In the news…

I know where you can read about an interesting story that involves a group of political activists guilty of conspiracy, crony-ism, false arrest, desertion, prosecutorial intimidation, assault, a paroled murderer, a scape-goat who was silenced with capital punishment and a thief who changed his ways.

Where can you read a story like this? In today’s newspaper? Nope. On the top Internet news site? Not there.

Try the last couple of chapters in each of the four gospels.

And make sure you read far enough into the story to see how it ends.

#good-news, #gospel, #news-story

Churches of Christ set a new record with the House to House Publication

I got an email yesterday from H2H that was spreading the great news. I pray that the seed falls into some good soil and produces fruit both now and in the future.

#evangelism, #good-news, #house-to-house, #news, #sowing-the-seed, #spreading-the-word

Good news concerning the Good News at Keltonburg!

With two people becoming Christians last night, the tally is up to four people obeying the gospel in the last three weeks at Keltonburg. All four people are between the ages of 16 and 23; three of which were not raised attending the services of the church.

Please remember these young people in your prayers as they continue to grow in the faith and in their service to the church in our community and also to their own families.

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)

#baptisms, #good-news, #salvation

The News Could Get You Down!

At times there is a tendency to think that the news we read is the worst news that has ever been read. The reality is that people have been acting in a way to fill the headlines full of bad news for a very long time. Just think about how many newspapers and TV news shows would be talking about bad news if there was a reporter getting the scoop back in the days of Genesis.

Regardless, I can understand how our modern-day news gets a person down in the head, heart and mouth. Just think about these stories from the last couple of days and the ridiculousness of our post-modern culture:

A mother who kicked, beat her 2-year-old daughter and then glued her hands to the wall is facing a life sentence. The child spent two days in a coma and a week in the hospital because of a potty training accident. One of the mother’s responses to the situation in the beginning: I have no comment and only God can judge me. That’s all I got to say. She’s got one thing right and one thing wrong…that’s what I’ve got to say. Do you think tax payers having to pay more per year than what I make in a year is justice for her behavior? That’ll get you down!

A football player who called out fans who cheered, not when their team scored but when their quarterback was lying on his back motionless, ends up getting called out by other fans, players and media. He says they’re not gladiators. I wonder if his target audience knows this judging by their response. There may not be literal weapons out there on the field like the coliseum sported, but do you think the mentality between the two arenas are very different at times? That could get you down!

I was going to do a couple of more stories, but these two cover the spectrum fairly well.

With the bad news ever bearing down on society it is important to remember the good news that can lift it up. God took bad news such as jealousy, hate, lying, abuse, murder and numerous other sins and turned them into the biggest Good News story ever recorded! His love is alive and warm no matter how many hearts die and grow cold. Thanking Him for His patience with us all is something we take for granted at times and fail to do. I’m glad God’s patience isn’t always dependant upon our response to it.

Here are some scriptures to leave you on an up note:

But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24 – NKJV)

even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:5-7  – NKJV)

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 – NKJV)

#bad-news, #emotions, #good-news, #todays-news

Just A Few More Random Thoughts

Here’s a question for you: Have you ever thought about what life would be like if sneezing was considered rude, but burping caused someone to say, “bless you”? Talk about a whole new spin on allergy season!

Have you seen the amazing news story about the man in New York who caught the 7-year-old girl who fell from her 3rd story apartment? Click here if not. Steven St. Bernard, a 52-year-old bus driver and father of four said he wasn’t a hero, that’s a sandwich. Another comment about Mr. St. Bernard that caught my attention was given by his young daughter. She said that her dad was able to catch the girl because he was used to carrying her around in his arms. I don’t know everything about the man, but the video and his daughter’s comment made me smile! 🙂

I cringe when I hear about Hollywood having anything to do with a “Bible based and themed” movie; and when I read about the latest project in the works from the same director of films such as “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” my initial reaction was the same, and it probably will stay that way. The director has his sights set on Noah and the Great Flood. With a planned release date of 2014, it should give us plenty of time to have real Bible based lessons ready to give to those who may be interested in the real biblical account of Noah and the Flood after all the junk thinking that this movie will convince people of. With the leading role actor being Russell Crowe, I have no doubt that there will be plenty of confusion to help clear up. If you want to read a synopsis of the movie from Movie Guide, here you go!

Scripture quote of the day – “But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:7-9, NKJV)

#good-news, #humor, #movie-review, #movies

Problems They're a dime a dozen We're all…

Problems? They’re a dime a dozen. We’re all got them. They range from mild to tragic and no one is immune. Normally, we don’t have to look very far to see someone with problems much bigger than our own. In the end, however, it’s not the size or number of our temporary earthly problems, but what comes after.

While on the phone last evening with a brother he made the following observation. “For the unbeliever, this life is as good as it gets. For the believer, it’s the worst we will ever experience.” How exciting for the believer! How sad for those who don’t!

No wonder pessimism and cynicism abound. What’s it like to live without any real hope past this life? I don’t want to know.

So how will we respond to the lost? Let them wallow in their hopelessness or press them to examine an alternative?

Jesus said:
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2 (Net Bible)

How will we respond to him? Say it’s not my job? Wait for the feeling that we ought to do something to subside? Let someone else do it who has more time, ability, money—fill in the blank. Just don’t fill it in with faith or a sense of responsibility. Those would make us feel uncomfortable.

If our goals and objectives are not driven by the needs of the Kingdom of God then we are just filling space and wasting time.

Let’s share our hope of eternal life. Let’s share the good news!

Listen to the song, Ain’-a That Good News!

#ain-a-that-good-news, #good-news, #hope, #pessimism, #problems, #responsibility

Good News

Some of you fellows and ladies know about our brother Jim Reyna in Mclean, TX. In May of 2006 he was informed by his doctor that there was nothing more to be done except a liver transplant to save him from dying of Hepatitis C. He received his transplant in Oct. 2009 and is being released from Baylor Univ. Med. Center in Dallas to go home on Friday. You can go to http://www.personal.jimreyna.com/ for more information as to what this brother in Christ has been through. The site does not include an intestinal bleeding incident where he lost more 1/2 his blood and the doctors told his wife to call the family in because they were afraid he wouldn’t survive. This was in early Oct. 2009 just be fore he got the call to tell him to come down to BUMC, as they had a liver on the way for him. This is one happy day.

#good-news