It Might Have Been!
Life isnt as we think it will be when we are young. Young people many times do not see all the sin, heartache and sorrow that life brings. Some older people look back and think about what might have been.
John Green Leaf Whittaker wrote a poem (Maud Muller) about a judge who married a rich wife but not because he loved her. He loved a poor girl in his younger years. He and the girl passed later in life. The poet wrote For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been!'
We will look at some examples in the Bible and think about what might have been. God created man, Adam and Eve. He placed them in a beautiful garden. They were innocent. Then the devil tempted them and they sinned. Read Genesis chapter 3. Things changed for them and for all of mankind. Think about all the problems which sin brings to us daily. It might have been that we could have been innocent, as they were created, if no one had ever sinned. Until they sinned they had a close relationship with God. After sin came, they hid themselves from God. We today try to hide from God, but of course we cannot. Sometimes it isnt our sin but the sins of other people that brings hurt into our life.
Think about Jacob. His sin caused his life to change. If he had not deceived his father, Isaac, his life may have been different. He was sent away from home to take a wife. Laban deceived him and gave him a different daughter than he had promised. There was jealousy between his wives and between his sons. Sin changed his life. He even had to move because two of his sons deceived their neighbors. It would be great to have a family which did not sin against each other or their fellow man. Jacob did not have a family like that. Because of his sons' jealousy or maybe because of his partiality toward Joseph, Jacob suffered many years of separation from his favorite son. His life could have been a lot different without sin. Your life would be different without sin also.
Judas Iscariot let sin ruin his life. He even killed himself because of his own sin. He, at one time, was given the power of the Holy Spirit. And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. Matthew 10:1-4. During the ministry of Christ on the earth Judas kept the money for the group. He stole from that money box. This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. John 12:6. His love for money led him to the point of betraying Jesus to the Jewish leaders. How much different his life might have been. He did not understand the plan of God to save the world (even him) from sin. He killed himself without having the opportunity of knowing that Jesus died for the sin of all people. Jesus death is the foundation of the grace of God.
Sin hurts people. No one is an island to themselves. Your sin may be private, you think, but it affects other people also. Every day sin is in the world. You must be forgiven of your sins. Jesus died for you. Because you become a Christian, your life will change. You will be free from the guilt of sin. Dont wait until later; obey the gospel today. You do not want to look back with regret and think, It might have been! It can be!
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
Leoma Owens, Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), David Barton, Loyd and Loretta Sullivan, LouEllen Goin, James Carr (Debbie Ward's father), Flo Lombardo, Edna Kenser, and Joann Godwin
Cleo Crofford's son, Richard, has been has been diagnosed with liver cancer and he is waiting for a liver transplant. Please keep Richard in your prayers.
Michelle Wagner, niece of Anna Gregory, has been in the hospital and now is in a medically-induced coma, following a recent stroke. Michelle worships with the Harviell congregation. Please continue to keep Michelle in your prayers.
Judy Curry is still experiencing a lot of pain. Please keep Sister Judy in your prayers.
Leonard Bates, Barbara Huff's father, has asked to be remembered in prayer.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Tom Huff, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), and Katherine Batson (Ruby Goodrum's sister-in-law).
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Bill Thornberry in General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell.
There will be an auction on September 19 at the Fair Haven Children's Home in Strafford, Missouri. This is one way they raise money to help with operating the Children's Home there. They are still in need of good auctionable items to ensure the success of the auction. They currently have several used vehicles, coins, and furniture items that will be auctioned. They still are in need of lots more. If you would like to donate items or money, please see the letter posted on the bulletin board for contact information.
$3,100 of the 5th Sunday contribution went toward the building debt, which leaves a balance on the debt of $56,795.52. You are to be commended for your usual generosity.
If anyone is interested in hosting a foreign exchange student, please see information posted on the bulletin board.
We will meet each second Sunday evening following worship. We have some who are: Memorizing Verses, Reading the Bible, Memorizing the Books of the Bible, being Good Samaritans, and doing Bulletin Boards. You can also be a part of this. Please contact Aaron Sandlin or Vernon Curry if you would like more information or have any questions.
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Monthly Preachers' Meeting
September 8, at Shady Acres, Sikeston
Ladies Day - "Spotting the Godly Ladies"
September 12 at Arnold
"What's the Difference?" - An Examination of the
Churches of Christ, Sept 25-27, Arnold Church of Christ
Children's Home Homecoming, Paragould
September 26, starting at 10:30 am
Bootheel Youth Camp - Youth Rally
September 26 (RSVP by Sept 20)
Ladies Retreat - Bootheel Youth Camp
October 9-10, hosted by Advance
(RSVP by Registration form or Text Msg)
Church of Christ Weekend at Silver Dollar
City, October 10 and 11
Highland Food Pantry - items needed most at this time to restock the pantry are: Canned Vegetables, Bottled Juice, Dry or Canned Milk, Canned Fruit, Jelly, Soup, Canned Meat, and Crackers.
The next Children's Home food/supply pick-up will be November 16. Items needed this quarter are: Cocoa Powder, Cold Cereal, Ranch Dressing, Soap Pads (i.e. SOS), Snack Cakes, & Canned Drinks.
And They're Off! By now, everyone's kids have started school, and are getting back into the frame of mind of things such as homework, lunch decisions (bring or buy), club meetings, bells ringing, and things of the such like. Each school year presents its own share of ups and downs. I pray that this year is filled with more "smiley faces" than "frowny faces."
Sending our kids to school can evoke different emotions for parents. For some of us, clean new lunchboxes and freshly-sharpened pencils can be cues that a new world is right around the corner. For others the same events signal genuine loss. I understand that it can be scary to let our kids go each day into a world that we can't control. If it's a first child, it may be hard to let go of having a child all to yourself. Suddenly there's the realization that he/she is not a baby anymore (let's face it, they're always kinda our babies) and a new chapter in life is starting for you and your child.
On a similar, but different note, I wonder what Mary felt like when it was time for Jesus to leave home and begin His three year journey. The Angel Gabriel had already told her that her son would save mankind from their sins. She knew he was capable of supernatural things. She was the one who prompted Him to do something at the wedding when they ran out of wine. His response, "My time has not yet come." But one day it did come. We don't know the day, but it would've been an emotional day I imagine. It was the day He would've had to leave the carpentry shop, and begin a three year journey that would culminate at the cross.
I wonder what emotions Mary felt when He left the friendly confines of her home, and began traveling the countryside to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23, 9:35). We know this from Scripture for certain; Mary and Joseph understood that from an early age, Jesus was to be about the business of His Father. As parents (and family members), let's be intentional of letting our kids know from the time they can understand us, we want them to be about the business of our Father. We want them to grow in their intellect and physical stature. But more importantly, we want them to grow in their knowledge and belief in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. So join us in praying for our children. Pray that they never know a day that they don't feel loved and cherished in the eyes of God. Blessings, Michael
(Michael Meredith, Pulpit Minister)
article taken from the Center Hill Church of Christ bulletin, Paragould, Arkansas
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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