Welcome to the July edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please click here to forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
Making Your Job Easier
by Jacob Hudgins
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you”(Heb 13:17).
Has anyone ever mowed the lawn for you? Cooked you dinner? It is a special kindness when someone is able to make my job easier. Each of us has unique responsibilities that demand effort and attention. No one can do those things for us, but the essence of Christianity is learning to think of others before ourselves. The Bible teaches us to be motivated by wanting not to be a burden or difficulty to those who have a relationship with us. How can I make your job easier?
“not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some”(Heb 10:25)
We are creatures of habit. We do what we are comfortable doing. Sometimes those habits originate with our upbringing. When we become adults, we develop a new set of habits that stays generally static. Only very rarely do we radically change our habits.
This discussion applies in a very interesting way to the issue of church attendance.
When asking questions with life-altering implications, it is helpful to go back and ask yourself basic questions about your faith. Sometimes the simplest questions are not given much thought, but they can really get you thinking. What are the real reasons I want to go to heaven? Are they selfish? Are they reasonable? Are they wrong? When asking the question, "Why do I want to go to heaven?", consider two simple facts.
“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word”(Acts 6:4).
The apostles are presented with a problem within the Jerusalem church. Widows are being neglected. Tensions are high. Racism is implied. People are complaining. Yet they respond with the seasoned perspective of spiritual men: “And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables’”(Acts 6:2).