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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How to avoid taking preeminence in the kingdom of God

A denominational study site required extra confirmation for comments, and I refused to jump through that extra hoop. So you get these comments on their study for today here on TFR, answering specifically one of their “To Ponder” questions. Feel free to use the comments below in any form you’d like (except online, where etiquette demands a link). Continue reading

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Jesus, servant to militaristic Romans

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45.

Writing to the militaristic Romans, Mark’s portrayal of Jesus is as a servant, who lays His life down. This was certainly not how these pagans would have viewed a god. The shortest gospel account, Mark skips the details of Jesus’ birth that wouldn’t have meant much to these gentiles and instead launches into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry teaching and serving the people. But more importantly, Mark needed to show how the all-powerful God in the weak flesh of man could, by His willingness to die on the cross, serve mankind in our greatest need. As One in such high authority, Jesus should have been served, but by giving His life as a ransom for many, He came “but to serve.” Then He tells us to be great, we must serve as he did. How fitting that Mark records a centurion, representing the audience he hoped to convince, declare at the time Jesus served us, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Do you serve Jesus as Jesus served you?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

www.plattsburghchurch.com

author of Kin of Cain

a Christian historical fantasy

www.douglaskashorek.com

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Unsung Servants

We usually hear the phrase, “unsung heroes” to refer to folks who do some great task but receive little recognition for their work. There are also, “unsung servants” in our life. They are people who do things that make a difference, but who are seldom or never praised for their work. These special servants themselves, do not see their work as spectacular because “anybody can do it.” Yes, but somebody did do it. Somebody gave themselves to be used without any fanfare or acclamation.

Somebody held the football for the extra point kick or the field goal, but no one pays much attention to them. Someone hands the surgeon his instruments of operation, but the patient and family never know their name. Consider this list of some of the unsung servants found in scripture. Let’s be encouraged to be one ourselves.

  • Hur (Exod. 17:12) Do you remember his part in the battle against Amalek?
  • Jonathan’s armor bearer (1 Sam. 14:4-14) Did you see how much Jonathan depended on him?
  • Peter’s mother in law (Luke 4:38-39). Did you notice what she did after being healed.?
  • Azubah (1 Kgs. 22:42) She was the influential wife of a good king and mother of a faithful king.
  • Chloe(1 Cor. 1:11) Paul accepted testimony from her household as being true.
  • Damaris (Acts 17:32-34) The Holy Spirit saw fit to mention her name from among a select group?

The lesson for us: Serve. Don’t expect recognition. God knows and God will reward.

Make me a servant Lord, make me like you.

Mike Glenn

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Jesus washes feet (Mike Glenn)

Brothers and sisters, we have turned into another month. Our Joshua Generation characteristic for the month is Servant Attitude. Our slogan is, “Make me a servant, Lord, make me like you.”

Our text for this first JG bulletin in John 13:1-17. This is one of the most often-told events in the life of our Lord. Entire books have been written based on this text. Hundreds of sermons have been preached. Still, it is worthy of our consideration again even though we may know it by heart. I commend the following points for your consideration.

• The vital importance of service: This is the last free night of Jesus upon the earth. He knew his hour had arrived. For three years He had been training these men who followed Him. What should his final messages be on this final night? He chose three, love, unity and servanthood. All of these were actually bound up in this act of foot-washing. But it is His servanthood to which we address ourselves today. It shows compassion. It shows understanding. It shows humility. It is an extension of God’s grace. It is kindness. For all these reasons and more, Christ chose it in these final hours. Continue reading

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Are YOU Ready To Work!

My fellow Christians, are you seeking to serve the Lord Jesus in the best way you possibly can? Are you seeking to be “conformed to the image of the Son of God?” Are you putting the Lord Jesus Christ first in your lives? We need to make Him the Lord of our lives. A chorus says, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

It must be our aim to uplift the Lord Jesus before a lost world. Are we letting our lights shine, or are we indifferent toward the lost?

We need only to look to Calvary to see what it cost the Lord Jesus for us to be saved. Let that motivate you to greater service for the Master. He’s coming again! It will take effort for us to serve Him; anything worth having is worth working for. As the Word of God says, let’s work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” We are not saved by works, but are saved to work (Ephesians 2:8-10).

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A Faithful Servant & His Faithful Lord

INTRODUCTION: This is the last book that the Apos-tle Paul penned chronologically. Paul is in Rome in the time of Nero, awaiting execution. As a Roman citizen he would escape crucifixion and be beheaded. In this last chapter of the book (chapter 4) is what some have called “ Paul’ s Last Will & Testament.” He wants to encourage Timothy in his work for the Lord and to instruct him on what to expect as the “ torch is passed” to him. Paul re-minds Timothy that he was faithful to the Lord Jesus and encourages Timothy to stand fast. He reminds Timothy that they serve a God and a Savior who is likewise faithful.

The Charge of Paul to Timothy (vs. 1-5)

 In verse 1 we see the authority of the ‘charge.” It is a military term that denotes that it is not just a suggestion. This charge is based on and backed by the Father and the Son. The One (Jesus) who will keep His promise to “judge the living and the dead.”

This passage confirms that Jesus is coming again.

Timothy is told to “Preach the Word!” (stress inerrancy). Let’s turn back to 2 Tim. 3:14-18. He is told to continue in the Word of God.

Timothy must be ready at all times to stand upon and proclaim the Word of God. He must be faithful to do it no matter where he is and what audience he is speaking, teaching or preaching.

Timothy is told how to “preach the Word.”  Convince, (NKJV) rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  Why was there then  and why is there  now an urgency to “preach the Word?”  “For the time will come..” (Already there/here.) that many “will not endure sound doctrine” –leaving the Word of God. They will not want to follow the Bible anymore unless convenient.

Jesus said, “If you love Me, Keep My commandments.” People will find teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. (itching ears.)   Christians will turn “aside” Leave the Truth, Church & the Lord V. 4. They will base their beliefs not on the Bible, but on fables.

 What does Paul Tells Timothy To Do. He tells him to be watchful Timothy must know the Word and know what he believes in order to confront error—2 Tim. 2:15- importance of study—2Tim 3:14- 15 He must do the work of an evangelist-Timothy was to faithful preach and teach the Word of God. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18- 20; Mark 16:15-16) He must fulfill your ministry. Each one of us has a ministry. The Lord has given each one of us at least one talent, probably more than we realize. We must be willing to use that talent for the Lord. We must be willing to be used of God to help reach the lost with the saving Gospel and also to strengthen the saved.

Can the Lord Jesus count on YOU!

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