First Christian Church
“Good News” Newsletter
FCC family taking part in the “new normal” worship
The “New Normal”: Will Things Ever Be the Same?
Sunday morning Worship Service live-streamed, online on our Facebook page. Wednesday Night Bible class and Church Board meetings on Zoom. Online giving using the “Tihe.ly” app.
These are just a few of the adjustments our congregation has had to make as we find ways to adapt during this Pandemic Crisis.
And “adaptation” is the key as we try to find new ways to adjust to these different conditions, this new environment, our “new” normal.
We have held in-person Sunday morning worship services for five weeks now, and we praise God that He has shown us mercy and we have been able to keep the church building doors open.
No one likes change, but we have modified our service, and we continue to look for ways to improve our services.
We are thankful for social media, and we continue to strongly urge those who might consider themselves to be in the high risk group for Covid-19 to continue to watch safely from home.
If you plan to attend in person on Sunday, please note masks are mandatory. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. The pews have been moved to accommodate social distancing, and we encourage social distancing and families to sit together. “New normal” also means there is hand sanitizer provided at the door.
We are thankful for the technology we have, and we are trying new ways to keep our congregation going. We do sing with our masks on, but there are no hymnals or bulletins. All lyrics and information are projected on the screen.
For communion we provide single servings of the bread and the cup. Those in attendance are invited to come forward (maintaining social distance) to participate in the Lord’s Supper.
We ask that you continue to pray for our Congregation.
“Why We Blame Others”
by Pastor Darell Christopher
“Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you
gave me who brought me some, and I ate it.”
(Genesis 3:12 Living Bible)
From the beginning, people have tried to make excuses for their actions by blaming others.
If you look closely at Genesis 3:12, you will notice Adam not only blames Eve, he also blames God (“the woman you gave me”).
What he is implying is that if God had not put Eve in the garden with him, he would have not have eaten of the forbidden fruit, and he would have remained innocent.
As the wise King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Every time we make a mistake, the pride in us will cause us to start looking around to find someone we can point a finger towards to say they are responsible for our failings. Our pride makes us try to justify our actions and pacify our conscience. “How can it be my fault?” It has to be someone else’s fault.
To keep from taking responsibility for our actions, we will blame our significant other, our brother or sister, or even a friend. Some people are still blaming their parents. We’ll blame the company, our boss, or our co-workers. We’ll blame our friends, and yes, we’ll blame the Church, the Pastor and like Adam, we will even blame God. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “The Devil made me do it!”
When we get angry and lose our temper, isn’t it easier to say if people around us (our co-workers, our kids, our spouse, etc.) were just nicer and treated us with respect and understood our feelings, we wouldn’t have to explode?
When we are impatient, maybe in a traffic jam or in a long line at the grocery store, is it not because the people around us are slow and inconsiderate?
When we give in to the lust of the flesh, would we not be able to keep our minds pure if our culture would not keep putting all these sensual images on television, in our movies, and on the internet?
Here’s what the Bible says about blaming God. James 1:13-15 (NLT) says,
"13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
Rather than people accepting responsibility for their actions, here is some of the blame shifting I have heard:
“Everybody else is doing it.” “I wouldn’t have to steal if I wasn’t so poor.” “I would be more generous if I had more money.” If there were not so many hypocrites in the church, I would go to church.” “If I had more time…” “If I had more encouragement…” Also: “It’s the people around me who start the conversations. There’s no way to avoid hearing what others happen to say. And when others ask me questions, I can’t avoid sharing what I know.”
Here’s one I have used: “If the food didn’t taste so good, I wouldn’t eat so much”.
Taking responsibility is a sign of maturity. Let’s stop blaming others and humbly start taking responsibility for our own actions.
Some of our members worshiping and working to help others – safely!
Online Giving Now Available
Those who wish may now give to First Christian Church, Tahlequah online!
You may give through our website by clicking here.
If you wish to give using your Smartphone, you will need the app. Here are the instructions:
Tithe.ly Giving App:
Since this is your first time giving with Tithe.ly you will be prompted to create an account that you can use for all future gifts.
The first time you will also need to add your credit/debit card or ACH/banking info.
Once your account has been created you won’t need to enter your personal or payment information. Just enter your PIN and give!
A reminder you have the ability to set your gift up as recurring.
Pastor's Devotional Podcasts
Pastor Darell does a regular Devotional Podcast on the Members of First Christian Church Facebook page. If you are not a member on this page and would like to be, please contact us at 918. 456-2415, by e-mail at , or send a message through our website here.