"Where the Sidewalk Ends"

Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18: 16-17.

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

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"Tend My Sheep"

"…Do you love Me?…Tend My sheep." —John 21:16

Jesus said to look after His sheep, to see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Him.  We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we are to Him, not what we do for Him.  Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine.

On the inside,


When State Met Church

Imagine if you will, representatives of the people of the United States of America coming together to recognize God and our dependence on Him, and declaring their need to humble themselves, fast, and pray.  Imagine political leadership acknowledging the truth of Holy Scripture and asking for forgiveness of our national sin.  Imagine a president who fears the LORD and who asks his people to repent.  152 years ago we had them:

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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A Thankful Heart

Soon we will be seeing “Christmas in July” sales ads on TV.  Having just returned from the Xoy, Mexico Living Waters for the World Mission, I believe I need to be more thankful for all of Our Lord’s Grace and Mercy.  So please let me offer these “Thanksgiving” scriptures:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
  2. Psalm 107:1  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
  3. Ephesians 5:20  Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  4. Colossians 3:15-17  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  5. James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

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Saved for Works, Not by Works

There are times that I think: I plow the field, plant the seed, and others gather the grain; I tend the vineyard and others press the grapes; and I do all the work and others enjoy the riches.  I sit dazed and confused; however, I’m not listening to Led Zeppelin.  I feel like the elder son without a fattened calf, working in the field while my brother is having a party with his friends.  I’m busy doing the Lord’s work. Work, work, work.

The religious Jews of Jesus' day had more than just the Law of Moses to keep; they also had centuries of customs, traditions, and rabbinical commandments to observe (Mark 7:3-4).  The only religion they knew was one of works, and they wondered what new works might be required by the teachings of Jesus.  Imagine, then, their surprise at the Lord's wonderfully simple reply: "This is the work of God; that you believe on him whom he has sent" (John 6:29).

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Be a Salty Saint

Our Presbytery is currently mulling the Amendments from last summer’s General Assembly.  Please give some thought to the following… Pass the Salt – Adrian Rogers, ‘Life Worth Finding’.  “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”  Matthew 5:13

Christians are the salt of the earth, and Christ calls us to live salty lives so that we can make a difference in the world.  However, some Christians are like salt that’s lost its savor: good for nothing but to be thrown out and walked on.

Salt is necessary for life.  Table salt is actually sodium-chloride, which is often used in chemistry classes.  You can get hydrogen by dropping sodium into water, and you can get poisonous gas from chloride.  These are two dangerous elements by themselves, but God, in His chemistry, has put them together to make something necessary for life.  In the same way, God took the deadly part of us and through the chemistry of the cross, made something new and alive.  Like salt, we used to be something deadly, but now we’re to be the salt of the earth!

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Get Outta' the Boat!

Charles Swindoll, in his book "Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back," tells a story about a farmer who wanted to impress his hunting buddies, so he went out and bought the smartest, most expensive hunting dog he could find.  He trained this dog to do things no other dog on earth could do---impossible feats that would surely amaze anyone.  Then he invited his neighbors to go duck hunting with him.  After a long patient wait in the boat a group of ducks flew over and the hunters were able to shoot a few of them down.  Several ducks fell into the water.  The farmer looked at the dog and said, "Go get 'em!"  The dog leaped out of the boat, walked on the water, picked up a duck, and returned to the boat.  As soon as he dropped the duck in the boat he trotted off across the water again, grabbed another duck, and brought it back to the boat.  The owner kind of swelled up with pride as his dog walked across the water and retrieved each of the birds one by one.  Kind of smugly, he looked at his buddies and asked, "Do you notice anything unusual about my dog?"  One of them sat back, rubbed his chin, thought about it for a little while, and finally said, "Yeah, come to think of it, I do!  That stupid dog doesn't know how to swim does he?"

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