Name An Item Or Habit

From a spiritual perspective, the following are some of my observations regarding items or habits no longer in use today (comparatively speaking) as they were three to four generations ago:

1) The Bible is no longer habitually read, studied and used by members of the Lord’s church like it was in the 1940’s and 1950’s (we used to be called “walking Bibles” by those outside the church – http://cedarparkchurchofchrist.org/cpcofc/index.php?n=Articles.2010DailyBibleStudy).

2) Looking at all of the immorality in our society today, we can plainly see that Interest in spiritual values and principles are no longer “in vogue.” If they were, children would be taught these values at home and our society today would be less immoral as a result.

3) Hell fire and damnation sermons are today rarely heard from the pulpit (I grew up hearing these type of sermons on a regular basis back in the 1940’s). And guess what? The Lord’s church grew dramatically.

4) Home Bible studies with others are virtually non-existent today (no time to study, folks say).

5) Personal bible study at home is virtually non-existent today. Too many worldly influences (too many digital “toys”), thus, no time to study.

6) In the 1940’s and 50’s, folks habitually assembled to worship the Lord – so much so, that two to three week gospel meetings were not uncommon (I attended some of them). Today, they are unheard of. If we can get members to come to a three-day gospel meeting, we count ourselves successful.

7) Pews are not being filled today as they were three to four generations ago. The testimony of the “empty pew” is a testimony to our lack of focus on spiritual things (Colossians 3:1-2): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/08/09/lessons-from-an-empty-pew/

I could go on and on and on (like the energizer battery bunny), but the above are enough samples to let folks see the fact that spirituality has greatly waned in our country and in the Lord’s church.

What’s the solution to all of the above? Open the Book! (read it and do what it says do – James 1:22-25): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/01/08/lets-open-the-book/

#bible, #children, #church, #habit, #home, #meeting, #member, #principle, #read, #society, #spiritual, #study, #value, #vogue, #worship

One Thing To Do Before 2010 Closes

Pray that our country’s moral and spiritual values will improve in 2011 due to the teaching of the saving gospel of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16), and that brethren be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”: http://www.just1word.com/bible/verse/1-corinthians_15:58?version=kjv

And all of the above starts with ME!

#close, #gospel, #improve, #moral, #one, #pray, #save, #spiritual, #teaching, #thing, #value

Lasting value

After not paying attention to this little service for some time, I opened it up this morning and was encouraged by this:

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8, NLT

The more clearly Isaiah saw God, the more aware Isaiah became of his own powerlessness and inadequacy to do anything of lasting value without God. But he was willing to be God’s spokesman.

When God calls, will you also say, “Send me”?

This from the Life Application Devo. Besides the obviously missionary theme, the phrase about doing something of last value caught my eye.

#devotional, #isaiah, #value

Know the true value of time; snatch, sei…

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Lord Chesterfield, English man of letters (1694-1773)

#enjoy, #idle, #seize, #time, #value

The value of life is not in the length o…

The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.

Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

#life, #time-management, #value

Without civic morality communities peris…

Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.

Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970)

#community, #morality, #value

Mark 7

Mark 7 (Tuesday, 1/10/10)
I. The difficulty of holiness (7:1-23). Have you ever put on a facade when you’re feeling bad? Many people put one on spiritually when deep inside worms permeate the body.
II. The value of one not considered “part of us” (7:24-37). Where much loss was suffered (Mark 5), much healing was done.

#facade, #value