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A Greater Appreciation for the Word

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Greater Appreciation for the Word

Of his own will he brought us froth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures, James 1.18. As God’s children each of us have experienced the tremendous power of the word of God in it’s conviction and saving power. Think back to the time when pure gospel preaching moved you to action. You were hungry. You couldn’t get enough teaching. Classes were exciting and worship was exhilarating. 

Wednesday evening after Bible class, Jim Grushon Sr. and I were talking. He mentioned the feeling he had the morning after his baptism. As he walked into work later that day and ran into the guy who shared the gospel with him, he asked, “How long does this feeling last?” 

His friend replied, “As long as you remain close to the Word.”

I like that. Every member at Kettering should understand the power of the word in producing salvation. Now, the imperative is for each of us to let it continue to do it’s powerful work. James 1.19a tells us how we do that. We need to be quick to hear. 

The idea is that we grasp every opportunity to increase our hearing of God’s word. True Christians run to hear the word of God. They long to read it. They want to learn it. How is your hunger? Do you long to grow? How is your appetite for the word?

This is the mark of the believer. If you observe a person who has no desire to be under the teaching of God, chances are that you’ll see a person who does not demonstrate what it means to be a true Christian.

As a member at Kettering, you have tremendous opportunities to dive into the word. Besides Sunday, you can participate in a Bible class at least three other days of the week. Devotionals and group studies are on the schedule. There will be a men’s retreat next weekend and the ladies hold monthly studies. These events are designed to challenge you and wet your appetite for deeper personal study. Can you say along with the Psalmist: Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

- Matthew Allen

The Echo

Monday, October 22, 2018

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:31. 

The Echo

A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, the son fell, hurt himself and shouted, "AAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!".

To his surprise, he heard a voice repeating, somewhere on the mountain, ”AAAhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!"

Curiously, the boy shouted, “Who are you?”

He received an answer, “Who are you?"

Angry at the answer, he shouted, ”Coward.”

Quickly he received the reply, “Coward."

He looked at his father and asked, “What is happening?”

The father smiled and said, "Son, pay attention.”

And then the father shouted to the mountain, "I admire you.”

The voice replied, "I admire you.”

Again the man shouted, "You are a fool.”

The voice replied, "You are a fool.”

The boy was astonished, but he did not understand.

Then the father explained, "People call it an ECHO, but in reality it is LIFE ... It gives back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love around you. If you want more competitiveness in your group, compete harder. This relationship applies to all aspects of life. Life will give you in return exactly what you have given it. "Your life is not a coincidence. It's a reflection of you.”

Somebody said, "If you do not like what you get back, check what you emit.”

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, 

that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7 

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

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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