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            The month of October was that busy that it flew by, and here we are getting ready to contemplate the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  Before we know it, the snow will be falling, and we will be in January.  This time of year seems to fly by quicker and quicker every year.  Hopefully you were able to participate in some of the activities in October.  Love feast went well.  We had a very good Rally Day speaker that taught us how to live a lifestyle of evangelism.  Harold Yeager had a wonderful revival series for us.  A lot of us were also busy helping with the Camp Eder Apple Butter, and we had Word Of Life come in and share about their organization.  If you missed out on the October activities, you missed a lot of different events.

          We will get back to our Bible study in Genesis.  I am not sure if we will finish the study before the year is out, but we should be close to completing it.  We still have a book or two left if you would like to attend the study with us.  Everyone is certainly welcome to attend and participate in the study.  I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving meal.  Hopefully we have a great turn out for the meal on Friday night. 

          We only have three more names of God to look at.  On the first Sunday in November, we will look at El Elyon or the God Most High.  On the second Sunday in November, we will look at El Shaddai or God Almighty, and finally we will look at Emmanuel or God is With Us.  All of these names have significance that we should grasp so we have a more complete picture of who God and Jesus Christ are.

          There were some events that took place this week that have made a specific Scripture have new life for me.  Quite often, as Christians, we feel as though we must correct the supposed sinful discretion of our fellow believers.  There are those times that we can become self-righteous, and our condemnations can become self-serving.  One can miss the pain caused by a simple reminder that an individual may have been divorced or that someone may have suffered from an indiscretion.  There are times when the one seeking to do the correction is only serving their own burning desire of highlighting someone’s perceived sin.  In John 8, we find Jesus is dealing with similar circumstances.  In John 8:3-5 we read, “Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, making her stand in the center.  “Teacher,” they said to Him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery.  In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?”

          Of course the Pharisees and Scribes were attempting to trap Jesus because of their own self-righteous desires.  Yet Jesus was able to keep a calm head.  His response in verse 7 was, When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.”  The one without sin was allowed to toss the first condemning stone at the prostitute.  Of course, all the scribes and pharisees walked away at that point because they knew that they were all sinners as well.  None of the so-called followers of the law were capable of condemning the woman.  And Jesus in verse 11 proclaimed, “Neither do I condemn you, go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

          None of us have the right to throw the condemning stones.  We were all sinners saved by the grace of God.  I am not saying that we over look sin, but we had better contemplate our motives.  We need to understand the ramifications of how we address someone else’s sin because we are just as sinful as the next person.

 

In His Service

Pastor Leon Davis