Senior Moment

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Glenstone Baptist Church, September, 2019

THE STORY OF JESUS

Apart from the miracles surrounding the stories of His birth and earliest days, the story of Jesus might be thought to be like that of other boys. No doubt, He played as other boys did, and grew and behaved as they. At about the age of twelve, He went to Jerusalem. He had four male siblings plus some sisters (Mark 6:3). (Of course, these were only half siblings inasmuch as they were not conceived as Jesus was. But to the neighbors they appeared to be normal children of Joseph and Mary.)

But, for the next approximately 18 years, the Bible is silent regarding this person. How long did He live with His family, and did He work with His father, or what did He do and where? There are no answers given to these questions, and it is not necessary that we know them, but we can wonder about them.

As I write this, I am not claiming that the following material answers any of the questions in the preceding paragraph. This material is presenting some possible thoughts of the life steps which Jesus may have taken.

One thing we will look at has to do with Jesus’ activity during this time period. Since Joseph was a carpenter, it is possible that Jesus was also. There is no record that He ever did this kind of work and particularly that He did not do it for himself. After all, he told some of His contacts that He had no place to lay His head. Akin to this is the fact that we do not know how long Joseph did live. Did he teach the trade to any of his sons?

It does seem likely that Jesus may have practiced some kind of trade. After all, He would have needed some income unless God simply provided for all of His needs, and there is no suggestion of that, even later after He had begun His ministry.

One thing which I considered was that Jesus may have traveled, but this still would have required some sort of income. Later on, the records do indicate that He traveled considerably, but apparently people contributed money for His ministry. There is no specific indication of how much money was given, who provided it, nor how it was used. We do know that after Jesus began His ministry, He and His disciples were traveling most of the time in widely varied places.

At any rate, with the story of His baptism by John, we find the beginning of the ministry for which He came into the world. As we read in the gospels, Jesus seems to have been always on the move going from place to place and ministering to countless peoples. The source of funds is not mentioned, but some of the people apparently contributed money for Him and the disciples. He never asked for money as far as we know. This money apparently was sufficient for all His needs until His death.

Although the story of Jesus’ life is interesting, of far greater importance is the story of His death and resurrection. We need to know that He died on a cross because of our sins and that through His death we can overcome the penalty for our sins. By believing in Him, we can have all of our sins forgiven and eternal life in heaven with Him is our reward and future.

REVIVAL SERVICES

Revival services will be held September 15th to 18th at Glenstone Baptist Church with Rev. Julius Raines as evangelist. Pray for, and plan to attend these services. Bring your friends and neighbors.

SEPTEMBER GO TEAM

Tuesday, September 17th our speaker will be Francis Skalicky who works for the 
Missouri Department of Conservation and he has spoken to our group in the past.  
He writes most of the conservation articles you read in the local paper & he 
does the displays you see at the Ozark Empire Fair and other events.  This time 
his topic will be Monarch butterflies as this is the month they will be migrating 
thru our area.  We will have our usual carry-in meal after his presentation.

SUNSHINE

God’s sun is so necessary. We in this world depend on it for life. God’s SON is even more necessary. We depend on Him for eternal life! First John says it so well; “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son hath not life.”

__Betty Towler

 

DON’T CARRY TWO DAYS AT ONCE

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow two days ahead of time.” This wise counsel is attributed to Corrie Ten Boom. Indeed, her wisdom closely echoes Jesus’ teaching: “Do not worry about your life. …Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Your heavenly Father knows [what] you need. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34, NIV)   __copied

 

TWO SIGNS WE SEE

One sign slightly modified here and Glenstone’s emphasis is added.

“Are you preparing to meet God?” “Let’s get you taken care of.”

 

Who’s Your One?

 

CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO GOD

  • Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? –Norma
  • Instead of letting people die and have to make new ones, why don’t You just keep the ones You have now? –Jane
  • I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? –Neil
  • Did You really mean “do unto others, as they do unto you?” Because if You did, I’m going to fix my brother! –Darla
  • Thank You for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. –Joyce
  • Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. –Bruce
  • If you watch me in church Sunday, I’ll show You my new shoes. –Mickey

ICE FISHING

An avid fisherman moved onto the ice and began to chop a hole. Suddenly, a voice boomed from above, “There are no fish in there.”

The man looked around and didn’t see anyone, but he heeded the advice and moved to a different spot to chop another hole. Again the loud voice, “There are no fish in there.”

The fisher then began to chop a third hole and the voice called again, “There are no fish in there.”

By now the fisherman was becoming afraid. “Are you God?” he asked meekly.

“No,” thundered the loudspeaker. “I own this skating rink.”

 

TRAVELING ADVICE

 

We need deliberately to call to mind the joys of our journey. Perhaps we should try to write down the blessings of one day We might begin; we could never end; there are not pens or paper enough in all the world.

 

__George Buttrick