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

God's Plan

Sometimes during the course of things in our lives it becomes necessary to stop and see where we are (spiritually).  In order to do this, we have to evaluate our fundamentals and that means revisiting the starting point.  That most likely involves studying the book of Genesis again.  It makes good sense to look at the beginning of the creation.
 I seems logical to look at the beginning of human errors (sin) and to see where our forefathers were and to begin to try to understand things from God’s perspective.  Adam and Eve were in a perfect environment in the Garden of Eden, but with one simple rule to keep, their choice was to listen to and take bad advice.  Fortunately for us, God had a plan in spite of man’s rebellion.
 Things got worse when driven from the garden.  They started a family and their oldest son killed his brother over jealousy (more sins = more distance from God).  Even with these flawed people God was still able to work His plan.
 Next act was moving so far from God that He had to destroy all mankind except Noah’s family.  Even with a new beginning it only took several generations to pass before man fell into idolatry and other grave sins that saddened God.  God, however, continued to work His plan.
 God called Abram in the 12th chapter of Genesis and the rest of the Old Testament is about how God worked His plan of redemption through Abraham’s descendants (seed).
 God had to work through many flawed people in order to bring us salvation.
 God has always had a plan, a plan for each of our lives.  Are we cooperating with His plan as fully as we can and should?  If not, why not!

Donnie Landrum


“Am I, Ananias?!”

We are all familiar with the biblical texts called, “The Great Commission,” (cf. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).  These were given to all of God’s people for all time.  But God gave out smaller, but equally important commissions to certain individuals.  One that is somewhat comical but then sobering is found in Acts 9:10-18.  Let’s look at portions of this for a few moments.
 “The Lord said to Ananias, ‘Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.’”  This is a straightforward command to Ananias.  Go to someone who needs you.  As Christians we know that the world needs what we have to offer.  For the people of this world are blind to truth about Jesus and His will for their lives.  As He said, “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God,” John 3:3.
 But Ananias balks at God’s words. “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Your name.”  Surely this was not a “news flash” for the Lord.  He was aware of what Saul had done.   Here Ananias is informing the “all-knowing” God about things He clearly is aware!”  Ananias is like many today (me?  you?)  who have their “good reasons” as to why they shouldn’t have to go and tell others about Jesus…
 “I could lose this person as a friend.”  “I don’t like to think about what they will think of me.”  “I could lose my job.”  “I might say the wrong thing and mess up their chances for eternity.”  “This is not my gift.”  “They may say things to others about me and ruin my reputation.”  “Why can’t someone else go?”  ETC.!
 Yet God patiently responds to Ananias, saying, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”  Ananias went.  And because he did, Saul of Tarsus is today known as the apostle Paul, writer of over half the books in our New Testaments, missionary to most of the 1st Century world!  
 If Ananias had refused to go, I am fairly certain God would have found someone who had a little more faith and a little less fear.  But, am I Ananias?!  Because of my fear am I missing opportunities to bring souls into the kingdom whom God could use in profound ways to grow the church and glorify Himself?!  We all are subject to the Lord’s “Great Commission.”  Yet all of us have people in our lives for whom we have been given a mini-commission to reach them.  Go for it – DO IT!  Or, are you an Ananias?!  

-Rick Walker


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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