Give Up

July 27, 2009

Jesus always had a unique way of putting things into perspective for his listeners. He was a man of many good works and a man of many good words. On one such occasion Jesus sent out his seventy disciples in what is now known as the “Limited Commission”. Jesus says to them in Matthew 10:39 “Those who try to hold on to their lives will give up true life. Those who give up their lives for me will hold on to true life.” Interesting isn’t it? That the way to find true life in this life and the next is to give up something.

For many of us we don’t want to give up something, instead we would rather hang on even if it means hanging on by a thread. The disciples would never reach the lost sheep of Israel as long as they were unwilling to let go of what truly did not matter. The church today will never reach the lost sheep of the world as long as we are unwilling to give up something. We may have to give up our time, our money, our energy, our interests, or any other thing that would get in the way of following Jesus. Jesus with his life showed us what it was like to give up something in order to gain something. What have I given up today to gain the true life found in Jesus?

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Getting Better

July 20, 2009

Well here I am again still trying to figure out this whole blog thing. I figure I am getting better with each passing day, now all that is needed is a more consistent blog message. Isn’t that funny though? Funny that we are always going to be the most critical of ourselves because we are going to be the ones most honest with ourselves. We are always looking for ways to be more consistent with our Christian lives or getting better at walking the Christian walk.

One of the things we are all most guilty of is carrying around the should haves, would haves, and could haves of life. I should have acted this way at work or I could have done this for my wife or if I had known I would have done something. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus offers a great invitation to those who felt as if they could not “measure up” to the expectations of the religious leaders of the day and these people lived their lives in the shadows of what was left undone during the day. Jesus says “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest” (NCV) What a great invitation to people who knew what it was like to carry around loads, burdens that no one else seemed to care about. Be reminded today that Jesus cares and that he genuinelly wants to help carry the load!

Welcome!

July 6, 2009

Welcome to the HXR (i.e. Hamilton Crossroads church of Christ) blog. We have been working diligently for the past several months to get our church web site up and running. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. I pray that you will find our church web site informational and easy to navigate. I also hope that this blog in the coming days, weeks, months, and years will provide you with thought provoking quotes and sayings that will help you on your daily walk with God. Please take your time looking around our website and pass on information that will be helpful in making the web site better and then please make time in your schedule to come and visit it us all at Hamilton Crossroads. Again, the church of Christ at Hamilton Crossroads greets you and is here to serve you and your family in whatever ways that we can!