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Newkirk Church of Christ

328 N. Main Street

Newkirk, OK 74647

580.362.3691
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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 DuttonScott’s Thoughts

February 10, 2019

I talk often with friends in Ukraine. We sometimes (almost every time) have trouble communicating. Part of the problem is different languages, not only different languages but different dialects. We speak English and my friends there speak English, but they learned British English. There are times when we have to spend a moment or maybe even a few minutes trying to figure out what is being said. In addition to the language problem there is the difference in measurements. We use the English measurement and they use the metric system, the difference is radical. We can, with enough practice, make a close approximation in our head. I still find myself using an app on my cell phone to check myself though.

What I am talking about here are two different standards. They are both correct but when we cross from one to the other we open ourselves up to misunderstanding. What is the temperature? Well this morning it was 10 degrees, or -12 degrees depending on which standard you are using. How far is it to Wichita? According to my map program it is 65 miles, or 105 kilometers. How much does that weigh? Is it 10 pounds or 4.5 kilograms? Maybe we should all get our bathroom scales calibrated in metric.

I can remember so many times in my life that problems have arisen in my life because of a very slight misunderstanding. A number of years ago, I was involved in a project with my uncle. He confronted me one day and asked me why I didn’t really have an interest in the project. I was completely taken aback because it was a project that occupied my thoughts every day. The problem after we talked was simply this, I worked for my uncle and the project was outside of work. Because of that I did not talk about the project at work unless he brought it up to me first. He had a business to run, he was a County Commissioner and had other obligations as well. I thought I was being respectful of his time and only took time from work when he approached me. He took my silence in a way that was exactly opposite of what I intended. You can see from these examples how easy it is be to become confused if two people or more were talking, without the understanding of the frame of reference (standard) being used. I wonder how much of the misunderstandings in our world could be cleared up if the parties involved would take a moment or whatever time might be necessary in order to make sure that all parties involved are using the same standard for communication.

So many variables can affect our understanding of each other and the more important the subject is the more important it is that we are truly understanding each other. The standard we use is most important for understanding. The Bible is the standard for Christians, and the laws of the land are also standards. How do we bridge our understanding when they are different? Under the standard of the Old Testament, Joshua gave this answer, “...choose this day whom you will serve;... But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15 ESV). Under the standard of the New Testament, Jesus gave the answer, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” (Mark 12:17 ESV).

Thanks for listening and keep on shining.

—Scott

Mission Trip to Kramatorsk, Ukraine 2018

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A church with diseased Feet

Second Chronicles 14-16 records the reign of King Asa of Judah (910-869 B. C.). The Bible records he was loyal to God for a while (2 Chronicles 15:17), but late in his reign he acted foolishly by turning to and trusting in a military alliance with Syria instead of relying on the Lord for victory over enemies (16:1-10). Thus the sad statement about him in 2 Chronicles 16:12 , "In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe: yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians." That verse reveals that Asa suffered not one but two notable failures: first in his feet, then in his faith. When his feet failed, he leaned on human wisdom and effort to deal with the problem. It was in his old age that Asa suffered a crippling and debilitating foot disease (1 Kings 15:23). How sad to imagine this once energetic and mighty monarch who walked with God now hobbling along on crutches. Sadder yet to realize that not only were his feet ailing, but his faith also faltered as "in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians." That's Old Testament parlance for saying he was walking by sight and not by faith.

Asa provides an important lesson for the modem day church of Christ. Scripture mandates that the church put feet on the gospel and carry it to all the world (Mark 16:15-16). Our feet are to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). So vital are healthy feet to the work of the church and the salvation of lost souls that God refers to those who bring the good news of salvation in Christ as having "beautiful feet" (Romans 10:15)! In view of this truth, Christians cannot afford to be diseased in their feet. We must do what we can to get the gospel to people around the world, beginning with those across town or across the street or maybe even across the kitchen table! Five billion souls are waiting for the church to get on its feet and bring the message of salvation. Some of them are waiting on you. Therefore, let us do as Jesus taught by life and lip – let us love the lost and pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Matthew 9:38). Christians who follow in the footsteps of Him who came to seek and save the lost will never suffer from diseased feet or a diseased faith!

—Dan Gulley Smithville

Smithville church of Christ