A sergeant from the Highland regiment serving in Egypt, was asked about the circumstances of his conversion: “What was it that turned you to Christ?”
He told about a private in his company from years before when he was serving in Malta. The private was frequently harassed by other soldiers for his religious faith. One night the private came into his barracks quite late. It was a very rainy night. Before getting into his bunk, he knelt, as was his custom, to pray.
The sergeant picked up one of his boots, which was heavy with wet mud, threw it across the room, and hit the private on the side of the head. The private said nothing. He wiped the mud from his face and crawled into bed. The next morning, however, when the sergeant woke up, he found his muddy boots cleaned and polished by his bedside. He said, “It broke my heart.”
Turning the other cheek is not easy. The first inclination is to strike back, to get even, or to seek revenge. The route Jesus urges upon us—and practiced Himself—is the behavior which is more likely to influence another person for good.
Adapted from House to House/Heart to Heart—Volume 19 Number 5; Jacksonville Church of Christ.
The Words of Jesus… 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5: 38-48
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
FALL COSTUME PARTY THIS WEEK Fellowship, games, food, fun & festive costumes are planned for Sunday, October 19 at 4:00 pm. We’ll meet at the building. For more info, there’s a flyer on the bulletin board.
Family Night –October 22nd Every Wednesday we meet for supper is at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Our activity will be from Daniel chapters 4-6. Meal: Dave & Bonnie; Songs/prayer: Dave; Activity: Davis; Memory: Erin.
Community Lunch Program Plan to help donate food, prep and/or serve lunch at the Salvation Army on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Plan to work from 11:00-1:30. There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. If you have questions or would like to make a gift of money, see Jesse or Dave.
November Potluck Plan to join us for a church potluck on Sunday, November 2nd following our morning worship. The theme will be Mexican, and a sign-up sheet is posted.
Christian Closet UPDATE On November 5th, the Closet will handing out some fruit bags for Thanksgiving. There will be a sign-up sheet for fruit, and we need it by Sunday, November 2nd.
Congregational Meeting You can help! Join us on Sunday, November 9th.We’ll discuss the ministries of the church in Escanaba and hear reports from the different groups working on them. Our meeting will begin at 12:20 following our worship. No meal is planned.
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Jim Hubert has received a cancer-free diagnosis! He won’t have to undergo the radiation treatment.
Norah (friend of Josie and Clara) has been determined to be cancer-free following 10 months of treatment!
Dan Ritter has been feeling poorly this past week.
Marc and his Dad went to the Marshfield Clinic on Thursday for Friday appointments. Pray for safety and good treatment.
Sundquists request prayer for their friend Tom as he deals with diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Jack Williams suffered a concussion during sports this week.
Melissa will have gall bladder surgery Oct 28.
Missy and Melissa have been sick this past week.
Mickie requests prayer for God’s grace in the struggles she’s facing. Also, a friend is going through the end of life.
Terry Phillips, Pam Larsen’s sister, passed away Thursday morning. Prayers for the family.