July 28, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 30     

"Whom to Please"

Everybody lives to please somebody. Many live to please themselves.
Christians cannot go through life pleasing only themselves. Paul wrote in Romans 15:1, "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."

We must also be careful when it comes to trying to please others. It is possible to please others and honor God, but it is also possible to please others and dishonor God in the process. Paul said in Galatians 1:10- "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." We cannot be the servant of Christ while seeking to please others. As a servant, our concern must be to please our Master.

There is an old story that is often told about an elderly man who was traveling with a boy and a donkey. As they walked through a village, the man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople said the old man was foolish for not riding, so to please them he climbed upon the animal's back. When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal's back and continued on his way. In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.
We smile, but this story makes a good point that can be so true to life. We can't please everybody. If we try to please everybody, we will end up carrying a heavy burden that is impossible for us to bear.

Elders, deacons, preachers, and all Christians desperately need to learn this principle. Well- meaning people may offer us advice, and much of it is valuable. But when we try to please everyone, often we please no one, and easily become frustrated and confused.

In light of this, it is crucial that we resign ourselves to the fact that it is impossible to please everybody, no matter what you say and do. That is why we all need to remember that the one we must please above all others is Christ. And we do that by faithfully obeying God's Word to the best of our ability. This was Paul's attitude when he ministered in Thessalonica. He wrote, "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts" (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

Pleasing God ought to be the major motive of the Christian's life in all things. Enoch walked with God, and before God took him, Enoch "had this testimony, that he pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5). Jesus said, "And He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him" (John 8:29).

How do we know what pleases God? As we read His Word, we get to know the heart and will of God and that which pleases and displeases Him (2 Peter 1:3). We should make it our goal to be filled with that knowledge and live accordingly. Paul said in Colossians 1:9-11, "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness."

In Galatians 4:16, Paul said, "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Speaking and living the truth can make you some enemies. But at the judgment, we shall be judged not by the thoughts and opinions of men but by the word of God. Inner joy and peace comes from knowing that one is living a faithful Christian life well-pleasing unto God.

Whom to Please? Let's please God!

Mike McDaniel

Campaign Updates: 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


Next Sunday, August, 4, 2002


Our building permits have been approved and should be posted on the property this week.

We are waiting for the final approval of our funding and are looking forward to beginning the work in the very near future.


"Beware the Thief"
John 10:10
"Song Service "
6:00 pm


“You do not have to be rich to be generous. If he has the spirit of true generosity, a pauper can give like a prince..” ... Wells




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell

Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Viola Morinier
Denny Heimbuch
cancer, the Sherman’s son-in-law
Stepheny Bennett’s mother



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  


 Delbert Leavens  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Jim Treece



 Delbert Leavens



 Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach

Our Record - Last Week


Larry Jenson
David Rizer - Dick Navarre
Jim Dougan
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