Archive for March, 2010

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

COMMENT: Throughout the New Testament we Christians are referred to as sheep and I think there is validity to that designation because sheep are rather dumb animals and they need a lot of direction. I don’t know about you, but I often do some very dumb things. Sometimes a shepherd has to take drastic steps when he finds a wayward lamb – one that won’t stay close to the flock – thus running the risk of getting lost or being killed by a predator. He will often break one of the lamb’s legs and carry him on his shoulders until the leg heals. While the healing proceeds, the lamb’s affection for the shepherd grows and grows. When he is able to walk again, he never strays too far away from his beloved shepherd. Hard times can come because we disobey God or hard time come because that’s what they do . . .come! We should examine ourselves to determine which it is. I believe that Hebrews 12:6 verifies the premise we’ve put forth today: “For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.”

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Proverbs 15:10, Isaiah 13:11 and Jeremiah 21:14a
WISE SAYING: ALL ADVERSITY MUST BE SIFTED THROUGH THE PERMISSIVE WILL OF GOD.

Just a thought, not a sermon.

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“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who give to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

COMMENT: The other day, while going through some old papers, I came across a document which made me both elated and deflated at the same time. That piece of paper, dated Aug. 15, 1947, certified that I had become a member of the Junior Honor Society during the Summer School session. That was the part that elated me. Now here is the part that brought me low. As I have mentioned in previous messages, I was the object of much abuse from some of my fellow classmates in elementary school. Nowadays, I guess you would call me a nerd. I decided to get away from my nemeses by going to Summer School.  You’ve heard of “jumping from the frying pan into the fire”? Well, that is exactly what happened to me. To my chagrin, when I returned to school in September, I found myself faced with older, bigger and stronger bullies!!!!!!  Oftentimes we Christians make snap decisions on challenging confrontations and, consequently, suffer the consequences. That situation reminds me of a very popular radio quiz program that began in 1940 called “Truth or Consequences”. If the contestants could not answer the trivia question correctly, they would have to perform a zany and embarrassing stunt. We Christians can either meet the predicaments we encounter in life with God’s Truth – either from the Word of God we know or by praying and allowing the Holy Spirit to give us direction – or suffer grave consequences. When God’s Truth has the final authority in our lives, we can have assurance that He will work everything together for our good according to Romans 8:28.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalm 51:6, 90:12 and Proverbs 2:6,7

WISE SAYING: THINK DEEP BEFORE YOU LEAP!

FRUITFUL FELLOWSHIP –“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” (Romans 12:4,5)

Problems arise in the church when individuals assume an unduly high estimate of their own worth, abilities, or importance. To find his true place in God’s will, the believer must not view himself exclusively as an individual, but must perceive himself also as a part of the whole, as a member of “one body.” A proper self-estimate is necessary, but an individual’s view of his own worth should lead him to evaluate the service that his abilities will allow him to contribute to the body as a whole. All individual endowments are intended to fit believers for their functions within the body. A true sense of responsibility will bring one to realize that a special talent, whatever it may be, is a gift of God. That talent gives no one a claim to special dignity or preeminence in the church. It merely points out that he has a particular service in the fellowship to which he must devote himself. Clergy and lay distinctions within the fellowship are not properly compared to the master-servant distinction. We are all collaborators with God. (1 Cor. 3:9)
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Today’s Thought: Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to  edification. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.  Romans 15