The Bulletin
of the
Church of Christ at New Georgia

Tim Johnson, editor

May 29, 2011

 
In This Issue:
Talk to God Daily
by Richard Thetford

Watch!
by Tim Johnson

BACK TO INDEX

Talk to God Daily

     An active prayer life is something that every Christian should have. The Hebrew writer wrote, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Prayer is an effort on our part to reach and commune with our God in heaven. When we read the Bible we are letting God speak to us. When we pray to God we are speaking to Him. When we engage our-selves in an active prayer life we become closer to God. Our families will have a stronger, deeper relationship with one another when we communicate effectively with one another. As parents, we need to talk to our children and our children need to talk to us on a regular basis. That is the way it needs to be between every Christian and our Father in heaven. The more we communicate with Him, then the closer we will be with Him. We have so many things in our life to be thankful for and we need to express our thankfulness to our Father. He needs to hear it from us just like we need to hear words of thankfulness from our own children. Besides letting God know how thankful we are for all the blessings that He has given us, we should also pray for guidance. We have an example of the apostles seeking guidance from God when they were ready to select the apostle to replace Judas. The text says, "And they prayed and said, "You, 0 Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen" (Acts 1:24). We too should petition God in prayer to help us make good decisions in our day to day life. One of the best ways that we can get closer to God and increase our faith is to talk to Him often.

-- Richard Thetford

Via Walking in the Light, Vol. 5, No. 217, April 24, 2011


Watch!

"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matt 24:42-44).

Do you know when the world will end and our Lord will return? There are those who think they do. Just this past weekend, another person claiming to know was proven wrong. The above statement made by our Lord Himself indicates that His return will be at a time that we do not expect. Instead of concerning ourselves with when this will be, we should be concerned only with our readiness for His return.

So how may we properly prepare for that grand event? Here are three ways:

A. Obey the Gospel! - The Holy Scriptures give a five step process for becoming obedient to the Gospel.

  1. Hear the gospel. The passage in Romans 10:14-17 begins with a question: "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed," and ends with the answer, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."

  2. Believe those things we have heard. Hebrews 11:6 explains that "he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

  3. Repent and turn from our sins, for Jesus said, "&ldots;unless you repent, you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). 

  4. Confess our faith in Jesus as the Son of God as the Eunuch did in Acts 8:37: "&ldots;I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."

  5. Be Baptized "in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" Acts 2:38, for "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16).

B. Maintain your obedience - Contrary to many prominent false doctrines, the Bible does not teach a "once saved, always saved" doctrine. It is possible to fall from grace (Galatians 5:4). Therefore, we should "examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you indeed you are disqualified" (II Corinthians 13:5)? If we find we have sinned, "repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you" (Acts 8:22). For, "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9)

C. Stand Guard - Finally, to properly watch and prepare for the return of the Lord, we must be on guard against:

  1. Satan - "Be sober, be vigilant (watchful, tj), because your adversary, the devil, walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by you brotherhood in the world" (I Peter 5:8-9).

  2. False Teachers - "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out ion to the world" (I John 4:1).

  3. Drifting - "Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away" (Hebrews 2:1). "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God" (Hebrews 3:12).

Do you know what hour your Lord is coming? Are you ready for that day to come?

-- Tim Johnson