10-12-2017

Scriptural Truth – Unbiased & Open Heart

 

My article was not in the paper this past week because I was on a mission trip in Penonme Panama. The trip was awesome and I wish I could sit down with everyone and tell you of the events of the trip and about the area. There is one thing I would like to share with you, which I feel is a much needed area of improvement for many of us. As bible studies were conducted, invitations extended to the gospel meeting and VBS I witnessed firsthand the hearts and minds of a people wanting to know the truth of God’s word. Their hearts were unbiased, non-prejudice and open minded for God’s word. There was a hunger and thirst for the gospel by the people desiring only to do what the bible stated and nothing more. It was refreshing not having to debate over the religious views people held, as is the case here in the states. When asked if they wanted to engage in a study their homes were open to me as were their bibles. The vast majority was devout Catholic but even so they were willing to search the scriptures for instructions in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16. I say all this for one simple reason found in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” Perhaps our religious division today in the states is due to a lack of a true hunger and thirst for God’s will. Too many are focused on what can I get from worship as opposed to what does God want from my worship. Many times I have discussed issues with folks taking the stance of “I Like…” or “This is what I have always been.” Why can folks not have a desire for the old Jerusalem gospel and be united as were those in Acts 2? In 1 Corinthians the question is asked by Paul “Is Christ divided? Certainly we know he is not and that he prayed for all his disciples then and even today to be united. In Ephesians 4 we don’t read of division but rather of singularity which is unification and not denomination. I pray we can all get back to the point of having a true hunger and thirst for God’s word with a willingness to change in every way needed in order to please God. In Matthew 7:21 Christ states “Not everyone who says unto me Lord Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.” Are you willing to do what he desires for you to do? Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook

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