New Hope Church of Christ

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11025 131st St
Largo, FL 33774
(727) 517-7517
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Elder’s Corner – by David Himes - 01-15-2017 Can a Christian Buy Lottery Tickets? In the past few years there has been a lot of hoopla about a massive lottery, offering the possibility of winning as much as 100 million dollars. The media was full of advice found in articles with such intriguing titles as “What People Need to Know About Winning the Lottery” or “12 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Big One." There is advice about what days to purchase your ticket, and what to do with your winning ticket. There’s the usual advice on how to invest your winnings and for those who need it, how to ditch family and friends expecting a handout. And though TV news reports the odds of winning these jackpots are as high as one in 200 million, and many scurry to purchase their tickets before the deadline closes, hoping to gain what they believe will be eternal happiness and bliss. Can you name six sins involved in gambling - Covetousness, greed, love of money, disregard for the “golden rule” of doing unto others, lust and licentiousness. Gambling means that everyone else loses so I can win. Proverbs 13:11 (KJV) says, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” And we are counseled that “an inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end” (NASB, Proverbs 20:21). Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ The warning to remain contented with what we have and the promise that Jesus will never leave us is far more reassuring than buying a ticket with a 200 million to 1 chance of winning. We don’t want to put our trust in money, do we? For “when you set your eyes on it [money], it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens” (Proverbs 23:5). God says that there are better things to do with our money than throw it away. Excess money should be saved for future needs or given to the Lord’s work, not gambled away (1 Corinthians 4:2). Many give a single dollar in the collection plate on Sunday and then spent $10 to $25 in lottery tickets. Which one will bring you the greatest happiness? The Bible clearly states that the lottery is a “get rich” scheme and “get rich” schemes are to be avoided at all costs. Solomon wrote from experience: “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 28:20). (See also Proverbs 13:11; Proverbs 23:5; and Ecclesiastes 5:10.) The principle is that if we spend the same amount of time planning and investing [working] as we do trying to get rich quick we will come out way ahead in the future. Get rich schemes often tempt us away from trusting God as the real source of our financial security. They can lead us to trust more in our money than in our God. They can mess with our minds regarding the real dangers of materialism (Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 6:10; and Hebrews 13:5).

Sermon Notes By Wiley Coppinger – January 15, 2017 The sound of Cherub Wings – Ezekiel 10:1-5 Many people, when they hear the word “Cherub” think of cure, harmless little children with tiny wings on their backs. Cherubs are not cure. They are not little children with tiny wings on their backs. They are very powerful and intimidating beings. In Ezekiel 10, God painted a very vivid picture for the Jews. He was angry with them. Judah had been sinning for ears, committing idolatry and shedding innocent blood. God had had enough. In the vision, God orders fire to be taken from among the cherubim and scattered all over the city in punishment of their sins. Cherubim seem to be everywhere in this vision. The sound of the wings of these beings was like the sound of judgment. Cherubs are powerful and intimidating. It helps to understand who angels are and why they were created (Hebrews 1:14). They were created to serve Christians. The first cherub we’re introduced to in Scripture was Satan. The second cherub is also mentioned in Genesis. “He drove out the man, and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22-24) Why would God have a c cherub guard the Tree of life? Because Adam and Eve had sinned. They ate of the tree that God commanded them not to eat. Their punishment was death. (Romans 6:23) God placed the cherubim in front of the Tree of Life to guard it from the hands of sinful men, and so death reigned in a once perfect world. There is a third gift that God had the cherubim protect. In Exodus 25:17-22, Moses is told how the Ark of the Covenant is to be crafted. “Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another” toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.” (19-21) It’s like they are shielding and protecting that part of the Ark, where the blood of sacrifice was placed on the Day of Atonement. When the blood of an innocent sacrifice was placed on the mercy seat, God would have mercy on His people. He would regard their sins as covered by that innocent blood. The first cherub, Satan, brought death to mankind. The 2nd cherub, guarding the Tree of Life, enforced the death punishment for sin. But the third set of cherubs were placed on the Mercy Seat to protect God’s most valued gift, the gift of Mercy, the gift of Life. Summing it up – The sound of cherub wings was like the sound of the voice of Almighty God. It was the sound of sin when Satan came and tempted Ever. It was the sound of judgment, an angel guarding the Tree of Life. It was the sound of mercy, through the blood of Jesus. That is the gospel. That’s what we all ne to be acceptable to God.

Elder’s Corner – God is NOT Fair by David Himes - January 8, 2017 During his time on Earth, Jesus’ message was seen not merely as wrong – it was dangerous. It was subversive. It threatened to upset the social world of Judaism. But what kind of message could make the religious leaders so angry that they would kill the messenger? One idea that could anger the religious leaders is found in Matthew 9:13: “I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.” Jesus had a message of good news for sinners, but people who considered themselves good (religious) often thought that Jesus preached bad news. Jesus invited prostitutes and tax collectors into the kingdom of God, and the good people didn’t like that. “That’s not fair,” they may have said. “We have been going to temple and providing sacrifices as we have been directed to do; we are good Jews. How can they get into the kingdom after all the evil they have done? If you don’t keep those people out, it isn’t fair!” They thought that God should be fair. People don’t like to think that they will be in heaven with repentant killers, thieves, and adulterers. “Good” Christian people want God to be fair – but He isn’t. Most people think that fairness means a reward based on length of service. How would you feel it if everyone got the same amount in their retirement check – no matter how long they worked (day, month, year, 50 years)? But when it comes to salvation, God simply isn’t fair. It was this message that got Jesus into trouble. He made people so angry that they wanted to kill him. We might like to think that we have worked all our lives serving God, bearing the burdens of life year after year in His service. We believe we are deserving of a better reward than the repentant sinner who comes to God in his last days. But we don’t. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the church or how many sacrifices you have made – those things are nothing in comparison to what God is offering us. Paul worked harder than any of us; he made more sacrifices for the gospel than we realize, but he counted it all as a loss for Christ. All the beatings, jail time served, and humiliation he suffered was nothing compared to the love and saving grace of Jesus. The time we’ve spent in the church is nothing to God. The work we’ve done is nothing compared to what He can do. Even at our best, as another parable says, we are just unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10). We cannot possibly give Him anything on top of that – even if we obey everything he commands (which we don’t). We are like the workers who worked only one hour and got a whole day’s wage. (Matthew 20) We just barely got started and we sacrificed little, but we were paid like we actually did something useful. Is that fair? Maybe we shouldn’t even ask the question. If the judgment is in our favor, we shouldn’t ask for another opinion! Do we think of ourselves as people who have worked long and hard? Do we think we deserve more than we are getting? Or do we see ourselves as people who are getting an undeserved gift, regardless of how long we’ve worked?

We were sorry to hear of the passing of our brother in Christ, Arnold Wilson, this morning. Our dear Lord tells us in the gospel of Matthew that those who mourn are “blessed.” We know that only those who love greatly can mourn. We know, too, that it is better to have loved and lost someone than never to have loved at all. We extend our deepest sympathies to Arnold's wife, Jane. We pray that the Lord be with her during this time, and may the members of hers and Arnold’s families be strengthened, knowing that others care for them and hold them in prayer.

Elder’s Corner - by David Himes - 12-25-2106 God Offers You Hope What could be more comforting than to experience the reality of God’s love for you? The good news is that you can experience that love - in spite of your sins, regardless of your past, no matter what you have done or who you are. God offers you hope. The depth of God’s commitment to you is captured in these words of the apostle Paul: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The awful product of sin is alienation from God. Sin corrupts and destroys relationships, not only between humans and God, but among humans themselves. God commands us to love Him and to love our neighbors, but humans cannot find within themselves the ability to obey that command. Selfishness lies at the root of sin, and selfishness leads us to consider relationships, whether with God or with our neighbors, of little value compared to ourselves and our personal desires. But God’s love for humanity surpasses our selfishness and unfaithfulness. Through His love for us, we are able to be delivered from sin and its final result—death. God’s plan of salvation, of reconciliation to Him, is so merciful and so undeserved that no gift could ever be greater. God calls us to Himself through Jesus Christ. He works in our hearts to reveal himself to us, to convict us of our sinful state, and He gives us the capacity to respond to Him in faith. Then God leaves the choice up to us. We can accept what He offers—salvation, to know Him, to abide in His love as His own children. We can choose to enter into that life that will continue to grow in his love and faith (Romans 1:17), pressing relentlessly toward that glorious day at the resurrection when our bodies will be changed to immortal spiritual bodies (1 Corinthians 15:44). Or we can choose to reject God’s offer, to continue our own lives, our own ways, following our own self-oriented pursuits and pleasures, which will simply end in death. But God loves the people he created, "not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). Reconciliation with God is the only true hope of all humanity, and it is your only true hope. When we accept God’s offer, when we turn away from sin in repentance and to our Father in faith, accepting His Son as our Savior, God justifies us by Jesus’ blood, by Jesus’ death in our place, and He sanctifies us by His Spirit. It is the ultimate life-changing experience. We then walk in utter newness of life—not a life of selfishness and broken relationships, but a life of love, of obedience toward God (1 John 1:6-7:2:4).