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


May 31 The Law Of Sowing And Reaping 
June 7 Why Be A Member Of Christ’s Church?
June 14 Confirming Your Appointment 
June 21 He Shall Do As You Do

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  
May 25 – 31

30 – Bobby Kelly
31 – Stephen & Anitra Winn

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Over the last 3 months my brother’s health and plans for his long term care have dominated conversation. I appreciate the concern expressed by those who ask and I appreciate the prayers and other offers of assistance. In talking about all of this I have often expressed confidence that God is going to work things out for us. I am not one of those “everything happens for a reason” people, but I definitely strive to be one of those “all things work together for good” people (Romans 8:28). Some look at me strangely when I express such confidence as it seems they’ve been conditioned to believe that God does not really intervene in any way. But I am convinced that He invites us to pray because He’s willing to act. If it turns out He just wants us to grovel then He may not be the God we think He is. But recently I was sharing something that I’m confident God had a hand in and a good friend suggested that I must have incredible faith. It was meant, and received, as a much needed and appreciated compliment. But then I got to wondering if it is possible that I may come off as a braggard. So I began to consider just exactly where is my faith. At first I began comparing myself to others, but I knew from the onset that was futile. Then I got to thinking about the characteristics of faith I might see in others, and perhaps that has been more revealing.

 

Thinking I might as well start out big I considered the faith of Abraham and Paul. Their “no questions asked” attitude is inspiring. But I certainly won’t say I’ve attained that. Maybe someday. Then Abraham is joined by Enoch and Moses as men God identified as friends (James 2:23; Genesis 5:23-24; Exodus 33:11). Oh for the day! I’d like to put myself in that group, but that too may be a reach. I’m not ready to say that having faith like these is unattainable, but as it takes growth that I’ve not achieved, I began to think about others whom I’ve admired that may be on a plain that is more attainable.

 

I thought about Gideon; a man who completely trusted God to deliver His people, but doubted himself as the one God would use (Judges 6). Mordecai similarly believed God would deliver Israel somehow, and encouraged Esther to find her place in His plan (Esther 4:13-14). They were able to trust that God would do the right thing but acknowledged that they didn’t know what that might be or how it would be accomplished. Along that line I also like Jonathan and his attitude of looking to see what God “might” do (1 Samuel 14). But I still don’t know that I see myself in any of those cases. But then...

 

But then I come across a father worried about his child (Mark 9:17ff). Initially he seems to have tried to deal with the problem on his own (I tend to do that). Then he appears to have reluctantly gone to others (I’ve done that). Finally he took it to Jesus (ok, wrong order, but yeah, I’m starting to see some similarity). Jesus challenged him saying, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” To which this father “cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’”

 

And there is an example that perhaps best illustrates my faith. At times confident that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), and other times worthy of the rebuke, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26). Mine is a faith that is far from perfect, but I would at least like to think it’s getting better all the time. Now, where is yours?

 

~Tom Lynch



This weeks Bible Reading:

May 25: Numbers 28-30
May 26: Numbers 31-32
May 27: Numbers 33-34
May 28: Numbers 35-36
May 29: Deut. 1-2
May 30: Deut. 3-4
May 31: Deut. 5-7

 

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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