Hebrews 13:5

The grass may look greener on the other side, but it still has to be mowed.

 

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

House To House Heart to Heart

The latest edition of House to House has been mailed to a 1000+ homes in our community. This paper is a part of our evangelist outreach to the community. If you would like a copy, you will find one in the rack with the weekly bulletin.

So far we have had two individuals to respond. I was able to have a couple of Bible studies with one of them and a lengthy telephone conversation with the other.

There are several things that we should keep in mind about this outreach effort. First, the success of any type of mail-out is not usually immediate but cumulative, that is, the longer we continue it the greater the results should be. Second, no matter what the results are – we have carried out our responsibility to get the message out.

Continue to pray for the success of this work.

Personal Devotional Life

In public worship and Bible classes we grow in knowledge of God’s word and are built up spiritually. However, the public assembly is not a substitute for private devotions. In order to mature as Christians we must read, pray, and meditate on spiritual matters in the privacy of our own homes. It is a good idea to set aside a regular time each day for these activities.

In the Old testament Israel was instructed to have God’s word in their heart and to teach it to their children. In Deuteronomy

6:6-9 we read: “And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shall write them upon the posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.”

Private Bible study and meditation can make us fruitful in God’s service. The Psalmist described a righteous man in these words: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doeth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:2-3)

 Claude

Is Instrumental Music a Sin?

Our practice is different from most churches in town in that we do not use instrumental music in our worship. It is, therefore, not uncommon for people to ask, Why? Sometimes the question is put stronger: “Do you think that instrumental music is a sin?” Or “Do you think people will be lost for using instrumental music?”

So how do I answer such questions? It’s not my call – I’ll leave that up to God. However, this is what I do know. I do know that in the Old Testament when King David introduced instrumental music into temple worship he did not do so on his own authority but rather at God’s instruction through Nathan the prophet. (2 Chronicles 29:25) What I also know is that in the New Testament there is no authority from God for instrumental music in Christian worship.

Why do we not use instrumental music in our worship? Simply put: God didn’t tell us to; so, we don’t. God said, “Singing” – so we sing. (Ephesians 5:19) God said, “Making melody in your heart” – so we do. (Ephesians 5:19) God said, “Offer…the fruit of our lips” – so we do. (Hebrews 13:15)   But God did not say for us to praise Him with an organ, so we don’t.

 Claude