Minister Tom Lynch

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421 Providence Blvd
Clarksville TN 37042

Schedule of Services

SUNDAY

 Bible Study - 9:30am

 Morning Worship 10:30 am

Evening Worship 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY

Bible Study 7:00 pm

 

Upcoming Sermons


August 2 When God Gives Up 
August 9 Till I Know What God Will Do For Me
August 16 Deaden The Pain 
August 23 Service (Fire And Brimstone)

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  
July 27 – August 2

7/29 – Lorna Taylor
7/31 – Fran Trice 
7/31 – Bill Webb

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Recently I was visiting the post office when a woman came in who was obviously distressed. She even interrupted the transaction at the window to ask permission to hang up a flyer calling attention to a lost dog. The clerk agreed, and offered tape so it could be secured to the door, making it all the more obvious to anyone entering the facility. I, of course, took a look at it myself and found that the dog had just gone missing that morning. 

Having had more than a few dogs through the years I thought of the likelihood of it returning safely on its own, and that perhaps she was over-reacting a bit. She’d included the dog’s name, height, weight, and address, along with three phone numbers. And they were posted all over the area. On my way out I saw three more attached to utility poles. But then I began to see something more. Something actually special.

Sitting at a red light I studied the flyer a bit more closely than the glimpse I gave it in the post office. There was his picture with what I assume were the family’s children, and all of them, the dog included, had the most joyful expressions on their faces. I realized that this was a matter of love. Love for the lost dog and love for the children. I thought how beautiful.

Isn’t it amazing to see the great lengths people go to in order to locate a lost pet? And how soon the search begins. It usually starts as soon as we realize the animal is missing. We’ll comb the neighborhood by car and on foot. We ask all the neighbors to keep an eye out. We’ve already mentioned, publishing flyers. And it won’t take long before we’re calling the radio stations and area papers. We may even offer a reward. Perhaps the church can learn something here; How long does it take for us to begin the search for a church member who is missing?  

Does it begin the day they go missing, like it would for a dog? Or maybe we hold off a week, giving them the benefit-of-the-doubt? Do we wait a month? Two? How long does one have to be gone from the church before concern sets in?

Again, my experience with dogs tells me that the longer they are gone the chance of finding them fades. Time is of the essence, so the sooner the search begins the better. So what can the church do to bring home those who wander off? By now it should be obvious that we must act promptly. Elders are the shepherds of the flock. Like the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15), they will certainly “leave the 99” to find the one gone astray immediately. But the 99 might be of help and even yield some clues. 

We can begin by acting without waiting for others. Last summer a neighbor brought a pair of beagles to my home. They weren’t mine, but she thought they might be and acted. And I for one appreciated it. She continued until she found where they belonged. No one asked. She just did it. So can we.

Look down the pew and see who is missing. If they were dogs you would be concerned. How much more then do they deserve, being the Great Shepherd’s lost sheep? 

Care Groups can (should) step up. We attempt to place every family in a group, but that tends to take several weeks, and some are not interested in being included. But that doesn’t mean a group can’t be assigned (or even volunteer) to keep up with them. Pay them the attention you would to a new puppy. 

People deserve to be wanted. They deserve to be loved. They deserve to be found. Imagine how strong the local congregation could be if we would just start treating each other like dogs!

~Tom Lynch

 


This weeks Bible Reading:

July 27: 2 Kings 18-19 July 30: 1 Chron. 1-2
July 28: 2 Kings 20-22 July 31: 1 Chron. 3-5
July 29: 2 Kings 23-25 Aug 1: 1 Chron. 6
Aug 2: 1 Chron. 7-8

 

God’s Part

 

·    His great love for man (John 3:16)

·    He gave His Son, Jesus, as the Savior (Luke 19:10)

·    He sent the Holy Spirit as a guide (John 16:13)

·    He gave the gospel as His unto salvation (Romans 1:16)

·    He provided atonement by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9)

 

Man’s Part

 

·   Hear the Gospel. (Romans 10:17; John 8:32)

·   Believe the Gospel (Hebrews 11:6; John 20:31)

·   Repent of past sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30)

·   Confess faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32)

·   Be Baptized (Galatians 3:27; Mark 16:16;

        Acts 2:38)

·   Be faithful unto death (Revelations 2:10)

 


 

God has done His part;

Won’t you do yours?


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