I recently read an article where a reporter was lamenting the fact that many of the physical needs that people have are not being met. This reporter was pointing to the fact that civil authorities are being taxed to the limit, and that those agencies who exist to relieve those who live on the streets are at their limit also. The reporter was trying to express that there are other sources of help available and she specifically mentioned "churches" and said, "After all, that's the purpose of church anyway!"
    There are indeed a few religious groups that have benevolent aid as a regular, and even the major part of their work. They plainly advertise themselves as such. But is this the "purpose of the Church?" Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying. I am not saying the church should not help people from time to time, but I think it's important to be informed that the church that Jesus built was not given the sole task of going into all the world just to feed everyone, cloth everyone, or house everyone. The church that Jesus built is a TEACHING body (John 6:44-45), and that which is to be taught is the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16). That Gospel is to be preached to the whole world, and every child of God is to be taught to live by what the Word demands. Sure, along the way there will be occasions of benevolence that arise that will involve the needs of some, and the church will meet those needs. But benevolence is never to be the major sole work of the church. The church can never be just another relief agency for the community.
    "Go into all the world and preach the GOSPEL to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has not believed shall be condemned."
If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
God Bless- Todd
    We live in a world of value. What I mean is, the value we place on something will determine how important it will be to us. People today can hoard things of little value while throwing away many of life's most valued treasures. And that seems to have always been the case. Adam and Eve sacrificed paradise in the garden for a moment of recklessness to taste something that was forbidden by God. Esau sold his birthright for some stew. Judas betrayed his greatest friend for some silver.
    One of the most amazing things about much of mankind is that they place a very low value on virtue, morality, and hope. There are few things in life that are exceedingly important. Surely a wise person would not think of throwing these things away for things that, by comparison, are virtually trash. Jesus taught that His words and His way are like the pearl of great price, worth everything else that one may give up in order to have it.
    Christianity is like the hidden treasure that a man found, and he sold all that he has so that he would be able to buy it. It is worth self-denial, suffering whatever is necessary, bearing whatever burden he must in order to have that which deserves to be first in one's life. The words of Jesus still resound: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..." (Matt. 6:33).
    Satan is the most ruthless criminal of all. For mere pennies, he can buy off souls that Christ gave His life to save, all because many are poor traders who never truly learned the value of Christianity and their own soul. Jesus asked, "For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37).
    So to answer our question, What is Your Christianity Worth? One word sums it up perfectly: EVERYTHING!
If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
God Bless-Todd
In His prayer in John 17, Jesus states that His disciples are not of this world, just as He is not of this world. How can that be? We are born here, aren't we? Of course we were. But, we have been called out of this place (2 Cor. 6:17; 1 Peter 1:13-15).  We do not belong to this world (1 Cor. 6:19-20). If we do not belong to this world, than how do we live in this world? Jesus, the one who left heaven and came to this world as a man in which He did not belong. How did he do it, and what did He teach us that will help is be able to do it as well?
    1. Do Not Fall In Love With This World (Matt. 6:19-21). Jesus knew where He was from and often spoke of returning there. And we should focus on the promise of that home that awaits Christians when we are done here in this world.
    2. Live a Holy Life (1 Peter 1:15). Jesus lived a perfect life, without sin, even in this dark world.
    3. Stay Focused On Why You Are Here (Matt. 6:24; Col. 3:22-24). Jesus was continually reminding those around Him that He was here to fulfill the will of His Father in heaven.
    4. Stay Connected to God (1 Thess. 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:15). Jesus frequently withdrew Himself from the crowd and His disciples to pray. He taught us the importance of prayer and the importance of knowing what the scriptures say. To help keep our eyes on Him.
    5. Look Forward To Going Home (John 14:3; Luke 12:36-37). Jesus spoke about returning to the Father and taking His followers with Him. If we will observe and practice the way Jesus lived and what He taught, then we can live as we should in this world in which we do not belong. "This world is not me home, I'm just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; the angels beckon me from heaven's open door, And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."
    If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.
God Bless- Todd