The Gospel Observer
"Go therefore and make disciples
of all the nations...teaching them to observe all that I
commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the
end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB).
December 23, 2018
1) The Coming of Jesus (Doy Moyer)
2) It's Always Needed (Shane Williams)
3) The Tongue (Anonymous)
4) News & Notes
The Coming of Jesus
It’s not bad that people think about Jesus in December. We wish that
people would think about Jesus the whole year around, but we will
take what we can get when it comes to opportunities. Regardless of
conceptions, misconceptions, information, misinformation, and other
ideas, as Jesus’ name is uttered, Christians need to stand up and
hold fast the word of life (Phil 2:16).
One of the terms associated with the December time-frame is
“advent.” It’s not a bad term either. In fact, we sing about it when
preparing for the Lord’s Supper: “with the last advent we unite,
until He comes.” “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus and
means “arrival” (used in the Latin Vulgate). It corresponds to the
Greek parousia, which, in our English versions is often
translated as “coming.” Other terms (e.g., erchomai) may
also be translated as “come.” The idea of the “advent” or “coming”
of Jesus is biblical, whatever else may be associated with it
outside the scriptural context. Because it is a biblical idea, we
need not shy away from it. In fact, we need to be teaching the truth
about it, particularly while people are thinking about it.
The “coming” of Jesus can be spoken of in different ways. For
example, there was a “coming of the Son of Man” upon Jerusalem in
judgment (Matt 24:27, 29). When God brought judgment upon a city or
a nation, it was a time of visitation or coming from God. Jesus
warned the church at Ephesus that if they did not repent, “I will
come to you and remove your lampstand from its place" (Rev 2:5). He
also promised the church at Pergamum that if they did not repent, He
would come to them soon and make war “with the sword of my mouth”
(Rev 2:16). This is not how we want Jesus coming to us in time.
For our purposes, let’s simplify the concept of the coming of Jesus
Christ and think about it in three more primary ways:
1. He Came in the Flesh. The birth of Jesus into this world
is a coming of our Lord in order to accomplish salvation. His name
would be “Jesus,” for He would save the people from their sins, and
“Immanuel,” for God is with us (Matt 1:21-23). When Jesus was
brought to the temple after His birth, Simeon had been waiting. The
Holy Spirit had told him that he would not see death until he had
seen “the Lord’s Christ.” When he took Jesus up in his arms, he
praised God “for my eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:30).
Jesus, God manifested in the flesh, has come into the world for
salvation (John 1:14). As Zechariah, filled with the Holy Spirit
said, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and
redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in
the house of his servant David” (Luke 1:68-69). This looked past
John to Jesus Himself, for whom John would be the forerunner.
2. He Abides with us Now. When we enter into that redeemed
relationship with God, there is a sense in which He visits or comes
to us. We, of course, are to “come to him” also (1 Pet 2:4-5). James
promises, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Jas
4:8). The term used here has that sense of coming, approaching, or
being at hand. God draws near to us, abides with us and in us, as we
trust in Him. This is God’s presence among us. “Abide in Me, and I
in you,” Jesus told His disciples (John 15:4). We have God’s promise
that He will never leave or forsake us (Heb 13:5). So must we not
3. He’s Coming Again. Scripture tells us, “it is
appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so
Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will
appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are
eagerly waiting for him” (Heb 9:27-28). Jesus is coming again. After
the resurrection and at the ascension, angels promised the
disciples, “This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will
come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
This is the time of the final resurrection in which all will hear
His voice and come forth, “those who have done good to the
resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the
resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29). This visitation will be
for all, good and bad, and for final judgment (2 Cor 5:10). Such a
day has been appointed and proof given through the resurrection of
Jesus (Acts 17:30-31).
Jesus came in the flesh; He will come again. In the meantime He is
with us, abiding with us and drawing near as we draw near to Him.
Let us ever be mindful of the presence of our Lord in our lives.
“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we
may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming”
(1 John 2:28).
— via blog.moyerpress.com, December 19, 2018
It’s Always Needed
I heard a story of a man in the mid 1950’s entering school to study
engineering. A professor told the entering freshmen class to buy the
best slide rule they could afford. The reason: “You will be
dependent on it all your 'professional’ life.”
Well, of course, it wasn’t too long before the slide rule was
replaced by the calculator.
We’ve seen those same sorts of things in fairly recent years:
8 tracks, cassette tapes (almost), & even VHS tapes!
Things that today we consider essential may quickly become obsolete.
Tomorrow they may be discarded as antiques that cannot provide the
help we need.
At least one thing from the past, however, will always be needed and
never become obsolete. It is the Bible, God’s Holy Word. No matter
how much technological change and progress takes place, the Book
will remain the one sure means for getting the right answers to the
complicated questions: our origin, our purpose, our needs, and our
Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my
Psalm 18:30, “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord
is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Psalm 119:160, “The entirety of your word is truth, and every one of
your righteous judgments endures forever.”
I Peter 1:23, “For you have been born
again not of seed which is perishable
but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of
Make sure you keep your Bible around and use it! You’ll always need
— Via articles of the Collegevue church of Christ, December 16, 2018
“I’ve gossiped about my neighbor,” said the woman to her minister.
“One day I saw her stagger across the yard, so I told a few friends
that she had been drunk. Now I find that her staggering was caused
by a leg injury. How can I undo this gossip I started?”
The minister excused himself for a moment, returned with a pillow,
and asked the woman to follow him to a side porch. He took a knife,
cut a hole in the pillow, and emptied the feathers over the railing.
A small breeze soon scattered tiny feathers all about the yard,
among shrubs, flowers, even up in the trees. A few feathers floated
across the street heading for unknown destinations. The minister
turned to the woman and said, “Will you go out now and gather every
one of the feathers?”
The woman looked stunned, and said, “Why, that would be impossible.”
“Exactly,” replied, the minister sorrowfully, “and so it is with
— Anonymous, via The Elon Challenger, November 2018, Volume
16, Number 3
News & Notes
Folks to be praying for:
Anita Young’s recent surgery went well, and she is now in the
Doyle Rittenhouse will be having a procedure January 14 to
remove a melanoma.
Pat Joyner has been re-scheduled to have a heart valve
replacement January 15.
Larry Welch has not been doing well, following his recent
Rick Cuthbertson had a CAT scan recently that showed several nodules
in his lungs. A PET scan confirmed they are malignant, but still in
an infant state. He has now begun chemo treatments and went
through the first 2 without any adverse reactions.
John Stobal was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
James Medlock had become unresponsive Saturday (for the
longest time yet) and was taken to the hospital. X-rays and a CT
scan were done.
Myrna Jordan has not been feeling well lately.
Shirley Davis’s surgery went well last Friday. The infection
on her knee was taken care of, and she is now back home.
Others to remember in prayer: A.J. Joyner, Jim Lively, Bennie
& Deborah Medlock, Melotine Davis, Joyce Rittenhouse, Mary
Vandevander, Everleigh and Hazel Greer, Marilyn Roberts,
Danny Hutcheson, Roger Montgomery, Mary Aldrich, Rex & Frankie
Hadley, Michelle Rittenhouse, and Tommy Lin
WordPress Version of this bulletin:
The Steps That
Lead to Eternal Salvation
1) Hear the
gospel, for that is how faith
comes (Rom. 10:17; John 20:30-31).
2) Believe in the
deity of Christ (John 8:24; John
3) Repent of sins
(Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30).
4) Confess faith in
Christ (Rom. 10:9-10; Acts
5) Be baptized in water
for the remission of sins (Mark
16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom.
6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27; 1 Pet. 3:21).
6) Continue in the faith, living
for the Lord; for, if not,
salvation can be lost (Heb.
10:36-39; Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet.
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