Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Church of Christ publication.

I came across a publication from Jamestown, Ohio ...

The Bible Teaches about Salvation:

1. Believe in Christ

2. Repent of Sins

3. Confess Faith in Christ

4. Be Baptized in Christ,

Facts about the Church

1. Founder - Christ

2. Foundation - Christ

3. Head -Christ

4. Worship of the Church to follow Acts 2:42

5. Plea of the church for Unity.

6. Purpose of the Church - Carry out the Great Commission

The Church of Christ:

1. You may read about it in the Bible.

2. It has no creed, but Christ, binds no name on its members but Christ's.

3. It speaks where the Bible Speaks and is silent where it is silent.

4. It exalts Christ as the only head of the church.

5. It teaches that scriptural unity can be attained on all disputed doctrinal questions.

6. Its acts of worship are patterned after the New Testament.

7. The Church of Christ pleads for the unity of all believers in Christ.

8. It is not a denomination, nor a group of denominations, but simply the body of Christ.

9. Its aim is to save souls by preaching the Gospel, by living Godly lives, and helping those in need.

10. Its future is eternal glory with Christ.

God Be With you by J.E. Rankin

1. God be with you till we meet again;
by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
till we meet at Jesus' feet;
till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

2. God be with you till we meet again;
neath his wings securely hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

3. God be with you till we meet again;
when life's perils thick confound you,
put his arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

4. God be with you till we meet again;
keep love's banner floating o'er you,
smite death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Unknown Prayer

Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier, aka The Creed for the Disabled
I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier

Written by an unknown Confederate soldier in America and printed in 'In the Service of Medicine' April 1962, who quoted it by permission of Dr. Howard A. Rusk from Soterie, Journal
Of the Protestant Christian Medical Organisation of the Netherlands, No 12 December 1961.

also cited in time Magazine 1956.

2015 and 2016

2015 was an amazing year. We had some great things happen at church. From Easter Egg Hunt to Camp, ICOM and all the activities in between.

The kids have had music - Brian - guitar, Kendra piano, and Nicole: Viola. they all went to 3 weeks of camp and even got to go to Busch Gardens and Christian Town and the Bethlehem Walk.

I have preached a few of the epistles, did a study on David and preached on I love my church.

Currently, we are studying the patriarchs and on Wednesday night: Heroes of the Faith. This year will have challenges (I'm sure) with one entering middle school and another high school. In all God is good and faithful.

I don't blog as much as I would like. I think it is due to other things take time: kids, life, and the ministry itself. As we start 2016, may we be reminded that our job isn't to point to ourselves, but to Jesus. Who is with me?

Books on my "To Read List"

I had just finished Kyle Idleman's latest "The End of me" and now getting starting on these resources:

what are you currently reading?

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Ministry Toolbox

So how does one measure how well you are doing in ministry?

Here are three suggestions (HT to Dan Rutherford)

I. Counting: Are we growing?

Look at the stats. Attendance, offering, compare from week to week; year to year. Trends. What are the challenges?

Baptisms: Transfers. Stories.

II. Contacts: Who are we growing?

The type of contact: Face to face. Others: And be creative.

III. Concentration. What are you doing to grow?

Ask the tough questions:

1. what is God teaching you right now?

II. what are you reading?

Other suggestions?