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Little Handprints

Handprints

Handprints

Little Handprints

Two little handprints on a glass door at the church building. My first thought was that someone was going to be upset. The doors are dirty now. But then I noticed that these handprints were too high for the size of them. Someone must have been holding that little one in order for them to get those handprints that high up. I like clean doors, but all I could see that day was two small handprints, high on the glass. I think I know whose they were, but it really doesn't matter. The evidence was there that someone had brought a child to the services of the church at this place. That is always a good thing. A tall person (dad, granddad, step-dad, foster dad) was carrying a small person (child). They were at services. They were learning and sharing. They were putting God first at that moment. Dad was setting an example and establishing priorities, a child was learning to love God and His Word. Nothing is more important. "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Eph. 6:4

Two small handprints

I like clean doors, but I love big people bringing little people to church! Parents demonstrating in action how important God is! God bless!! Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.

Treasure and Pearl

treasure

Treasure

Treasure and Pearl

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it." Matt. 13:44-46.

These two short parables teach us something about the kingdom of heaven: its great worth! This treasure, the kingdom of heaven, the place where God's people have citizenship, the place where God's people dwell, the body of Christ, the church that belongs to Christ, the embodiment of the message of salvation. There is nothing of more importance in this world than learning about how to get to the next one and be with God forever. What a treasure that is!

Value/Worth

The great value of this kingdom, the message about how to get into it, the gospel, is described for us as a treasure. I am not sure what that treasure was that the man discovered, the description as "treasure" seems adequate to bring to mind great wealth and abundance. The man's reaction was to do whatever it took to get it. In giving everything to purchase the field, he demonstrated his great desire to attain it.

The same is true when we consider the pearl of great price. The merchant was obviously in the business of seeking valuable pearls and upon finding one of infinite value, a treasure in itself, he did what was necessary to obtain. It cost him all that he had.

Yes indeed, it is that important! The consequences of our desire for and our commitment to this treasure, the Gospel, are eternal!

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Despair Turned to Hope!

 

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to hope!

Despair turned to Hope!

Our Lord has a different way of looking at things.

And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. Matt. 9:23-25

He doesn't see things the way we do. These people saw and knew death. They felt despair at the loss of a child. They were not as ignorant as we sometimes are given to believe. Jesus was not contradicting their assessment, as much as He was redefining the situation. She was asleep, a term often used for death, but with a whole different expectation of the outcome.

When we are hopeless and in despair, He sees opportunity and gives comfort. He turns our despair into hope!

Life restored!

He took an opportunity to give back life to a child, but in a very real sense He does the same for us. When we are in a state of despair, lacking all hope of revival and lost in our sin, He comes along and says, "I can fix that. Not dead, just asleep." When we do what He commands, he restores life and hope. He turns our despair into hope!

He is greater than any problem we face, including death! Despair can indeed be turned to joy through the blood of Jesus Christ. Eternal life replaces death and death becomes sleep for those who are in Christ!

God bless and have a great day!

Steve Weeks, minister     steveweeks@radio40.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Perfect! as your Father is Perfect

Perfect!

Perfect!

Perfect!?!

Good Morning! We are called to a higher standard of behavior as followers of Christ. Jesus holds up the ultimate example in this passage.

"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 5:44-45, 48

Now let me explain that this word "perfect" means mature, ripe, ready, not just without fault. It is something we should strive for, grow into and seek to reach. We get there by practice and endurance (see James 1). Sometimes with a lot of prayer! In fact, prayer should be part of our daily lives anyway, but that is a subject for another post. Perfect, mature, complete. Strive for it.

Perfect? Do you KNOW who I live with, work with, etc?

This is a difficult task in the world we live in. There are many people with whom we come in contact who are so much less than perfect! By the way, we are also less than perfect, but working on it. In dealing with them, we need to remember how God has dealt with them. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Not an easy task, but a necessary one!

God bless!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Promise fulfilled

A Promised Kingdom

A Promised Kingdom

Promise fulfilled

"When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever." 1 Chron. 17:11-14

A promise was given, a promise was fulfilled. God did raise up Solomon after David to build a physical house for him, the first temple in Jerusalem. That kingdom and lineage did endure to the coming of Jesus  the Christ. Jesus was indeed God in the flesh (John 1:14; Col. 2:9). He addressed God as Father and was condemned for claiming that relationship, but God had given a promise and He kept it.

A forever promise

His kingdom will stand forever. The kingdom of God that Jesus preached was coming. The church that Jesus said He would build (Mt. 16:18). God made a promise and He kept it through His Son. His throne shall stand forever.

The question is, have you submitted to the Lordship of this King of Kings and become a part of His sovereign kingdom? Obedience is a necessity where a king is involved. A promise is made, a promise is kept, but it requires obedience to receive the promised reward (Matt. 7:21)

God bless and have a great day!!

Steve Weeks, minister     steve.weeks@ryliechurchofchrist.org

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org

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Quick thought: What do we think about?

Quick thought: What do we think about?

There are a lot of things that are troubling..
1) The elevation of homosexuality all around us. Being constantly, told it is acceptable
2) The killing of unborn children
3) The acting as vigilantes in the so-called name of justice
4) Problems in our homes, in our churches, in our country, in our world

So many troubling things.

It can really bring us down, discourage us, disappoint us... BUT, today, here is what I am going to try and think on: The wonderful deeds of God. David wrote in Psalms 9:1b "I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."
How much strength can we gain if we remember God's wonderful deeds? If we remember His hands in the lives of His people in scripture? If we look at His deliverance of His children? His compassion to the needy? His love for all? His amazing creations? OR, what if we remember and recount His wonderful deeds in our own lives? The times He has answered our prayers? Delivered us? Today, I am going to try to think about His wonderful deeds in 1) the lives of those in scripture, 2) and in my own life. Then I can "give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart" (Psalms 9:1a)

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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

 

 

 

Ferguson Missouri - What Ferguson teaches us...

 

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

Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.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

Click here to listen live! "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.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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