Newkirk Church of Christ

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

August 7, 2022

 

Mother's Day 2021“For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see, or send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.” (Jeremiah 2:10–11, ESV)

For a change I’m traveling with Ava for a number of different medical procedures. All she needed was some maintenance. We don’t normally use that word when speaking of humans. We think of that term when referring to machinery. Maintenance is something that was hard for me to learn. When I got my first car it didn’t get much attention until it got extremely bad. I remember one day; I stepped on the brake pedal and heard the most awful sound. I made my way home and asked my dad what he thought it could be. He said it must be time to put new brakes on the car.

Now understand, I knew nothing about brakes. My uncle (Dad’s brother) had a mechanic shop and the next day we headed to that shop and my education about brakes began. First, we had to pull all four wheels and brake drums. The drums had to be measured and inspected to determine if they could be turned to clean them up. This was a simple process the maximum diameter cast into the drum and was essential for two reasons, one was safety. If the drums were cut too deeply, they would have to be turned until they would be too thin to use without breaking. Two, it prevented waste. If the old drums had not been turned, they would have had a very uneven surface that would have immediately begun to eat away at the new brake shoes, and the new brake shoes would have quickly become ineffective.

Next, we had to rebuild the wheel cylinders. When the brake pedal was pushed, a piston attached to the brake pedal pushed fluid through the brake lines. At the end of each line at the wheel was another piston that the fluid pushed against the brake shoes. It is important that those wheel cylinders not leak because if too much fluid is lost, it causes NO BRAKES, and if the fluid leaked on the brake shoes they would have grabbed, and caused too much breaks.

Then we checked the master cylinder and all the hardware that held the brake shoes in place, then we reassembled the brakes on each wheel. We had to adjust the fit of each set of brake shoes to each brake drum so that we had an even braking on all four wheels. We then had to remove all the air we had introduced into the brake system. Finally, we did a test-drive that made sure we had done all the work correctly. Brakes don’t get much attention today because they often last for 50,000 - 100,000 miles depending on a lot of variables. That doesn’t make them any less important. It just makes them more likely to be ignored.

In our spiritual lives, our brakes need maintenance. Without that constant checking, our brakes can fail, and our lives can run out of control. How long has it been since your last checkup? “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:28, 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

 

Unity of the Spirit
in the Bond of Peace

How does one keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace? When people willingly join themselves together, they do so with good intentions. Each one comes from a place that is not shared by the others in that group. We all have our experiences, perspectives, and we launch into the future with that. Sometimes, we forget that not everyone thinks like I do. When we forget this, we attribute to others “they understand” my intentions (my motives) when, in fact, they may not. A great failing of humanity is this: attributing to another my way of thinking.

In answering the question, the only right answer is under the banner of the Lord’s leadership. We have political perspectives that align, but they do not always align perfectly. We have philosophies of life that align, but they do not always align perfectly. When we address another who is totally different from me, then what? Can we still be unified? Yes, but only under the banner of the Lord’s authority. The Lord molds us into a thinking people that aligns with Him, and not our heritage or perspective.

In this approach to keeping the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace we gain the Lord, and the Lord gains all those who love and obey Him. With love, devotion, and conviction, we live as Paul exhorted us to live, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me…” (cf. Gal. 2:20). With this new approach to life, we operate from the source of love, as revealed in that which God did for us; we seek to show this love to others, regardless of their point of reference and circumstances (cf. Matthew 7:12; 22:34-40). We are kind, gentle, teach the truth, forbearing to those we believe have done us wrong, allow not yesterday to get in front of today. In short, we live as Christ.

How much effort are you putting in to keeping the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace?

— Ron Thomas
Sunrush church of Christ
Chillicothe, OH