Monday, August 7, 2017

Jesus Christ, His Kingdom and His righteousness - Priority One!!


AUGUST 2017 - School is now in session.  The highways are now bustling with school buses, high school and college student drivers, and teachers and parents with school children all trying to get to their respective places.  We all must adjust our lives to a new school year. And while we make the proper adjustments, we must not allow our busy schedules to negatively affect our priorities. 

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).  God calls each of us to Bible study every Sunday morning at 9:30 at Watterson Trail and to the scheduled time where you meet for study, fellowship, and worship.  Then we meet for worship together at 10:30 where we sing, pray, give, remember Christ in the Lord’s Supper, and hear a message from God’s word honoring God, showing our devotion to Christ and our love for all.  We return for worship and study on Sunday afternoon at 1:30.  This is not just “what we do.”  This is “who we are.” 

We all need a little refreshing and revival in the middle of the week.  Especially during these busy times.  Our Tuesday Summer Series at Watterson Trail is scheduled for just three more Tuesday’s and then we will return to meeting for Bible study on Wednesday evening at 7:00 and conclude around 8:00.  Please realize the importance of these assemblies and make every meeting a priority for your family.  Our children should never need to ask: “Are we “going to church” on Sunday?” or “Are we going to Bible study tonight?” or “Do we have to go to Bible study?” or beg:  Mom, Dad, please, please, please can we go to Bible class?” or any other question or statement that would reflect the idea that assembling together in the name of Jesus Christ was anything less than a priority in our family.  Mom and Dad; make sure you promote Christ and Christian living every day in your home, in your life, and in the lives of your children.

Our sermon on Sunday (13th) is taken from Psalm 128 and will remind us of God’s blessings to everyone who “fears the Lord and walks in His ways.”  Don’t you want to “eat the labor of your hands” and “be happy” and “be well?”  Don’t you want to have your husband or wife be “like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house?”  And don’t you want your children to be “like olive plants all around your table?”  The Psalmist said, “Behold, thus shall a man be blessed, who fears the Lord.”  He concludes Psalm 128 with blessings from heaven, the good of God’s holy city, and longevity of life even to see your children’s children.  These blessings are not promised to those who work harder, or to those who invest their money wisely, or to those who are highly educated, or to those who inherit a large sum from some distant relative.  These blessing come to those who take God seriously, look up to Him with the respect He deserves, and acknowledge His authority in the universe.

May God bless you and yours as we make Him Priority One in our lives.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

God is so good to us. Let us love Him every day.

JULY 2017 – God is so good to us.  Since God created everything that is, He has shown us Himself.   Paul wrote to our Christian brethren in Rome (Romans 1:19-20) this very fact.  “…For what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they (we) are without excuse.”  Can we “see” God with the rising of the sun?  Can we “see” God in the still of the night?  Can we “see” God in the waves of the sea and in the mist of the mountains?  Can we “see” God in the face of those we love?  We just need to open our eyes and look.

One morning a little girl said to her grandmother, “Grandmother, what shall we do this morning since we have nothing for breakfast?” “Well” said the grandmother, “we will light the fire, put on the kettle, set the table, and tell our Heavenly Father.  Even if He turns stones into bread, we will have our breakfast.”  Soon, there came a knock at the door.  It was a man who had a need.  “Excuse me, but would you happen to have a grindstone that I could purchase for my business?  I am desperate need of one.”  The grandmother pointed the man to the shed and he bought the stone for ten dollars.  “Let us kneel down again,” said the grandmother, “and give thanks to our Heavenly Father and then we will walk down to the shop and buy food for breakfast.”  On that day, indeed the Lord turned a stone into bread.  God still sees.  He hears our prayers.  He is ready, willing, and able to meet our every need.  He does not always meet our expectations…He exceeds them every time.

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” – 1 John 3:22

“You lust and do not have.  You murder and covet and cannot obtain.  You fight and war.  Yet, you do not have because you do not ask” – James 4:2

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen” – Ephesians 3:20-21

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2017 - This Little Child's Dad

My son, Ben gave me this poem with his picture when he was 3 or 4 years old.  He made it especially for me in Bible Class for Father's Day.  I have it hanging in my office to remind me of the privilege of being a father and the responsibility I have to him and to my daughter, Bridget Maxell every day.  I don't know who wrote it, but I'm thankful for the author's reminder of the challenge of being a successful dad.

THIS LITTLE CHILD’S DAD

I may never be as clever as my neighbor down the street.
I may never be as wealthy as some men I’ll meet.
I may never have the fame that other men have had,
But, you know, I’ve just got to be successful as this little child’s dad.

There are certain dreams that I cherish, that I’d like to see come true,
And there are things that I’d like to accomplish before my working day are through.
But the task my heart is set on, is no more passing fad,
I’ve just got to be successful as this little child’s dad.

I may never come to glory and I may never gather gold,
And men may count me as a failure when my business life is told.
But if he who follows after shall be Godly, then I’ll be glad,
Because I’ll know I’ve been successful as this little child’s dad.

It’s the one job that I dream of, it’s the task I think of most,
For if I fail this little child, I’ve nothing else to boast,
For all the gold and wealth I’d gather, my fortune would be sad,
If I failed to be successful as this little child’s dad.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thanks - Summer Series - Christ's love is Supreme

June 2017 – Thank you to every member of the Watterson Trail church of Christ who came out for our 100% Attendance Day last Sunday (4th).  We had a very good crowd of family and friends (125) gathered together to honor God and show Him our love and gratitude in study, fellowship, and worship.  It’s mighty tough to make 100% when some members are sick or caring for the sick.  Some are traveling for work or for other reasons.  Some have to work (police officers, security, nurses, doctors, fire department, etc.). And of course, a few others, well, just do not understand what a pleasure and privilege it is to meet together with God Himself in our midst.  Jesus Himself said, “For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20 ESV).  We’ll keep on keeping on, honoring God, showing our devotion to Christ Jesus and our love for all.  God is so good to us and provides for our every need every day.  We are thankful.

UP NEXT:  Our Tuesday Summer Series “Seeing Jesus in the Midst of the Storms of Life” is going strong.  Brother Brent Donoho from the Martinsburg congregation in Indiana did an outstanding job with his lesson this week, helping us to see Jesus in the midst of the storm of doubt.  Next Tuesday (13th) at 7:00 p.m. Brother Dale Phillips from Westport Road will be with us to teach us to see Jesus in the midst of the storm of disappointment.  Remember, we will not meet on Wednesday evening during June, July, and August.  Come and grow your faith ever stronger every Tuesday in the summer.

Recently one of our Christian brothers read from Romans 8:35-39 and while listening to him read, I understood.  Nothing…nothing we see or experience in this world shall be able to move us from the love of Christ.  Though we are in trouble, Christ loves us.  Maybe we’re stressed, yet Christ loves us.  We may be persecuted, and still Christ’s love sustains us.  We may be lonely, hungry, tired, or doubtful and still Christ’s love surrounds us.  Circumstances may seem hopeless, and yet the love of Christ remains.  Wow!  What a great love!

(35)  "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"

(38-39)  "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017 - Mary certainly loved her Son...

May 2017 – Happy Mother’s Day! 

Our lesson on Sunday morning (14th) will focus on the Jesus’ mother’s love for her Son and the lessons we can learn from their relationship.  Jesus’ mother presented Him to God (Luke 2:22).  She carried Him to worship (2:42).  She trusted Him and gave Him freedom to be Himself (2:44).  She worried about Him and didn’t always understand Him (2:48-50).  She gave Him responsibility and held Him responsible (2:48).  She treasured His life (2:51).  She provided for His growth in every way and so He grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man (2:52).  She expected great things from Him (John 2:5).  And Jesus exceeded every expectation.  What about us?  As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, and family and friends, do we live our lives before the boys and girls who will be following our words and examples in a way that will lead them to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men?  Yes?  Terrific!  Let’s keep on keeping on.  No?  Let’s make a real change today and get on the right track.

On Sunday afternoon at 1:30 our lesson is entitled "Living Life the Way Jesus Lived Life."  Jesus never gave in!  He never gave in to TIME.  He never gave in to HINDRANCES.  He never gave in to DOUBT.  Are you living your life the way He lived His.  Can we?  Of course we can.  Will we?  Now that's up to us.

Coming up at Watterson Trail! 

Our BIG 100% Attendance Day in scheduled for Sunday, June 4th (Only 3 weeks away).  I hope every member of the Watterson Trail congregation has marked this day to gather for Bible study, worship, and fellowship.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have 149 assembled together to honor God and encourage one another? Plans are to meet for Bible Class at 9:30 and then worship together at 10:30.  We’ll have a delicious “potluck” lunch together, meet again at 1:30 for a short devotional period, then break for the day. 

Also, our Tuesday Summer Series begins on Tuesday, June 6th with Brother Brent Donoho from Martinsburg, Indiana coming over to share a lesson on our theme; “Seeing Jesus in the Midst of the Storms of Life.”  His lesson is entitled “Seeing Jesus in the Midst of Doubt.”  Our Tuesday Summer Series will continue every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in June, July, and August.

God is so good to us; yesterday, today, and forever.  May we live for Him every day in a way that honors Jesus Christ, His most precious gift to the world.