Who will be the next generation of not just leaders, but members that will keep the Lord’s church going strong? How do we now try to help them be prepared to lead and keep the church strong and thriving for generations to come? All good questions to ask. It will take much work and teaching and training on our part. We must be diligent to the conditions of the flock. Pay close attention to the entire herd as we learn from Proverbs. We must do our best to imitate Jesus and all that He taught. His faith and love for God’s will to be done. If we have the love for the truth and teach it to our children as we should, the love for the truth in God’s word will continue. If we allow it to be watered down, or don’t show our children that we must always put God first in all things, the church will suffer. When we teach the truth and live according to the word, our younger ones see it.
What would the young ones around you say is the most important thing to you? A good question for all of us to ask ourselves. If we don’t make God number one in our lives, why would we expect them to? I can think of times in my life when dad said not to do something because it was bad for me, but dad was doing it so I couldn’t imagine it could that bad or he wouldn’t do it. So of course, I did it anyways.
We need not only to instruct but to show our young ones how they should live, by example. Show them how we ought to live for God. Teach them all that God has done for us and the love God has for us. What a privilege it is to live as God’s people and the promise that has been put before us if we remain faithful. What a rewarding life it is to know the truth and share it with others so they can be a part of the family of God. There can be no greater joy than to share the gospel and see someone choose life eternal with God through Jesus Christ and His blood.
Teach it, live it, and help them learn to do the same. Never give up, if someone stumbles pick them up. Do your best to leave no man behind. They won’t all come but we must do our best to share the gospel with all. God loved us and gave His Son for us. Let us show our love for God by keeping our faith and love for Him by keeping His commandments.
In Him, Chuck
This can be a question that we may have to face often when doing Bible studies with someone, like my family with generations of denomination backgrounds growing up. Many will say, “But my grandma or mom was a good person and always read their Bible. Are you saying they might not be in heaven? These can be hard to answer, so let the Bible do it for you.
It is not our place to judge someone’s eternal destiny. So the question should be more like, “What would your grandma, grandpa or parent want you to do?” In the book of Luke starting at 16:19, is the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Being in torment and agony he asked to send Lazarus, who was comfortable in Abraham’s bosom, to his father’s house because he had five brothers and wanted to warn them so they would not go to that place of torment like him. So, if anyone we know may be in torment we can be sure they are aware of us being in jeopardy of the same and would not want the same for us.
So, what would grandpa want you to do? He would want you to follow the Bible, wouldn’t he? To confess and repent and follow the Bible and be saved from such a torment. Most religious people in America believe they will go to heaven no matter what they believe or teach, or how much they water down God’s word to fit their own life. The Bible gives us the guide, or map to heaven you could say. There is only one way to get there, not several. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:14. “Not everyone that says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 7:21.
Try to teach people to take comfort in the fact that it is what grandpa would want you to do. Your relatives would not want you in torment, they would want you to follow what the Bible says. If it is a struggle for you, take comfort in that fact that it is what they would want for you also. We can’t go back in time only into our future, so help to make others and your own beautiful and full of grace from God. Let the Bible be the guide for you.
In Him, Chuck
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
What does it do for you? Does it help you becomes closer to God? Is it something we can choose to do or not? Do you say my voice is bad and not very pleasing? Let us look into these questions we might have about singing.
What does it do for you? First of all, it helps me to praise God and to focus my mind on loving my Lord. It helps express my thoughts and channel my mind. It thrills my soul; it just makes me feel good. If you are not singing, you are not praising God. I do understand there are times when our voices will not work, but that is not all the time.
Is it something I have a choice to do or not? We all have the right to do or not do what God desires us to do, but to be pleasing to God we must do our best to sing. Why would a person who is a Christian not desire to sing praises to our Lord?
Do you say I have a bad voice or don’t know how? Does God look at the sound or the heart? I believe He looks into our heart. If the heart is right the sound will be sweet.
A short story about me, when I was a young teenager, what was I going to do about singing? My peers, who were around me, were not singing very much. Was I going to be like them, or was I going to be a leader, who was not ashamed of singing to the Lord. I hope you know my answer to that question. I was going to be one who sang to the Lord, and many around me soon started singing out also. What will you do?
“Singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Have you ever ask yourself, where will I be or what will I do tomorrow? How about next week? Do you ever ask that question about next year or maybe even five years from now? For me, the most important time I am looking at, is eternity. All of the above questions we have on what we will do or where will be in our future is up to us, to a large extent. Where I put God and serving Him will answer the last of the questions. As true as it is that I can’t work myself to heaven, it is also true, I can sure miss heaven if I have not served God. In the book of Matthew 7: 13-14. It reads “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and the are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that lead to life, and there are few who find it.” It is a verse in the Bible that I pay attention to. What if I have not put God first in my life and have walk in the broad path. Not a pleasant thought.
It is up to you and I to put God first. Surely one way is to put the activity of the church ahead of things that are in the world. Not saying we can’t do things in the world, but when the church has things that will help you and I live in harmony with God, we should make that a priority. In March we have set aside time for Joe Wells to be with us, to help us grow. It is of importance that each of support this meeting with Brother Joe. I do hope we can count on all of our membership to be a part of this meeting, starting on Friday and going through Sunday afternoon. Can we count on YOU?
It is also important that not only are we there, but also be a part of it. This is a quote that Brother Mike Hite from Bear Valley made, and I hope you will think about this quote.
“Today we each have a choice- to attend church or to worship. God deserves your praise not just your presence.”
Where Will You Be
God has given to each of us the ability to make choices in our lives. Along with that ability comes responsibility. We are then accountable for our actions, whatever they are. We can live by the pattern that God has given us or what the world has to offer. How important that decision is when it comes to our eternity.
In most of my prayers to God, I ask to be a light to the world so they may see Christ in how I live daily. It’s my responsibility and no one else’s to do that. I cannot depend on someone to follow me around and guide me, I have the pattern and it’s up to me to live it.
We understand that the lives we live need to be patterned like Christ’s. So, what does that entail? Jesus knew the scriptures and so should we. Jesus knew how to treat people, we should too. Paul writes in Gal 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control: against such things there is no law.” Our responsibility is to put these nine fruits of the Spirit into our lives and to live it daily.
Love, it seeks to do others good and never seeks to do them harm. Joy, this joy does not depend upon outward circumstances but upon, one’s faith and trust in God. Peace, when one has peace, it is easy for him to be a peacemaker and live at peace with all men. Patience, is keeping the right attitude towards those who annoy, oppose or ridicule. Kindness comes out of a loving heart. Goodness, to be good to others means one helps and aids others, he is generous. Faithfulness means loyalty, fidelity and trustworthiness which includes being faithful and true to God. Gentleness, it can be a quiet spirit which suffers wrong without resentment. And Self-control, this is a person who is able to control his life by principles of right instead of by his desires and wants. Let us all make our lights shine in a world of darkness and be responsible for our actions. Live it every day. It’s a wonderful life.
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