April 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (How to Study the Bible – Part 1.)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Studying with the Right Attitude (Johnie Scaggs Jr)
  • The Importance of Effective Bible Study (Cody Westbrook)
  • Understanding Bible Authority (Kevin Rhodes)
  • The Silence of the Scriptures (Steven Lloyd)
  • The Importance of Context (Rick Brumback)
  • Types and Shadows (Don Walker)
  • Understanding the Covenants (Clay Bond)

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

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Scripture, Thought and a Prayer on Weariness

Scripture:And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)

Thought: Weariness is a gradual condition. It doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen in one day. Weariness is the continual drop of water that cuts a hole through the stone below. Weariness is no small matter. It robs us of energy and vision. Yet there is a cure for such a burden – faith. A little trust and confidence goes a long way. I’m not talking trust and confidence in man. I’m talking about trust and confidence in God. There are many things that can distract us from what we’re called to do in our service to God, but those things have no effect on the Lord (Galatians 6:7); therefore, let us remember that the Lord is always working, and that he desires to help us in our burdens so that we may avoid the weariness of the soul that results in shortsightedness, as well as finding the energy and vision to help others who find themselves on the verge of the same condition (Matthew 11:29; Galatians 6:1-2).

PrayerFather help us to see a harvest that is in accordance with your will. May we see your promises by faith and hold to them. Help us to wait for you so that we may have the wings of an eagle with renewed strength. Forgive us when we get distracted and when we fail to see things as we ought. May we ever guard our heart with your word, and may your word ever be our help in moments of weariness. Thank you for the strength that you have promised, and by your grace make it readily available to us as your servants so that our faith stands as a source of help to others who also stand in need.

#heart-and-mind, #scripture-thought-prayer, #sowing-to-the-spirit, #weariness

Glorified Violence and the Disrespect it Shows for Life

We live in a blood thirsty culture, or so it seems anyways. If it’s not “reality TV” at the top of the charts then it’s a show that reeks with violence. Examples abound but examples aren’t worth the effort to type.

With Halloween around the corner the adoration for bloodshed will only increase with “haunted houses, mansions, prisons and woods” and whatever else you can think of that will charge an admission fee to expose an untold number of minds to things that should not be entertaining in any way!

Glorified violence shows a blatant disrespect for life and it should not be celebrated in the human heart under the guise of excitement or drama.

Do you want to see the true horror of violence? Look at the pictures that were taken by the Nazi’s during the holocaust! Look at the pictures taken during a real life war! Situations like these reveal the horrible nature of violence in a way that can’t be ignored! And if these aren’t enjoyable then why should any scene that recreates such horrors find anymore pleasure in our heart?

I read a sad and heart-wrenching story this morning on a congregation’s newsletter about a sister in Christ who was beaten to death by her husband because she had converted to Christianity. And now the man is promising the same fate to anyone else who converts. It hurts my heart to think of what that woman, who was created in the image of God, endured during the last moments of her life. And how could any person who’s living without a numb heart not feel the same way? But yet there will be a TV show on tonight here and around the world that will glorify such behavior and people are going to enjoy it. Why?!

Whatever a culture consumes for entertainment will consume that culture, and in case you haven’t noticed there’s no lack of disrespect for human life on the airwaves so why should we expect anything different to show up on our spiritual EKG?

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7-9 – NKJV)

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Trusting Jesus’ Judgment

Trusting Jesus’ judgment and facing His judgment are two different things. Facing Jesus will be mandatory (2 Corinthians 5:10), but trusting Jesus before we find ourselves in judgment is a decision we must make on our own. Why should we trust Jesus’ judgment? John 2:23-25 says:

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”

Among all the things that the disciples were going to have to learn about Jesus, they were going to have to learn about trusting His judgment. Jesus knows why certain individuals, objects, situations, thoughts and decisions shouldn’t be trusted. He sees things in a way that goes beyond our limited sight, but are we willing to trust what He sees?

Jesus says certain things must be done to be pleasing to God, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says unless we repent of our sins we’ll perish, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says that marriage is between a man and a woman and it’s meant to be for life, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says the interior must be dealt with before the exterior, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says the merciful and the meek will have far greater rewards than what the world has to offer, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says that self-righteousness will leave us void of His righteousness, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says there is no way to the Father other than Him, but do we trust His judgment? Jesus says He will be the one to divide the nations as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, but do we trust His judgment? At that point will trust really have anything to do with it???

Jesus doesn’t have to be introduced to us. He already knows us. He knows our name. He knows our situation. He knows why we won’t come to Him as well as why we do come to Him. Every heart is an open resume with Jesus, a resume that can’t be changed or altered to make us appear to be someone we’re not.

Trusting Jesus’ judgment goes beyond the things that I have mentioned, but just mentioning His judgment is enough to find out what our judgment about Jesus is.

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

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