Newkirk Church of Christ

Shining God's Light in Kay County

 

328 N. Main Street

Newkirk, OK 74647

580.362.3691
newkirkcoc@gmail.com

Sunday:
Bible Class: 10:00 AM
Morning Worship: 11:00 AM
Evening Worship: 6:00 PM
Tuesday:
Community Bible Study 6:00 PM
Wednesday:
Bible Class: 7:00 PM
If you are visiting with us today, we want you to know that not only are you welcome, but you are WANTED! It is our great pleasure to have you with us.

Scott’s Thoughts

July 7, 2024

 

Scott Duttton"Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right
hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2, ESV)

Looking to Jesus! He is awesome! I have a poster that has all the names/titles of Jesus that is found in the Bible. I like to look at it from time to time because it helps lift my spirit when I consider all Jesus went through so that I might have forgiveness for my sin. From time to time, I think we all overestimate ourselves. I have even met people who have told me point blank just how wonderful they think they are. Some may believe that I think I am wonderful, but in reality, I’m insecure about myself. Is that any way for a leader to talk? Yes, it is. I do know, that any ability I have, does not come from me. It comes from God alone. When we use our God given talent and then take credit for it, we are short-changing God!
We all have some natural talent, but have you ever thought about what man calls natural talent? Some have the ability to grow crops. Some have the ability to diagnose malfunctioning machines and repair them. Some are artistic or writers. The list of “natural” talents can go on for days. Some people learn their talent and work hard to perfect it. While others perfect their talent with little effort only because they were born with an abundance of it. Just because we have a natural talent and pursue it, doesn’t mean that we will make a huge salary and have an abundance of wealth and fame. Following our natural talent may not put a slice of bread on our table, but it may help change someone’s life and draw them closer to God.

At times in my life, especially in my younger years, I have found it hard to appreciate how God has used my talent and where God has taken my family. Today, I realize God is limiting me in using my talents. He is doing His best to mold me by allowing me to experience problems. These are problems I have never had to deal with before. They are problems that will give me the talents to be a better Christian, husband, father, minister, and a more pleasant human. The help I need in order to gain more talents and solve my problems is right in front of me, if only I would open my eyes and read.

Jesus is my problem solver. He has done so much in the past. Hebrew 12:2 tells us that Jesus is the founder of our faith. Jesus came to earth to show us what faith is. Faith is believing the written word of God and ordering our lives to reflect that belief. Verse 2 also says that He is the perfecter of our faith. Perfecter means to raise to the highest standard. I can look to others and admire their faith, but unless I’m looking at Jesus, I’m looking in the wrong place. I pray God will Help me hone what talent he has given me, but not so I can be elevated to any person’s eyes, but that God might be glorified in the eyes of all.

“When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:10, ESV)

Thanks for listening and keep on shining.

—Scott

2020 Mission Trip to Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Day 1 & 2 | 10/12/20 | 10/13/20 | 10/14/20 10/16/20 | 10/17/20 | 10/18/20 | 10/18/20 10/19/20 | 10/20/20| 10/21/20 | 10/23/20  | 10/25/20 | Summary Report

 

Ready for Worship!

At worship, I am given the opportunity to…

…revere my Maker. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” (Psalm 89:7)

…rejoice in my salvation. “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)

…refresh my spirit. “Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.” (Psalm 119:88)

I can’t wait to come and worship, praise and pay homage to the One who created me, delivered me, and awakens me. How about you?

“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100).

—Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY