Minister Tom Lynch

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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


February 1 Failing To Obey 
February 8 You Find Saints In Strange Places
February 15 It’s OK To Fall In Love 
February 22 Conquest Of Space

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  
Jan 26 - Feb 1

1/27 – Shannon Hairston
1/30 – Nancy Norfleet
1/31 – Chris LeGrant 

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     Last week a driver in Marietta, Georgia was ticketed for eating a Double Quarter-Pounder with cheese while driving. He claims that the officer claimed to have followed him for two miles, and while he was neither speeding nor driving erratically, he charged the man with distracted driving. As we should expect, proponents of safer driving regulations are elated while advocates of personal privacy are aghast.

     I have eaten behind the wheel, as I’m sure many of you have, and do not believe I’ve ever allowed it to distract me. But perhaps I’m mistaken. Maybe I have. I have witnessed vehicles where the driver was clearly paying more attention to his lunch than my safety. The Double Quarter-Pounder doesn’t appear to be a particularly problematic sandwich to consume in the car, but distractions do come easily.

     We should note that neither the citing officer nor the local police department have commented, so the driver’s claim of not doing anything amiss must be considered as suspect. The complete truth has likely not been revealed yet, and frankly I have no intention of following up to see how it will be resolved. But law enforcement officials and insurance companies would remind us that distracted drivers are taking more lives and causing more injuries and property damage than ever before, so whether it be eating, texting, or horseplay with passengers, we are all placed at the mercy of fellow drivers. So to a far more serious subject, let’s consider distracted worship.

     Some come into worship with no intention or desire to do any harm to anyone else. And will leave worship unaware of harm they may have inadvertently caused. Just as many drivers are unaware of problems they create by cutting someone else off, worshippers may not realize how they may have cut off the worship of another. 

     On any given Sunday there could well be someone who really needs to hear and perhaps respond to the gospel. They’re trying to follow and engage in what is taking place around them. But also on any given Sunday someone… with no ill intent at all… will create a distraction. Talking with the belief that no one else can hear. Believing that no one sees your texting. Getting ready to go home as the sermon is concluding. Getting up to allow others to pass by to go to the water fountain. Returning from the water fountain by walking up the aisle during the invitation. Carrying announcements to the front. Seeking someone who can help a stranger who has stopped in. Even the manner in which some song leaders and communion servers move into position can take the attention of other worshippers off the matter at hand just long enough to stifle a needed response, be it public or private.


     Just before giving the command to worship, the Hebrew writer reminds us to “consider one another” (10:24). None of us would ever intentionally do anything that might hinder another. And we cannot always know what might hinder another thus it is unlikely that we can ever eliminate all distractions. But giving a little thought to how my actions may affect others can be very edifying. And remember, the distracted driver is at risk as well as those around him. You might benefit from paying a little closer attention to the worship yourself.

 
~Tom Lynch

 


This weeks Bible Reading:

Jan 26: Luke 8-9
Jan 27: Luke 10-11
Jan 28: Luke 12-13
Jan 29: Luke 14-16
Jan 30: Luke 17-18
Jan 31: Luke 19-20
Feb 1: Luke 21-22

 

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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