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Jesus Changes Perspective – Romans 13:1-7

A Biblical Perspective on Government Authorities
With the Presidential campaigns in the forefront of nearly every television newscast and talk show, and peppered throughout social media, seemingly everyone has formed very strong opinions. However, with this election, more so than any other in my lifetime, those opinions seem to stem almost exclusively from an ardent disdain, distrust, and even hatred of one candidate or the other, as opposed to the favorable qualities and ideals of their opponent.
Throughout the country, lines in the sand have been drawn. Liberals can’t stand conservatives and vice versa. Republicans think Democrats are looney and are destroying the country. Democrats think Republicans are narrow-minded and are trying to keep the country in the dark ages. For certain, there is little respect given to government authorities whose views are different from our own. But beyond that, there is so little respect given to the government in general that the term “government” has become synonymous with ineptitude and bureaucracy.
Wow, how different this is from what God teaches and commands! Romans 13 starts by stating “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities.” Note that it did not say, “if you agree with the government,” or, “if it’s your political party,” or “if you think things are going well.” It is a command from God to submit to the government and to give respect and honor, no matter what government or leader you are under.
But why? The opening verse of Romans 13 addresses that too – “… for there is no authority except that which God has established.” So even if you are of a different party, different opinion, or different agenda, the government is due honor, respect, and obedience. We can disagree. We can work to pass different laws. We can vote however we want. We can discuss better choices, but the government is always due honor, respect, and obedience because God has established it.
Although maintaining this perspective on government and governing authorities may not always be easy, it honors God and helps us to be ever mindful that He is in control.

Keith Wertz

Greetings from the Selbys in Ethiopia

Our life in Ethiopia is all about learning. We are learning how to drive, how to buy our vegetables, how to say hello; we have to relearn almost every part of our lives. For everything we thought we knew how to do well, we soon realized we had to go back to the drawing board. For instance, buying vegetables: we get into our car, fight through the chaotic flow of traffic, and finally reach the vegetable stand. First, we talk to the stand owner and share the news, and only then do we buy our vegetables. However, whereas in America we pick out our own vegetables, here we tell the stand owner how much of each vegetable we want and he weighs it and bags it up for us. It is a far cry from when I used to go in and out of the grocery store, pick out my own vegetables, and breeze through the automatic check out: I was done in five minutes and might not even speak to anyone. This is a good snapshot of how life works in Ethiopia: life takes time and relationships always come first.
The task of learning also marks this early stage of our ministry. For now, learning a language called Afaan Oromo is our main ministry, and we have already seen how our knowing even a little of Afaan Oromo brings such joy to people for whom this is their main language. It is a simple, but deeply meaningful way to show the love of Jesus and that they, and their culture, are valued.

Thank you for your partnership in His ministry in Ethiopia.

Tyler, Katie, and Ruby Selby

Sermon Outline, August 28, 2016, “Jesus Changes Your Heart”

Jesus Changes Your Heart

Romans 12:9-21

The Heart of Jesus reflects Love.

Love demonstrates Selflessness.

~ Philippians 2:4         “. . . do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”


Love demonstrates Humility.

~ Philippians 2:3         “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves . . .”

~ Romans 12:16          “Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.”



The Heart of Jesus reflects Patience!

Be patient in Service.

~ Colossians 3:23-24   “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

~ I Corinthians 15:58  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”


Be patient in Tribulation.

~ Hebrews 6:19           “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil . . .”

~ I Thessalonians 5:17 “. . . pray without ceasing . . .”

~ Ephesians 6:18         “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints . . .”

~ James 1:12               “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”



The Heart of Jesus reflects Peace!

Peace trusts God’s Justice.

~ Proverbs 20:22         “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”


Peace pursues Goodness.

~ Matthew 5:39-44     “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. 43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . .”

Prayer and Faith

Prayer – a time to talk with our Lord and lay all our concerns at His feet.

At the time of penning these thoughts, my heart is heavy with the devastating news of, our precious sister in Christ, Nadine Lear’s illness. Because of her tremendous faith, and through many prayers, she is sure of her recovery.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

This also floods my thoughts of 29 years ago when our son was hit by a car and in a coma for six days before being called home to be with our Lord. When he was laid to rest on our 20th wedding anniversary, George remarked that, “it was David’s victory celebration.” So, with our faith, our prayers, and the prayers of others, our family found peace, the eternal peace that David waits for us.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3

Some days we feel our prayers are not being answered, but God is listening and the answers come “in His time.” To God be the glory!

Margaret Heaton

Many Thanks, Nathan Koebcke!

Our College/Young Adult Sunday school class has really been growing lately. I would like to take a minute to appreciate a young man named Nathan Koebcke. He is involved in Kim Beckwith’s Wednesday morning Bible Study, he’s been singing in the choir lately, and he’s involved with lots of other things here at church.
Nathan took over as the main teacher for what we call the “YAC” (haha) the “Young Adult Class”. This class currently meets in room 106 at 9:30 am every Sunday morning. Nathan does such a great job teaching the class. He is an instructor at UK, so he definitely is a teacher at heart. Along with that, he has a deep knowledge of the scriptures and that really shows through in his teaching. His discussion-based style of teaching really keeps everyone engaged and involved. I really enjoy being able to participate in the class each and every week!
Our young adult ministry has lots of volunteers like Nathan that are not only involved in our ministry, but other ministries throughout the church as well. I love to see young people like Nathan that have taken leadership roles in the church and are setting an example for all of the believers here at Tates Creek Christian Church. Thank you Nathan!

Mike Allen

Sermon Outline, August 21, 2016, “Jesus Changes Your Mind”

Jesus Changes Your Mind

Romans 12:2

Jesus changes your mind with the Right Content.

The right content produces the Right Character.

~ Proverbs 23:7           “For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, ‘Eat and drink!’ But his heart is not with you.”

~ Proverbs 4:23           “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”

The right content consists of the Word of God.

~ Colossians 3:16        “ Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

~ Psalm 1:1-2              “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”


Jesus changes your mind with Study.

Desire to Learn!

~ I Peter 2:2    “. . . like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation . . .”

Desire to Study.

~ II Timothy 2:15       “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

~ James 1:22               “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

~ James 1:21               “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.”


Jesus changes your mind with Continuous Study.

Continuous study brings continuous Growth.

~ I Peter 2:2                “. . .  like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation . . .”

~ Matthew 4:4            “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Continuous study brings continuous benefits:

Sensitizes the Conscience

~ Psalm 119:11           “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.”

~ Hebrews 4:12           “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Builds a Strong Faith

~ Romans 10:17          “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

Protects from False Teaching

~ Ephesians 4:14         “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming . . .”

Provides Direction

~ Psalm 119:105         “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Provides Cleansing

~ Ephesians 5:26         “. . . so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word . . .”

Plug In to the Worship Ministry

Here we are in mid-August and school has started. Soon, we will be involved in a full schedule of church ministry, too. So, please grant me a few lines to request that you consider becoming involved in the worship ministry at Tates Creek Christian Church. I know that many of you really appreciate the efforts of those already involved, but I guarantee that you will enjoy our ministry more if you are an active partner in it.
Worship Choir begins Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 PM
The Worship Choir is our most prominent group as they sing most Sundays in our 9:30 AM service. In addition, they also provide music for concerts during the Christmas and Easter season as well as other special concerts. All singers are welcome, but we would especially welcome younger singers who attend our first service. If you can’t join us weekly, perhaps you would consider being a seasonal member for our special concerts. Reading music helps, but not necessary. Just being able to sing a part and having a great personality are the main requirements.
T3CPO (Orchestra) begins Monday, September 19 at 6:00 PM
We have enjoyed having an orchestra that plays monthly in our first service since 2004. In addition to providing special music in our services, T3CPO also accompanies our congregational singing and plays in our Christmas and Easter concerts. This multi-generational group welcomes all players who can play at least moderate level music and we especially need more brass players. Dust off that trumpet, trombone, French horn, or tuba (we actually have a tuba!) and join us!
Rejoicing Ringers (Hand Bells) begins Sunday, Sept.18 at 4:30 PM
I am so glad that we can involve several more people, who don’t consider themselves singers, in our hand bell choir. Rejoicing Ringers ring on a monthly basis in our first service and occasionally in a special concert. We would love to have a couple more folks with a strong arm join this instrumental ensemble.
Worship Ensemble meets as needed Wednesdays at 5:45 PM
This recently formed vocal ensemble assists in leading worship and occasionally provides special music on Sundays when our Worship Choir is on break. While including members of our Choir, this group is also open to other singers. Contact me if interested in joining this ensemble.

Don Seevers

One Nation, United

“For we are God’s creation, founded in Christ upon good works which God preordained, so that we might walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10

The biggest question that middle and high school students face is finding out where they fit in. The pull to find one’s identity drives students to seek out community in a number of communities before they can finally settle and be comfortable in their own skin. The amazing part of it all is that students, in finding their identity, typically aren’t comfortable with themselves until their peer group can define it for them.
So each group vies for popularity and relevance within the school. Cliques justify why they are the real “good” people over and above other cliques. Peer pressure, that is the pressure to find one’s identity in a clique, is what drives students to bad decisions, gossip, dissension, and even violence. We accept this as “the way things are” because this isn’t an isolated force. This is a force that dominates our society as a whole.
But Paul’s voice breaks in to our broken family and tells us that it is not to be so with us. God declared before creation that Christ would suffer, die, and be resurrected so that “the two would be formed into one humanity, making peace” (Ephesians 2:15b). Peace is attained in Christ through his work. None of us can claim moral superiority because none of us completed the works that Christ did on our behalf.
So when our students are walking through the halls of their schools, their call is to walk in peace! Christ showed us the way of peace and unity by suffering, dying, and being resurrected by God’s hand. Christ’s work is bigger than the insecurities we harbor. Christ’s work is bigger than the divisions we create. Christ’s work is bigger than racism, prejudice, stereotypes, dissension, and violence.
As our students return to school, please pray for God to strengthen them through his Spirit. Specifically, pray for them to have wisdom as they live out the peace and unity God offers us in Christ. If we harbor any division or prejudice in ourselves, let us ask God for mercy and lay those prejudices at the foot of the Cross!

Brad Haggard

Sermon Outline, August 14, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than Doubt”

Jesus is Greater than Doubt

I John 5

Be Confident in Jesus Christ.

Be confident in the Person of Jesus Christ.

~ Matthew 3:17          “. . .  and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’”

~ Matthew 16:16        “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”


Be confident in the Testimonies for Jesus Christ.

~ I John 1:7     “. . .  but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

~ I John 2:2     “. . . and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”



Be Confident in Eternal Life.

Be confident in God’s Gift.

~ I Timothy 2:3-4        “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

~ II Peter 3:9   “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”


Be confident in God’s Means to the Gift.

~ Romans 8:1  “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”



Be Confident in Prayer.

Trust God’s Presence.

~ Hebrews 4:13           “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

~ II Chronicles 16:9     “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”


Trust God’s Sovereignty.

~ Matthew 6:10          “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”


Trust God’s Ability.

~ Matthew 7:7            “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

~ Mark 11:24  “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”

~ Luke 1:37     “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

~ Genesis 18:14          “Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

~ Numbers 11:23        “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.’”

Jesus in the Classroom

With the arrival of August, we begin to think about school starting. When I think of school, I think of a poem that my Aunt Loyal Epperson penned at the end of one of her tests. The poem went as follows:
“Can’t think too dumb; Inspiration won’t come.
Bad ink, bum pen; That’s all! Amen!”

I cannot imagine my Aunt Loyal struggling with any test because she skipped at least one grade in school.
The theme for the Current this month is “Jesus in the Classroom.” The question we need to challenge ourselves with is, “What are some ways that we may represent Jesus in school?”
One way to represent Jesus in the classroom is by treating every person with respect and kindness. I Peter 2:17 says, “Honor all men.” We demonstrate respect to every student by being courteous and friendly, speak to every person. Oftentimes, older students in school think it is cool to ignore or snub younger students. However, when older students speak to younger students and are courteous to them, these expressions of respect build value and esteem in younger students. And the younger students will always remember the older students for it; whether in school or with students at church. I remember when we first came to Tates Creek, our son, Joel, was a freshman in high school. I remember how kind, respectful, and friendly the juniors and seniors in the high school youth group were to Joel. They were very thoughtful to include Joel in outings and hanging out together. I also remember Elizabeth and Joel playing in the church orchestra and how the older members of the orchestra expressed interest in Elizabeth and Joel. Our children were very encouraged and blessed by the interest shown in their lives.
Another way to represent Jesus in the classroom is by demonstrating respect for the teachers. When we obey the teacher, or when we, as teachers, comply with the direction of the principal, we honor the authority that God has placed over us. Usually, students demonstrate respect for teachers by the way they have learned to demonstrate respect for their parents in the home. I read where one little girl did not like her first day at school. When her mother asked her why she did not like her first day of school, she said, “I don’t know how to read. I don’t know how to write. And they won’t let me talk.”
One of the best ways to model Jesus in the classroom is with our attitude. Having a positive attitude expresses a great heart. One way to have a positive attitude is to say, “Yes!” to those around us. Do we have a “Yes” face, or do we have a “No” face? A “No” face does not encourage people or build them up. But a “Yes” face really encourages people. Plus, a positive spirit is contagious; it is infectious; it rubs off on other people around us. Jesus was a very positive person. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7, 8.
Another way to represent Jesus in the classroom is through service. A heart of service thinks of the needs of the people around us and meets those needs. Philippians 2:4 says, “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Be willing to help those who are around us, whether it is fellow classmates, younger classmates or teachers. Be ready to do whatever is necessary to help someone.
Finally, one more idea of how to represent Jesus in the classroom is by doing our best. Whether we are doing homework or studying for a test, or we are the teacher and we are preparing lessons or decorating our classroom. When we do our best or give our best effort, we demonstrate the heart of God when He gave us His best through His Son, Jesus Christ.
As a student, I really liked school. Knowing this, my Dad would tease me by saying that he needed me to stay home and help him on the farm for the day. Then, he would laugh. Or when we would bring our report cards home, Dad would read our report cards out loud and tease us about our grades. Dad would say, “A is for Awful; B is for Bad.” We asked him what kind of grades he received in school, and he said, “D is for Dandy; and F is for Fine.” Then, he would laugh again.
Another great memory that I have from school is that our lunches in Elementary School (Grades 1 thru 8) were home-cooked lunches. They were so delicious.
As my parents would remind me and my siblings often, “School days are some of the best days of your life!” I would add that school days are some of the best times to represent Jesus in the classroom!

Tommy Simpson

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