New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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CAO Herakl-Zeitung O Friday, June 14,1996Chinch
poor fictionalizstions of who Jesus really is.
So, do you know enough about the historical Jesus to make a choice? Why not study from the gospels who He was and what He said before deciding how you believe? Why not look into what He said before you decide what His church which He founded on His name should believe and speak?
Instead of listening to what eve^one else says, why not listen to what Jesus said Himself. I have a feeling He will probably make more sense than all of us put together.
(Dennis GaUaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.)
has always been accepted as a figure of goodness and love ... sort of like an ancient Jewish Gandhi.
It is the church that represents the Jesus that most people have trouble with. The hypocrisy, both perceived and real, gives any thinking person fits. The segregation and lack of compassion for the poor drive people from the pew. The infighting and control make emotional battlefields instead of peaceful sanctuaries of rest. And even though the Christian church has historically done more to provide social, economic, moral and political stability than any organization, what people will always point out is die failure to live according to the model of Jesus that society has.
What is that model? It is a model of a simple carpenter who went around doing good wherever he found hutting
i nyiiuw l*ve been around long enough to know that conven-tional wisdom tfHpV does not lend itself to traditional Christian thought. That’s a polite way to say that there are &9S a lot of people who
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thing churches or MWHf church people have to say about anything. Don't believe me? Thirty-phis Christian churches have burned recent-ly that prove out the point At the same time, most people, no matter what their religious bent would agree with the following statement. Jesus was n good man who had some
That is really where the trouble is. Not in the foot that people and churches are not perfect and never will be, but in die fact that we must adhere to a higher standard prescribed by the person who is Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. And if that becomes offensive to some, take it up with Him, not me.
Josh McDowell, noted author and speaker, said it this way. Either Jesus was crazy — He claimed to be God, after all—and nothing He said can be trusted. Or, He was a liar which discounts every claim He made. Or, He was who He said He was. The Son of God Messiah. The Lord and Savior of the world
It really comes down to one of those three choices. Gentle carpenter is not one of them. Nor is a westernized Gandhi. Both ate nice pictures but ate
people. It is the model of sn advocate of the poor who stood against the religious hypocrisy of his day. But these assumptions barely scratch the surface of the message he brought. Because while Jesus was the great Emancipator of the common folk, he also carried a message that drops a plumb line smack in the middle of today'’s amoral society that demands a robber stamp of acceptance on any action deemed acceptable by anyone... especially those that push die limits of moral dignity.
Take for example these statements spoken by Jesus.
*T did not come to bring peace, but a sword,** Matthew 10:34.
“He who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me,**
“The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force,” Matthew 12:30.
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves,” John 6:53.
“No one comes to the Father, but through Me,” John 14:6.
Gentle teacher? Certainly. But so much more. And anyone who calls Him such must also deal wife the hard sayings and the demanding language that He spoke. Because, to put it simply, His words live on in every church determined to follow His lead. And churches that are determined to live out His words, whether in China or Texas, are branded with all kinds ofReal bonding on family vacations
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures. 2. He knows our “non-stop,” “unsatisfying nature, therefore He must “make us” to lie down in “green pastures.”
3. He leads me beside still waters. 3. Yes there are times when He leads us alons thermals, the hard-breaking waves, but He knows when we need nothing but still waters so we may look deep into life and reflect on our journey. It is often harder to be still, to reflect and wait in trust than to charge forward and fearlessly Ace the future.
4. He restores my soul 5. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 6. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; 4. 5. St 6. Sometimes we feel like God is trying to “kill us,” “wipe us out,” “to lead us in the wrong way, not the right way,” “leave us for the enemy to consume,” to “remove us.” God just wants to enhance us, to repair, renew, revitalize, revive the good in us so the enemy will not defeat us, so we will courageously take the right path when we do walk through the valley of the shadow.
7. for Thou art with mr, Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. 7. His discipline and direction should be a comfort to us, not a cause for confrontation.
8. Thou properest a table before me in die presence of my enemies; 9. Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup overflows. I. St 9. When our journey is filled with battles (from within and without), when all fronts are battle fronts, when we awake to despair (without a sense of direction) and doze off in defeat, God says sit down at the table I have prepared for you, I will intercede and bless you, I will give you direction, I will make your life overflow with joy.
IO. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; 11, and I shall dweO in the house of the Lord forever. IO. & ll. God promises to fill our lives with “good” if our desire is to have a relationship with Him throughout our journey.
So, when God places the FOOD St LODGING NEXT EXIT sign along your roadway, what is your response? Do you graciously stop and sit at His “4 Hamburgers for a $” table and relax in his “Green Pastures” lodge? Or do you refuse His offering of refreshment and restoration, selfishly continuing down the road until exhausted, defeated and joyless, and you finally accept the Master's direction for your journey?
(Marty Lindley is available for speaking engagements to clubs, businesses, retreats or seminars. Call 609-7729 or write to 827 Schumann's Beach Road, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.)
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This road sign informs the traveler rl the next exit lca£h to food and lodging
Godhood family vacations usual-ly ^gan when my daddy would get home from work on Friday afternoon. The six of us would pile in the white
*51 Mercury and drive under the instruction to spot a sign that read “4 Hamburgers for a S.” Then my dad-Lindiey dy’s response was, “Let’s see if we can
find a sign that reads “6 Hamburgers for a $.” At first everyone would be enthusiastic about this effort to save small change, then as late afternoon grew into early evening, and hungry children and adults became increasingly irritable to each other, Daddy would finally exit the highway and pull into a “4 Hamburgers for a $” fast food stand.
The last hours of this “game” were filled wife four kids expressing the usual complaints: “He’s touching me.” “She looked at me.” “She's on my side.” “Don’t slug so hard.” My mother’s repetitive, “Ray, I told you we should have stopped at the first one.” And finally, my daddy's massive arm reaching wildly from the front seat, recklessly aiming at anything in die back seat that was above went bock level. We would all duck, and most of the time no targets were hit
Wow, what a beginning to a “family vacation.” Real bonding occurred. Even as a child I remembered questioning why every family vacation had to begin with this foolishness. Why did my daddy always think there was something better ahead, instead of accepting what was right in his face. The obvious provision for his family.
As for lodging? The quest was to drive all night sleep along the roadside, in the car, for a brief time, and on we would go to our final destination, arriving just in time for Daddy to crash for the next eight to IO hours, while we enjoyed being with my grandparents and cousins. Even if lodging was offered by friends and relatives, the objective seemed to be to complete the trip without having to accept the hospitality and help of others.
Wherever I pray the 23rd Psalm, I think of this simple illustration and wonder how often we impend to God's provision in a similar manner. Read die following phrases and compare what God desires to give you with what you are willing to graciously accept.
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St Ann's Christian Mothers Altar Society of Sis. Peter St Paul Catholic Church will hold salad luncheon al noon Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Christian Mothers are asked to provide a salad, dessert or both for die luncheon. A brief meeting will follow.
for this free seminar. To meke reservations, call Wanda Stephens at 620-4548 by June 17.
First United Methodist Church, will present a Money Management Class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. This seminar will help you learn how to get the maximum benefit from your paycheck through good money management.
You may learn how to set realistic goals, establish a personal spending plan, develop an effective system for bill paying, how to manage debt and use credit wisely. This sounds like a serious evening, but it will prove to be both fun and enlightening. Make plans to join us at FUMC, 572 W. San Antonio Street, in the Assembly Room,
Oakwood Baptist Chinch presents Kingdom of the Son Vacation Bible School, a Prayer Safari. Adventurers four years old through the sixth grade can discover games, crafts, songs, snacks and Bible stories. Kingdom of the Son VBS will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly June 17 through 21 tit Oakwood Baptist, 2154 Loop 337 North.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a non-profit ocganizabon, in cooperation with the Singles Group of the
is a bom native of New Braunfels. She Home Minions director, he has been a building.
was formerly Judy Brasuell. great help to Greater Life United Pen- Pastor Jack Dool and members of
Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Wehon tecostal Church in acquiring fonds to GLUPC extend a warm welcome to
Brasuell, presently from Houston. Rev. help with the remodeling of the current visit both the IO a. rn. and 6 p.m. ser-
Keating taught at Texas Bible College church building. Thoro who haven’t vices Sunday, and they wish aUfelhers
in Houston and is a very qualified passed by lately will be amazed at the a happy Fathers Day.
Bible instructor and preacher. As the beautiful improvements to the old For information call 609-1325.
Rev. and Mrs. AB. Keeling
Rev. and Mrs. A. B. Keating of Lufkin, Texas, will be guest speakers at Greater Life United Pentecostal Church, 134 Enchantment Lane, off FM 725, at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Keating is the Texas District Home Missions Director with the United Pentecostal Church International. His wifeFirst Baptist Church
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