New song to learn for the Young Adult Bible conference are Never Let Go, No Sweeter Name, Change My Heart
Come join us as we lift our hearts, voices and mind to God in worship and praise. Come let us reason together concerning God's holy word and rejoice in the love granted to us through Jesus' sacrifice.
Home Group Studies
Second Friday each month 7:30PM
Making Best Men Better
Last Friday each month 7:30PM (@Lloyd's)
Women of God Class
Third Monday of each month (@Lori's)
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00AM Adult, College, Teenage, Grade School
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00AM
Singing, Lord's Supper, Offering, Sermon
NORTH SEATTLE CHURCH OF CHRIST.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali used several ring tactics to defeat his opponents; one tactic was taunting. In his fight with George Foreman in 1974, Ali taunted Foreman, “Hit harder! Show me something, George. That don’t hurt. I thought you were supposed to be bad.” Fuming, Foreman punched away furiously, wasting his energy and weakening his confidence.
It’s an old tactic. By referring to Nehemiah’s efforts at rebuilding the broken wall of Jerusalem as nothing more than a fox’s playground (Neh. 4:3), Tobiah intended to weaken the workers with poisonous words of discouragement. Goliath tried it on David by despising the boy’s simple weapons of a sling and stones (1 Sam. 17:41-44).
A discouraging remark can be a deadly weapon. Nehemiah refused to surrender to Tobiah’s discouragements, just as David rejected Goliath’s diabolical teasing. Focusing on God and His help rather than on their discouraging situations, David and Nehemiah both achieved victory.
Taunting can come from anybody, including those who are close to us. Responding to them negatively only saps our energy. But God encourages us through His promises: He will never forsake us (Ps. 9:10; Heb. 13:5), and He invites us to rely on His help (Heb. 4:16).
INSIGHT: Despite the taunting that the Israelites faced from multiple sources when rebuilding the walls and city of Jerusalem, they had courage and confidence in God. They had returned to Jerusalem just as God had promised through the prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 29:10).
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; . . . they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:31
I recently visited a friendly congregation. Smiles, invites for dinner in their homes, rides to places or appointments. Made me feel quite loved, but they knew me. But I thought, "is this type of love displayed only for the members or other saints who share their same beliefs?"
As we sat at the dinner table that evening the topic surrounded a young junior high student. He had a rough family life. His parents where not members at the congregation, but visited off and on. They worked several jobs just to keep the family afloat.
Gifted child but emotionally neglected and needing love and affection.
He was heading down a rigorous wrong path about to be evicted from school.
The group discussed.
"We need to put some love and positive attention and affection in his life."
- "How about I talk with his mother and meet with his counselor to
find out the issues. Since there is a language barrier."
- "He can stay with us on Wednesday nights and we can help with homework."
- "I pick him up after school and pay for his soccer league."
I chimed in, "I'm only here for a couple of days,
but would love to spend time with him, build a little rapport.
Maybe we can Skype each week."
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers,i what more are you doing than others?