As many of you know, I enjoy a good walk. I particularly like walking on trails close to nature but I have learned to stay on the trail. There is a certain sense of foreboding that overtakes a person when he realizes that he might be a little bit lost. Yes, it has happened to me which is why now I am insecure without a compass.
From time to time we must refresh our memories concerning fundamental teachings of the New Testament. Our faith arises from the truth revealed in that document when that truth is understood, accepted and applied. If we believe God exists and we believe the Bible is the Word of God then we are under responsibility to do what the Bible teaches. As Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”
Our congregation has had a long and fruitful association with the work in the Northern Region of Ghana. That association goes back to the efforts of Royce and Cindy Reynolds. It continues with Steve and Kandie Taylor. Kandie is the daughter of Royce and Cindy, and a great worker for the Lord. Steve and Kandie are the parents of our Jordan Taylor and Charity Holladay.
We like to plan, don’t we? We want to have all our ducks in a row. Like the Scouts of old we want to be prepared. We plan with our money, our jobs, our time, our relationships, we plan it all out. Trouble is, we don’t know the first thing about what is going to happen tomorrow.
“Set your mind on things above and not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2 NKJV). Thus said Paul in his letter to the church at Colosse. Like all of Paul’s letters Colossians has a doctrinal section followed by a practical section. In the doctrinal section of this book the apostle wrote of faith, love, and hope (1:3-5), of the preeminence of Christ (1:9-15), of reconciliation in Christ (1:19-23), working for Christ (1:24-29), of walking in the teachings of Christ (2:1-23) and then in chapter 3:1-17 being the “new man” in Christ.
Many people know what it means to have diminished ability to hear, particularly as we get older. Some of us get by just fine and others have to get some help. This has been the case at our house as Ginger has tried many hearing aids and is this week having cochlear implant surgery with the good folks at Vanderbilt Hospital. We are optimistic and of course would love to have your prayers. It will be a few weeks before the device is activated and then there is a learning curve to climb, but Ginger is sharp and I think she will be just fine.
Mission work has tremendous blessings in terms of spreading the gospel of Christ to the lost of this world (Matthew 28:18-20). But the blessings are not just for those who hear the Word. There are many blessings for those who are involved in doing the work. One of the greatest of these blessings is the getting to know and love the people we meet while doing this work.
For the last few weeks I have been receiving physical therapy for my neck because, evidently, you don’t get to keep your thirty year old neck when you are in your sixties. That and the fact that when I was in the furniture business I would carry sofas and chairs on my head might have something to do with it.
Over the years I have thought about ideas as coming together in “sets.” I think the idea came from my junior high math teacher. Back then (way back then!) we were being introduced to what was called “new math.” The approach was so different that our teacher (who did a great job, I remember) was actively studying the material herself.
Human beings, while individual creatures, have the ability to form relationships with each other. Some relationships are jump started, if you will, by familial connections. Most of us have a pretty good relationship with our parents and value that relationship highly. From the family flow other relationships with siblings and their extended families.
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