Almost 2013 and We’re Still Here

Well, 2012 is winding down and the earth didn’t end because the Mayan calendar struck midnight. Imagine that. My favorite piece of humor on that subject showed, I suppose, a Mayan calendar and an Oreo Cookie, side by side. They look a lot alike. The caption reads, “According to the Mayan calendar, the world is ending this month. Fortunately the Oreo Cookie says not to worry.”

It’s amazing that so many people keep on predicting the end of the world at specific times and it keeps on not happening. Just know this. The Bible says, “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.(1 Thessalonians 5:1–3). God doesn’t tell us when the end will be, only that it will be. So be ready. Our attitude should be “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:15). Everything is under his control.

Get yourself right with God. Keep yourself right with God. Have a Happy 2013. And have a cookie.

Brad Fry

Published in: on December 29, 2012 at 7:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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Seeing To One Another

Ever since Cain tried to evade God’s questioning concerning the whereabouts of his brother (Genesis 4:9) people have tried to absolve themselves of the welfare of others. Yet God makes clear that we are one another’s responsibility (Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 12:15; 13:1-2). Caring for and seeing to the welfare of every member is a duty specifically given to the elders of the church. This is why they are referred to as shepherds (Acts 20:28; Eph.4:11; 1 Peter 5:1-4). A shepherd’s responsibility is not just the flock at large but each individual sheep (Luke 15:4).

But each of us also has a responsibility to care for each other. And I’d like to encourage each of us to give greater attention to this work. The Bible says that part of pure and undefiled religion is to visit widows [and widowers] in their affliction (James 4:27). Most of the time the only way we are going to know if they have any affliction is if we are regularly visiting them. We have several widows and widowers and some married elderly who need to be seen about and visited. You can make it your full-time ministry to see to all of them regularly. But it would be much more feasible if each of us would take one or two of these households as our personal responsibility. The most sensible approach would be if every member regularly checked on those that live closest to them. We may be asking God to “lead me to some soul today” while those that God is trying to lead us to are right in our neighborhood. This is not the preacher’s responsibility. This is every Christian’s responsibility. Let’s make sure that if anyone is left alone, it is only when we have personally made the sincere and sustained effort to see to them and they have made it clear that they wish to be left alone.

The church’s business is people. And the church’s particular business is her people (Gal.6:10).

Brad Fry

Published in: on December 5, 2012 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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