Recently as I sat in the living room floor with my granddaughter, we constructed a house using blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. It wasn’t your normal house, but having the joy of building it together made it even a greater joy to build and when finished, it was something we were both very happy with. In a similar fashion, we at Parkway Drive have the opportunity of constructing something beautiful for the glory of God. Something made from a unified effort from each of us who claim to be associated with the Parkway Drive congregation. Each of us can be its building blocks or as the Apostle Peter wrote, Living Stones”. (I Peter 2:5) A living stone will be alive, active and doing its part to support the others.
We at Parkway Drive are much like those blocks that my granddaughter and I built with. We are of different colors, different sizes, different ages and from different backgrounds, yet we are of one spirit. (I Cor. 12:13) May we all bring our individual differences together, and in peace and unity, allow the master to build us into something that each of us as well as God can be very happy with.
It’s been said that if you have a penny and I have a penny and if we exchange pennies, you still have one cent and I still have one cent. But if you have an idea and we exchange ideas, you now have two ideas and I now have two ideas. Such dialogue is evidence of something beautiful being built by living stones. This is when our thoughts, ideas and goals are always with God at the forefront of our ideas and plans.
So let us be busy with love and joy in our hearts throughout the week, both in our assembled times together and when we are in our individual places. Let us bring our differences together and allow the Master to create with us something beautiful in His sight.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear Jesus speak to us as He did to Peter when he said, “”I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
Excited to serve Him,
Some things are an acquired taste. Coffee is often considered an acquired taste. But the most important taste we should acquire is our taste for God. So I ask you, have you acquired a taste for God? Maybe you don’t think that sounds appropriate but I am not the first to say this:
Psalm 34:8 (ESV)
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
If we are not acquiring a taste for God, we will find ourselves saying what the band U2 said in their song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” I believe whatever they are looking for, can actually be found in God. Only God can give us what we are truly are thirsty for. Many people are just looking in the wrong place. Remember what Jesus told the woman at the well?
John 4:13-15 (ESV)
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Only God can satisfy your thirst, but in another sense the satisfied soul that has truly tasted God is only going to want more. Thirsting for God should be an ongoing process. When one is imbibing on God they discover there are more and more beautiful tastes of God yet to be discovered. This is an ongoing process, with new discoveries with each new taste. It is an everlasting thirst that continually satisfies the soul over and over again.
Grace and peace to you and yours,
This coming Wednesday evening, October 19th, we begin new opportunities of adult study at Parkway Drive. There will be two separate adult classes for men and women. Ladies will meet in the fellowship hall as they enjoy a Ladies Study with Sandra Medley facilitating this study. For the men of the congregation, we invite you to plan to be a part of a Men’s Only Study entitled, “Rise Up Parkway Brothers”. This will be going on at the same time as the Ladies Class, only the men will meet in the Auditorium. We are praying for and calling upon God to bring forth male Teachers, Song Leaders and new Leaders at Parkway Drive. I ask for you to join with us in praying that God will do so. However, as is the case in most prayerful petition, we’ve got to do our part. The following are the dates, teachers and subjects to be addressed in the men’s study.
October 19th – Jason Freed – Who Me? – A look at men of the Bible who were called to serve.
October 26th – Kelvin Wells – Preparing to Teach – Guide us through simple step by step methods of teaching the Word of God using parables.
November 9th – Tim Norman – Teaching Resources – Guide us through how to select a topic, teaching study guide, and along with the Bible present an effective adult Bible Class Lesson.
November 16th – Jason Freed – Preach the Gospel – Guide us through how to prepare a 20 minute sermon using an outline.
November 30th – Kelvin Wells / Tim Norman – Leading Singing – Kelvin will present information on organizing a song service. Tim will present the basics on reading music.
December 7th – Jason Freed – Put It Into Practice – 4 men will present 5 minute lessons and 10 men will each lead 2 verses of a song.
December 14th – Jason Freed – Why Serve? – An introduction to the duties of deacons and how deacons can benefit the church along with Biblical Qualifications of Deacons.
December 21st – Jason Freed – Lead, Don’t Drive – An introduction to the duties of elders and how elders can benefit the church along with Biblical Qualifications of Elders.
I welcome your thoughts and comments,
I don’t know about you, but often times before pouring milk from the carton, I remove the lid and take a quick sniff to see what it smells like. The smell of the milk will tell me if it will be delightful or disgusting to drink. In a similar fashion, we can usually tell much about the heart of a person by taking a whiff of their attitudes. Attitudes are demonstrated in actions, words, tones and even body language. Our attitudes affect our families, friends, co-workers, enemies and total strangers. Our attitudes will to some extent determine our altitude in life. Our attitudes will even be somewhat of a measurement of our own faith. Our attitudes will go a long way in building new relationships and hanging on to old relationships.
Parkway Drive is blessed with many who are a sweet fragrance because their attitudes are positive, kind, forgiving and loving. But every once in a while even here at Parkway Drive, attitudes sour and like the smell of sour milk, it’s disgusting. Like sour milk, you have to empty it out. When our attitudes grow sour, we must empty them out and refill ourselves with what is good, holy and righteous.
As I write this article I realize that I need to be on guard that my attitude doesn’t go sour and if it does I hope some of you will lovingly point it out with a spirit of gentleness. I also hope you will likewise receive it in the same fashion if someone shares such thoughts with you.
Then we ask ourselves, how do we safeguard ourselves from going sour again? I would recommend finding a perfect example and following it. The only perfect example is that found in Jesus Christ. So may we all spend more time in prayer and in the Word getting to know the one of whom we look to in developing the proper attitude.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20
Love you all Parkway,
This Sunday begins our annual Gospel Meeting and Brent Newton is coming back with a series of lessons based on:
1 Thessalonians 2:12 (ESV)
we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
This is a topic that is important for all of us who desire to grow in our faith and walk in a way that pleases our God, who loves us so much and sacrificed beyond our comprehension to give us the hope of a home with Him in heaven.
John 3:16 (ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Walking in a worthy manner implies the desire to live our lives in a way that makes God smile with pride. I’m sure God had the same sentiment as that which he told John to write:
3 John 1:4 (ESV)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
It takes some self-examination to realize if we are walking in a worthy manner or not, but it takes more than that. It also means taking action to make every effort to walk according to the expectations of God. God longs to look at his children and smile with pride for those who are “walking in a worthy manner.” Come to our Gospel Meeting at every opportunity you can and listen to Brent Newton bring us some valuable lessons from God’s Word.
Grace and peace,