knowledge of the
truth" (1Timothy 2:4).
Don't misunderstand - God detests sin
(Habakkuk 1:13), AND He will punish
unforgiven sin (Revelation 21:8).
However, God wants to SAVE us from
sin. In fact, He has gone to great
lengths to provide forgiveness for our
sins. "For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have
For God did NOT send His Son into the
world to CONDEMN the world, but that the
world through Him might be SAVED" (John
God will forgive THOSE who: place their
trust in Him (Hebrews 11:6), repent of sin
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess Christ
(Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized
(immersed) in the name of Christ for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). God
will CONTINUE to forgive THOSE who:
CONTINUE to strive to walk in the light of
His Word in faithful obedience (1 John
Many are running FROM God, seeking to
escape His punishment. What they are
actually doing is ELUDING HIS
RESCUE! We NEED to run TO God -
turning from our sin and turning to Him
through our trusting obedience.
Are you running from His RESCUE??
Why not turn to Him today? He wants
to rescue YOU!
God bless you.
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Hearts of Gold
Heart to Heart
Rose Ann Noey
Soul to soul
and heart to heart;
Of each life, each is to be a part.
Our Christian joy can so abound
If each within each our lives are wound.
Give me, brother, your patient ear.
Touch me, sister, and draw me near.
Please, reach out to my lonely heart
And help to pull sin's painful dart.
The world, they have their "weather"
But Christians share a sacred walk;
So, should we not have more to say
Than "Hello there" and "Have a nice
Cliques divide our union's strength
And cause the lonely souls to shrink
Away from those they need so much.
Reach out to these! They need our
Heart to heart and soul to soul;
Each buffs each in our Christian fold.
Of each to each and each with each,
We share our love till Heaven we reach.
Rose Ann Noey attends the Church of
Christ at Lincolnway in Columbia City,
|When I am Tempted
When I am tempted, I dare not stray
For many people look my way.
Loved ones to sicken and disgust
If I betray my sacred trust;
Weak ones to stumble and to fall
If I should heed temptation's call;
Young ones to follow in my wrong
If my heart's not pure and strong;
Older ones to mourn and grieve
If I the way of truth should leave;
The holy church to suffer, too
If my soul's not right and true.
My charge is plain-my duty clear:
My soul to keep, my Lord to fear,
My light to shine, my savor keep-
Truth to teach, souls to reap,
A hope to gain, a crown to wear-
A race to run, heaven to share.
& sayings for bulletins and signs
supposition can never take the place of
Here is a test to find out if your
mission on earth is finished; if you are
alive, it is not.
The devil gratifies; God satisfies.
Be the soul provider for your children.
If you brood over your troubles, you
The Bible will keep you from sin, and
sin will keep you from the Bible.