Tom Tom 09/01/13

So very often we either make the statement or hear the statement: “That was just what I needed!” I believe that churches should be designed to meet needs. Preachers should preach sermons that meet needs. Bible class teachers should teach the Bible to meet needs (actually school teachers, teach to meet needs). When you are meeting needs, then you are doing what you should be doing.
You can’t meet needs, if you don’t know what the needs are…amen! My day is made just a little better, when someone tells me…Tom…I really needed that. I have preached lessons where I wished certain ones had been there…then it dawns on me…I was there and I needed it. I try to preach and teach lessons that I need…and if others benefit then that’s an added blessing.
What do we try to fill our lives with? Happiness, contentment, satisfaction for jobs well done…just to name a few of those things that we must count very important. We should be filling our lives with CHRIST! Paul told Christians at Philippi: “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Phil.3:8) Our purpose in life has to be greater than who we are and what we do. Paul told folks in that same church: “For me to live is Christ.” (Phil.1:21) He gave the secret to his life writing to that same church: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil.4:13)
Jesus in the Sermon on the mount said several things that sound like this statement from Paul. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt.16:25-26)
I love you dearly members of the Hammon Church of Christ…because you help to fill my needs! Keep on Keeping on!!!

Tom

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