January 23, 2000         Volume 10, Number 04

Be An Encourager

One writer has stated: "One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement ... It is easy to laugh at men's ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word." A brother was struggling with a serious physical malady. An elderly sister encouraged him by saying, "My brother, you'll get over it." In time he did. That sister in Christ will never know how much good those few words did. A youthful preacher was discouraged over his lack of accomplishment in his labors. The young man had hoped to preach to hundreds but only a handful came. An elder lifted his hopes by saying, "Son, don't feel badly. I know a man who had only twelve followers and He did all right!" Proverbs 15:23 says, "A word spoken in due season, how good it is." It is human nature to get discouraged. It is divine nature to give encouragement. Be an encourager!

Bill Dillon

Noah Thought He Was The Only One

What arrogance! Noah, what haughty pride to think that you and your family are the only ones in the world that are going to be saved!" Such very well could have been the accusations thrown at Noah during the long years that he preached to the unresponsive antediluvian world (Genesis 6-9). But what shock! What horrible dismay when the world, overwhelmed by the raging storms and violent floods, watched Noah's prophecies come to pass!

The same accusations are still hurled at the small minority in the present world who follow and teach God's word. People are naturally optimists, and it is very hard for most to accept the fact that "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it:' (Matthew 7:13-14). Satan plays on this misguided optimism, and many people doubt the clear, plain teaching of the Bible simply because of whom it condemns. But whether the majority accepts something or not has never been the test of truth. In fact, it might be said that what the majority accepts is generally not the truth. During the golden years of Asa’s reign, all Israel turned to God with their whole desire, but other times were not so good (1 Kings 15). When Elijah was preaching, as few as seven thousand out of the hundreds of thousands in Israel were not idolaters (1 Kings 19). In Noah's day, only eight people in the entire world were not lost and going to hell. Friends and brethren, this could easily happen again.

It would be nice if the golden age of evangelism were a continuous thing. During the early days of the church, sometimes people were added by the thousands. Since then, we have had our ups and downs, just like Israel of old. In all this, the truth never changed, only the number of people that believed it and practiced it. When I see truth and commandment in God's Word, whether or not my dear, departed loved ones believed it or not is irrelevant. Whether or not the church in which I grew up has traditionally taught it, or whether I have never even heard it before, is not important. The important question is, "Does the Bible really teach that?" If it does, let's believe it, teach it, and not be ashamed of it. Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson

Youth - News & Notes

  Youth Devotional - 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 22nd. at the Sais’ house.

  Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000

A Rabbit's Life

“In the summer of 1986, my family and I had been in town for nearly a month. Our money was low, rent was due, and there were no jobs on the horizon for either my wife or me.”

“Nearing the point of despair, I went to the window of our home and simply stared out over the front yard. Suddenly, a rabbit hopping from one patch of grass to another caught my attention. At each stop, the rabbit ate all it wanted and happily moved on.”

“Hope was awakened when I realized I had witnessed God's provision for creation. How could I doubt that God would do any less for us?”

“Hope for our needs to be met is resident in the faithfulness of God. To receive, we must look to God. We can place our trust and confidence in the Lord.” Clancy Hayes

Jesus once told his disciples, “...Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? … But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you...” (Mat. 6:25-34)

Let us remember, our God is the Great Provider. In His sight each and every one of us is important. If we remain faithful, He has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us; and that He will provide us all the things that we need. (Heb. 13:5; Phil. 4:19)

Ted

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Sunday’s Lessons:

"Qualifications of Elders, #3" (Titus 1:5-9)

"Stand Up For Your Faith" (Matthew 5:10-12)

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2000 Treasure Coast Lectureship "In His Steps" February 18-20, 2000

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Monday

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Ted Wheeler

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Closing Prayer:

James Bowman

Wednesday

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6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

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Songs:

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