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Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Driverless Vehicles"

Passing big rigs on Interstate highways is a common phenomenon.  There are so many of those vehicles, you can't drive ten miles without seeing several.  Rarely do I notice the one who is driving the truck; even if I tried, they sit so much higher in the cab I don't believe I'd be able to see them.
Had I made the effort to see the driver of the 18-wheeler rolling down I-25 in Colorado last week, I would have failed.  There wasn't a driver.  For 120 miles, this rig, loaded with cases of beer, navigated traffic, curves, and hills with no one behind the steering wheel.  There was a human on board, but his job was merely to monitor; he did nothing to steer, brake, or accelerate.  Reportedly the trip was completed without a hitch.
Driverless vehicles are much in the news.  Automaker Tesla is hard at work on such a car for the masses; other auto manufacturers are spending millions as they investigate the possibilities.  The U.S. military also has placed orders for trucks and other vehicles that can be guided by sensors and satellites.  Uniformed personnel can be removed from dangerous territories as supplies are delivered behind enemy lines.
I personally don't foresee myself willingly purchasing a driverless vehicle.  I enjoy the process of driving (usually).  But there is no doubt that we're going to see a lot more cars and trucks on the road without people operating them.
It was many years ago that I first saw the bumper sticker that says, "God is my co-pilot".  I appreciate the sentiment behind that, but I'll take it a step farther: "God is my pilot".  He can guide my life without any assistance or suggestions on my part.
A good place to begin is Jeremiah 10:23: "O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps."  That goes against the proud esteem many have of their abilities; they think they're more than capable of calling the shots for their lives.  God?  Who needs Him?!
Making the case for God as our pilot even more convincing is Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."  Yes, we men have earned that stereotype of refusing to ask for directions - and ending up hopelessly lost!
God knows our limitations, and has graciously offered His help: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5,6).
How much better off are those who can quote from the heart, "The Lord is my Shepherd ... He leads me ..." (Psalm 23:1,2).
Come to the light God offers!  Study His word, the Bible.  Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24).  Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.
Copyright, 2016, Timothy D. Hall

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Christmas sermons

It’s a Wonderful Life


The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is to watch some of the great Christmas movies that have been produced over the years. I would have to say that one of my favorite Christmas movies is the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.


I think most of us have seen this movie but for the benefit of those who have not I will share the plot with you. The movie tells the story of George Bailey whom Jimmy Stewart portrays. George is the kind of guy you would want to be your best friend, he always puts the needs of others above his own. As a child he saves the life of his younger brother who has fallen into a frozen pond, in doing this George permanently loses the hearing in his left ear. Through a series of unfortunate events George gets the blame for losing a large sum of money and he find himself on a bridge contemplating suicide. It is while he is on the bridge he meets Angel second Class Clarence. For the rest of the movie Clarence takes George on a tour of what the world would have been like if he had never been born. The movie ends happily with George returning to his family and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.


I love this movie because it is a wholesome story you can watch with your whole family, the acting is excellent and because it makes you stop and take stock of what a wonderful life we are all blessed with. It’s that last reason that brings me to the lesson we are going to look at this morning.


We do have wonderful lives, we are blessed by a God who loves and cares for us and has provided more than any of us could ask or imagine, so if you will allow me to play Clarence today, we are going to look at four things that make our lives wonderful.


1. God Created The World Perfectly For Us
The first reason that we have wonderful lives is that God created the world perfectly for us. Genesis 1:1-13 says

Genesis 1:1-13

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.




We couldn’t have a wonderful life if we didn’t have a world perfectly made for us to live in. In the passage we see where God allowed the Earth to produce sustenance but often times we don’t consider the very position of the Earth and the other celestial bodies when considering how great our God is. 


Consider for a moment that if the Earth were five feet closer to the sun that the surface of the planet would be too hot to support life, likewise if the earth were five feet farther away from the sun the surface of the planet would be too cold to support life. Consider the position of the moon. If the moon were closer to the Earth by just a fraction then the tides of the oceans would be 35-50 feet high over most of the surface of the Earth.


God thought enough of us to not only create us a world that is perfectly suited to support human life but he also made sure that he placed that world in the most perfect spot in the universe. He did this because he thought highly of us, the Psalmist says he made us a little lower than the angels, and because he did this we enjoy a wonderful life.


2. God Made Us Perfectly In His Image

It’s getting to be that time of year when you start looking in the mirror and realizing that is more of you there this year than there was last year. Right now as I am preaching this sermon I know there are people out there thinking about the wonderful meal they have waiting for them at home and the diet that will take place starting January 1st. As we think about our physical body and all that goes with that it is impossible for me to forget that we have a wonderful life because God made us Perfectly in his image. Genesis 1:24-27 says this.


Genesis 1:24-27
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created man in his own image,

   in the image of God he created him;

   male and female he created them.


So God has been busy creating this world and he has created all sorts of creatures to be in this world but none of them look like him and so he decides that he wants a creation that is like him so he creates human beings in male and female forms. Growing up I heard this passage over and over again and I was always impressed with it because it was God’s inspired word but after becoming a parent I understand this passage a little better.


The first time you look into the eyes of your child and you start to see them begin to look and act like you begin to understand why God wanted a creation in his own image and likeness. You also begin to understand the joy and the pain that can come from parenthood in much the same way God receives joy and pain from us who are his children. It is because God thought enough of us to create him in his image that we have wonderful lives.



3. God Gave His Son as a Perfect Sacrifice
I believe a large part of the wonderful lives that we are blessed with is the concept of sacrifice. We live in a country that was built upon sacrifice, many of us have been blessed with higher education because of the sacrifice of our parents and all of us who are in Christ enjoy that privilege because of sacrifice.


Every Sunday we come to this place and gather around the table and celebrate the Sacrifice of God giving up his Son for the salvation of Man. We celebrate this sacrifice because without this sacrifice we would have no life at all. There are so many places in the New Testament that talk about this perfect sacrifice but I believe the Apostle Paul says it best.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


While we do spend time every first day of the week considering this sacrifice it should not only be limited to that one day of the week. We should spend every day living in a state of awareness of the perfect sacrifice that God gave to us.


4. God Gave Us Life To The Fullest
It is that sacrifice that brings us to the final reason that we live wonderful lives and that is that God not only made a sacrifice to give us life but to give us life to the fullest. Often times it is said that there is a difference between breathing and living simply meaning that life can be enjoyable if we live our lives to the fullest.


When you consider the life that Jesus led you come to inevitable conclusion that Jesus Christ lived his life to the fullest. The carpenter’s son from Nazareth that turned into a rabbi that taught like no one else led his life to the fullest every day. The Earthly ministry of Christ was at its best three years. That means that Jesus had three years to influence people and to set in place the new covenant for his people. Knowing all of that we can deduce that Jesus had to pack a large amount of life into those three years.


In our day and time people are fond of purpose statements. It is the idea of living life to its fullest that gave Jesus his purpose here on Earth. The disciple whom Jesus loved said it this way in the Gospel of John.


John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


It is a wonderful life that we are all blessed with. At the end of the movie Jimmy Stewart ran through the streets of his hometown shouting “Merry Christmas” to everyone he passed. Today we have looked at four ways that God have given us a wonderful life. Why don’t we leave this place not proclaiming Merry Christmas, but about the God who gave us our wonderful life? (Invitation)


Paul Cartwright


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"But That Would Mean We've Always Been Wrong!''

One of the most difficult things to deal with when trying to teach people what they need to know is their past. "Unteaching'' is always hard. People develop habits, ways of thinking and traditions that are sometimes very difficult to correct despite the best efforts of truth and  reason.

The human tendency is to define what is true and good by personal experience. Thus, if you have always thought something to be true, then it might be difficult to get you to see otherwise. If you have taught or acted on your beliefs, then the likelihood of your changing becomes even more remote.

Whenever we are confronted with teachings and practices that are contrary to what we've always believed there is a tendency to become defensive. This is natural and not inherently bad. However, we must not allow our defensive reactions based on our personal pasts to be our means of determining truth.

"But that would mean that we've always been wrong!'' is often a defensive reaction that is at least thought if not spoken. If that is the basis of our resistance to any teaching or practice, then we have set up ourselves and our experiences as the standard of truth.  This attitude often comes out at times of controversy when truth and reason have failed to convince some.

God's word is truth (Jn. 17:17)!   Instead of trying to determine truth by looking at what we've taught and practiced in the past let's get back to God-breathed words.  They are all we need for teaching, convicting, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). Remember, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up (Jas. 4:6,10). When confronted with truth it may require us to humbly acknowledge that we've always been wrong, but that gives us access to God's grace.  Pride leaves us in the unenviable position of meeting the resistance of God.

- by Andy Diestelkamp


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Instrumental Music In Worship

How often the matter gets discussed among preachers in churches of Christ, I cannot say. But, I know that it does. More members of the church than we might care to think do not have this matter settled in their minds, especially as it has to do with the state of those who have been immersed for the forgiveness of sins, submit to the authority of Christ in other areas of their lives, but who use the instrument in worship. Some have said they think its use is wrong and we have been right to argue against its use but do not think they can say it is a salvation or fellowship issue. It should be stated that many of these are sincere brethren who love the Lord and people nor are they change agents intent on trying to destroy the Lord's body. Too often, we have lacked an environment where we could have healthy, constructive dialogue free of name-calling, suspicion, and visceral discussion. But failing to discuss and work through matters like these does not make them disappear.

Having said that, here are some hurdles I just cannot jump regarding this matter:

• The presence of singing and absence of instruments in New Testament passages. The fact that every instance of singing in the context of the Christians' activity together reveals singing (Greek is a precise language; ado means to utter words in a melodic pattern [Louw-Nida] and ). Psallo, according to Lexicographers, encompassed praying musical instruments at an earlier time in its linguistic history, but did not mean that in New Testament times (e.g., BDAG, 1094; TDNT, 8:494). Interestingly, the translators of English translations, beginning with the King James Version, were unanimously members of religious groups that used mechanical instruments in music. Despite their obvious bias in worship practice, they translate the Greek "singing and making melody in your hearts."

• The absence of instrumental music in worship in early church history. Though a member of the church of Christ, Everett Ferguson has the utmost respect from scholarship across the religious spectrum. In multiple volumes, Ferguson meticulously sets forth the case that instrumental music was absent in the church from its establishment until many centuries later. His studied conclusion is that this was neither incidental nor coincidental. He writes, "The historical argument is quite strong against early Christian use of instrumental music in church" (The Instrumental Music Issue, 98; the whole chapter is a worthwhile read). In another work, he states, "The testimony of early Christian literature is expressly to the absence of instruments from the church for approximately the first thousand years of Christian history" (The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today, 272). John L. Girardeau, a Presbyterian scholar, devotes an entire, well-documented chapter to the historical case of only vocal music in Christian worship for many centuries and upon doctrinal grounds (see Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church, 86-100).

• The examples of how God dealt with unauthorized worship throughout history. What do we make of what God does with Cain's worship in Genesis 4, Nadab and Abihu's worship in Leviticus 10, and Jeroboam's worship in 1 Kings 12? Why would God care in the Patriarchal and Mosaic Dispensations that His commands for worship be followed per His instructions, but lose that desire under His Son's covenant?

• The fact that God draws definitive, doctrinal conclusions through the use of silence. The writer of Hebrews says, "For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests" (7:14). The argument shows that Jesus could become a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, but not under the Old Testament rule and covenant. Why? God specified Levi as the tribe for the high priest under the old law. It did not explicitly say that a high priest could not come from any other tribe, but it did not have to. What it specified was sufficient, an argument made in the New Testament.

• The fact that authority can and must be tangibly determined. Why is it that we sing in worship at all? Is worship merely a matter of what we come up with and wish to offer? Few would argue such. The basis for worship arises from what the New Testament teaches. Nearly everyone, then, would say there are definitive, delineated boundaries. If there is and must be divine authority for worship, and thus "rules" that are objectively determined, there must be activity that falls out of those bounds. Where will we find the boundary markers if not in Scripture?

This list is not meant to be exhaustive and it cannot, in one brief article, be exhaustive. It is included here to show us the great pause that should exist in changing our minds or our teaching on a matter where God has been vocal and specific. The weight of that is not insignificant or inconsequential. May we lovingly and wisely approach this matter and take great care before we relegate a matter of divine importance to a mere matter of human preference.

--Neal Pollard

Larry and Jan Dover's grandson, Riley, has pneumonia.
Ajaya Macon, the teenager daughter of Derrick and Erica Macon, has been in the hospital since Saturday with fluid on her heart. They are trying to narrow down the cause of this. Please pray for this faithful family at Parker (former BV members).

Darlene Havens, Tracie Payne's mom, has been diagnosed with cancer.
Joy Bevilacqua's friend, Sue Davis, is going through her fourth round of chemo for cancer.

Singing with Jeff Wiant continues this Sunday at 5 PM. No Broncos game to compete. :)
There will be a congregational soup, chili and pie cook off Saturday, November 12th at 5:00 pm in the fellowship area. Please bring your favorite soup, chili and pie. For more information please see the Vaughts or the Woolleys.
Mission Sunday
October 16th, 2016

Our Missionaries:
Padova ~ Italy
Jeff & Tia Brauer
Jeremy Korodaj
New Hampshire
David & Keeley Rollert
Phanat Ouch, Chann Lork,
Darat Run and Piseth Rin
Gorlovka, Ukraine
Andrew & Veronica Zhuravlev
Singing Emphasis Workshop at Dahlia St. on October 21 & 22. This is not just for Dahlia St., though--we're hoping for an Area-Wide attendance.

Upcoming Events
• Ladies' Retreat
When: October 28-29, 2016 (Friday evening and Saturday)
Where: BV Building
Kelly Sinkbeil is taking donations of any unwanted wallets for a little something that will happen at the retreat. Please give to her as soon as you can. Thank you!

Senior Servants:
• BOTA: October 15 from 5:30-8:00. This is our annual "Banquet of the Ages" hosted by our youth. Come get to know the youth a little better (and let them get to know you) in an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. The theme this year is a "Crime Mystery Dinner." Join up in a team with some of our youth and be the first team to solve the crime! Sign-up on the sheet in the foyer.
• A visit of encouragement and fellowship is planned for October 30th with the Estes Park church of Christ. Some are planning to go up Saturday afternoon and have an evening out. Others will leave from the Bear Valley parking lot on the 30th at 7:00 AM There is a sign up sheet in the foyer. See Dick Brant for more information.
• Teens In The Word: Every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30. Dinner will be provided.
• Anvil Class: Every Sunday in October from 5:00 - 5:45. The guys will conduct the worship service on October 30. First class meeting will be on October 9.
• BOTA Prep Day #2: Friday, October 14 from 5:30-9:00. Dinner will be provided.
• BOTA (Banquet Of The Ages): Saturday, October 15 from 5:00-9:00. The banquet will go from 5:30-8:00. Skit practice begins at 4:00. Clean up after the banquet will go until about 9:00.
• Teen Devo: Sunday, October 23 from 7:30 - 9:00. Meet at the Arbuckle's. Dinner will be provided.
• Fall Party: Sunday, October 28 from 6:00 - 10:00. Meet at the Vaught's home. Dinner will be provided. We will have a variety of games and will watch another old-fashioned "scary" movie. Invite your friends!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Put Christ first

Are You Starving To Death?

Having local churches, having assemblies, and requiring specific things to be done in those assemblies was God's idea, not man's.  And God warns us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25).  Christians who choose not to assemble with other Christians are lacking in spiritual appetite, defying God, sinning willfully, and depriving themselves of the benefits that God intended to be derived from those assemblies.  They will not grow spiritually; they cannot grow spiritually; they will begin to starve their souls until they become spiritually dead.  Some are slowly dying; others have long since died.  Do not let this happen to you; do not choose a course of neglect that will ultimately lead to the starvation of your precious and immortal soul.  Put Christ first.

- by Bill Crews


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

"Moving To Higher Ground"
As I write this, evacuations are continuing along the coastal areas of the Southeastern U.S.  Hurricane Matthew is projected to make landfall later this evening, and it is a powerful storm.  The potential for destruction and loss of life is great.
Orders issued by governors of three states for evacuations affect more than 11 million people.  I've never been involved in such an evacuation, but I imagine it's hard to drive away from your home, knowing that it may not be standing when you return.
The key to leaving one's property is to look at the bigger picture; what is most important?  In the few minutes I watched the Weather Channel this morning I heard one phrase several times: "You can rebuild a house, but you can't recover a lost life."  That says it well.  Clinging to possessions may lead a person to lose their life.
Twice in the book of Genesis we find orders evacuate.  The first is found in Genesis 6, where we read that "the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5).  The condition of the world grieved the Lord, and He decided to cleanse the earth with a flood.
Noah was the exception; "Noah was a just man" we're told in Genesis 6:9.  God instructed him to build an ark for the saving of himself and his family.  Noah apparently attempted to urge others around him to take God's word seriously (see 2 Peter 2:5), but in the end only he and seven others in his family were delivered.
In Genesis 19 angels issue orders to Lot, nephew of Abraham, to evacuate the city of Sodom, another scene of rampant wickedness.  "Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed," they urged him (Genesis 19:17).
The forecast for our age may not include a universal flood or fire and brimstone raining down from heaven, but we are urged to "evacuate" nonetheless.  Here's how Peter stated it: "... by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4).
This "corruption that is in the world" is from the same root problem that led to the flood and to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah - sin.  But God's desire is to save us from that doom.  He gave His Son for that purpose, and all His wonderful promises.
Yes, we're asked to leave behind some things we've known and loved.  But consider the big picture: "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)
Come to the light God offers!  Study His word, the Bible.  Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24).  Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.
Copyright, 2016, Timothy D. Hall

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