Peter held up Jesus as the perfect man

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” Acts 10:38.

Cornelius was not that different from those in the world today who are basically good people but are outside a relationship with Jesus. Though a gentile centurion, he’s described as “a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

Peter did not find this “good enough,” though, and first held up Jesus as the perfect man before proclaiming the gospel.

Jesus spent His three-year ministry looking for opportunities to do good in a selfless and benevolent life. We have four gospel accounts that give us many examples of how we as His followers can live our lives as He did while He walked this earth in the flesh, made like His brothers in every way.

However, more than just Jesus’ commitment to the value of benevolence that we should imitate, this account shows how Jesus’ example can be and should be held up to those who are basically good people so that they might obey the gospel like Cornelius did.

Do you tell who Jesus is?

Douglas Kashorek

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#Cornelius #Jesus #example

Let no one look down on you: 1 Timothy 4.12

“Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.”

1 Timothy 4.12

Youth has its disadvantages. Proverbs, for example, is an appeal to the young not to be foolish, but wise. The gospel changes even the young. They can be great examples to the whole church.

What is your disadvantage? In the place of “young” in the verse above, put your personal disadvantage. The gospel can change you, also, so that you can be an example.

#votd #1-Timothy #example

Encouragement Note: August 2018

By Christopher Underwood

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Each day we have a choice to serve the Lord at home, or school or at the job. When studying for the new semester of school, plan to do it to the best of your ability as if serving the Lord.

When working on the job find a way to work joyfully as serving the Lord.

It will put your effort in perspective to gain more than just a perfect score on your exam, or get a raise from the company.

Your example can be the seed of influence to others. Just as grumpy people can spread grumpiness, you and I can reflect the joy of the Lord and spread hope.

Have a great day and ask God in prayer for guidance to obey the Lord faithfully.

#encouragement #service #example #encouragement-note

Do just as I have done: John 13.14-15 VOTD

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13.14-15

Jesus loved his disciples to the end, v. 1. Washing their feet at the Passover meal was but a foreshadowing of his impending death. While such love drew its lines specific to the Master, it calls for no less humility and sacrifice on the part of all.

What practical love are your demonstrating to others? Is there any service you balk at performing for others?

#example #love #VOTD

Immerse yourself: 1 Timothy 4.15 VOTD

“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”

1 Timothy 4.15 ESV

“These things” refer to Timothy’s work as an evangelist. The second phrase is literally, “be in them.” Timothy doesn’t seek to impress others as his motivation, but he is to influence others by his example.

How can we be totally immersed in serving God? How does one shine one’s light without wanting to be seen by others as a personal motivation?

#practice #example #VOTD

Following Jesus means imitating Jesus

Tonight we studied with a wonderful couple of new converts. Our conversation dealt with what it means to follow Jesus. A big part of that is imitating Jesus.

We mentioned that Jesus himself instructed us to imitate him, in John 13. There are so many areas in which this principle is applied. We read specifically about one, using the text of 1 Corinthians 10.23-11.1. (This chapter division is one of the worst, ever.)

People here have a tendency to put distance between ourselves and the Lord. After all, he was the only perfect human being, without sin. One brother even announced before the congregation that no one should follow his example.

But when it comes to limiting one’s personal liberty in order to please others, that they might be saved, Paul tells us to follow his example, because he follows Christ’s.

Everyone should be able to say that.

#discipleship #imitation-of-Christ #example

Hugh’s News & Views (Great Lessons . . .)

GREAT LESSONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

While the Old Testament no longer governs the people of God (we are governed by the new covenant which Christ sealed with His blood, Matthew 26:28), the Old Testament remains a part of the divinely inspired revelation of God to mankind and contains within it many great lessons for people living in the Christian age. Paul wrote: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Following are some important lessons from the Old Testament. Continue reading

#example, #hughfulford, #old-testament

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8-10-2015 The Sodomites’ Example

In Sodom, Lot had visitors, and “the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally’” (Genesis 19:4-5 NKJV). God later turned “the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6 NKJV). Homosexuals in the streets, demanding their “rights” brought Sodom to ashes. With the White House bathed in rainbow colors after the U. S. Supreme Court’s recognition of homosexual “rights,” the ungodly haven’t learned from the “example” of what God thinks!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#example, #homosexuals, #rainbow-colors, #rights, #sodom, #ungodly, #white-house

A lot of church members believe that when…

A lot of church members believe that when they’ve gone to church on Sunday, they have done their job as far as being a Christian is concerned. But the truth is that is a very small part of following Jesus. Everywhere we go and all-of-the-time we are either lifting up the name of Jesus to those we meet or we are treading it underfoot. At the work place as well as the church house, we are watched. At a restaurant, at a ball-game, waiting in line at a grocery store, wherever we are, we leave an impression for good or ill. The way we answer the phone, the way we speak to a waitress, the patience we show in heavy traffic, the kindness shown to a child, the sensitivity we give to a patient; all of this speaks louder than an hour we spend at worship. I’m not saying Sunday is unimportant. I am saying that Monday through Saturday count, too. You may be the only Bible many folks will ever read. What will others learn when they read your life? This is Just-A-Minute.

#example, #influence, #just-a-minute

An illustrative preacher

Jesus was not only a preacher of illustrations, he was an illustrative preacher.

Jesus didn’t fall into the “do as I say and not as I do” category. Besides the personal claims that he made about himself, this “follow what I’m doing and what I’m teaching” mentality was the main distinction between his ministry and the ministry of the majority of his contemporary Jewish leaders. Jesus’ adversaries couldn’t convict this rabbi of sin in word or in deed. He even challenged them to do so, and then made a preaching point out of it! (John 8:46)

This element of Jesus is not only what separated him from the preachers of yesterday, it’s an element that still does so. After all, it’s easier to give illustrations in a sermon than it is to be an illustrative sermon isn’t it? Telling stories are one thing, but giving someone something to talk about in a good way is a different thing all-together. And yet a living illustration is what we’re called to be (Matthew 5:14-16).

Remembering that Jesus was an illustrative preacher is why I follow him; it’s why I try to not get too stuck on me. I try to be a good example but I know who the example is.

Jesus’ illustrations still teach basic principles to his listeners to this day (think the good Samaritan, the blind following the blind, the prodigal son, and many more than what this space allows), but these illustrations have the effect that they do because he didn’t only teach with illustration – he taught by illustration.

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,” Acts 1:1

#example, #jesus, #preachers

My daddy was much of a man He…

My daddy was much of a man. He was strong, tough, and hard working. I enjoyed being with Daddy, and especially riding with him in his truck. I liked to watch Daddy wave to everybody he met. You see Daddy didn’t wave like some by sticking up his pointer finger or all fingers. Daddy gave those he met more than that. He saluted them. I can still see his calloused hands, hardened by his years of carpentry work, clasping the steering wheel. Daddy had both hands on the steering wheel with his right hand positioned about the two o’clock hour. When we met a car Daddy took his hand off the wheel, raised it a bit, brought it toward him about four inches, and then thrusting it outward, he saluted those we met along the way. He didn’t have to know them. Everybody that met Daddy received a salute. Daddy was friendly. It showed in his salute and in his manner of life.

It’s a good thing to be friendly. It’s good for our health. A friendly person smiles. wiki How.com had this tip on smiling: “Smiling changes people’s mood. When you’re feeling sad, smile. Your mood will become happier. Smiling tricks the body into changing your mood for the better – even if you’re faking the smile initially. Just smile every time that you are sad, and you will be healthier overall.”

The Bible talks about the importance of being friendly. Proverbs 18:24 says “A man that would have friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Someone else said, “Strangers are simply friends you haven’t met.”

Jack Exum often quoted the following poem by an unknown author while preaching:

You don’t have to tell how you live each day;

You don’t have to say if you work or you play;

A tried, true barometer serves in the place–

However you live, it will show in your face.

The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart,

Will not stay inside where it first got a start;

For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace–

What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.

If your life is selfless, if for others you live,

For not what you get, but how much you can give;

If you live close to God in his infinite grace–

You don’t have to tell it, it shows in your face.

Daddy’s salute was his way of being friendly, his way of smiling to those he met. Oh, to see that salute one more time…

#example, #friendliness, #happiness

Granddaddy told me…

Granddaddy Felix T. Bryant died at the age of 91 years. I was 21. Granddaddy was on his death bed in their little low income apartment. I visited them often and made sure mother got to be with them regularly. One night I was visiting my grandparents when Granddaddy said, “Be sure you read Ephesians the fifth chapter before you marry.” “I will Granddaddy,” I replied. Nothing more was said about it on that occasion. I went home, opened my Bible to Ephesians chapter 5, and read it. I made a note in my Bible that Granddaddy had asked me to read that chapter before marrying. He was a sick man. He talked out of his head from time to time. It wasn’t long until I went back to visit him again. There he was, a tall, thin man, lying on his back on his bed. I was seated at the foot of the bed. He knew I was there. He said, “I bet you haven’t read Ephesians chapter 5 yet.” I was so glad to reply, “Yes I have, Grandaddy.” And that was it.

A small comment, yet a powerful one, from the lips of a dying man. A comment that brings back the memory each time the book of Ephesians is mentioned or seen.

What did I get from this encouragement from someone I loved dearly?He knew what Ephesians 5 was all about. There was a message he wanted me to hear straight from the word of God. He could have told me, I’m certain, but he wanted me to read it straight from the inspired Word.

There’s an example in all of us, no matter what time it is, no matter what age we are, no matter where we are. We are setting and leaving our example in the minds of those we meet along life’s pathway. The Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” and we know it to be true. Whatever is on our mind, in our hearts, it is that of which we will speak. Granddaddy knew his Bible. Many are the memories I have of him sitting on the low platform yellow rocker that was much too small for his tall, thin, frame. His legs were crossed and both basically reached the floor. Across his lap lay his open Bible. He knew the Book, but more than that He knew the Author. His heart was filled with the word of God, and therefore out of it flowed the words of life. He left me a wonderful example, and one that I have, and forever more, will carry with me, sharing it all along the way with those who will hear.

#example, #love, #marriage

Powerful example in Waffle House

We were seated in a Waffle House in Montgomery Christmas day. Our booth was next to the checkout counter. I heard the older man say, “I’m going to need your help in a few minutes.” I turned to look over Doug’s shoulder at the older gentleman and noticed there was an older lady beside him. He asked, “Do you have five twenty dollar bills?” He handed the girl a hundred dollar bill and she made the change for him. He then called all five of the employees, males and females, up to the counter and gave each one a twenty dollar bill.

One girl was heard to say, “I was about to cry.” Others were telling him thank you. As he was leaving he turned and said, “It’s Jesus Christ birthday,” and went out the door.

The man didn’t look to be wealthy. He wasn’t someone you would pick out in a crowd. He was just an everyday sort of guy, but he had a heart of gold. He didn’t wait around for all the praise that would come from the employees or those of us who witnessed his kindness, but he made a lasting impression on us. We won’t soon forget his act of kindness, nor will those employees who had left their families to come to work and serve us on Christmas day. He gave from the heart.

One day Jesus was sitting over against the treasury, and watched how people cast money into the treasury. Many that were rich cast in much. And the Bible says that there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. Jesus took note of her giving, and said, “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:43-44).

The only Jewish coin mentioned in the New Testament is the “widow’s mite” or lepton, called a mite by the NKJV. These were very small copper coins worth only a fraction of a penny by today’s standards. Yet, Jesus commended the poor widow who gave two mites to the temple treasury, because “she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood (Mark 12:44). – Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, p. 856

May we be open to helping and blessing others with that which we have been blessed.

#blessing, #example, #giving

I want to wear Daddy's shoes when I grow up

The mother and young son were at the funeral home to view the body of her husband and the father of their 9-year-old son. She made certain her loved one was dressed in his finest pair of jeans, shirt, tie, and newest pair of tennis shoes. The young boy looked up at his mother and asked, “Mommy, can I keep Daddy’s shoes? I want to wear them when I grow up.” She agreed they could exchange them with another pair, and he could indeed save his daddy’s best tennis shoes.

They went back home and found another pair of shoes and took them back to the funeral home. The young boy took the shoes to the funeral director. Handing them up to him, he said, “I want to put these on Daddy and keep the shoes he has on. I want to wear them when I grow up.”

Knowing the family, I know the love the little fellow had for his daddy. The daddy that died way too early in life, due to health complications. No doubt he was his best friend. It’s a long, hard story…the story of their lives.

The shoes. A pair of Nikes probably bought at a thrift store, or at a tremendous bargain somewhere. They were far too big for the young boy to wear, but they belonged to someone he wanted to be grow up and be like. Wearing his dad’s shoes one day would bring him closer to the man he loved, to the man he admired, to the man he wanted to be just like.

What about the shoes you wear? You may have bought them at the finest store. You may have paid a high price for them. They may be from the finest manufacturer, and made from the finest leather, but what about the person who wears them? Is there anyone that would go to such lengths to walk in your shoes?

It all depends on how you are walking each day, how you are living, and the example you are setting. Are you living in such a way that your child would think it an honor to have your shoes when you are gone? Are you living in such a way that your child would want to remove your shoes from your cold body and save them so they could wear them years later when they grow up…even if they are just a plain pair of tennis shoes?

Ah, the example we are setting daily in front of others, and especially those inside our homes. Our example will live on long after we are gone.

#daily-living, #death, #example

Reading wisely

I love books! Ask Doug or our children and they will tell you that I love books. I wish I had a finished storage building with book cases so I could store all my books in one place. Of course I would want a comfortable chair, lamp, and telephone, and controlled climate. Might as well add some carpet, too!

Recently I received a book, “Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary,” that I had ordered, used of course. This will prove to be one of my most treasured books next to the Bible.

The older I have grown, the greater my interest has become in reading the Bible and books of a spiritual nature. Isn’t it sad that we don’t see the importance when we are young, and while we can remember things much easier? No doubt being busy with the home, children, and helping make a living, causes us to put these things on the back burner, so to speak. I want to think, or trust, we do the best we can under the circumstances.

It is never too late to grow spiritually by studying God’s word. A day void of reading the Bible or praying does not put us on a downward spiral where we can’t get up and try to do better the next day, the next hour, or minute. It’s like falling down. We have to get back up. And what is that saying, “Always get up one more time than you fall down” to be successful? The same is true with our devotion to a study of God’s word. If we miss a day, we must try again the next.

We must watch what we read. We should make sure that which we read does not lead our minds to dark or sinful places mentally. It must be “clean” reading. It must be something of which He (our Lord) would approve.

We must watch what we read because not only is God watching, but others are also. If there are small children, grandchildren, or others in the home, they see what is beside our chair, or on the table next to it. “There’s an all-seeing eye watching you.”

We must watch what we read because it takes valuable time. We are either growing mentally and spiritually from what we are reading, or we may be wasting our time. Time is valuable. Time spent should be spent valuably. We will give account of how we use our time.

It has always disturbed me to think I have spent more time reading something secular than I have spent reading something spiritually uplifting in a day. Our time spent with God should supersede everything else.

Quality time spent with the Great Physician offers greater healing than any prescription ever filled by man.

#daily-bible-reading, #example