Collinsville-Troy CHURCH OF CHRIST

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1400 Troy Road
Collinsville, Illinois 62234
618-667-6708
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Sunday

Worship Service 9:30 AM
Bible Classes 10:45 AM
Special Activities 11:35 AM

Wednesday

Bible Class (Adult) 1:30 PM
Bible Classes (All Ages) 7:00 PM

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Devotionals

- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

2024 Theme:

The Gospel Is for All

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4. since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; 5. because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6. which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth. Colossians 1:3-6

A Mind to Work!

Jason Wright

Nehemiah said it best in 4:6, we built the wall (52 days), and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. The American Mission Campaign is just a week away. All the talk, preparation, prayers, videos, sermons, Bible classes, and more announcements than we can count, have all led to this...it's go time! So, how are you feeling? Anxious? Excited? Optimistic? Thankful? Whatever your situation, whatever your ability, there is much to do and you can make a difference.

Consider these words of encouragement from God's word.

John 14:27 ...Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 8:28 ...And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Isaiah 41:10 ...Fear not for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalms 121:1-2 ...I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ...Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Abraham acted in faith when God told him to pack up and go. Once Moses put the excuses aside, he accomplished great things for God and His people. Noah prepared for something he had never seen before, and he did so because it was God's will.

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Deliver Me from Temptation

Glen Elliott

Jesus was tempted (Mt. 4:1-11; Heb. 4:15). We struggle with temptation. It is simply part of the human condition. Each of us battle inward desires which can bring sin into our lives (Jas. 1:13-15). Satan is the tempter (Mt. 4:3). We must engage him in spiritual warfare by the strength which God supplies (2 Cor. 10-4-6; Eph. 6:10-13). We better get our minds firmly set on the life and death struggle each of us must face or be lost through our own carelessness or neglect!

Satan makes temptation attractive. He sugar-coats sin. He wraps it up in a nice, little package. Sin has pleasures associated with it (Heb. 11:25). These pleasures manifest themselves in many ways. Satan knows that all people are not tempted in the same way. So, like a skillful fisherman, he makes each lure appropriate to the person being tempted. Each person is “tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own desires” (Jas. 1:14). Sin feels good. But, its consequences are heart-breaking (Rm. 6:23).

No one is immune to the evil influence of Satan's temptation. Deliverance is more than a sentence-prayer (Mt. 6:13). We must not be ignorant of Satan's schemes against us (2 Cor. 2:11). We must keep watch in prayer (Mt. 26:41). We must treasure up God's word in our hearts as a safeguard against sin (Ps. 119:11). We must trust God completely rather than lean on our own strength (Prov. 3:5). We cooperate in the process of deliverance by making firm resolutions (e.g. Dan. 1:8); by putting ourselves in the company of those who will encourage right choices (Heb. 10:23-25); and, by fleeing before temptation has opportunity to ensnare us in its web (2 Tim. 2:22). Above all, remember that God is faithful and will provide the way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). Deliverance is ours through faith in Christ Jesus (1 Jn. 5:4; Rm. 8:37).

-Glen Elliott preaches for the Greenbrier church of Christ in Greenbrier, AR.
-Article obtained from bulletingold.com