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Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, "We can’t keep the Christians from going to church, we can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience with Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.
"So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyle; but steal their time, so they can’t gain that relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do, my angels. Distance them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!"
How shall we do this?"‘ shouted his angels. "Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered. "Tempt them to spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husband to work 6 and 7 days a week, 10 and 12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyle.
“Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon their home will offer no escape from the pressures of work!" Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still., small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive; to keep the TV, VCR. CDs, and their PC going constantly in their homes. And see to it that every store and S restaurant in the world plays non—Biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.
"Fill the coffee table with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. invade their driving moment with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kid of newsletter and promotional offerings of free products, services, and false hopes. Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines so the husbands will believe that external beauty IS what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. Ha! That will fragment those families quickly! Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted, and unprepared for the coming week. Don’t let them go out in nature to reflect on God's wonders. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead. Keep them busy, busy,_ busy! And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion. Go ahead, let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives with so many good causes V they have no time to seek power from Christ. ’ Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause. It will work! It will work!"
It was quite a convention. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and to rush here and there.
I guess the question is, "Has the devil been successful at his scheme, at his goal?" You be the judge!
via Whitwell, TN
Our Precious Young People
According to research done within our brotherhood, 45 percent of our teens eventually leave the churches of Christ. This is a horrible drain, and it means that we are doing something wrong. A directive put out by Abilene Christian University stated that our youth ministry programs have emphasized entertainment and have had "little or no theological grounding? The article suggested that "If teenagers regularly engage in prayer, meditation on Scripture, confession, praise, and weeping over the lost — you can be much more sure that Christ is making a difference in their lives. “Among the other positive factors they listed were "parents spiritual commitment, good family communication and church attendance" Surprisingly, in the survey, one of the negatives was the family’s income. The greater the family’s affluence, the less willing a teenager is to rely on Jesus Christ. The bare fact of the matter, however, is that whatever the cause, we are losing enormous numbers of our young people.
Parents, let me speak to you. What can you do? May I be so bold as to suggest that you reevaluate your own goals in life. If your goal is affluence,” you are likely working against the spiritual well-being of your young people. They can see this, and nothing you say, or command, or require of your young people is going to change the picture substantially. On the other side of the coin, if your goal is spirituality, and if your young people can see real spiritual commitment in your lives, constant family communication about church, and a kind of attendance pattern which says that the church is the number one priority of your lives, the chances of their being faithful will increase. When I noticed that we are losing 45 percent of our young people, I looked at our attendance figures and noticed that 42 percent of our people do not attend Sunday evening services. Do you suppose there might be some connection?
Bulletin Digest, by Mike Schroeder
A Forgiving Spirit
There is no more important characteristic found in the human heart than forgiveness. It's importance is seen inthe home, church, community and nation. Someone has said there are "three kindred spirits in the heart --giving, thanksgiving and forgiving. Usually where one is found, all are found." A forgiving heart is an essential quality every child of God should have (Ephesians 4:32).
Reasons To Be Forgiving
God commands it (Mark 11:25). This should be sufficient reason for any right-thinking person to be forgiving because God's promises rest upon obedience to His word. But forgiveness on mere obedience to command usually falls short of what it should be. Anything done out of a sense of duty or necessity as usually not from the heart (cf. 2 Corinthians. 9:5-7). Consider the parent who makes the child say "l‘m sorry“ when, in reality, he is not sorry at : all. He says it but only to appease his parent.
The example of Jesus (1 Peter. 2:21; Philippians. 2:3-5; Luke 23:34). As our example in all things, He would not require of us that which He would not do Himself. Even when His life was taken from Him, He had a forgiving attitude. It is said of Him, "He gave all, then forgave."
We have been forgiven. God, in Christ, has forgiven the sins of the Christian (Ephesians 4:32). As Christ has forgiven him, he is to forgive others (Colossians. 3:13). One who is unwilling to forgive after he has been forgiven is viewed disdainfully by the God of heaven (Matthew 18:21-35).
In order to have future forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15).
What It Means To Forgive
Forgiveness is more than just speaking the words. It must be sincere and from the heart. It must be patterned after the forgiveness God has granted to us. It must be accompanied by actions which befit true forgiveness.
Forgiveness involves a kind attitude — abandoning all animosity and hatred. All bitterness, anger, wrath. clamor and evil speaking should be put away (Ephesians 4:31). We can hold no grudges. One must deny the impulse to get even and seek to do the forgiven one good.
Forgiveness involves forgetting (Hebrews 8:12), but what does it mean to forget? It is impossible for a person to completely obliterate the wrong from his mind. Rather it means to not hold the person accountable for it anymore. When forgiveness is granted that should end the matter. It should never again be dredged up or held against the one who has been forgiven.
Forgiveness should be given by the "golden rule" (Matthew 7:12).
One should always be willing to forgive - even at repeated offenses, Matthew 18:21-22 has the apostle Peter asking, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, 'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
Jesus was willing to forgive those who crucified Him, but they were not forgiven until they acknowledged their wrong and repented of it (Luke 23:34; Acts 2:36-39). When one refuses to repent, he is to be regarded as a “heathen and a tax collector to you" (Matthew 18:15-17).
by: Gene Taylor
Honor Bus and Great Race Winners - July
Congratulations to the Green Bus for winning the Honor Bus award for July 2013 and congratulations to the Blue Bus for winning the Great Race award for July. We appreciate the volunteers on these Bible School on wheels and we thank the breakfast cooks for their kindness and sacrifice. The birthday cakes were delicious and again we appreciate those who help bake, serve and clean up. The puppeteers, monitors and teachers in Bible Hour all help the Ministry pull together. Thank all of you who help bring the people in to hear the Word of God. We pray that souls will be sought, brought and taught to bring Glory to Gods name.
Greetings to you from Sullurpeta. We are all doing fine here and we hope same with you all there. I have good news to share with you yesterday (August 10), 2 souls were added to the church. This is new work from the Sullurpeta church Sunday evening and I am preaching here. So far 12 were baptized please pray for them
Preacher , Church of Christ
Monroe County Fair Gospel Sing
A Gospel Sing, sponsored by area Churches of Christ will be held at the Monroe County Fair, Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 pm in the pavilion. Song books will be provided. For more information, call Mitch Fetzer at 472-0520.
Slow Down Therapy
1. Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself right now.
2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there.
3. Set your own pace. When people push you, it’s ok to tell them.
4. Don’t take simple things for granted: watch water flow, com grow, leaves blow, and your neighbor mow.
5. Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.
6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
7. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.
8. Create a place in your home. . .at your work..in your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection.
9. Allow yourself time to be unproductive, Rest is a necessity, too.
10. Talk slower. Talk less. Don’t talk. Communication isn’t necessarily measured by words.
11. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.
12. Listen to the song of a bird — the complete song.
13. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.
14. Divide big jobs into little jobs. God took six days to create the universe.
15. When you find yourself being anxious stop and ask "Why?" The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.
16. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
17. Take a day off alone; make a retreat.
18. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
19. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations.
Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.
20. Take a walk-but don’t go anywhere. Journey is often better than destination.
21. Count your friends. If you have one true friend, you are unusual. If you have more you are blessed. Bless them in return.
10 Ways to Find Time to Read the Bible
- Wake up ten minutes earlier each morning and read.
- Put a Bible portion under your pillow to read each night before sleep.
- Talk less and you will have a few more minutes to read.
- Keep a copy on hand in the kitchen, or at the telephone to read while you "hold".
- Carry a copy of the Bible in your purse or pocket to read while waiting for doctors, unpunctual people, etc.
- Never go on a trip without your Bible.
- Keep a copy in the glove compartment of the car.
- Remember, a Bible in your hand is worth two on the table.
- Turn the TV off and read to your children.
- Read a verse or two at meal time when all the family is together.
Don't Take God Out of Your Plans
The youth are getting ready tor 4-H, football, cheerleading, band, and fair projects. Parents are busy and with all the activities. I am so proud of the Church Youth Group for being faithful to Bible Classes and Worship services. The world can fill up your schedules but it’s great to see the children of God always finding time to study and learn more about the life of Jesus. Stay faithful to the worship services. We need to be fed spiritually or we will die spiritually. Thank God we have teachers who dedicate themselves to the study of God and is willing to share it with their students.