Hugh's News & Views (The New Year)

NOTES AND QUOTES FOR THE NEW YEAR

I never enter a new year without thinking of the following poem by Kathleen Wheeler.

He came to my desk with quivering lip–
The lesson was done.
“Dear Teacher I want a new leaf,” he said,
“I have spoiled this one.”
I took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave him a new one all unspotted,
And into his sad eyes smiled,
“Do better now, my child.”

I went to the throne with a quivering soul–
The old year was done.
“Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me?
I have spoiled this one.”
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one all unspotted,
And into my sad heart smiled,
“Do better now, My child.

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In my part-time (but every Lord’s Day when I am in town) ministry with the Mitchellville (TN) Church of Christ, I have resolved that in 2015, D. V., every sermon will relate in some way to Christ. While the church at Mitchellville is small in number and only meets on Sunday mornings, it nevertheless is made up of some of the sweetest and most devoted Christians to be found anywhere on earth. Together, we strive to be big in faith, hope, and love! We love the Lord, His word, His church, and each other.

At my suggestion, we have committed to join together in a year long journey of preaching Jesus (Acts 8:35), of knowing nothing “except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:1-2), of learning more about Him, and striving more faithfully to walk in His steps (I Peter 2:21). We will examine numerous facets of the life of Christ, look seriously at the teaching of Christ, and make every effort to lift up Christ as the Savior of all men and the only hope for a better life here and hereafter. Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32). Your prayers are solicited for me and the church at Mitchellville as we begin this exciting journey together. We began this past Sunday with Part 1 of a message titled “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus: An Eight Word Portrait Of Christ.” Part 2 will be presented this coming Lord’s Day, D. V. I plan to make it the subject of a “News & Views” in the very near future.

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“Until recently, a consensus existed in our society about the meaning of truth. Truth did not have to be defined. Everyone recognized truth for what it is. Truth was generally described in terms such as fixed, unified, absolute, objective, exclusive, universal, eternal, knowable, discoverable, consistent, and whatever corresponds to reality.

“That description of truth continues to be required in some aspects of our lives such as law, medicine, physics, mathematics, and various scientific endeavors. However, in the late twentieth century, some people began to promote the idea that in many other categories, such as philosophy, religion, ethics, social contexts, and various academic disciplines, truth could be described as flexible, variable, relative, subjective, inclusive, local, temporal, unknowable, created, inconsistent, and not necessarily corresponding to reality.

“These concepts of truth may be illustrated by what some people say, such as, ‘What is true for you may not be true for me.’ Or, ‘What I consider acceptable moral behavior may be true for me but not you you.’ Some people therefore believe that truth is changeable in some areas of life.” (Robert L. Waggoner, The Gospel Gleaner, November 2014).

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Jesus declared, “If you continue in My word, then you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). He further affirmed, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17b). And it is impossible for God to lie! (Titus 1:1-2; Hebrews 6:17-18).

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My New Year’s wish for each of my readers is this: “Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (III John 2). This, of course, assumes that your soul is prospering in the eyes of God.

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Hugh Fulford
January 6, 2015