Inspection

I love the church, and I am so happy to be part of First Christian Church in Kewanee. This is the ninth church that I have been part of and I would rank it with two others as my favorite churches. There is so much to be proud of in our church; we have so much going for us. 

 

With that said, I learned something this week about the connection between perception and what we focus on.


A Call to Soldiers Everywhere

As soldiers for Christ we face a unique challenge. We are called to love God and make disciples. But how can we do that in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile to anything Christian? A hostile society isn’t anything new. The early church faced a government that was openly hostile to them and yet they thrived. How did they do it? Was it through political action groups and a “Moral Majority?” Was it through electing religious leaders? No, it was through discipleship.
 


The Distracted Soldier

Soldiers, what is distracting you and causing you to abandon your post? It takes discipline to stay at your post when Satan distracts you with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. But if we are to be godly soldiers, we must not let these distractions beat us.

Since none of us are inherently righteous, we must take Paul’s instruction in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 seriously. “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

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Spiritual Health – Hypocrisy

A saloon keeper sold his old tavern to a local church. Enthusiastic church members tore out the bar, added some lights, gave the whole place a fresh coat of paint, and installed some pews.

Somehow a parrot which belonged to the saloon keeper was left behind. On Sunday morning that colorful bird was watching from the rafters. When the minister appeared, he squawked, “New proprietor!” When the men who were to lead in worship marched in, the bird piped, “New floor show!” But when the bird looked out over the congregation, he screeched, “Same old crowd!”

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Healthy Living: Spiritual Health – Thought Life

During a long and losing baseball game, the restless boys on the little league team began to question Ritchie, their assistant coach, about his attractive sister. How old was she? Was she going out with anyone…? etc.

The head coach was beginning to get annoyed. Not only were they losing, but now he realized his boys didn’t have their head in the game. So he decided to put a stop to it. In his frustration he hollered at the boys: “When you’re in the dugout you boys talk BASEBALL!”

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Prayer

Just how important is prayer in our lives? That’s an important question for us to consider. Yesterday many of us watched the movie War Room and I wanted to share some thoughts with you that came from the movie.

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Healthy Living: Gluttony

A predator has been stalking us since the day we were born. Most of us wouldn’t recognize him as a predator. His name is gluttony.

The reason we don’t recognize him as a predator is because he’s been hanging around us for so long. We in America have so much abundance that we’ve almost convinced ourselves that living with him is our right. We have so many resources and an abundance of everything we could ever need and because of that this predator has taken hold of our hearts.



Healthy Living: Jealousy

Jealousy – A strong feeling of possessions, often caused by the possibility that something which belongs, or ought to belong, to one is about to be taken away. The word can be used in a positive sense (e.g., the jealousy of God), meaning a passionate commitment to something which rightly belongs to one. It can also be used in a negative sense (e.g., human jealousy), to mean a self-destructive human emotion similar to envy.

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God’s Great Love

How great is God’s love for us? God’s great love can best be seen in the sacrifice of His one and only Son. In Mark 15 Jesus’ death is recorded this way:

33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 


Healthy Living: Laziness

 

The Bible considers laziness to be a sin against both God and society. God ordained work, and for a person who is capable of working not to do so is in direct violation of God’s command. It is also a sin against society for a person to require others to support him or her when they are fully capable of providing for their own needs. We are commanded to work and add to the betterment of society.

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