THE SUN WILL SHINE AGAIN

Many years ago, a newsboy, thinly clad and drenched by the soaking rain, stood shivering in a doorway one cold day in November. First one bare foot and then the other was lifted for a moment and pressed against his leg to get a little warmth. Every few minutes his shrill cry could be heard, “Morning paper! Morning paper!” A man who was well protected by his coat and umbrella stopped to buy the early edition. Noting the boy’s discomfort, he said, “This kind of weather is pretty hard on you, isn’t it?” Looking up with a smile, the youngster replied, “I don’t mind too much, Mister. The sun will shine again.” What a picture of the Christian life! Chilling winds of adversity and gray skies of a sinful environment can easily discourage us. But we can always count on better days because we know God is working in our lives.

Remember the words of our Lord, “…I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). “Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:4-6)

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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THE KEYS

There are transitional moments in life that confirm something tremendous has taken place. One of those moments occurs in a teenager’s life and in lives of the parents of that particular teenager, when a mom or a dad gives to him or her the keys to the car for the first time for a solo run. What a transitional moment this is! Many of us have already experienced this. Some of you still have to experience it in life, but, I guarantee you, it’s going to happen. It’s going to be a step of growth for you. It’s a time when you release to your child into an adult world. It’s a change in your son or daughter’s life from which they are never going to turn back. It’s a moment in which you are giving your child an adult responsibility.

It is a transitional moment for the child also because the teenager recognizes that he has been given a great responsibility. It’s an adult responsibility. He also realizes that this is something that he needs to take care with because great trust has been put in him. Teenagers need to prove to their parents that the validity of their faith in them is correct.

In the Scripture, Jesus did something very similar for His disciples. Jesus said, “as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (Jn. 20:21). Jesus is tossing the keys to the kingdom to His disciples. He is demonstrating to them that He is entrusting to them the message of the gospel. He gives to them a great privilege.

The same is true for us to day. We now have the keys to the kingdom – we now have the authority to preach the Lord’s entrance requirements into His kingdom (Mt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15-16). How will we fulfill our obligation? Will we abide exactly by God’s law? Will we be compassionate, courteous, kind and loving? Will we fulfill our Christian responsibility to our Father and fellowman? What an awesome responsibility the Father has placed upon us. May we never disappoint our Father.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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THE TRUE PATH

The story is told of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle, nothing around him but bush and a few cleared places. He found a native hut and asked the native if he could get him out. The native said he could.

“All right,” said the missionary, “show me the way.”

The native said, “Walk,” so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked jungle for more than an hour.

The missionary got worried. “Are you quite sure this is the way? Where is the path?”

The native said, “Bwana, in this place there is no path. I am the path.”

I think that it in John chapter 6 Peter has one of his more honest and great moments. His guard was down because so many people were leaving Jesus. They were leaving because, quite frankly, things were getting a little too difficult. So, Jesus asks the twelve, are you going to leave me as well? Then Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69). Peter speaks for all the faithful. Because in this world there is no path – Jesus is the Path! That is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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FOR WE BE BRETHREN

INTRODUCTION

Genesis 13:1-8

  1. Abraham said that there ought not be strife between them because they were brethren
  2. There should be unity and goodwill between brethren

This is one of the major difficulties in the church today – strife among brethren

Strife hinders our effectiveness:

  1. In working with those outside the church
  2. In working with one another in the Body of Christ
  3. In being the kind of Christian we need to be

Proverbs 17:1 … almost anything is better than living in a house full of strife

Proverbs 17:19 … if you love strife you love sin

James 3:16 … evil and confusion accompany strife

DISCUSSION

STRIFE IS FORBIDDEN IN THE SCRIPTURES

  1. Proverbs 3:30
  2. Proverbs 17:14
  3. Proverbs 20:3
  4. Proverbs 25:8
  5. Proverbs 26:17
  6. Romans 13:13
  7. Strife is one of the “works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:20)
  8. Philippians 2:3
  9. 2 Timothy 2:14, 24

THE BIBLE EXHORTS US TO BE UNIFIED

  1. John 17:20-21
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:10
  3. 2 Corinthians 13:11
  4. Philippians 1:27
  5. 1 Peter 3:8

WHAT CAUSES STRIFE AMONG BRETHREN?

  1. Hatred
    • Proverbs 10:12
    • We can’t go to heaven with this attitude… 1 John 3:15
  2. Pride
    • Proverbs 13:10
    • Pride causes men to be contentious about their opinions
  3. The Scornful
    • Proverbs 22:10
    • To mock or deride people, always giving people a hard time
  4. Contentious Spirit
    • Proverbs 26:20-21
    • Some people just love to add fuel to the fire
    • Gossiping
  5. Anger
    • Proverbs 29:22
    • The angrier a person is the less reasoning and thinking he does
  6. Trouble Maker
    • Proverbs 30:33
    • There are some who are always wanting to stir up trouble – forcing wrath
  7. Ungodly Ambition
    • Luke 22:24
    • Self-exaltation
  8. Refusing to Grow as a Christian
    • 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
    • Those who won’t grow become carnal
  9. Not sound in doctrine
    • 1 Timothy 6:3-4
    • It is not those who stand for the truth that cause strife but those who don’t
  10. Envy
    • James 3:16
    • Envy is a great evil

HOW DO WE PREVENT STRIFE AMONG BRETHREN?

  1. Do our best to avoid strife
    • Romans 12:18
    • Avoiding strife must be our goal
  2. Be slow to anger
    • Proverbs 15:18
    • James 1:19-20
  3. Study
    • 2 Timothy 2:15
    • We can do no better than we know, and we seldom do as well as we know
  4. Practice the “Golden Rule”
    • Matthew 7:12
    • So many troubles would be solved if we would all live by this important philosophy
  5. Be long-suffering
    • Is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)
    • Colossians 3:12-13
  6. Develop brotherly love, and brother love is:
    • Impartial
      • Deuteronomy 10:19
      • We love regardless of race, wealth, or social status
    • Unselfish
      • Matthew 22:39
      • We must rid our lives of the “me-first” attitude
    • Abounding
      • 1 Thessalonians 3:12
      • Sometimes it seems like we are seeing how little we can give and get away with it
    • A proof of discipleship
      • John 13:35
      • Strife does detriment to the cause of Christ
    • Sincere
      • Romans 12:9
      • 1 Peter 1:22
  7. Be peacemakers
    • Matthew 5:9
    • It takes action

CONCLUSION

We must not be the cause of strife

We must avoid this evil

We must promote peace and well-being among the brotherhood

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WALKING IN CIRCLES

You may know the famous story of Jean Henri Fabre, the French naturalist, and his processional caterpillars. He encountered some of these interesting creatures one day while walking in the woods. They were marching in a long unbroken line front to back, front to back. What fun it would be, Fabre thought, to make a complete ring with these worms and let them march in a circle.

So, Fabre captured enough caterpillars to encircle the rim of a flowerpot. He linked them nose to posterior and started them walking in the closed circle. For days they turned like a perpetual merry-go-round.

Although food was near at hand and accessible, the caterpillars starved to death on an endless march to nowhere.

That seems to be the story of many people today. Many are on a march that leads to nowhere. Moses declared, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil…” (Exo. 32:2). Jesus said, “Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit” (Mat. 15:14).

Who are you following – God or man? “For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:3). By following the ways of man we are being led in a circle and will never reach our desired destination – Heaven!

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
parkheightscoc.com
harrisandmoore.org

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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A FATHER SPEAKS

I am a father and a grandfather, and believe it or not, I was once a youth. I have experienced growing up from two vantage points: 1) from that of a youth, and 2) from a loving and concerned father. Thus, from my experiences of growing up, and from my experiences of seeing my children grow into adulthood, I have six valuable pieces of advice that I pray our youth of today will consider seriously as they grow into maturity.

Choose your friends wisely. It is my belief that the choosing of friends is one of the most critical areas in a young person’s life. Whom we choose to associate with will have an enormous and lasting impact on our lives. This is why Paul said, “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupt good habits” (1 Corinthians 15:33; NKJ). In like manner, Solomon declared, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). Solomon wished that his son would “walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous” (Proverbs 2:20). Precious young people, you need to choose friends who will help you get to heaven—not hinder you. Something is wrong when our best friends are people of the world. Should not our best friends be those of “like precious faith” (2 Peter 1:1)?

Listen carefully and honestly to your parents. Believe it or not, our parents have a great deal of wisdom. It may come as a shock to many youth, but parents were once young as well. Parents remember what it was like to have to deal with the issues of growing up. I know that many things have seemed to change, but in reality, only the cover has changed—underneath the cover the issues are the same. The issues of modesty, premarital sex, substance abuse, peer pressure, popularity, “keeping up with the Jones,” and the like, are basic difficulties in every generation. So young people, listen carefully to the advice and wisdom of your parents. “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1). “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverb 4:20-22).

Marry a Christian. A crucial mistake that too many young people make is marrying someone who is not a Christian. When we are dating and looking for our soul mate, we need to be looking for someone who will help us go to heaven. Sometimes this is difficult when you are in a smaller congregation with few of your age from which to choose. This is why I believe it is important for Christian young people from various congregations to spend time with each other. Time can be spent together in summer Bible camp, Summer Youth Series, Bible Bowl, and various other kinds of youth gatherings. Young people, you do not need to be in a hurry to date or get married—there is plenty of time. Be sure you make your choice looking toward eternity and not the here and now. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Be a student of God’s word. Of the youthful Timothy it was said, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). One of the reasons that our youth make the wrong choices in life is they are spiritually uninformed. Parents play a major role in the instructing of their children, but the youth of God must also take personal responsibility for learning the word of God. Making good grades in school is important—but learning the word of God is much more important. Knowledge of math or chemistry will not help you make good moral decisions and will not prepare you for heaven. Remember these words of inspiration, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me” (Proverbs 8:17).

Be a leader—not a follower. Another fatal mistake that many young people make is following and not leading. “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). Instead of following their peers away from the Lord, our youth must be leading their peers to the Lord. Be a trendsetter! Be a good example! Help your friends by leading them to Christ.

Remember the law of the harvest. The apostle Paul declared, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8). One cannot avoid the law of the harvest. Many young people have made horrible mistakes in their life, and were forgiven of their sins, but they still had consequences to endure—and some for the rest of their life. Be very careful with every decision you make knowing that each choice we make has consequences. Choose carefully and wisely.

This father deeply loves his children, grandchildren, and all young people, and prays they will heed his words of advice!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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EVEN THE SMALL DETAILS

Scientists now say that a series of slits, not a giant gash, sank the Titanic. The opulent, 900-foot cruise ship sank in 1912 on its first voyage, from England to New York. Fifteen hundred people died in the worst maritime disaster of the time. The most widely held theory was that the ship hit an iceberg, which opened a huge gash in the side of the liner. But an international team of divers and scientists recently used sound waves to probe the wreckage, buried in the mud under two-and-a-half miles of water. Their discovery? The damage was surprisingly small. Instead of the huge gash, they found six relatively narrow slits across the six watertight holds (USA Today, April 9, 1997).

Think about it, small damage, and invisible to most, can sink not only a great ship but can sink one’s spiritual life as well. Some confused and misguided souls assert, “We do not sweat the small stuff.” Beloved, it is the small things that can pile up and do us great damage – and can eventually sink our spiritual ship. Therefore, we need to give attention to details – even the small ones.

James said, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all” (Jam. 2:10) – details are important. There are hundreds of Old Testament examples that emphasizes the importance of concern for details (e.g. Lev. 10:1-2; cf. 2 Sam. 6:6-7 with Num. 4:15).

Friends, give attention – even to the small things.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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