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Press Along to the Goal
 

by Bubba Garner

   

She fled from the rising waters of the tsunami. Visions of her family, a husband and five children, flashed through her mind. She had to live—not just for her, for them. As she climbed a tree, she was bitten by a snake. Then came the fire ants. They stung her legs, arms, face, even her eyes. Still, she climbed. This woman had one goal, survival; it was her only option. The reunion with her family would be worth it.

Setting goals is a part of life. Achieving them, however, is not quite as common. And many times, the difference between setting marks and reaching them is the reward that waits at the end. When two teams battle and fight their way through a close championship game, what do we usually say about the one that finally finishes on top? “They were just hungrier; they wanted it more.” At the beginning of the season, they didn’t just set their minds on winning. Their goal was to win it all. They knew that the reward at the end would be worth it.

The apostle Paul likened Christianity to running a race when he said, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). That suggests some things about the determination and vision necessary as we make our journey to our own reward.

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Let's Get on With It, or Forget it!
 

by Dee Bowman

   

In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, George F. Will says, “The challenge confronting the church can be expressed in one word: modernity.” He is exactly right—even though his concept of what is the church is not biblical, his perception of what constitutes the church’s challenge is entirely correct. What we face as the people of God today is what he terms modernity.

His definition of that term is likewise perceptive and very accurate. Listen to it: “Modernity teaches that freedom is the sovereignty of the individual’s will—personal volition that is spontaneous, unconditioned, inviolable and self- legitimizing.”

That is about as fine a definition of our subjective-thinking society as you will find. I have said on numerous occasions, “in this country we’re more interested in our ‘rights’ than we are our ‘wrongs.” We have lost contact with the word of God and have made contact with ourselves. It’s as simple as that. We have become the authority, not the Bible.

This subjective theology, promoted and practiced, by the denominational world in general, and particularly by the so-called “community church” concept, is what religion is all about in our age. In today’s religion, our choices are so specially our own that no “one has the right to tell me what to do.” Our decisions are based not on objective, definitive truth, but on what and how we “feel” about a matter. There is, in this doctrine of modernity, no such thing as a truth that is for all; there is only truth for me.

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Beware of False Teachers
 

by Gary Henry

   

Few things, if any, contribute to lifelong faithfulness more than the combination of discernment (the ability to distinguish truth from untruth, based on a study of God's word) and conviction (the willingness to take a stand for the truth once it has been discerned). Stability in the truthful teaching of God's word is not only a mark of Christian maturity, the lack of it makes new converts vulnerable to the loss of their salvation. Paul wasn't wasting words when he said that "that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ" (Eph. 4:14,15).

Many modern thinkers hold to the concept that "truth" is totally subjective, and that the more mature a person is, the less dogmatic he will be about anything. But the New Testament view of maturity is different. Solid, stable truth is held up as a worthy goal, and Christians are urged to get past the stage as quickly as possible where they're apt to be blown back and forth by "every wind of doctrine." We're not to be stubborn, of course. But neither are we to be gullible. Although we're to hold our convictions gently and humbly, the fact remains that we are to hold them. And as time goes by, we're to become more skilled at seeing through deception. We can't acquire perfect knowledge, but we certainly can grow to "full age" and be among those "who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Heb. 5:14). In short, we can learn to discern -- and we're in danger if we don't.

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Does Jesus Care?
 

by Dee Bowman

   

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly at heart and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and by burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Are you ever weary? Are you ever heavy laden?

Do you get tired of the battle, tired of fighting it, tired of having to get up again after a fall, tired of making so little gain, tired of knowing somebody knows what you did, tired of trying to be a good example only to slip and fall?

Do you get weary of the road with all its bumps, with all its sudden turns, with all its chug holes and its detours? Do you get tired of a road that seems to wind around and go nowhere?

Do you get tired of the sameness of stuff, tired of the same old routine, tired of the dullness of doing the same things over and over again, day after day, tired of the drudgery of knowing you have to do it all over again tomorrow? Do you get tired of the same old cliches, the same stale language, the same monotonous memos, the same grumbling gripes and coarse complaints, the same old boring job?

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He That is Without Sin Among You
 

by Bob Waldron

   

One time the Pharisees brought a woman who had been taken in adultery to Jesus and asked Him what to do about her. Should she be stoned as the law said? They were not really interested in the law, nor right and wrong, nor the woman. They were trying Jesus "that they may have whereof to accuse him" (Jn. 8:6). After a pause and further questioning Jesus said, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (Jn. 8:7). The statement Jesus uttered on this occasion has often been violently and blatantly misapplied. His reply was strictly in keeping with the law which said, "At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. The hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So thou shall put away the evil from the midst of thee" (Deut. 17:2-7).

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When I Was Baptized
 

by Larry Rouse

   

We do not forget great turning points in their lives. It may be the memory of meeting and falling in love with the one that eventually would become our mate. It could be the loss of a parent whose memory continues to inspire us to serve God and never quit. These and other critical points in our lives should both humble us and inspire us to draw more closely to the God that provides for us beyond what we could ever know (Rom 8:28).

The greatest turning point for any of us is the day that we entered into fellowship with the God of heaven. This was a point of our turning from our sins and finding the forgiveness that makes a relationship with God possible (Acts 3:19, 26). 

I often think back to the situations that led me to that decision to turn to Jesus Christ. It is good for me to remember the rejoicing and the new direction that I found in my life. It was like I myself had died and come back to life (Rom 6:2-5). This turning point transformed my life and led me down paths that I never thought I would take. To this very day my life is filed with newness and an awareness that my future paths are determined by a living faith which looks for doors of opportunity that the Lord may place before me.

Why our memory is important

Over time we can drift from our relationship with God to the point that we are caught up in a mindless and heartless “going through the motions.” A living faith must continually be growing, adding, and fighting or it is dead. Peter points out why some fail to add to their faith. “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins (2 Peter 1:9). What do you remember about your forgiveness?

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The Origin of the Sinner's Prayer
 

by Ryan Hasty

   

No method of conversion has gained such popularity amongst mainstream denominations in the last century than that of the “Sinner’s Prayer”. It has been said that thousands of people utter this prayer daily in response to alter calls and one-on-one conversations between friends, relatives, co-workers, and school mates. To find the origin of this method of conversion, one must rely on extra-biblical evidence as neither the term “sinner’s prayer” nor the concept can be found in God’s holy word.

The beginning of this conversion method has its foundation in the middle 18th century as the First Great Awakening was underway. It was in 1741 that a preacher named Eleazar Wheelock devised a technique called the “Mourner’s Seat” by which to draw the penitent believer. Wheelock would target sinners by having them sit in the front pew while pronouncing from the pulpit “salvation is looming over your heads.” Not only were these individuals susceptible to further counsel, they were vulnerable to whatever method of conversion Wheelock prescribed. False conversions from his revivals were numerous though it took almost a hundred years for other preachers to begin mimicking his process.

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Caring for the "Unstable" in the Flock
 

by Larry Rouse

   

A crucial work of a shepherd is to protect the flock. Knowing both the strengths and weaknesses of each member is important in order to know how to help each one. Because of his experience, a capable shepherd can see danger coming before the actual time of crisis. The ability to be alert, to warn, and to have a plan of action when danger comes will often make the difference between spiritual life and death to vulnerable sheep. (Heb 13:17)

A new Christian, by his very nature, has not yet learned the doctrine of Christ to the point where he is grounded in it and – as a result – he can be, “carried about with every wind of doctrine.” This back and forth instability makes one especially vulnerable to those who have an agenda of whom the Holy Spirit describes as influencing others in “cunning craftiness” and “deceitful plotting.” (Eph 3:14-15)

Identifying the Unstable

One may be unstable for many reasons. In addition to a lack of knowledge and experience, one may be very prone to being overwhelmed by his emotions. Consider some of the fruits of instability.

 

1. He is undependable. Just like a ship without an anchor, those who lack consistent direction will often let others down. Children who lack maturity often “forget” the assigned task to do something fun. Unstable people can be full of excitement and sincerity but have a difficult time seeing things through to the end. The parable of the sower illustrates the fruits of the one who, “has no root in himself, and so endure only for a time.” (Mark 4:16-17)

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Invisible Me
 

by Steven Harper

   

Throughout the writings of the apostle Paul, we see his efforts to exalt Christ while simultaneously diminishing himself. He did so because he understood as well as anyone that the salvation of the hearer/reader would not be dependent upon some power in Paul, or some superior ability he had to persuade others to follow Christ. He knew, as he stated to the Romans, the gospel of Jesus Christ is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16); the power was not in him [the messenger], but in the message itself - more specifically, the one at the center of that message, Jesus Christ.

But even early in the history of the church, men were divided and made distinctions based on who taught them. The Corinthians had done so (cf. 1 Cor. 1:11-12) and Paul wrote to eliminate such unworthy divisions. Paul pointed them back to Christ and remind them it was Christ they followed, and not any man (1 Cor. 1:30-31). He would later write to make sure the brethren there understood that his part in even their salvation was not to be celebrated, saying of himself, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase” (1 Cor. 3:5-7). Let us emphasize Paul’s statement that the one doing the teaching is nothing because it is God who gives the increase.

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Make Sunday Special
 

by Dee Bowman

   

Sunday is special. It’s the day of His resurrection. It’s the day of devotion to God, a day for spiritual service and rejoicing. It’s the day God ordained for worship and service. It’s the day when we keep the memorial of Jesus’ death, the Lord’s Supper. It’s a day for singing and praying and being together. It’s a day for spiritual feasting.

Sometimes I think we take the Lord’s Day for granted. We become so familiar with it that we fail to give it the thought and emphasis it deserves. If we’re not careful, it can become plain, ordinary.

Please allow me a few observations on how you can make Sunday even more special. These are suggestions, not rules; but they are worth consideration, methinks.

Dress appropriately. If Sunday is a special day, it deserves some special things. Appropriate dress is one of them. Now, please be advised that no one here is demanding that a dress code be observed, but it just makes sense that the importance and significance of the Lord’s day is not made special by excessive casualness. We should not be casual in our observance of the various blessings of the Lord’s day and it just makes good sense that, if things are to be done, “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40), that proper attire is one of them. Incidentally, it might interest you to know that the Greek word translated with our word “decently” is defined a “denoting gracefully, becomingly, in a seemly manner” (Vine). Sometimes it even means “honorable.”

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Is Social Drinking Condemned?
 

by Thomas G. O'Neal

   

Many understand that drunkenness is condemned by both the Old and New Testaments. However, there are some that feel "social drinking" is not.  Some make arguments in favor of "social drinking," not because they drink, but because they do not know any better.  Others defend "social drinking" because they practice such. Yes, there are those claiming to be members of the Lord's body that try to defend such. Some otherwise good churches have had their influence hindered because of those that were regarded as being somewhat known "social drinkers" if not outright drunkards.

Peter said, "For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings and abomi­nable idolatries" (1 Peter 4:3). Peter uses three expressions I want to notice in this article.

(1) "Excess of wine" is the way the King James Version translates the Greek, oinophlugia. The International Version, Today's English Ver­sion and the New American Standard all translate it "drunkenness."  The American Standard Version translates it "winebibbings." Liddell and Scott define it on page 479 as "a love of drinking, drunkenness."  Of "excess" W. E. Vine says "lit. a pouring out, overflowing," is used metaphorically in 1 Pet. 4:4, "excess," said of the riotous conduct described in ver. 3 . . . In 1 Pet. 4:3, oinophugia -  drunkenness,  debauchery  (oinos, wine; phluo, to bubble up, overflow) is rendered "excess of wine," A.V.  (R.V.  "winebibbing")  (page 397).  Thayer defines it as "an overflowing, a poring out . . . 1 Pet. 4:4 . . . the excess (flood) of riot in which a dissolute life pours itself forth" (page 43).  By translation and definition the  expression denotes a dissolute life which bubbles up and overflows wine and strong drink resulting in one being a drunkard.

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"The Poor Have the Gospel Preached to
  Them"
 

by Andy Sochor

   

The common perception by people – both within and outside of the religious world – is that churches are charitable organizations designed to help the poor. Denominational churches spend much time, energy, and money helping the poor. Those who are in need (or claim to be in need) often visit churches seeking a handout.

We are certainly to be concerned for the poor (Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 4:28; James 2:15-17) and, as we have opportunity (Galatians 6:10), help those with legitimate needs (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 – “If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either”). But the Lord’s church is not a charity. He did not design or ordain it to be one. Instead, He designed and ordained the church for another purpose that is far more important than mere benevolence.

When John sent some of his disciples to find evidence that Jesus was the promised Messiah (Matthew 11:2-3), one of the proofs that Jesus cited was that “the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matthew 11:5). Jesus did not mention feeding the poor, clothing them, or giving them money. Instead, the proof offered to John’s disciples for Jesus’ identity was that the poor were taught the good news of salvation.

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Redefining Happiness
 

by Steven Harper

   

Within the past few years, we have witnessed a great push within our society for ‘rights’ to do just about anything. Especially within the last week, we have seen joy expressed that the latest Supreme Court decision will pave the way for same-sex marriages nationwide, with many using shallow slogans to express their desire that ‘whatever makes someone happy’ should not be forbidden. “After all,” some are saying, “love is love!”

Forty years ago, some were calling this The ‘Me’ Generation, with a crop of young folks [and some not-so-young] coming up who believed they had every right in the world to do whatever they wanted, without restriction and without what they saw as burdensome and intrusive laws that ‘controlled’ what they could and could not do. Popular phrases that epitomized the attitudes of that time were ‘If it feels good, do it’ and ‘Looking out for number one’; both demonstrated a self-centered look on life and it seems like subsequent generations have gotten no less selfish.

Mankind has a knack for persistently pursuing the things that he falsely believes will bring happiness - even when past generations and past efforts have failed [and failed miserably] to achieve that end. It seems to not matter that history records those failures for us to learn from them, for someone will ignore history and inevitably try again or try something else, seeking happiness in a place it cannot be found. Often, the problem is that we just don’t want to admit those things will not bring true happiness, nor will we admit the truth of what God has said brings true happiness.

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The Logic of Authority
 

by Doy Moyer

   

Someone has to be in charge. It only makes sense. While we may dream of a society where there are few laws, just imagine having no laws. Take away all speed limits, all road rules, all laws dealing with lanes and directions, and where do you think that will get us? Without rules, authority, and the ability to back it up, society cannot long survive in any civilized fashion. Even Utopia had its rules that were punished upon violation. Read the book. 

The same is true of other areas of life: school, business, and the home all require authority. Acting like no one is ever in charge is not a situation anyone can long stand. "Isn't anyone in charge here?" bellows the customer who can't seem to find answers to the most basic questions. "Can I talk to someone in authority? Can I see your manager?" There is always an expectation that someone is in charge, and we often recognize that going "to the top" is the only way to get something done. Again, it only makes sense. And we know it does. No further proof is needed. 

So why should morality and religion be any different? Suddenly we can become our own authority, acting like we are the ones in charge of how to serve and glorify God. We want to be Christians. We want to give God all the glory. We want to praise God with all our hearts. But we want to do it our way, defining Christianity by our own terms, expecting God to accept our "humble" service. After all, what kind of a God would refuse to accept the praise of those who so lovingly and whole-heartedly gave it? He is the passive audience isn't He? We get to perform however we wish and God will just curtsy to us and tell us how great we've done. That's what any parent will do for a little child just doing his best.

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Enjoying the Bible
 

by Mark Roberts

   

Grisham. Clancy. The Oprah Book Club. Hillerman. Amazon. Rowling. Barnes & Noble. Homework.

What do all these have in common? Whether it is Clancy's latest techno thriller, Grisham and his lawyers, Hillerman's Navajo mysteries or Rowling's wizards they can all be found (with a good cup of coffee!) at Barnes & Noble, ordered online at Amazon. com, or maybe even recommended by Oprah in her book club — and they all show how Americans love to read.

Many Christians enjoy reading the latest bestseller but have never thought of enjoying the reading of Scripture. Yet if we want to spend more time in the Bible the issue isn't willpower or time management but "want to." We do what we want to do. When we learn to enjoy the Bible we will want to read the Bible. Do you know how to enjoy the Bible?

First, appreciate your Bible. For some Bible reading is the Christian's homework. With heavy hearts they open the Bible ready for the drudgery of reading. Of course, with such expectations, it is drudgery! Yet David praises God's word, announcing "Oh, how I love Your law!" (Psalm 119:97). Perhaps we should realize we don't "have to" study, but by the grace of God we have this wonderful privilege.

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Elijah's Temptation to Drop Out
 

by William C. Sexton

   

If the phrase "a prophet of God" is spoken, the Bible student would likely think of Elijah. He was a powerful prophet in the Old Testament; when Jesus was transfigured before certain of the apostles (Mt. 17:1-5). He appeared with Elijah to represent the prophets Jesus referred to his acts (Lk. 4:24-26); James mentioned him as evidence of the powerful effect of a righteous man's prayer (Jas. 5:16-18); Paul pointed to him as one being mistaken about his lonely state because many faithful peoples were serving God (Rom. 11:2-5).

Elijah was a great prophet, who achieved much, giving evidence that he was serving God and that God is powerful (1 Kings 18:21-46). He spoke out against evil, opposed the prophets of Baal, as a spokesman for God. Yet, Elijah was a human, with the weaknesses which characterize mankind. He was, like most of us are at some time, tempted to drop out and give up (1 Kings 19:1-21).

The character of this man and the occasion in his life (just after achieving a great victory) make us unprepared for what he does in this respect! Yet, I suspect that here is just one case of the many in the word of God which point each of us to self-examination, to discover our humanness, We sometimes miscalculate reality! If Elijah, a prophet of God could and did so misperceive things, then certainly we ought to recognize that we, too, may do the same and be in need of assistance!

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Is Unrestricted Loyalty a Virtue?
 

by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.

   

To our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right, but our country, right or wrong" – a famous toast by Commodore Stephen Decatur.

Loyalty to and support of one’s country, friends, family or brethren can be a noble thing. In fact, there is far too little of it in our "me first" society. It is a wonderful feeling to have someone who will stick with you through thick and thin. One that you can count on being there in hard times as well as good. Over the years, I have been blessed with family, friends and brethren who have demonstrated such loyalty. For this I am eternally grateful.

However, to the Christian, loyalty to any person or institution on earth must have its limitations. Jesus made that crystal clear when he said, "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matt. 10:37).

If there is anything that I have learned in over 50 years of preaching, it is that people, institutions and even congregations change. I have also learned that some people are going to be loyal to certain people, schools, papers, and congregations – no matter what. They will standby and support them no matter what they may be teaching or doing. It is "to my (people, school, paper or congregation) . . . may (they) always be right, but my (people, school, paper or congregation), right or wrong."

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Are We All Right?
 

by Irven Lee

   

One of the most popular doctrines taught in the name of religion in America today is that we are all right. One faith is as good as another, we are told. It is admitted that there are some differences, but the idea is that we differ only on trivials that do not matter. In fact, according to the popular concept, doctrine or teaching does not matter. Many say that they do not like "doctrinal sermons." Is this the same as saying that they do not like sermons that teach? Doctrine and teaching are synonyms. Then teachers should not teach.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:8,9). The Lord revealed His will to man because doctrine and religious practice do make a difference (Rom. 10: 1-3; Gal. 1: 6- 10; Rev. 22:18, 19). The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but this does not make it right before God. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Prov. 16:25). "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God" (1 Pet. 4:11). There are many verses that deal with the sin of teaching the wrong doctrine, and no hint that whatever we teach pleases God (Gal. 1:6-10).

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Abiding in the Doctrine

 

by James R. Cope

 

Some who have had a great deal to say about "fellowship" have sought to lessen the force of II John 9-11 by giving it a meaning out of harmony both with its context and other plain Bible teaching. The passage reads:

"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God-speed: for he that biddeth him God-speed is a partaker of his evil deeds."

Position Proves Too Much:

Brethren who believe that everybody ever baptized for remission of sins ought to be in full fellowship with each other tell us that the "doctrine" of vss. 9 and 10 refers to "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh" of vs. 7. The absurdity of such an interpretation is seen in its consequences. This position would mean that he that abideth in the "doctrine", i.e., "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh", "hath both the Father and the Son." This conclusion forces the position that any who acknowledge the deity of Jesus or regard Him as God's Son have fellowship with the Father and Son and with one another. Since there are many who have never obeyed the gospel -- have never been baptized for remission of sins -- yet who believe "Jesus Christ has come in the flesh", they must be in fellowship with all who have! But this is too much for and unacceptable to these brethren because they draw the line of fellowship at "baptism for remission of sins." Some of the most able defenders of the Scripture teaching on the deity of Jesus have been men who never obeyed the gospel. Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists and Roman Catholics can be numbered by the thousands who believe "that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh." Then why not fellowship them? The proof test of these liberals does not mention baptism. Why, then, draw the line of fellowship at baptism?

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Love For All the Saints
 

by Bryan Gibson

   

Philemon wasn’t partial—he loved all the saints (Philemon 1:5). And he didn’t just feel it; he demonstrated it—“for we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother” (Philemon 1:7).

Other Christians in the New Testament were commended for the same thing: “…after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you…” (Ephesians 1:15-16). “We give thanks…since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints (Colossians 1:3-4). “…for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia…” (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10).

Clearly, then, this is a point of emphasis in the New Testament. Do good to all the saints (Galatians 6:9-10) —not just family members, not just friends, and not just those you perceive to be the strongest.

Here, then, are some ways you can show love to all the saints in your local congregation.

Nothing wrong with sitting in the same pew or chair at every worship service, but don’t talk to the same people every time. Before and after worship services, move around and talk to different people. Get to know everyone. They need you, and you need them (Romans 1:12).

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Restore Such a One
 

by H. E. Phillips

   

Those who have very little concern for the lost will not make much effort to restore them to the Lord. Those who love the lost and are concerned about their eternal destiny will work and pray for the salvation of their souls. The difference between these two groups is the difference between the spiritual mind and the carnal mind. This will depict the zealous and devout workers in the kingdom versus the indifferent bench warmer who finds fault and criticizes every effort on the part of the faithful.

Galatians 6:1 says: "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."

Restoring that one who has been overcome in a fault requires more than knocking at the door and scolding him for his sins. It involves more than sending a card, or making a phone call and talking with generalities. These things will help show the sinner that he has someone's attention, and that they are expressing some concern for him. Restoring the lost requires an attitude of love for the lost and a respect for the word of God that propels that person to seek opportunity to communicate with the one who has been overcome with sin and convince him to repent of his sins, confess his sins and pray to God for forgiveness.

There are so many hindrances to getting this work done. I suppose that is the reason we have so few who are willing and ready to attempt to restore the lost to the Lord. Often there is little interest in and desire for the salvation of the lost in the hearts of those who claim to restore the lost. These will talk about how others ought to be doing the work, but they will make no effort themselves. Some will boast of what they have done in this area, but they sometimes do more harm than good.

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"The Accuser of Our Brethren"
 

by Steve Wallace

   

In Revelation 12:10 Satan is referred to as "the accuser of our brethren." The word "accuse" is defined, "(1) to charge with, or declare to have committed a crime, (2) to find at fault; to blame . . ." (Webster 14). Sometimes a person is justly accused. However, that is not what is spoken of here.

Do we have any examples of Satan accusing "our brethren before God" (Rev. 12:10)? Yes, we find such in Job 1:6-11; 2:1-6. Job was a good man! God himself testified to this fact. However, it did not matter to Satan. He accused Job anyway. Here we see a true picture of Satan as "the accuser of our brethren." Satan also tempts mankind. Hence, people can become "accusers of our brethren" and share in the devil's work.

We see people carrying out the work of the devil in both testaments. Job's brethren falsely accused him (4:7-9). The Pharisees falsely accused Jesus (Matt. 12:22-24). Among the sins characteristic of the "last days" is that some will be "false accusers" (2 Tim. 3:3). If people can become false accusers, then brethren can become false accusers. The danger that brethren might partake in the devil's work evidences the need for this study.

Anyone Can Accuse Anyone of
Anything!

The Bible teaches that the above point is true. Job said to his accusers in the long ago, "I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you and shake mine head at you" (16:4). Likewise the Pharisees' accusation against our Lord shows that anyone is able to dredge up any kind of charge against another (Matt. 12:24).

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Pitfalls that Allure Bored Christians
 

by Robert Harkrider

   

You have probably seen a few; perhaps even sat beside them during a period of worship. “Bored Christians” are usually second and third generation Christians who parents brought them to worship since they were infants. They were baptized because it was “the right thing to do.” They inherited their religious course from their parents and were not converted from a wicked life of sin nor from religious error.

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Our God He Is Alive! (Evidences From DNA by Buddy Payne)
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Making God Real to Us by Joshua Carter - Nov. 27, 2011
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The College Christian by Harold Carswell - Nov. 6, 2011
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My Struggle as a College Student by Kyle Gibson- Oct. 23, 2011
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Does God Care What I Wear?
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How to Study the Bible
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Third Annual Weekend Student Bible Study - January 11-12 on
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Messianic Prophecies in the Book of Isaiah
Adult Bible Class by Larry Rouse
Sunday Mornings at 9:30
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Lesson 5 - The Servant Songs (Isaiah 52-53)
Lesson 6 - The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7)

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Sermon Series on the Book of 1 John
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Themes From the Life of David
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A Study of Religious Beliefs

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