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Reasons Not to Worry

March 19, 2014

John Allan

Worry is something that virtually every human has wrestled with in their lifetime. If you are one of the many who would like to rid yourself of the worry habit then please consider the following Biblical reasons to resist the worry bug:

Beginning March 19 this page will be updated each weekday through March 28th with a Biblical reason not to worry. Please consider bookmarking this page so that you can easily return to see the updates.

Reason One: Because God Said So!

We will observe many other reasons not to worry, but let’s start with the first one Jesus gave in Matthew 6 of the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6:25 Jesus said “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on…”

If Scripture provided no other reason not to worry than a command from God not to do it, that should be enough. It is to our added benefit, as we will see in the coming days, that Jesus provided several additional reasons not to worry.

As we consider Jesus’ comments on worry in Matthew 6 we must not ignore the significance of this first reason: God told us not to! Our desire to honor God and abide by his commandments should motivate us to fight back against worry. The next time you are tempted to worry, try reminding yourself that it is not something God wants for you. He wants better!

Reason Two: Because Other Things are Happening

The end of Matthew 6:25 provides our second reason not to worry. Jesus said “Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (NKJV)

Food and clothing are basic needs. They are also universal needs: everybody on earth needs food and clothing to preserve their life and health. Yet, Jesus explained that there is more to life than those things. Why spend all your time worrying about your needs, as legitimate as they are, when there is more to life?

One side effect of worry is that it overemphasizes its object. The thing you worry about is blown out of proportion as if it is the only thing in the world that matters. It consumes your thinking, it consumes your conversations, and it consumes you.

The next time you find yourself stuck in a rut of worry take a breath, gather your thoughts, and think about what other things are happning right now that could use your attention.

Reason Three: Because God Provides

Jesus used two illustrations from nature in Matthew 6 to show that God provides. In Matthew 6:26 he spoke of the birds of the air: “they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” In verses 28 and 29 he explained that the lilies of the field don’t make their own clothing and yet King Solomon “in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Despite what some may claim, man is more valuable to God than plants and animals. Thus, the force of Jesus’ argument is that God’s care for these lesser elements of Creation prove that God will care for man. “Are you not of more value than they?” Jesus asked rhetorically about the birds of the air. With respect to the grass he said “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30; NKJV).

Reminders exist throughout God’s creation to demonstrate his intimate care. Each one can remind us that he cares for us and will provide our needs.

Reason Four: Because Worry Doesn’t Fix it

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Matthew 6:27; NKJV)

A striking reason not to worry about things is because worry does not fix anything. Allow that to settle in your mind for a moment: worry simply does not work.

Jesus used the specific example of growth. You cannot gain height by worrying about it. Luke 12:26 elaborates by adding “If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” (NKJV)

In many areas of life we would try something on a small scale to see if it works. Architects design models to show clients before going ahead with the work of construction. Builders test models before going on to the full-scale project. They want to know that their plan works on a small scale before investing in using it full-scale.

Why not put worry to that same test? When we worry about little things it does not work. Why, then, would we possibly apply something that fails on the small scale to a big situation in life?

In other aspects of life, we would not dream of doing such a thing. So don’t make the mistake of trying to use worry to solve your problems.

Reason Five: Worry is for Unbelievers

When Jesus said not to worry about our basic needs of life (what we eat, drink, and wear; Matthew 6:31) he followed that command by saying “For after all these things the Gentiles seek” (Matthew 6:32a).

To very heavily paraphrase that portion of the verse: “These are things faithless people worry about.”

The implication is clearly that followers of Christ should not have those worries. Even though they are universal and fundamental needs, those who follow Jesus Christ should not be worrying about them.

From a practical standpoint: how could we possibly convince the world to cast their cares on the Lord (see 1 Peter 5:7) if we are not doing it ourselves?

Worry is inappropriate for those who genuinely believe in Jesus Christ.

Reason Six: God Knows our Needs

If God did not know our needs, maybe we could panic. If God wasn’t capable of meeting our needs, maybe we could be concerned. But God knows our needs, can provide, and does provide.

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:32)

Reason Seven: It Distracts us from the Kingdom

Matthew 6:33 provides the recipe for having our needs met: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (KJV)

When we spend time worrying about things, it distracts our energy from the labor we could be doing in the Lord’s kingdom. Free your mind from worry and you’ll free it up for growing in your walk with Christ.

Reason Eight: Because Other Things are Happening

The final verse of Matthew 6 gives the final “reason not to worry” that we will consider in this series. Jesus said “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Having already prohibited worrying about the fundamental needs of life, Jesus also urged his listeners not to worry about the future. His reason is two-fold: tomorrow will take care of tomorrow, and there are enough things going on today to keep you from worrying about tomorrow.
We know from James 4:13-16 that we can think about the future, so long as our planning is done with God’s will in mind, but the future is not something to worry about.
Next time you are tempted to worry, think about other tasks you can be doing now. This will not only distract you from the object of potential worry, but also enable you to use your energy productively.
Final Thoughts
This series was not designed to exhaust all that Scripture says about worry. Nonetheless, Matthew 6 contains much of the New Testament’s teaching on the matter and is an excellent resource. If you wrestle with worry, consider reading this great chapter (especially verses 24-34) regularly.
John Allan

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Welcome, Mississippi College Students!

August 25, 2013

John Allan

Students have come to Clinton for the new semester at Mississippi College. We are welcoming back some returning students and meeting new MC students, too. We are beginning a new College Class for our students, and our “College Night” devotionals will be resuming next Thursday.

We are looking forward to a great year. We have rides to our services available for any students who need them. For more information please call us (601-924-5300) or use our “Contact Us” link to submit an electronic message.

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Give Me the Bible

August 15, 2011

John Allan

You might not know it, but the radio program Give Me the Bible airs Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on 93.5 FM radio here in Clinton.

If you haven’t listened before, Sunday is a great time to start. Our topic of study for this coming Sunday’s program has to do with the term “pastor.”

You have probably heard many people use that term, but are they using it in the way that the Bible uses it? According to the Bible who qualifies as a pastor and what does a pastor do? We will be considering those questions Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on 93.5 FM.

Please join us in looking to the Bible for the answers to life’s issues.

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Are You a Picky Eater?

June 27, 2011

John Allan

You have probably encountered a picky eater or two in your lifetime: while everybody else generously loads up their plate with dish after dish they are more particular. They examine food carefully and will only take certain things. Picky eaters are less likely to inhale a lot of junk and otherwise unhealthy food.

We know how to be picky about some things. If we are trying to eat a healthier diet we know how to read labels, ask questions about how food is prepared and choose with caution. If we are looking for a certain brand of appliance, clothing, etc. we accept no imitations.

Are you a picky eater when it comes to what you consume for entertainment? The world offers many options, and many of them are not wholesome or worthwhile. Profanity seeps into music, movies and television. Sexual imagery and and suggestive language seems to await around nearly every corner. If we are not picky we will end up consuming a vast amount of junk.

The Bible makes it clear that what we take in impacts what comes out. If we fill our mind with wickedness we should not be stunned when our acts are wicked. If our entertainment choices are not wholesome we should not be surprised when our language and actions cease from being wholesome, too.

Please challenge yourself to critically examine the things you subject yourself to in life. Be a “picky eater” when it comes to the things you choose to watch and listen to. Focus your mind and attention on wholesome things.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy– meditate on these things. -Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

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Vacation Bible School

June 13, 2011

John Allan

VBS has begun and continues through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please come join us as we study fascinating stories from the Old Testament in keeping with our theme: Believe it or not, it’s in the Bible.

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VBS and Bible Reading

June 6, 2011

John Allan

Please do not forget that VBS begins Sunday June 12 and continues through June 15th. Our theme is “Believe it or Not, It’s in the Bible” and we have classes for all ages. There is no pre-registration, you can register in person when you arrive at the building.

Vacation Bible School will be at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday (our morning worship service will occur as usual at 10 a.m.). VBS will continue at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Even if you are only able to attend one session, please accept our invitation to be our guest during this event. A welcome is waiting for you!

Whether we want to think about it or not, the month of June is here. That means nearly half of the year 2011 is already gone.

You might have had goals at the beginning of the year that have fallen by the wayside. Perhaps you had plans for the year that you still have not started but have every intention of still achieving. Maybe there are even a few that you would like to complete but have concerns that it is too late to get it done this year.

If one of your goals for this year was to read the Bible in its entirety it is not too late to make good on that goal. Even if you have not yet started on a daily schedule it can still be completed. Did you know that on many days of a typical “Read the Bible in a year” schedules the average daily reading is usually not more than 3-4 chapters? For some people that is a lot to fit into their schedules, but many folks could easily read that many and could also manage more.

If you had the ambition to be a better Bible reader this year, please do not let the fact that it is already June stand in your way. Aim to make it through as much of the Bible as you can this year. If you set your mind to it you can probably make it through all of it. Even if that does not happen, you could stay on pace to finish by next June.

It is never a bad time to start reading the Bible more regularly. Whatever time of year or day of the week, we encourage you to start reading today. It is a decision that will reward you many times over if you begin and stick with it.

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Vacation Bible School

May 31, 2011

John Allan

Our Vacation Bible School is June 12-15. This year’s theme is “Believe it or Not…It’s in the Bible.”

Our VBS is not just for kids: we have classes for all age groups, including adults. Please make plans to be our honored guest and join us for this event.

VBS begins Sunday June 12 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. It continues Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. each evening.

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Are You Giving God Junk?

May 23, 2011

John Allan

In light of the storm damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama donations have poured in to aid relief efforts. This might not surprise you, but perhaps what has been donated will.

Much of the donated material is junk.

Yes, you read that correctly: junk. Broken toys, used underwear and even a three-foot tall Santa Claus decoration have been donated.
One person described the cast-off clothes and donated junk as “the disaster within the disaster.”

I imagine some folks donated such things sincerely thinking their items would still be useful to somebody. It is also probable, though, that others saw an opportunity to get rid of unwanted things and be able to feel good about it at the same time. Not only were they getting rid of stuff they did not want anymore, they were making a charitable donation. It was a win-win situation!

In Luke 21:1-4 we read of a time when Jesus watched people putting gifts into the temple treasury. In other words, they were making donations. The rich put their gifts in and a widow came and put in two mites: a very small monetary amount.

Yet it was the widow who gave the most, according to Jesus: “for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had” (Luke 21:4, NKJV).

It was no challenge for the rich to contribute great amounts to the treasury: it was not impacting their livelihood. They were getting rid of something, but they were not really giving.

We do well to consider what we give to the Lord: not simply in the collection plate but in our worship and our daily lives. Are we offering ourselves to the Lord as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1) or merely acting in a way that lets us look good and righteous without truly requiring anything?

Do not give the Lord your used underwear and broken toys. Instead, let us serve Him with sincerity, from genuine hearts that appreciate His grace and longsuffering.

-John Allan
Minister, Clinton Church of Christ

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Gospel Meeting begins Sunday

April 25, 2011

John Allan

You are invited to our Gospel Meeting May 1-4 at the Clinton Church of Christ meeting house.

Our building is located at 155 Broadway St. in Clinton, conveniently situated near the Landmark, Stonegate, Broadway Terrace and Windsor Village apartment complexes.

Our speaker for this meeting is Bob Swain. Mr. Swain is an accomplished and capable preacher and we look forward to hearing his Bible-based messages throughout the week. The meeting begins Sunday at 9 a.m., and continues during our 10 a.m. worship and 6 p.m. evening worship; it continues Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. each evening.

At Clinton Church of Christ we take the Bible as our sole authority for all that we do. It is our aim to study, know and abide by the instructions God has given us in His word. We hope that you will join us to hear preaching firmly rooted in the Bible.

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The Luxury of Religious Freedom.

April 11, 2011

John Allan

It is good to be thankful, and one of the things for which I am thankful is the religious freedom we enjoy in this country.

Every Sunday we are able to assemble and worship the One True God and can do so without the slightest concern that we will be harmed or otherwise persecuted for doing so. This is not true in every nation. Did you know that there are nations on this planet where studying the Bible and obeying the Gospel can bring with it a death sentence?

A person might wonder: if I lived in such a place would I have the courage to be a Christian even if I would possibly lose my life for it?

Although we could not know with certainty unless we were in such a situation, if you have not obeyed the Gospel when there is no threat of persecution the likelihood of obeying when there is such a threat is not very good.

I am thankful that this nation has religious freedom, but since we have been blessed so richly in this way we should also be taking full advantage of it. In a nation with free access to the Bible and religious freedom we are without excuse if we choose to ignore God and His will. 

If you have never obeyed the Gospel please do not delay! The New Testament teaches the following things are necessary to receive the free gift God has offered:

-Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17).
-Believe (Mark 16:16).
-Repent (Luke 13:3).
-Confess Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:16).
-Be baptized (immersed in water) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
-Be faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10).

You have the luxury of learning and obeying the Gospel with no threat of harm. We would appreciate the opportunity to study with you (through personal studies or Bible Correspondence Course) so that you can learn and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To arrange your Bbile study please contact us, or visit with us at any of our services.

Phone: 601-924-5300
Address: 155 Broadway St. Clinton, MS 39056

Meeting Times:

Sunday:

9 a.m. Bible Study.
 10 a.m. Worship.
6 p.m. Evening worship.

Wednesday:

 7 p.m. Bible Study and Devotional.

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