Newsletter for June 2002
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we have become busier & more preoccupied with our own pursuits,
I fear an identifying trait of modern Christians has become an endangered
It is that characteristic of love and discipleship called
reminded the Church at Rome of the importance of this Godly trait.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another;
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
is a trait embraced by those who find themselves surrounded with
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
is indeed a two-way street.
If only one half of the friendship is hospitable, with all
acts of love & charitableness
coming from one direction, the friendship is doomed for extinction.
For hospitality is but another manifestation of love…… and
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaint. (NAS)
goodness and love comes from God, and when we share in His goodness
and love, through an act of kindness to another, we are moving towards
the ultimate good: a new and everlasting “Godly” life. No wonder
good deeds seem so noble and lofty to us! They are a response to
the graciousness, which God has shown us.
Christian hospitality is a sign of the Kingdom to come. Hospitality
is an attitude long before it becomes an action: it is an attitude
of welcome, of compassion, of understanding—the opposite of preoccupation
with self. And it helps us understand God’s gracious and welcoming
ways with us.
has been telling us for a long time that the door is always open.
In fact, Jesus said: “I am the door,” and “he who welcomes
you, any of you, welcomes Me.” Our doors should be open in Christian
hospitality, not closed to “keep out all who may come”, all who
may disturb our selfish little world and impose upon “our time”.
informs us as to our duty.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost
his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good
for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an
hill cannot be hid.
is our Christian responsibility. We are a people with a Mission,
and we worship together not only for what we can get out of it,
but also to be prepared for our ministry of salt and light.
loyal disciples shine before others so that we may fulfill the words
of Jesus, our Lord.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
of us is called to be a gracious dispenser of God's hospitality.
So, lets see, when’s the last time you had a brother or sister in
Christ over for some HOSPITALITY”??
valuable is your word?
I recently read a very challenging story.
Those of you, who subscribe to “Chicken Soup For the Soul”,
will remember the story of a harvest moon.
For those whom do not I will give you a very short summary.
The story takes place many years ago in what we call
a simpler time. An
elderly gentleman farmer raised a small crop of corn each year,
and had an old one-row pull behind corn picker, which was not in
very good repair. With
this antiquated piece of equipment he not only picked his own small
crop, but had historically also picked another farmer’s small crop.
This was a time when neighbors helped one another as a matter
I say this individual was a gentleman farmer, because
he also held a full time job at a local factory, and served his
church as a country pastor.
He was considered a good neighbor, hard worker, and some
one who always honored his word.
The year in question found him having to work overtime
in order to retain his factory job, and as circumstances would dictate
was also when the old corn picker finally broke down. Needed parts were not carried for this old equipment, and could
not be readily found. The
factory job required very long days, and time was running out. He had after all given his word to his neighbor.
Now for most people, many of us included; we would
have simply called up the neighbor and explained the situation.
After all one could reason nothing could have been done to
foresee the demise of the corn picker.
But I come back to the question – how valuable is our
word? Do we hold our
word in high esteem? Is
it important to us that we always keep our word?
Giving our word, our verbal promise should be very important,
but unfortunately in today’s society for all too many their word
is of no value.
Back to the story of the gentleman farmer, in spite
of a broken down picker, in spite of having to work from dawn to
dusk at the factory, he was determined to honor his word.
After all someone was depending on him, he could not give
up and allow his neighbors crop to rot in the field.
Consulting the Almanac he discovered there was one
full moon left that month.
Called the harvest moon, because it gave farmers more light
and time to harvest remaining crops.
So in spite of all the problems, this elderly man honored
his word, he harvested his neighbor’s small crop by hand, by the
This is an example of someone who valued their word,
it was important to them.
I am sure that if he had explained to his neighbor that his
picker was broken, any reasonable individual would have understood.
No one would have thought less of him.
Yet he would have known, I didn’t do what I said I would.
This single factor was important.
Jesus gave simple instruction regarding our word.
Mt.5:37 "But let your statement
be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; and anything beyond these is of evil.
The apostle James put the same thing in a little different
Ja.5:12 But above all, my brethren,
do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath;
but let your yes be yes, and your no, no; so that you may not fall
the Feast of Tabernacles (the harvest moon) is only 4 short months
away, I hope you will remember this challenging story of someone
whose word was valuable. When
you look to the sky and see the harvest moon, be sure to make your
word valuable. Don’t
give your word lightly, and don’t take it lightly; our word is very
valuable, it is a reflection of our character.
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