A Sunday With No Absentees – There’s a story about a church in East Texas that supposedly had some producing oil wells on the church property. The wells were a lucrative source of income for that congregation. On the Sunday the income from the wells was distributed among the members of the congregation there was always 100 percent attendance. The rule was that if a member was not present that day, he lost his part of the revenue.
Don’t you guess that even aunt Sally, whose “folks made her go to church when she was a child, and now doesn’t have to go,” was there on time? Don’t you imagine that uncle Fred who has had arthritis so bad that he couldn’t make it to worship for years, suddenly got much better?
How about those folks who just had to go some place to visit a friend or relative? Would they have put that off if it happened to interfere with their presence at the service when money was doled out?
Is the story fact or fiction? It doesn’t matter. If is is true, it shows where people have their vested interests. If it is not, it surely teaches us a big lesson.
Christians who, through pure carelessness or indifference, miss the worship with the saints, lose something of far greater value than money. They begin a course of carelessness that endangers their souls. A local church also loses. “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
We won’t be giving out dividends in cash for attendance but we will provide the opportunity for sincere worshipers to show their love and adoration of God. Hope to see you at all services.
How To Know What God Wants Me To Do… We all face important decisions. These decisions will often have a great impact on our families. It may be a question about what job to take, or where to live, or what school to attend, ect. What should we do? Does God offer any help or guidance in making such decisions? We believe the answer is YES! How does God give this guidance? In many ways:
1.) Through the Word. The vast majority of answers are here. There are positive commands that tell us what we should do. For Example, Matthew 28:19 instructs us to teach the gospel to others. You don’t have to wonder if Hod wants you to speak to you neighbor about salvation. He does, and He said so! The are also negative commands that tells us what to avoid. If, for instance, you are praying about whether or not you should honestly report your income taxes – save your breath! God has already given that answer (Eph.4:25). Don’t be looking for additional guidance in areas where God has already said ” no” or “yes”.
2.) Through prayer. Christians are to be consistent in prayer ( 1 Thess. 5:17). God promises to answer our prayers. We ought to approach Him with petitions for help with our important decisions ( 1 Peter 3:12). If you don’t believe this will work then don’t bother to ask! (James 1:5-7).
3.) Through circumstances. In the Old Testament, Joseph suffered a number of awful and unjust things. In the en, he was wise enough to realize that God had used those circumstances to accomplish His will ( Gen. 45:7-8). Be careful here – this guidance through circumstances is sometimes hard to detect, and some are quick to jump to false conclusions.
4.) Through the counsel of others. The many commands that urge us to exhort and encourage our fellow Christians (Heb. 3:13 , Gal. 6:2) demonstrate that God intends for us to help one another with the difficult things in our lives.-By Greg Gwinn –
Jesus promised the world that God’s revealed will through him would never pass away. ” Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away” ( Mark 13:31). The word translated pass away is the same word found in 2 Peter 3:10. ” the heavens shall pass away.” Christ’s words are eternal. They are the life giving words that produce spirit and life (John 6:63). Peter said this same word has been preached and is an everlasting message, the incorruptible seed that conceives a newborn child of God (1 Cor 4:15; 1 Peter 1:23). In the same contest Peter says it is the word that “abideth forever” and affirms that it is the same gospel, which was preached by the apostles of Christ ( Verse 25).
In the parable of the sower, Jesus said the seed is the word of God (Lk 8:11). Matthews account calls this ” the word of the kingdom” (Matt 13:19). It is the indestructible and infallible word that produces the kingdom. Catholicism errs by affirming that the church produces and preserves the word of God. The opposite is true. The first century church fell away from her original purity, Paul was deeply concerned that the church might fall into the snare of Satan and become corrupt (2 Cor 11:1-4). Corruption, Paul declared, would come when someone preached another Jesus, another gospel, which he also said wold bring Gods anathema (Gal 1:6-9).
R.P.C Hanson thinks Catholics tend to harp too much on the continuity of the church while Protestants give it too little significance. He opposes the idea that the church , in order to have continuity, must simply be faithful to the Scripture, for he alleges that had there been no church to preserve, copy, print, circulate and teach the Scriptures the would be no Scriptures. (The Continuity Of Christian Doctrine, Seabury Press New York,1981 Page 64.) But the church is not incorruptible and indestructible element in what God has designed to remain when all else passes away. It is the word that will remain when all else perishes. As long as there is the seed, the word of the kingdom of God, the Lords church and kingdom stand. That can only be said so long as the church remains loyal to the truth of Scripture. History, both secular and scared, records the departures of those professing to be the church and argues against the opinion that the continuity of the church insures continuity of the word of God. The exact opposite is true. – selected