Weekly Article - 7/13/22

Golden Valley Christian Church


            Have you ever bartered with God?  That is, to ask God to do something for you, in exchange for doing something for Him?  More than one person who has done that, including an example in the Bible of a man doing that very thing.  Bartering with God is not a good choice, and a man named Jephthah found out the hard way.  Jephthah was the leader of a group fighting the Ammonites.  He made a vow to God that if God would give the Ammonites to Jephthah and his men, Jephthah, in turn, would sacrifice whatever came out of his house to meet him, upon his return home.  Sadly, the first thing to come out of his house was his daughter, his only child (Judges 11:30-35).  We need to do God’s will because of our desire to obey and please Him, not in exchange for something we want.  We will be blessed by God because He knows our needs.

            If you do any cooking, you know that salt is a valuable staple in our meals.  It is also a preservative and is used in many medicinal ways.  Even pharmaceutical manufacturers have need for this compound.  Jesus knew the importance of salt and its usefulness, using it in His Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:13-16).  Bro James focused on these passages in his message last Sunday, pointing out some of the major benefits from salt.  Jesus said His followers are the salt of the earth.  When salt diminishes, it is no longer useful.  This analogy tells Christians to continue to stand firm and help others believe.  Jesus also said His followers are the light of the world.  Light is essential for all life.  Jesus tells us we must not hide our light, but let it shine brightly for others to see.  It is up to us to spread the “Good News!”

            Golden Valley Christian Church meets at 611 South Third Street in Clinton.  Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 AM, and the morning worship service is at 10:30.  Our Wednesday evening Bible study is suspended for the summer.  Our minister is James McFarland (office phone # 660-890-0252), and our website is www.goldenvalleycc.org, where you will also find a link to access our Facebook page.  We are happy to invite you to attend our services, where you will always receive a warm welcome.