October 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (The Need for Strong Churches)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Need for Strong Churches (Mike Vestal)
  • Strength Through Adversity (Cody Westbrook)
  • Through Fellowship (Kevin Rhodes)
  • Through Worship (Wayne Jones)
  • Through Preaching (Clay Bond)
  • Through Love (Ross Haffner)
  • Through Service (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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God’s design is to make you a showcase for Jesus’ power

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Everywhere you turn in our culture people are trying to escape from weakness.

Aging is a sign of weakness so we have products and procedures to “reverse” the signs.

Sickness is a sign of weakness so we have infomercials and an entire industry to help us be more healthy. Continue reading

#adversity, #divine-purpose, #weakness

The Wind Won’t Always Be At Your Back!

There’s an “old Irish blessing” that says, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Several days ago, on a particularly windy day, I saw a butterfly flying from place to place, from flower to flower. Of all the flying creatures that you may think of that should probably “stay home” on a windy day I think it would be a butterfly; nevertheless, there he (or she) was, flying in the face of, even in spite of, the wind.

That butterfly was a living example of Proverbs 24:10 which says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Truth of the matter is, spiritually speaking, the road won’t always be easy to travel! The wind won’t always be at our back! The rain won’t always fall gently! And we must be ready for those days. And we can be ready for those days, for indeed, the Lord has warned us ahead of time, and his word is there to prepare us.

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

#adversity, #overcoming, #spiritual-analogies, #words-of-jesus

Illustration: Adversity

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen.  He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.  Soon the pots came to a boil.  In one, he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans.  He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. Continue reading

#adversity, #illustrations, #perseverance, #suffering, #trials

TFT: Try Counting Your Blessings

By J. P. Crenshaw, Plainview, Texas

Of all the means at our disposal in which we might spend a few mo­ments, possibly none is more enjoyable or profitable than counting our blessings.

“Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and for­get not all his benefits” (Psalms 103:2). When you are ill which of your count­less benefits does your mind turn to first? I think of having such a good, clean, comfortable bed; just the right amount of clean cover; tile needed food for strength and recovery; and many  other such blessings belonging to my room.

Then maybe your mind will turn to the fact of personal contact. How wonderful it is that, in spite of every handicap, you still have the chance to influence so many people who enter your room from time to time. Not very many circumstances of life offer the impressive opportunities that come to the shut-in. Paul did most of his remarkable writing from the prison cell. Let that thought remain in your mind today when you read one of his letters. It will add greatly to your apprecia­tion of the uplifting thought you find there to picture him in a much more unpleasant circumstance than your present one as he finds it possible to write such inspiring messages.

“The trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye might be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3-4). Maybe you have been chosen to show those close to you how a Christian can use adversity. Here is an opportunity frequently overlooked. I suppose that there is no other road to perfection but the one over which you are now traveling. Continue reading

#adversity, #blessings

Show me someone who has done something w…

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.

Lou Holtz, American football coach

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Sensitivity and Weakness

Are you sensitive? I have often looked at people who I thought to be overly sensitive to be weak. They were weak, I thought, because their sensitivity was worn on the shirt-sleeve and one would no more turn around than to see that the sensitive one was offended and had their feelings hurt – over silly and trite things no less! Around people like this, people like me must walk on eggs, in order not to crack the thin shell.

A sister said to me some years ago that in order to offend her she needed to be hit with a two-by-four. That is my sentiment exactly! I am not sensitive and, perhaps, my lack of sensitivity is to my peril. My wife says often enough to me that I need to be more sensitive than I am. She is probably correct.

The fact is, though, I am not. As I get older I notice that more and more my sensitivity sensors (if you will) are starting to get a little more active. Frankly, I don’t like that much. Nevertheless, it comes and I need to “grow-up” and allow the sensors to take root.

The Proverbs writer said, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (24:10). I really like this verse because it gets to heart of what I am saying. However, is that true? Is it true that sensitive people are weak because it is perceived they faint? There is no necessary relation between a sensitive person and weakness. Perhaps it could be said there is more a relation between a non-sensitive person and faintness!

Weakness of faith has everything to do with lack of knowledge. The Holy Spirit, in 2 Peter 1:5-11, makes clear where the problem actually resides; when we fail to add the virtues mentioned in that passage to our lives – when adversity comes, and it surely will come, then our weakness will be exposed, and we will faint! RT

#adversity, #proverbs, #sensitivity, #weakness