February 1, 2015
There are things that happen in life that serve to point out the basic difference between those who believe in God and the atheist. The difference is that the believer cares about his fellow man and the atheist cares only about himself. Let us notice examples where this difference is shown from time to time.
While living in Florida, I was often asked why I wanted to live in a place where I could be blown away by a hurricane. Of course the person asking the question usually lived in a place where they could be blown away by a tornado. One thing about hurricanes in Florida is that the new media will talk the thing to death before it gets there. You almost get to the place that you wished it would hit so they would stop talking about it.
I read an article that points out the difference between believers and atheists during times of disaster. I don’t remember who wrote it, but it certainly makes a good point.
It is interesting to note all of the religious groups that stepped in to help in disaster recovery. These church related groups worked in concert with the federal government (i.e. FEMA) in an effort to relieve the hurting masses. They donated goods and clothing, provided child care, offered stress-management counseling services, provided temporary shelter, repaired housing, set up food kitchens and shower facilities, furnished laundry details, provided hot meals, distributed cleaning supplies, sent out chain saw crews, and rendered other humanitarian aid.
While we commend those who gave of their time, effort, and monies to hurricane recovery, I think we need to ask a question: Where were all the atheists during that crucial time? Really! Thousands of humble people pledged their hands and hearts to storm victims, but not the unbelievers. Why not? How many meals did they serve? How many homes did they repair? How did they help carry the financial burden in the storm stricken south? Where was their organizational structure for lifting the hurting throughout Florida?
You see, according to skeptics, religion is a farce. Faith is a crutch for the weak. Belief in God is a tragic waste of time and energy. Ironically, whenever fellow citizens cry out for support and care, atheists are nowhere to be found. They look at the ravages of the storm and say, ‘There is no God,’ while religionists roll up their sleeves and say, ‘How can we honor God in service?’ (Matt. 25:31-46)
Isn’t it fascinating? Unbelief has no redeeming value. It never wipes away a tear, it never rescues the fallen, it never renders kind regard. It never does anything. It is selfish and self-serving. It lacks compassion.
I now think I understand David a little better when he said, ‘The fool has said in heart, there is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). (End of article)
Vee and I got to see the destruction of a hurricane when we experienced Wilma. Nature can be very destructive. We saw those who believe in God reach out to the hurting. At West Broward we had the opportunity to put our Christianity into practice. We used our own resources and also received money and supplies from other congregations and were able to reach out to many hurting people in that time. During these times of service our prayer continues to be, “to God be the glory!”
FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Church Family: Nancy Franks had total hip replacement surgery on Friday at Mercy Medical Center. Ellen Day is now home. Also, keep Jim Ladson and Chuck Camarata in your prayers.
Friends & Family: Donna Thompson (stepmother of Marki Moffett): stage 4 liver cancer. Keith Butler (Wilda McCullough): health problems. Galen Thompson (Jeff Thompson’s father). Remember our Shut-In members, those in the Armed Forces, our Brethren in Kenya and the Leadership of the Lord’s church here at Northwest.
Death: We extend our sympathy to Loretta Hartman and Wayne Anderson at the passing of their brother-in-law, Vernon Reames, on January 20th, and also at the passing of their nephew, Wayne Maxhimer, on January 24th.
Annual Meeting: In accordance with the incorporation by-laws of the congregation, and the laws of Ohio, it is required that we have an annual meeting, to share with the congregation the state of the church as of end of previous year. This will take place on Wednesday, February 11th, before that evening’s Bible classes.
Golden Agers: Tuesday, February 03rd: NO MEETING.
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Current Bible Class Offerings
Classes are provided for children of all ages.
Nursery: On Sunday evenings, the nursery will not be staffed, but it is open and available for anyone to use who has need of it. There is a speaker in the room so you can still hear the worship service. The nursery is staffed on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings.
Valentines For Vets: We will work on Valentines for Vets on Monday, February 9th at 6:30 PM here at the building. If you are unable to be here, you can make them at home. Call Nancy Brown for details or questions.
Acme Receipt Program: Turn in your Acme Grocery Receipts for NOCYC now through February 4th.
Ladies’ Retreat: If the cold weather is getting you down, think of all the warm friendships we will be sharing at our 2015 Ladies’ Retreat. Please sign-up on the bulletin board to reserve your room. The theme is “March Madness...Take Your Best Shot”. The cost is $50.00 per person; a $25 deposit is due to Kathy Lindenberger by next Sunday, February 8th. Please make checks payable to Northwest Church of Christ. Any questions, please see Kathy.
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QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK
Fear in English has two principle means: (1) Apprehension of evil that normally leads one to either flee or to fight. (2) Awe and reverence that a man of sense feels in the presence of God, and to a less extent in the presence of Royalty or other dread authority.
Many children experience the first at the hands of a cruel parent and the second before a kind and loving parent.
There are fifteen Hebrew nouns that are rendered “fear” in the King James Version. In the N.T. the Greek “phobos” is used in both senses. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear” (Matt. 14:26). There is no fear of God before their eyes (Rom. 3:18). It is easy to see the meaning in each reading.
How should we view fear in our relationship with God? The person who is not saved should view God with apprehension and terror. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men… (2 Cor. 5:10-11a). For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:30-31). No question but the unsaved should be terrified by the thought of meeting the Lord in Judgment. They know that Hell is their eternal home.
The saved individual stands in “fear” of the Lord because of the awe and reverence they have for the Lord. Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man (Ecc. 12:13). This does not carry the idea of terror but love and respect. As parents we expect our children to fear us but not be terrified of us. We don’t want our children to be afraid of us. God does not want His children to be afraid of Him but to love, respect and stand of awe of Him. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he that fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18). The one who has been made perfect by the grace of God through Jesus Christ has no cause to fear as far as his future is concerned. The unsaved should be terrified. -B. C.
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