A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:10-11 ESV)
Ще трохи поспати, подрімати ще трохи, руки трохи зложити, щоб полежати, і прийде, немов волоцюга, твоя незаможність, і злидні твої, як озброєний муж!… (Приповісті 6:10-11 Ukrainian)
O LORD God, our dear heavenly Father ~ hear our humble prayers for on this new day as we do our best to devote more quality time to helping others know more about Jesus. Give success to everyone engaged in honest and industrious activity that brings revenue home and helps spread the gospel of Christ in all directions. Help parents who must deal strongly with children who refuse to work and prefer to remain idle. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
PO Box 417
Cedar Key, FL 32625
Home phone: 352-215-0368
Cell phone: 352-213-2771
By J. Randal Matheny © 2016
From his disciples the Lord wants fruit that lasts —
Results, those vital changes of the soul,
By Bible meditation, prayers and fasts,
Courageous effort — To do like Christ, our goal. Continue reading
A couple of years ago we asked the brotherhood for a church van in order to pick up people who wanted to come to church and we were provided with a van that we have been using three times every week to transport people to and from church service. We are also using the van to travel to youth rallies, bible camps, lectureships, etc.
We have had many baptisms and other great things happen because of the use of the van. In, fact it has been so successful we often have to make three or more van runs for each service. We are a mission church teaching the gospel to people with a variety of backgrounds including Native American, Mexican, African American, Caucasian and Chinese.
We, like most mission churches, are also a very poor church in a very poor part of the nation. So what we are looking for is a new way to get even more people to service and not have to make so many runs each service. We would be able to accomplish this with a 30-person or more bus.
If anyone has one or knows of one in working order that they would be willing to donate to us please contact me. If you would like to know more about the work we are doing here I would be happy to speak to you about it.
Preacher Winslow AZ church of Christ
#appeals #opportunity #missions
A person who dies faithful in the Lord has great gain. Paul’s theme for living and for dying was, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) Our sole aim for living must be to glorify God through Jesus Christ, both in life and in death.
In our life, we should imitate Jesus. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21) True happiness is found as we live our life with Jesus and for Jesus; this happiness is also found as we die in the Lord. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” (Revelation 14:13) No Christian, when he comes to die, will regret that he has lived for Christ.
To be forgiven of sins, hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (John 8:24), repent of sins (Luke 13:3), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized into Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27) The Lord then adds us to His church. (Acts 2:47)
We need Jesus! God bless you today and always. I love you. —Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ.
February 4: Read the Bible through during 2016 — Our reading for today is Leviticus 10-12.
#death #glorification #imitation-of-Christ
I Cor. 11:17-34
Paul turned his attention next to the conduct of the Corinthians during the Lord’s Supper. Jesus had instituted the Lord’s Supper with His apostles the night before His death as a memorial to Himself.
Another consequence of the divisions of the Corinthian church Paul mentioned at the beginning of his letter was a total breakdown of the observance of the Lord’s Supper. Instead of love, union and communion with one another in Christ, they were eating their own food separately. Some were overeating and overdrinking while others had nothing because they had nothing to bring. They were eating a common meal instead of observing what Jesus had instituted as a solemn remembrance of His death.
Paul did not condemn eating fellowship meals in the church building. We do not know the types of facilities they used for worship services at that time. Their problem was with defiling the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord had instructed Paul in the proper procedure for the Lord’s Supper. He reminded the Corinthians that as they ate of the (unleavened) bread and drank the cup (fruit of the vine), they were proclaiming the Lord’s death “’till He comes.”
Paul further instructed the Corinthians to examine themselves (not others) and to eat the Supper in a worthy manner (remembering Christ’s death as the purpose). Anyone not properly observing the Lord’s Supper was sinning and needed to bring his thoughts and actions within the proper mode of worship.
I am, unfortunately, aware that some of our brethren are advocating the idea that anyone who professes to believe in God and who may or may not have been baptized must be accepted as brethren. Even in the church, some are saying that there is more than one path to God, that man is free to approach God in the way that seems best to each man. I must admit that I cannot agree with that philosophy.
In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus inform us that the way to Heaven is strait and narrow and not many will find it, but many will follow the broad way that leads to destruction. Sorry, but that does not sound to me like just any way will do. In fact, it seems to me that, in Matthew 7:21-22, Jesus specifically says that simply saying you belong to Him will avail you nothing if you do not follow His teachings.
Now, I want you to read closely I Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit expressly says that, in the latter times, some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and the teachings of demons.” Here is my point: If Jesus says that many will be lost because they do not strictly follow Him, and the Holy Spirit says that anything not following New Testament teachings if the doctrine of demons, how can it be possible that any deviation from the plan given to us by the Holy Spirit can possibly save man?
What say ye?
I Cor. 11:1-16
Another of the concerns of the Corinthians addressed by Paul dealt with the covering of one’s head during the worship. There were Romans, Jews and Greeks present in that church and they had different customs and ideas of proper headwear in the worship assemblies. He stated four illustrations showing how men and women are to show their humility and submission. There are differing opinions regarding this command. Following are comments gleaned from various commentaries on the subject.
First, Paul reminded the Corinthians that Christ is the head of man; man is the head of woman; God is the head of Christ. He stated that a man must keep his head uncovered and according to the customs of that time, the woman must keep her head covered to express her submission to the man. With an uncovered head, a woman could be mistaken for one of the temple prostitutes. A man with his head covered showed feminine characteristics and was disgraceful.
Second, the uncovered head of the man showed superiority created by God in that the woman was created from man and not the man created from woman. Even then, both man and woman must be submissive to Christ and to God. As being submissive to Christ does not dishonor the man, neither does being in subjection to the man dishonor the woman.
Third, it was natural that men should have short hair and the women to let their hair stay long.
Fourth, it had been the custom in the churches in other cities for men to worship with uncovered heads and women to have covered heads. In the Western culture in which we live, there is no custom requiring women to show submission by wearing a covering over their heads.