June 23, 2019
"Go therefore and
make disciples of all
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,
1) Examples of How Jesus Prayed (R.J. Evans)
2) A Really "Big" Word (E.R. Hall, Jr.)
3) Why Care About Anything 2000 Years Old (Robert Hine)
4) News & Notes
Examples of How Jesus Prayed
While Jesus lived on earth, prayer was such an integral part of His
life. His disciples observed Him praying in a certain place,
and when He had concluded His prayer, they made the following
request: "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples"
(Lk. 11:1). Jesus responded by giving them a model prayer (Lk.
11:2-4—some incorrectly refer to this as the Lord's prayer).
But not only did He give them a model prayer, He also gave them many
examples throughout His life on how to pray.
One of Jesus' most well-known prayers is the one in the Garden of
Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-46). This occurred just hours before
He was crucified and died on the cross. As in every area of
life, Jesus teaches us today about when and how to pray. In
this article, let's observe some of the examples of how Jesus prayed
1. Jesus got away from other people to pray. He
told Peter, James, and John to "Sit here while I go and pray over
there" (Matt. 26:36). There were times when Jesus withdrew to
deserted places to pray (Mk. 1:35; Lk. 5:16). It is important
that we take the time to get away from everyone, go into our room,
shut the door, and "pray to your Father who is in the secret place;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly" (Matt.
2. Jesus "fell on His face" while He prayed (Matt. 26:39).
Throughout the scriptures, we find examples of different postures
when God's people prayed; examples such as standing or kneeling (Mk.
11:25; Lk. 22:41; Acts 11:25; 9:40; 21:5). While I do
not believe it is a requirement to kneel when we pray, there have
been times when I have found myself naturally doing this when
engaging in deep prayer—such as praying for someone publicly
confessing sin, asking God's forgiveness, so that they might be
restored to a right relationship with Him.
3. Jesus prayed for His Father's will to be done. In
fact, He prayed three times "not as I will, but as You will" (Matt.
26:39, 42, 44). This should be the criteria of all our
prayers—"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we
ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1 Jn. 5:14).
4. Jesus told His disciples to pray. He specifically
told them to "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing; but the flesh is weak" (Matt.
26:41). The devil tempts us to sin on a daily basis.
James tells us what happens when we give in to our own desires—"it
gives birth to sin, when sin is full-grown, brings death" (Jas.
1:13-15). But our Lord provides us "the way of escape, that
you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10:13). Thus, it is
understandable why Jesus, in the model prayer, teaches us to pray
for God to "deliver us from the evil one" (Lk. 11:4).
There are many other occasions, examples, and lessons Jesus taught
concerning prayer, besides the one He prayed in Gethsemane.
For example, He taught: don't pray to impress others (Matt. 6:5-8);
the Father already knows what we need, but He wants us to ask in
faith (Matt. 6:8; Jas. 1:5-8); we don't need to use a lot of "fancy"
words when we pray (Matt. 6:7). We are told that when Jesus
gave the parable of the persistent widow, "He spoke a parable to
them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart" (Lk.
18:1). The Apostle Paul expressed the same sentiment when he
said "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes. 5:17).
May the examples of Jesus help and encourage us in the blessed
privilege of prayer in our lives as His children. Let us
— Via the bulletin of the Southside church of Christ, Gonzales,
Louisiana, June 16, 2019
A Really "Big" Word
E.R. Hall, Jr.
We are saved, “IF” we keep in memory God’s Word. “Moreover,
brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye
are saved, IF ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye
have believed in vain“ (1 Corinthians 15:1, 2).
We are the house of God, “IF” we hold fast to the end. “And Moses
verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony
of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son
over his own house; who house we are, IF we hold fast the confidence
and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (Hebrews 3:5,6).
We are holy, “IF” we continue in the faith. “And you, that were
sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet
now hath he reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to
present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: IF
ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away
from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was
preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am
made a minister” (Colossians 1:21-23).
We are cleansed by His blood, “IF” we walk in the light. “But IF we
walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us
from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
We will never fall, “IF” we do these things. “And besides this,
giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue
knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience;
and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and
to brotherly kindness charity. For IF these things be in you, and
abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful
in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these
things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he
was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give
diligence to make your calling and election sure: for IF ye do these
things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:5-10).
— Via The Elon Challenger, Volume 16, Number 9, May 2019
Why Care About Anything 2000 Years Old?
The Bible teaches that the message of Jesus is for all people and
all time. Since the very first day it was preached, some 2000 years
ago, it was “the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on
the earth to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Revelation
14:6). It is tempting to dismiss something this old, but there are
good reasons to be interested in it. Let us look at some reasons why
the gospel of Jesus Christ is never out of date, and why we should
consider it carefully.
1. The nature of truth does not change. Rather than being
non-existent or relative it is absolute. Jesus said, “If you abide
in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31,32).
2. The nature of evidence does not change. When witnesses are
credible, and these gave their lives for their testimony, regardless
of its age, we have “many unmistakable proofs” (Acts 1:3) of the
accounts. “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you” (1
3. Man’s real problem does not change. “Your sins have
separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2). When we feel loneliness
or anger or despair, it is because we are incomplete without the
reconciliation to God that comes through the gospel of His Son.
4. God’s unchanging plan is our only real hope. “Repent and
be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your
sins...for the promise is to you and to your children, and to all
who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts
If we live for our family, our work, our stuff, for learning, for
travel, for fun...it’s too little. It’s not enough. When Jesus said,
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly” (John 10:10), He pointed us beyond all these things to
— Via The Beacon, March 17, 2019
News & Notes
Melotine Davis has been having some pain, while she
continues to heal from her recent back surgery.
Jan Bartlett is now recovering from a recent surgery.
Danielle Bartlett is also back home after some hospital
stays and a stent procedure.
Nancy Pinckard is healing from surgery that replaced her
shattered shoulder and socket and humerus bone, which had been
broken in four places, down to her elbow.
Others to also be praying for: Shirley Davis, A.J. and Pat
Joyner, Jim Lively, Bud Montero, Rick Cuthbertson, James Medlock,
Deborah Medlock, Mary Vandevander, Mary Martin, Waylon Murray,
Michelle Rittenhouse, John Stoval, Amris Bedford, Danny Hutcheson,
Rex & Frankie Hadley, and Roger Montgomery
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