September 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Various Topics)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Living in Trying Times (Kevin W. Rhodes)
  • Using the Unusable (Cody Westbrook)
  • You Won’t Like Heaven (Trent Kennedy)
  • “They Have Not All Obeyed” (Don Walker)
  • Imitating God in Forgiveness (Kevin Cauley)
  • Some Reasons for Christians to be Happy (Mike Batot)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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#bible-characters, #christian-worker, #forgiving-others, #happiness, #heaven, #obeying-the-gospel, #reactions

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 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

Do not let your happiness depend on something…

Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

#happiness, #loss

Nancy Gibbs in Time Magazine wrote a summary…

Nancy Gibbs in Time Magazine wrote a summary of the data of the effects of the modern feminist’s movement on happiness among females. “Among the most confounding changes of all is the evidence, tracked by numerous surveys, that as women have gained more freedom, more education and more economic power, they have become less happy. No tidy theory explains the trend, notes University of Pennsylvania economist Justin Wolfers, a co-author of The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness. “We looked across all sectors — young vs. old, kids or no kids, married or not married, education, no education, working or not working — and it stayed the same,” he says of the data. “But there are a few ways to look at it,” he adds. “As Susan Faludi said, the women’s movement wasn’t about happiness.” (copied)

#feminist, #happiness, #just-a-minute, #marriage, #women


#happiness, #righteousness

Happiness (POEM)

Great thoughts on a topic worth thinking about!

#contentment, #happiness, #poetry, #stuff

Joy or Happiness?

The two are not the same. Indeed, we are commanded to rejoice, but we are not commanded to be happy. Happiness is an emotional, temporary feeling due to circumstances around us. Joy is that deep inner “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) which only those who are the children of God can truly claim. That is why God’s children can have joy even when it is the darkest night, even when the surrounding circumstances beat us down and engulf us. In John 16:33, our Lord Jesus told us, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” With a promise like that, how can God’s children not be joyful, even when they cannot be happy?

#happiness, #joy

Who is happier couples without children or parents…

Who is happier; couples without children or parents? If you ask parents in the midst of the terrible two’s or dealing with teenage rebellion, they’d probably say childless couples. But recent comprehensive studies have determined that in spite of the challenges, parents are happier than non-parents. Moreover, the study doesn’t even consider the joy of grandparents. I can think of nothing so satisfying than to have all the kids and their kids gather at our home for Thanksgiving or Christmas and to see them focusing their families on the Lord and raising their children to be Christians. I am confident that this will help insure their happiness for the future generations. This is Just-A-Minute

#happiness, #just-a-minute, #parents

Did you know that Biotech workers are the…

Did you know that Biotech workers are the most satisfied employees in America? That was the finding from a Career Bliss survey of 200,000 employee reviews from 70,000 jobs all over the country. Biotech is the application of technology to medicine, agriculture and biology. You may be surprised that customer service, school teachers and secretaries were among the top ten. One theme runs through the highest ranking employment: jobs where the worker serves and helps others. Maybe this is part of what Jesus taught long ago: if you would be first, then become a servant. This is Just-A-Minute

#happiness, #just-a-minute, #satisfied, #workers

Grow in the fruit of joy

“Be joyful always” 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

First, there’s a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is more dependant on circumstances while joy is a fruit of the spirit that we grow in.

While those whose citizenship is here are wrapped up in the never-ceasing ‘pursuit of happiness’ that leads them down the road to Self, sensuality, and stuff, those whose citizenship is in heaven know the love God has for us in not even sparing his own Son to save us and promising to answer our prayers.

We can be unhappy, then, while still filled with joy.

That was our situation last year as both Lori and Timothy fought cancer. Life may have been filled with the day by day trials, but God was good–always! And so joy abounded. That’s why we can have joy even in the midst of great trials–always!

If some of us have joy hanging from our limbs as shriveled fruit, it is because we have perhaps forgotten what God has done, fixed our eyes on the seen, love Self more than others, or have drifted away from truth. To grow in the fruit of joy, we must recapture the newness, re-fix our eyes on Jesus, renew our love for others, and recommit to truth.

Are you growing in the fruit of joy?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

author of Kin of Cain

a Christian historical fantasy

#happiness, #joy

Someone raised the question How can I…

Someone raised the question, “How can I be happy, if I know loved ones aren’t there?” Let me answer this way: Can you be happy now? Are there loved ones that are unsaved now? Is there anyone you loved while they were alive that died outside Christ and is that robbing you of happiness now? Is there anything now that makes you happy? If you can be happy now and you know that a loved one died outside Christ, then surely you can be happy in heaven when everything is designed and prepared for our happiness. But besides all this, believe! Jesus told his disciples, “Believe in God, believe also in Me.” This is the key. Believe. God is able to supply whatever is needed to heighten our happiness beyond our highest dreams. This is Just-A-Minute.

I am sorry I have been absent for a couple of weeks with Just-A-Minute. I don’t mean to be presumptuous, however, I hope to resume with today’s.

#happiness, #heaven, #just-a-minute

A recent study published by the journal Proceedings…

A recent study published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who feel happiest live longer as well as happier! In fact they enjoy a 35% reduced risk of death than those who report feeling unhappy. Rather than relying on recollection, as past studies have, the British researchers rated the nearly 4000 participants aged 52-79 several times a day. The follow up came five years later with other factors like age, gender, health, wealth, education and marital status factored in. While it isn’t clear if simply being happy extends life, there certainly is some connection between the two. So how happy are you? The happiest people I know are Christians! They have a purpose in life: to serve God; and a goal for living: eternal life with God in heaven. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

#christian, #happiness, #just-a-minute

Happiness is? – JAM

According to a study conducted by economists at the University of Texas-Austin, being born with good looks provides you with a leg up on the plain Janes and ugly Eds of the world. For some time research has suggested that better-looking people earn more money that the rest of us. But now, these researchers claim that translates into greater happiness. Now if I was one of those pretty boys, I might take this news in stride. But the truth is, I reject it off-hand. Maybe Beautiful Betty and Handsome Howard are well-off, but I’ve found hard work and clean living contributes far more than good looks. And as for happiness, us ugly folks are just as happy as anyone else. Happiness is found is loving God, loving family and loving one another.   This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#happiness, #just-a-minute

Happiness Month

by Mike Glenn

With the new month, we begin a new characteristic in the Joshua Generation. I have borrowed the title of this article from a book of the same name by Cleon Lyles. Our characteristic this month is happiness. Our slogan is, “Happiness is contagious, catch it.” Our emphasis this month will range from the outward manifestations of happiness (laughter, friendliness, smiling, energy, emotional peace) to the inner foundation of true joy (living God’s way). This first week’s memory verse is Eccl. 3:4. For those of you who do not receive the Joshua Generation bulletin, I have included the front page article.

Happy Is – – The Beatitudes

Good morning. Our JG lesson this morning comes from a well known section of scripture, the beatitudes, found in the sermon on the mount. We will do this study in two parts as they can well take the time for two of your home or family Bible studies as you consider the application of these characteristics.

Matt. 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

The reason this is such a good study (besides the fact that it is from our Lord) is that it puts a different than usual understanding on what it means to be happy. The word “blessed” is translated from a word that means “to pronounce happy” according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary. The Lord is pronouncing men and women to be happy who have certain characteristics. This is worth thought and practice in our life.

• Happy are the poor in spirit – those who know they need the Lord’s help in everything. They have put away pride and know they are not worthy, yet are yearning to be more worthy than they are. Such are humble inside, not just an outward act. Love “is not puffed up” (1 Cor. 13:4).• Happy are those who mourn – those who grieve over sin (their own and all other sin). This is also a characteristic involved in loving. Those who properly love God and others “rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6).

• Happy are the meek – the original meaning of this word is gentle or mild. Jesus lifts it from the idea of being gentle or mild in an act to being of gentle character. It is not about weakness. It is about patience, compassion, inner strength. This too, is part of the description of love when Paul says, “love vaunteth not itself” and “seeketh not her own” (1 Cor. 13:4-5). Such people are not pushy, yet will be bold when acting rightly.

• Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – to want to be right with God as much, even more, than the desire for food or water. It is the intensity of real hunger and real thirst that will constrain a person to so live their life that contented happiness in the result. For such people, the word is continuously in their hand and mind, prayer is constantly on their lips and souls are continuously their concern in their actions.

My prayer is that you are happy.

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#beatitudes, #happiness, #joshua-generation, #matthew-5

Happiness is . . . – JAM

“Happiness is having friends at church” – That was the USA-Today headline last Dec 7th (2010). The article related results from the latest scientific study published in the American Sociological Review that revealed church-going folks who develop close friends in the church are happier and more satisfied with their lives. Even those who attended irregularly increased their sense of well-being when they developed church friendships. This came as no surprise to sociologists; they had long suspected it. God did not create us to be loners. God said, “it is not good that man should be alone.” Thus he created Eve. God created us for community and there is no finer community than those who seriously try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#happiness, #just-a-minute