A few thoughts from brother Keith Cruz

Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight?  You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon (2 Sam 12:9).
A sad accounting for one of Israel’s greatest leaders.  It was a sad, sad day for David.  He writes later, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me” (Ps 51:2-3).  His sin was always before him, he never forgot.  What David hoped to keep secret was out in the open.  He had given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme (2 Sam 12:14).  His sin affected others.  An innocent child died (2 Sam 12:15-18).  Can you imagine his guilt?  After seven days of fasting and praying, David washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes and went into the house of the LORD and worshiped (2 Sam 12:20).  Sin is powerful.  It can destroy us.  Her house is the way to hell (Prov 7:27).  But God who is rich in mercy (Eph 2:4) and forgiveness can save us from our own destruction.  Repent.  “As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezek 33:11).
Keith

Let’s Look Into & Study God’s Word Together!

We are glad to look forward to a meeting this coming week and want to invite you to join us as we gather together to look into God’s word together to grow and be built up!
We look to being guided in a series of lessons from evangelist Larry Rouse who works with the University Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. We look to meet from Thursday, March 1st to Saturday, March 3rd, each night at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday we will meet at 9:30 a.m for bible study, 10:30 a.m. for worship, and again at 5:00 p.m.
The topics to be discussed are as follows by day:

  • Thursday – The Resurrection of Christ — Hoax or History
  • Friday – Why I Left the Baptist Church
  • Saturday – Restoring the Place of the Apostles
  • Sunday:
    • 9:30 – Is Anger Your Master
    • 10:30 – Mercy, Justice and a Place of Refuge
    • 5:00 – How to Raise a Heartache

Please gather with us as we look to grow and further understand God’s word and be encouraged. Won’t you come be with us?
Hoboken church March 2018 Gospel Meeting

Lifting Voices In Song

We are looking forward to gathering together and joining our voices and hearts in the singing of songs, hymns, and spiritual songs in efforts to encourage one another and to glorify and praise our great God.  We would like to invite those in the area to come join with us in making melody in our hearts to the Lord.

We will be meeting in Hoboken on February 24th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m, singing from the ‘Hymns for Worship’ book.  See the attachment below for more details.

Annual Congregational Singing

Join Us In Our Study of God’s Word

We have set aside time again to gather in a series of studies from God’s word, and are looking forward to having our brother Stefan Richardson come be with us to preach these lessons and encourage us from October 22 through 25.  Won’t you come be with us in studying and hearing the Word of God preached, to be refreshed and renewed with the truth from God’s word?

Hoboken Church of Christ Fall Gospel Meeting

 

Abraham – The Friend of God

Written by Carol Sutton

Three times in the scriptures Abraham is spoken of as God’s friend.  In Isaiah 41:8 God said “…Abraham my friend.”  In his prayer to God, Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, said, “…Abraham thy friend forever” (II Chronicles 21:7).  Centuries later in speaking of Abraham, James said, “…and he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23).

Abraham’s faith in God was the key factor in his being called the friend of God. When Abram was called to leave his country and kinsmen and go into a land that God would show him, he obeyed!  Although Abraham did not know where he was going, he knew with Whom he was going.  He had faith in the God of heaven and of earth.  (See Genesis 12:1-3; Hebrews 11:8)  By faith he “sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country” because he was looking for “a city which hat foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  Hebrews 11:8-10 tells us that “by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed;  and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  God tried (tested) Abram’s faith when He told him (Abraham) to “take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Abram rose up early in the morning and proceeded to obey God’s instructions.  (See Genesis 22: 1-19).  We learn from Hebrews 11:7 that “by faith, Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac…”  (NOTE: God “tempted” Abraham in the same sense that he “tried” him.  But God did not tempt Abraham in the same sense of “enticing him to do evil.”  According to James 1:13-15 God does not “tempt” man in that sense.)

Paul said, “for what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:3).  James said, “was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou how faith wrought with works, and by works was faith made perfect?”  (See James 2:21-22).  He was called “the friend of God.”

Abraham was truly a “friend of God.”  This is evidenced by his obedient faith!  Do you have that kind of faith? (from The Instructor, Vol. 20, Number 10, October, 1983).

Hear Preaching from the Word of God!

You are invited to join us as we gather for encouragement from God’s word!  We will be hearing a series of lessons from evangelist John Gibson from the Jones Road church meeting in Athens, Alabama.  Our meeting times will be from Thursday, March 16th to Saturday, March 18th, each night at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday we will meet at 9:30 a.m for bible study, 10:30 a.m. for worship, and again at 5:00 p.m.

We hope you will come study God’s word with us!

March meeting invitation with the Hoboken church of Christ