Christian Living ~
There is no secret to living a Christian life. God has given all the instructions we need. These instructions are found in the Bible. The Bible is from God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The scripture is given by God for man's benefit. God is righteous and He desires that we be righteous also. The Bible is our instruction for righteous living.
Christian living is an everyday job. We do not take a vacation from following 'instruction in righteousness'! Christian living is a way of life. Jesus is the example that we follow. It is important that we keep our eye upon Him. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2. We all need an example to follow. We learn faster when we have written, verbal and demonstration of instruction. Jesus gave us the written word. We have the preaching (spoken) of the word. We have the example of Jesus and our fellow Christians to follow.
Christians take vacations from their vocations. We never take a vacation from godly living. The only place to go for a vacation from Christian living is to go into sin. God hates sin, so Christians do also! There are many vocations for Christians to pursue. They must be godly in nature. We cannot work at something which is sinful! While studying the righteous life of Jesus, we learn about resting from our everyday life. He would go somewhere by Himself to rest. Once, at least, He told His disciples to come aside and rest. “And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” Mark 6:31.
Christian living is controlled by our thoughts. As a matter of fact, sinful living is also controlled by our thoughts. We are taught by God what kinds of thoughts we should have. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 When we think as God has taught us, we become like Him. It is possible to stop thinking about sin. We must think on godly things.
Christians must talk with words which edify. We get the words which we speak from our thoughts. “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34. We are accountable for our words. We will be judged by them. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:37. Christian living is actions, but more than that it is also thinking and speaking.
Christian living is shown to others by our actions as well. Jesus went about doing good. We are His disciples. Disciples will follow their teacher. Our actions show the world that we are going about doing good. We must seek to do good and not evil. Doing good is described as: “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25.
Christian living is teaching the gospel to the world. “And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15. The people who know God and obey the gospel will be saved. (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8). Christians love the Lord, and because of that love, we obey Him. (John 14:15)
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers: Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Loretta Sullivan, Helen Haywood, Betty Britton (coworker of Inis Kearbey), Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice)
Susan South Fortner, at the time of this writing, was in the local hospital. She had a light stroke but is doing better. Please continue to keep Susan in your prayers as she also deals with cancer and treatments.
Hazel Weathers responded last Sunday evening asking for prayers that she might be a better Christian.
Joe Hayes, Hazel Weathers' grandson, who was in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago, had to go back into the hospital for back surgery recently. Please keep Joe in your prayers.
David Buie, Bobby Miller's uncle, recently passed away. Our sympathy is extended to this family. Please keep them in your prayers.
Jim Murrell, Anna Gregory's brother who lives in Alabama, has been in ICU and underwent surgery on Wednesday. The family would appreciate your prayers.
Quentin Smith has been in rehab recently, but expected to be released on Friday and will be at home.
Edna Kenser has been released from rehab and is home now.
Bill Kenser recently had cataract surgery and is to have surgery on the other eye this week. Please remember Bill in your prayers.
Judy Curry is currently seeing other doctors hoping to get some relief from the pain she has been experiencing. She would appreciate your continued prayers.
Norma Hager, friend of Wilma Poyner, is going to need knee surgery. Please keep Norma in your prayers.
Joe Taylor, Mary Taylor's son, had prostate cancer surgery recently, which went well. He was released on Wednesday. He wishes to thank everyone for the prayers and the many cards from the members of Highland.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Freda Lancaster, Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Susan South, Dan Gregg, and Harold Shaw.
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; U. L. Smith, Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Leoma Owens and Bill Thornberry in Oakdale; and Warren Kaufhold (Gail Magill's father) and Marion West in Mark Twain.
Ashley Garris, Jamie and Tammy Garris' daughter, and Don and Gail Magill's granddaughter, was baptized recently at Puxico. We rejoice with Ashley and her family.
Trunk 'n Treat, Friday, October 31, at 6:00 p.m. on the front parking lot.
There will be a Fish Fry at Highland on November 1 at noon. Please bring side dishes and desserts.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Bernie, October 26-29, speaker Wes Hazel
Kennett, Slicer Street, November 2-5
with speaker, Keith Parker
Seminar on Islam and Christianity
at Dexter, November 14-16
God Hates ~
There's an old saying, "God hates the sin, but loves the sinner." But is that really true? The Bible actually declares that God hates sinners. Proverbs 6:16-19 says: "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." In the Bible we read of a God who hates all kinds of things. He hates divorce. He hates the killing of children. He hates pride and arrogance and evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverbs 3:32 declares "...the Lord detests a perverse man." Psalm 5:5 says, "The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong." and Psalm 11:5 tells us "The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates."
But why? Why would God hate these people? The answer is ...because these people do hateful things to other people. Notice that every sin listed in Proverbs 6 is an action taken against other people: The haughty eyes... they are looking down on others. Lying tongues... they're lying to folks. Hands that shed innocent blood... they kill people. Hearts that devise wicked schemes... they plot to hurt others. Feet rushing to do evil... they can’t wait to hurt others. False witness... saying false things against other people. And stirring up dissension (drama) among their brothers.
Each and every sin listed in this passage tells of wicked people who hurt others ... others who are made in the image of God. God takes it personal. He hates it. Now if we are not careful, we might come to think of "sinners" as being -- the OTHER GUYS. It's those OTHER PEOPLE who are the sinners. But the Bible says, "All of us have sinned..." Yes, all of us have been hateful of God. "All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, WE were by nature objects of wrath." (Ephesians 2:3) God is speaking to ALL of us and saying -- you have sinned. You and I have all done hateful things. Galatians 5 says this to the Christians in Galatia, "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn YOU, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)
Notice Paul warned them. In fact, he'd warned them BEFORE that if they lived like this they wouldn’t inherit the kingdom of God. But here's the deal -- God doesn't want that. God does hate the sin...and He does hate the sinner, but that doesn't mean He likes that arrangement. The Bible tells us that God LOVES us. He doesn't want us to be under His wrath. He doesn't want us going to hell. How could God undo all the damage of my bad decisions? Ephesians 2:4-5 says: "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions -- it is by grace you have been saved."
That "alive in Christ" happens when we bury the "old man" (old way of life) and arise as a Christian. (cf Romans 6:3-11; Colossians 3:1-10)
-- David Lawrence, Youth Minister
Center Hill Church of Christ, Paragould
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3
Acts 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10
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Highland Drive Church of Christ
1601 Highland Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901