Life Is Too Short To Be Selfish

If you do some research you’ll find lists of actors, athletes, and musicians who have died prematurely because of an addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Just this past week the nation was shocked to hear that Academy Award  winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his home from  an apparent drug overdose. As people posted pictures and heart felt  sentiments all over social media, I couldn't help but feel conflicted. Here  was a man who, to the outside observer, had it all. A successful career, a  family, and a long life left to live. There are millions, if not billions, of people who would not hesitate for a second to trade lives with him or someone similar. However, I wonder if that fame and fortune, that so many desire, was less a blessing and more a curse.

More people today place their faith, focus, and future on the world rather than the Word of God. Even Christians can easily become entranced by the sweet sounds of selfishness. The Bible clearly condemns it, (Philippians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 10:24; 1 John 3:17). 2 Timothy 3:2-4 says, “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” Whenever I read of a celebrity who loses their life because of sinful desires I am reminded of how selfish people can truly be.

Sometimes we think the decisions we make affect no one but ourselves, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind three children who will grow up without a father and other family members who were robbed of the chance to say goodbye. Why? Because his heart was blackened by the world instead of brightened by the Word and a lover of pleasure rather than a lover of God.

There is a lesson in this situation, as well as others like it. “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh,” (Galatians 5:16). Philippians 3:18-21 tells us, “For many walk, of whom I have told often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame – who set their mind on earthly things. For
our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” The Spirit leads to life, while the lusts of the flesh lead to death. Given those two choices, it seems  pretty evident which one we ought to be concerned with and we must decide which path we want to walk in our lives. Do we care more about how we feel and the way the world can make us feel, or do we care more about the Lord and what He has to offer? It saddens me to see so many people, both celebrities and Christians, picking the wrong path and loving the wrong things. Examine your own life today and see what path you are on and whether you need to make a life-saving change. Most importantly make that change before it’s too late.                  

I have always been a huge fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The first movie I saw him in, Twister, was one of my favorites. When I found out that he died, I was shocked. He was a great actor, described as the next Humphrey Bogart; a compliment that he will never be able to live up to.

The saddest thing about this situation is that it wasn’t the first and probably won’t be the last of its kind. People in the world need to wake up and realize that nothing is greater than salvation. No amount of alcohol, drugs, or money can compare to the grace, peace, mercy, and salvation offered by God. Although there are things that might make us feel good for a minute they take away the possibility of feeling amazing for eternity. It might be difficult to put away your selfish desires, but rest assured it’s worth it. 1 Peter 1:22-24 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because, ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers away and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” God Bless!

What to expect

We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.

Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word (1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.

We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Pet. 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.

You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The churches of Christ greet you”

Those are the words of Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and we in the Roanoke Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question:

Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:10-11). But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.

It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18). The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23) and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:4-6). There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of this religious contradiction can be confusing.

But if set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians (Acts 11:26). Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.

We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim. 1:13). We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25). Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.

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