THANKFULNESS

A foursome of senior golfers hit the course with waning enthusiasm for the sport. “These hills are getting steeper as the years go by,” one complained. “These fairways seem to be getting longer too,” said one of the others. “The sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember them too,” said the third senior.

After hearing enough from his buddies, the oldest and the wisest of the four of them at 87 years old, piped up and said, “My friends, just be thankful we’re still on this side of the grass!”

It is easy to find things to complain about (and some people seem to enjoy doing it!). Very few things around us are just the way we would like them if we were living in an “ideal” world. However, we need to be careful that we do not get so caught up in our complaints that we overlook the great blessings that abound in our lives.

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 The. 5:18).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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CHARACTER CRISIS

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through The Bible at 7:00pm CST at http://www.gospelradionetwork.org as we discuss “Character.” America is in a character crisis, the like of which none of us today have ever experienced. You have heard what men have said about character, lets hear what the Bible says about character.

You can also listen in on KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, and KQMK 1680 AM. This is a live call-in program (1-855-QABIBLE)

Check out the Harris and Moore webpage (www.harrisandmoore.org) for archived programs and podcasts.

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE HOARY HEAD

We are living in a day when a great many young people/adults have little or no respect for the “hoary” (“gray” – NKJ) headed our number. Yet, the Bible teaches very plainly that we are to have great respect for those blessed in years. If our world would respect and listen to the wisdom of those who are in the twilight of life, our world would be a better place to live.

The Bible unequivocally pronounces, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and thou shalt fear thy God: I am Jehovah” (Lev. 19:32). Even Solomon, king in Israel, honored and showed respect to his aged mother. Concerning this the Bible says, “Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a throne to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand” (1 Kgs. 2:19). Solomon also said, “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old” (Pro. 23:22).

Great lamentation was heard in Israel because “the faces of elders were not honored” (Lam. 5:12). Paul said that children are to “to requite [or, repay – NKJ] their parents: for this is acceptable in the sight of God” (1 Tim. 5:4) – one way this can be done is through honor and respect.

The older need to be honored as teachers of youth (Tit. 2:1-5). Paul knew of the value of mothers and grandmothers, for Eunice and Lois taught Timothy the Holy Scriptures from his youth (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15). We must always honor the older because the “multitude of years should teach wisdom” (Job. 32:7).

What is our responsibility to the “hoary head?” Solomon said, “The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness” (Pro. 16:31), and “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old” (Pro. 23:22). Thus, we must respect, esteem and honor our seniors of life.

We must provide for them, “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). David pleaded, “Cast me not off in the time of old age; Forsake me not when my strength faileth” (Psa. 71:9). Too many children have forsaken their parents when they have gotten old. Too many have ignored our elderly brethren. These attitudes and actions defy the commands of God.

The hoary headed ones of our number have responsibilities as well. The responsibility of not retiring from the work of the Lord (Rev. 2:10). They must be willing to share their wisdom and knowledge (1 Kgs. 12:6-12). They must be willing to set good examples for the youth (Tit. 2:2-5). And they must never be ashamed of their age (Pro. 16:31).

There are great blessings in old age. “The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of Jehovah; They shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and green” (Psa. 92:12-14).

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

Tune in tonight at 7:00pm CST to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible as we discuss the topic: “A Nation Needs God”

Tune in at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org. (A chat room available)

We also air on KATX 97.7 FM (Eastland), KNNK 100.5 FM (Herford), and KQMK 1680 AM (Hydro, OK)

This is a live call-in program (1-855-QABIBLE) discussing various Bible topic and important issues facing our world. Podcasts are available at http://www.harrisandmoore.org

You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says.

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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New Life in Christ

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
Colossians 3:1-4

DISCUSSION
A. Conversion to Christ changes the rule, relationship, outlook, and actions of our lives.
1. This new life orders its priorities out of the mind of Christ.
2. Colossians is a book that points to Jesus as the center, purpose, and power of life.
4. He is the focal point of history (1:15-20), the purpose of life (1:24-2:5), and the power for new life and glory (2:6, 7).
B. But how do these truths relate to everyday life? After all, life is not lived in theological speculation or in right comprehensions about the person and work of Christ alone.
1. Life has struggles with priorities, pressures, anger, problems with marriage, difficulties on the job, and problems relating as Christians to outsiders who operate out of a different mindset.
2. What do right views and a right relationship with Jesus have to do with life’s everyday struggles?
C. Let us begin at the beginning – the struggle to order our priorities out of a Christian framework.
1. Usually, it is not easy. Many ideas compete for our attention.
2. How can we order our priorities to be pleasing to Him and to feel good about ourselves and our relationships?
4. As in all of the Christian life, the answers are not found in platitudes or three-step formulas.
5. The answers are found in the significance and dynamic of a new life in Christ.
D. Let us take a backward look at our conversion to recall its meaning and impact upon life and its priorities now.
DISCUSSION
A. WHAT HAPPENED AT CONVERSION? (2:9-15)
1. At the time of conversion, a participation in the “circumcision of Christ” took place (2:11).
a. Paul was not referring to their circumcision as Jewish infants, but to “His crucifixion.”
b. He was referring to a symbolical sharing in the death of Jesus.
c. The Christian circumcision is of the heart, not the body
1) Philippians 3:3
2) Romans 2:28-29
d. In baptism the Christian puts off “the body of flesh.”
1) Baptism signifies the removal of the “flesh,” the “putting off of the old man,” a “dying to self and the domination of a sinful life.”
2) The believer puts off “the whole personality organized for, and geared into rebellion against God.”
e. Repentance changes the mind and the direction…
1) But only our participation in the death of Christ can actually destroy the power of sin and free us from enslavement to it… Romans 6:6.
2) As Jesus died for our sins, He enables us through His death to die to our sins.
2. Second, a participation in the burial of Christ took place (2:12).
a. The “body of flesh” is not only put off; in baptism it is put away out of sight.
b. Baptism signifies and enables us through God’s power to make the power and domination of sin things of the past.
c. By being buried with Him, we lose ourselves and our old nature in Him.
d. “He who has died is freed from sin” (Romans 6:7).
3. Third, a participation in the resurrection of Christ took place (2:12, 13).
a. Baptism not only proclaims that the old life is over, but that a new life is begun. A Christian shares in resurrection power!
b. The power of baptism is the working of God – the same working that raised Jesus (2:12).
1) The God who raised Jesus makes us “alive together with Him” (2:13).
2) Continued faith in the resurrected Christ enables His power to energize and maintain our life in Him (cf. Philippians 3:9-11).
4. What did Jesus make possible through His death, burial, and resurrection and our identification with Him in baptism?
a. He broke us clean away from our past. He freely forgave our sins.
b. Sin, our violation of God’s law, represented a mountain of bankruptcy standing as a witness against us.
c. This signed confession of indebtedness, Jesus cancelled in His death.
d. He took this bond of indebtedness along with the document, ordinances, and all, and nailed them to His cross as an act of triumphant defiance in the face of those blackmailing powers who were holding it over us as a threat (2:14).
e. A song which Christians sing says, We owed a debt we could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe.
f. He shamed, embarrassed, and destroyed the forces that were against us.
5. How do we participate in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection?
a. We do so in baptism, but not in the mere act alone. We participate through faith in the working of God.
b. What is the nature of this faith? It is repentance, a change of heart, identification with Him in His death, and surrender to Him and His purpose.
c. Life is to be forevermore changed through our faith in Christ and the working of God in us.
B. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES CONVERSION MAKE?
1. First, it makes a change of rule (1:13) from the dominion of darkness into the rule of the Son.
a. He directs, rules, and reigns. He is the sphere in which our lives are lived.
b. We no longer yield to sin, but to God (Romans 6:13).
2. Second, it produces a change of relationship (1:22) from hostility, estrangement, and evil to a new relationship of harmony and holiness.
a. We were once committed to our own way, but now we live in harmony with His.
b. We were once under the influence of Satan, but now we are under the influence of the friendship of God.
3. Third, it leads to a change of thought (3:1-4).
a. New life means new desires – “keep seeking things above” (3:1).
b. New life means new thoughts – “set your mind on the things above” (3:2).
c. Life is hid with Christ in God; we lose ourselves in Him.
d. Life is no longer ordered by worldly interests and selfish desires.
e. Life is ordered by the person and life of Jesus revealed to us in Scripture.
4. Fourth, it causes a change of action (3:4-4:6).
a. Such new life leads one to “put off” certain things and “put on” others.
b. This new nature is constantly being “renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of… Him” (3:10).
c. The new actions spring from a life rooted in the life of the Lord.
C. WHAT DOES NEW LIFE HAVE TO DO WITH ORDERING PRIORITIES?
1. We could have attempted to discuss and list the priorities of life as a code for decision-making, but that would not have fit the message of Colossians.
a. Ordering priorities is not just following an outward code, although there are definite out-ward manifestations of the will of God by which to test ourselves.
b. Establishing priorities is an everyday happening that springs from spiritual values. It is wisdom and discernment developed as fruit of a life rooted in Christ (Philippians 1:9-11).
2. His values are honesty, integrity, love, purity, righteousness, marriage, and family.
a. His values of the kingdom concern disciplining, proclaiming, sharing, and giving.
b. His values are of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
3. These values we have chosen because we have chosen Him.
a. He is the embodiment of these values and more.
b. Because He is of the Father, our values are of the Father.
c. From deep within us springs the desire to know and glorify Him.
d. He is not only our everything in theory, but also in life.
e. We consciously seek the things above!
CONCLUSION
A. Do you know the frustration of a disjointed life that is driven by every wind of influence?
1. Do you find yourself dominated by the world?
2. Are you weak to choose spiritual values?
3. Are you confused about priorities because you try to handle them without dying to self and living to Christ?
B. Convert to Jesus.
1. Commit yourself to new life, thought, and action.
2. Let your roots run deep into the heart of Jesus.
3. Do not take your eyes off Him.
4. He can order your life and become the power for a life hidden with Christ in God.
C. By dying to self and receiving new life from Him, your life can be lived with a new dimension – a spiritual dimension that orders your life.

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

With Election Day upon us, I am reminded of a story about Theodore Roosevelt. During one of his political campaigns, a delegation called on him at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The President met them with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up.

“Ah, gentlemen,” he said, “come down to the barn and we will talk while I do some work.”

At the barn, Roosevelt picked up a pitchfork and looked around for the hay. Then he called out, “John, where’s all the hay?”

“Sorry, sir,” John called down from the hayloft. “I ain’t had time to toss it back down again after you pitched it up while the Iowa folks were here.”

As we go to the polls this Tuesday I know whom I am going to vote for. Let me tell you who: I am going to vote hypocrisy out of office and humility in. I am going to vote greatness out and servanthood in. I am going to vote honor out and duty in. That’s whom I am going to vote for and I wish it were that simple. Truth is, leadership, the way the Bible describes it, is hard to find.

Notice the qualities the Bible says our leaders are to have… “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (Exo. 18:21). “When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh…The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts [receives bribes - NKJ] overthroweth it” (Pro. 29:2, 4).

Remember, “Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people” (Pro. 14:34).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

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

Join us tonight (and each Monday) on the Harris ad Moore Expedition Through the Bible at 7:00 pm CST as we discuss Bible Illiteracy at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org. This is a live call-in program discussing various moral issues and important Bible topics facing our world.

You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible has to say.

You can also sign up for podcasts of the programs at http://www.harrisandmoore.org

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

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