Archive for April, 2012


Forgiveness Anyone???

Jesus, after teaching his disciples how to pray, concludes his thoughts with the following statement, “Yes, if you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you of your sins. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.” (Matt 6: 14, NCV) I’m not sure if the disciples really grasped the importance of this simple concept that Jesus presented to them at that moment; I’m also not sure people really understand the gravity of that rule today, though it is still in effect. To make it even clearer, Jesus is expressing that one should not even expect forgiveness for his or her own wrong doing from God if he or she will not forgive others for their wrong doing.  Jesus explained the importance of forgiveness on several occasions, yet it doesn’t appear that forgiveness is one of the principles that is highly emphasized today. So many people struggle with forgiveness; some, to the point that they will hold grudges or hate others for a lifetime. Jesus is the epitome of forgiveness so if you’re striving to be “Christ-like” then forgiveness should be one of your finest attributes as well, right!? Reconsider what the bible has to say regarding forgiveness and how that Jesus freely gave his life for our forgiveness and reunion with God; know also that God will not forgive you if you don’t forgive others and heaven cannot be your eternal home.

MD 4/27/12

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Denied!

Ask anyone who has ever loved or been loved if simply saying the words, “I love you,” is sufficient for demonstrating love. Most will respond (though all should) with a resounding “no”. Certainly, one who tells his wife, fiancée, girlfriend, etc. he loves her daily but is never available when she needs him and gives her neither his time or attention, in fact, does not love her; words without supporting actions are empty. If this is easy to understand, then this next point should be a breeze.  In Matt 10:33, Jesus shares, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” (NASB) I don’t know many people, who claim to love God, who would outright verbally denounce or belittle God in the presence of others; clearly that’s foolishness! However, one’s denial of God is often seen through one’s actions (or lack thereof), not necessarily his or her words. In other words, saying you love God but living a selfish and ungodly lifestyle is equally as demeaning (if not more so) to God than flat out confessing that God does not exist and is not still the almighty and sovereign Lord. Simply put, just because you say you’re a believer (follower of God) doesn’t mean that you are; you’re actions will serve as confirmation to others that you have “accepted” God and have given yourself to Him whether you pronounce it to others or not.

Are you living a life in the presence of those who may not know God (or openly reject Him) that’s consistent with the words of praise that you offer Him when you’re in the midst of those who love Him? If you have to think too long and hard about this or find that you’re unsure, go back and meditate on the words in bold; heed the warning!

MD 4/20/12

Reminder!

Don’t forget that this month’s Friday Night Lights will be held on Friday, April 20th at the home of Bro. and Sis. Roy Johnson from 7:30pm – 9:00 pm.  Dinner with be provided but feel free to bring along a few exciting items!  Bring a guest, bring the kids, and definitely bring your Bible!

Brother Robert Taylor, Jr. will facilitate the lesson so plan to be spiritually nourished!

Contact any member of the Young Adults group or call the Sugar Land Church of Christ at (281) 561-0881 for the address.

Hope to see you there!

God has proven time and time again that He doesn’t simply satisfy your needs, but will do extraordinary things to show you that He loves you and desires your praise. If you’ll be honest with yourself, you’ll realize that you would be bothered, even if in the least bit, by someone who was as demanding of you as most people are of God. Consider this, if you were to go out of your way to do something for someone else a few times and they failed to say thank you or express their gratitude, would you continue to go out of your way for them? Would you continue to give to them cheerfully and love them as Jesus expresses in Luke 6:27-36? Would you be hesitant to assist them in the future? Maybe it would make your blood boil and you would harden your heart, vowing to never do anything for that person (or others) ever again (note: this is not the Christ-like approach). Whatever your response to such a situation, be grateful that God loves us unconditionally, and is gracious, faithful, and merciful. If we had to reimburse God for everything that He has done, is doing, and will do for us, we could never repay Him, not even in all eternity.  What you can do, however, is make it a point to show your gratitude to God daily, not just saying it but by living a life of humility and service to him; that is, loving God with all that you are and possess, and by loving others like you love yourself. This is the least you can do for God, who has done the most for you!

MD 4/12/12

No Complaints!

The phrase has been coined, “I can’t (wont) complain, it won’t change anything anyway.” I’ve often heard this said (I’m sure you have too) as a response to, “How’s your day going or how’s it going?” I can understand the rationale behind this statement, however I don’t agree. Complaining does make a difference; however, the difference is often a negative one for the person (s) complaining. Read Numbers 11:1-3 and see how God dealt with complaints from the Israelites.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, was poor, homeless, betrayed by those in His inner circle, beaten, imprisoned, mocked and talked about, targeted by those with power and status, had those of His own hometown attempt to kill Him, suffered persecution, tried in every aspect by Satan, and was brutally and shamefully tortured and killed, despite having done everything right (and nothing wrong)…He endured all of this, and more, with absolutely no complaints? When you consider what our master experienced, do we really have anything to complain about? Is self-justification the motive behind complaining? Complaining is so easy to do and being humble can be so hard, yet a life of humility is what God expects of us; that is, being humble in all circumstances, in all respects.

Philippians 2: 14, 15 states, “Do everything without complaining or arguing. Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God’s children without fault. But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you, among whom you shine like stars in the dark world.” (NCV) When you find yourself with a burning desire to selfishly complain about __________________(you fill in the blank), consider Christ and all He suffered on your behalf and thank God for not giving you what you really deserve (refer back to Numbers 11:1-3).

MD 4/4/12