Several of us are thinking of starting a seniors group and would like to know how many are interested. Anyone who can think of himself as a senior is welcome to be a part. There is a sign-up sheet on the back bulletin board on which you can not only sign up but also let us know the particular areas which interest you.
Evangelistic Outreach – We will exchange ideas on how to reach others with the gospel. I have one idea that we might pursue – one that I think would fit into our comfort zone. I’m sure that others of you will also have some good ideas.
Good-Work Projects – Paul in writing to Titus told him to instruct the people to “maintain good works.” There are several good-work projects that we might do right here in Davie County.
Fellowship – We all need the encouragement that comes with good fellowship with our fellow Christians.
The “Mommy and Me” Bible class and devotional met Thursday for the first time. It is off to a very good start. There were six mothers present with their children. In addition to the six younger children with their moms in the devotional led by Brooke, there were two older siblings in a separate activity led by Karen Anderson. Also after the devotional the group shared a fine lunch together.
Thanks to Brooke for all the good work she has done in developing this program. Also thanks to Karen and Jessica for the part they played in making this first day such a success. Thanks to Jimmy Snow for all the good work he did in getting the house in such fine condition. I know that there were lots of others who helped get this program underway, so thanks to all.
Remember, the “Mommy and Me” Bible class and devotional will be held each Thursday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. This class is geared towards children 0-18 months but there will be an activity each week for older siblings as well. Lunch will be provided the first class each month. For information call 803-517-3018.
Christians are always at war but it’s not carnal warfare. Rather it is a battle for the minds and hearts of men. Paul put it this way: “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4) While there have been those who have wage war in the name of Christ, there is no jihad in pure Christianity. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.
Paul name two things that we are to seek to accomplish in this spiritual war. First, he writes, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.” That is, we expose and defeat all false teachings of men. Second. Paul adds, “And bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” That is, capture the minds and hearts of men with the truth of God so that they will become obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
How are we to accomplish this? As we have opportunity, speak to others about the truth. Use tracts. Enroll friends in our Bible Correspondence Course. Not everyone will do the same thing, but each of us should have his own plan for reaching others.
We all face temptations that must be resisted – but how? Here are four practical suggestions that might help.
First, we should avoid temptation as much as possible. It may seem manly to face it head-on but it’s wiser to avoid it in the first place if we can.
Second, we must watch temptation where it begins. It is important to stop danger at the start. A fire is easily extinguished at the beginning but not so after it has grown. Temptation starts inside a man. (See James 1:14) So when evil first rises in the heart, it needs to be crushed.
Third, we must fill our lives with good things. Man’s heart is not a vacuum. It will be filled with either good or evil. Fill it with good thus leaving no room for evil.
Fourth, we must keep our eye on the final outcome. James wrote: “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15) With our eye on the ruin sin brings, we will be less inclined to yield to temptation.