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

May 19, 2024

 

Scott Duttton"And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52, ESV)

The class of 2024 has now crossed the podium and received their diplomas. Some see this as the end, but in reality, it is just the beginning. I can remember when I crossed that platform and received my diploma in 1967. To me, it was a milestone. However, graduation did not bring the immediate change to my life that I thought it would. I would spend the summer working, then in October I would leave for boot camp. The reality of having my diploma came in September of that year when my friends who were going to college left for college and the younger ones went back to school, but I went to work every morning. I never thought I would miss school, but I did.

To mom and dad, I was still their child, still living at home, and still subject to their house rules. To them, I was not a full-grown adult, and they were right. During high School, I worked part time, and it was up to me to get up and get to work on time. I bought my own car. I paid for it and was responsible for the insurance and yearly tag. I was now 17, graduated, and employed full time so, I thought I would be on my own and make my own decisions. I often wanted to do some things that mom and dad didn’t approve of or think I needed to be a part of.

A week after my 18th birthday, on October 5, 1967, I caught the 5:00 A.M. Bus to St. Louis and reported to the Mark Building in downtown St. Louis. From that day on I would be treated like an adult. We were a mixed lot of young men, and I was one of the youngest in my company, which included men who were already married with children. In this new environment, we were all treated the same, and I learned there was no room for “I forgot” or “Why?” It was an atmosphere of “Do it now!” By the time I graduated from boot camp I certainly did not know a huge amount about the Navy, but I did understand that when given a responsibility it was mine alone and there were consequences for failure. This wasn’t a bad thing; it was just part of growing into manhood. So, during the four years I spent in the Navy, I never stopped learning new things and as I grew in knowledge, I was given more and more responsibility.

I married the love of my life during my last year of service. This was another transition in life. Now I had a wife to consider in all my decision making. We would have two years together before the first of our three daughters would bless our lives. By the time we had been married for 12 years we would have three daughters and we did very little that didn’t revolve around them. We learned about life all the time as we embraced another stage of adulthood.

So, to the Class of 2024, look forward to more than getting older - “increase in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” and keep learning all your adult lives.

“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:13, 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

 

Do You Want to Prosper?

There’s an interesting verse about Isaac and his success in life in Genesis 26. It is verse 13, and it says of him: “The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (NKJV). What was he doing at that particular time to be so very prosperous?

It all begins with there being a famine in the land and Isaac deciding to go to Egypt. But God said to him, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I tell you. Dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you” (v.1-5). So Isaac stayed put (v.6). By the time we get to v.12 of the same chapter, we see that “Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.” Isaac did two things that led to his very prosperous prosperity: He obeyed God and he got busy and did the work he was supposed to do. That’s the thing for us to remember: obey God and stay busy doing what God wants.

One more thing: God blessed Isaac even though he had some shortcomings (read about the great lying incident in verses 7-11). God made Isaac prosperous not because he was sinlessly perfect, but because he had a heart for God and was willing to do His will. Do you want to prosper in your Christian life? Then obey God and stay busy!

—Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY