Don’t Let Negativity Get You Down!

“All of the water of an entire ocean cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. Similarly all of the negativity in the world can’t get you down unless you let it get inside your heart.” We know our homes and families should be a safe haven and a place of rest but so many times, somehow, we allow negativity to creep into our marriage, parenting, or attitude as a child. It takes strength and much work to stand against Satan’s negative attacks on our families but with God on our side we can be more than conquerors and have a prevailing positive attitude in our dealings with our husband or wife, parents or children, or even that nut that fell off the family tree.

Forgiveness is not an emotion. It is a decision.

Forgiving doesn’t come easily or naturally for most of us. Many times when we find it especially hard to forgive we are emotionally hurt or emotionally tied to a situation. Emotions make a huge impact on our life but they must not be allowed to control our life, it must be Christ that controls our life. Jesus reminds us today of what He told Peter in Matthew 18:22, “Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Father help me to humbly forgive friends, family, and strangers freely letting You control my life instead of being tossed around and restrained by my emotions. Amen.

Be Thankful

“In every moment thank God.” Giving thanks to God is more than simply putting the right words together and letting them slip out of our mouth. Giving thanks is an attitude, it comes from our heart and is shown in the way we live our life. Can God easily see in our lives today that we are thankful for where we are, for what we have, and do we also tell Him often specifically what we are thankful for?

Great Camps

I highly recommend these camps!!! I’ve never been before and I’m looking forward to going this year!!!!! I have heard great things about both. (I am only attending the Family Camp I’m certain it would only be awkward for me at the Ladies Retreat)

We have 2 great retreats coming up. The ladies retreat is Oct. 4-5, and open to all ladies.
Legacy Family Camp will be on Oct. 17-21. It is a great time to grow spiritually with your family, and to have lots of fun. We have lots of activities to do together: skeet shooting, horseback riding, crafts, whittling, archery, mountain climbing, ropes course, etc. Call 580-846-5793 for more information or go to www.qmcc.org.

God is Able

“In painful moments trust God.” “You have cancer.” “You are paralyzed and will never walk again.” “You are fired.” “We decided to hire someone else.” These are all very painful moments. In the minutes, hours, days, and weeks following hearing about such a life altering event life can be brutal and even seem unbearable. Oh what a comfort for the Christian to know that we don’t have to carry the burden alone, in fact God is waiting to show you the lives that can be touched, the direction and blessing you will experience, BUT, you must trust in Him. He may not answer the way you think He should, but with trust in an ABLE God we know our Father in Heaven has great things in store for us just around the corner.

In difficult moments worship God.

“In difficult moments worship God.” In our darkest hour it can be extremely hard to think of worshiping God but it is in this very difficult moment that worship is most important. To sing a song to God as you walk through the darkness, to say a heart felt prayer with thankfulness as you sit alone, or meditating on God’s word as you wonder what you will do, what you can do, or what will happen can turn darkness into light, loneliness into Godly company, and wondering into understanding. When we find it difficult to get through, make it a priority to worship God. Where ever you are sing a song to praise Him, faithfully pray to Him, and meditate on the precious word of God.

Tom Tom 09-15-13

Here lately, some businesses are in a failure mode and we wonder why. Why did that business fail when we thought everything was going good for them? I don’t have the answers for every business that fails. But some fail because those who own the business have been in a failure mode of thinking for several years. You will never succeed if you think every day that you won’t succeed. It’s the old thought… “That which I feared has finally come upon me!”
I went to a funeral probably at least 30 years ago, of a close preacher friend’s granddad. I will never forget something that Michael said as he preached his granddad’s funeral. He said that for years all that his grand- dad talked about was dying. He just knew that his time was short and that he would die very soon…and this went on for at least 10 years. As Michael preached the funeral he said “Well, it finally happened, granddad has passed away…something which has been current upon his mind for the last 10 years. It’s all he thought about.” Michael went on to say that his grand- dad didn’t enjoy living the last 10 years of his life because all he could think about was dying.
After the death of Moses, God spoke to Joshua and promised him success. He told him to go over the Jordan with all the children of Israel and that he would bless them with every place that the sole of their feet walked upon…just as he had promised Moses. He said, “I will be with you and never leave nor forsake you. Just be strong and of good courage and be obedient to the will of God.” It was a no failure promise, but with certain restrictions. They could not fail! (Joshua 1:1-9)
Today, I’m thinking about churches across the land. Why do some of them excel in everything they do…why are some in a continual growth pattern. Is it because they believe the promises that God has made them and they work and serve in keeping with God’s direction? Is their faith strong, do they courageously launch out and stay busy and believe that God intends for the church to succeed? It never was the will of God, for the church to lie dormant. In the Great Commission, followers of Christ were told to go make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit…and he would be with them to the end of the world. (Matt.28:18-20) They went, the church began, and the church grew. They were programmed for success. I honestly believe that the Hammon Church of Christ is programmed for success. We know that God is blessing us and will bless us and if we put all our confidence in God! …TOM

In quiet moments Seek God

In the very center of a hurricane is the eye of the storm. In this very center of the storm is calmness, no wind, no rain, and even a little sunshine, but not for long the second half of the storm is quickly approaching. This makes this “quiet time” a vital break to prepare and strengthen weak areas of defense against flood waters and damaging winds. Quiet times in our lives are perfect times to strengthen our family faith and personal faith so when we are tested again we will stand strong together against the flood of gossip and beating winds of doubt. Be prepared by strengthening your faith (Romans 10:17).

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

Tom Tom 8/25/13

Today, we finish up a study of the “Life of Christ” in the auditorium. Actually we could continue another 13 weeks very easily, because a study of the Life of Christ is on going in the life of a Christian. We want to know all about His life from very angle. His life gives us hope, inspires us, lifts us up. Sometimes in a study of the Life of Christ, we go through a certain amount of depression because of the nature of the study…looking at His birth is joyful, and looking at His trial and death is sad…but looking at His resurrection excites us and gives us hope. Every church should study the Life of Christ every few years. I don’t ever want to forget what happened to purchase my freedom in Christ. So very thankful for the “Lord’s Supper” that draws us back in memory every Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7).
Because we have studied the Life of Christ, we are reminded of God’s Extreme Love for us (John 3:16), reminded of a Life of Service during the earthly ministry of Jesus, reminded that He is Lord of our life (Matt.7:21), reminded that we are blessed in countless ways (Matt.5), reminded that we are not to worry (Matt.6), not to judge (Matt.7), reminded that He gives us rest and that his yoke is easy (Matt.11), reminded not to act like Scribes and Pharisees of old, reminded of how so very important the church is (Matt.13 & 16), reminded that the Lord will return at an hour we know not, reminded that we should use our talents wisely, reminded that our service to and for the Lord is something that comes natural because of who we are (Matt.25), reminded of the Lord’s desire that we remember his death every first day of the week (Matt.26), reminded that He died for you and me and wants me to go everywhere preaching the good news (Matt.28), and that He has promised to be with us to the end!

Tom