“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”(Rom.13:14) How many times do we sin because we thought too much about it? We think about how fun it will be, instead of the end result of our sinful actions. We think about how much it will add to our life, instead of the pain that we will cause our self and others. We think about how good it will feel, instead of the guilt that we’ll feel afterwards. The bottom line is so much of the time we sin because we think too much about it. In the above cited verse, Paul encourages his readers not to think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. It’s when we think about it that it becomes an option and a possibility. The more we think about the potential sin the better we become at rationalizing doing it. The key is to guard our thoughts and not meditate on ways to gratify fleshly desires. Just because our thoughts belong to us doesn’t mean it’s okay or healthy to think about just anything. Instead of thinking of how to gratify the desires of the flesh, meditate on good things. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”(Phil.4:8)
First of all, you are always welcome at the Cabot Church of Christ! We are a family here and it is our goal to make to feel like part of it as quickly as possible.
We will sing, pray, study the Bible, and take the Lord’s Supper together. Children three years old through fifth grade will be release right before the sermon to attend Children’s Bible Hour in the Family Center. Here they will enjoy a Bible lesson on their own level.
Dress is generally business casual, but there is always a range from ties to blue jeans. The only real requirement is that you wear clothes. J
We have Bible class at 9:45am and worship services at 8:30am and 10:45am.
Hope to see you soon!
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”(II Pet.5:8) The devil is on the prowl and doing all he can to destroy the faith of God’s people. It seems the attacks come when you least expect it. We never know when the next attack will occur or in what form it will come. At times it feels as though we’re walking through a minefield full of different attacks and temptations from Satan and his angels. The attacks tell us that we do have an enemy and our enemy, Satan, wants to lead us away from God. Earlier this week I checked my Facebook page to find that an unfamiliar source had shared or tagged a nasty post to my page. Of course, I immediately deleted the inappropriate post and was extremely frustrated that this happened. We can argue whether or not Satan was actually behind that specific incident or not but we can’t argue the fact that Satan’s influence is seen even on social media today. In fact we can see Satan’s influence in just about every aspect of our society today. From the Hollywood film industry to the mainstream music industry, we can see and hear Satan’s influence. From the business world to the world of professional sports, Satan has managed to slip his influence in. Satan’s influence is seemingly everywhere which certainly makes it difficult for those of us who are striving to be faithful to God. It’s no wonder why Peter encouraged his readers to “be self-controlled and alert.” If one isn’t “self-controlled and alert” he or she could easily fall under the influence of Satan and quickly be led astray from the Lord. Satan knows what he’s doing and we Christians need to know what’s going on around us so that we can stand firm against the attacks of the enemy. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”(Eph.6:10-11)
There are so many paths one can take in this life. The unfortunate thing is in our current culture the path of purity is not often traveled. Today it seems that the path of purity is almost hidden amongst the trees, brush and debris somewhere in the woods where few people find it. The path of purity is not a popular well worn way. In fact, one must be diligent and deliberate to find and walk the path of purity. Our world promotes impurity and mocks at the path of purity. Still, we’d all do well to walk the path of purity all of our days in this life. With all of this in mind, what’s the answer? How do we walk the path of purity in an impure world? The Psalmist addresses this very topic and gives insight that will help us all. “How can a young person stay on the path of purity?”(Psalm 119:9a) That’s the million dollar question and the one we’ve been pondering. The answer is not earth shattering but real, wise and truth. The answer: “By living according to your word.”(Psalm 119:9b) The path of purity is laid out for us in the pages of God’s Word. If we’ll study the Bible we’ll learn the path of purity and gain wisdom and strength to walk that way. No matter what’s going on in our lives. No matter what mistakes and sins we’ve committed in our lives. No matter how little we know of the Scriptures. We all desperately need to be people of God’s Word so that we can faithfully walk the path of purity all the way home to heaven.
“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”(Jas.2:2-4) James gets right to the heart of the problem and calls out any brother or sister that shows favoritism. Do we gravitate towards those who dress like us, look like us and live like us? What about those who are different from us? Do we give them equal consideration and time? I truly believe these are relevant questions for our day and time. In our modern culture today where tattoos and piercings are the norm, we better be able to look past the exterior of an individual. Jesus never seemed to put a lot of emphasis on the exterior of a person. Jesus’ focus was always on the individual’s heart. No matter what they look like, how they dress or where they work, if they work, the focus should be on the inside of the person. Jesus saw people totally different than we do. Jesus dealt with people that we may be a little suspect of but He looked at the heart of a person and not the exterior. What a different place this would be if we could simply see people the way that Jesus does. I’m sure you’ve heard the old cliché, don’t judge a book by its cover. Yet, that’s exactly what so many people do today when they decide how to treat someone based on the way they look. It’s not about this temporary outer shell of a body and exterior appearance. Brothers and sisters it’s about the heart! “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”(Jas.2:1) Let us not be so juvenile and shallow that we judge a person by the way he or she looks. Let’s strive to be more like our Lord and see others the way that Jesus does.