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Minute of Meditation: True repentance

Monday, October 16, 2017

A husband and wife were driving in a car, the wife tells her husband to turn right at the next light and by mistake, he turns left. When he realizes what he has done, he says to his wife “I’m sorry dear, I went the wrong way.” But if that is all he does, it isn’t enough. His saying sorry isn’t getting them any closer to where they want to be; he needs to stop the car, turn it around and go back to the correct road. That is repentance.

  Repentance is a word that comes from a culture where people were nomadic and lived in a world with no maps or street signs. It's easy to get lost walking through the desert. You finally say to yourself, I'm going in the wrong direction and turn around.

            A person who is not following Christ is going in the wrong direction spiritually.  They need to stop and turn around. 

            The Bible puts it this way, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret…” (2 Cor. 7:10).

            Do you need to turn around, a new start? 

Contact us at the Camden Ave Church of Christ; I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation.

Minute of Meditation: Jesus the Bread of Life

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

I’ve been told that there’s a health-food restaurant in the northeast with a billboard that says, “Eat here and live a long life!” Not wanting to be outdone, the barbeque place next-door put up a sign that reads: “Eat here and die happy!”

Food is essential to each of us, without it we die. 

What bread is to hunger, Jesus is, for spiritual life.  After miraculously feeding bread and fish to the 5,000 people, Jesus spoke of a superior bread that every person must feed on, when he declared, in John 6:35, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."

Jesus emphasized that He sustains and fulfills our spiritual lives. His point is that we need Him more than we need food.   Just as we die without food we will spiritually die without Christ.  Jesus can fill our every need.  If you would like to know more about Christ then contact me.

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 way you say it

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

 A boy left home, he had no money and no job.  In desperation, he ended up writing a letter home, “Dear Dad, I’m sick and lonely without a single cent.”  Well dad couldn’t read so he took the letter to a friend.  The guy had a gruff voice and an arrogant manner of reading.  When the dad heard him read the letter, he grew furious, “I’ll not sending my son a cent!”  On his way home the dad kept thinking about the letter.  He went to another friend.  This time the man had a quiet, gentle voice.  He read the letter and when he did the dad burst into tears and cried, “My poor boy I will send him some money!” 

You know a lot of times it’s not the words we use; it’s the way we say them.

James 1:19-20, puts this way, “…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

How are you using your words today?

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: Everything Changes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What was the most significant change in the last millennium? Was it the invention of the Gutenberg press? Polio vaccination or the collapse of Soviet communism or man walking on the moon? How many people use their cell phones or tables for their everyday routine?

The world around us is constantly changing.  Someone has said the one thing that is constant is change.

Yet the Bible tells us that God does not change.  James 1:17, states, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

    Many things may change in this life, but the God of the Bible does not.  His love, mercy, justice, His teachings, and judgments are the same as there were when the words of the Bible were spoken.  Would you like to know more about the God who never changes in an ever-changing world? We will be glad to help you answer this question, please contact us.

 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: Never Assume

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A photographer was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, he jumped into the plane with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I'm a photographer and I am going to take pictures.  After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?" 

We can get into a lot of trouble when we assume.  For example, many times people will assume they are right with God when maybe they are not. 

The Bible tells us we do not have to assume when it comes to our eternal destination.  1 John 5:13 reads, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.  If you would like to know more about Christ and eternal life please contact us.

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

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