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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|MARCH 1, 2015
|MARCH 8, 2015
|MARCH 15, 2015
|MARCH 22, 2015
|MARCH 29, 2015
“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may
please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Tim. 2:4)
The Christian has been enlisted by the Lord, and is on active service for Him. He
must not entangle himself in the affairs of everyday life. The emphasis here is on the
word entangle. He cannot completely divorce himself from worldly business. He must
work in order to provide the necessities of life for his family. There is a certain
amount of involvement in everyday interests that is unavoidable. Otherwise he would
have to go out of the world, as Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 5:10.
But he must not allow himself to become entangled. He must keep his priorities
straight. Even things that are good in themselves can sometimes become the
enemies of the best.
Wm. Kelly says that “to entangle oneself in the businesses of life means really to give
up separation from the world by taking one’s part in outward affairs as a bona fide
partner in it.”
I have become entangled when I become involved in the world’s politics as a means
of solving man’s problems. That would be like spending my time “rearranging the
deck chairs on the Titanic.”
Or I have become entangled when I put more emphasis on social service than on the
Gospel as a panacea for the world’s ills.
I have become entangled when business gets such a grip on me that I give my best
efforts to the making of money. In thus gaining a living, I lose a life.
I have become entangled when the kingdom of God and His righteousness cease to
have first place in my life.
I have become entangled when I am caught up by things that are too small for a child
of eternity—like the mineral deficiencies in the tomato and cocklebur, the summer
habits of Wyoming antelope, the microbic content of cotton T-shirts, the browning
reaction in potato chips or the post-rotational movements of a pigeon’s eye. These
studies may be all right as a means of livelihood but they aren’t worthy of a life
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on March 29,
2015 for the Family Bible Hour service at 11:00 a.m.
Richard and his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel from childhood. They have two
adult children and two grandchildren. Richard is a
graduate of Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher. He is also a teacher in one of our elective
adult Bible classes currently studying in the Acts of
the Apostles. He and his twin brother David take part
in our singing groups. Richard is also an avid golfer.