Kings Ridge Reminder

06 April 2018

Russ Bowman from Beaumont, Texas will be with us discussing Old Testament principles for New Testament people. Come hear some great lessons and invite your friends and neighbors!

19 March 2017

“The Times They Are A-Changin’” is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name. reported-ly, Dylan intended for the song to be an anthem of change for the mo-ment. These are the final words of the song: Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticize what you can’t understand. Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand, for the times they are a-changin’. Depending on your point of view, the changes alluded to in the song represented either a period of human decline or one of social “maturity.”

Unfortunately, this song could be the anthem for many who are at-tempting to bring the Lord’s church into “maturity”. The body of Christ is being influenced by denominational and humanistic approach-es to worship, inclusion and even techniques for church growth. The Israelites embraced a similar attitude at the end of Samuel’s tenure as their judge (1 Samuel 8). As Samuel became old, he named his sons judges. However, they did not walk in his ways, took bribes and per-verted justice. So, the people asked Samuel to appoint a king to judge them like all the nations around them. After all, they were progressing toward “maturity”. This request displeased Samuel and he prayed to the LORD. God told him to obey the people. God said, “They have rejected me from being King over them” (1 Sam. 8:7). The Israelites’ push for change was viewed as rejection by Jehovah. It led to their demise.

Yes, even today “the times they are a-changin’.” Those who call for changes in the Lord’s church which are contrary to His will are quite likely those spoken of in 1 Tim. 4:1ff and 2 Pet. 2:1ff. We must strive to adhere to the teachings of the Scriptures and steer clear of vain spec-ulations and philosophies of men. We must not be so anxious to hear something new and pleasing that we are willing to change what God wants to remain unchanged!

01 January 2017

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, My Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, Turned back, diluted or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, Hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, Ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in a maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow up.

This past week I was looking through my daily planner and I ran across a bookmark which had the previous words of profound prose written on it. The title is simply “Heaven Bound.” I wish I could give credit to the author, but it was written anonymously. These words ought to describe the life-goal of every Christian.

I have thought often about heaven lately, perhaps partly because I have attended the funerals of several faithful saints during the last couple of months. The scripture which says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart” (Eccl. 7:2) is making more sense to me than ever. You see, God uses these cir-cumstances to focus our attention on our lives, the fleeting nature of them, and what lies beyond this earthly existence. For a Christian, they point our focus toward heaven.

John wrote, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:3-4). What a wonderful and unimaginable place God has prepared for us! As you begin this new year, make a point of thinking of, and preparing more for heaven.

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