Northside Church of Christ



The "Elder's Corner" is a way for our Elders to reach out to the congregation with thoughts or considerations that they may want to relay. This will be in our bulletin as well as here on our website.




Elder's Corner Archive

 

8/13/17
ELDER’S CORNER SUDDEN CHANGE—LORD HELP!

By Charlie Lewis

The crowd is yelling with excitement since our defense has just stopped our opponent on 4th down and short. As the defensive is receiving praise from their coaching on the sideline while they are sitting on the benches, suddenly, the offensive coaches began to yell, "DEFENSE! DEFENSE!" The offense just turned the ball over to other teams. "SUDDEN CHANGE!" echoes the defensive coaches, which means the starting 11 players on defensive rushes out on the field and executes the team’s basic defense to stop this change in events. This SUDDEN CHANGE is rehearsed in practice every day to prepare the defense for moments as explained above. Well, our text today shares a story of SUDDEN CHANGE, "Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!" (Matthew 8:24-25) Now, we are talking about men who were very familiar with the waters (fishermen) and they found themselves in an unfamiliar territory. Somehow, the very thing we believe we are good at has captured our minds with fear, doubt, uncertainty, panic, or anxiety which paralyze our faith, "WE’RE GOING TO DROWN!" I am thinking, the disciples went to Jesus. Who else would you go to in a time like this? What were they thinking in their hearts? The worst! We are going to die-drown! When panic sets in, we somehow think the worst—lose your job, life is over; sickness, I dying; argument with spouse, she doesn’t love me anymore and wants a divorce; and death, God has turned His back on me. Why? When we are faced with these situations in our lives, our thoughts seem rational, yet we are suffering from a mindset of faithlessness, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" (Matthew 8:26) Like the football team, we must practice SUDDEN CHANGE daily by getting into the word of God, reading, and meditating, trusting God the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will supply our every need or comfort. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (! Peter 5:7) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6) What did Jesus do? "Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’" (Matthew 8:26b-27) Jesus, the Son of God, has control over the natural forces of the winds and the waves, which obeyed him. Our faith should and must cause us to trust, believe, and obey God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit completely. As we face our SUDDEN CHANGE in life, we must be men and women of faith (courage) as we trust, believe and obey God our Father and His word. 


8/6/17
GOD, WE TRUST YOU!
By Charlie Lewis

As little children, how many times did we jump into the arms of our parents because we knew they would catch us? Look at our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." As Jesus suffered, He focused his actions on doing the will of God (His purpose, as well as our) all the way to the cross, "…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such oppression from sinners," (Hebrews 12:2-3a) Jesus wholeheartedly trusted in His Father. What cause us to lose focus on the will of God and become unfruitful? "Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants." "The seed falling among the thorns refer to someone who hears the word, but the worries (anxieties or cares about things pertaining to this early life) of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke (spiritually suffocates) the word, making it unfruitful." Matthews 13:7, 22) What are those things which cloud our minds today and cause us to be unfocused? Idols! Is it our jobs, the love of money, the news, sports, famous people, the stock market and investments, my own wisdom, a major illness, death of a love one, the loss of a job, and technological gadgets (are just a few things) which cause us to lose focus. The children of Israel suffered with idols in their lives, "But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them and so will all who trust in them." (Palms 115:4-8) We can become so entangled in what we trust in, that it consumes us and steals all our energy and time. What do we put our trust in to save, deliver us from our situations, today? "All you Israelites, trust in the Lord…House of Aaron, trust in the Lord…You who fear him, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield." (Psalm 115:9-11) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3: 5-6) "Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!’" (Acts 4: 18-19) We can see, Peter and John, trust in the Lord. "While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep." (Acts 7: 59-60) We, also, see Stephen trust in the Lord.

___________________________, (place your name and family members), trust in the Lord! God and our Father, help us to fully trust in you, as we face situations in our lives. We ask this request in our Savior’s name, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen!

GOD, WE TRUST YOU!


 



    

 
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