by John Doyle
- Please read about signs of the end of the age in Matthew 24
- Read about the coming of the Kingdom in Luke 17
- Read about what Jesus foretold in Luke 21
by John Doyle
by Luke Kincaid
Yesterday was my most physically active day in a LONG TIME as I have gotten quite lazy lately when it comes to exercising. Laziness was not an option yesterday as we saw the return of in person gatherings for KICS, our children’s ministry, and worship was comprised of about 80% jumping around!
After much physical activity at KICS our little family met up with some good friends who also have children. And so begun more running around! Moments after these two occasions I realized that I wasn’t as tired as I thought I would be. I was strangely energized and feeling good! And then I was reminded of the following Scripture:
For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way,
since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
– 1 Timothy 4:8 CSB
I have spent more than one occasion contemplating the second half of this Scripture. The importance of training for godliness has always been the main focal point for me. But while my physical body was benefiting from exercise yesterday – the first half made all the more sense.
While the training of the body has limited benefit in comparison to our spiritual growth – it still has many benefits for our health, right here, in the present. Paul is not saying that we can only have one and not the other. It seems as if godliness should be our main priority but not at the expense of our physical bodies and health:
by Calven Celliers
Last Sunday as I drove home from Church, I witnessed a small, seemingly insignificant, act of kindness that really touched my heart. One of the local homeless guys at a nearby intersection was given a loaf of bread by a motorist. He immediately opened the packet and I thought he must be really hungry. But then, much to my surprise, he took out a piece of bread, put the remainder of the loaf down on the sidewalk, and walked over to a stretch of lawn on the verge, where he proceeded to crumble the slice of bread for the birds to eat. How kind.
I thought of Christ’s words in Matthew 6, “ 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them…” (Matthew 6:26NIV) and how our Heavenly Father had used this homeless man to do just that. Out of the little he had, he chose to share it some way. Even though it was only a slice of bread, and it was only for the birds, it spoke to me of generous stewardship.
The scene that played out before me at that intersection got me thinking about what we read about the early Church in the book of Acts, and how their example of godly living, that involves sharing, sets a precedent for us as believers living in community to this day. Sharing is not just a preschool principle, and it is not only about money or things, we can share in all sorts of ways, and when we do it honours God.
We read in Acts 4 that “32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” (Acts 4: 32 – 35NIV)
This is a beautiful glimpse of what life was like in the early church. This was not a forced distribution of goods, or sharing. It was by no means an attempt to make everyone give up their material things and redistribute them to others. No, it was a change of attitude, saying, ‘Nothing that I possess is mine, for my exclusive use, but everything that I possess is God’s, and therefore it is available to anyone who needs it.’ To fully appreciate the generosity of the early church, we need to think about the makeup of that church. Both Jews and Gentiles who had the courage to confess Jesus as Messiah were often ostracized by their family. Christianity was considered to be a dangerous and blasphemous cult. The survival of early believers was often dependent on the generosity of their new family, the Church. People living in that community with their shared both their lives and their good fortune with each other.
Sharing is caring!
We too are truly blessed to be part of a community of generous stewards. I know we say it every Sunday, but as a leadership we stand amazed at the continued support for the ministry at New Harvest, despite it being a time in world history when many are feeling the pinch in one way or another due to the ongoing pandemic and the resultant economic strain. We are so grateful to be able to continue to bless those in need, in both our local congregation and the surrounding community, thanks to your generous giving and sharing of what you have.
God bless you,
“…the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
(Genesis 2:7 NIV)
I stop and breathe
Slowly in, sighing out
Every breath essential for life
From the moment of my birth
To my dying day
From the dawn of creation
Until the end of time
I praise You Lord for the breath of life you gave me
Let me give thanks with every breath I take