Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
February 4, 2021
One of the things I like about our church family is the questions you ask. As I look back on another week, it’s interesting how often you ask good and important questions … questions God helps us answer through the Bible!
- I was asked to consider preaching a sermon on what God says about taking good care of our bodies. Wow! Definitely a subject the Bible can give us direction on.
- We had a good, though brief, discussion last Sunday evening about the person of Judas, and the nature of his remorse after betraying the Lord.
- Another question: How does a person read the Bible? And what advice should we give to people who are just getting started reading the Bible? Where, and how, should they begin?
- What helps can we give to each other, on a very practical level, about making friends … about how to be a good friend?
Thanks for letting the Lord challenge you! This is a part of our spiritual growth as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ! And thanks for sharing your questions with each other! Let’s continue to probe God’s Word’s for answers and helps.
In relation to the question about reading the Bible, I came across an interesting article online that made some worthwhile suggestions about our Bible reading habits.
If you’re new at reading the Bible, this person recommended reading through the entire Bible but only after having successfully read a few of its books. For example, take one of the gospels and read it all the way through. Read all the way through Acts. Read all the way through one of Paul’s letters. Then, eventually, get a reading plan that will take you all the way through the Bible. But make sure you have a plan! It’s hard to read through the whole Bible without one!
It was also suggested to try to read through entire books of the Bible in single sittings. Many of the books of the Bible can be read all the way through in less than an hour. Considering some of us will spend three hours or more on the Super Bowl this Sunday, 30-45 minutes of Bible reading shouldn’t be that hard! This idea has helped me tremendously in recent years. Each book has a logical train of thought!
We’ll have another great time of worship and fellowship this Sunday morning starting at 10:00 at the Y. I hope you’ll be there! We’ll continue our look at worship, one of the important building blocks of a growing church community. We worship together on Sundays (as we discussed last week); but do we have a habit of worshiping the Lord individually, personally, during the week? How does a person even do that? Why should we do that? What a difference it would make in a church if, on Sundays, we didn’t “come to worship,” but we came already worshiping! The Lord is going to encourage us together this Sunday morning.
Rejoicing & Weeping
Most of you know by now that Cris Rodriguez’s mom, Nettie Rodriguez, passed away last Saturday. We rejoice that her life touched so many people, and we give thanks to the Lord for sustaining Cris and Donna through their part of caring for Nettie in recent months. God has shown Himself strong and true in life and in death. Let’s remember Cris, Donna, and family during this time. There will be services for Nettie on Monday, February 15, in Neosho.
Don’t forget to mark Youth Group on your calendar for Wednesday, February 24, 6:30, at the Rodriguez’s. For all young people and young adults 16 years and older.
Thanks for faithfully collecting loose change for Nevada Birthright’s Baby Bottle Boomerang. The bottles are due back by Sunday, February 21.
No Momentum Group this Sunday night. We’ll meet again on Sunday night, February 14, 6:30, at my house!
Some closing words of encouragement from God’s Word:
- God comforts the depressed. 2 Corinthians 7:6
- Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
- For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10
- You will make known to me the path of life. Psalm 16:11
Hope to see you Sunday!