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The Fragile Center

     Just after World War One W.B. Yeats wrote a poem that begins,

               “Turning and turning in the widening gyre

               
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

                
Things fall apart; The centre cannot hold;

Your Most Dangeous Person

     The world has its share of dangerous people. Most folks try to be as good as they can. We all come up short. But there are some people that are really dangerous! There are criminals, terrorists and con artists. There are people full of envy, hate and jealousy. The Bible has lists of behaviors that are sinful. One of those lists is titled “the works of the flesh” in Galatians 5:19-21.

Better People

     The Lord never stops teaching. We just need to keep learning. He teaches us in two ways. In a general way He teaches us through the world around us. An important Biblical statement on this subject is Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” In specific ways He teaches by His Word, which since the first century AD we have had as the Old and New Testaments of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Words From A Good Old Man-3

     We have been thinking about some of the words used by the apostle John in 2 and 3 John. John referred to himself as “the elder” and without doubt he had many years of experience in the cause of Christ. That experience indicates that he was the kind of man who would choose his words wisely. That he was an apostle indicates that the words he chose were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Worsd From a Good Old Man-2

     John identified himself as “the elder” in 2 John1 and 3 John 1. By the time he wrote these letters he was surely an old man in terms of years and experience. We have been thinking about some of the words John used in those two little letters. Last week we thought about the word “truth.” This week we turn to the word “commandment” which we find in 2 John 4-6.

Our Work in Guyana

     Since 1999 this congregation has been involved in preaching and teaching God’s Word in the South American country of Guyana. Those first trips were adventurous to say the least and God blessed the work with very good results. At present our work is centered in two areas, Canje, which is just outside New Amsterdam and Bartica which is a point of entry for the interior at the confluence of the Essequibo, Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers. We have recently done extensive repairs to the Canje building and of course, a few years back built a fine building in Bartica.

Words From A Good Old Man-1

     We are blessed, really blessed, here at West Hobbs Street to have a congregation with great people from all age groups. We’ve got everybody from babies who cannot walk yet to folks who have to be a little careful with their walking and everything in between. We have people who regularly run super long distances to those who just take pride in putting up their own cart at the store. We are thankful for everybody here.

Wanting What Can Never Be

     A civil society cannot function based on principles that cannot be true. If a culture is to exist it has to have within it the means to allow that existence. Fundamental among those means is that it be founded in reality and not fantasy. The problems we face in this life would diminish if more of us would embrace certain realities.

It Is Time For The New Year

     As we all know God is not tied to time (2 Peter 3:8). But it is clear that He made us creatures that are tied to time. He put the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky so we could keep up with time. A few years ago someone left a very nice sundial on our front porch. I’ve never been able to find out who did it but it is a neat thing. It keeps good time! And it reminds me of how masterfully the Lord arranged this life and the entire universe.

Another Blessed Year

     This is the last of our bulletin articles for 2017. It is certainly true that the older we get the faster time goes by. In this last article Ginger and I want each of you to know how much we appreciate the support and love we receive from the members of the congregation here at West Hobbs Street.