A Good Trip To Guyana

Larry Thornton, Tom Irby and I returned Wednesday night form a one-week trip to visit our friends in the South American country of Guyana. Our trip began on the 27th of December when we departed Huntsville for Atlanta, Miami, and then Georgetown. Our connections were rather close but we made it fine into the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. We were met there by our good friend, Sunil Joseph, who took us the twenty-five miles into Georgetown and our hotel for the first night.

What Will We Do?

I believe in setting goals and staying focused. I might not meet my goals and on occasion I lose my focus, but I don't think any of us get too far in life without knowing what we want to do and diligently pressing forward to accomplish our desires. This is just a practical application of Paul's statement in Philippians 3:14: "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Good Years

All Dressed Up

Do you like to get all dressed up sometimes? Now, I like my jeans and sweatshirts as well as the next person, but there are times when I do like to shine the shoes and put a little starch in the shirt. It just feels good to get dressed up sometimes. Young folks these days entering the job market soon learn that the way you dress is an important part of the way you present yourself. Those blue jeans with the holes in them may not be the best apparel for a job interview. We have all learned that the best thing is to dress in the way that is appropriate for the job we are called upon to do.

COMMON TO MAN

We are familiar with 1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. One amazing thing about the Bible is that rereading familiar passages often brings new insights to light.

Be Thankful

Paul told the Christians at Ephesus that they should be " giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (5:20 NKJV). Thanksgiving must never be limited to a day or season, nor can it be limited to being thankful for material blessings. Always means always and all things means all things.

Be Careful, Little Ears

I am thankful for the songs we sing with the children. They are and well should be freighted with significant teaching. One of them has parts that go "Be careful little ears, what you hear" and "Be careful, little eyes, what you see." It is often the case that adults could be edified by the same admonitions.

The Rubber Ruler

The most effective tools of evil are bad ideas (2 Corinthians 2:11). A specific bad idea is that there is no absolute truth. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12). Modern man likes to have truth be a malleable thing, to be modified to fit the circumstance of the moment. Many today prefer a rubber ruler.

Why a Gospel Meeting?

For as long as I have been in the preaching business I have seen articles written by fellows encouraging the congregations where they preach to attend and support gospel meetings. A number of them have proceeded along the line of the question above, "Why a Gospel Meeting?" I have answered this question a few times myself. Let me know what you think of this answer .

Are You Scared?

Our Fall Gospel Meeting is coming up November 12-15. David Barker will preach for us Sunday through Wednesday. David has been preaching for the fine Midway Church of Christ in Lawrence County since 2001. He is married to Kelli (Faircloth) and they have two girls, Kayla Beth who is ten years old and Anna Kate, who is five.