Many years ago I nearly lost my leg after breaking it in 7 pieces in a bad skiing accident. Thanks to a wonderful wife who begged the doctors not to amputate it, I still have it. However, after seven months in a full leg cast, it had atrophied to nearly half its size. After such a long time the leg was ugly and almost useless. It took many more months of riding a stationary bike, swimming and jogging to return it to near normal. I found the proverb, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” to be painfully true.
In our spiritual journey we often see cases of a type of spiritual atrophy. A solid Christian who once had the fruit of the Spirit, ( Gal 5: 22-23) ( Rom 12: 5-8) has quit using them and has allowed himself or herself to wither and become unfruitful. Jesus told us that He is the vine and we are the branches. We cannot bear fruit apart from Him. ( Jo 15: 1-8) As the branches we can either wither away and be cast out or we can be grafted in ( Rom 11) and once again bear much fruit.
Just as with the atrophy of a human limb, the rehab of the soul will usually be long and arduous. Certainly one would not amputate a physical limb because it is ugly or weak. Rather one would patiently exercise it back to an useful condition. So it is with our brethren who need to rehab a weakened soul. We need to lovingly and patiently accept and encourage them in order to, “ bring him back.” ( James 5:19-20) ( Jude 22-23)
Stella Jean West born Thursday, 6 lb 10 oz, 19.5″, dark hair and eyes. Chris and Martha are doing fine as are Grandparents, Virg and LaNae West.
I heard a quote recently that captured my attention. It was, “Pain is a kind of shortcut to mindfulness.” When I heard it I was instantly drawn into thinking about how that works itself out in our lives. It appears to be insightful and true in physical, emotional, and spiritual ways. Continue reading
The following article makes a great point about the “sermons” or messages being delivered here in our building each Lord’s Day. Every preacher recognizes the great value of a congregation that supports the proclamation of the gospel by virtue of their actions and attitudes before, during and after the sermon. As we endeavor to make reaching out to our neighbors a consistent emphasis here at Northwest, please take these thoughts to heart. Ask for God’s help with your “sermon” each Sunday.
The first sermon preached each Sunday is not by the minister, but by you.
You preach a message about the importance of the Scriptures when you bring your Bible.
You preach a message of good cheer when you say “Good morning!” to those you meet when you park your car and when you are in the hallway and classroom.
You preach a message of “Welcome! We have room for you!” when you slide over in the pew instead of forcing others to squeeze in front of you.
You preach a message of hope and joy when you sing enthusiastically during the song service.
You preach a message about the power of prayer when you fervently enter into our time of prayer together.
You preach a message of respect when you listen attentively while the preacher is speaking.
You preach a message of love when you smile, say hello, and introduce yourself to visitors.
You preach a message about faith when your give your offering.
Many messages are preached before the minister stands up to bring his message. If your message is positive and consistent, then the message given from the pulpit will be much better received.
Come each Sunday prepared to preach your sermon.
Wednesday, June 10, Terry Rush will be speaking at Northwest. Adults and Teens will be meeting together for Bible class that evening.