FORGIVENESS WRITTEN IN STONE

A story is told of two friends who were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, “Today my best friends slapped me in the face.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from nearly drowning, he wrote on a stone, “Today my best friend saved my life.”

His friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

So real forgiveness keeps on leaving the sins of others and our hurts in the past. We need to forgive as the Almighty forgives. Concerning the penitent, the Scriptures declare: “As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psa. 103:12). “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more” (Heb. 8:12). “And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). To be Christ-like we must be ready and willing to forgive and forget. “Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him” (Lk. 17:3). Remember, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mat. 6:14-15).

Holding a grudge can be deadly.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE WORKER’S PLEDGE

Washington Gladden, a pioneer for social justice, realized that changing outward conditions will not bring about a better society unless men’s attitude toward their work is also changed. So he wrote what he called “The Worker’s Pledge” in which he said:

“I will not be a sponge or parasite. I will give an honest equivalent for what I get. I want no man’s money for which I have not rendered a full return. I want no wages that I have not earned. If I work for any man or any company or any institution, I will render a full, ample, generous service. If I work for the city or the state or the nation, I will give my best thought, my best effort, my most conscientious and efficient endeavor. If I can give a little more than I get every time, in that shall be my happiness. The great commonwealth of human society shall not be a loser through me.”

This is the spirit that has built our country, and when that spirit declines, America is on the decline; and we see this decline taking place before our eyes. This mentality of something for nothing is condemned in the Scriptures. “But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat” (2 The. 3:10). “Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men” (Col. 3:10).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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ARE YOU LOSING SLEEP?

The following Psalm was written by David as he fled from Absalom. “Jehovah, how are mine adversaries increased! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me; My glory and the lifter up of my head. I cry unto Jehovah with my voice, And he answereth me out of his holy hill. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; For Jehovah sustaineth me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people That have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O Jehovah; save me, O my God: For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah: Thy blessing be upon thy people” (Psa. 3:1-8).

How well we sleep sometimes indicates how much we really trust the Lord. David said, “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; For Jehovah sustaineth me” (v. 5). We may think we can do that anytime. But what if we had been where David was? He was fleeing from his son Absalom, who had turned against him and had driven him from Jerusalem. Now David was in the wilderness with his army. It would be difficult to lie down and sleep knowing that you are in a dangerous wilderness and that your own son is against you. Oh, it wasn’t the physical danger that kept David awake. He knew God would protect him. It was the inner spiritual and emotional agony of having his own flesh and blood trying to seize the kingdom from him.

But David said, in effect, “Lord, You are able to give me peace in my heart, the protection I need, the perspective I need. You are able to help me in the midst of this difficult situation.” The heart of every problem is really the problem in the heart. David knew that it was not the army on the outside that would keep him awake but the agony on the inside.

This psalm starts with David’s cry, “Many are they that rise up against me” (v. 1). He is pleading for help. The psalm ends with David’s singing a song of praise, “Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah: Thy blessing be upon thy people” (v. 8). Your day might begin by your pleading for help. But if you are trusting the Lord, it could or should end by your praising Him for the help He has given you.

Difficult circumstances often rob us of our peace and our perspective. When you find yourself in adverse circumstances, in the face of frightening consequences, or dealing with the hurt laid upon you by someone else – admit your trouble, confession your worries, acknowledge your hurt, and affirm your trust in Him. Then be encouraged that God protects you and gives you peace in the midst of the storm. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you” (1 Pet. 5:6-7)

I am reminded of the words of the apostle Paul declared, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). “I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13).

Remember, “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee; For thou, Jehovah, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psa. 9:10). “Commit thy way unto Jehovah; Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass” (Psa. 37:5). “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Psa. 56:3; ESV).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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The Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible

Tune in tonight to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at 7:00pm CST on http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org as we discuss moral issues and Bible topics important in our world today. You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says.

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THE PREACHING OF THE SUPREME CHRIST

THE PREACHING OF THE SUPREME CHRIST
Colossians 1:24-29

INTRODUCTION
A. Paul’s ministry for Christ required him to serve in the face of opposition and
persecution
1. His message was that the past mystery of God had been revealed: Gentiles could now have hope of glory through Christ being in them
2. The purpose of Paul’s preaching and labors was to bring every person to
maturity in Christ
B. Thus, Paul preached the supreme Christ even in the face of persecution
DISCUSSION
A. HIS JOY: SUFFERING FOR THEIR SAKE (1:24)
1. Paul says, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,”
a. Paul was told this would happen… Acts 9:16
b. Suffering is unpleasant – Paul did not enjoy suffering, but he did rejoice in the benefits it would bring the Colossians… Note Philippians 2:17
c. Rejoicing in the face of suffering is what Jesus expected of His followers
1) Matthew 5:10-12
2) Acts 5:41
d. But, in what way was Paul suffering for the sake of the Colossians?
1) He did not explain…
2) But his suffering as an apostle and leader among the brethren would cause them to recognize him as a true representative of Christ, endowed with apostolic authority
e. Paul’s endurance in the face of persecution would strengthen the Colossians – they might be saying, “If Paul can do it why can’t we?”
f. In Paul enduring suffering he was setting a powerful lesson for them to follow
g. Paul continues his thoughts on suffering as he says…
2. “and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church”
a. Paul’s suffering was not just for the sake of the Colossians, but for the whole body
b. Paul was suffering in his “flesh” – that is, he was suffering physical pain
1) Until he became a Christian, Paul was without abuse from the hands of others
2) Upon becoming a follower of Christ he began to endure persecution almost continually
a) 2 Corinthians 1:8-9; 6:4-5
b) 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
3) These hardships caused him to trust more fully in God, which proved to be a benefit to the church
c. Notice two words he uses in this verse: “sufferings” and “affliction”
1) “Suffering” – denotes pain and abuse
2) “Affliction” – denotes anguish and burdens
d. Paul did his part (“fill up on my part”) in spreading the gospel even in the midst of hardship – if he did not do his part, the church would be lacking
1) Are we doing our part?
2) What are we willing to endure? Are we even willing to endure hardship?
3) Paul suffered like Christ suffered while He walked the earth – burdens, shame, etc. – to help build up the church. Thus…
B. THE MYSTERY REVEALED TO THEM (1:25-27)
1. Paul was made a “minister, according to the dispensation of God”
a. Paul alluded to himself as a “minister” (diakonos) – a servant – a servant of the gospel
b. In this passage Paul is saying that he not only served Christ but also the church. However, by ministering to the needs of the church, he was also serving Jesus
1) Christians cannot serve Christ if they isolate themselves from the brethren
2) Matthew 25:40

2. Paul uses the word “dispensation” or stewardship (ESV, NAS, NKJ) and has reference to a position of responsibility in service to others
a. God entrusted Paul with the spreading of the gospel
b. Paul felt and fulfilled his obligation… 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
c. Today we have this same obligation…
3. This stewardship was given to Paul for them “to fulfill (make fully known – ESV) the will of God”
a. This Paul did… Acts 20:20, 27
b. The proclaiming of God’s word was most important with Paul as is seen in his admonition to Timothy… 2 Timothy 4:2
c. Should this not also be true of us?
4. Paul was responsible for revealing the “mystery” that could not be understood until revealed
a. There was much about God’s plan that was concealed “for ages and generations” – but now it has “been manifested (revealed – ESV, NKJ) to his saints”
b. Through the New Testament, they mystery has been made known to the saints
c. The core of the good news that was hidden and veiled in mystery is Jesus Himself
1) 1 Timothy 3:16
2) Ephesians 3:4-6
5. It pleased God to make known this mystery to all nations (“among the Gentiles”)
a. The revealing of this mystery provided “the riches of the glory” – that is, the blessings extended to Christians
b. What are these riches? What are these blessings? – “Christ in you, the hope of glory”
1) The Colossians’ hope was Christ being in them
2) In Colossians 1:27 the “you” that Christ is “in” is plural. Jesus is in His people as a group and is in them individually (Jn. 17:23; Rom. 8:10)
3) How is Christ in us?
a) To speak of Christ being in us is equal to saying we are in Christ
b) The point is: the Christian and Christ are united
c) Christ dwells in us through faith (Eph. 3:17) and faith comes by the word of God (Rom. 10:17)
4) “Hope” points to the future… Romans 8:24-25
6. Revealing this mystery would enable Paul to complete…
C. HIS GOAL FOR THEM: COMPLETENESS IN CHRIST (1:28-29)
1. Paul said “we” (maybe referring to he and Timothy, or an editorial we) are “proclaiming” the mystery of God for the purpose of “admonishing” them and “teaching” them
a. “Admonishing” carries the idea of warning and pointing out the consequences of sinful behavior
b. “Teaching” carries the idea of giving instruction
c. The purpose of this “admonishing” and “teaching” was that they might be “perfect in Christ”
1) “Perfect” (mature – ESV, complete – NAS) comes from the Greek word teleion and carries the idea of spiritually mature
2) The word “perfect” can be misleading because man can never come to God’s perfection
3) But even though we sin (Rom 3:23) we can still be spiritually mature – our continued obedience to God’s word produces this maturity
2. Paul’s efforts had a purpose
a. His “labor” – the hard work in which he was involved was geared toward serving Christ
b. This work involved “striving” which comes from the Greek word agonizomi from which we get our English word agonize
1) Paul set forth agonizing effort for the Lord
2) How much effort are we putting forth?
c. The word “worketh” comes from the Greek word energia from which we get our word energy
d. “Mightily” comes from the Greek word dunamis from which we get our word dynamite
e. The ESV translates this verse this way: “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me”
1) Paul know that his power was from God – not himself
2) Paul was inspired of God
3) Paul was always gaining strength on the inside… 2 Corinthians 4:16
4) Remember Philippians 4:13
CONCLUSION
A. Lessons Learned
1. We must be willing servants
2. We must serve in spite of suffering
3. Our labors can lead others to Christ
4. We must serve others
B. How are you doing with preaching and teaching about the Supreme Christ?

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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AN IMPERISHABLE CROWN

If you followed the FIFA World Cup this year (2014), you probably saw the champions, Germany, win after their final match against Argentina. It was a glorious moment as they held and relished the prize for their hard work and dedication: the World Cup trophy. This trophy, made with 18 carat gold (75% pure) is valued today at upwards of $10 million. Isn’t that amazing?

As precious and valuable as this prize is, however, the German team was not able to keep it. Although they were the champions, they went home to their country without the World Cup trophy. Why? Because FIFA’s regulations state that the trophy must remain in FIFA’s possession, with the World Cup winners awarded only a gold-plated replica.

The reason for this seemingly absurd rule is simple: the original World Cup trophy was stolen twice, once in 1966 and again in 1983, and was never recovered. The new trophy we see today is always heavily guarded and mostly locked away for safekeeping.

The apostle Paul declared, “Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain. And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (1 Cor. 9:24-25).

In this passage, we are reminded that as Christians, we no longer strive for what is susceptible to corruption or robbery. Unlike the World Cup trophy, the Christian’s imperishable crown is safe, secure, and eternal. This imperishable crown is also referred to as the crown of life (Jam. 1:12), an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade (1 Pet. 1:4), and a crown of glory that does not fade away (1 Pet. 5:4). Is this not the crown we should be diligently striving for? Friends, remain obedient and faithful so as not to lose your crown.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE TATOR FAMILY

THE TATOR FAMILY

INTRODUCTION
A. Are you a member of the “Tator Family”?
1. The family you are a member of tells a lot about you
2. We tend to take on the characteristics of our family
3. “An acorn does not fall far from the tree”
B. Let’s take a look at the “Tator Family” and all their relatives, and see if this is really a family of which we want to be a member
DISCUSSION
A. Mr. Spect-tator
1. This family member doesn’t do much at all
a. He won’t sing, pray, or teach
b. He does not visit the sick, nursing home, or hospitals
c. He does not give attention to the wayward or those lost in the world
d. Again, he just doesn’t do much of anything
2. What does the Bible say about the lifestyle Mr. Spec–tator?
a. 1 Corinthians 15:58
b. Luke 9:62
c. John 9:4
d. Philippians 2:12-16
3. Are you a member of this family?
B. Mr. Agi-tator
1. This family member is a trouble maker
a. Constantly perverting the right way
b. Stirring up trouble through false teaching
1) Binding where God has not bound
2) Loosing where God has not loosed
2. What does the Bible say about antics Mr. Agi-tator?
a. 2 John 9
b. 2 Timothy 3:13-17
c. 1 Peter 4:11
d. “For what saith the scripture…” (Rom. 4:3)
3. Are you a member of this family?
C. Mr. Devas-tator
1. This family member is always trying to tear down the church by their actions.
a. Never building up – always tearing down
b. Causing others to fall away
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Devas-tator?
a. 2 Peter 2:2
b. 1 Corinthians 14:26
c. Romans 14:19
d. 1 Corinthians 10:23
e. 2 Peter 2:15-22
3. Are you a member of this family?
D. Mr. Lamen-tator
1. This family member is always complaining and whining about:
a. Spiritual things:
1) Why aren’t we doing this – why aren’t we doing that
2) He is not doing… He should have… He said…
3) Complain because you have been mistreated…
b. Physical things:
1) They don’t have this or that
2) Constantly complaining about health issues
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Lamen-tator?
a. Hebrews 13:5
b. Acts 5:41 … did they complain? – No
c. Philippians 2:14
d. 1 Peter 4:14-19
3. Are you a member of this family?
E. Mr. Dic-tator
1. This family member is always trying to run the show
a. Has to have his way in things
b. Always wanting the preeminence
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Dic-tator?
a. 2 Timothy 2:16-18
b. 1 Timothy 6:20
c. Titus 3:9
d. 1 Peter 2:15
e. 3 John 9
3. Are you a member of this family?
F. Mr. Commen-tator
1. Always criticizing others faults.
a. Wants to tell you all about them.
b. Always running to the elders or preacher about someone…
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Commen-tator?
a. Matthew 23:23-24
b. Take this test-On a sheet of paper list 1 to 10.
1) List 10 faults of your neighbor, or your brother or sister in Christ.
2) Then list 10 of your own faults.
3) Is it harder to find your own faults?
3. Are you a member of this family?
G. Mr. Medi-tator
1. Makes good points
a. But doesn’t take any actions,
b. Always know how someone else ought to do it
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Medi-tator?
a. 2 Timothy 3:1-7
b. James 1:21-25
3. Are you a member of this family?
H. Mr. Imi-tator
1. A mimic, to copy others.
a. Go around with the crowd.
b. Does not stand for the truth.
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Imi-tator?
a. Matthew 7:13-14
b. Luke 13:24
c. Exodus 23:2
3. Are you a member of this family?
I. Mr. Hesi-tator
1. Has not decided who he is going to follow, who he will serve.
a. He is hot and cold, back and forth.
b. Wishy-Washy
2. What does the Bible say about Mr. Hesi-tator?
a. Joshua 24:15
b. Matthew 6:24
c. James 4:4
d. Galatians 1:10
3. Are you a member of this family?
CONCLUSION
A. If we are a member of the “Tator Family” we will end up a “fried-tator”
B. May we strive to be of the “Family of God”

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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