The Benefits of Meditation

We are commanded, in Romans 12:2, to “be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed  by the renewing of your mind.”  The Christian life is a battle for our minds!  And the only way that we can renew our minds is through meditation upon God’s Word.

Meditation is a mental process through which Scripture is memorized, visualized, and personalized.  (However, I like the illustration of a cow chewing its cud much better!)  It is just not enough to read God’s Word, or study God’s Word, or even memorize God’s Word.  All of those are necessary and very important but they should lead us to meditating upon God’s Word.

What are the benefits of meditating upon God’s Word?  Look up the following verses of Scripture and try to find out for yourself in preparation for my adult Sunday school class this coming Sunday morning.

  • Proverbs 4:7-8
  • Joshua 1:8
  • Psalm 1:1-3
  • Romans 12:2
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • Psalm 119:97-100

 

The “Water” Ministry

Do we really understand and comprehend what “the ministry” is all about?  Do we really understand what “the ministry” looks like?  Do we each daily seek to be involved in “the ministry?”

“And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. ”  Matthew 10:42

Just this morning we received an email update from one of our newest missionaries to get to the field.  Mshama, Martha & Esther Kinyonga have just arrived in Tanzania, Africa to begin their ministry.

Attached to their email was the following picture:

The Tanzanian "Water" Ministry

Their email read, “Ladies come from all over to catch the rain from our roof. We were going
to get gutters but we said let’s be a blessing.

I’m sure that none of us, especially here in the United States, would have ever thought that “the ministry” would or could involve allowing others to put buckets around our home so that they could catch rain water!

However, as I read their message and looked at the picture, I was encouraged as well as challenged.  What are people “catching” from us?

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”  Proverbs 25:25

I have recently been challenging our church family to pass out Gospel tracts.  By passing out a Gospel tract we are doing, spiritually, what the Kinyonga’s in this picture were doing, physically.

Let me challenge each of you to “Give out the good news to someone today!”

Mighty Through God

The Secret Of The Christian Life

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After taking that little survey, take a moment to look up and read the following passage of Scripture:

2 Corinthian 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Join Pastor Campbell this coming Sunday morning, January 20, at 9:45 AM as we look into God’s Word and discover Biblical truths necessary to living the Christian life!

Living on Purpose in 2013

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1

God is a God of purpose.  Everything that God has done has been done on purpose.  God has designed us to live on purpose as well.

Any victories that we will experience this year and any accomplishments that we may achieve this year will happen on purpose!

“This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46

David was a man of purpose.  In the Psalms, he used the phrase, “I will…,” over 150 times.  “I will” is a statement of purpose.  In 1 Samuel 1746, David tells Goliath, “I will smite thee.”  David had a purpose.  How did David arrive at that point in his life?  How can learn from this to become individuals of purpose?  There are 3 steps in 1 Samuel chapter 17 which led David to this point and which will allow us to live 2013 “on purpose.”

1.  David had a desire. (1 Samuel 17:29 “…Is there not a cause?”)

David had a desire to do something about Goliath.  What do you desire to do this year?  Grow closer to the Lord?  Become a soul-winner?  Lose weight?  Having a desire is where it all begins.

2.  David had a plan.  (1 Samuel 17:36 “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them,…”)

Goliath was a formidable opponent.  By any estimation, it would have been impossible for David to defeat him.  So, it would have been obvious for him to be asked, “How do you plan to accomplish this desire of yours?”  You may have a desire but you also need to have a thought out plan of how to accomplish your desire.  How will you grow closer to the Lord?  How are you going to get out of debt?  How are going to become a better father?

3.  David put his plan to action.  (1 Samuel 17:48 “…David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”

This is where “the rubber meets the road!”  David ran toward Goliath to accomplish the plan that he had formulated.  He didn’t hesitate.  He didn’t shy away.  He ran!  When it comes right down to it, you can have the mostly noble and godly desires  and you can also have the most detailed plans for accomplishing them.  But, if you never put them into action, nothing will be accomplished!

Therefore, get busy!  Take the desires that God has placed in your heart.  Put together an action plan and then get out there and “work your plan.”  God blessed David and God can bless you as you seek to “live on purpose!”