Bulletin Message

"Critical Thinking is, in short, self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking" (taken from Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking Press, 2008). Others define Critical Thinking as, "the awakening of the intellect to the study of itself." Still others say "critical thinking is not just thinking, but thinking which entails self-improvement."

The calling of Jesus Christ to a disciple is, "Follow Me." He did not say it would be easy, but He did say He would be with us, even to the end of the world. Jesus also said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Some trials/tribulations are short in duration, others are very lengthy. Perhaps when we have been in the midst of an enduring trial we have cried out to the Lord with words like, "Lord, why have you led me into such stormy seas?"

We have been mindful this past week of all the people and things for which we are thankful. Above all, we are thankful for the Cross of Jesus Christ.

The foot of the Cross is the single most important and most beautiful place! The foot of the Cross is the place of brokenness, surrender, submission, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, re-birth, and peace.

Far above all, we are thankful for Jesus Christ, Who suffered and died on the Cross and, by His resurrection, made the foot of the Cross the most important and beautiful of all places.

Sing along with me: "Like a good neighbor, ________ is there!"

Makes me all warm and fuzzy, knowing I am cared for like that. But what if I don't pay my premium? Will they care more for me or for their shareholders? So, in the final analysis, they are a better corporation than a good neighbor, right?

So who is a good neighbor...and is that even the right question? Consider what Jesus Christ has to say about that in Luke 10:25-37.

Last Sunday morning, an evil atheist marched into a church in Texas and slaughtered 26 of our brethren. Our reaction is a mixture of shock, outrage, and heartbreak...and questions. WHY, Lord? WHEN will You catch us up to the clouds to be evermore with You (1 Thes 4:16-18) and then set out to judge the evil (1 Thes 5:1-2)?

Mankind, created in the image of God, is relational and social. We communicate.

Think about the volume of words we speak or text or email or post with others, and others with us, on a daily basis. The greater the volume of communication we have with someone, the more familiar their voice becomes to us.

Why does God hate sin (Prov 6:16-19, Heb 1:8-9)? God hates sin not simply because it is a Personal affront to Him, but because of what it does to His beloved. Sin kills (Gen 2:16-17, Ezk 18:4, Rom 6:23a).

Death was not a part of His perfect creation; His perfect creation was corrupted by death. Death is NOT just a part of life. Death is God's enemy, a conquered enemy for whosoever will believe in His Son, Jesus Christ (John 11:25-26, Heb 2:9-18, 1 Cor 15:21-26, Rom 6:23b).

Jesus Christ is Lord of all, we are His servants (John 13:13).
The Holy Spirit is our Guide and our Teacher (John 26, John 16:13), we are His students.

Who is a better servant and student:

a. The one who thinks he knows it all or the one who is curious?
b. The one clinging to their religion or the one touched by Jesus?
c. The one who is blind or the one who has received their sight?
d. The one who hesitates or declines to obey or the one who obeys immediately?

Let us examine ourselves (2 Cor 13:5): what kind of servants and students are we?

On His final day of ministry before going to the Cross, Jesus was asked by His disciples where they were going to gather for the Feast of Passover. He told two of the disciples exactly where to go in Jerusalem to meet a certain man, to follow him, and to ask the master of that house to show them a guest chamber where they would eat the Passover. The two disciples went and found everything just as Jesus had said (Mark 14:12-16). God had gone before them.

After eating the Passover, Jesus told the disciples that after He was risen, He would go before them to Galilee. (Mark 14:28).

The prophet Samuel was the last judge of Israel. When he was old, the people rejected his sons to be judges over them and wanted a king like the nations around them. This rejection deeply grieved the faithful and uncompromising servant of God. He went to the God of all comfort, Who instructed Samuel to not take personally the rejection. The LORD said to Samuel, "Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them." (1 Sam 8:7).


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