Protestantism

Protestantism began as a protest against the edicts (decrees) of the Roman Church and called for freedom of conscience for all believers. The problem is that the protestants turned around and formed their own institutional church imposing their own rules and regulations.

Today all protestant denominations have their own institutional organization which sets the rules and regulations for member churches. They write and rewrite these rules as the leadership sees fit. It never seems to occur to them that in the church of the Bible, Christ is the only head and the law of Christ the only rule of faith and practice. There was no institutional authority over the individual congregations. All were subject only to Christ.

The churches of Christ are all autonomous (independent). We have no denominational or institutional structure. While there are thousands of individual churches of Christ throughout the world, we are all in conscience and organization free – subject only to Christ as the head and the law of Christ as our only rule of faith and practice.

 Claude

Working Righteousness

 

The apostle Peter in his opening words at the house of Cornelius stated two important truths about God. First, he said: “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34) The significance of his statement on that occasion was to show that God was willing to accept Gentiles as well as Jews. The broader meaning of the statement is that God makes no distinction on the basis of race, nationality, education, financial success, etc. And, of course, neither should we.

Second, Peter said: “But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:35) This is a very important Bible statement today in view of the prevailing doctrine of salvation by faith alone. Too many believe that all one must do to be acceptable to God is just accept Christ by praying the “Sinner’s Prayer.” The apostle makes it clear that our life must be one of working righteousness.

 Claude

Cusco, Peru Mission Trip

The following report was received from Sarah Tesh:

“I’d like to sincerely thank you for your support

towards my recent mission trip to Cusco, Peru!”

“Each day of the campaign we held a Christian

Parenting seminar for the people of the community at the Ayllu church of Christ’s building. Here are the outcomes of the campaign:

 

794 adults and children attended the

Christian Parenting seminar

62 adults signed up for the School of the

Bible (a 4-6 week Bible Course)

Currently, over 50% of these studies have already been conducted by the missionaries”

Signed: Sarah Tesh

We at North Main had a small part in supporting Sarah on the mission trip. Her full letter along with a group picture is on the back bulletin board.

GIVING THANKS

Three days ago the nation paused to give thanks. This has been a national tradition since 1789 when then-President George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be held. Some of Washington’s remarks follow.

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection…also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually… and to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”

Though our nation has forsaken the Christian spirit exemplified in Washington’s sentiments, each of us, individually, should give thanks to God every day and live in such a way that we will continue to be blessed and eventually receive the greatest blessing of all: an eternal home with Him in heaven.

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 106:1

Post-Election Thoughts of Encouragement

Now that the election is over, we can predict and guarantee the following results:

God will still be on his throne.

Jesus will still be King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Bible will still have all the answers to every problem.

The tomb will still be empty.

Jesus will still be the only way to heaven.

Prayer will still work – it will still make a difference and God will still answer prayer.

The cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.

There will still be room at the cross.

Jesus will still save anyone who places their faith and trust in Him.

God will still be with us always – He will never leave us or forsake us.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF

Hurricane Sandy has devastated many of our fellow citizens in the states of New York and New Jersey. The death toll has exceeded 100. Some damage estimates reach $20 billion. These statistics illustrate the overall picture of the dire personal distress and suffering of so many individuals. We wish to help those in need.

The physical needs of these victims are enormous, but many may be in spiritual need as well. With that thought in mind, our financial aid will be handled and distributed by the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., located in Nashville, Tennessee.  Members of the Lord’s church manage and run this organization and do their work in the name of the church. Disaster Relief works only through the local churches of Christ in the communities where the hurricane hit. Supplies are distributed by these local congregations “in the name of the Lord” to those affected by the disaster. If you wish to contribute, please give gift to Phil Forrest.

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16

THE SILENCING OF GOD

 

Do you know…

… the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution or any other founding document?

… our Founding Fathers were not deists or pluralists; but instead were Bible-believing men who prayed and gave thanks to God publicly?

… that every original state preamble referenced God?

… the Massachusetts state constitution still states that it is the “duty of all men to worship the Supreme Being?”

… that early public school text books included the following statements: (1) God has made two great lights, the sun and the moon. (2) It is a solemn thing to die and appear before God. (3) Prayer is a duty. (4) It was once a practice in France to divorce for incompatibility of tempers, a practice soon found to be incompatible with social order.

… that, in 1789, Congress requested the President to request the people to dedicate a day to praying to and thanking God?

… in 1811, the US Supreme Court convicted a man for blaspheming Jesus Christ and sentenced him to jail for three months and fined him $500?

… that sodomy used to be illegal in every state of the country, was punishable by death in four states, and continued to be illegal in some states until the US Supreme Court struck down such laws in 2003?                              

These are just a very few of the many proofs of our Christian heritage that are offered by church of Christ preacher Dave Miller in “The Silencing of God” DVD. If you want to know more about the attempts to remove God and Christianity from our history and the modern day secularization of our nation, this DVD will interest and inform you. A copy is located on the bookcase in the front lobby if you wish to borrow and view it.

                                                                            

GOD CARES HOW YOU VOTE

As with every other aspect of life, God cares how you vote. It influences the morality of society, aids in retention of our religious freedoms, and shapes the parameters of societal behavior. For Christians, the policies of the people we vote for should be in keeping with God’s will. In 16 days, each of us will have the opportunity to vote for the individuals who best represent our Christian morals as prescribed by God in His word.

At conception, a human is created (Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5). The intentional killing of innocent life is condemned by God (Exodus 20:13, Matthew 19:18, Romans 13:9). Under the Law of Moses, the unintentional harming of a pregnant woman was a punishable offense. The unintentional loss of a child that resulted from harming a pregnant woman was punishable by death (Exodus 21:22-23). The process by which a woman can kill her unborn child is called abortion and is a heinous sin. God cares deeply for every human life, including those in the womb waiting to be born.

In Genesis, God created Adam and Eve and provided the family model (Genesis 2:24). One man + one woman = God’s plan. Anything that deviates from His plan is sin and should not be supported by Christians. The gay marriage agenda is being fiercely pushed by certain people who are opposed to God’s will. Homosexual practice is sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:24-27). Homosexual marriage is sin.

God cares how you vote. Be sure to research the platforms of each party (web links below) to learn which candidates best reflect God’s will on these matters.

http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_Renewing/

http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform

Change for Children Report

Fifteen of the Change for Children cans have been returned. Some of them are very heavy. Others, while not so heavy, have either folding bills or checks in them. Thanks to everyone for your generosity.

I noticed that there are six cans left over. What are we to do with them? We could send them back empty or maybe just throw them away. I have a better idea. Why don’t six of us just take them home and continue to put our excess change in them for next year?

I nearly always have too much change in my pocket, so my plan is to, each day, begin with no more than four pennies, two dimes, two nickels, and one quarter in my pocket. This way I’ll have a small amount of change if I need it, but my pocket will not be weighted down with change. With the amount of change I accumulate, I am sure one can will not be enough.

You come up with your own plan. And if the six leftover cans are not enough for all of us, just put the change in a jar. On behalf of the orphans, “Thanks again for your generosity.”

King David & Instrumental Music

People often wonder why we sing a cappella, that is, without an instrumental accompaniment. Has anyone every said to you, “But didn’t David play the harp?” He certainly did – God told him to. But God has not told Christians to – so we don’t.

King David is the one who arranged for the use of instruments of music in the temple worship of the Old Testament. The Bible says: “And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.” (2 Chronicles 29:25) So David really did inaugurate the use of musical instruments in temple worship but he did so at God’s command.

Christians, however, have not been authorized to use instruments of music in church worship. We have been instructed to sing and make melody in our heart.   The scriptures say: “Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19; see also Colossians 3:16) Furthermore, the scriptures say that the “sacrifice of praise” that we are to offer to God is “the fruit of our lips.”