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

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!




By Charlie Lewis

Have you seen the pictures of several palm trees in the midst of a hurricane, bent over sideways as the winds is whipping them, yet not breaking or being uprooted? What a powerful image! Why are trees not uprooted and blown away? These palm trees work together by interlocking their roots below the surface of the Earth, developing a stronger bond which makes it extremely hard to break them apart or uproot them. The apostle Paul encourage us, "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58) We must let nothing move us and have a rock solid faith-belief system. Jesus encourages us to have faith as small as a mustard seed by stating, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20) Paul tell the Corinthians brothers and sisters to stand firm (not to be moved from their faith) in their faith—the gospel of Jesus Christ (his death, his burial, his resurrection, and the resurrection of the dead in Christ Jesus). "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belongs to him." (1 Corinthians 15:21-23) As God’s children today, we must also fix our minds, beliefs, actions on God’s truth of the gospel (stand firm, be unmovable) no matter what is being said about Christ Jesus our Lord in the world. As an unified group of believers (like the palm trees) our faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord must be immovable. Jesus is our example of how hard we must labor towards our prize of eternal life, as he suffered a horrible death on the cross for our sins as well as the world. "Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58c) The Spirit of God wants us to wholeheartedly, at all times (always), exceed the ordinary (to excel) in the work of the Lord (our actions of carrying out the Lord’s will completely). Peter and the rest of the apostles were arrested by the high priest and all his associates and they met before the Sanhedrin and said, "We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him." (Acts 5:29-32) The Thessalonians were also encouraged to stand firm by Paul, "For this reason, when I (Paul) could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain. But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love...Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we can really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord." (1Thessalonians 3: 5-8; Ephesians 6:13-14) Why should we always give ourselves fully to the word of the Lord? "...because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." Since the Corinthian believers had witnessed Paul's examples of faith and their own experiences of belief with and in their laborious toil and suffering in the gospel of Christ (labor-deep fatigue of Christian virtues-in the Lord), they have to continue firmly knowing God has given all of them as well as us the victory. "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57) All of their actions as well as ours (faith in the grace of God) is for a great prize or crown-eternal life. This laborious toiling is not empty, useless, worthless, or profitless. Instead, LET NOTHING MOVE US! "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (resurrection and ascension). Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12:1b-3)


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