yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you." -James
April 4, 2017
Bonar, a well-known minister from an earlier generation, brought home
a brick from his travels in the area of ancient Babylon. One Sunday he
showed it to his congregation. He said that every brick in the temple
from which it was taken bore the name of the king who was reigning at
the time the structure was built. Making the application, Bonar said,
“We must let everything we do bear the name of our King, the Lord
time later, a woman came to the minister and exclaimed, “Those
bricks. Oh, those bricks of Babylon!”
the implication of her statement, he asked, “Did you find them while
sweeping the floors?”
she said, “I found them while making the beds. You remember you said
that everything we did should bear the name of our Savior. Well,
shortly after that, I had to change the beds, a job I thoroughly
dislike. So I said, ‘I will do this in the name of Jesus and for His
isn't too hard to honor Jesus when the sun is shining and most
everything is going our way. But when we face difficult tasks or
unpleasant situations with the attitude of Jesus, then we bear the
name of our king with glory.
As we search ourselves
before God’s Word, perhaps we all need to be asking, “Oh God, does
the way I treat my wife, raise my children, do my work, make my
contribution, serve others -- does it open doors for You, advance Your
Kingdom? Am I raising up Christ before other people?"
look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile, and a
positive word! RA
Will of God
we study the “will of God” we find several contrasting
Some view the will of God as domination.
This would assert that God is in complete control and
totally manages all events in our lives. Humans are little more than puppets, with every action
predetermined by God’s governance.
Some view the will of God as “hands off.”
God has started everything in motion and is now just
watching it unfold. This
allows little or nothing to occur providentially.
Some view the will of God as a
legislative code. God
has given us guidelines for life.
If we disobey those laws, He takes action.
Bible examples would be the consequences for the
Israelites after worshipping the golden calf.
Likewise, Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead when they
“lied to the Holy Spirit.”
Seems to me that a better view
of “God’s will” would be to see it as a journey of faith.
Shouldn’t we take into account what the Scripture says
about transformation and growth?
Obviously, God has told us what
to do and how to live a life that pleases him.
Human beings, however, don’t follow those directions
completely. Jesus acknowledged that his own band of 12 would fall away,
but he restored them and motivated them to go forward in the
So God expects us to fail at
times, but promises to forgive and strengthen us when we do.
He has a plan. Jesus
fulfills that plan. God
has told us that His word is complete and it is our guide
through life. Jesus tells us that the Spirit, our comforter, will help us
at all times, both good and bad.
believe that God can act at any time in any way He wishes in our
daily lives. I
believe He does act in ways we may not recognize.
We can in no way understand totally how
God works. We
can know that He does work, though. Scripture
tells us over and over that God has our back if we’ll just
trust him. “He
has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we
can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5).
we viewed the movie, Is Genesis History? I noticed that a
major point was made on presuppositions.
Our study and beliefs are biased by the paradigm we hold
to. I think the study of God’s will is like that.
I think we must believe that God is working in our lives
and hears our prayers and knows our hearts.
Without that belief it seems to me that prayer would be a
waste of time. That’s
my paradigm – I believe that He is active in our lives and His
word should guide our choices and actions.
next delivery to A.I.M. is planned for March 25. Please
continue to bring food items to help their
Southside Area Youth
accepted to help with youth activities
hunt at 6:00 p.m.
Please bring candy filled
Also, "sign up" for
4, 2017 -- cancelled
due to spring break
honor of Josh May
sympathy of the congregation is extended to Chris and Shannon Greenwald as well
as Chris' family. His father, Gary Greenwald, passed away March 9.
A memorial will be conducted later.
Friends at Cedar Grove
you very much for beautiful plant you sent to our dad's funeral.
Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.
and Ricky Wright
and Dennie Knight
Cedar Grove Family,
you very much for flowers you sent while I have been suffering with my
back. They really brightened by room! Thank you also to the many who
send cards and notes -- it is such a help to know someone is thinking
Cedar Grove Family,
you very much for all the cards, phone calls, prayers, and the beautiful
It is such a blessing to be a part of such a loving Christian
family! I love you all.
Cedar Grove Family
you very much for the concern you showed when my arm was broken.
We appreciate your prayers, calls and the meals you brought.
We give thanks for you all!
and Eddie Brown
Tatum has been suffering with bronchitis.
Brown was home sick last Sunday.
Continue to remember Susan Carson, Stan
McBride, Linda Moore, Lanier Richards, Janice Smith, Keith Tatum and Jimmy
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