May 28, 2019

A call to pray and seek...

As many of you know, the culture today is teaching the young among us so many things that are in opposition to scripture.  Marriage is under attack.  Relationships can be causal and do not require commitment.  Gender identity is in flux.  Alcohol and drugs are acceptable to be used for recreation.  And so many other things are being instilled by the world.  My fellow believers, as those who make up church of Christ Jesus, we are called to combat this misinformation. 

So, how can you help?  Pray and seek!  Pray for children and youth to attend a local church.  Pray that God speaks to the heart of each child and youth.  Pray that the truth of Scripture counters the falsehood preached by the culture.  Pray that each child and youth comes to a saving knowledge of Christ.  Seek for opportunities to serve in the children and youth ministry in your local church.  Seek for any occasion to invest in the young with whom you have influence.

Brothers and sisters, if we pray for and invest in the children and youth among us, then they will become strong believers and cultural influencers for the cause of Christ.

October 15, 2018

Stop and Listen...

When I was in infantry training with the Army, we were taught the value of a “listening halt.”  You might say, “what is that?”  Well, after inserting oneself into a new area, an infantry team will stop, create, and maintain security and just listen for several minutes.  Why?  To develop a mental picture of what are normal sounds, smells, sights of the location.  By doing this, one will be aware if danger is approaching as the change will register.

So, let me ask you, reader… are you aware of your surroundings?  Are you aware of the spiritual reality that exists?  You may wonder why I ask such a question.  Well, it seems as many people in the world today walk around as if God does not exist.  Oh, they may pay Him lip service and bring their false piety to God as a token of their love.  But their life shows a disregard for God if not straight out disdain for Him. So many people’s life live out the third chapter of Romans declaration that None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one… There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Yet these person walk around as if this does not matter, as if, in reality, there is no God.  

Yet, if one will just stop and really listen.  If one will just look with truly impartial eyes, he or she will see that God is all around them.  They will encounter a God who, as the author of Romans declares, loves in spite of  their shortcomings (Romans 5:8) and despite their condition (Romans 6:23).  So, let us all take time to stop and listen, for it is then we can see the reality of the fallen world and it is their where we encounter God.