Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Grace for your spirit May 1, 2014

Grace for your spirit
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.  Matthew 6:24

The cadence of the drums moves the band down the street and keeps them together through the songs. The band must march to the same beat or chaos results.  As we walk in this world, we can hear the sound of drums.  One beat encourages to follow the masters of the world, the other draws to walk in the calling of God.  If we are constantly marching to one beat and then the other, we won't be able to keep up.  Let's choose, love, and be devoted to the drumbeat of God and keep it in our hearts always

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 30, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those thing which were to be spoken later; but Christ as faithful as a Son over His house--  Hebrews 3:5-6

Who has the greater glory in the eyes of God?  Is it Moses, the deliverer of Israel, or Jesus Christ, God's anointed Son?  Moses brought the Law to Israel, but Jesus brought grace and truth to all men. Those who worship Moses and the Law, are worshiping the shadow of the real thing.  The scripture tells us that Moses was a servant in God's house, but Jesus is the Son of the house.  We can be God's house, when we serve His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let's not chase shadows, when we can know the real thing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 29, 2014

Grace for your spirit
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Jude 4

Sometimes we are so dull of understanding.  As the church is steadily invaded by those who would turn the grace of God into lust, even denying Christ as Lord, we don't seem to notice.  When we first notice it, it may be a shock, then tolerated, and finally ignored.  We certainly need to guard against those whom the Lord has marked for condemnation.  Our task is conversion, not alliance.  Let's keep the good news of Jesus and His path in front of us every day.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 28, 2014

Grace for your spirit
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:12

This psalm tells us what the Lord does for us.  He pardons, heals, redeems, loves, gives compassion, and renews us.  I like this part the best; as far as the east is from the west, He removes our transgressions.  Have you heard? " East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet". In other words, God removes are sins as far away as possible. Let's be thankful that He forgives and remembers them against us no more. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 25, 2014

Grace for your spirit
he who shows mercy with cheerfulness.  Romans 12:8

Romans12 tells us that we all have gifts of grace to serve.  The grace gifts are prophecy, service, teaching, exhorting, giving, leading, and showing mercy with cheerfulness. We all have one or more of these to serve others.  No matter which we have been gifted with, we really need to combine them with showing mercy with cheerfulness.  Showing mercy with cheerfulness lifts all our other gift to a new high.  People who need the Lord, need a lift.  Nothing lifts us like true mercy and good cheer.  Let's be life lifters.  Let's develop the grace gifts that lift others and we will lift ourselves

Grace for your spirit April 24, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel.  Deuteronomy 31:19

The reign of Moses as the deliverer had been a difficult journey. Here, at the end of his life, God directed him to write a song, a chronicle of their journey over the past forty years.  As they would sing this song in the future, it would be a reminder of their need to be faithful. Throughout Biblical history, songs were the best way to teach and encourage.  If it was good then, it certainly is good now.  Christian songs lift our spirits, open our hearts, and help us remember God in our lives.  "Sing on ye joyful pilgrims"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Grace for your spirit Pril 23, 2014

Grace for your spirit
For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.  Hebrews 9:15

When Jesus died on the cross, He cried out, "It is finished".  The plan of redemption was finally finished.  In the old covenant, they sacrificed the lamb and the blood each year for the sins of the people.  When Christ gave His life on the cross as the perfect lamb of God, there would be no more sacrifices.  The debt had finally been paid.  Almost like buying something with a credit card.  You get the benefits, and the bill comes later.  Only this sin debt bill was paid for us by Jesus Christ.They got the benefits and He paid the bill later for us all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 17, 2014

Grace for your spirit
He will swallow up death for all time.  And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth.  Isaiah 25:8

When we sing songs like, "No Tears In Heaven", and we sing of victory Jesus wiping all our tears away, we focus on life after death.  This passage from the prophet Isaiah about the coming Messiah gives us another view.  Isaiah speaks of that victory in the kingdom of Jesus.  Let's not wait for God to wipe away our tears in heaven, let's have Him do it while live.  Victory over death here, victory over death there. No tears here, no tears there.  Praise the Lord

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What To Expect At Northwest Church of Christ

The church building is located on U.S 41 North at Florida Avenue. Just 1/2 mile north of the 41/63 interchange in Terre Haute, Indiana

Sunday Bible Classes: 9:30 AM
Sunday Worship 10:30 AM:
Sunday Evening 6:00 PM:
Wednesday Study 7:00 PM:

Radio Programs
93.7 FM the Sunday morning sermon is aired on Wednesday at 7:00 AM & 3.:00 P.M.
Also, hear our Christ through the Bible series on Tuesday at the same times.

Join us at noon on Sunday, May 11th for our annual honor to all our mothers and women.  All are welcome.

Shults-Lewis Children's Home
We are collecting vinegar and ziploc bags this year.  The pick up date is May 18t
We are a fellowship of believers in Christ who believe in one all powerful, all knowing, ever present God. We believe the Bible is God's inspired word, and provides our only standard of right and wrong.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God's Son, died for our sins all the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead for our justification. We believe that mankind is lost without the saving blood of Jesus and that He is the only way to the Father

We believe that saving faith includes repentance, and baptism for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe the baptized believer is a member of the Lord's church and the kingdom of God.

We believe that the Christians should worship properly and share the good news of Jesus until He returns with out heavenly reward

At worship you may expect joyous acappella singing,prayers,communion services, and a lesson from the Bible every Sunday Expect our worship to be warm, uplifting, and orderly, praising the Lord.

Everyone is always welcome. We hope you will be spiritually enriched by your worship visit

Grace for your spirit April 16, 2014

Grace for your spirit
For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.  3 John 3

When a baby giraffe is born, he tumbles ten feet to the ground, landing on his back.  Within seconds he rolls over and stands. If he doesn't, the mother kicks the new baby until he is stimulated to stand up.  He's walking in a a half hour and running in ten.  Many times when we are born again into the kingdom, we can experience such a drop and a kick.  Let's not let that discourage us, but rather use it as stimulation to stand firm.  If we will turn every kick into resolve to stand firm, we can overcome anything to serve the Lord.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 15, 2014

Grace for your spirit
and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the tares are the sons of the evil one. Matthew 13:38

This parable shows us the reality of our gardens and the reality or our world.  The good seed sown has a constant enemy; weeds.  If we toil on, and the end of the season, the weeds will burn out and the good seed will bring us a good crop.  God has great seed which he sows in us, but the devil has bad seed that is directed to choke us off and die. We know at the end of the age, the weeds will burn and the evil one is cast out.  In the meantime, we are left to deal with the struggle.  Our struggle is to overcome and be fruitful.  With God's help, we can win that struggle. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 14, 2014

Grace for your spirit
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is this you, you troubler of Israel?  He said, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and you have follow the Baals.  I Kings 17:17-18

Who was the real troubler of Israel?  The evil King Ahab, or the prophet Elijah bringing the people back to God?  The 3 1/2  year drought had brought Israel to their knees, and they were ready to listen.  Who do we see as the "troublers" of the kingdom today?  It is those who stand for the truth or the ones who lead others in rebellion against God?  Like Elijah, many who stand for the truth today are seen as troublers.  May we have the discernment to know which we should follow.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 11, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Moreover, man does not know his time; like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them. Ecclesiastes 9:12

Why will people crawl into the same snare and trap over and over again until they perish? The bait in trap blinds them of the snares involved.  I have been trying to trap a raccoon for weeks.  For a while I have been thinking it was smarter than me.  I caught that raccoon in a live trap this week, and discovered something.  We are equally careless.  He put himself in harms way for a sweet treat.  People do the same thing over and over again.  What trap are we crawling into today?  We won't always be able to get away.  Let's resist before we are trapped too.  Is it our time?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 10, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?   I Corinthians 6:18-19

Most people would agree that all sins are equal.  One will hurt and condemn us just as much as another.   The Scripture makes a distinction here however.  When a person commits immoral acts, they sin against their own body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.  We defile something that does not belong to us.  Additionally, as the bride of Christ, when we commit immoral acts, we are also breaking our commitment to Jesus our bridegroom.  We defile His temple, defile our relationship with our spiritual husband, and break our vows with our spouse.  That's a lot to give up for the sins of the flesh.  Answer? Flee, stay away, and make no provision for it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 9, 2014

Grace for your spirit
And do not give the devil an opportunity.  Ephesians 4:27

There is a kid's song called, "Roll the Gospel Chariot". As we roll along, if a sinner is in the road, we will stop and pick him up.  If the devil is in the road, we will run right over him.  The song speaks clearly to us, that we should never give the devil a ride.  Once we pick him up, he will take us where we don't want to go, cost us more than we wanted to pay, and it is difficult to get him out of our chariot.  The devil may disguise himself as someone who can really help us, but never forget he is always our adversary and enemy.  Let's roll the gospel chariot, and never give him an opportunity.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 8, 2014

Grace for your spirit
The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.  Luke 11:33-34

When we walk in the light of Jesus with a clear eye, our bodies and spirits will be filled with light.  We need to keep that clear eye, and our bodies full so there is no room for darkness.   We should want to keep our light shining all the time.  It will glory to God and light the way for others to the true light.  If we let up for just a little while, our whole light can change.  Light can grow dim, and turn to darkness.  Let's keep our eyes on the true light always and enjoy the illumination.

Grace for your spirit April 7, 2014

Grace for your spirit
And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful to even speak of the things which are done by them in secret.  Ephesians 5:11-12

How do we get from viewing something as horribly sinful deeds of darkness to being part of the shame?  First we tolerate them in our lives, next we accept them as inevitable, and finally we are living in them.  We can no longer expose the errors without exposing ourselves. Let's walk in the light and be careful not to get used to the darkness. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grace for your spirit April 3, 2014

Grace for your spirit
And on the following day he entered Caesarea.  Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and he had called together his relatives and close friends.  Acts 10:34

Cornelius had a vision to call for the Apostle Peter to come and teach him.  Peter had a vision to go teach.  This day the gospel of Jesus would be opened to the Gentiles with a great revival.  They had a great preacher, a great message, as always. The only other thing they needed was a great crowd which Cornelius supplied with his personal contact.  We still have great preacher, and a great message, we are simply missing the crowds.  Why?  In a recent survey of 10.000 church members were asked why they were there.
1%- Just visited
3%- Had a special need, 3%just walked in,3% liked programs
5%- Like Bible Classes
6%- Liked the minister
79%-Invited by a friend or relative
Thanks for the Cornelius example.  Let's follow it