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" (Matt. 28:19-20, NASB).
November 3, 2019
1) Psalm 119 (Wayne Goff)
2) The Impact of Our Choice (Dennis Stackhouse)
3) Wash Your Face (Leslie Diestelkamp)
4) News & Notes
This psalm may be largely overlooked because of its 176 verses! It
is, in fact, the longest chapter in the Bible. But for those who
take the time to read it, there is great value.
Magnifying God’s Word
As most might realize, the overriding theme of the chapter is the
beauty, power and magnitude of God’s Word and the great reward that
comes from obeying it. “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
who seek Him with the whole heart” (v. 2). The “blessings” that come
from obeying God’s Word include a good way of life (vv. 3, 30, 45,
59-60, 101, 105), an upright heart (v. 6), cleansing (v. 8), Divine
direction (vv. 7-11, 24, 133), valuable meditations (vv. 14, 23, 27,
48, 97, 148), wisdom (vv. 18, 46, 98-100), understanding (vv. 27,
66, 73, 169), comfort (vv. 28, 40, 50, 76, 111), great peace (v.
165), faithfulness (vv. 32-35, 44, 112), avoiding vain thoughts and
ways (vv. 36, 104), and not the least — salvation (vv. 41, 81, 94,
123, 146, 166, 174). He even goes so far as to magnify his own
affliction which was overcome by keeping God’s Word (vv. 67, 71, 75,
107, 153)! The Psalmist is well aware of the frailty and uncertainty
of life (vv. 84, 92-93, 141, 143-144).
In contrast, the Psalmist repeatedly points out the condemnation and
sad plight of the disobedient (vv. 21, 23, 60, 69, 78, 85-87, 95,
110, 118-119, 122), as well as his total disgust with their unbelief
(vv. 51-53, 70, 115, 126, 134, 136, 150, 155, 157-158, 161)!
God’s Word and all its benefits are more valuable than silver and
gold (vv. 72, 127, 162) — it alone can lead to eternal life!
“Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven” (v. 89). God’s
faithfulness is obvious in both the natural world and the spiritual
world (v. 90-91). “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one
of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (v. 160).
Synonyms for God’s Message
Notice the synonyms used for God’s Word in this psalm: law,
testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, righteous
judgments, word, truth, ordinances, and righteous word. The chapter
magnifies God’s revelation and enumerates the benefits of obeying
Reading it over several times gives one the benefit of focusing on
the various aspects or angles of the psalm. It is well worth a
little bit of your time, and it gives you something to think about
in the quiet moments of life, or in times when sleep evades you.
“Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them
to stumble” (v. 165).
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (v. 105).
“I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your
testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients,
because I keep Your precepts” (vv. 99–100).
— Via the Roanridge Reader, Volume 34, Issue 43, Page 3
The Impact of Our Choices
Just prior to his physical death, Joshua tried to encourage the
people of Israel with these familiar words: "If it is disagreeable
in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom
you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which
were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you
are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"
(Joshua 24:15). Strong words from one of Israel's strongest leaders.
And in reality, choosing to serve God is the most important choice
any human being can ever make because that decision will have an
impact not only in this physical life, it will also carry over into
eternity. Let's consider for just a few moments the choice that must
be made by all of us.
One point to quickly understand is that our choices are rather
limited: God or the devil. In Matthew 12:30 Jesus said this: "He who
is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me
scatters." Many people fail to realize that if they have not made a
choice to follow and serve Christ, they are serving the devil. To
not make the choice to follow Christ is in reality making the choice
to follow the devil. In fact, such people are doing damage to God's
kingdom. Notice our Lord said that the one who does not follow Him
"scatters." From this we must also understand that there is no third
choice. There are those who would like to "ride the fence" and walk
in some kind of imaginary middle ground. Unfortunately, there is no
middle ground; we are following Christ or we are following Satan.
We should also realize that our choice to follow Christ is one that
must be actively pursued. Jesus Himself asked a haunting question in
Luke 6:46: "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I
say?" The obvious course of action for someone who has confessed
Jesus as their Lord is to obey and follow and serve Him through the
remainder of their life. However, if one confesses Christ as his or
her Lord and then fails to obey Him, they are simply wasting their
breath. This is reinforced in the words of Luke 9:62, where Jesus
said: "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God." The Christian life is one that
requires a constant, unwavering dedication to God and Christ. The
apostle Paul put it this way: "Brethren, I do not regard myself as
having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies
behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward
the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"
The impact of his choice to become a Christian caused Paul to press
toward the goal of heaven, something that every child of God should
be doing. The grand words of I Corinthians 15:58 need to be words
the Christian lives out: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be
steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." God will not
forget the work that is done in His service (Hebrews 6:10). In the
same way, we must never forget the impact our choices have on the
kind of life we live. As Christians, we must be steadfast.
-- Via articles from the La Vista church of Christ
Wash Your Face
When you see a dirty face in the mirror, you wash your face, not the
mirror. Likewise when we see error in our lives, portrayed by truth
revealed in the Bible, let us simply clean up our lives and quit
criticizing the Bible.
What do you think of a man who breaks a mirror because he doesn’t
like what he sees? Then what do you think of one who criticizes the
truth that simply reveals the inner man that we can’t see with the
-- Via The Beacon, October 20, 2019
"Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin" (Psalm 51:1-2, NASB).
News & Notes
As of last night, Myrna Jordan is still having much
discomfort from shingles. But, as she says, she is "Getting
better every day, slowly, but surely."
For the last several weeks, Bud Montero has been
experiencing dizziness during parts of each day and sometimes
spinning. He will be seeing his doctor tomorrow.
Rick Cuthbertson's cancer has diminished by 30%, so far, due
to the new cancer treatments!
Also for prayer: the family and friends of Mary Vandevander,
A.J. & Pat Joyner, the Medlocks, Jan Bartlett, Joyce
Rittenhouse, Jim Lively, Barbara Thompson, Rex & Frankie
Hadley, and Brandon Mullis.
WordPress version of this bulletin:
Steps That Lead to Eternal Salvation
1) Hear the
gospel, for that is how faith comes (Rom. 10:17; John
2) Believe in the
deity of Christ (John 8:24; John 3:18).
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
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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