July 21, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 29     

"Christianity - A Public & Private Life"

The life of each Christian is divided between public life and private life. Our goal, whether privately or publicly, ought to be to glorify God and not self. Jesus mandates that we render both public and private exhibitions of our dedication to Him. In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus addresses our public life. He beckons us to be the salt of the earth. Salt has two basic features: it gives flavor and it preserves. In this sin-cursed world we must give off a flavor of righteousness and seek to preserve its existence as just 10 righteous souls could have done for Sodom and Gomorrah. If we don't live the Christian life amidst this crooked and perverse generation then we are like salt that has lost its flavor. We are good for nothing.

Jesus further encourages us to publicly live as a light in the world. We are to provide the contrast to the darkness that already exists. Paul admonished the Philippians to "be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:15). The Christian life cannot be lived in isolation or inside the walls of a church building. It must reach out so that God may be glorified.

Lest we get the idea that the sum total of our service is to be done in public, Jesus tells us later in the Sermon on the Mount that there must be a private aspect of our lives as well. We are not to engage in actions of service for the purpose of drawing attention to ourselves. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them ... when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, that they may have glory of men" (Matt. 6:1-2).

The Saviour further notes that prayer should not be done for the purpose of public approval. The private aspect of prayer is dealt with in the words of Jesus in verse 6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy father which is in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly" (Matt. 6:6). If one is truly interested in glorifying God and not self, then he will not care about getting personal credit for his actions. Rather he will say, "To God be the glory."

It has been well said that the true barometer of a person's spirituality is discovered, not by examining how he behaves in public when everyone is watching, but in how he behaves in secret when only God is looking. As children of God, let us so live both publicly and privately as to glorify God and praise His name.

B.J. Clarke

Campaign Updates: Ted arrived home safely on Wednesday. The updates are posted on the Ghana web-site and can be reached by going to either the church’s homepage or www.ghanamissions.com. Just click on the Campaign 2002 link (like at the top of this article) that you will find on either page.

Thank you for your prayers and support. A full report and photos will be posted soon. Ted


Thanks to our guest speakers, Daniel Stearsman, Jim Beltz, & Chris Steele, who did an excellent job while Ted was in Ghana.

Let me serve You every day
And feel You near me when I pray . . .
Hear my prayer, dear God above,
And make me worthy of Your love!
Little prayers for little things
Fly heavenward on little wings,
And no prayer is too great or small
To ask of God who hears them all.
Make us more aware, dear God,
Of little daily graces
That come to us with sweet surprise
From never-dreamed-of places.
Helen Steiner Rice


"The Conversion of Lydia"
Acts 16:11-15
"How to Live Life Successfully"
Joshua: 1:1-9

Summer Events

July 21-27, 2002

“Every moment is the right one to be kind.”




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell

Robin Vowell
Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Viola Morinier



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Larry Jenson  


 David Rizer  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 James Bowman


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 David Rizer



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Dougan

Our Record - Last Week


Kerry Keathley
Wayne Vowell- Trevor Wheeler
Sean Keathley
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