October 19, 2014 Vol. 6 No. 3
Reaching Out To The Lonely
The story is told about a New York City Policeman investigating a case. He made a phone call, but even before he finished dialing, he somehow knew he had made a mistake. He let it ring though. The phone rang once, twice-then someone picked it up. “You’ve got the wrong number!” a husky male voice snapped before the line went dead.
Mystified, the policeman dialed again. “I said you got the wrong number!” came the voice. Once more the phone clicked down.
“How could he possibly know I had the wrong number?” the policeman asked himself. A cop is trained to be curious-and concerned. So he dialed a third time. “Hey, come on,” the voice said. “Is this you again?” “Yeah, it’s me. I was wondering how you knew I had the wrong number before I said anything.” “You figure it out!” The phone slammed down.
The policeman sat there awhile, thinking. Then he called the man back. “Did you figure it out yet?” the man asked. “The only thing I can think of is nobody ever calls you.” “You got it!” The phone went dead the fourth time.
Chuckling, the officer dialed the man back. “What do you want now?” asked the man. “I thought I would call-just to say hello.” “Hello? Why?” “Well, if nobody ever calls you, I thought maybe I should.”
We live in a world of lonely people (many of them, ironically, surrounded by other lonely people). And all of our technology hasn’t made things any better. Today you can have hundreds of Facebook friends, but not have one person who will be there when you need them or who will listen when you have something to share.
Many in the world are like the Psalmist who said, “I am like a desert owl, like an owl living among the ruins. I lie awake. I am like a lonely bird on a housetop.” (Psalm 102:6-7)
Sometimes that loneliness expresses itself in gruffness and an apparent attempt to push people away. In reality there is an aching desire to know that someone truly cares, that someone loves them unconditionally, and someone is willing to listen. Jesus reached out to those who were “outcasts”, experiencing loneliness. May we, as His people, keep our eyes open to those around us every day who live in loneliness, and may we share the love of Christ in a way they may have never seen before.
-Alan Smith - Thought for Today
FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Friends & Family: Steve Hayes (friend of Louella Lewis & Teddi Block); Mark Rybicki; Steve Heckathorn.
Responses: Sarah Campana responded to the invitation last Sunday morning to request our prayers for upcoming health decisions.
Thank You: Dear Christian Friends, We want to thank all that donated money to the camp for food this past summer. In Christian love,
Ladies Breakfast: Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 AM here at the building. The young ladies of our congregation will conduct the devotional. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
Birthday Fellowship: The Birthday Fellowship will be held Today following evening services. Bring finger foods and a 2 liter bottle of soda!
Ladies: The Card Ministry schedules for the next three months are on the table at the rear of the auditorium. Please remember to pick up your copy.
Miss Molly’s Tea Room: The annual trip to Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina will be on Saturday, December 6th. We will leave the church building at 9:30 AM and return by 2:00 PM. There is more information and a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Questions: see Ruth Smith.
Attention Ladies: Please sign-up for the Stark County Ladies’ Day on Saturday, October 25th.
FYI: On Tuesday, Oct 7th, Clyde Burfield informed the eldership of his decision to leave his position here at the Northwest Church of Christ to pursue a better employment opportunity. His last day of employment was Oct. 7th, due to his new job starting on Wednesday, Oct 8th. The eldership will inform the congregation of the plans to fill the vacated position in the near future.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
New Outreach Opportunity
An informational meeting with Frank will be held TODAY in the social room immediately following our morning services. If interested please plan to attend. This ministry will be overseen by the elders in charge of our Evangelistic Outreach/Mission Work, Harry Rose and Keith Kull.
QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK
It would be impossible to say what sin causes the most trouble for people today as there are so many ways to sin available to the human race. But there is one that seems to give many, many people a lot of trouble and that is, the sin of sexual immorality. We see its evidence around us every day in so many ways. There are the homes that are broken because of sexual unfaithfulness. Woman, young girls and young boys are molested by sexual predators. There are men and women turning to those of their own gender for sexual satisfaction which the Bible calls homosexuality. One of the biggest evidences of sexual immorality is the number of men and women cohabiting without the benefit of marriage. The sin of prostitution, both male and female, is as old as man himself. One of the largest industries in the world is that of pornography that helps destroy the minds of both men and women. Some become so addicted to this type of self-gratification that they cannot carry on a normal sexual relationship. We could go on and on listing the sins of immorality, but you get the point.
There is only one sexual relationship that is pleasing to God and that is between husband and wife (Heb. 13:4). All other sexual relationships are sin in His sight. The Bible is filled with scriptures denouncing sexual immorality. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10). “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!” (1 Cor. 6:15). “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness…” (Gal. 5:19).
Christians cannot allow themselves to be involved in immoral conduct and remain faithful to God. “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” (Heb. 10:26-27). Christians have no excuse, or reason, for immoral conduct no matter what their situation may be. The only one who wins when there is immoral conduct is SATAN!
- B. C.
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