August 4, 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) Fix Your Eyes on Jesus (Frank Himmel)
2) Two Wise Goats (Anonymous)
3) A Question About John's Baptism (Greg Gwin)
4) News & Notes
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding
us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so
easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is
set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of
faith . . .” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Jesus is the author of salvation. The Greek word used here
“primarily signifies one who takes a lead in, or provides the first
occasion of, anything” (Vine). Some suggest pioneer or trail-blazer
is the idea. Jesus opens the way to God because He is the way
(Hebrews 10:19-20; John 14:6).
Jesus is also the perfecter of faith. In Him faith found its perfect
expression. He completed the faith by carrying out God’s plan, and
He is also able to bring our faith to its complete end.
As we run our race we should rightly be able to look to each other
for instructive and encouraging examples. While elders (1
Peter 5:3) and preachers (1 Timothy 4:12) are especially
charged with leading by example, every disciple ought to be
able to say with Paul, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of
Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Even the best disciples, however, have
their flaws. Never make the mistake of judging the greatness or
power or value of Jesus by the weakness of His followers. Fix
your eyes on Jesus!
While Jesus, Peter, James, and John were away on a mountain to pray,
a man brought his demon-possessed boy to the other apostles to be
healed (Mark 9:14-29). The demon was causing seizures and
self-destructive behavior. Despite having cast out demons previously
(see 6:13), this time the apostles failed. The father was crushed.
When Jesus arrived, the father explained the situation to Him and
pled, “But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” (v.
22). Due to the disciples’ failure, this man who had come in faith
was now not so sure.
Jesus picked up on his “if You can.” “And Jesus said to him, ‘If you
can?’ All things are possible to him who believes” (v. 23). The
humble, honest, struggling father immediately responded, “I do
believe; help my unbelief ” (v. 24).
Jesus cast out the demon. The boy was cured at once. The Lord
explained to the apostles that they had failed due to lack of faith
(Matthew 17:20). He urged them to pray more (Mark 9:29). And
everyone involved learned the valuable lesson, “fix your eyes on
-- Via Pathlights, August 4, 2019
Two Wise Goats
Martin Luther is credited with the following interesting story:
Two mountain goats meet each other on a narrow ledge just wide
enough for one of the animals. On the left there is a sheer cliff,
and on the right a deep lake. The two face each other. What should
they do? They cannot back up, that would be too dangerous. They
cannot turn around because the ledge is too narrow.
Now if the goats had no more sense than some people, they would meet
head on and start butting each other until they fell into the lake
below. Luther tells us that goats have better sense than this. One
lies down on the trail and lets the other literally walk over him .
. . both are safe. They must be willing, at least one of them, to
humbly lie down and let the other pass over him. If they were like
some people, they would argue over who should lie down, and who
should walk over. But evidently “goat sense” is common sense!
Is there any need to make an application to ourselves? How often our
stubbornness results in tragedy! How hard to be the least, to humble
ourselves for the best interest of others! We hear folks say, “I’m
going to stand up for my rights!” How much better it would be to
meekly “suffer wrong” (1 Cor. 6:7) and be the least. It’s hard to
learn such a lesson as this. Another says, “It’s not the few pennies
involved, or the results I’ve borne … but I must defend my
principles!” Remember the principle is love, and the Bible says
“Love suffers long and is kind … love does not seek its own…” (1
Cor. 13:4-5). Better allow yourself to be walked over than to
Here lies the body of Jonathan Gray,
Who died maintaining his right of way.
He was right — dead right — as he sped along,
But he’s just as dead as if he’d been wrong!
“Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).
-- Via Roanridge Reader, Volume 34, Issue 30, page 1, July
A Question about John’s Baptism
We received this question:
I have a question about baptism. John's baptism was before Acts
2: The question is: were those who were baptized by John baptized
again when the church was established? I use Acts 19:3 when Paul
found some brethren who knew only the baptism of John and they
were baptized again to be in a right relationship with God.
While the New Testament doesn't really answer the question about
're-baptism' of those baptized by John, I think there are some
indications that they were re-baptized after the preaching of the
gospel on the Day of Pentecost. The passage you mentioned about Paul
in Ephesus is one that is applicable to the discussion, but some
argue that those men were baptized with John's baptism AFTER
Pentecost, and thus they claim it doesn't pertain to the question of
those who were baptized by John PRIOR to Pentecost. I'm not sure you
can prove the 'timing' argument, but they may be right.
Here's an argument that may provide the answer: Matthew 3:5-6 says:
"Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region
round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing
their sins." Thus, we know that John's baptism was VERY popular with
Now, on Pentecost, when the people asked, "Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" (Acts 2:37), notice that there were not two answers
given, but only one: "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"
(vs. 38). If those baptized by John didn't have to be baptized
again, it seems some exception would have been stated. Surely there
were people in that audience that had been baptized with John's
baptism, since it was so popular, as noted above. But, there was no
exception offered -- everyone was commanded to be baptized. This
would indicate that those baptized by John were re-baptized "in the
name of Jesus Christ."
— Via Collegevue church of Christ, July 28, 2019
News & Notes
Around 5 p.m., August 4, Barbara Thompson suffered a
stroke. Fortunately, it did not cause any paralysis. It did,
however, affect her speech. But even that has improved much
since then. Soon she will begin therapy treatments.
Frankie Hadley fell Friday and had to be hospitalized.
Her daughter writes, “She had a large hemotoma on her forehead but
it has settled now in her eyes so they’re black. Looks like someone
beat her. She also has UTI.” Frankie is now back home.
Doyle Rittenhouse has been having some trouble with his
pulse being too high. So he will soon begin wearing a heart
monitor to better determine the cause.
Joyce Rittenhouse was bit by some type of insect that has
been causing her to feel ill. It had also raised her blood
pressure to 202/102, but that later dropped to 149/98. She is
also experiencing other symptoms. If more doesn't improve by
tomorrow, she is to begin antibiotics and see her doctor Monday
Melotine Davis is now awaiting the results of an MRI,
concerning a new and different pain in her leg, following her recent
Jan Bartlett’s cancer was eliminated through her recent
surgery. As a precautionary measure, she will soon begin treatments.
Penny Medlock is still at St. Simons-By-The-Sea, due to
having trouble with her medication. She has now also started
experiencing some dizziness.
Mary Ann Fuller, who is in the hospital, has requested the
prayers of the saints on her behalf.
Ronnie Davis recently had a shot for the painful arthritis
that started developing in his knees a few months ago, and the
treatment has helped!
Let us also continue to remember in prayer those folks with ongoing
ailments and health issues: Shirley Davis, A.J. & Pat
Joyner, Jim Lively, Bud Montero, Rick Cuthbertson, Deborah
Medlock, Mary Vandevander, Nancy Pinckard, Mary Martin, Waylon
Murray, Michelle Rittenhouse, John Stoval, Amris Bedford, Danny
Hutcheson, Rex & Frankie Hadley, and Roger Montgomery
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