Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 30, 2014

Grace for your spirit
My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, not faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines.  Hebrew 12:5-6
Discipline from the Lord is a sign from Him of love and caring.  His correction comes from love and in the long run it is best for all of us. As we grow up in Christ, His discipline is necessary.  It may not seem joyful at the moment, but if we accept it, learn from it, and don't faint. it will pay off.  Our Father really does know best.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 29, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15

I heard a southern gospel song today that spoke to me.  The lyrics were, "Your walk talks, and  your talk talks,  but your walk talks louder than your talk talks."  In other words, I can't hear what your saying because of the way you live. Before we can teach the world to live godly lives, we need to be living it ourselves.  Let's  be very careful.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 26, 2014

Grace for your spirit
According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  Philippians 1:20

Earnest expectation and hope is much more than just a "pipe dream." Paul's plan was to exalt Christ in life and even after his death.  Did it work for him?  Yes.  His writings and the results of his conversions still live on 2000 years later.  When we dedicate ourselves to exalting Him in our lives, our influence can and will live on in the lives of others too.  As Elisha's bones brought the dead man to life, our spirit and our words can give life long after we are gone.  Our forever plan needs to start now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 25, 2014

Grace for your spirit
And the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth.  It is better to go into house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living take it to heart.  Ecclesiastes 7:1-2

This is just exactly the opposite of what the world would think.  To the believer, the day we are born there are many uncertainties about the life before us, but the day we die we have the assurance of where we are going and the blessing that will come.  We will never learn these things while we are feasting.  Mourning brings room for insights of the things that are really,important.  Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn." and that is what He meant.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 24, 2014

Grace for your spirit
As they were burying a man, behold, they saw a marauding band, and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha.  And when the man touched the bones of Elisha he revived and stood up on his feet.  II Kings 13:21

God anointed His prophets with power so the people would see the power of God.  Elisha asked for a double portion of the Spirit when Elijah went to heaven in a chariot of fire, l and I guess he got it.  This miracle was a reminder to all that the Spirit of God lived on.   May it be a reminder to us that the Holy Spirit lives on today.  The empty grave of Jesus is our grace.  Let's walk after His Spirit.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 23, 2014

Grace for your spirit
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live,  and was lost and has been found.
Luke 15:32

In this chapter they celebrated finding a lost animal, and a finding a lost coin. Should they have less compassion and rejoicing in finding a lost soul?  What kind of world would it be if we cared more for our animals and our money than we cared about lost souls?  Maybe it is time we realized that we are living in that kind of world.  Could the change start with us?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 22, 2014

Grace for your spirit
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!  Romans 10:15
What have your feet been called? Perhaps smelly, sweaty, dirty, big, hurting, or even ugly?   How about beautiful?  When we are willing to carry the good news to those in need, our feet will look beautiful to them and to God. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 19, 2014

Grace for your spirit
You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.  Leviticus 25:10

God loves His people and always had a plan to release captives, restore freedom to the oppressed, and to show the His favor to His people.  In the old covenant, it was planned to take place every 50 years.  It was year of the Jubilee, setting everything right.  It was a picture of our eternal Jubilee that came in Jesus, as He revealed in Luke 4:16-18.  The Old Testament people forgot their Jubilee. We don't have to wait fifty years.  Ours is available every day.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 18, 2014

Grace for your spirit
If I say, "Surely the darness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night, even the darkness is not dark to  You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.  Psalm 133:11-12

How many people have thought if they sin in the darkness, away from God's sight, they will get away with it?  While it is true that many rebellious people use the cover of darkness for sin, it doesn't work. God's vision is the same in the darkness and light.  We are far better off if we realize that God knows all and sees all, and conduct ourselves accordingly.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 17, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.  Psalm 133:1

The good and pleasant fellowship was accomplished in their visit to the temple.  It was good and pleasant not just because they were in the same place.  These are the Ascent Psalms.  They sang them as they traveled to Jerusalem.  It was a difficult journey, but was fulfilled together with purpose, and commitment.  Often today, we sit in  our pew wondering why good and pleasant fellowship eludes us.  When we plan together, work together, suffer together, commit together,and accomplish together, we will find a fellowship we all can enjoy. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 16, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

The apostle Paul is bringing his letter to a conclusion with this wish for us all.  That God would fill us with joy, peace, and hope.  Everyone wants those things, but they are not like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. His letter told us how to have a right standing before God, and how to live a renewed transformed life.  When we are in Christ and walking after the Spirit, as believers, God will fill us with joy, peace, and hope.  The power of the Holy Spirit is the only sure supplier of the things we desire. Let's not leave these things to chance.  Hope in God.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 15, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.   Galatians 6:7

This is both a natural law and a spiritual law.  We sow corn, we reap corn, We sow wild oats, we harvest wild oats.  We sow to our own flesh, we will reap corruption.  When we sow to the Spirit,, we will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  Some say we should "sow our wild oats, then pray for a crop failure"  It is better we should pray first to sow lives of the Spirit, and pray for a great harvest instead.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 12, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?They were not even ashamed at all;  They did not even know how to blush, therefore they shall fall among those who fall.  Jeremiah 6:15

The Prophet Jeremiah was trying to save God's people.  He preached trying to get them to repent, but failed.  Why?  Before anyone can be brought to repentance, we must have a godly sorrow.  These people were not ashamed, they were not sorry, and they didn't even know how to blush.  This can happen to us as well.  When we get so deep in sin without reference to righteousness, our conscience no longer works. Let's all ask God to give us a tender heart, so we won't be so hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 11, 2014

Grace for your spirit
Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?   Proverbs 6:27-28

This passage is asked in connection with adultery, but it most certainly applies to any sin that  "burns" us.  The devil wants to make us believe that we are ten feet tall, bullet proof, and wear asbestos underwear.  In other words, he wants us to think we can get away with anything. Really, the smell of burning clothes and flesh are obvious to everyone. Even the smell of smoke is apparent.  Let's not be deceived by the "keeper of the fires."  Step back.

Wednesday, September 10, 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.
You may also download archived radio programs at Wordpower.us

September Dinner
Join us on September 14th at noon for our monthly dinner.
 You are welcome and it will be nice to see all of you.
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 September 10, 2014

Grace for your spirit
But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told  you.  Mark 16:7

It had been a bad night for Peter.  He denied Jesus three times and deserted Him in His time of need.  Now Jesus is missing.  Peter separated himself and wept bitterly.  Perhaps he thought he had forfeited his apostleship, and God knew he would need a special invitation.  Thankfully, he was listening for his name.  Maybe we have felt like Peter now and then.  In our sorrow, we need to remember God's grace, and be close enough to hear our name called.  He is calling.  Are we somewhere listening for our name?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 9, 2014

Grace for your spirit
But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza."  Acts 8:26

The message of the angel was for Philip to go see a man from Ethiopia who was traveling.   At the end of this story, the Ethiopian who connects with Philip, hears of Jesus, believes, and is baptized.  This is just one of many examples where God equips people to spread the good news. Even Jesus sent Saul to be taught by Ananias. The example seems to be clear.  God has chosen people to spread the good news of Jesus.  Jesus, angels, and the Holy Spirit, stand ready to equip us for the task, but not to do it for us.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 8, 2014

Grace for your spirit
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all the things that I have done."  John 4:39

At the beginning of her day, she was a despised adulteress, sinful woman, separated from her community.  By the end of the day, she had led more people to Jesus than all the apostles put together. How, we might ask?  She opened her life to Jesus, He changed her, and she shared that testimony with others.  Do we want to make a difference in our world, but have a bad track record?  Turning that negative into a positive is as easy as 1-2-3.  Open our lives to Jesus, let Him change us, and share that testimony with others. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 5, 2014

Grace for your spirit
"Lord God, please pardon! How can Jacob  stand, for he is small?"  The Lord changed His mind about this.  "It shall not be", said the Lord.  Amos 7::2-3

Amos saw a vision of locusts and fire on Israel that would consume them. He pleaded for them and the Lord changed His mind.There is an old gospel hymn, "Rescue the perishing."  One verse calls for us to "weep o'er the erring one, and lift up the fallen." As prophets and priests of God, He calls us all to rescue and restore the fallen.  Two things I wish for all of us today.  That we are praying for someone, and someone is praying for us.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 4, 2014

Grace for your spirit
And when your children say to you, "What does this rite mean to you?"  Exodus 12:26   Joshua 4:6

One of the priorities of God's people is to pass our faith on to the next generation.  When a remembrance is established, it is to help everyone remember God's provision, and pass it on. Unfortunately, the children won't ask about something they never see practiced.  When we forget, the children won't ask.  From the passage through the Red Sea to our redemption in Jesus Christ, the more we practice, the more we talk about it, the more others will ask.  What kind of questions are we generating about God's faithfulness?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 3, 2014

Grace for your spirit
I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.  John 4:38

In the farming community, when the crops are in the field and the one who planted cannot reap, family, friends, and neighbors pitch in. Nobody wants to see the crop die in the field and see all that has been invested wasted. Jesus uses this example for us.  The kingdom has been planted, the seeds of generations have been sown.  It is our turn to step up and be a part of a great harvest.  People need the Lord. May we not let them die in the field on our watch.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grace for your spirit September 2, 2014

Grace for your spirit
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worth to suffer shame for His name.  Acts 5:41

Suffering and persecution seems to have been the fuel of the faithful in the first century.  The more people tried to stop them, the better they got.  We seem to be filling our tanks with ease and prosperity.   We must think if they world sees our health and wealth, they will want come right in.  Is that working for us? Our evangelism engines have come to a halt.  When we get out into the world, and suffer shame for His name, that's the boldness that draw souls to Christ.