free

hit counters

COLLINSVILLE

CHURCH OF CHRIST

On this rock I will build my church
Matthew 16:18

Articles & Reviews

- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Today's 'Lustrative Message

From our archive:

We live in a very mobile society. People move for various reasons—because of job transfers, because of family, because of better employment opportunities, because of retirement, because of health or even because of weather. You can always find real estate agents willing to help you relocate. I once saw a Remax billboard advertisement that asked, “Where do you want to be?”

Abraham was a sojourner in the land of promise, but that was not where he wanted to relocate.

For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Heb 11:10 ESV

If your ultimate relocation desire is the heavenly city, live here today as if you want to live there tomorrow.

June 27, 2018
If you listen regularly to the news, you could get depressed. More than anything else, you hear of military conflict, natural disasters, crime, and more. I am glad I serve the Almighty God, the Creator of all the universe. He has promised all those that love Him and are called according to His purpose that all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28). Sometimes that is hard to understand, but He is faithful to do what He promises. Aren't you glad He is?

Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any. Isa 44:8 ESV

Bow in prayer and thank Him for blessing you as He has. Bow in prayer and thank Him for being there when you need Him. Bow in prayer and thank Him today, because even if you don't have problems, He is there.

June 20, 2018
Occasionally news reports will be given about valuable treasures that have been brought up from wrecked sea vessels. Think about it. The oceans cover a major part of the earth. Yet, companies motivated for profit have scoured the seas for these wreckages and found great treasures.

The world’s population is more than seven billion. We should be motivated to scour the earth, even our own communities, to find treasures, those hearts of fertile soil that will turn to the Lord (Matthew 16:26). Do what you can this week to find a costly pearl.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matt 13:45-46 ESV

Invite an oyster to worship Sunday. There could be a pearl inside.

June 12, 2018
We had a potluck dinner Sunday. Fellowship dinners are very hard on me. So many choices of desserts, most of which are not good for me. Too much sugar, too many carbs. Sometimes temptation is hard to overcome.

Daily living is quite hard for all of us. There are too many choices that are not good for us. Temptation is hard to overcome.

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. Prov 4:14-15 ESV