NEXT MEETING OCTOBER 25
Woodlawn Christian Campbellsville
Executive Meeting at 7 P.M. (EDT)
General Meeting at 8 P.M. (EDT)
Speaker: Michael Luke, Minister at Lebanon Christian
FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE
November 22—Jamestown Christian
(Jamestown has agreed to serve a meal.)
Speaker: Rob Harlamert, Elevate Christian, Lexington
2022 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The list of nominees for 2022 officers and directors will be published in the November issue of The Builder. The election will be conducted at the November 22 meeting.
2022 HOSTS NEEDED
Praying for improved conditions, we need host congregations for our meetings. Please contact Jim Pope, the Secretary, to sign up.
A LITTLE BOY’S PRAYER
“Dear God, please take care of my daddy and mommy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of Yourself, God. If anything happens to You, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”
Random Churchgoer: “I didn’t really like worship today.”
Francis Chan: “That’s okay, we weren’t worshipping you.”
LIVING BY SON—LIGHT
Some of our days seem very dark. Sickness, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or another struggle overshadows life. In our despair, it can be difficult to sense God’s presence. If God were here, we reason, surely He’d be shining His light on our dark circumstances. When life is bright and joyous, it’s easy to sense God; the sun becomes a natural metaphor for God’s Son, Jesus, the Light of the world. But even on cloudy days, the sun still shines, its presence not bound by our limited vision. And in the darkest night, the sun remains; the warmth it gave before dusk lingers, enough to preserve us into the dawning of a new day. Sometimes we even catch its reflection in the moon. “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5b, NRSV). Trust in God; even in life’s dark times, the Son still shines! (Copied)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Should Christians participate in Halloween? Here is one viewpoint:
Being a Christian…
…is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff—including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see. (Copied)
GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT
In Luke 2:49, Jesus told His earthly parents after they found Him in the temple, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s House?” Obviously, they didn’t and the tragic reality is that many in society today don’t realize it either. Permit me to share some reasons why I believe it is important for every Christian to be in the “Father’s House” EVERY SUNDAY unless they are sick or providentially hindered.
#1 – EMULATION. It ought to be the consuming passion of our lives to be like JESUS (Phil. 3:10-11). If we continually absent ourselves from the teaching and preaching of His Word, how do we expect to become like Him?
#2 – EXAMPLE. Paul told people “Follow my example. as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Today, too many in the Church have to say, Do as I say. . .but not as I do.” We ought to walk in such a way that if people follow us they’ll end up right behind the Lord Jesus Christ.
#3 – ENVIRONMENT. It’s never been more essential to surround yourself with godly people. It is nigh on to being impossible to live the Christian life successfully if you attempt to do it on your own.
#4 – ENCOURAGEMENT. Some weeks you’ll need to be an encouragement to others. Other weeks you’ll need the encouragement yourself. The important thing is that we commit ourselves to encourage one another each week (Phil. 2:1-4). Your faithful, consistent presence week after week and service after service is an incredible encouragement to people you’ll never find out about this side of eternity. Why don’t you determine to be an encourager every week for the rest of your life? (See Heb. 10:24-25)
#5 – EQUIPPING. Ephesians 4:12 tells us that believers need to be equipped “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” If you’re not able to serve and minister effectively, the body of Christ will not be able to be built up. The local church has always been the most effective tool for equipping (teaching, training, etc.) you for the task God has called us to.
#6 – EDUCATION. Paul told Timothy that we need to study to show ourselves “as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15) –David Brown
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