This week our congregation has been deluged by unexpected tragedies. The loss of our dear Ken McDonald and the losses that others have suffered of family members has been hard on all of us. As the body of Christ, we “weep with those who weep.” Part of what makes all of this so difficult is the fact that these events were unexpected.
The Bible tells us of a righteous man. God said that there were none like His servant Job. Satan said that Job served God because of the blessings that built a wall around Job and protected him from harm. If those blessings were removed, Satan said that Job would curse God to His face. God put His faith in Job, and allowed Satan to prove his boast.
Satan attacked Job by taking is property and livelihood. Then Satan attacked Job by taking the lives of his sons and daughters. Then Satan attacked Job by taking his health. At this point, Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. But Job said, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this, Job did not sin with his lips. – Job. 2:10.
Satan is the enemy who from the very beginning, seeks the downfall of humanity. He deceived and corrupted Adam and Eve in the garden – 2 Corinthians 10:4. He is the accuser of the brethren – Revelation 12:10. He is seeking whom he may devour – 1 Peter 5:8. If you are in pain, he is happy. If there is sin, he is satisfied. He can’t force us to sin, but he does tempt us – James 1:13-15. He is busy, busy, busy in causing sorrow, destruction and despair in this world.
When unexpected tragedies occur we are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. How we respond is key. Many people look at the loss of the jobs and blame God. Others, in pain at the loss of loved ones are tempted to turn away from God. When disease racks our bodies and our health is a struggle, it is Satan who wants us to give up in despair. And when we pray to God and His answer is no, some deny His existence.
The thorn in the flesh that Paul received was “a messenger from Satan.” Its purpose from Satan was to buffet or to beat Paul down. And when Paul prayed about it three times, each time the answer was no. – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9. Paul was told that Christ’s grace was enough for him.
When attacked unexpectedly by Satan, let us keep our faith in Christ, knowing that He will supply grace to help us.
Bruce was born in Warren, Ohio in 1959. His father, Emanuel Daugherty, is a gospel preacher. He married the former Gayle Gleaton of Fairview, Georgia in 1981. He and his wife have two sons: Mike age 28, lives in Chicago, working in the advertising community and Vince, age 25 who is married to Tiffany and teaches high school in Daytona Beach.
Bruce received his B. A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1981. He received his M. A. in Church History from Harding Graduate School of Religion in 2006.
Bruce served as an associate minister for the Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Church of Christ from 1981-1983. He was a missionary in Cervignano, Italy from 1983-1990. He preached for the Beville Road congregation in Daytona Beach, FL from 1990-2000. He preached for the 10th & Clairmont Church of Christ in Cambridge, Ohio from 2000-2011. In November 2011 he returned to Beville Road to serve as their preacher. He has held gospel meetings in Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. ,.......more
What you can expect when you visit.
• Due to Vince attending preaching school starting in August, the Elders are looking for those of the congregation willing to share in the work with our youth group. If you can help, please see the Elders.
• Youth and Teen parent meeting with Vince on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 AM.
• VBS IS COMING!! “I’M Redeemed” is our theme this year. There will be classes for all ages. Mark your calendars for June 18-21. Workers are needed. Please see Tim Enck. We will be meeting every Saturday until time for VBS to work on materials. Come from 10:00 AM to Noon.
• Check the bulletin boards for activities at area congregations