Come to Ohio

If you’re in the Chillicothe area, come join us for the gospel meeting Sunday, Sep 30, through Wednesday, Oct 3. The theme I’ll be developing is “The Divine Initiative.” Topics include:

  • Word of God — hear, believe, obey
  • Glory of God — repent
  • Son of God — confess
  • Salvation of God — be immersed
  • Family of God — serve, love

In each lesson, we’ll see what God has done and how we ought to respond to his loving actions.

Thanks to Ron Thomas for the invitation and opportunity to share these wonderful truths.

#gospel-meeting #evangelism #God

Video Sermon: The Power of God’s Truth

Here’s the lesson by a brother named Eddie Sanders that I mentioned a few weeks back. (Err, scratch that. I’m going to leave the link but that lesson outline was from Monday night; the video is from Tuesday night) It was recorded by some brothers doing some local studio work for GBN.

I’ll let brother Sanders’ lesson speak for itself.

http://churchatcentral.org/video/Road/6-24.wmv

#denominational-errors, #gospel-meeting, #preaching, #truth, #video

Did our gospel meeting do any good? (Charles Box)

By Charles Box— Our meeting with Eric Lyons has now come and gone. Attendance was good and we again commend all of you who faithfully attended the meeting. Eric did his part. He did what Paul encouraged Timothy to do. He preached the word of God faithfully. Paul charged Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

Any time God’s word is preached good is done. “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watered the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

The good that was done in this meeting will continue into eternity. Gospel meetings remind us of the great opportunities that surround us daily. Paul said, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” (1 Corinthians 16:9) Great doors are open for the Walnut Street Church of Christ. It is our responsibility to use these opportunities for God’s glory.

The meeting did eternal good because we were involved in the meeting and now we should continue to be involved in the work of Christ.

Think of the good that could be done if we would all be active in the work of the church and participate in the work that is to be done. I need to make every possible effort to attend every assembly of the church. I need to make the work of this church “My” work. I need to be faithful to participate in the worship of the church and active to involve myself in the work of the church. Let us be active for Christ now. Our time is limited to work in the kingdom. “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4) We were challenged in the meeting to give God proper place in our life. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Did the gospel meeting do any good? Yes, the meeting did eternal good because we were encouraged to be active participants in the work of our Lord’s one true church. “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:21) Continue reading

#charles-box, #evangelism, #gospel-meeting, #preaching

Our Cherished Memory

Our proudest moment as a congregation, and the memory I’ll cherish is the week-long meeting conducted in August by the Grand Blanc Church of Christ.

While most congregations in the area are conducting three or four-day meetings, the elders of our congregation decided to have one for a week because they believed the apostle Paul who wrote, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully,” (2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV).

The verse applies not only to those who give to the church, but also to the church that wishes to grow. If the seed of the gospel isn’t sown in abundance, a great harvest cannot be anticipated.

Our elders believed Romans 1:16, the gospel is God’s power unto salvation. It is the heavenly decreed way people become members of the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 1:18).

For all these reasons, and for the people brought to our congregation, the meeting is one of our most cherished memories and will be for years.

#gods-word, #gospel-meeting, #memory

Local happening

In Effingham (IL) Winford Claiborne conducted a meeting for four days. I was able to make it for two, a number of others from Sullivan made it for one. It was good to see the support from not only us, but sister congregations in the area. I guess the furthest traveled would have been Centralia and Decatur. I hope when I am 84 years old I will be not only as sharp in mind, but also capable as he is to speak like he did. It was well worth the trip down (35 miles), and one thing that I think is worth repeating is his emphasis on what it means to preach Jesus and Him crucified. When we preach the contents of the New Testament, we preach the Lord and Him crucified. It is easy for some to think that when one preaches Jesus and Him crucified all the preacher does is preach on the cross of Christ without regard to what He said (or authorized to be said) on topics such as marriage, charitable giving, the home, the Lord’s second coming, just to name a few items. I liked that brother Claiborne emphasized this.

#gospel-meeting, #jesus-and-him-crucifed

Gospel Meeting

We are having a Gospel Meeting at the Church of Christ at Allenhurst on October 3-7 with Roy Knight. He was my roommate at Freed-Hardeman University, when we pursued a Master of Ministry degree. Roy is an outstanding person and I am thrilled that he will be with us.

He has served the St. George Church of Christ in St. George, South Carolina for 14 years. He is a graduate of the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions and is currently attending Bear Valley Bible Institute and is an instructor at Central Carolina School of Preaching. We will meet Sunday at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM. and  Monday through Thursday night at 7;30 PM.

#gospel-meeting

Announcement Procedure

At the Montana Street congregation, one of our elders presents the announcements right before the last song of the service is sung.

The announcements consists of the following:

1) A prayer list of those members who are ill, in the hospital, or homebound.
2) An announcement regarding our monthly luncheon on the first Sunday of every month.
3) The Bible Question Of The Week.
4) A list of the members who have birthdays or anniversaries during the month.
5) Any area-wide congregational singing.
6) Any area-wide gospel meeting.
7) Needed grocery items for the food pantry.

#anniversary, #announcements, #birthday, #congregation, #gospel-meeting, #luncheon, #prayer, #service, #sick, #sing

Meeting in Idaho

Returned from Idaho from a four day meeting. It was a good meeting; the church there is led by a faithful minister (Wayland McClellan) and his wife (jan). The committed Christians are taking the lead as well, and much has been done. Kimberly, ID is a small community of about 2500, nearby Twin Falls. The church in Magic Valley has had much struggle in the last number of years, but committed Christians make the difference. The congregation is, probably, about 25-30 in regular attendance, but our numbers in the meeting each time was good. Sister congregations supported it, and the locals from the area attended. I had three evangelistic sermons and two sermons that focused on encouragement. If I recall correctly, I think Barry Grider will be heading out in the next year or two, and there is another man (but to my regret I have forgotten his name). Good people they are!

The weather in Idaho was unseasonably cool; i think the high might have reached 80, but the low was a cool 55-60 each morning (coupled with low humidity, which I loved). Arriving in Illinois at near midnight……..there is nothing like walking into a walk of humidity! Wayland took us up top a low mountain top (about 5500 feet) and snow was still on top (albeit, old snow); enjoyed seeing that. Good to be connected with the meeting, but great to be home.

Today is catch up, but not sure if I will catch anything.

#gospel-meeting, #idaho, #mountain, #snow

Mid-Valley Gospel Meeting with Neal Pollard

Our Gospel Meeting with Neal Pollard starts Friday @ 7pm. We are planning to have a live feed available on the church’s website. You should be able to watch the service live tomorrow night @ 7 (MST). We will also have two sessions on Saturday (4 & 7pm) and three on Sunday (9:30; 10:30am & 1:30pm).

#gospel-meeting

Various Thoughts

I hope all of you as readers have a blessed day. We appreciate so very much your reading our humble thoughts. God Bless you.

I am enjoying listening to the New Testament while I am working at my desk. I am up to 1 Corinthians. The collection has 14 CD’s.  The Gospel and Acts/Romans constitute nine CD’s. When you get to Corinthians, it goes pretty quickly. This will be my third time to listen to them this year. I recommend it to everyone.

We are preparing for our Gospel Meeting with Alan Wright on April 4-8. He will do a great job. I get to travel to Savannah to speak for him that Sunday. That will be a joy.

I’ve not been posting lately because of my hectic life.  Maybe I can be more active. I appreciate the Fellows! Tell everyone about the site.

The Proverbs are an endless well of wisdom and knowledge. It would take a lifetime to barely plumb its depths. I call myself a student of human nature, so the Proverbs are indispensable in this quest. I need to get the Old Testament on CD, so I can listen to them. The wisdom literature would be very popular.

From my Facebook posting this morning:  “I love my family. Their hearts matter more than their weaknesses. I want you to think well of them, so I share only their joy here. Insulting them insults myself. The Golden Rule applies to my family, as well.”

#family, #gospel-meeting

Newsy

What news do I have? The Church of Christ at Allenhurst has a Gospel Meeting April 4-8 with Alan Wright.  We have a meal together after morning worship and after evening worship, we go to the local steak house and have another meal together.

It will be different for me because our speaker won’t be staying in a hotel, so he won’t be needing to go to meals, etc.  It will be more like a regular week for me.

As for me, personally, we are down to one car, so I have been spending a lot more time driving and running errands. Plus, we have some construction going on at our house.

Life is rather insane at the moment.

#church-of-christ, #gospel-meeting