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CHURCH OF CHRIST

On this rock I will build my church
Matthew 16:18

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- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul


Terry MaberyI remember years ago driving on U. S. Highway 61 to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, from Flat River, Missouri. It was a winding, two lane highway. When driving at night, I was happy to have a vehicle in front of me far enough ahead so I could watch their tail lights and follow them. That way I could see the curves before I got to them.

So it is with our lives. We should follow the lead of faithful men that have demonstrated their spiritual leadership well. Every one of us can probably think of some preacher or teacher of the gospel that has influenced us and others. As Paul encouraged those at Corinth to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Cor. 11:1), we can imitate the lives of those spiritual leaders as they imitated the life of Christ.

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Heb 13:7 ESV

Consider the lives of those faithful men whom you have grown to respect. Follow them as they followed Christ.

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Live in such a way that others one day will respect your faithful life and want to follow you as you followed Christ.

Have you ever noticed that someone might drive behind you in the center of three lanes of an interstate highway for miles. But if you pull over, the car will speed up and pass.

So it is with Satan. He will stay behind you and follow until you give him room. Then he will overtake you.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matt 6:13 ESV

Keep ahead of Satan this week. He would like to take you captive. God will not let him (1 Corinthians 10:13). Neither should you!

Have a great week. Be faithful. Serve God.

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How frequently have you seen something similar to the following on the news? A report is given of someone who faced some tragedy or illness that hit them hard. Rather than dwell on the negative incident to the point of being overwhelmed, they set out to make a positive out of it. How many fund raisers and organizations for good have begun because of someone’s tragedy? How much good is accomplished because someone wanted to change the circumstances so others might be more aware, might receive the help needed, or might benefit from research that is being done? Those who attempt to turn the negative into a positive grow from their efforts. They can feel good about the accomplishments, even if there is still that lingering sadness from the tragedy.

There are many such examples of how we can and should deal with adversity. God knows what is best for us. He has not and will not remove all adversity. Why? Because, by depending upon Him, we, as Christians, can know that we can endure and we will be better and stronger in the end.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 ESV

Remember. As a Christian, you have the assurance that everything will work toward a good end (Romans 8:28). May you keep that end as your focus as you deal with daily struggles.

TLM