July 7, 2002

Volume 12 - Number 27     

"Be Kind"

I've heard that kindness is a hard thing to give away - it just keeps coming back! Yet this truth notwithstanding, common courtesy, like common sense, is not all that common. Most of us are much more enthusiastic with receiving kindness than with extending it - especially toward those who disagree with us.

I don't have to agree with you. I don't have to approve of the things you do, the positions you hold, or the associations you choose to pursue. But I do have a divine obligation to be kind.

Where have we gotten the warped idea that difference in thinking permits discourtesy in speech and conduct? Such reasoning was certainly not learned from the Lord.

Christ was the walking epitome of "truth in love." Though he never compromised his convictions, though he often found himself philosophically and doctrinally at odds with his critics, he was kind.
Christ never refused to speak to someone he disagreed with. Christ listened. He always waited to hear the question before giving his answer. He didn't get into shouting matches with his enemies. He never started or spread ugly rumors about others, even those who were actively working him harm. He never attempted to silence his critics by means of mean-spirited remarks, unfounded accusations, or demeaning fits of sarcasm.
We would all do well to follow his example.

To be right, doctrinally, is imperative: to be right in our dealings with others is of equal importance. Being long on scriptural argument gives no license for being short on scriptural attitude.

"When someone wrongs you, do not repay with another wrong. Plan honorable things among all people. If possible, as far as you are able, live in peace with all people. Beloved, do not take revenge, but give way to wrath, for it is written, 'Justice is mine; I will repay,' says the Lord. If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink, because you will heap burning coals upon his head when you do this. Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with goodness." (Romans 12:17-21, McCord).

May we determine to become more like Christ, "speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15). Let's be kind.

July 7th (am) Abodom, Eastern Region

This morning Ted will be finishing up the evangelistic campaign in Abodom.

July 7th (pm)Kukurumtumi, Eastern Region

This evening Ted will be speaking for the Kukurumtumi church. This is Paul & Matilda Addo’s hometown. After services they will be spending the night with Paul’s father (95+ years).

July 8th - 9th … Kpone

Monday-Tuesday, Ted will be working with bro. Owusu-Ansah in Kpone - a traditional fishing community.

July 10th - 11th … Haana

Wednesday-Thursday Ted will be working in a new community near Kpone called Haana.

July 12th - 13th … Dawhenya

Friday-Sunday (am) Ted will be helping in an evangelistic campaign with the recently established church in Dawhenya.

Note: This week Ted will be working closely with bro. Owusu-Ansah who preaches for the Kpone church and has helped establish the church in Haana and Dawhenya. During this time Ted will be staying in the home of Paul & Matilda Addo in Ashaiman.

Campaign Updates: Ted will be trying to send back regular updates (and photos if possible) during the campaign in Ghana. These will be 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.


Over the next few weeks the following men will be preaching for us while Ted is in Ghana.

July 7thJim Beltz, Kissimmeee

July 14thChris Steele, New Port Richey



Summer Events

June 23 - July 17, 2002
July 21-27, 2002

“The depth of one's conviction measures the breadth of his influence.” Hunt




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell

Robin Vowell
Earl Marter
Angie Bowker
Art Stapleton
Jeanette Thompson
Frank Small
Bill & Jeanne Sherman
Viola Morinier, hospital
Melissa Keyso



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Wayne Vowell  


 Delbert Leavens  


 Daniel Stearsman


Closing Prayer:

 Larry Jenson


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



 Dick Navarre



 Song Service  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece

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