Meadows

Church of Christ

9195 Dishman Rd, Beaumont, TX 77713

409-892-7063


SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

9:30 AM


SUNDAY MORNING

BIBLE CLASS

10:45 AM

SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP

5:00 PM


MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

6:30 PM


TUESDAY LADIES BIBLE STUDY  

10:00 AM

WEDNESDAY EVENING DEVOTIONAL AND BIBLE CLASS

6:30 PM


WORDS OF WISDOM

“Where Was God?!”

 

Borderline Bar & Grill (2018 – 12 killed), Tree of Life Synagogue (2018 - 11), Santa Fe High School (2018 - 10), Parkland High School (2018 - 17), Las Vegas (2017 - 58), Sutherland Springs, Texas church (2017 - 25), Pulse Nightclub (2016 - 49), Sandy Hook (2013 - 26),    Aurora Theater (2013 - 12), Virginia Tech (2012 - 32), Columbine (1999 - 13), Luby’s Cafeteria (1991 - 23), McDonald’s (1984 - 21), University of Texas (1966 - 14).

 

As you can see from the above statistics, the mass shootings in the past five decades are becoming more frequent and more horrific!  It is only natural for people to seek answers (or at least find someone or something to blame!).  The usual suspects include; guns, our current political climate, and one that is recently finding acceptance – mental illness.  Yet as the above title suggests, at some point everyone wonders, “Where was God?!”

 

Could God have stopped these tragedies?  The surprising answer is, “No.”  Now    certainly God could have struck someone dead with lightning or sent an angel to kill the offender.  But from the Creation God decided to give mankind free-will.  “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,” Genesis 1:26.  In this verse we see God has the power to choose, so those created in His image will also have the same.  The godly desire is that we will choose to love God and each other, (see Mark 12:30-31).  Yet, since people are free to make whatever choices they want, then they are also free to make horrible choices, (see Genesis 3:6; 4:8; 6:5, etc.).

 

“That is a cop-out!  This makes everything man’s fault!!  God is absolved of doing nothing to change things and we are supposed to love Him – please,” some may say.  But I didn’t say God is “doing nothing!”  Clearly, He did something incredibly     drastic!  Sin is sin, whether it is “murder” or “gossip,” (see Romans 1:28-32, esp.    v. 29).  If God destroyed all sinners, no one would be left, (see Romans 3:23; 6:23).  So God did  the only thing that would work.  Since terminating every sinner would end the world, He instead chose to terminate One for the sake of the world, (see John 3:16; Romans 5:14-19).  Those who place their faith in Jesus will experience His presence in their lives even in the midst of tragedy.

 

His death for mankind provides those who trust in Him a means of triumph over a dark and terrible world.  Knowing He was to die the following day, He was still able to tell His followers, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world,” John 16:33.  And because of His victory over sin and death, we too may be victorious.  “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith,” 1 John 5:4!  The darkness of our age only serves to make the glory of God shine so much brighter!  Let us strive to bring those who are hurting into the light!!!                                             Rick Walker

 



Did You Vote?   


Christians in many countries in the world are oppressed and persecuted. They suffer under governments, they are powerless to change their governments. Those governments hate their faith and silence their voices. These believers preach the gospel of Jesus Christ at their own risk.

 In America, Christians have been blessed with the right to speak out and choose their leaders without fear for themselves or their families. In this country during recent elections, about 2 out of every 5 (self-professed) Christians took that right for granted and did not vote. About 1 in 5 (self-professed) eligible Christians are not even registered to vote.                                                                                                                                     

In our day and age, there are many who want to remove the name and message of Christ completely out of the public arena. Voting is a privilege and an opportunity to       promote, protect, and preserve godly government. Passing up the opportunity to vote        means letting those who are ungodly have their way. The leaders we elect (or do nothing    to remove) have great influence on our freedoms. They can choose to protect our first amendment right to religious freedom (and the right to spread the gospel), or they can       restrict those rights. They can lead our nation toward righteousness or toward moral           disaster.                                                                                                                                    

As Christians, we should stand up and follow our command to fulfill our civic duties.  In Matthew 22:21, “They said, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then he said to them, therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Let us all strive each and every day to do God’s will in all aspects of our Christian lives.                                                                                                                                    Carl Sundgren


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The Cross Leads Home


   Do you ever ponder about that old rugged cross?  Jessie Brown Pounds wrote the words to the song, “The Way of the Cross”.  He wrote, I must needs go home by the way of the cross; There’s no other way but this; I shall ne’er get sight of the gates of light, if the way of the cross I miss.  I must needs go on in the blood-sprinkled way, The path that the Savior trod, If I ever climb to the heights sub-lime, Where the soul is at home with God.  Then I bid farewell to the way of the world, To walk in it never-more; For my Lord says, “Come”, and I seek my home, Where He waits at the open door.  It is sweet to know, as I onward go, The way of the cross leads home.”

   Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few therebe that find it.”

   The gate of the one way is narrow, the gate of the other is wide.  We are directed to think of beginnings.  This is a subject to be studied in early life.  It comes up at the great moment of decision.  We must just think of the gate, for until we have passed through we cannot be in the way at all.  No, the one can become a Christian without an effort.  We do not drift into the kingdom, nor do we grow up in it unconsciously.  Even the children of Christian homes need to come to decision and make a deliberate choice.  Moreover, there are sins to be repented of, evil habits to be renounced; pride must be a humbled, and the simple trust of a little child attained.  We become Christians by complete surrender to Christ.

   The second gate is wide.  We do not need to make any choice of evil.  It is all around us.  We have but to let ourselves go, and we shall be swept through the wide gate.

   The straight gate leads to the narrow way, the wide gate to the broad way.  The right way is narrow.  There is but one right way, while there is an infinite diversity of wrong ways.  At every moment there is just one thing needful, one thing that it is our duty to do.  Righteousness involves self-denial.  We have to take up the cross to follow Christ.

   The two ways keep apart from beginning to end; neither issues in the other.  The broad way is not a shortcut to the narrow way.  Each has a separate destination.  We do not all come to the same end.  But the character of the end is determined by the character of the way.  This makes the way of great importance.  It is not a city in which we dwell, nor even a temporary camping ground on which we rest for a night.  We are always moving along it.  The great question is ~ Whither does it tend?  Christ sets the alternative before us very clearly ~ eternal life or destruction.  Here is reason for rousing ourselves and listening to the urgent entreaty of the Savior, “Enter ye in”.

   One of the most cherished songs in our song book is, “The Old Rugged Cross.”  To look at that cross; it is old, it is rugged, it is ugly.  There is no beauty in the cross, except for the fact that nailed to that cross is the precious Savior who gave His life for you and I.  George Bennard wrote, “And I love that old cross where the dearest and best, For a world of lost sinners was slain.  And so we cherish the old rugged cross, Till our trophies at last we lay down; we will cling to the old rugged cross, and some day exchange it for a crown.  John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”


YES, THE WAY OF THE CROSS LEADS HOME!                                     -Derrell Hart




 Is Church Really Necessary?                                                                       


   Many people have asked the question, “Is it necessary that you go to church every time the doors are open?” Here ar Meadows, we meet   every Sunday AM, Sunday PM, and Wednesday PM.  There are some churches which go to the extent of offering multiple services to allow families to pick which service they would like to attend.  That brings us back to the question, “Is it really necessary to attend every service?”


   Worship is a privilege that we have as children of God.  God has   commanded us to assemble regularly to worship Him in spirit and in truth.  Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, “And  let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”  The Hebrew writer tells us that we meet together so that we can encourage one another  and stir up love and good works.  How can we be encouraged when part of our family is missing?


   Jesus’ parable in Luke 14:16-20, applies well to our attending worship services.  “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, come for all things are now ready.  But they all with one accord began to make excuses.  The first said to him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it.  I ask you to have me excused.  And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them.  I ask you to have me excused.  Still another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.”  Every one of those invited could have attended the     supper if they really wanted to.  It’s easy to let life’s distractions interfere with serving the Lord.  Are we      rejecting His invitation to worship service in His church?  Only you can answer that question for yourself.   


See you at worship.                                                                               - Brad Mansfield


  


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WORDS OF WISDOM

JUDGMENT

   The Webster dictionary defines judgment as:   “The process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing; an opinion or estimate so formed; the capacity for judging; a proposition stating something believed or asserted.”

      The truth is that in every situation, someone uses judgment daily in their decision making process. People often evaluate whether your judgment was good or bad. So, who should we listen to?  Who gets to decide whether our judgment was good or bad?  The answer comes when you look to God for the solution.


Is Church Really Necessary?

   Many people have asked the question, “Is it necessary that you go to church every time the doors are open?” Here ar Meadows, we meet   every Sunday AM, Sunday PM, and Wednesday PM.  There are some churches which go to the extent of offering multiple services to allow families to pick which service they would like to attend.  That brings us back to the question, “Is it really necessary to attend every service?”