Assembly Times

Sunday

9:30 am .... Bible Class
10:30 am ........ Worship

6:00 pm ......... Worship

Tuesday

10:00 am ..... Ladies Class

Wednesday

6:00 pm ...... Bible Class

 

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P.O. Box 667
Gladewater, TX 75647


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Monday
Nov142011

God's Will For Us

In several places in God's Word we read with clarity "this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18; 4:3; 1 Peter 2:15; 4:2; 1 John 2:17).  Knowing God's will and doing God's will are not the same.  Many know the Lord's will and refuse to obey it.  Others fail to learn or keep in their heart the will of God (Hebrews 5:12; Hebrews 6:1; Romans 10:3).  A disciple looks for ways to become better at obeying the Lord and his commands (John 15:14; 14:15, 21; 13:17; 1 John 5:3). 

A profound life change is in store for those who "seek the Lord with their whole heart" (1 Chronicles 28:9; Psalm 119:2; Jeremiah 29:13).  Finding God and his plans for us is a wonderful blessing.  He will mold us and make us new.  He will direct our steps giving us purpose for living everyday.

Paul hit on a poinent thought in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 "This is God's will for you, your sanctification." Much of that chapter teaches us that our bodies are instruments of God's for good and not immorality and sexual impurity.  Being sanctified carries the idea of consecration; being set apart for a special purpose.  We are truly a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9), called out of darkness into his marvelous light. 

A contemporary poet Charles Eugene Hall penned these words based on this idea:

I once was fatherless
A stranger with no hope
Your kindness wakened me
Awakened me, from my sleep

Your love it beckons deeply
A call to come and die
By grace now I will come
And take this life, take Your life

Sin has lost it's power
Death has lost it's sting
From the grave You've risen
Victoriously

Into marvelous light I'm running
Out of darkness, out of shame
By the cross You are the truth
You are the life, You are the way

God wills for us to become his instruments of righteousness in this world. We should allow him to put us in place within the grand scheme of the kingdom of Christ.  Celebrate the consecration process.  Be joyous in the transformation.  Love the great change and the powerful work God will do through you.  God's will is far greater than we can even begin to imagine. 

Joseph D. Chase
Preacher
North Loop
Church of Christ
PO Box 667
Gladewater, Texas 75647
903.845.3531
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Thursday
Nov102011

It Only Take a Moment

Did you lift a hurting soul today?  Did you call a sick friend? Did you visit a shut-in?  These are things all of know we should do but seldom find the time.  I wonder how much time it takes to write a note, stop and say hello or carry a pot of soup or dish of cookies to someone. 

It really takes a little bit of our time.  Yet it makes an eternity of difference in our lives. Jesus tells us so in Matthew 25:31-46. 

Be gracious, giving and kind for these things help others. In return we will make friends and see heaven. 

Tuesday
Nov082011

Continue Steadfastly!

 

We often emphasize, and rightly so, the need to be saved.  We teach people to come to Jesus, repent, confess and be baptized.  But, do we really encourage people to grow up in the Lord?  Have we brought folks to the starting line and never shot the pistol for them to run the race?  Salvation depends not only on entrance into Christ but a life long doing of His will. 

Many people point back to their entrance to the kingdom as security for their salvation.  It is almost like baptism in some way is the only key to salvation.  This is dangerous thinking.  There is much more said about daily Christian living in Scripture than the plan of salvation. 

Notice the first converts “...continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine, in breaking of bread and in prayers…” The Lord reminds us that He has no pleasure in those who “draw back” (Heb. 10:38).  We all must do the Lord’s will each day until we leave the earth (Rev 2:10; Gal 6:9; 2 Thes 3:13). 

Christians who plan to go to heaven will have spent time building a relationship with Him.  Prayer, practice of good deeds, penitence for sin and progression in knowledge of Jesus are essential to finishing the race set before us (Heb 12:1; 1 Cor 9:24; 2 Pe 3:18; 1:8; 1 Tim 2:8; 1 Jn 1:7-9). 

 

Tuesday
Nov082011

C.J. Reminds Me Of God

I have a new puppy, or rather, my wife has a new puppy.  She is bouncy, playful, sweet and mischievious all at the same time.  Puppies are truly a blessing from God.  They can bring even the heaviest of hearts great joy.  Puppy kisses remind us that God made a lot of simple things for us to enjoy. 

Far too often we forget that God didn't have to make pretty things or cute things.  God put puppies here to remind us that God loves us so much that He wants us to thrill even over little things like a puppy barking at you to get you to play. 

Puppies are God's way of reminding us to care for other too.  Puppies can't really do much on their own.  They have to have food and water and cleaning every day.  God wants us to partner with Him in watchcare for puppies.  If puppies need care how much more does the orphan, widow or sick person need our care. 

Puppies help us remember that life moves very quickly.  Puppies grow up so fast.  Puppy to full grown hound takes less than a year.  Time to train and nurture moves by quickly so urgency is the word of the day.  Our lives are rushing by too.  We cannot put off important things like learning about God and His plan for us.

Little C.J. has brought a lot of joy to us already.  She has also brought us the somber thoughts of responsibilty. 

Dear God, Thank you so much for puppies.  We know you didn't have to put so much joy into our lives but you did.  We don't deserve it but you give us more than we could ever imagine.  Help me today to celebrate all the joys and take the responsibilities that come with them.  In Jesus name I ask it.

Joseph D. Chase
Preacher
North Loop
Church of Christ
PO Box 667
Gladewater, Texas 75647
903.845.3531
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