September 2017


Dear Church Family,

                After a distinguished performing career, virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz accepted an appointment as professor of music at UCLA.  When asked what had prompted his change of career, Heifetz replied: "Violin playing is a perishable art.  It must be passed on as a personal skill; otherwise it is lost."  As believers, we can learn a great deal from this violinist.  Living the Christian life is a highly personal experience.  We are not able to live the Christian life by just watching other believers “perform.”  We need hands-on instruction.
          Throughout the Scriptures, we see several instances where prominent men used by God received hands-on instruction from fellow men of God: Joshua received hands-on instruction from Moses; Elisha received hands-on instruction from Elijah; Timothy received hands-on instruction from Paul.  As we look back in our own Christian lives, we can probably remember those individuals who took the time to mentor us – to invest their time and energy in giving hands-on instruction regarding the Christian life.  Listen to the words of Solomon in Prov.27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
          Who in your life could really benefit from hands-on instruction regarding how to live the Christian life?  Let us invest our time and energy in mentoring those whom God has brought into our lives – encouraging them; praying for them and with them; serving alongside of them: “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (I Thess.2:8).

 

In Christian love, Brad   

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