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Do Good to Everyone

Monday, October 08, 2018

During October, we’re talking about the pursuit. As disciples, we follow Jesus, who spent His life on earth in constant service of others. Doing good is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5.22) and is the natural result of allowing God to shape our heart. In Galatians 6.8 Paul said that we will reap eternal life when we allow acts of service to characterize our life.

What are some good things you can do? For those inside and outside of the church? Here are ten simple suggestions (in no particular order):

  1. Romans 12.10 - help your family - the ones you need to serve the most are often the ones closest to you.
  2. 1 Peter 4.10-11 - volunteer to serve in your spiritual family - what spiritual gifts do you possess that you can use in service to others?
  3. Matthew 25.36 - donate items to the needy - you probably have clothes and other possessions you don’t need that someone else could use.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5.11 - send someone an encouraging note - use the church directory to identify someone you think could use an uplifting message of support and hope.
  5. Acts 20.35 - deliver a meal - someone may be going through a difficult time and really appreciate this act of kindness.
  6. Hebrews 13.16 - watch someone’s kids - give a young mother a break.
  7. Philippians 2.3 - help others shine - build them up and applaud their efforts.
  8. James 1.19 - listen - make a world of difference in someone’s life by allowing them to just talk and express how they feel.
  9. Proverbs 11.24-25 - pay it forward - your act of kindness might just come at the right moment for someone else.
  10. Galatians 6.9 - every day of your life is an opportunity to do good - sometimes the best acts of kindness are spontaneous and do not have to make a powerful difference in someone else’s life.

We can all demonstrate the love of Christ. How are you doing? Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor, Romans 12.10.

- Matthew Allen

Do Good to Everyone

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Doing good is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5.22) and is the natural result of allowing God to shape our heart. In Galatians 6.8 Paul said that we will reap eternal life when we allow acts of service to characterize who we are. 

What are some good things you can do? For those inside and outside of the church? Here are ten simple suggestions (in no particular order):

  1. Romans 12.10 - help your family - the ones you need to serve the most are often the ones closest to you.
  2. 1 Peter 4.10-11 - volunteer to serve in your spiritual family - what spiritual gifts do you possess that you can use in service to others?
  3. Matthew 25.36 - donate items to the needy - you probably have clothes and other possessions you don’t need that someone else could use.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5.11 - send someone an encouraging note - use the church directory to identify someone you think could use an uplifting message of support and hope.
  5. Acts 20.35 - deliver a meal - someone may be going through a difficult time and really appreciate this act of kindness.
  6. Hebrews 13.16 - watch someone’s kids - give a young mother a break.
  7. Philippians 2.3 - help others shine - build them up and applaud their efforts.
  8. James 1.19 - listen - make a world of difference in someone’s life by allowing them to just talk and express how they feel.
  9. Proverbs 11.24-25 - pay it forward - your act of kindness might just come at the right moment for someone else.
  10. Galatians 6.9 - every day of your life is an opportunity to do good - sometimes the best acts of kindness are spontaneous and do not have to make a powerful difference in someone else’s life.

We can all demonstrate the love of Christ. How are you doing? Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor, Romans 12.10.

- Matthew Allen

Sowing and Reaping

Friday, October 05, 2018

Jeremiah 29.11 says that God intends to give us a future and a hope. That is all contingent on our commitment to persevere in living by God’s way. One of our greatest dangers is complacency. This is why Paul wrote in Galatians: let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 

Modern society tells us there are no moral absolutes. There could be no greater lie. Since creation, most humans, regardless of any relationship with God, have recognized there is a basic standard of right/wrong. A basic kind of moral sowing and reaping. Greek mythology featured the goddess Nemesis who sought out and punished every person who became too prideful and arrogant. It’s where we get the phrase “you’ve met your nemesis.” No matter how much a person sought to avoid Nemesis, she always found her victims and mightily humbled them.

Scripture sheds light on moral law clearly and often. What you sow, you will reap. Spiritually, there are only two fields to sow in: our flesh or the Spirit. Those who sow to the flesh will come to regret it. Those who sow to the Sprit will reap eternal life. Because of this, we need to be committed to doing good. It is a call to action - taking every opportunity for God’s glory. Your doing is not in order to be saved, it is because of the salvation you have already received. Now you’ve been called to be a living testimony of God’s glorious grace.

Our plan of study on Sunday will cover Galatians 6.7-10. We’ll talk about:

  1. Galatians 6.7b - The Divine Law
  2. Galatians 6.8 - The Divine Law Explained
  3. Galatians 6.9 - The Divine Law Fulfilled
  4. Galatians 6.10 - The Divine Law Applied

As you get ready for worship, be thinking about these things:

  • What are some examples where you have seen the principle of sowing and reaping bear itself out? In the lives of others? In your own life?
  • What happens if we sow to the flesh?
  • What does sowing to the Spirit mean?
  • What should we understand about the word opportunity as found in 6.10?

Sunday Song Leader: Jim Rutter

Sunday Scripture Reading: Jason Pratt

TEXT: Galatians 6.7-10

The Value of the Blood of Jesus

Monday, October 01, 2018

The following article was in the Sunday Morning Bulletin:

I assert without fear of contradiction that the inspired writers attribute all the blessings of salvation to the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  If we have redemption, it is through His blood; if we are justified, it is by His blood; if washed from our moral stains, it is by His blood which cleanses us from all sin; if we have victory over the last enemy, we obtain it not only by word of the divine testimony, but through the blood of the Lamb; and if we gain admittance into heaven, it is because we have washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14).

Everything depends on the blood of Christ, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22).

-Jaime Restrepo

The Weight of Your Cross

Monday, October 01, 2018

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me – Matt. 10:38.

A young man no longer could deal with his problems. He fell on his knees, praying, "Lord, I cannot continue, my cross is too heavy."

The Lord, as always, came and answered him, "My son, if you cannot carry the weight of your cross, keep it inside that room, then open that other door and choose the cross that you want."

The young man sighed in relief. "Thank you, Lord," he said, and did as he was told.

Upon entering, he saw many crosses, some so large that he could not see the top. Afterwards, he saw a small cross resting on one end of the wall.

"Lord," he whispered, "I'd like that one over there."

And the Lord answered, "My son, that is the cross you just left."

When the problems of life seem overwhelming, it is always useful to look around and see the things that others face. You will see that you must consider yourself more fortunate than you imagine.

Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus told his disciples, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

- Jaime Restrepo

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