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COLLINSVILLE-TROY

CHURCH OF CHRIST

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

Articles & Reviews

- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Cancer is a dreaded word for most today. We have come a long way in treatment with medications, chemotherapy, and radiation. There are newer treatments and medicines, too. As for radiation and chemotherapy, they can both be considered as rather drastic. They are designed to destroy the cancerous cells. The desire is to destroy the cancer with as little damage as possible to the rest of the body. It might be radical, but it is necessary for a more healthful life physically. The cancer itself is destroying the body.

Sin, too, destroys the individual, though it is spiritual destruction rather than physical. Repentance and the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7-9) is the spiritual treatment required to make the spiritual body whole. The cancer of sin must be destroyed, and repentance is the treatment necessary for a more healthful spiritual life. This is what God wants for us all.

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Gal 5:23-26 ESV

As you begin the week, determine to crucify the flesh and walk by the Spirit. Have a spiritually healthful week.

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You have heard it said that you cannot judge a book by its cover. How many times have you made a wrong judgment because you considered only what you saw. My brother-in-law is about five foot six inches tall. He has put on weight, but in high school, I am sure he couldn’t have weighed more than a hundred forty pounds, if that. You would not think, by looking at him, that he was an athlete. His heart was much bigger than his body, however. He played football, basketball, and baseball. He pitched for the Legion team and for a Community College team. He might have had a chance to play pro ball had he not blown out his arm.

The point is this. The heart is more important than the outward appearance.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matt 5:8 ESV

Make your goal today to keep your heart pure. Remove all hatred, envy, and evil thoughts. That will go a long way in reaching your goal of seeing God for eternity.

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I like a little salt on my eggs of a morning. I also like a little salt on my tomatoes, watermelon, and more. Now, those are foods that just taste a little better to me with the salt. There are other foods, however, that are enhanced greatly with a little salt.

Jesus said, You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. Matthew 5:13 (ESV)

What are you doing as Christ’s disciple to enhance the world around you? Let us not become like the salt of Jesus’ day. Frequently there were so many impurities mixed in with it that it became useless and was thrown out.

May our lives be pure and without corruption so we can be the salt that enhances the lives of those around us.

TLM