DISCIPLINE

Junior bit the meter man, Junior bit the cook.
Junior’s antisocial now (according to the book).
Junior smashed the clock and lamp, Junior hacked the tree …
(Destructive trends are treated in chapters two and three).
Junior threw his milk at Mom. Junior screamed for more.
(Notes of self-assertiveness are found in chapter four)
Junior tossed his shoes and sock in the rain
(Negation, that, and normal, disregard the stain).
Junior set Dad’s shirt afire, whittled Grand[pa’s pipe.
(That’s to gain attention, see page 89)
Grandpa seized a slipper and yanked Junior cross his knee
(He’s read nothing but the Bible since 1893). [author unknown]

“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Pro. 22:15). “Withhold not correction from the child; For if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die” (Pro. 23:13). “The rod and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother” (Pro. 29:15).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE WORTH OF A SOUL

How much is one human being worth? In terms of his financial profile, the prodigal was now worth zero. How much are you worth? I am not sure how to answer that question. If we could somehow break down the chemical composition of your body I could tell you your worth. You have within your body enough iron for a nail; enough sugar to fill a sugar bowl; enough fat for seven bars of soap (that may vary from person to person); enough lime to whitewash a chicken coop, enough phosphorous for 2,200 match heads, enough magnesium for a dose of magnesium; enough potassium to shoot a toy cannon, all mixed in with a little sulfur so that even in today’s inflated market you are valued at about $3.50. That is how much we are worth.

What gave the prodigal his value is that he belonged to someone? He had a father. If I hear that there are 5,000 runaways every day in America that will not cause me to blink an eye. But if I hear that my child is one of them, there is nothing that I will not do to see that they are found. You are more valuable than an African diamond mine and an Arabian oil field. Why? – Because you have a heavenly Father. In the parable of the lost coin, we read where a woman turns her house upside down in search for a missing coin. Will God not literally turn the world upside down in His search for one lost soul willing to come to Him in obedience?

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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SOW ON…

SOW ON …

Oftentimes we grow discouraged
With children full of pranks
With mothers who are gossips,
And fathers who are cranks,
With folks who let us do the world
While they sit back at leisure
And never even voice a thought –
Unless it is displeasure.
With some who criticize us
Because we did not call,
And some who claim we think we’re good
And really aren’t at all!
With some who think we are too bold,
And some that we’re too shy,
And some we cannot please at all
No matter how we try.
But is this not our Father’s work?
‘Tis He who bids us go –
The harvesting will be for Him,
Our work is but to sow.
And he that goeth forth in tears,
Still sowing though he grieves,
Shall doubtless come again in joy
And bring forth precious sheaves. [author unknown]

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN

There was a boy fishing and a sheriff drove by and noticed the boy had a long line of fish. So he pulled over and talked to the boy.

“Hey there boy, where d’ja catch all those fish?”

The boy responded “The lake.”

“Wow I’ve never seen anyone pull in so many fish from the lake.” He continued, “What did you use?”

“Stinging worms”

“What? I’ve never heard of those before. Do you have any left?”

“Yup!” and with that the boy pulled out a coffee can from his backpack and showed the sheriff. It was full of baby rattlesnakes. The cop then noticed how bloody and bitten the boy’s hands were. Every time the kid reached in to hook a snake, they all viciously attacked his hand. The sheriff pulled him into the car and with sirens blazing went to the hospital.

The boy never noticed the pain the snakes were causing him because he was blinded by the amount of fun he was having pulling in all those fish. Sin is like this, we can’t see it as the real evil it is and how it destroys us spiritually and physically. Lets look through the fun of sin because it is deceitful and Christ died for our sin, it’s not fun! If we could just see the way sin affects us spiritually as we see the way rattlesnakes harm our body we would have a much easier time fighting off the desires of the flesh.

Remember, “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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AN IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT

“Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice [or, direct my prayers unto you] for you and watch” (Psa. 5:1-3).

It’s imperative for us to meet God in the morning if we want to have a good day. Jesus got up early in the morning to pray – leaving us a perfect example, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mk 1:35). Here we find the psalmist saying, “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psa. 5:3).

Meeting with God is not an appointment on a clock but an appointment in your heart. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mk. 12:30. Does God hear your voice in prayer in the morning? When He looks on you at the beginning of your day, does He look on you as a priest who has come to offer Him sacrifices of praise? That’s what “prepare” [direct – NKJ] means (v. 3) – “to put in order” my prayer. It is to arrange, as it were, a sacrifice on an altar before the Lord.

When you wake up in the morning, remind yourself that you are one of God’s priests. ” But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). How did you become a priest? Through obedient faith in Jesus Christ (belief, repentance, confession, and baptism). The first thing we ought to do in the morning is the first thing the high priest used to do every morning. He laid the burnt offering on the altar. The burnt offering is a picture of total dedication to God. If you want to have a good day, start by giving yourself to the Lord as a burnt offering. Paul declared, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1; NKJ). A good day begins in the morning, and it begins at the altar of prayer.

Does your day begin with God? If not, decide to start each morning by dedicating yourself to Him as a living sacrifice and ask for wisdom for the day’s decisions and actions. He wants to direct your life through His word. So view each day as a gift from God and determine to be a good steward of the day’s resources. Make your time with Him a daily appointment. The morning is the finest time for communion with God. Someone once said,, “Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.”

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?
Genesis 4:9

INTRODUCTION
A. Perhaps one of the more thought-provoking questions in the Bible is that one asked by Cain…
1. Cain had killed his brother because God had accepted Abel’s offering, but not his own (Gen. 4:3-8)
a. Abel had offered a bloody sacrifice pleasing to the Lord
b. Cain had brought an offering from the fruit of the ground which did not please the Lord
c. Cain killed his brother in jealous anger
2. When the Lord inquired concerning Abel, Cain’s response was: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9)
B. This is a question we would do well to ask ourselves today:
1. Are we our brothers’ keeper?
2. Do we have a responsibility to watch out for and care for one another?
C. When one turns to the New Testament, it becomes clear that the answer is in the affirmative. In fact, there are many passages which emphasize…
DISCUSSION
A. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO ONE ANOTHER
1. We Are To “Love One Another”…
a. As commanded by Jesus
1) John 13:34-35
2) John 15:12, 17
b. As taught by Paul
1) Romans 13:8
2) 1 Thessalonians 4:9
c. As instructed by Peter – 1 Peter 1:22
d. As stressed by John
1) 1 John 3:11-12
2) 1 John 3:23
3) 1 John 4:7
4) 1 John 4:11-12
5) 2 John 5
e. But how are we to express such love?
1) How do we know if we are truly loving one another as we ought?
2) Other passages can provide the answer…
2. How We Show Our Love For One Another…
a. Romans 15:7
1) We are to “welcome” one another
2) “Accept one another” (NAS) – “receive ye one another” (KJV)
3) Not accepting sin or error, but we are all different – different in education, race, financial status, etc.
b. Romans 14:19
1) “Mutual up building”
2) We are to “edify another” (KJV)
3) Strengthen and build each other up
c. Galatians 5:13
1) We are to “serve one another”
2) Christianity focuses on providing for the needs of others – spiritual and physical
d. Galatians 6:1-2
1) We are to “bear one another’s burdens”
2) We all have burdens of various kinds that must be dealt with – but the burden in this context is the burden of sin
3) We must help one another overcome sin
e. Ephesians 4:32
1) We are to be “forgiving one another”
2) When a brother repents – we must forgive
3) Not on probation – not holding grudges…
f. Ephesians 5:21
1) We are to be “submitting to one another”
2) The idea is to be submissive to one another
g. Hebrews 3:12-13
1) We are to “exhort one another”
2) To “encourage” (NAS)
3) Lit. “to call to one’s side” – it carries the idea of motivation and if need be reproof
h. Hebrews 10:24-25
1) We are to “consider one another”
2) NAS – “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds”
3) This conveys the concept of careful consideration, thoughtful attention and deep concern
k. 1 Peter 4:8-10
1) We are to show “hospitality”
2) Notice it is to be done “without grumbling”
3. In light of such “one another” passages, is there any doubt that we are to be our brother’s keeper?
a. But how well are we doing?
b. To stimulate our thinking and help us reexamine how well we are fulfilling our obligations to one another, consider the following questions…
B. EVALUATING OUR ROLE AS OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER
1. When One Becomes A Brother…
a. Do we receive them into the family of God, or ignore them? (Rom. 15:7)
1) Are they properly assimilated in the family life of the congregation?
2) Do they remain on the fringe?
3) If we do not even know their names, we can be sure that we are failing as our brother’s keeper!
b. Do we edify them, or put stumbling blocks in their way? (Rom. 14:19)
1) As individuals, are we “bodybuilders”, encouraging the members of the body?
2) Or are we like a cancer, weakening the members of the body of Christ?
a) By our own example
b) By our words, attitudes, etc.
3) It was said of Philemon that he refreshed the hearts of the brethren; do people say the same of us?
c. Do we submit to them, or arrogantly rule over them? (Eph. 5:21)
d. Do we serve them in love, or expect them to serve us? (Gal. 5:13)
e. Do we demonstrate hospitality to them? (1 Pet. 4:8-10)
1) By visiting them in their need?
2) By inviting them into your home (or accepting invitations to their home)?
2. When A Brother Is Overtaken In A Fault…
a. Do we even consider them? (Heb. 10:24-25)
1) Are we even aware of who they are?
2) Are we ignorant of their problems? If so, why?
a) Maybe it is because we don’t assemble enough ourselves
b) We may “wonder about them”, but that is not sufficient!
c) I often hear, “Has anybody checked on so-and-so?”
d) I often what to respond, “Have you?”
3) Do they drift away, with no one making an effort to reach them?
b. Do we exhort them, lest they become hardened by sin? (Heb. 3:12-14)
1) Or are we afraid to confront them, for fear of running them away?
a) If we truly love them and approach them with humility, they are not likely to run away
b) If they do, they are running away from God, not you!
2) Remember, such exhortation is to be daily! Perhaps we wait too long…
c. Are we willing bear their burdens? (Gal. 6:1-2)
1) So as to help them overcome and become stronger
2) Or do we rather not be bothered?
d. Are we quick to forgive them when they repent? (Eph. 4:32)
1) Fear of not being forgiven and accepted back into the family may keep some from repenting and returning to the fold
2) Do we communicate a willingness to accept with open arms and offer complete forgiveness?
CONCLUSION
A. How we answer such questions may reveal how well or poorly we are…
1. Fulfilling our responsibility to be our brother’s keeper
2. Living up to the one responsibility we have that includes all others: to love one another as Christ loved us – John 13:34-35
B. If we have failed to be our brother’s keeper, we need to…
1. Repent of our lack of concern, our inactivity, or whatever has hindered us
2. Confess our shortcomings in this area to God
3. Resolve to apply with zeal these “one another” passages!
C. Are you your brother’s keeper?
1. Are you even identified with a congregation whereby you can be a working member who both cares for those in the family, and be cared for by them?
2. I hope this study has stimulated your thinking about responsibilities you have toward your brethren in Christ…

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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A PERSIAN LEGEND

A certain king needed a faithful servant and had to choose between two candidates for the office. He took both at fixed wages and told them to fill a basket with water from a nearby well, saying that he would come in the evening to inspect their work.

After dumping one or two buckets of water into the basket, one of the men said, “What is the good of doing this useless work? As soon as we pour the water in, it runs out the sides.”

The other answered, “But we have our wages, haven’t we? The use is the master’s business, not ours. He is a wise King, and must have his own purpose that we do not understand.”

“I’m not going to do such fool’s work,” replied the complainer. Throwing down his bucket, he went away.

The other man continued until he had drained the well. Looking down into it, he saw something shining at the bottom – it was a diamond ring.

“Now I see the use of pouring water into the basket!” he exclaimed. “If the bucket had brought up the ring before the well was dry, it would have been filtered out in the basket. The King was looking for his diamond. Our work was not useless.”

The King found his most faithful servant!

Friends, it may not always be apparent to us why the Almighty has instructed us to do this or that, or why we are to avoid this or that. Perhaps as we mature as Christians we will come to understand many of the whys – but even if we do not understand the whys – we are still obligated to obey without question the Lord’s will. Beloved, there is a reason behind everything God commands, whether we know what it is or not. It is not up to us to question the commands of God, but simply to obey. “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you” (Rom. 6:17).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

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