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Any church that is active for God is marked by three characteristics. (First and second were last week) Third, it will be a church with endurance inspired by Christ. When times of stress come we must go to our Heavenly Father and admit our weaknesses and human inability to handle such adversity. God will respond by infusing us with new strength and energy for challenges we are faced with.

Pastor Bill

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Any church that is active for God is marked by three characteristics. (First was yesterday) Second, it will be a church whose people labor in love. That labor is for the church in general, but in particular for Jesus Christ. Too many  people in the church today are at a point where they feel it is their turn to rest and let the “younger” generation do all the work. If we have a holy love within us, we will exhibit a holy zeal for God and His work. Christians never retire or reach “social security” age. Their method of ministry may change but God will always use them.

Pastor Bill

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Any church that is active for God is marked by three characteristics. First, it will be a church whose faith is active. It will be a church on the move. It can’t sit still! Such a church cannot sit idle. It will be a church totally committed to serving Jesus.

Pastor Bill

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God is a loving and faithful Heavenly Father who is always waiting to take us back when we have failed Him; when we have turned our backs on Him and chosen to go our own way for a time. God doesn’t turn away from us—we turn away from Him.

Pastor Bill

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My Dad and my brother went quickly to work in the early morning quietness of that spring day. Dad determined where the undercut should be placed and soon the steady sound of the saw, sliding back and forth against the soft fiber of the pine wood, filled the morning air around them. The sharp blade soon began to make piles of sawdust on each side of the tree as the saw was pulled one way, and then the other. A fragrant aroma filled the air from the fresh-cut shavings that fell to the ground. It wasn’t long before both men were beginning to sweat from the exertion.

In what seemed like a fairly brief time the undercut was completed and a large piece of wood lay on the ground in front of the tree from which it had been removed. Dad stood for a time, studying the cut they had made, looking out away from the tree alongside the school building where the tree was expected to fall, and then gazing towards the top of the tree and back down again. Now it was time for the back cut.

Dad and Stan moved to the back side of the tree, away from the direction it would fall, and spent a few moments studying the tree and the location it should fall, once more. They picked up the saw and went to work again. They stopped often and would look up the tree, out the direction it was to fall, and then spend a few moments studying the cut they were making. Because the tree leaned predominantly toward the building, their sawing would have to leave a wider span of uncut tree on the one side so that the tree would be “pulled,” that direction when it began to fall. That would also help it follow the undercut they had made on the opposite side of the tree when they first began.

Suddenly, as the saw was whipping back and forth through the tree, they heard a loud crack. Dad and Stan knew it was going. It cracked a second time; a shudder vibrated through its length, and the tree began to fall. The men pulled the saw out of the tree, lay it on the ground and stepped back as the tree whipped through the air towards the ground. My Dad shared later that he had a “bad moment,” as he watched, thinking the huge tree was going to crash into the school building. But their planning, work and labor had been correct. Only a few branches brushed the eaves of the building as the tree thundered to the ground with a huge crash. The ground shook, a cloud of dust arose, a few broken branches flew about and the great tree came to its final rest.

The noise of the tree falling no doubt caused a number of dogs around down to begin barking and it awakened a number of people who were not up yet. In fact, the local store-keeper complained to my dad that he had not warned him about falling the tree. He said the shock had frightened him so badly, when the tree struck the ground, that he had been nervous all day long. I am guessing this fellow would have complained about something even if Dad had told him ahead of time what he was going to do.

Philippians 2:14-15, in the New Testament, we are reminded to, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

That is good instruction for all of us. My Dad was like that. . . . . I never heard, but I am guessing that the school board thanked Dad and Stan for the excellent job they did in taking care of that old yellow pine tree. I hope they did.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the positive examples you give us in significant people that are in our lives. Help me to live a life that is absent of complaining and arguing. Help me to be the kind of example to others that You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

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Christianity, if valid, will effect every single area of our lives. Not just certain areas and at certain times, but all areas and every aspect of our lives, at all times!

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Christianity, if valid, will effect every single area of our lives.

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