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Minute of Meditation: Not the first time that a baby was a Savior

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

            Anissa Ayaca of Los Angeles needed a bone marrow transplant to save her from leukemia.  Her parents, age 44 and 42, had another baby to save her life.

            It is not the first time that a baby was a savior.

The Bible tells us in Gal. 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” 

Hearing these verses, our minds may go back to the words the angel spoke to Joseph about Mary, by saying She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mat 1:21).

The Bible points out, Christ’s birth was an essential part of God’s plan of Salvation.

Jesus grew and later offered Himself to die upon the cross and then He was raised from the dead on the third day, for the sins of all people. 

Jesus is the Savior of the world.

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: The Christian symbol

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

             Every state in the U.S.A. has a state flower and a state tree as their state symbols.  Some states also have a state fish, a state stone, a state song, and even a state insect.  West Virginia is no different; it’s state insect is the honey bee, state flower is the rhododendron, and the state tree is the sugar maple among other state symbols. 

Symbols are powerful reminders of those things that represent us, tell us little about who we are and what we belong to. 

            Christianity has only one symbol.  The cross.  Yet it is even more than a symbol.  It is a way of life.  To be a follower of Christ means a lifestyle of sacrifice, and surrender.

Jesus teaches in Mt. 16:24, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

If one is to follow Christ they must first count the cost. It is more than a symbol.

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

 

Minute of Meditation: The Drunken Carp

Monday, October 16, 2017

Jesus said in this world we will have trouble.  People deal with their troubles in many different ways.  According to Ripley’s Believe it or not, there is a Shinto ceremony where people pour an alcoholic drink onto a carp and then release the fish into the water; believing the fish will swim away, carrying the troubles of the person who released it.

            If it were only that easy to deal with our troubles! 

            Christians have something much more dependable than a drunken carp.  Jesus said, in Mat. 11:28, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Heb 13:5 tells us the Lord, "…will never leave us nor forsake us. Then in 1 Pt. 5:7 it encourages us to cast all our anxieties on him, because he cares for us.

            We each have troubles.  Jesus says to bring all your troubles Him.  He cares for us. He really does.

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: The most important book

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

When David Livingstone began his trek across Africa in 1852, he carried 73 books which together weighed 180 pounds. After he had gone 300 miles he had to throw away some of the books because it was not feasible to carry so much through the jungle. He continued throwing books away as he went further into the jungle. Eventually his library had shrunk to one book—the Bible—this he did not throw away.

 

The Bible is truly the most important book in the world the reason according to  2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

            Will you not stop for a moment today and spend some time reading the most important book in the world.  It will do you good!

 

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: They were first called

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

The first century church was phenomenal in many ways. They were certainly dedicated to their cause, they grew quickly and they remained true to their course.   One of the cities that Christianity grew in was Antioch.  It was the third largest city in the Roman Empire.

The church that met at Antioch was a diverse congregation made up of two different ethnic groups Jews and Gentiles believers.  The Bible states in Acts 11:26 this is where the disciples of Christ were first called Christians.  This new name represented their Christlike spirit and attitude.  They were mission minded and benevolent.  They were a praying people.  They were active in their faith.  They were different from the rest of the world.  They were called rather than professed as Christians.  The name signifies Christ’s people.  These are the people that belonged to Christ.

If you are longing to belong, you can belong to Christ. He will take you in.  If you would like to know more about Christ then contact us at the Camden Ave. Church of Christ. I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation.

 

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