A GOOD NAME

 

The world has a distorted view of values. Those things of true worth and real value are often insignificant in our lives while we place great em-phasis upon those things, which are empty and meaningless. Esau was lacking in an intelligent sense of values. It was all right to pay for a meal, but when he traded his birthright for a bowl of pottage, he paid too much. Many people today are paying too much for the treasures and pleasures of this world.

Jesus teaches that man’s most precious possession is his soul. One soul is worth more than the world (Mt. 16:26). Perhaps man’s second most prized possession is a good name. God tells us, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great  riches…” (Prov. 22:1) A good name is to be treasured more highly than silver and gold.

Question: How can one keep a good name? Answer: One can keep a good name by keeping a good character. Someone has said that character is what a man is; reputation is what people think he is. They are usually the same. As Lincoln is reported to have said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time; but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

One can serve as a Christian only to the extent that he keeps a good name. To His disciples Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Mt. 5:13).

A good name and the name, Christian, should be synonymous.

Once an eagle’s wing is broken, it can never fly so high again. Likewise, a good name, once lost, can never be fully restored. One’s ability to do good is crippled for life, for he no longer has the confi-dence of his fellow man.

Because a good name is so valuable, every person should:

Strive at all times to maintain an irreproachable character; Never be party to staining another’s name.

As Shakespeare said: “Who steals my purse steals trash…But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not en-riches him: And makes me poor indeed”

A.T. Pate

 

 



Sunday Night Singing 10.19.2014



Our Place In God’s Design

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 1:19-20



FACING TEMPTATION

 

One thing we understand is that temptation can lead to trouble. Some may make excuses and say, “The devil made me do it”, but there is a problem. The devil can’t make us do anything. He is clever but not all powerful and “the one in us is greater than the one who is in the world”. (1 John 4:4)

But, Satan does have a tried and true strategy for luring us into sin. (James 1:14-16)

First, he lays out the bait. He knows our weak-nesses. He prepares a tailor-made lure and drops it right in front of us.

Second, comes the appeal. He can’t make us bite but he wants us to linger over it; toy with it and

roll it over in our minds until it consumes us.

Third, the struggle begins. Our conscience warns us of the danger , but his invitation looks so delicious. We know it is wrong to take a bite. We may even see the consequences, but Satan’s invitation looks so delicious.

Fourth, temptation ends with our response. We ei-ther resist or yield. When we resist, we know the feeling of freedom that decision brings. But when we give in, we know the feeling of emptiness that follows.

Satan is powerful. Temptation is real. So, how do we withstand temptation? Remember the encouraging words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13? We learn four great truths:

1. No temptation overtakes us except those

common to all men

2. God is faithful.

3. God will not allow you to be tempted above what

You are able to withstand.

4. God will provide a way of escape with each

Temptation we face.

So,  in temptation stand firm. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you“. (James 4:7)

 

David Gulley

 

 



III John

 

 

 

 

 

III John



But He Was A Leper 2

 

 

 

 

 

II Kings 5:1-15



THE POWER OF A RIGHTEOUS LIFE

 

If righteousness exalts a nation as the Scriptures plainly teach (Prov. 14:34), then righteousness exalts an individual.

A righteous person is a powerful person. The power of righteousness influences both God and man. When the Almighty determined to demolish the city of Sodom, Abra-ham inquired, “Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” God agreed that, if ten righteous people could be found therein, He would not destroy the city for their sakes.

Think of the power of righteousness! Had but ten righteous persons been found among the wicked citizens of Sodom, the city would have been spared.

A righteous life can powerfully influence God through the avenue of prayer. Jesus states: “The effectual, fervent prayer of a right-eous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Petitions from the righteous have a mighty impact on the ruler of the universe.

Likewise, the righteous influence those about them. In the span of a lifetime, one person’s life touches the lives of many others. I touching the lives of others, we wield an influence for good or evil. As someone has said, “I am a part of all I have met.”

What a blessing one righteous life can be to the world! A right-eous man is a blessing to his community, to his country and to the world. Countless thousands have turned aside from a road of shame, degradation and destruction because of one righteous person. In-deed, “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”

Joshua, that courageous and mighty leader of God’s ancient people, is an example of one who had a powerful influence upon those about him. It was he who said, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24;21).

Because of this man’s influence, others were righteous. The power of his righteous life was felt, not only during his lifetime, but even after his death. “And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua” (Judges 2:7).

What a challenge to live a righteous life! What an opportunity to make the world a better place in which to live.

In describing the lives of Zacharias and Elizabeth, God tells us the meaning of righteousness when He said “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless” (Luke 1:6).

A.T. Pate

 

 



2nd John

 

 

 

 

 

2 John



Think On These Things

 

 

 

 

 

Philippians 4:8



A Parpared Place

 

It has correctly been said, “Heaven is a pre-pared place for a prepared people.” Before Jesus re-turned to His celestial home He comforted his dis-ciples with these words, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and re-ceive you unto myself; that where Iam, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3).

What kind of place has the Lord gone to pre-pare for His people? The Bible pictures heaven as a bright and radiant city, beautiful and grand to behold . “and the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breath…And the building of the wall of it was of Jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones… And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamb is the light thereof” (Rev. 21).

Every Christian longs to go to this city where his treasure is laid up and where his heart abides. Paul became homesick for heaven and stated his desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. On this earth we are but strangers, foreigners and sojourners. We are on our way to the city of God. “For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20).

Again, the Bible depicts heaven as a place of love, joy and peace. Nearly everything that my generation has known has been war and rumors of war. My father fought in World War II; and many of my own generation lost their lives in the Korean Conflict. Even now we shutter at the thought of an all-out atomic warfare, which could wipe life off the face of the earth.

Think of the misery , pain, sorrow, and suffering, which have been caused by the greed, hatred and envy of mankind. Think of the broken-hearted mothers as they have read the message, “Your son has been killed in action.” Think of the lonely wives and the under-privileged children.

In heaven none of these things shall be; for God is there and God is love. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

Jesus has prepared a wonderful place for His people-a place too wonderful to miss! Let us therefore prepare ourselves that we may be fit to live there and be ready to meet the Lord when He returns to claim His own.

A.T. Pate