Lord, Thou knowest that I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed
with the idea that I must express myself on
Release me from the craving to straighten out
Keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches
and pains; they are increasing with the years
and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as
time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may
Make me thoughtful but not nosey; helpful but not
With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does
seem a pity not to use it all. But Thou knowest,
Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Psalm 50:14
We become children of God by faith in Jesus Christ but not apart from putting on Christ in baptism. The two are inseparably connected in scripture: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”
We must never think of baptism as a mere sign or symbol but rather as the divinely appointed ordinance in which we “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Just as we clothe ourselves in appropriate garments for protection from the elements, even so in Christian baptism we are clothed with Jesus Christ and thereby become partakers of his salvation.
All who “have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” and are “children of God by faith in Jesus Christ” thereby becoming partakers of all the benefits that are found in him.
The elders feel that it will be good for the congregation if we appoint additional elders and deacons.
Last Sunday we asked that each member
provide us with a list of the men that they believe qualify for these positions. If you did not pick up one of the forms, please do so today.
Paul in his letter to Titus reminded him that he has left him in Crete that he might: “Set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city.”
Then he listed the qualifications for one to serve as an elder. (Titus 1:5-9) Paul in his letter to Timothy not only listed the qualifications for elders but also for deacons. (Titus 3:1-13) Please read these two passages to refresh your memory (printed inside for your convenience).
Additional men in leadership positions should be beneficial to all of us. We look forward to your input.