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 14 The Power Of A True Love
February 21 By-Products Of The Gospel

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  
February 8 – 14 

9 – Versoal Hill
10 – Ryan Grice
11 – Kate Senseney

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The Iowa caucuses have “officially” ushered in the election season. While there are front-runners there are no clear favorites yet as discontent seems to be the prevailing attitude. It will be interesting to see where we wind up, both as a nation and as the church. I’m already praying that this may be the year Christians vote morals rather than economics, but right now a moral course isn’t as clear as we might wish.

One of the first things we see in any campaign is the attempt to use a candidate’s words against him. Frankly, that seems fair. Little reveals as much about where one stands as his words during a time when no election is underway. Of course, the one whose words are brought into question will then attempt to explain it away, often with a claim of being taken out of context. And it is true; a campaign that is dishonest or desperate will frequently distort what their opponent said, even though they may quote him verbatim. Sometimes it works, and other times it backfires. We’ve already heard it in these campaigns, but how it will play out remains to be seen.

What is more alarming is the way people will take the words of the Lord and His divinely inspired apostles out of context in order to further their own agenda. You have probably heard someone say, “You can prove anything by the Bible.” Know that an honest man cannot do that.

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20) is frequently used to justify not going to church. Yes, Jesus said it, but He wasn’t talking about worship. Read it all.

“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1) is quoted by those attempting to justify bad behavior. And yes, Jesus said it, but reading the previous 82-verses and the 27-verses that follow casts a light that many close their eyes to.

Any of us would be highly offended if others believed that our words could be used to “prove anything”, yet even Christians will too often say we cannot be certain of God’s will. Such insults God’s integrity and makes Him as a liar.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32) (please look at the entire chapter if you doubt the context). Knowledge of truth is attainable. Such knowledge cannot be found in our efforts apart from God’s revelation. Some of it is “too profound” to fully understand (Psalm 131:1), but the knowledge needed to be freed from sin and worldly cares is within our understanding.

God has said exactly what He meant to say. Jesus never misspoke. Holy scripture is not subject to occasional updating to keep up with the times. Conduct that was sinful 2,000 years ago is still sinful today, just as good behavior continues to be good. None of us are able to call God down to our standards, but we are all able to accept His. 

~Tom Lynch

 

This weeks Bible Reading:

February 8: John 11-12
February 9: John 13-15 
February 10: John 16-18 
February 11: John 19-21 
February 12: Acts 1-3
February 13: Acts 4-6
February 14: Acts 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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