New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
By REV. KENNY WOOD Covenant Baptist Church
Frustration happens. Sometimes it sneaks up on Jis, and sometimes it hits us head-on. It’s when there jpre bills to pay but no money. Or, when somebody owes you but won’t pay. Or, when a “done deal” ^doesn’t get done. Or, when somebody breaks a jjromise.
* The ancient Romans invented the word frustra-;tion. It means “coming up empty.” It’s when you >vork hard, plan, pray, and wait, and nothing measurable happens. You come up empty.
* We all handle it in different ways. Private or public tantrums. Pull the cover over our head. Cry. Pray. prink. Pills. Passive hostility. Talk. What’s frustrat
ing is that when we get cheered up, waked up, sobered up, shut up, or dried out—often the problem is still there.
Paul called his problem a “thorn in the flesh.” If you’ve ever Iud one you know that’s a pretty good picture of frustration. He prayed hard three times that God would take it away. God didn’t. He came up empty.
Paul Tillich used to say that we come up against some things in life that will not change. And all we can do is let them change us. That’s pretty close to the Alcoholics Anonymous Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change...”
That’s what Paul did. He faced the fact that he would have to live with whatever it was that had got
ten under his skin. That he would be limited by it.
But that’s when he heard God say two things to bim, “My grace is enough for you; and my strength is greatest when you are weak” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
It is seldom our first choice to have to live with something that won’t go away. But sometimes that’s the only time we realize that even when we don’t get the results we want God is still actively with us.
How many times do you think Paul came up empty? At least as often as we do. But what better way to receive what God gives than with empty hands.
Covenant Baptist Church meets at the Duck Blind Lounge at Forest Waters Country Club.
jWhy doesn’t God stop war in Mideast?
By PASTOR LARRY SINGLETARY lakeside Baptist Church
£ We are passing through what is probably the strangest and most crid-eal period of the world’s history. Great nations are at war with one Another, with the relentless purpose, en the one side, of aggressive domination, and on the other, of equally Relentless resistance. Smaller nations $re suffering cruelly; their countries are overrun and their people despoiled. Countless thousands glready have perished and many more have been rendered homeless and reduced to utmost poverty and misery. In the face of all these things it is little fonder that one hears on all hands the
Ecstion, “Why doesn’t God stop s?”
J It is an age-long query. Havid cried, *0 Lord, how long wilt Thous look bn?” and the prophet Habakkuk, •Wherefore lookest Thou upon them that dealt treacherously and holdest thou tongue?” (Hah. 1:13) “Why,” fcsks the man of today, “does not God do something about it?”
• What the question implies: first, that there is a God to intervene; second, that God has an interest in man; third, that He could stop the war, fourth, that He ought to do so. But the Crux of the problem is, why does He not stop it? Let us approach the difficulty by considering several pertinent questions.
Is one nation so godly and of such clean record that it becomes obvious that God ought to side with them and grant them victory? On the contrary, every nation has in these latter years become materialistic, pleasure-loving, and acted in all respects as if His existence had no bearing upon their course of conduct; in short, behaved in such a manner as might be calculated to provoke His wrath rather
than His good will.
Everything which a beneficient Creator has provided, man has taken and turned to indulge his own lust, forgetting the Giver. God gave man a mind, and he in turn has used it to reason against God, and then boasts of all his inventive ability as though God had not given it. Now left to himself, man is using that very genius to make marvelous weapons of destruction with which to kill his fellow man.
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways.” (Rom. 3)
And then we may ask “how” should God intervene? If He in strict divine justice should undertake to judge the wrong in the world, where should He begin and where would He end? Who could escape? Few would want Him to go that far, just yet, even if He must finally. May not then His nonintervention be an indication of mercy
rather than indifference?
Here then is the answer to the question, “Why does God not stop the war?” He permits man’s wrath to accomplish His greater purpose of mercy, in keeping with His greatest intervention which took place 2000 years ago when He dealt once and for all with the root of the trouble — sin. For the root cause of all the chaos in
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Planning for the future
Officers and board members of Cross Lutheran Church met recently to set goals for 1991. The planning meetings were preceded by a special message from the Rev. Ray Schkade, executive director, board of parish services, Missouri-Synod, Texas District, Austin. Of special interest to members of Cross Lutheran are plans for expansion because the church has purchased adjacent property at the comer of West San Antonio and Hickory.
The Ber can Bible Church of New Braunfels is hosting the fifth annual Texas Bible Conference Feb. 22-24 at the Holiday Inn-New Braunfels. The local church, almost six years old, continues to meet regularly at the Laurel Plaza Community Room on Sunday mornings and a home Bible study at 411 Windsor (Hi Saturday evenings. The continual ministry of Berean Bible Church includes Bible classes each week taught by Jerry Lockhart in other Texas cities, two each week in Austin, one in San Antonio, one in Arlington, a men’s class in New Braunfels, and a once a month class in Plano.
Special guest speakers this year include Pastors Steve Atwood of Chattanooga, Jack Lockhart of Atlanta, Jerry Sanders of Panama City, and E.C. Moore of Pensacola. Brother Moore will be the featured speaker. All of these preachers believe in the infallibility of the Bible and use only the King James Version as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. They will teach a total of 12 sessions, including salvation by grace through faith, the eternal security of the believer and the pre-millenial, pretribulation catching away of all the saved people from the earth.
The public is invited to attend any or all sessions beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. and again Saturday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. with the final session Sunday at 9 ajm. The churchs’s regular meeting items will resume the next weekend. Nursery will be provided as well as classes for elementary-age children.
Christ the King Confessional Lutheran Church will have as guest speaker Pastor Bryan Sullivan on Sunday. Bible study will be conducted at 9 am. and worship at 10:30 am. Pastor Sullivan is the minister of Grace Lutheran Church of Elgin. He is a circuit counselor for the LC-MS Texas District. He also is nominee for Texas District Vice President of Area
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