The Gospel Observer (August 28, 2016)

 

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“Ye Are Gods” (John 10:34)

Joe R. Price

In the last year of Jesus’ life during the Feast of Dedication (present-day Hanukkah), unbelieving individuals confronted him and demanded of him a plain declaration that he was the Christ (John 10:22-24). Like ravenous wolves the Jewish rulers had encircled him, ready to pounce upon their prey (v. 24).

The Context

Jesus was surrounded by unbelievers. They had seen his miraculous works and their results (i.e., the healing of the man ill for 38 years, John 5:2-18; sight restored to the man born blind, John 9:1-34) but still they did not believe on him. His works and his words had provided ample proof of his claims (John 5:36; 10:25). A further demonstration of his power would no doubt be casting pearls before swine (Matt. 7:6). They had made up their minds. They were looking for a reason to put Jesus to death.

His Sheep

Their failure to believe in Christ made it clear that they were not his sheep (John 10:26). They were not his disciples. Jesus made a contrast between his sheep and the unbelieving Jewish leaders in John 10:27-28. By so doing, he specifically stated the blessings of being his sheep. His sheep hear the voice of Christ (consequently, he knows them, John 10:14). They follow the words of Christ (consequently, he gives them eternal life, John 10:10). As a result, they shall never perish (no one shall snatch them out of the hand of Christ).

Jesus taught that human salvation rests upon the pillars of man’s faith and God’s grace (John 10:27-29; Eph. 2:8-9). Jesus rejected the Calvinistic doctrines of unconditional election and the perseverance of the saints. If the conditions of verse 27 are not obeyed, the blessings of verses 28-29 will not follow. As one hears and obeys the voice of Christ (the gospel) he receives the security of his soul that the Son and the Father provide. The Jewish rulers did not hear his voice nor did they follow him. Therefore, they did not have any true confidence of salvation. Because of their unbelief, Jesus implied that they would die in their sins (cf. John 8:23-24).

“I And The Father Are One”

Jesus claimed to possess the same power as the Father when he claimed power to give eternal life and to protect his sheep from danger (vv. 28-29). This mutual protective power illustrated his unity with the Father. As Lenski observes, “To snatch them out of his hand is the same as snatching them out of the Father’s hand.” So, what his enemies were pressing him for they now receive. Jesus uttered a clear and decisive statement of his divine nature by affirming, “I and the Father are one.” His works proceeded out of the Father and testified of his unity with the Father’s purposes and power (John 10:32; cf. 8:42).

To claim the same power as the Father was to claim oneness with the Father (John 10:29-30). The Jews immediately saw such a claim as blasphemous and tried to stone Jesus (John 10:31). They did not misunderstand what Jesus said. They simply did not believe him. They knew Jesus was “making himself God” (John 10:33). Jesus declared for himself equality (sameness) with God (cf. John 5:17-18). They considered his words to be blasphemous because they had rejected the evidence of his works which proved him to be divine. They thought he was just a man. So, they charged him with blasphemy and considered him worthy of death (John 10:33). Think of it! A man making himself God (v. 33)! Yet, the very works he did showed his declaration to be true (John 10:32; 5:36; 10:25, 38). Jesus is more than just a man. He is also God (John 1:1-3, 14). Had they believed his works, they would have readily received his words (John 10:37-38).

“Ye Are Gods”

The Jews were completely intolerant of Jesus’ claim of Godhood. Jesus continued his defense by exposing their inconsistency through an appeal to the authority of Scripture. “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, Ye are gods’? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘Thou blasphemest’; because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?” (John 10:34-36).

The Jews accepted the statement from their own law that described God’s appointed judges among his people as “gods” (Psa. 82:6). Jesus reminds his opponents of this (it is significant to note that he says the book of Psalms belonged to their “law” (cf. Rom. 3:19, 10-18). Jesus stated what his Jewish opponents conceded. Namely, that it stood written in the law (i.e., it was firmly established by the binding nature of God’s law) that God said of men “Ye are gods” (John 10:34-35). Then, Jesus affirmed the authoritative force of Scripture by saying, “The scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). Inspired scripture cannot be deprived of its binding authority by the whims of men. All individuals are obligated to harmonize their beliefs and practices to the authority of God’s writings (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 14:37; Col. 3:17).

Not only did the Jews reject the evidence of Jesus’ works, in their charge of blasphemy they also failed to respect the authority of Scripture. In Psalms 82:6, the judges of Israel were called “gods” because of their representative position of authority and responsibility among the people. These judges were God’s representatives, charged with executing fair and impartial judgments in Israel (82:2-4). To go before the judges was to go before God (cf. Exod. 21:6; 22:8-9, 28), for they were charged with rendering God’s judgments (Deut, 1:16-17), The 82nd Psalm depicts God rebuking these “gods” (the unjust judges) for their corruption of justice. Because they failed to judge righteously, God would now judge them (82:1,7-8). Even so, because of their God-given position of power, the psalmist called the unrighteous judges “gods.” (Please note, these “gods” are on the earth judging among the poor, fatherless and needy, vv. 2-4. God’s judgment would be executed on “the earth” (v. 8). The Mormon explanation that this passage proves their doctrine of many gods is without contextual support (cf. 1 Cor. 8:4-6.)

The Jews had never considered the statement from Psalms 82:6 as blasphemous, even though it depicts unrighteous men as “god.” Yet they were charging Jesus (whose words and works showed that he was approved by God) with blasphemy because he said, “I am the Son of God” (10:36). That which had been written in their law must be accepted by them as authoritative (“the scripture cannot be broken”). Butler observes, “How then could the Jews have the right to accuse Jesus of blasphemy when He says, ‘I am the Son of God …’ especially since all of His miraculous works indicate that He has been sanctified and sent into the world by the Father” (Paul Butler, The Gospel of John, p. 127), The Jews were not being consistent in their reasoning. Since God’s law called unrighteous men “gods” because they had been sent by God to execute his judgments in Israel, the righteous Jesus was not blaspheming when he identified himself as one with the Father. Jesus argues from the lesser to the greater here. The Father had set him apart and sent him into the world with a far greater work than the judges of Israel received. Jesus’ works proved he was from the Father. He was righteous in every way. Truly, he is the Son of God (John 10:36).

Conclusion

“I and the Father are one” is equivalent to saying “I am the Son of God” (vv. 30,36). This was a clear declaration of deity by Jesus and the Jews took it as such (v. 33). Only in a representative sense have men ever been called “gods.” However, one has lived among us who was more than just man. Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:14; Col. 2:9). His works confirm it. His words attest to it. He has power to save and to protect your soul. Do you believe it? Are you his sheep?

— Via Guardian of Truth, Volume 40, Number 3 (Feb. 1, 1996)
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News & Notes

Here is some great news! The needs of the 14 flooded families of the Southside church of Christ in Gonzales, Louisiana, have been met!

The following is a message from R.J. Evans, who is the preacher and one of the elders for the church there:

We express our sincere thanks for the overwhelming response of brethren from all over the country concerning the needs of the 14 flooded families of the Southside Church of Christ, Gonzales, LA. These needs have now been fully met. I do not have the words to thank all who spread the news to brethren across the country, all the churches who have responded, the individual Christians who have sent checks with wonderful notes of encouragement and assurances of their prayers for us.

By God’s providence, through our wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ the world over, we have received “exceedingly abundantly above” all that we could have ever imagined.

Yesterday (August 28, 2016) in our “News” section of the weekly bulletin I wrote the following:

OUTPOURING OF LOVE

“The elders have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love relief from brethren all over the country on behalf of our members who had their homes flooded. It has been phenomenal! To those families among us who have been affected by the THE GREAT FLOOD OF 2016, not only are you loved among us, you are loved and cared for by hundreds and hundreds of brethren all over the nation. We have truly seen the command to “Love the brotherhood” (1 Pet. 2:17) put into action that is almost beyond belief! This is so comforting and encouraging to our flooded families.”

The elders determined that our needs would total approximately $500,000 — never thinking we would receive that much. We have reached that point and will be returning everything above that amount. Please be patient with us. We have a lot of mail to deal with.

Thus, on behalf of the elders — Harris Lefort, Ken Robertson, Dennis Stutzman, and myself — we express our tremendous gratitude to all of you who sent relief to us. All the flooded families are SPEECHLESS AND SINCERELY GRATEFUL! May God continue to richly bless all of you in His service.

In Him,

R.J. Evans

(AN URGENT REQUEST: Please forward this to everyone on your contact list who are Christians. Thanks!)

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Penny Medlock has been back in the hospital again.  This has occurred often in just the last couple months.  She is having much trouble.  Let us also be praying for her parents, Bennie and Deborah, as they go through this difficult time.
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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old gained approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible” (Heb. 11:1-3).
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The Steps That Lead to Eternal Salvation

1) Hear the gospel,
for that is how faith comes
(Rom. 10:17; John 20:30,31).
2) Believe in the deity of Christ
(John 8:24; John 3:18).
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in Christ
(Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38).
5) Be baptized
in water for the remission of sins
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:26,27; 1 Pet. 3:21).     
6) Continue in the faith
, living for the Lord; for, if not, salvation can be lost
(Heb. 10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).
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Tebeau Street
CHURCH OF CHRIST
1402 Tebeau Street, Waycross, GA  31501
Sunday services:
9:00 AM (Bible class); 10 AM & 5 PM (worship)
Wednesday: 7 PM (Bible class)
evangelist/editor:
Tom Edwards (912) 614-8593
Tom@ThomasTEdwards.com
https://thegospelobserver.wordpress.com
(Gospel Observer website with pictures in WordPress)
http://thomastedwards.com/go (Older version of Gospel Observer website without pictures, but back to March 1990)
http://ThomasTEdwards.com/audioser.html (audio sermons)

 

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The Gospel Observer (August 21, 2016)

Contents:

1) The Conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch (Jesse Flowers)
2) News & Notes
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The Conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch
Jesse Flowers

When one comes to the eighth chapter of the Book of Acts, one comes to a very crucial time in the spread of the gospel in the first century. In the opening verses we read of a great persecution arising against the church immediately following the stoning of Stephen. A young, not yet converted Paul, goes about harassing and tormenting those belonging to the Way. Something which would normally be viewed as negative, turns into something quite positive: “Those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4).

In the following verse we are introduced to a Christian and gospel preacher by the name of Philip. Of course, we are first introduced to him back in Acts 6, Philip being among the seven chosen to serve in a special capacity in administering to the Hellenistic widows that were being neglected in the daily distribution. He was chosen on account of his good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit, and wisdom (Acts 6:3). In Acts 8:5, we read of Philip going down to the city of Samaria in order to preach Christ to them. Preceding Jesus’ ascension he told the apostles that they would be witnesses to him in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). The gospel of Christ had been proclaimed in Jerusalem and Judea, now the “good news” was brought to Samaria.

Philip is the man who makes his way to this despised area of Palestine, and there he begins to preach and teach. We find that the multitudes heeded the things spoken by Philip concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, and both men and women were baptized. What a successful and encouraging beginning for this evangelist. As a result of his work, lives were being changed, souls were being saved, and thus a church is started in the city of Samaria. It is after this grand event that we come to the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch. The writer Luke pens these words in Acts 8:26: “Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a deserted place….”

For a moment, put yourself in Philip’s shoes (sandals). Here you are in Samaria preaching and large numbers of people are coming to Christ as a result of your efforts.  Then in the midst of all that success, God instructs you to go to an area where, as far as you know, there isn’t anyone around! The Samaritans are hearing and obeying and now you’re being told to move on — do you ignore or do you listen? Well, Luke tells us in five words Philip’s response to the instruction he received from the angel of the Lord, “also he arose and went.” He goes from a well-populated city to an unpopulated desert. Most likely a strange request to the ears of Philip, but no questions were asked or hesitations made, for the instruction was a divine one. Behind him the good news was being preached, miracles were being performed, and people were being converted, but at God’s instruction he headed to Gaza. What an amazing attitude Philip possessed! Philip realized that this wasn’t his work he was leaving behind, it was God’s. God said, “Go,” and Philip, a man whose heart was sensitive to the word of God, went!

It is interesting to note that Gaza as a destination was really insignificant for Philip will never make it to the actual city. At this point, neither Philip nor the eunuch is even aware that the other exists. Yet out in a deserted place, the road going down from Jerusalem to Gaza, God will bring the paths of this sincere seeker and this sensitive teacher together.  It is on this road that we find a political leader riding in his chariot, reading the word of God and receptive to its truths. We learn that this man was employed in the service of Candace, who is described as being the queen of the Ethiopians. This eunuch was placed under tremendous responsibility for he had charge of all her treasury. He had traveled at least 800 miles in coming from Ethiopia to Jerusalem, and he had made that trip in order to worship! As the eunuch traveled back home he read aloud from the prophet Isaiah.

It is at this point that God will bring these two individuals together.  “Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and overtake  this  chariot” (Acts 8:29). Philip, following the Spirit’s direction, engaged the eunuch in conversation. Philip did not wait for the man to lean out of his chariot to ask him for help. Rather, Philip took the initiative to ask him simply, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip’s tactfulness paid off. For he asked a question that opened the door for the message of the gospel to be taught. I believe it is interesting to note that Philip doesn’t shoot into some sermon, but first listens to what the Ethiopian eunuch is curious about. For part of the eunuch’s curiosity was not what was written, but to whom the passage applied. First Philip initiated the conversation, next he listened, and then he began to teach.  In fact, beginning at this wonderful passage in Isaiah 53, Philip proceeds to preach Jesus to him.

Philip recognized that for a man lost in sin, Jesus is the only issue that really matters! There is a multitude of subjects that can be discussed at a later time, but Jesus isn’t one of them.

One cannot help but to wonder what kind of things Philip spoke of when he preached to the eunuch about Jesus. Once again, God’s word does not always satisfy all of our curiosities. One subject we know without a doubt that Philip spoke to the eunuch about was the subject of baptism. It only makes sense that when one preaches Jesus, one preaches about baptism. As Philip spoke to this truth seeker about the identity of the One mentioned in Isaiah 53, the preacher must have spoken of God’s eternal plan in redeeming man from his sins. And that God’s only begotten Son, came to this earth and gave his life on the cross for the world, in order that all might have the opportunity to inherit eternal life. Naturally, Philip explained to this sinner that in order to come into contact with that precious blood that was shed for him there was a need to be baptized into Christ. It then makes perfect sense when the reader comes to verse 36, and sees the response of the eunuch.

“Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” How wonderful those words must have been to the ears of Philip! Both go down into the water, Philip baptizes the eunuch, and then when they came up out of the water the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away. Philip’s part in bringing this Ethiopian eunuch to Christ was through, and the Lord  wasted no time to send him where he was needed next. Some of the sweetest words in all of this text is found in verse 39, when it simply states that the eunuch went on his way rejoicing! Because of God’s love, mercy, and grace for one soul he made it possible for this eunuch to hear the “good news” of salvation. After learning about  his loving Savior and after receiving the forgiveness of  sins, how could he do anything but go on his way rejoicing?!  Before  meeting Philip he was without Christ, but after hearing Philip tell him about Jesus, he found Christ. And didn’t each of us go on our way rejoicing when we came to Christ?!

In the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8, we find a willing teacher + a sincere seeker + the providence of God = the saving of a soul. Philip started with the road the eunuch was on and from there led him to the cross. Earlier in Acts we have seen 3000 and 5000 souls saved, and it is easy to be impressed with such figures. Yet we must never forget that those big numbers represent individuals, single solitary souls. Philip was in Samaria where he was experiencing a tremendous amount of responses. God took this preacher and sent him to a desolate place and brought him across the path of a man who was searching. Sent him to a city that to our knowledge he never reached (Gaza), but in the process of his going, he was able to reach one man for Jesus. One is never a waste of time, one is never too much trouble, one is never insignificant. May God always help us to see the value of only one soul, and may that realization produce a zeal within us to bring as many souls as possible to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

— Via Truth Magazine, Volume XLII, Number 1, January 1, 1998
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News & Notes

Jim Lively returned home from the hospital on the 23rd, following his open heart surgery.  He has been doing well.  Let those of us who are Christians continue to remember him in prayer as he heals.

In case you missed it last week, the following is for those who have been concerned with helping the brethren in Louisiana who were affected by the recent flooding.  R.J. Evans, who is a preacher and elder for the Southside church of Christ in Gonzales, sent me this message: “A number of brethren from all parts of the country have been contacting us, wanting to help the families who have been flooded.  Here in Gonzales, LA, the Southside church has over a dozen families who had their houses flooded.  While this has not received a great deal of national coverage, it is a historic, record-breaking flood — the weather service down here has been referring to it as a 1,000 year flood.  It has ranged from 2 feet to about 6 feet of water in the houses of some of our members.  Some of these families did not have flood insurance.  All the sheet rock, insulation, flooring will have to be replaced; all furniture and appliances are, for the most part, destroyed.  The cost of repairing and replacing will involve many thousands of dollars.  Based on the pattern in Acts 11:27-30, the four elders of this church (Harris Lefort, Ken Robertson, Dennis Stutzman, & myself) will distribute these funds, based upon the needs of each family.  We will keep close, detailed records of this special fund (names, amounts, etc.).  Should we start receiving funds that are not longer needed, we will return them, and notify others.  If any receiving this information would like to contribute, please make the check out to the Southside Church of Christ.  On the check, you might want to write ‘elders — for families flooded’ — or something similar.  Please send to: Southside Church of Christ, P.O. Box 686, Gonzales, LA  70707.  Words cannot express how thankful we are for your prayers, care, concern, and willingness to help. May God continue to bless all of you in His service.  R.J.E.  (Please feel free to forward this to those you believe would like to receive it.)”

Prior to moving to Georgia in June 2014, I (Tom Edwards) had lived in Denham Springs for 12 years.  For the last four of those years, I was also attending, in addition to the Tuesday midweek services in Baton Rouge, the Wednesday evening services where R.J. preaches and teaches.  It was always good to be with the brethren in Gonzales, and I know and respect all of these men mentioned above who are serving as elders there.
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The Steps That Lead to Eternal Salvation

1) Hear the gospel,
for that is how faith comes
(Rom. 10:17; John 20:30,31).
2) Believe in the deity of Christ
(John 8:24; John 3:18).
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in Christ
(Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38).
5) Be baptized
in water for the remission of sins
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:26,27; 1 Pet. 3:21).     
6) Continue in the faith
, living for the Lord; for, if not, salvation can be lost
(Heb. 10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).
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Tebeau Street
CHURCH OF CHRIST
1402 Tebeau Street, Waycross, GA  31501
Sunday services:
9:00 AM (Bible class); 10 AM & 5 PM (worship)
Wednesday: 7 PM (Bible class)
evangelist/editor:
Tom Edwards (912) 614-8593
Tom@ThomasTEdwards.com
https://thegospelobserver.wordpress.com
(Gospel Observer website with pictures in WordPress)
http://thomastedwards.com/go (Older version of Gospel Observer website without pictures, but back to March 1990)
http://ThomasTEdwards.com/audioser.html (audio sermons)

The Gospel Observer (August 14, 2016)

Contents:

1) Morale Boosters (R.J. Evans)
2) Casting in the Tree (Jeff May)
3) News & Notes
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Morale Boosters
R.J. Evans

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint-hearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all” (1 Thes. 5:14).

There are so many things that may get us discouraged and lower our morale as we live our lives here on this earth. At times, elders, deacons, and preachers get discouraged in dealing with problems and trying to assist others with their difficulties. Young people are being pressured by their peers to do many things that are sinful and worldly. So many families have problems, heartaches, and financial struggles. Those who have health issues, or who are grieving over the loss of a loved one, often become weary and discouraged. Single people may become lonely, and feel like they are always left out. Unfortunately, in some congregations, there are those who work behind the scenes to “put it down” rather than seek to “build it up.” These kind of devious actions to undermine the work of the church lower the morale of a congregation — especially as it relates to those who are young in the faith or weak. And the list could go on and on concerning things that tend to lower our morale.

In dealing with discouragements and low morale, there are several things we all can do. We can try to maintain a good, positive, loving attitude. We can work and labor in the kingdom as hard as possible. The Apostle Paul said: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). Please go back and re-read our text in view of putting it into practice.

What else can we do to lift each others’ spirits? We can try to be present for all the assemblies of the church. By doing so, we make ourselves available for our own edification, as well as availing ourselves of the opportunity to edify others (Eph. 4:16). Attending Bible classes and worship services lifts our morale, even when we’re not feeling well. This helps to “recharge our batteries.” It is God’s will that none of us forsake the assemblies of the church (Heb. 10:25). James says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (Jas. 4:17). Thus, by attending all the services of the church, not only do we worship God “in spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:24), we also encourage and boost the morale of one another.

Let’s all try to be like Joses, whose name was changed to “Barnabas” because he was an encourager. He encouraged or boosted the morale of other Christians wherever he went (Acts 4:36-37; 11:23; 15:26-42).

We can also seek to be the kind of Christian who refreshes others. Please consider the following examples: Philemon — “the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother” (v. 7); Paul told the Romans — that I “may be refreshed together with you” (Rom. 15:33); Paul wrote of several brethren who — “refreshed my spirit and yours” (1 Cor. 16: 18); The Corinthians had been a joy to Titus —  “because his spirit has been refreshed by you all” (2 Cor. 7:14); Paul said of Onesiphorus — he “often refreshed me” (2 Tim. 1:16). Every one of these was a morale booster.

In view of the above, let us each encourage and refresh one another so we will become MORALE BOOSTERS. We close with the words of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: “we…are fellow workers for your joy” (2 Cor. 1:24).

— Via bulletin for the Southside church of Christ, Gonzales, Louisiana
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Casting in the Tree
Jeff May

Shortly after Israel escaped the clutches of Egyptian bondage, they came to Marah hoping to find water.  But the water was bitter.  Moses cried out and “the Lord showed him a tree.”  Moses cast it into the waters and the waters were made sweet.  Casting in the tree made all the difference (Exodus 15:22-25).

In the days of Elisha, he and his servants were cutting down trees for a new residence (2 Kings 5:1-7).  As one was cutting, the iron ax head fell into the water and sank to the bottom.  The servant cried out, “Alas, master!  For it was borrowed” (vs. 5).  No problem.  Elisha simply “cut off a stick and threw it in there; and he made the iron float” (vs. 6).

Here are two examples of bad situations made so much better by casting in the tree.  So it is with our lives.  Problems arise as we strive to serve God faithfully, but God has given us a tree: the tree of Calvary.  Cast it in!!  See the difference it makes.

Are you needing saving from your sins?  Cast in the tree.  When you and I sinned the very first time, we came under the death penalty (Rom. 6:23).  Our sentence would be eternal separation from God.  Worse yet, there was nothing we could do to remedy the problem.  But God cast in the tree!  Jesus “bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24).  Because of the tree being cast in, we can obey the gospel and no longer fear death (1 Cor. 15:55-57).

Do you want to get rid of your old sinful self?  Cast in the tree.  Are you tired of sin?  Are you tired of what it is doing to you?  Cast in the tree.  Not only did Jesus have a cross to die on, you do too.  In becoming a Christian, you crucify the old man and rise to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:1-7)  Say goodbye to the old man!!  You can live in a joyful new life and say with Paul, “I am crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

Are you tired of churches using gimmicks and recreation for “power” to draw people?  Cast in the tree.  How ashamed we ought to be if we ever think we need  to draw people to Christ with food, recreation and entertainment.  There’s enough power in the tree.  Jesus Himself said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself” (Jn. 12:32).  The man who sees his problem will come to the tree of Calvary for his remedy.  He needs nothing else.  He wants nothing else.  He desires only “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:1-5).

Do you ever feel down?  Do you ever feel like quitting?  Cast in the tree.  Paul said he often was hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted and struck down (2 Cor. 4:8-9).  How can we hold up under all the discouraging things that come our way in this life?  Cast in the tree.  That was Paul’s answer.  He said he was “always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Cor. 2:10).  When it got hard, he just remembered Jesus.  He endured the cross and afterward sat down at God’s right hand in heaven (Heb. 12:2).  The world will look at us with bewilderment and wonder what keeps us going.  What a great testimony when they see that it is the tree!!

Has someone hurt you?  Are you struggling to forgive?  Is your patience with someone really wearing thin?  Cast in the tree.  Come on now.  Have any of us ever been hurt more than Jesus?  Can we hear Him saying on the tree, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Lk. 23:34).  Can’t we do the same (Col. 3:13)?  Maybe the “scruples” of someone is testing your patience.  Are you tempted to push your way with no regard for their feelings?  Cast in the tree (Rom. 15:1-3).

Is some trial or happening in your life causing you to wonder if God loves you?  Cast in the tree.  Jesus has forever settled that matter.  The tree proves His love.  Let nothing deter you from serving Him and separating you from His love.  The one who did not spare His own Son will reward us well when this life is over (Rom. 8:31- 39).

No matter what comes into our lives, we can always cast in the tree.  It changes things.  Let us all praise God for the cross of our Lord.

–Via online articles at the Oakland church of Christ website, Athens, Alabama, March 12, 2012
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News & Notes

The open heart surgery for Jim Lively went well.  He received four bypasses, was sitting up in a chair the next day, and was walking and eating solid foods by the second day.  His only pain right now is around the incision.  Let those of us who are Christians continue to remember him in prayer as he is now healing.

Some of you have been concerned with helping the brethren in Louisiana who were affected by the recent flooding.  R.J. Evans, who is a preacher and elder for the Southside church of Christ in Gonzales, sent me the following message: “A number of brethren from all parts of the country have been contacting us, wanting to help the families who have been flooded.  Here in Gonzales, LA, the Southside church has over a dozen families who had their houses flooded.  While this has not received a great deal of national coverage, it is a historic, record-breaking flood — the weather service down here has been referring to it as a 1,000 year flood.  It has ranged from 2 feet to about 6 feet of water in the houses of some of our members.  Some of these families did not have flood insurance.  All the sheet rock, insulation, flooring will have to be replaced; all furniture and appliances are, for the most part, destroyed.  The cost of repairing and replacing will involve many thousands of dollars.  Based on the pattern in Acts 11:27-30, the four elders of this church (Harris Lefort, Ken Robertson, Dennis Stutzman, & myself) will distribute these funds, based upon the needs of each family.  We will keep close, detailed records of this special fund (names, amounts, etc.).  Should we start receiving funds that are not longer needed, we will return them, and notify others.  If any receiving this information would like to contribute, please make the check out to the Southside Church of Christ.  On the check, you might want to write “elders – for families flooded” – or something similar.  Please send to: Southside Church of Christ, P.O. Box 686, Gonzales, LA  70707.  Words cannot express how thankful we are for your prayers, care, concern, and willingness to help. May God continue to bless all of you in His service.  R.J.E.   (Please feel free to forward this to those you believe would like to receive it.)”

I (Tom Edwards) had lived in Denham Springs for about 12 years.  For the last four years that I was there, I had also been attending the Wednesday evening services at Southside, since the midweek service I also attended (and later taught) in Baton Rouge was on Tuesdays.  I always enjoyed being with the brethren there in Gonzales and know and respect all of these men who are serving as elders there.

Michelle Rittenhouse was back in the hospital for a few days recently for tests and to be put on a new medication for her heart problems.  Prior, new medications have had an adverse affect upon her by about the 5th day.  Let us pray that this will go better for her.

Others, too, that we have been praying for: Rex Cothren (brain surgery), Camp Tatum (cancer cells of the spine), Kelly Fleeman (receiving treatments for lymphoma), Shirley Davis (back pain), Doyle Rittenhouse (bursitis, arthritis, trouble with hips and back); Joyce Rittenhouse (liver tests), James Medlock (for his health), Penny Medlock (at Saint Simons By-the-Sea), Melontine Davis (pain comes and goes periodically, due to slip disc in neck), Brianna Mackey (will be undergoing therapy for about a year), Mary Vandevander (housebound), and Sue Wooten (nursing home).
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The Steps That Lead to Eternal Salvation

1) Hear the gospel,
for that is how faith comes
(Rom. 10:17; John 20:30,31).
2) Believe in the deity of Christ
(John 8:24; John 3:18).
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in Christ
(Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38).
5) Be baptized
in water for the remission of sins
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:26,27; 1 Pet. 3:21).     
6) Continue in the faith
, living for the Lord; for, if not, salvation can be lost
(Heb. 10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).
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Tebeau Street
CHURCH OF CHRIST
1402 Tebeau Street, Waycross, GA  31501
Sunday services:
9:00 AM (Bible class); 10 AM & 5 PM (worship)
Wednesday: 7 PM (Bible class)
evangelist/editor:
Tom Edwards (912) 614-8593
Tom@ThomasTEdwards.com
https://thegospelobserver.wordpress.com
(Gospel Observer website with pictures in WordPress)
http://thomastedwards.com/go (Older version of Gospel Observer website without pictures, but back to March 1990)
http://ThomasTEdwards.com/audioser.html (audio sermons)

The Gospel Observer (August 7, 2016)

Contents:

1) The Truth is Still the Truth (T. Sean Sullivan)
2) News & Notes
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The Truth is Still the Truth
T. Sean Sullivan

What causes people to walk away? Many of Christ’s disciples walked away for fear in John 6:66. The brethren in Galatia were wooed by another message (Gal. 1:6-8). Paul warned Timothy that many would turn aside to lies (2 Tim. 4:1-5).

Those who left Jesus must have believed someone else had the truth.  The Galatians must have believed that something other than the “gospel” was the truth. Those mentioned by Paul as leaving the truth for lies, in the future must be those who grow weary of the truth and attempt to seek their own idea of truth. All of these examples are of people who were influenced by the truth of God’s word and then for some reason came to believe that the truth had changed.

In all these cases we see a divergence from the truth of God’s word and an acceptance of some “alternative.” Is that how truth works? No, according to the Bible, it doesn’t. Truth as pictured by God is absolute. Titus states plainly that God cannot lie. That means that every word of God is truth (Tit. 1:2).  Jesus declared the same in his prayer recorded in John 17. Verse 17 resounds his words of “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

God’s word is the truth — the only soul saving truth. The plan of salvation made available by Jesus Christ is the only plan. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Knowing these things, how important is it for every one of us to search out, know, and do the truth of God’s will? Why then do so many walk away?

We need to consider some real life reasons we have seen others use to justify their leaving. Perhaps, we have had them cross our minds as well.  These thoughts need to be exposed for what they are: lies. We need to know more about these thoughts so that we might “reject” them and “exercise ourselves toward godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

The reality of this article is: we have one hope of heaven (John 14:6). We cannot afford to let anything distract us from that hope. Knowing that in heaven we will live in perfection forever and we will not be in hell — suffering forever (Rev. 14:11). Even when things go wrong, the truth of God’s word, and your personal responsibility to obey it, does not change.

The Truth Does Not Change If You Reject It

Many people have come to know the truth — through reading and studying the source of truth: the Bible. Everyone who comes to the knowledge of truth is faced with a decision — he must choose to flee or follow. Of course, choosing to follow the truth will set him free (John 8:31-32); and the doing of God’s will results in his rewards (Matt. 7:21; Heb. 10:35-39). On the other  hand, when people refuse to follow God’s way they will reap the wrath of God’s judgment (2 Cor. 5:10-11).

Why would someone reject the truth? Some reject it for worldly gain — social acceptance (Matt. 7:13-14). Others, because they do not want to give up what they already have (Matt. 18:8-9; 19:20-22). Many reject the truth because the truth condemns a loved one (Matt. 10:32-39).

Whatever reason one might give for leaving, the fact still remains — the truth is still the truth and it will always be the truth. When one rejects the truth, he rejects his only hope. Consider what Jesus said on this matter: Accept my words of truth and be set free by the truth (John 8:31-32). “Reject” my words of truth and be judged by the truth in the last day (John 12:48).

The Truth Does Not Change If Our Brethren Err

How many people have left the Lord’s church over another brother or sister’s error? The battle cry of “Hypocrite” rings out and another soldier turns on their heels and runs from the church. This reason has been worn out by overuse — brethren leaving the church because brother or sister “so and so” is a hypocrite. The one who leaves sees the hypocrite as one who did wrong, or one who hurt his feelings, or one who sinned. This may, at first, sound like proper grounds for leaving, but wait . . . if you leave was there any corrective measures taken? If you leave have you allowed sin to continue without proper rebuke?

There is only one church (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:4). If you leave are you not also doing wrong, hurting your brethren and sinning (Heb. 10:35-39; 1 Pet. 1:6-9; Rev. 2:10c)?

When one of our brethren errs what should we do? We must seek to resolve this problem according to the truth of God’s word. We need to correct the error quickly and get back doing the Lord’s work. There is a list of procedures found in Matthew 18:15-17. Many have wrongfully believed that these words contain the rules of kicking someone out of the church. What a sour attitude. Look carefully at this passage. These words are clearly focused on “gaining back” not “kicking out.” Yes, when all else fails, if the one in question will not return, he is to be no longer recognized as one of the brethren. This is when all attempts to “gain back” have been used. When you have left the congregation, how can you work on gaining back one of your brethren? Does it say, “Moreover if your brother sins against you. . .” leave the church? No! Seek to correct the problem, now! Seek to gain your brother back so that together you might hold fast to the truth and find your hope of Heaven.

The Truth Does Not Change if the Whole World Refuses It

Another reason that we have heard is, “How can this be right when so few people accept it?” There are two ways of looking at an answer to that question: First, Jesus said, “Few there are that find it” speaking in regard to God’s will (Matt. 7:13-14). Second, this answer points the finger back at you. It is our work to share the truth with everyone else, so that more will hear and obey the gospel (Matt. 28:19). Perhaps there are so few because we have not been evangelistic enough.

To God a few faithful is far better than many faithless (Heb. 11:6). God was willing to spare Gomorrah for the sake of ten souls who would not reject him (Gen. 18:32). Jesus died on the cross at a point where only eleven chosen men and the disciples totaled one hundred and twenty (Acts 1:13-15). One hundred twenty faithful out of the entire population of the earth and Christ still went to the cross to save them from sin. Few or many makes no difference with regard to the price that was paid (Heb. 10:22-28).

The world cannot be allowed to set your standards. We must obey God’s truth not the world’s popular decisions (Jas. 4:4-8; 1 John 2:15-17). We must obey God’s truth even when our “friends” mock us (1 Pet. 4:1-4). We must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). If the whole world rejects God  — “they will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Pet. 4:5).

Conclusion

Your only hope is this book — the Bible: God’s revealed will for your life. Do not reject your only hope. Rejecting the Bible is the same as rejecting a rope that is thrown out to save you from drowning. In our case, God is holding on to the other end; and his rope will save your soul from destruction. For you to get to Heaven, you must obey the truth and worship God with your brethren in a local congregation. To succeed, you must rely on your brethren; be patient with them and they must be patient with you. Everyone of us must trust and do the truth no matter what. For any congregation to be what it needs to be, we must pull together, never running away from the battle. When a brother or sister enters into error, we must work to gain him/her back until they absolutely refuse to return. Then we must move on in our battle without them. We cannot walk away from problems. Problems must be resolved. Sin must be corrected and the Lord’s work must continue to be done. “Do you also want to go away?” “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:67-68).

— Via Truth Magazine, June 15, 2006, Volume L, Number 12
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News & Notes

Let those of us who are Christians continue to remember the following in prayer:

Jim Lively
‘s open heart surgery is scheduled for August 17 at 7:30 a.m., which will involve 4 to 5 bypasses.

Myrna Jordan has not been feeling well recently, though she is now doing somewhat better.

We were glad to hear that Easton Cox’s chest x-ray was “clear, and his abdomen ultrasound was normal.”  His mother also writes that Easton “will still have routine checks (lab work and scans) done throughout the years to come”; but they are thankful unto God and “so beyond happy” for their “little man.”  (More recent update: Easton went back into the hospital on the 9th, due to having a fever over 102; but the fever has now gone, so he will be going home Friday.)

Penny Medlock had to return to Saint Simons By-the-Sea Wednesday and is still there.

We are glad that Melotine Davis had been free from pain for a couple weeks; but it has now come back, though not as severe as her last recent experience with it.  It is caused by a slip disk in her neck that, from time to time, will press on a nerve.  Right now she is feeling that mainly in her arm.

Deborah Medlock continues to have trouble with her neck from time to time.

Others, too, that we have been praying for: Rex Cothren (brain surgery), Camp Tatum (cancer cells of the spine), Kelly Fleeman (receiving treatments for lymphoma), Shirley Davis (back and foot trouble), Doyle Rittenhouse (bursitis, arthritis, trouble with hips and back); Joyce Rittenhouse (liver tests), Michelle Rittenhouse (heart trouble), James Medlock (for his health), Brianna Mackey (has about a year more to go with therapy), Mary Vandevander (housebound), and Sue Wooten (nursing home).
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The Steps That Lead to Eternal Salvation

1) Hear the gospel,
for that is how faith comes
(Rom. 10:17; John 20:30,31).
2) Believe in the deity of Christ
(John 8:24; John 3:18).
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in Christ
(Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38).
5) Be baptized
in water for the remission of sins
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:26,27; 1 Pet. 3:21).     
6) Continue in the faith
, living for the Lord; for, if not, salvation can be lost
(Heb. 10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).
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Tebeau Street
CHURCH OF CHRIST
1402 Tebeau Street, Waycross, GA  31501
Sunday services:
9:00 AM (Bible class); 10 AM & 5 PM (worship)
Wednesday: 7 PM (Bible class)
evangelist/editor:
Tom Edwards (912) 614-8593
Tom@ThomasTEdwards.com
https://thegospelobserver.wordpress.com
(Gospel Observer website with pictures in WordPress)
http://thomastedwards.com/go (Older version of Gospel Observer website without pictures, but back to March 1990)
http://ThomasTEdwards.com/audioser.html (audio sermons)

The Gospel Observer (July 31, 2016)

Contents:

1) Carrying More Than Bones (Jeff May)
2) News & Notes
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Joseph
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Carrying More Than Bones
Jeff May

By Bible standards, I am likely in the “older man” category.  The Bible doesn’t talk about middle age.  There’s the young.  There’s the old.  That’s it.  So, whether I like it or not I am probably closer to the latter group.

As I grow older, I think more about the things I want to one day leave behind for my children.  I look at the legacies of Bible men and women.  I suppose that none of them is more impressive to me than the legacy of Joseph.

Picture with me that grand processional of the Israelites as they left the clutches of Egypt to pursue freedom in God’s promised land.  A conservative figure shows 1.5 million people traveling through the desert.  Somewhere among the living are some bones; skeletal remains of Joseph.  Although not alive to see it, what’s left of Joseph’s earthly tent is making its way to Canaan.  On his death bed, Joseph had said, “God will surely visit you and you shall carry up my bones from here” (Gen. 50:25).  Israel honored his dying request (Exodus 13:19).

May I suggest that if only they had reflected on it, they were carrying more with them into the land than just the bones of Joseph.  They were carrying a legacy worthy of imitation.  If they had really contemplated Joseph’s life and imitated it, their entire history would have been different.  A nation full of Josephs would never have been “vomited” out of the promised land and into captivity.

Let us consider what they were carrying.

Joseph’s Godliness

Godliness means that we live every day with reverence being shown toward God and a keen awareness that all we do is done in His presence.  Could there be a better portrait of it than Joseph?

If ever a man could have been bitter against God, Joseph could.  He was thrown into a pit by his brothers who first wanted to kill him.  He was sold to a band of Ishmaelites and then into Potiphar’s household.  Bitterness could have caused him to say, “I’m done with God.  Why should I serve Him?  I’m in a pagan land.  No one will ever know what I do.  Why not just live it up in sin?”  Joseph never did that.  A lusty woman gave him every chance to do just that and yet what did he say? “How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God” (Gen. 39:9)?

Who would know?  God would.  Joseph’s godliness kept him reverent toward God, knowing there was an “all-seeing eye.”

What about you, dear reader?  How do you do at the office when none of your spiritual acquaintances are around?  What about when you are on vacation?  What if you are a young person who is dating and you know there are lots of places to find seclusion?

Godliness will hold you in check.  I wish Israel had carried Joseph’s godliness into the promised land with them, but I’m afraid all they carried were bones (Isa. 29:15-16).

Joseph’s Forgiving Spirit

Oh, the things his brothers did to him and all it led to!!  In his life he was hated, almost murdered, sold, lied about, thrown in prison and then forgotten about.  The poison of a bitter and unforgiving spirit could have eaten him alive!

The most touching of all moments comes at the end of Genesis when Jacob dies.  The brothers are thinking, “Joseph will harm us now.”  But Joseph says, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?” (Gen. 50:19).  He comforts them and speaks kindly to them.

What about you?  Do you have a forgiving spirit?  Is there anyone you have written off for life?  Is forgiveness difficult for you?

In my early days of preaching there was an older man I spent a lot of time with who loved me as his own son.  He was like a father to me.  At this moment, I am sitting next to cabinets he and I made together for my books.  A picture of him is within reach.  I’ll never forget him telling me once, “Jeff, I don’t know why it is but the two most important things in life people need to say, they have so much trouble with.  Why do we struggle to say ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you'”?  I need to carry that with me.  My friend was buried not long ago but for me he left behind a lot more than bones.

I wish Israel had carried that spirit across the Jordan; but by the time Jesus came, many of them were full of hatred and bitterness.  Forgiveness did not come easy (Mt. 18:21-22).

Joseph’s Care For His Family

While Joseph was in Egypt, back home his dad was growing old and needed lots of help.  News that Joseph was alive would now allow him to go to his grave with some relief (Gen. 45:28).  His pilgrimage had been evil but Joseph would see to it that he was taken care of in his final days (Gen. 45:9-11; 46:29-34).

Do we do the same?  What will our attitude be when our family members enter the difficult days and they need us?  God is clear in his expectations (1 Tim. 5:4,8).

It is so sad to see parents in our society left lacking in love and care and support while their children go on their merry way.  I have always appreciated the Jewish proverb which says, “One woman can take care of ten children, but ten children can’t take care of one woman.”  It is true too many times.

If only Israel had carried that same care into the promised land.  Instead, many of them turned out to be neglectful to widows, aged people and their own parents.  It left Jesus infuriated (Mark 7:9-13).  Joseph didn’t do that.  Bless his bones.

Joseph’s Awareness of God’s Providence

Even when times are tough in our lives, we need to know God is working.  The things that are happening may not be good but God is working it all for good.  It’s sort of like a cake.  Who would eat Hershey’s cocoa by itself or raw eggs or flour?  But all together, it works for good.

Think about Joseph.  Now there was a life that could leave a bad taste in your mouth!  Yet, all his troubles worked for good.

This next thing I will share is amazing to me.  Let’s back it up.  Our Savior came out of a great nation.  But there can’t be a great nation without a place for them to grow and prosper.  We need to get those twelve sons of Jacob to Egypt.  We can’t do that without Joseph being in a position of power to help them.  We also need a famine to make them go to Egypt.  We can’t get Joseph to Pharaoh without him meeting the king’s butler.  The place to meet the king’s butler is in a prison, and you can’t get to the prison without a lying and lustful woman who makes false charges.  To meet such a woman, you need to be sold into her house.  You can’t be sold without the hatred of your brothers.  You don’t become hated without your coat of many colors and dreams.  Do you see God’s providence? Joseph did (Gen. 50:20).

I could only wish Israel had carried that confidence of God’s providence into the land of Canaan.  When things were bad, they turned against God (Dt. 1:26-27,31-32).  Oh to God they had stopped to think about what they were carrying.  It was surely more than bones.

So, I stop here to ask myself a question.  When my children carry me to my earthly resting place to await the resurrection, will they carry more than bones?  May God be blessed for what He made of Joseph and may such legacies bless our lives greatly.

— Via Living a Christian Life, January 30, 2012
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News & Notes

Let those of us who are Christians be keeping the following in prayer:

After having seen his primary doctor last Friday, and his heart doctor Wednesday, Jim Lively is now scheduled for open heart surgery August 17, which will involve 4 or 5 bypasses.

Easton Cox’s ANC (blood count) had risen to about 1250, so they were able to give him his final chemo treatment that day.  Though initially he had some temperature spikes, nausea, and didn’t want to eat, he is now doing better in those areas.  And for some more good news, the results of the scans and x-ray on his lungs show that he is clear of cancer.  But we want to still keep remembering him in prayer.  For, as his mother writes, he will “still undergo more lab work, scans and side effects in the months to come.”

Shirley Davis saw her doctor, but will need to have an MRI, which is scheduled for August 9, before the best treatment for her painful back can be determined.  She is still also waiting to find out the date for her foot surgery.

Andra Johnson, whom we mentioned as going into labor last Wednesday, gave birth to a healthy boy whom they have named Zachary Jordan.

Let us also remember in prayer Rex Cothren (who is to have brain surgery), Camp Tatum (cancerous cells in the spine), James “Buddy” Gornto (healing from heart-valve replacement), Melotine Davis (for the pain in her neck, shoulder, and arm), Kelli Fleeman (receiving treatments for lymphoma), Joyce Rittenhouse (liver tests), Doyle Rittenhouse (hip and back trouble, arthritis and bursitis), James Medlock (for his health), Penny Medlock (medicine adjustment), Brianna Mackey (having therapy, due to premature birth), Mary Vandevander (house-bound), and Sue Wooten (nursing home).
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The Steps That Lead to Eternal Salvation

1) Hear the gospel,
for that is how faith comes
(Rom. 10:17; John 20:30,31).
2) Believe in the deity of Christ
(John 8:24; John 3:18).
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in Christ
(Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38).
5) Be baptized
in water for the remission of sins
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:26,27; 1 Pet. 3:21).     
6) Continue in the faith
, living for the Lord; for, if not, salvation can be lost
(Heb. 10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).
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Tebeau Street
CHURCH OF CHRIST
1402 Tebeau Street, Waycross, GA  31501
Sunday services:
9:00 AM (Bible class); 10 AM & 5 PM (worship)
Wednesday: 7 PM (Bible class)
evangelist/editor:
Tom Edwards (912) 614-8593
Tom@ThomasTEdwards.com
https://thegospelobserver.wordpress.com
(Gospel Observer website with pictures in WordPress)
http://thomastedwards.com/go (Older version of Gospel Observer website without pictures, but back to March 1990)
http://ThomasTEdwards.com/audioser.html (audio sermons)