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What Ferguson Teaches Us…

What Ferguson Teaches Us...

 

As I watched my television Monday night and saw people making accusations of racism and injustice, setting fire to police cars, breaking windows, and stealing from unprotected stores, one thought kept coming to mind: this country needs Jesus.

If you have followed the Ferguson case at all, you probably have an opinion about it. So do I. But whether you think Michael Brown was murdered in cold blood, or whether you think Officer Darren Wilson used deadly force in defense of his own life, there is one underlying fact that cannot be ignored. The answer to whatever it is that ails this country is Jesus Christ.

What is the answer?

If the problem is racism, the answer is Jesus (Gal. 3:28). If the problem is injustice, the answer is Jesus (John 7:24). If the problem is murder, the answer is Jesus (Matt. 5:21-22). If the problem is looting, the answer is Jesus (Eph. 4:28). If the problem is the destruction of property, the answer is Jesus (Matt. 7:12). If the problem is fatherless homes and/or poor parenting, the answer is Jesus (Eph. 6:4). If the problem is personal vengeance,the answer is Jesus (Rom. 12:19). If the problem is enemies, the answer is Jesus (Rom. 12:20-21; Matt. 5:44-48).

Judging others?

When Jesus is Lord, you don’t judge people based on the color of their skin. When Jesus is Lord, you don’t steal from others. When Jesus is Lord, you respect the lives and property of others. When Jesus is Lord, you treat others the way you want to be treated. When Jesus is Lord,judgments are made on the basis of righteous principles. When Jesus is Lord, fathers lead godly homes and train their children in the right ways of the Lord. When Jesus is Lord, personal vengeance gives way to peacefulness because God is just and he will right all wrongs one day.

Bottom line: the best neighbors, citizens, business owners, police officers, and government officials are those whose lives are governed by the authority of Jesus.

Our world desperately needs to know Jesus. The best thing we can do in response to the Ferguson decision is to let the world see him living in us (Col. 1:27).

 

by Eddie Parrish

Pulpit Minister

Graeber Road Church of Christ

Rosenberg, Tx

 

 

 

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Appointed to Die. Death comes for us all!

Appointed to die

Appointed to die...

"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." Heb. 9:27-28

This morning I am thinking about those who have been appointed to die. Some have cancer, those who are aged and those who are unsuspecting. Each of us will face a time, whether we see it coming or not, when we will leave this mortal coil and pass to eternal life. Some to eternal reward, those who have obeyed the gospel and entrusted themselves to the blood of Jesus Christ. Others, to eternal punishment, who have rejected or neglected that gospel message.

I have family and friends who have seen and now see the imminence of that event and it really changes your view of what is important. We need to "put our house in order, for we are going to die." We are appointed to die once and then comes the judgment. Nothing will stop it, it is coming.

Death comes for us all.

Unless the Lord returns before that appointment comes for us, we will all meet it. We need in that group that the Hebrew writer mentions above, those who are ready, saved and eagerly waiting for Him!

We all are appointed to die, are you in that group? If not, what are you waiting for? The appointment is coming, better get ready!

God bless and have a great day!! Get ready for your appointment!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

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Eternity! It’s Forever!!

Eternity is forever

Into Eternity

Into Eternity

Life is short and uncertain. Things that endure are rare.

“…for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Pt. 1:24-25

Our lives are short in comparison to eternity. We have no guarantees for tomorrow. Our lives can literally end at any time. Car accidents, weather events, deadly illnesses and any number of other things can end our lives suddenly.

As Peter reminds us, there are many things around us that demonstrate the brevity of our lives. The thing is, we have to make the most of the time that we have (Eph. 5:15-16). As we do this, we often turn to setting up a legacy of some sort, something to leave for the generations that follow us.

Eternity is a mind-boggling concept. How do we do something that will endure for eternity? The short answer is that we can never do anything that will last forever. Everything we do will eventually fade from memory.

So what do we do?

So then, if we cannot make something that will last forever, is there something that we can be a part of that will last for eternity? Absolutely!

If we are looking to be a part of something that will endure into eternity, the Word of Lord abides forever. Count on it! Obey it! Enjoy the inheritance that will last into eternity! God keeps His promises!!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

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Be Strong!

Be strong in the Lord!

Good Morning! Be strong!!

We are half way through the week, Bible study is tonight, we have another day of God's blessings!

"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Cor. 16:13-14.

Sometimes we encounter things and people that can discourage us. Be strong, God loves you and has promised to reward us for doing the right thing in spite of those around us.

Sometimes we are corrected and don't like it much. Be strong. Yes, sometimes our shortcomings are pointed out and it is uncomfortable, but we need to consider information in the light of God's Word.

But through it all, we take our stand on the Word, it is the truth that will make us free (Jn. 8:32). Be strong. Spend enough time with it to know what it says and how it applies to us. Be strong in the knowledge of His Word.

Act like grown-ups

We also need to take responsibility for our action, or act like grown-ups. Be strong. Too many of us always look for someone else to blame. We don't like to admit our faults, but we must in order to be forgiven (1 Jn. 1:9)

And finally, make sure your approach to everything is immersed in the love that God demonstrates toward us and we share with others.

Be strong! Hang in there!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

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BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP Part 2

BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP 101

Part 2A

Adding to the task of knowing God and His will, comes an understanding of “kingdom priority.”

Thoughts tend to focus on the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus emphasized “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…”

Considering the use of the word translated righteousness (which can also be translated “just”), we find an Old Testament context of God’s justice for the poor, widows, and strangers.

What ideas might be raised for leaders who think about the use of this idea Jesus preached to His Jewish brethren?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied (Mt. 5:6).

Unless your justice surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:20).

Seek first His kingdom and His justice, and all these things will be added to you (Mt. 6:33).

Reading the context of Matthew chapter six, we find attention given to not worrying about what we eat, drink, or wear, but the kingdom accompanied by a focus on God’s justice.

How will this change our leadership in the church? More next week…

BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP 101 – PART 2B

We began this post last week by examining the thought of kingdom priority. Considering the need to seek God’s justice, leadership in His kingdom must be a priority to all who assume such a position.

Kingdom priority, however, goes deeper as it relates to the church Jesus came to build, the kingdom to which Peter was given the keys.

How much priority do we give to or place upon the church? When we look to our left and right, and we think about our brothers and sisters in Christ, what priority do we give to that relationship?

When there is a need among our spiritual family, is there an urgent importance associated with the need?

With the frequent bombardment of “anti-Christian” / “anti-church” comments from the world, where do we rank our response to kingdom priority?

As we read about the need to be united, forgive and show preference to one another, and demonstrate compassion, how do others see the priority of God’s kingdom?

The way we treat others, both within and without, establishes the way our priorities are evaluated and the reach of our influence as leaders.

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Winter is here, just amazing!

Winter is here!

“Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.

You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.” Ps. 74:16-17

We are looking at our first big cold spell of the winter this week. A major change in temperature is headed our way. The seasons march on!

Something to think about...

I cannot help but remember that God has wondrously designed the creation in which we live. The amazing complexity and design that brings the change of seasons is just astounding. The correct tilt of the earth’s axis, distance from the sun, and the particular orbit around the sun all combine to give us this wonderful cycle of changing seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter!

Just amazing! Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation! and don’t forget to say “Thank you” to our Father, the Creator!

Winter is here how blessed we are by such a great God!

God bless!!

Steve Weeks, minister steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

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winter is here

You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.” Ps. 74:16-17


Biblical Leadership part 1

Each year at this time, a course on Leadership Signpost Showing Vision Values Empowerment and Encouragement begins. The overall depth of the class evolved from numerous sources and much help from long-time leaders.

Over the next few weeks, we will look at several areas characterizing biblical leaders, beginning with – they know God and His will.

One post will never cover the depth of this concept. Jesus prayed with the thought that eternal life is wrapped up in knowing God (Jn. 17:3).

Peter speaks of the necessity of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior (2 Pet. 3:18).

Paul’s thought to the church at Philippi captures a greater depth of knowing God. He was willing to give up everything and consider it worthless to know Jesus, “the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).

The word translated “know” in this context involves the deepest form of knowing by personally experiencing the same. The idea represents a powerful thought and example for us to consider for our own biblical leadership. Do we know God and His will?

Election Day!

Get out and VoteGood Morning! Election Day!

Today, we have a chance to make a difference in our country by voting for the person who best represents our values. We should live every day in way that demonstrates our faith and when we have opportunity as we do here in America, we should participate in the public process that influences our government, election day.

However, remember that someone else will have the final say in the governing of this world, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Our government rests on His shoulder. It exists by His express permission. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Rom. 13:1

In one sense, the first election day was the day God chose to create this world and set in motion all that has followed. Now that doesn’t mean that we have no choice, but that God has provided opportunities for us to choose (elect) to follow Him.

No matter who is put in office on this election day, God is still in charge!!

God bless and have a great day!

Steve Weeks, minister steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

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