If you’ve ever been at our house when we were doing laundry, you know how badly we were in need of a new washer and dryer. Well, we now have a new washer and dryer.
On Monday of this week, Curtis Kinzey was kind enough to take me to Springdale to pick them up in his truck.
On Tuesday of this week, Linn Rice was nice enough to come over and help with the set up process for the new ones and haul the old ones to the metal recycling place. And on the subject of the later…
Linn came to the house at 9:00 AM. The first task was to get the old washer and dryer out of the way. Since there is an exterior door right beside where the washer and dryer sit (facing Granite), we took them outside and set them by the street. This was accomplished by about 9:15 AM at the latest.
We then went about the task of hooking up the new washer and dryer. We were about finished at about 9:45 AM when I heard a knock on our front door (the door that faces Maple).
The man at the door was wearing a city shirt. I had noticed the marking of water lines and figured he was going to give me information about that process. I was wrong.
He was from code compliance and “...happened to be driving by and noticed the washer and dryer by the street.” As much as I wanted to be sarcastic with him, I explained that we were installing a new washer and dryer and were, quite literally, about to load the old ones up and haul them away. He still drove back by on Granite and took a picture. I can only assume he was back by to make sure they were gone.
Does that remind you of someone else? Do you know someone who always “happens to be driving by” when you do something that they interpret as “wrong,” so they give you a hard time? Unfortunately, some folks are just like that...and it’s not even their job!
But it also reminds me of another adversary. This is exactly how Satan works! (If you work for code compliance in the city of Siloam Springs, please don’t take this wrong...but if the shoe fits...☺)
Whenever you do something that could even remotely resemble “wrong,” Satan is always right there to “catch you red handed.” And he will keep bringing it up over and over again until it is dealt with.
Peter tells us, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
So at your weakest moment, he will “happen to be prowling by” and pounce on you. But Peter doesn’t leave us to wonder how to deal with Satan when this happens…“Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:9).
When Satan tries to “catch” you in something, don’t mess around with him. Don’t toy with him. Don’t be sarcastic with him. RESIST HIM!
Even at your weakest, remember that Christ is still stronger than Satan will ever be. All you have to do is tell Satan it was taken care of at Cavalry and, well, James tells us that “roaring lion” will tuck his tail between his legs and run away like a scared kitty cat!! (My loose translation of James 4:7b.)
I am thankful that my family is physically healthy.
I am thankful that I have a job.
I am thankful that my wife has a job.
I am thankful that I live in a country where I can read the Bible everyday.
I am thankful that I live in a country where I can follow the Bible everyday.
I am thankful that I live in a time where competent medical help is available at any time.
I am thankful that I live in a time where competent emotional help is available at any time.
I am thankful that I am a part of a church family that loves the Lord our God.
I am thankful that I am a part of a church family that loves each other.
I am thankful that I am a part of a church family that loves the lost.
I am thankful that we have three godly men who shepherd the flock of God at Eastgate.
I am thankful that we have three servant minded men who serve as deacons at Eastgate.
I am thankful for the monetary generosity displayed time and again by the congregation here at Eastgate.
I am thankful for the temporal generosity displayed time and again by the congregation here at Eastgate.
I am thankful for a God who loves me so much that He was willing to send His Son of Promise to die for me.
I am thankful for a Savior who was willing to leave heaven and come to earth so that He could give His life for me.
16 things for which I am thankful...and I came up with them in about five minutes. I challenge you to do the same...write down a list of things for which you are thankful.
In the words of Johnson Oatman, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done.”
The number and simplicity of doing this just might “...surprise you what the Lord hath done!”
You may or may not be aware that the church is a member of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce...but we are.
You may or may not be aware that on the first Friday of each month, the Chamber hosts a “First Friday Coffee” at an area business...but they do.
You may or may not be aware that Sarah Scroggins can move fairly quickly, even with a full cup of hot coffee in her hand...but she can.
You may or may not see how all three of these are connected...but they are!
The church is a member of the Chamber because it allows us to be listed on their website and lets folks visiting or moving to Siloam Springs know about us. There is a link on the Chamber’s website to our website so people investigating our city can get accurate information about our congregation.
I attend as many of the First Friday Coffees as I can to be visible in the community...plus they have some really cool door prizes!
This past Friday was hosted by Friendship Community Care...which is where Sarah works as a nurse, which is why she was standing at the table with the coffee and assorted pastries at the Chamber’s First Friday Coffee last Friday.
We spoke as I “doctored” my coffee a bit. You never know how strong the coffee is going to be at these things, so I put in two spoons of sugar and some creamer and went off to circulate.
Well, I took a sip of my coffee and nearly choked. I thought my taste buds were off, so I took another sip with the same result.
So I went back to Sarah and asked if she was sure that the stuff in the sugar bowl was sugar. She said, “Creamer?” I said, “No, salt.” She said, “NO WAY!” and, tasted some that had spilled onto the table.
That was when she took the bowl and my full cup of hot coffee and zoomed away. She returned with a fairly red face and a bowl of sugar. After making sure that she was sure that it was sugar, I fixed another cup of coffee and began hob-knobbing again.
I consider myself to be somewhat adept at drinking coffee and in the process of preparing coffee the way I like to drink it. But I still put salt in my coffee Friday morning because I thought it was sugar.
The truth is a lot like that. Someone tells us something and we just assume that it is the truth. Perhaps a preacher says something and we just give the benefit of the doubt...because a preacher told it to us.
In Acts 17:11 we are told that when Paul went to Berea, the Jews there were more “noble” than the Jews in Thessalonica. Why were they more noble? Because “...they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
Now, who was doing the teaching of the Bereans? Paul...the apostle Paul. And yet they still examined the Scriptures to make sure that what Paul...the apostle Paul said was the truth.
Please don’t ever just “take my word for it.” I would never purposefully mislead you, but I am human and can be wrong. No matter who it is or what their position is, when they tell you something...check it out with the Scriptures.
I know that some co-worker of Sarah’s (it was NOT Sarah’s fault...this time) did not intentionally put out salt instead of sugar...but I still found out the hard way that she did just that. So from now on, I’m going to check to make sure that the sugar is really sugar.
And from now on please make sure that the teaching you hear being taught as truth is really the truth.
My family increased by one this last week. We have added another dog. This dog has a special purpose as we will be training it to be a psychiatric service dog for Jamie to assist her in coping with anxiety and depression. I will tell you more about this dog in a yet to be written article at some point in the future.
This article is about Shadow, Rachel’s dog. For the past few days, Jamie has been trying to bond with Ruth (her new dog). But every time Jamie calls Ruth or pets Ruth or tries to do anything with Ruth, Shadow has to get involved...he was not real happy about having a “little sister.” He seems to have forgotten that there was a time when he was the new dog in the house and Princeton (that’s Monica’s dog) had a new “little, big brother.”
Since Rachel left for Harding, Jamie has been “taking care of” Shadow. Well, now Jamie has a new dog. While Shadow’s kennel was in Jamie’s room, now it is back in Rachel’s empty room (“empty” in that Rachel is not there).
And with some other changes, Shadow maybe has started to feel neglected. So I’ve been spending more time with him and I think he is adjusting to having another dog in the house.
Being the “new kid on the block” is not much fun. It can be quite intimidating to be in a room full of strangers (or even people that you kind of know, but not really).
How welcoming are you towards those who visit our assemblies? How welcoming are you towards those who are new members of our congregation?
We really need to make a concentrated effort to remember what it was like when we were new here. We need to make a concentrated effort to welcome new folks.
So when you see someone new or that you don’t know too well, break away from your same group of friends and talk to the new people. Get to know them. Invite them into your home. Share a meal with them. Introduce them to your friends. Encourage them to get involved.
If we are not welcoming to them, someone else will be. And, you never know, it could just be that God has a very special purpose for them in the Eastgate church of Christ family.