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Minute of Meditation: Faith Comes by Hearing

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It was her first day on the job.  The lady of the house was having a Bible study.  Before the meeting was to start she couldn’t find her Bible, she searched everywhere.  She rushed down to the kitchen where her new housekeeper was working, “Have you seen my Bible?”  “Great”, said the new housekeeper.   “What do you mean?”  Asked the lady.  “Well”, the new employee said,” the first thing I do when I start with a new employer, is to hide their Bible.  I want to see how long it takes them to miss it. Yours is in the linen closet.”

 It would be good if everyone studied their Bible as much as they said they did. Amen.

There are millions of people in the world who claim to be Christians and never pick up the Bible and read it. 

Hos 4:6  reminds us, that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;

Then Romans 10:17 declares, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

     Will you read your Bible?  What better way to spend your time than with the word of God.  Try it and see if it changes your life!  It did mine! 

 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: Four Facts about Christianity

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I love being a Christian! It is the most wonderful thing in the world. But what makes Christianity SO attractive? First we have a FATHER. Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven” (Matt. 6:9). Our heavenly father cares, loves and blesses us (Eph. 1:3). Second, FORGIVENESS. Jesus died on the cross and grants forgiveness of sins to those that repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). Third, a FAMILY. 1Tim. 3:15 reminds us that the church is a family.  Christians are blessed with a spiritual family where love, care and concern are rich blessings which provided the greatest support system on earth. Last we have a FUTURE. Christianity is going somewhere.  In Jn. 14:1-3 Jesus tells us he is preparing a home for the faithful. Will you be going? These are four major facts all Christians enjoy.

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

Adapted from a sermon by Mark Posey

Minute of Meditation: Get the Bible Right

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

     One day a husband and wife were sitting on a couch reading.  All the sudden the wife looked up and said, “Honey who is this Joan of Arc that saved France”.  Well he looked up and said you’ve got those characters mixed up it was Noah of Ark.  Jonah was that guy that swallowed the whale.”  (LOL)

            Now you better check your Bible, its right; because for one thing the Bible says that Jesus is coming back and everyone is going to see Him.   Notice, Rev 1:7,  “Behold, [Jesus] is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”

Jesus is coming again.  Will you be ready?  There’s a great day coming are you ready?  Contact us at the Camden Ave. Church of Christ to learn more.  

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

 

Adapted from Larry West minute message Tape 0041-0050 & 0051-0060

Minute of Meditation: Spend TIme with God Daily

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A city dweller moved to a farm and bought a cow. Shortly after he did, the cow went dry. When he reported this fact to a neighbor farmer, the farmer expressed surprise. The city man said he was surprised too. "I can't understand it either, for if ever a person was considerate of an animal, I was of that cow. If I didn't need any milk, I didn't milk her. If I only needed a quart, I only took a quart." The farmer tried to explain that the only way to keep milk flowing is not to take as little as possible from the cow, but to take as much as possible. Is that not also true of the Christian life?

Those who only turn to God in need miss the real joy that flows from a daily renewal of prayer and study of God’s word.

The Bible tells us in Rom 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Don’t let your relationship with God go dry, renew it daily!

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

Minute of Meditation: Decisions

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Do you have some decisions to make?  What do I wear today? Should I take a different route to work due to construction? Should I have a bagel or an English muffin for breakfast?

 

Some decisions are much harder. Should I go to college or vocational school?  Is this the person God wants me to marry? Should Grandpa live with us, or be put in a retirement home? Should I bail my troubled child out of jail or show him tough love and make him learn that there are consequences for bad choices? Should I be buried or cremated?

 

Decision making is an act of responsibility.  As we go through life, we have many important decisions to make.  But the greatest decision and the one decision that gives wisdom to all other decisions we make is the decision to follow Christ.

 

1Cor. 2:2 states, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

 

As the old hymn states, “I have decided to follow Christ, no turning back, no turning back.” What about you?

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

 

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