THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

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Shelby G. Floyd

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This is the time of the year when young people begin to think about going back to school. Let us capitalize on this thought and apply it to the Christian life.

From the beginning to the end the Christian life is like a school. In the great commission Jesus commanded his people to go out and “make disciples” of all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). “Make disciples” is from (matheteuo-μαθητευω) and means “to make a disciple; to teach, instruct” (J. H. Thayer, p.386). Therefore, we are to be teachers and pupils under the master-teacher Jesus Christ.

The secret of learning in this school as in all schools is to teach much, ask much, remember much and do much!

The School of Life perhaps is best summarized by the statement of David,

Psalms 143:10
Teach me to do Your will,
For you are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness
NKJV

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COME CLOSE TO GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

Close to God

Our God is great, but he wants a close relationship with all of his people. Sadly, many Christian people never realize the nearness of God in their daily walk with God. Many of God’s children feel that God is far away and not interested in their joys and sadness. However, this is not the case. God has demonstrated over and over again, that if we will seek him out he will be found to be close at hand.

Near the end of the New Testament revelation, the apostle James exhorted the Christians of the dispersion to, “Come close to God and He will come close to you” (James 4:8). Man left God, but God did not leave sinful man. Because of the great love, mercy and grace of God, he made the first and last move to reconcile man back to himself. This he did by sending his beloved Son from heaven to earth to redeem us from eternal separation. Now it is up to each one of us to make our move back to God and enjoy the close fellowship that was enjoyed in the Eden Paradise. Continue reading “COME CLOSE TO GOD”

SEVEN SERVANTS

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Jesus Christ is the best example of being a servant. He did not ask his disciples to do that which he refused to do himself: “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27-28). There is great joy and satisfaction in learning to serve others in a cause that is greater than us. The cause of Christ demands that we learn to be a servant. Continue reading “SEVEN SERVANTS”

RUNNING THE RACE OF FAITH

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Shelby G. Floyd

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How many of you have participated in the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon? How many of you would like to? How many of you plan to run some day? That would be a great challenge would it not? In order to run in that race it would require a lot of training in order to be in good shape to finish the race.

I was involved in track when I was in high school. I ran the 220 yards, 440 yards, and 880 yards race, which was a half-mile. I remember that I was always able to finish the race. Sometimes I won the blue ribbon, sometimes the red ribbon, and sometimes not so good. But I always finished the race.

Today I speak to you about “Running the Race of Faith.” This is a good time at the first of the year to consider a subject like that. Everybody loves sports. Many times we talk about sports fanatics. The word sports “fan” came from the word “fanatics.” A fanatic is someone who does unreasonable things in regards to sports. But a fan is someone who does reasonable things in support of his favorite team. Therefore it is a good thing to be a fan and support the team that we love. Continue reading “RUNNING THE RACE OF FAITH”

TEST EVERYTHING

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Shelby G. Floyd

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God has created mankind with the power to choose between good and evil. From the beginning, that choice must be made. Our world is made up of both good and evil. For the most part, good predominates over evil. Whether good wins over evil in our personal life depends upon how we make our choices.

Paul in writing to the Thessalonians urged them to make the right choice: “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). We observe three things from this statement:
(1) Test everything;
(2) Hold on to the good; and,
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Become Fishers of Men

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Shelby G. Floyd

Fishers of men

To some early disciples, Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1: 17 NKJV). These men to whom this statement was made were fishermen. They made their living by catching fish out of the Sea of Galilee. Therefore, they were well qualified to understand the figurative statement of Christ that they were to become fishers of men. They understood that this meant they were to be evangelists concerning the kingdom of God. They were to be the fishermen, the sea would include the whole world, the fish would represent all humanity and the net would be the gospel.

We Must Be Fishers of Men

Today, if we would serve Christ, we also must be fishers of men. If we would follow Christ, we must be like Christ; but in order to be like Christ, we must endeavor to seek and to save the lost. Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19: 10). We must be fishers of men because the everlasting souls of men are worth more than the entire world.

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Oil Press

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Shelby G. Floyd

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After our Lord ate the last Jewish Passover with his twelve apostles (Mark 14:17), established his own Memorial—the Lord’s Supper (Mark 14:22-25), then they all sung a hymn (Mark 14:26). To the Mount of Olives with Peter, James and John, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-33). Jesus went there to pray and to encourage his apostles to watch and pray lest they would enter into temptation (Mark 14:32, 38).

Gethsemane means “oil press,” no doubt a place where the olives were pressed out to become the oil that was a staple in that ancient economy and way of life. “Oil Press” then is symbolic of the “press” Jesus would be going through mentally, emotionally and physically in his cruel death on the cross.

We see something of the emotional press that Christ underwent on this night in Gethsemane. He took the “inner circle”—Peter, James and John deeper into the garden and said unto them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34). Mark describes his emotional state as “deeply distressed and troubled” (Mark 14:33). John describes his “oil press,”

“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?’ Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:27, 28).

When we are going through troubled times, let all of us trust God and always seek to do his will. As in all things, Christ is our example. That we should walk in his steps (1 Peter 2:21).

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