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  • TFRStaff 6:45 am on 2015-10-15 Permalink | Reply
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    October 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Gems from the Pen of a Faithful Servant II) 

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

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • Someone is Watching You! (Carl Garner)
    • “Consumer Reports on Churches” (Carl Garner)
    • “If I Had Only Known…” (Carl Garner)
    • No “Give Up” in Him (Carl Garner)
    • Faith and Its Relationship To God’s Existence (Carl Garner)
    • How Are Your “Public Relations?” (Carl Garner)
    • Growing Old Without Giving Up (Carl Garner)

    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.

    Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Follow me as I follow Christ 

    It was the apostle Paul who told the church at Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 – NKJV)

    But say this was you speaking to Corinth. Say this was you striving to be the example. What would be the three “top things” that you would hope the Corinthians would see in your life that could be attributed to a major characteristic of the life that Jesus lived?

    Share your thoughts! I’m interested in hearing what you have to say.

     
    • Randal 6:34 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      The chapter division here is unfortunate. In context, from the end of chap. 10, Paul wants them to imitate him in saving others. In other words, evangelism.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:43 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

        I’m looking at it from the perspective of what does it mean to be a Christian (a.k.a. Christ-like)? It’s what Paul was, so there is obviously an aspect of “when you see Christ in me follow me in it because it’s worthy of being followed as an example”.

        Obviously evangelism would be one with you 😉 but what are two other characteristics in your life that could solely be traced back to you being an example of Christ due to the example of Christ to you?

    • Jack 5:29 pm on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      In 1 Cor.4:10-17 Paul writes of what awaits a disciple of Christ in the world and what is expected of them using himself as an example for them to follow, (v.16) ” Wherefore, I beseech you, be imitators of me and for that purpose he has sent Timothy to remind them of his ways.

      Paul does not confuse, the Corinthians have behaved badly, this letter is not about “Going…”, but about behaving, living like their Lord as Paul examples. Reiterating the importance of their behavior (10:16), for emphasis , in (11:1) “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

      (1 Cor.4:10-17)
      We are fools on account of Christ; but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honored, but we are despised. To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place, and labor, working with our own hands: when reviled, we bless: when persecuted, we bear: when defamed, we beseech: when we are become as the purgations of the world, the filth of all things until now.
      I write not these things to shame you; but, as my beloved children, I instruct you. 15* For, though you have ten thousand teachers in Christ, yet you have not many fathers; for, to Christ Jesus, through the gospel, I have begotten you. Wherefore, I beseech you, be imitators of me.
      For this purpose I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord: he will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere, in every congregation.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:00 pm on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the reply, Jack; but I’m looking for some personal examples that would cause others to follow Christ if they followed a personal habit of yours. Have anything that you can think of?

        • Jack 11:54 am on 2014-08-07 Permalink | Reply

          Personality is inherited, character is made: people, in general, are drawn to what they see is trustworthy; perhaps over simplified, being that which means no harm, does no harm_living the Golden Rule. This opens doors and conversation because that is what is right. Of this, one of the “best” men I have ever known is an atheist_ lives the life every Christian should be living, as does every Mormon I have ever known. The lives of Mormons so overshadows their inane theology that they grow despite it, to our shame.

          The saints are edified by the fruits of the faithful. My health in general failed 12 years ago, yet my participation in the fellowship has neither changed nor faltered, the brethren that love the Lord see
          that and are strengthened. To the weak in faith, meaning not wholly committed, it means nothing,
          As such I am not sure of your overall premise.

          It is easier to love an idea of Christ than it is to take up your cross to follow Him. To love Him more than father, or mother, or sister, or brother, but more importantly to love Him more then self. My first serious
          theological thought came when I was teaching my first adult class, “How much easier it would be to die
          for Christ, than it is to live for Him.”

  • Eugene Adkins 7:53 am on 2013-01-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Is God Showing Through In Your Life? 

    Here’s a great little article that’s entitled: Is God Showing Through In Your Life? I don’t know the author and I don’t know where it came from, but it’s worth passing along and using if you’re able.

    A little girl, on the way home from services, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”

    The mother said, “Oh, why is that?” the girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?” “Yes, that’s true,” the mother replied. “He also said that God lives within us.” “Is that true too?” she asked. Again the mother replied, “Yes.” “Well,” said the little girl, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”

    I like that little girl’s way of putting it. If God lives in us, then there’s no way of keeping Him from “showing through.” That’s the essence of Christian living – living in such way that people around us will see God in our lives.

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

    Is God showing through in YOUR life?

    If you know who wrote the story feel free to speak up in the comments and I’ll give the credit where credit is due…

    …and remember to shine today!

     
    • Don Ruhl 3:34 pm on 2013-01-14 Permalink | Reply

      Eugene, when I read that story, I thought of this: “God dwelling among his people should be the most attractive force field on earth” (Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God, p. 339).

      • Eugene Adkins 6:27 am on 2013-01-15 Permalink | Reply

        Any time I hear something about magnetism and the gospel I’m always drawn to, ” And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.” (John 12:32-33)

        Thanks for sharing the thought…and the like, Don.

        • Don Ruhl 10:38 am on 2013-01-15 Permalink | Reply

          John 12.32, 33 fits in perfectly with that article and my quote I gave you. Thanks.

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