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


Moving Lessons

Last week the Walkers moved out of a hotel room and into an apartment.  This move was all “precipitated” (pun intended) by the flooding of the home in which we had been living.  Hopefully our current living situation will only persist for just a few months.  Yet the purpose for this article is to speak of last Thursday’s “moving” (another intended pun) event and some valuable lessons learned.
 God’s people are always better than you can imagine!

Some gave effort, some gave time (i.e., took time off from their work  to help), some gave money to feed the workers, and many who couldn’t be there gave their prayers for the safety of the workers.  Thanks to ALL for what you GAVE!!!

Many hands truly do make for light work.  Or at least, somethings weren’t nearly as heavy with several lifting than if I had to lift it alone!

Hard work with a lot of laughter doesn’t seem like work at all (well, it does, but it still is a lot more fun than just hard work by itself!).

People will surprise you.  Some older guys outworked a bunch of us “younger” guys!

The memories of the good time we had together will far outlast sore muscles!   

Hauling furniture is never a “fun” thing to do.  But doing something difficult with a group of wonderful brethren is truly a rewarding experience.  Once the job was completed I now see a whole lot more was accomplished that just the movement of “stuff” from point “A” to point “B”.

“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity,”  (Psalm 133:1)

Rick Walker


Everything We Need

In II Peter 1:3-4, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through    these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”  In these verses Peter tells us that God has given us everything we need for life and Godliness, but it is only through our knowledge of Him and His divine power. The power to grow does not come from within us, but from God. We cannot be Godly on our own. God allows us to “participate in the divine nature” in order to keep us from sin and helps us live for Him. The only way to have the knowledge of Him is through studying Gods word.
   Then in II Peter 1:5-9, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.”  In these verses Peter listed several of faiths actions. Faith must be more than just a belief in certain facts, in verse 5, Peter tells us to make every effort to add to your faith (it must result in action). Learning to know God better, developing perseverance, doing Gods will, loving others. These actions do not come automatically, they require hard work. These are not optional actions; all of them must be a continual part of the Christian life. We don’t finish one and start the next; we must work on them all together. Our faith must go beyond what we believe; it must become a dynamic part of all we do, which will result in spiritual maturity. Many Christians want an abundance of God’s grace and peace, but they are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know him better through Bible study and prayer.                                                                                                                                                            
   Then in II Peter 1:10-11, “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”        
   Peter tells us that if we do the things from the previous passages we will never fall (although we may stumble along the way), Christ’s blood continually cleanses us. In verse 8, Peter tell us that we must increase these qualities, if we do it will keep us from being ineffective. As Christians we all look forward to the result of our walk with Christ. Peter tells us the result, a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Brad Mansfield


We Are Saved by Works

This past week at our area-wide preachers meeting, Tony Pulliam, from the Bolivar Peninsula congregation, handed out some great material.  When our religious friends make the statement in the above title they are saying a lot more than the Bible says.  Below are listed the various types of “works” found in our New Testaments.  Let’s seek to understand what God’s word is teaching us.

GOOD WORKS:  Matthew 5:16, Acts 9:36; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 10:24 (These don’t save but should be seen in the lives of believers)
 -EVIL WORKS:  John 7:7; Romans 13:3; Colossians 1:21; James 3:16; 1 John 3:12 (These should not be seen in the lives of believers)
 -WORKS OF LAW:  Romans 3:20, 28; 9:32; Galatians 2:16; 3:2, 5, 10 (These were required in the Old Testament but are not required of believers today)
- WORKS OF THE FLESH:  Galatians 5:19 (These will destroy our souls and must be repudiated)
 -MERITORIOUS WORKS:  (These are the type of “works” the title   given above is describing.  These are the works some may believe will save them – they won’t!)
 -WORKS OF DARKNESS:  Ephesians 5:11 (Clearly not the things in which God’s people are to be involved)
 -DEAD WORKS:  Hebrews 6:1; 9:14 (These are synonymous with the WORKS OF LAW)
 -OBEDIENCE OF FAITH:  John 6:28-29; Acts 17:30; Romans 1:5; 16:26; 2 Thess. 1:6-9; Hebrews 5:8-9  (These “works” are essential to our salvation, i.e., these works do save us!)
So, the next time someone says to you, “We are not saved by works,” share with them the passages listed under OBEDIENCE OF FAITH!  Some works are commanded by God and must be done if we are to be saved by grace through faith!! (Thanks for the material Tony)

Rick Walker


Godly Acts of Kindness

We have all heard of “random acts of kindness”.  The concept of doing kindness is not new to Christians.  It actually is as old as, well, creation.  God tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  So if we were made to do good works, does it make sense to relegate the performance of such works to the category of “random?”  How about instead of just committing random acts of kindness, we commit Godly acts of kindness? You might be asking yourself right now, what is the difference?  The difference is that random implies that we perform random acts of kindness out of the goodness of our own hearts.  Godly acts of kindness are committed out of the kindness of God’s own heart. We shouldn’t do good works for our own glory but give God the glory in all things.
   The variety and number of good works you can perform are limited only by your degree of      commitment to obey God’s commands to show love and kindness.  Micah concisely states in        Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”  
   Over the last couple of years many people in the congregation have been blessed by Godly acts    of kindness. Hurricane Harvey caused a lot of discomfort to so many in the area and now many are experiencing discomfort once again with the results of Imelda.  Whether it’s the prayers, the help moving, gift cards, a temporary place to stay, meals cooked, cash donations (or someone to talk to) is a Godly act of kindness.  We love and appreciate it all.  In our busy lives it can be difficult to look outside of our own schedules, families, and obligations.  It takes more than good intentions to begin a lifelong pattern of caring for others. It takes deliberate discipline, planning and Godly instruction.  This may not sound as thrilling as “random acts of kindness”, but we’re not in it for the thrill.  We’re in it for the enduring joy of being a doer, not just a hearer of God’s word. (James 1:21-23).  What can be better than that?

Carl Sundgren


Impeaching God

It is not enough to simply not like our current President.  There were many who felt that way prior to his election.  But once he was elected (and I  mean almost immediately), many of these same people were calling for his impeachment!  But they needed a plan.  We have seen this plan carried out in numerous ways.  Neglecting to fund his various policies, chief among them being a border wall.  Seeking to defeat (if not out-right destroy) his appointees to the Supreme Court.  Accusing him of colluding with our enemies and then alleging he sought to obstruct their investigation into the matter.  However, a wall is being built, 2 qualified individuals have been appointed to the Court, and he was exonerated regarding their charges against him.  Now here we go again with the new set of charges regarding a phone call!
 For the Lord’s people, none of these things are new.  Indeed, we have seen across the centuries how people have attempted to destroy God’s word (either by burning its pages or burning the prophets who were proclaiming it).  When God sent His Son, the same type of people ridiculed and blasphemed His teaching          and accused Him of being in league with the devil.  When they realized they could not silence Him, they determined the only way to kick Him out of office was to impeach (i.e., crucify) Him!  But we know that too failed to silence Him!
 Now as we look back over the past two millennia we see how these same forces have attempted to impeach His efforts to reach the people whom He loves.  They made martyrs of those who sought to get His word into the hands and hearts of their neighbors.  They attempted to keep His word in the hands of only a few (but Gutenberg put a stop to that).  Now more recently, His word and prayer have been made illegal in the public domain.  And what they cannot remove they now seek to overwhelm by inserting massive amounts of sinful words and immoral behaviors into the public square (movies, songs, television, etc.).  But somehow Jesus keeps popping up everywhere despite all their efforts.
 Sadly, these “impeachers” have finally found a way to silence His people.  The boldness of former generations of Christians which was ignited by their fervent Bible study, courageous public messages, and constant prayer is being squelched by an apathetic audience.  Frustrated believers are becoming discouraged by their lack of converts.  “What’s the use” they despairingly say.
 But don’t believe for a moment that God will be impeached!  We must all rally to Mordecai’s message.  “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for [the people] from another source and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not [been granted His grace] for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:14).
The jury may still be out regarding the President.  But God’s people must not grow weary in our efforts, for they will never IMPEACH GOD!

Rick Walker


Behold the Altar

The study of the symbols (types and shadows) presented in the Old Testament and comparing their meanings in the New Testament is as interesting as it is glorious.
 In the book of Exodus, you see God giving instructions to Moses  concerning the construction of the Tabernacle and its furnishings. There are numerous meaningful types and shadows among the items of furniture in the Tabernacle that are presented in that section of Exodus 27.
 The most outstanding feature presented is the great bronze altar.  God’s instruction for building that altar and it’s placement in the courtyard is extremely meaningful to the plan of God for man’s salvation.
 The exact location of “the altar” cannot surely be determined, but it evidently stood somewhere near the grand entrance into the Tabernacle court.  It was by far the most important thing that was beheld by the eyes of all who entered the court.
 The construction material, bronze (brass) represented divine judgment (Numbers 21:9, John 3:14).  Christ met the searing heat of divine justice against sin at Calvary (for mankind).  The bronze altar    dominated the entrance area of the courtyard which typified the whole world.  It served as a tremendous symbol of the sublime truth that our Lord in His great mission of salvation for all men through His terrible suffering (for us) in death dominates all human history.  No other event of like importance has ever come close.  All events of all time are dated with reference to His birth. Behold the sacrifice for our sins.
 Aren’t God’s designs beautiful!

                                                   Donnie Landrum                                                       


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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