CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

attitude bcocIn aeronautic terminology “attitude” refers to “the orientation of an aircraft’s axes relative to a reference” point such as the horizon.[1] For the record, I am not an aircraft aficionado so my explanation of aircraft terminology is based on my own research and therefore susceptible to flaws. But as I understand it, the attitude of an aircraft is its position relative to other objects on the axes of roll (i.e. rotation from the longitudinal axis that is controlled by the aileron and determines the angle or banking of the aircraft’s wings), pitch (i.e. rotation around the lateral axis that is controlled by the elevator and determines the up and down movement of the aircraft’s nose), and yaw (i.e. rotation around the perpendicular axis that is controlled by the rudder and determines the side to side movement of the aircraft’s nose).

INFORM, NOT ENFORCE?

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

AirplaneFirst things first: I’m a rule-follower. 

This doesn’t mean that I ALWAYS follow the rules (just ask my Mom), but I’m a rule-follower by nature. I respect authority, obey rules/laws, and absolutely HATE to be “in trouble” with anyone. 

So, keep that in mind as you read this article… 

THE TWO-SIDED COIN OF HONORING PARENTS

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

honorparentsOur teenagers are in the middle of a 2-week study on “Honoring My Parents” in our Wednesday night class. This study is designed to shed some light on what the Bible has to say about their responsibility to honor and obey their parents. 

A cursory reading of Ephesians 6:1-2 will reveal that there are no real “qualifiers” to this command. Children are instructed to “obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” In other words, this is commanded because it is the right thing to do. 

FASHIONED FOR FAITH

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

sputnikimage1On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched a small spacecraft called Sputnik 1, which became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 1 was a small satellite by modern standards. It was approximately the size of a beach ball, but weighed 183.9 pounds. Additionally, Sputnik 1 was a basic satellite by modern standards. Its only function was to transmit radio signals. Sputnik 1’s mission was brief by modern standards. It transmitted radio signals for only 21 days until its batteries ran out on October 26, 1957. It orbited the earth for only 3 months before it burned up while reentering Earth’s atmosphere on January 4, 1958.

TRAGIC REMINDERS

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

tragicremindersAs most of you know, tragedy unfolded at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN last Sunday when a twenty-five year old man named Emanuel Samson arrived at the church building as worship service came to a close and began shooting at churchgoers, both inside and outside the building, killing one and injuring 7 others. In the wake of this event I have been reminded of some biblical truths.

TONGUE CONTROL

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1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Based on John’s connection between confession and forgiveness it would seem that the practice of confession is quite important. Thus, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to promote the practices of confessing our sins and engaging in a self-examnation so that we can determine “whether [or not we] are in the faith” as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.

Our last spiritual exercise has to do with our words because what we say matters. Jesus highlighted the importance of our words when He said, “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Since we will give an account for our words and our words have the ability to condemn us, shouldn’t we exercises our tongues so that we eliminate sinful patterns of speech and promote Christlike patterns of speech? Therefore, in this weeks spiritual exercise we will look at how we can break negative speech patterns and how we can promote positive speech patterns.

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Tongue Control

The Discipline of Confession

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

selfdiagnose bcoc1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Based on John’s connection between confession and forgiveness it would seem that the practice of confession is quite important. Thus, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to promote the practices of confessing our sins and engaging in a self-examnation so that we can determine “whether [or not we] are in the faith” as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.

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Confession

Memorization

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memorization bcocMemorization is an exercise in which we frequently engage our children in order to promote the retention of important information. In the church, we encourage them to memorize the books of the Bible, useful biblical information such as the Ten Commandments, and sections of Scripture such as the 23rd Psalm or the model prayer. But does memorization have a place in the life of a mature Christian? Consider the fact that when Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-10), He combatted each temptation by quoting from a passage of Scripture from memory (Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:13, 16). In other words, Jesus was equipped to conquer temptation in part because of the practice of memorization. This week’s spiritual exercise will engage us in the practice of memorization so that we can be equipped with a ready recollection of God’s word just like Jesus.

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Meditation

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meditation bcocScripture indicates that our thoughts should be directed toward God. For example, we are instructed to “set [our] minds[s] on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2)  One way in which we train ourselves to to direct our thoughts toward God is through the practice of biblical meditation, that is, reflecting on the character, nature, and commands of God through His word. The expectation of meditating on God’s word is evident in Deuteronomy 11:18 when God instructed His people to “lay up these words of mine in your heart” as well as in Psalm 1:1-2 when the author of this psalm pronounced a blessing on the individual who “meditates" on God’s law "day and night.” With such an emphasis on meditation it seems only fitting that we consider how this practice can be employed today; therefore, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to challenge us to engage in biblical meditation either by meditating on God’s word or God’s works.

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The Discipline of Meditation

Prayer

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prayer bcocPrayer is essential. In Scripture we are instructed to "be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12), to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and to “continue steadfastly in prayer” (Colossians 4:22). Prayer is intended to eliminate our anxiety (Philippians 4:6), to protect us against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:18), and to align our will with God’s (Matthew 6:10). With so much emphasis placed on prayer in Scripture we should constantly be looking to improve our prayer life. This week’s spiritual exercise is designed to equip us with biblically-based prayer strategies that we may have overlooked in the past.

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