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Monday, January 27, 2020

Someone Missed His Nap


“Someone missed his/her nap.” We used to say that about cranky children. We now say it about friends our age when they are out of sorts. The writer of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews tells his readers to be careful to not miss the rest God has for them. The rest God offers in Christ is to save us from the frustration of living life solely by our own strength and our own efforts. And, the ultimate frustration is that if we live our earthly life without resting by faith in Jesus, we will live in eternity experiencing God’s wrath rather than His peace. There is a rest we dare not miss.

Bro Bob Hendrick

Monday, January 13, 2020

Are You Experiencing Hearing Difficulties Or Listening Difficulties?



Many people my age (middle aged if we are going to live to 130+) have hearing difficulties. There are aids to help remedy hearing problems. But, what I often encounter and sometimes experience is not what would be labeled “hard of hearing” but what would more accurately be called “hard of listening.” There is no surgery, prosthesis, or appliance to fix hard-of-listening. And that is a shame because some of what goes in one ear and out the other carries news of blessing and life or warning of eternal consequences. The author of the Epistle of Hebrews cautions his readers to pay attention lest they miss blessing and eternal life that is only in the Son.

Bro Bob Hendrick

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

MAKE THEM LOOK GOOD

I once read comments of a leader of young women about the need to learn to submit in everyday associations in preparation for the marriage relationship. As she pointed out, the Bible tells us to submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21). The Bible also tells us that a purpose of the Body of Christ, the church, is to build each other up (Ephesians 4:15-16). Galatians 6:1-10, among other things, tells us to look after one another.

I have often told people in churches I have pastored that it is their job to make their fellow church member look good. It is the preacher's job to make the minister of music and the custodian look good. That does not preclude the pastor pointing out in private music that does not go along with the sermon topic or dirty spots on the carpet that need attention. But if there are songs he wants sung, he can tell his fellow minister. If there is trash on the floor, he can bend over and pick it up. If the sound cords need to be neatly coiled, anyone can do that, even if the custodian or the minister of music gets credit for the orderliness of the stage area when he did not actually order it.

Ultimately we want Jesus to look good. To show Him off, we do not always have to do stuff
for others, sometimes we need to do things with others; come along side them and share their burdens (for the glory of Christ) ...even if they are not members of our church.