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, PAGE 6A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, Reli.gion 7 ,' [Bits, From Baker r, August 22, 2001 By Gene Baker r }1, • ' 30. Do you remember the ,, steward who was given ii only one talent; he was , afraid. Verses 24b-26 says: , 'Master, I knew you to be a  hard man, reaping where €I . 2 you did not sow, and gath- .... ering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, The parable of the talents and went away and hid your is found in Matthew 25:14- talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.' "But his master answered and said to him 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I scattered no seed.'" He was afraid to use his talent be- cause he might lose it; he UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS FOR A LIMITED TIME STARTING AT $15.95 (Pricing Subject To Change Without Notice) * First 720 hrs FREE if not satisfied * 3 E-Mail Addr., 10meg WEB space * Newsgroups, FTP, Chat Rooms * WEB Page Hosting and Design * Single Source for Internet Needs * Where Customers are Priority One DIALUP, DSL, ISDN, WIRELESS SATELLITE (Promotions Subject To Change Without Notice) i05 Magnolia Street' Athens, TX 75751 Office: (903) 675-5079 was a bad steward! Jesus tells a similar par- able in Luke 19:11-27. In Luke there are ten stewards orslaves who are given tal- ents or minas. If there were ten why were only three questioned about their stewardship? What hap- pened to the other seven? Did they use their talents or minas and lose them? Or, did they use their tal- ents and gain more? We don't know; but we do know what happened to the steward who was afraid to use his ! We are all stewards of what God has given us. Are you afraid of using yours of just plain selfish? What if the Lord were to come right now? Would you know for sure, noth- ing doubting, that you would go to heaven? Don't know? Can't decide? I'd like to help! Write to Gene Baker at P.O. Box 395, Malakoff, Texas 75148- 0395. Or e-mail me at HairyEye @ Hope to see you in church on Sunday! First Assembly of God Church 906 E. Royall Blvd. • Malakoff 489-0188 Assembly of God • Mankin 210 S. H. 274 778-2205 Antioch Baptist Church S.H. 31 W. • Malakoff 489-0785 Calvary Baptist Church 155 Legg • Trinidad 778-2660 Faith Community Baptist Hwy. 198 S. ° Payne Springs 451-3860 First Baptist Church Cross Roads Hwy 59 • 489-0625 First Baptist Church 220 W Mitcham ° 489-0228 First Baptist Church 404 N. Walker St. ° Malakoff 489-1769 First Baptist Church ° Trinidad 220 Lawrence ° 778-2732 Fishers of Men Compassionate Ministries 14999 Barren Road, Caney City 489-0763 Malakoff Baptist Church 306 W. Mitcham 489-0228 or 489-2064 Parkview Missionary Baptist Church 903 Smith ° Malakoff 489-1138 Grace Baptist Church 218 CR 2930 & Hwy 334" Benny W0fford Sr., Pastor 489-2136 f Cedar Fork Baptist"Church Hwy. 31 * Trinidad 778-2"882 Willow Springs Baptist Church Hwy 59 -Athens 677-3672 St. Jude's Catholic Church 103 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City • 887-1425 Mary, Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Comer of Star Harbor Road & Fisherman's Wharf Road Malakoff ° 489.2366 Presbyterian Church Mabank 112 Mt. Vernon St.° 887-25721 First Baptist Church of Eustace Hwy 175 425-2261 Trinity Pentecostal Church 102 Lawrence St., Trinidad, Tx. 778-4567 Pastor: The Rev: Dr. F.R. Burns Heritage Baptist Church 1604 E. Royall • Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-1615 (903) 676:0348 Pastor: James Diesch Lakeview Assembly of God Hwy 85 E • Seven Points 432-2682 Full Gospel Tabernacle 316 South - Across from football field Eustace, Texas United Methodist Church Of Trinidad 410 McIntyre • 778-9144 Pastor, Tommy Williams These Area Attend The lcourage You To Your Choice ,! Tomlinson Funeral Home Hwy 31 • P. 0. Box 2050 Malakoff 489-1500 Seven Points 432-4441 Micheal G. George Attorney-At-Law 105 S. Terry Malakoff, Texas 489-1600 Tanner Motor Co. MALAKOFF WRECKER SINCE 1925 24-Hour Wrecking & Towing Service Open Monday-Saturday 7am- 6pro 105 E. Mitcham • Malakoff 75148 489-1292 • 1-800-723-5506 Cedar Lake Nursin 8 Home 30 Years of Care Giving * 90-Bed Facility * Licensed by Tx. Dept. of Health * Medicaid Certified by Tx. Dept. of Human Services 489-1702 • Hwy 31 West ° Malakoff malakcf| Mahlkott" N llrscr. & (;arden ('enter One-Stop Shopping Froo Estimates on Landsca>ng 724W RoyaNBIvd °Maikcffi 489-1521 pharmacy 409 West Royall ° 489-1909 Marlin & Karen Perkins I Malakoff /IMI/m$ iOl/IPlilBT / 489-3258 • Fro: 489-2651 L Malakoff Insurance Agency 102 S. Terry • Malakoff 489-0512 Mike & Belinda Brownlow [1903-481;1OThis3 ?iMic;/} "903°ffNe-ak4°W89-2543 ! I 'Reflections By Dr. James White DISCIPLESHIP: ITS COST AND REQUIREMENTS PART I "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. When thou are bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man / thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come say to thee. Give this man place; and thou be- gin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou are bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; than when he that bade thee cometh, he many say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence ef them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exaiteth himsdf dlall be ahamd; and he that humbleth himself shall be ’gallted.'l.amke 14:1- 2, ill dos not need our help; we need His. Discipleship was designed by God to give us the help we need. Discipleship is our oplxsmnlty to tap the infinite  sources of GOd. It is our chance Church of Chrkt • Msbank Fifth St. & Mr. Vernon 887-0311 Church of Christ • Eustace 316 W. SH 175 • 425-2645 Church of Christ • Gun Barrel Hwy 85 & Harbor Point Rd. Mabank, Tx 887-8916: Church of Christ • Malakoff 214 Martin St 489-1718 Minister: Gene Baker Church of Christ • Trinidad 241 Scmggins • 778-2536 St. Matthias Episcopal Church 215 Willowbrook Dr. • Athens 675-3210 Rev. Donald Hickman Four Mile Lutheran Church, ELCA Located 10 miles north of Mabank on Hwy. 90 in Prairieville Wm. Clayton McCord, Pastor 887-0833 St. Peter Lutheran Chirch, LCMS 101 Luther Lane • Gun Barrel City 887-0436 Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church Hwy 274 on Wilvqhite Road • Tool 432-3657 United Methodist Church Highway 59 • Cross Roads New Hope Corinth CME 120 N. Havana & Hwy 31 W. Malakoff ° 489-1388 United Methodist Church E. Mitcham & S. College Malakoff • 489-1467 Church of the Living God 1506 W. Washington Ave. Malakoff • 489-2911 Cedar Creek Bible Church Hwy 274 N • Tool - Seven Points 432,2175 Full Gospel Tabernacle 362 Front St.° Eustace 887-1792 Trinity Baptist Church Hwy 274-1 mile N of Hwy. 31 Trinidad • Tx (903) 778-2139 Payne Springs Baptist Church Hwy 198 ° 451-2443 Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church W. Royall Blvd. Malakoff, Tx (903) 489-2828 Pastor: Rev. Joey Baggett Trinity Faith Center Hwy 90 • Mabank, Tx. 887-4138 First Baptist Church Gun Barrel PO Box 399 • 887-6887 Living Word Church ° Mabank 205 E. Mason • Business Hwy 175 887-5014 Athens Seventh Day Adventist Church FM 1616 & HWY 3, Athens, Tx Church - 9am, Sabbath School - 10:30am Pastor: Charles Buursma Village Church 5410 CR Hwy. 3054 ° Log Cabin 4891171 Pastor: George Dooly Co-Pastor: Randy Huffman to give our lives to significance rather than mediocrity. In dis- cipieship we are not doing God a favor. He is doing us a favor. It is vital that the disciple grasp this important concept. Jesus warned us to weigh the cost and weigh it well for discipleshi p will cost us something. It will cost us our lives. The entire fourteenth chapter of Luke speaks of principles of discipleship. Methodist of doing the work of the Lord in the world may change but principles never wilt. We will look at four of these principles in this fourteenth chap- ter of Luke. Let's look at verse one to learn the first principle of discipleship. "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath Day, that they watched Him." Wherever Jesus went, the eyes of the people were upon Him. He brought them a new a fresh meanin" g of the Old Testament teachings. He claimed to be the author of a brand new way of fife. "I am come that they might have five, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10. This was great news to a people who had been oppressed not only by Rome but by their own religious leaders. So be- cause of His uniqueness, all the people watched Him. They were checking to see if He was really and truly genuine. What thou are bidden by any man to a wedding, sit now down in the highest room; lest a more hon- orable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou are bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher; then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee." Jesus gave this command for two reasons. First, it was for our benefit. He never ever wants His disciples to be embarrassed. Second, it was for His glory. Our respect of God the Father al- ways brings respect to Christ the Lord, His Son. Throughout our life time, Jesus is constantly seeking to arrange circum- stances so that they will bring Him honor and us pleasure. Jesus' desire is to always have us in the position of allowing the Lord to rearrange our circum- stances so that we will feel hon- ored. You will note this in verse ten when he says: "Friend, go up higher, then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee." Where there is real honest wor- ship of Christ, God the Father is pleased and honored. The third principle is very simple: The commandments of God are was true for the Savior in this never whimsical or arbitrary but respect is tru for all godly_ ,, ,@a{g!lg4], Sg.l?r best. We people. We claim to be in touch  ,she.u!0 neyer, p.lac’ ,God in the with reality; and consequently the world watches us also. See Jesus always lived by principle and never by circumstances. Since we like Him are being watched here is our first prin- ciple: A Disciple is one who in every area of his life de- termines from the Bible what is right and lives it consis- tently rather than allowing circumstances to shape his conduct. The second principle comes from verse two. "And behold, there was a certain man before Him which had the dropsy." Jesus was in constant touch with the needy. Seldom, if ever, in our Lord's earthly ministry did aper- son come for help and get turned down. He constantly had the needy in front of Him in every situation. Today, even in our so- ciety where unemployment is low, the cost of living low, and the standard of living good, as disciples in our community and society we are constantly hav- ing to help meet the needs of others. The very simple second Biblical principle here is: The disciple is one who is in con- stant touch with people in need. This is a constant test to remind us that we have the Holy Spirit within us and as such we are expected to respond in Chris- tian love and compassion to those in need. In verse eight through ten we will find the bases for our third principle of discipleship. "When same position or place that we place humans. They may do something on the "spur of the moment" or in an arbitrary man- ner but never the Lord. His com- mandments are always carefully planned and thought out. In verse eleven we will dis- cover our fourth principle. "For whosoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted." AS we would say in the lan- guage of today, this is kind-of- like football's double reverse. See, the key to being first is to be last. The key to living is dy- ing. The key to getting is giving. They key to being a leader is being a servant or follower. The key to being exalted is to live a life characterized by humility. As you can observe this is not hu- man logic but God' logic. For too many people want to short-cut God's rules for the game of life most of the time. However, the Bible teaches us that when we short-cut the rules we short-circuit God's system and plans. The fourth principle that flows from this verse is op- posite to what people in our so- ciety belief: In no way can a dis- ciple get without giving or truly live without dying. For most of us this flows against the way we were reared and taught and the way we generally live. We must remember that Biblical principles never change; methods may change due to our culture and society habits and customs. Enroll now for Private Christian Preschool! Enroll your children in a Private Christian Preschool at Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Tool. Class days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday's from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Classes will begin September 5th and there is no registration fee. Call 432-3657 for more information.