Others

Holding a HandLook not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
– Philippians 2:4

Others – It is our theme for the month of June, but as June closes out may we remember it’s a theme to live by. Jesus lived His life for others. Jesus gave His life for others. Romans 15:1-3 (a) says “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself;

Although we live in a very self-centered society, the Scripture makes it clear that we are not of this world (John 15:19, John 17:16, 1 John 2:15). We must be about our Father’s business and He is in the people business. Someone has said that we need to get close enough to God to hear His heartbeat and His heartbeat is people. I’ve heard folks say “I am not a people person.” As children of God, you need to be; I need to be a “people person.”

The Bible says in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”  If I could say it this way in focusing on the first portion of this verse; pure religion is about others.

The book of 1 Corinthians is known as the “love chapter” in your Bible. It is dealing with charity and says it “seeketh not her own” (1 Cor. 13:5). True love is not self-serving. True love gives. God so loved that He gave (John 3:16).

Let’s just cut to the chase. What can you do this week to focus on others? Do you know someone who is lonely that may enjoy a brief visit? Is there someone you know who is really going through a difficult time? A “Thinking of You” card may cheer them up. A phone call or text may encourage and strengthen them. What about showing some attention to the following: The elderly, the widow, the widower, the backslider, the child whose parents split up. These are just a few ideas to help get your mind working. Pray about it. Ask God to help you to touch a life for His cause. You are His hands and feet.

Let me also challenge you to read the following Scriptures in your personal devotion time and allow God to speak to you through His Word:

  • Matthew 25:35-40
  • Mark 10:44-45
  • Matthew 23:11-12
  • Matthew 25:21
  • Luke 19:10

Don’t allow me to hold you up any longer. Let’s get with it. Focus on the Scriptures in this post and let God speak to you. Write a list of folks you need to reach out to. Accept the challenge to get our focus off of ourselves and on others. Begin today!

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. ~ Albert Einstein

 

Given to Hospitality (Repost)

Shaking HandsI just wanted to share a brief recap of a Bible lesson from last year. Our text and title was taken from Romans 12:13; “Given to Hospitality”. In a world that is so cold, harsh, and unkind; certainly within the church people need to find warmth, love, and acceptance. Smith’s Bible Dictionary states that hospitality was regarded by most nations of the ancient world as one of the chief virtues.

We are blessed to live in an area where, for the most part, people are still very hospitable. Unfortunately it’s not that way everywhere. I noticed on a recent trip while riding on public transportation, mixing in large crowds, standing in line, or sitting beside strangers for extended periods of time that people can be quite unsociable and oft times just plain rude. How refreshing it was to finally sit beside an older gentleman and strike up a meaningful conversation and realize again that there are yet some friendly people in this world.

With that said, there’s a place where folks should be made to feel welcome, loved, and accepted, and that place is the church. Keep in mind, however, that the church is not merely confined to a building. The church is those who have experienced Bible salvation. They have been born again and found to be new creatures in Christ Jesus. This, by the way, is what causes us to be able to display true hospitality.

What is hospitality? A dictionary definition is this:
1. the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2.the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
Some synonyms of the word are friendliness, generosity, reception, warmth, and cordiality.

Hospitality is an important characteristic that should be innate within the church. It was one of the qualifications for a bishop. He is to be a “lover of hospitality” (Titus 1:8). He is also to be “given to hospitality” (1Tim. 3:2). It was also a qualifying factor in whether a widow was to be eligible for assistance from the church in time of need. She needed to be a woman of hospitality (1 Tim. 5:10).

Hospitality is a trait that when received, you appreciate so therefore we should administer it to others. It is also something you recognize when you receive it as well as when you do not. A lot of negatives in an individual or a group of individuals can be overshadowed by the fact that they were nice, kind, and polite. May we always be “given to hospitality.”

The phrase “given to hospitality” would actually mean to pursue hospitality. Not only embracing those that offer, but seeking opportunities to exercise it. It’s to go out of one’s way to display it.

We want to examine our own selves and make certain that we are “given to hospitality.” In other words; that’s our inclination to be warm, kind, and friendly. On good days as well as on the not so good days.

We also want to extend an invitation to experience this warmth in such a cold world. Join us Sunday at 2:00 for Word and Worship. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Parking is available on the right side of the church and also in the parking lot of Skyland Coin and Jewelry. We look forward to seeing you!

Father’s Day

Father's DayFather’s Day is Sunday, June 19th and we want you to join us as we give honor to our Heavenly Father. We will take time to honor the fathers among us, but our primary emphasis will be on giving glory to God.

Worship service will begin at 2:00, but you are welcome to join us for pre-service prayer at 1:30. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn Motel. If our parking lot is full, you are welcome to park in either of these businesses’ parking lots. We look forward to seeing you!