A little boy asked his father what was the highest number he had ever counted. Replying that he didn’t know, the father asked his son his highest number. It was 973. “Why did you stop there?” wondered the father. “Because church was over.” I suspect that you have probably sat through worship services where your mind was focused on something just as trivial rather than on God. It’s easy to let the mind wander. “I can’t wait to see the ball game this afternoon.” “I wonder what we’re having for lunch.” “I never noticed before that the carpet down there is starting to unravel a bit.” Is it any wonder that we so often leave the worship assembly with the feeling that it wasn’t very meaningful? Worship should be a time when we are confronted with the majesty and glory of God. As we reflect on God’s wisdom, we realize how much we need Him in our times of indecision. As we reflect on God’s holiness, we are made aware of our own sinfulness and the need for forgiveness. As we reflect on God’s love, we realize the effort God has gone to make that forgiveness possible. It’s not a ritual we go through every week. It is an opportunity to express our praise to the One Who means more to us than all the earth. As we truly worship and praise God from the heart, we become more aware of how much we want to live close to Him. We leave with the challenge to “be holy as He is holy.” “Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth” — Psalm 96:7-10. — via Findlay church of Christ, Sparta, TN
Scripture of the Week
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” — Psalm 37:39
Smile – God likes humor
POWER OF SCRIPTURE
The story has been told of a South Sea islander who proudly displayed the Bible to a G.I. during World War II. “We’ve outgrown that sort of thing,” the soldier said. The native smiled back and said, “It’s a good thing we haven’t. If it were not for this Book, you’d have been a meal by now!” – San Augustine church of Christ San Augustine, TX
Think About It
Do You Believe This?
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)
When life is filled with good things and an easy life, keeping your faith poses little challenge; but when life is hard and painful, keeping of faith demands effort. We choose to believe in God and in Christ. The apostles and early evangelists proclaimed how Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecies and was raised from the dead. They suffered for their preaching, but they would not take back their solid testimony that Jesus was Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
We know the God who loves us, but we do not know what the future may bring. A fickle faith will not sustain us when the storms of life come crashing down. A fickle faith will not keep us strong and faithful to the truth, when others follow false religion. This is why we must continue to build our faith in God and in what He teaches.
If we do not believe what God says, we do not believe God. Jesus asked Martha if she believed what He promised. Martha confessed her faith, which included believing what He claimed about His coming into the world and life after death.
Because God gave us reasons to believe, we can confidently confess our faith in Christ. Because He arose from the dead, we can have confidence our sins are forgiven through His blood and we have a home with Him in eternity. ~~ Phil Sanders