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February 17, 2011

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A Study of the Holy Spirit
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Caring for the Needs of Others

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Lesson 1 - Developing the Heart of a Servant
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Lesson 4 - Learning to Love My Brethren
 

How Do You View Others?
 

by John R. Gibson

 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm  133:1).

The fourteenth chapter of Romans was written to produce unity, yet it has often been a source of division and conflict. It is a chapter that presents difficulties to most (and this writer is no exception), but we may find it easier to unravel some of its difficulties if we first learn to view one another as Paul suggests?

Consider the five views of others presented in Romans 14:1—15:7. They are: (1) “another’s servant”, 14:4; (2) “your brother”, 14:10,13,15,21; (3) “the one for whom Christ died”, 14:15; (4) “the work of God”, 14:20; and (5) “his neighbor”, 15:2.

Matters relating to unity are important, for not only did the Psalmist commend unity as good and pleasant, but our Lord prayed that His disciples would be one (John 17:20-21). Christians should deplore division, desire unity and, in doing so, realize that we would be spared much of the feuding and fussing that goes on in local churches if we viewed one another as this section of Scripture directs. We are more likely to understand the passage better when we learn to understand one another better.

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Confusion and Transgression
 

by Sewell Hall

 

Have you ever heard anyone say, as an explanation for some sinful action, "I have become so confused I don't know what is right anymore"? As a rule, the person who says such a thing is one who has had clear convictions but has acted, or is about to act, contrary to them.

This must be what the Holy Spirit was saying about Eve in 1 Timothy 2:14. "Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. "

To say that she was deceived is not to say that she was ignorant. She quoted perfectly what God had said: "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die" (Genesis 3:2-3). She was deceived when she thought there could be any valid reason for disobeying God.

We cannot know how long Adam and Eve avoided the forbidden tree. With so many other trees from which to eat, there was no need to eat of it. There is no evidence of confusion regarding the right and wrong of eating or the wisdom of abstaining. They were happy ignoring it.

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What is "Sectarian Baptism?"
 

by Robert Turner

 

In the early days of what is now the Oaks-West church in Burnet, a young man answered the gospel invitation by declaring his faith in Christ, and his desire to be baptized into Christ. We had no baptistery at that time, so we asked leaders of another church in Burnt, if we might use their baptistery. We were refused. The preacher said, "You will baptize him into a sect; bring him to me and I will baptize him into Christ." I replied, "You mean the one baptizing him makes the difference?" No reply! We took the boy to a lake and baptized him "into Christ" - not because we did the baptizing, or because we uttered the right words, but because that is what takes place when one obeys Jesus Christ.

I doubt the boy had any "views" on institutionalism. He had learned that he was a sinner, that Christ had died for sinners, and wanted each of us to trust and obey Him. By repenting of his sins and obeying the Lord in baptism the young man came into an acceptable relationship with Christ, his sins being forgiven. My baptizing him, even if I espoused a "sect," would not make this act "sectarian baptism." Nor was his baptism valid or invalid on the basis of "church authority" to baptize. Baptism is not a "church" ordinance, it is the Lord's ordinance, depending upon the subject's compliance with the Lord's teaching for its validity. The "sectarianism" of the church who heard his confession, if it had any, would not invalidate his baptism. Scriptural baptism is a covenant, direct and immediate, between the subject and his Lord.

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Why Do "Churches of Christ" Differ so Widely?
 

by Sewell Hall

 

A sign reading "Church of Christ" in front of a building tells you very little these days. Most any doctrine or practice may be found inside. This is frustrating to many people.

Outsiders make fun of the situation, saying, "You preach unity but you are the most divided people we know." They may add, "This just proves you are not the true church." This last statement shows a total misunderstanding of what the true church is, but it is a misunderstanding shared by far too many "members of the church."

How Can We Explain It?

First, many churches that claim to be churches of Christ are not "of Christ" at all. Any church can claim that designation, but only one that truly recognizes Christ as its head is justified in using it. There is no denominational accrediting board that can certify a church as a true church of Christ — the Lord Himself is the judge of that.

In addition, there are churches, claiming to be churches of Christ, that intend to follow Jesus but have widely differing ideas of what that involves. Some, like the Sadducees, "are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God" (Mt 22:29). Others know the scriptures but construe them loosely, rejecting only those things that are forbidden. Still others believe that only those things clearly authorized are to be practiced; but even among these there may be differences as to what is authorized. When such congregations are truly autonomous, it is inevitable that there will be noticeable differences.

Such Differences Are Not New

Differences existed among churches established by the apostles even while the New Testament was still being written. The "seven churches of Asia" (Revelation 2 and 3) provide good examples.

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Restoring Restoration
 

by Dee Bowman

 

“If Christianity would go back to its origins, cleanse itself resolutely from the silt of time, and take its stand with fresh sincerity from the personality and ideals of its founder, who could resist it?”

That’s a observation from Will Durant from an article written for the Saturday Evening Post, in August of 1939. Isn’t it amazing how things don’t change? The statement is as relevant to our needs today as it was when Mr. Durant wrote it. It speaks of restoration. It is a call for restoration.

But that’s not the first time a call for restoration has been made. Both the Old and New Testaments are replete with calls for restoration. The Prophet Jeremiah called for a restoration when he said “Thus saith the LORD, ‘Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls’” (Jer. 6:16).

Isn’t it amazing how things don’t change? The people then, much like the people of today, were not obliged to listen. “But they said, we will not walk therein.”

Man wants his own way. He always has. It seems that no matter how many times he is called back to the truth of God, he can’t stay for long. He has to dilute. He has to rearrange. He has to make alterations. He has to do it his way.

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How to Raise A Heartache
 

by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.

 

The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. (Prov 29:15)

Though I have been a father for many years and a grandfather for a few years, I still do not claim to be an expert on child-rearing. I am still learning. I do believe that children are getting better. My little angelic grandchildren do not need as many spankings and their parents did. This is not purely a personal judgment on my part. I have talked with other grandparents and they are seeing the same thing in their cases as well.

Seriously, I am concerned about the quality of rearing that today's children are receiving. I am aware of the anguish of heart of many parents over the conduct of their children. I know that this may be in spite of the training given by the parents. I also know that sometimes it is because of the training (or lack of it) given by the parents. I have sat up nights with distraught parents trying to comfort them and make some kind of sense out of the waywardness of their child. (The only thing sadder to me is for such parents to not be concerned at all). Often, as far as it is humanly possible to judge, the parents had done everything that good parents should to guide their children in the proper direction. At times, I have sat as parents agonized, "What went wrong?" Many times there was no fault of the parents that I could see. At other times, I could have told them and often had told them in sermons, in articles, in conversations and in classes — but it seems hardly profitable now to add to their heartache by saying, "I told you so". So, I hold my tongue and try to help them pick up the pieces.

Hence, these words are not directed to parents who have already done their work (good or bad) of child-rearing. It is directed to those parents who have the bulk of this grave task still facing them. The advice in this article has no guarantee of success in every case because even children are free agents with the power to choose between good and evil. But, I do believe that the Bible teaches some vital principles that have to do with child-rearing that need to be taught and practiced by those who love the Lord and will prevent many of the heartaches that come to parents. The things I will say are from experience and observation over the years, but also based upon the teachings of the Scriptures.

If you want to raise your child to be a heartache then follow these rules:

1. Constantly criticize his symbols of authority. Don't let it be enough to allow your child to have free reigns at home to do as be pleases, if any other authority tries to restrain him, let your child know that you will be his automatic ally in his conflict with that symbol of authority. Every chance you get throw in some critical remark about someone in authority so that your child's big ears will be able to soak it up.

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Getting Tougher Minded
 

by Gardner S. Hall

 

The June issue of The Rotarian has an excellent article on the subject: "Let's Get Tougher Minded." Under the title there is a cartoon that appears to picture a book burning. We read of an event like that in the Bible (Eph. 19: 18, 19). I wish I had space to reproduce most of this article. While it is not applied particularly to religious subjects, and the author might not approve of such an application, it really is most important when applied in this realm.

The article has to do with the weak cowardly spirit that assents to wrong because it is to spineless to speak up for the right.

He does not advocate blunt, harsh answers when error is taught, but does encourage asking questions and bringing out the wrong and exposing it. Let me quote a little.

"These incidents are examples of a malady I call softening of the mind. It is not a new sickness — but it is spreading. It arises from the failure to ask questions of a subject or speaker. Montigne derided those persons who have not the courage to correct, because they have not the courage to suffer correction, and always speak with dissimulation in the presence of another.' Emerson's biographer said that as a young man the sage of Concord 'retreated before every confident person.., he listened like a willow; he took the contagion of everyone's views and utterly lost his own.'

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Jesus, the Humble Servant
 

by Barney Keith

 

In the person of Jesus Christ one can see the meaning of true humility. It is unfortunate that some have a wrong concept of this admirable virtue. Humility is not an inferiority complex that causes one to shrink from action. It is not being shy or embarrassed in the presence of others. Nor is humility a reflection of weakness in one's character; rather, it is a sign of strength. It is not the lack of firmness in addressing an issue.

Yet its firmness does not exhibit the arrogance and pomposity which sometimes accompany dealing with others.

In Jesus we can see that humility is a lowliness of spirit that is deliberately adopted, taking a subordinate position voluntarily when an opportunity for service appears. Lowliness of spirit and the willingness to serve cannot be found in one whose vision has been blurred by a distorted sense of his own importance. Pride and ego are the opposites of humility.

Jesus Describes Himself

The Savior declared to his disciples, "I am in the midst of you as he that serveth" (Lk. 22:27). "I am meek and lowly in heart," he stated in Matthew 11:29. The majestic Lord and Master of all, the Creator of the universe, the eternal God in human form  casting himself in the role of a humble, lowly servant! It seems incredible that the king is serving his servants! This is the One who came "not to be ministered unto, but to minister" (Mk. 10:45). His entire life and teaching show those words not to be hollow expressions, but true descriptions of his ministry.

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The Folly of Worldliness
 

by Jere E. Frost

 

God calls upon us to be spiritually minded, to abhor what is evil and to cleave to what is good (Romans 12:1, 2). Yet temptations, both brazen and subtle, seek to steal away our hearts from the beauty and simplicity of divine truth and holy living. It was love for this present world that caused Demas to forsake the right way (2 Timothy 4:10).

Many professing Christ have been similarly enticed and enthralled by worldly desires. John gives us five reasons why it is sheer folly.

``Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever'' (I John 2:15-17).

1. He alienates himself from God. ``If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him.''

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The Right Baptism
 

by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.

 

"And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 19:1-5).

One thing should be clear from this text -- just any baptism will not do. The Ephesians had been baptized, but they needed to be baptized again. They had been baptized unto John's baptism -- a baptism that was no longer in effect. It was not the baptism of the great commission. It was a baptism preparing the Jews for the coming of the Christ. By the time the Ephesians were baptized the Christ had come, died, was buried, and had risen from the dead. He had given the baptism of the great commission. The Ephesians needed to submit to that baptism -- baptism "in the name of the Lord Jesus." One must be baptized to be saved (1 Pet. 3:21), but he needs to be sure that he is rightly baptized.

The Right Authority

The second baptism that the Ephesians received was "in the name of the Lord Jesus" or by His authority. "In the name of" suggests authority. If a policeman says, "I arrest you in the name of the law," he is invoking the authority of the law. When Jesus gave the great commission he declared that he had all authority and commanded that people be baptized in order to saved (Matt. 28:18-28; Mark 16:15-16)

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The Simple Power of the Lord's Supper
 

by Cled E. Wallace

 

The Lord's Supper is a striking example of "the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3.) It fits admirably into the simplicity of the whole New Testament order of things. The humblest disciple, even though he be illiterate, can refresh himself in its simple power. Its richest meaning is easily accessible to him. A group of lovers of the Lord gather quietly and reverently about the table of the Lord. On the table are the things, and only those, which the Lord directed should be there. "This is my body which is given for you." "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins." There is the giving of thanks, the eating of bread, the drinking of the fruit of the vine; there is the self-examination of the participants, and the proper discernment self-examination the part of all of the body and blood of the Lord, and hearts are animated anew with the hope of his return "to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all them that believe in that day." (2 Thes. 1:10.) This simplicity should be guarded by the use of "sound words." Such terms as "sacrament" and "eucharist" have no place here. And the beauty of the simplicity of the Lord's Supper has been marred by speculations which are both foolish and unreasonable. Imagine some wiseacre arising at the table, puffed up with dignity, and pompously giving expressions to such words as these: "The validity of the service does not lie in the quality of its eternal signs or sacramental representation, but in its essential properties and substantial realities." The bread which Jesus took was literal bread, and so was the fruit of the vine. It was literal through the process of both eating and drinking. A mystic interpretation which would change bread and wine into literal flesh and blood was never in the mind of the Lord or his apostles, and is an outrage to all reason. The well-known rules that govern the use of figurative language were employed by Jesus and the New Testament writers. There is a very simple way in which the bread can be the body of the Lord, and the fruit of the vine his blood, without being literally so. When Jesus called Herod "that fox," nobody imagined that Jesus thought Herod was a four-legged animal who prowled around in the night in search of chicken roosts. When Jesus claimed to be the bread and water of life, his figurative language is clear. Spiritual communion with the body and blood of the Lord is made easy through the literal eating of bread and the literal drinking of wine, according to the simple instruction of the New Testament. The simplest observation of the gospel seem to challenge a certain type of mind to foolish and hurtful speculations which mystify and confuse. Allow the Lord's Supper to retain the simple power and beauty of its original observance. The Lord's Supper and the Lord's day, when properly observed, go a long way in holding the church to the faith of the gospel. Corruption of these is bound to corrupt the church.

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The Profitable Word
 

by Irven Lee

 

It certainly makes sense for one to suggest that man should study the Bible. The Bible is a revelation of the will of God. This revelation includes His authoritative commandments which man must obey if he would please his Creator, and it includes the exceeding great and precious promises concerning the good things laid up in heaven for the faithful. (2 Peter 1:3-4.) We may observe that every transgression and disobedience receives a just recompense of reward. (Heb. 2:2-3.) He chastens every son whom He receives that strength of character may be developed. (Heb. 12:6.) How could one carefully examine the profitable word and not be impressed by the goodness of God? God is love (1 John 4:8), and those who would know of His mercy and of His plan for man may learn from His revealed will.

A FIRM BASIS

Man is capable of having many similarities to a vicious wild animal, but he is also capable of being a lively stone in the temple in which God dwells among men. (1 Peter 2:5.) Man can so follow the example of Christ that purity, unselfishness, and strength of character can remind us that he was created in the image of God. There is an indescribable difference in the man most like the wild beast and the man who best exemplifies the image of his Maker. What is the difference? One is taught of God. The other follows the leadings of his carnal animal nature.

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"Bound to Give Thanks .... For You"
 

by Steve Klein

Teaching little children to pray can be a wonderful and sometimes amusing challenge. I recently read about a little three year old girl named Kelli who, when saying her nightly prayers with her mother, would thank God for every family member, every friend, and every pet animal (current and past).   For several weeks, as she finished her prayer, Kelli would add, "And all girls." Finally her mother asked her, "Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?"  Her response: "Because we always finish our prayers by saying 'All Men!'"   You have to admit, "all men" and "amen" do sound alike.  Kelli wanted to make sure the girls were included too!

I wonder if the Lord thinks that teaching adult disciples to pray is also a challenge.  In 1 Timothy 2:1, the apostle Paul exhorts that "giving of thanks be made for all men" (and yes the word "men" here includes girls).  Have we learned this lesson?  Do we thank God for all men?  Do we even thank Him for any men? 

Writing to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul asserted twice that he was "bound" to thank God for the Thessalonians.

"We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other" (2 Thessalonians 1:3).

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Build, Keeping Emotions in Balance
 

by Ferrell Jenkins

   

How large is your church?" "What is one of the more common questions that I am asked by outsiders who learn that I am a preacher. We hear of phenomenal growth among certain denominational churches, especially those which put undue emphasis on emotionalism. Examples of unusual and rapid growth are also cited among churches of Christ from time to time.

Don't misunderstand! This writer is opposed to neither growth among the Lord's people nor the proper use of emotions. Growth based on the truth of God is an ideal for which we should long (Eph 4:14-16). We are concerned, however, about growth which is accomplished by maintaining a high peak of excitement or through techniques which are more appropriate to sales promotions than to the gospel of Christ.

Keeping churches small is certainly not our goal. Every person in attendance represents a soul destined for eternity. Churches need to grow, and they will as souls are saved by the gospel of Christ (Rom 1:16-17). The method by which the desired growth is achieved is extremely important. Simply preaching and teaching the word of God often seems to yield slim results. In an effort to grow, we are sometimes tempted to use methods which, if not unscriptural, are at best questionable. Here we wish to look at a few of these. questionable methods which involve the improper use of emotion.

1. Super Salesmanship Techniques. The church which uses such methods must be highly organized into groups with leaders who are responsible for keeping each group motivated. The group must make so many "sales." Everyone must remain excited about the work. Excitement, or enthusiasm, becomes addictive… the group must constantly be "high." The assembly can become a "pep rally" with the elders, the preacher, the announcer, and perhaps even the song leader taking part.

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Devilish Discombobulations
 

by Dee Bowman

   

Confusion is one of the cleverest tools of the Devil. If he can get us confused on a matter he quickly gains an advantage. First of all, confusion breeds discouragement. We get quickly discouraged when we don’t understand things. Second, confusion brings controversy, mainly because misunderstandings grow out of it. And thirdly, confusion breeds disunity. It’s hard to be united on something when everybody’s all mixed up.

The Devil has used confusion to retard and restrict people’s understanding about a multitude of things. I want to discuss just a few to illustrate that fact.

Confusion about sin. Sin has been softened in this generation. In fact, you seldom see the word used. You’ll search several issues of your local paper without even seeing the word. Actually, there’s no such thing as sin to most people. Oh, they might say murder’s a sin or perhaps child abuse or something like that. But pornography? Naa. How about homosexuality? Naa. Cheating? Depends on who’s doing it and why. Lying? Well, sometimes it’s a little wrong, but sin? Naa. Sin is called sin only in the most extreme conditions. What about God’s definition of sin? He says it’s “transgression of the law” (I Jn. 3:4-5). You mean even the “little” transgressions? Yes, sir, sin is any transgression of the law. “To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin,” God said (Jas. 4:17). You mean if I know something is good and I don’t do it, God holds that against me? Yes, sir. Omission of known good is just as much a sin as murder or child abuse. And Romans 14:23 says that wilfully ignoring what you believe to be right or wrong is a sin, too: “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Sin is sin. And just because you ignore it doesn’t mean it goes away. Don’t be confused. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezek. 18:20).

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Blessed Among Women
 

by Bubba Garner

   

Anyone who thinks that the Bible is chauvinistic or prejudiced against women has just not been reading it. Some of the highest marks of praise in the book of God are ascribed to women. Esther is said to have “found favor in the eyes of all who saw her” (Esther 2:15). Ruth is called “a woman of excellence” (Ruth 3:11). And what better commendation could be given than what is attributed to Tryphaena and Tryphosa, thought to have been twin sisters in the church at Rome: “workers in the Lord” (Rom. 16:12). Women were not just footnotes along the path of history; they left footprints to be followed.

One woman who certainly fits that description is Mary, the mother of Jesus. She, too, is paid a flattering compliment when Elizabeth, her cousin, calls her “blessed among women” (Luke 1:42). This is not an endorsement to worship Mary, to elevate her to a position that people in her own generation did not place her. But neither is it a prohibition to neglect studying her at all or to pretend she is not mentioned alongside other great women of the Bible. We should want to know what it is that makes Mary so blessed.

She was chosen to deliver the Deliverer. God had already brought forth a nation from the womb of a barren woman, Sarah. Isaiah prophesied that He would also bring forth a Son from the womb of a virgin (Isa. 7:14). Because Mary kept herself pure and had not given in to sexual temptation even once, she was a fit candidate to fulfill the promise. Her innocence is further seen in her words spoken to the angel after learning of the task God had chosen for her. “Behold the bond slave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).Who knows what plans the Lord has in mind for your life? When you make righteous decisions, you place yourself in a better position to be used. Not only that, you will be more equipped to serve when the time comes. Mary was chosen for a special purpose. But she was chosen because she had made up her mind to make good choices. Be it done to me and you.

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Seeking the Truth
 

by Barney Keith

   

As tragic as it is, "Many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1) One of the most discouraging things to people through the ages has been the prevalence of all sorts of religious doctrines. Every sincere person needs to recognize the existence of error, but at the same time realize that truth can be sought and known. Jesus promised that "the truth will make you free." (John 8:32) Truth is the only antidote for error.

Truth is accessible to all men alike. God is no respector of persons, and "would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:4) Yet there are certain basic considerations which are essential for the sincere truth seeker. Let us notice some of them.

1. The initial battle is with your own will. If you really want truth you can find it. (John 7:17) The desire of the Holy Spirit is that you "be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." (Eph. 5:17) But you must make up your mind that you DESIRE to know. Then you will be ready to begin the search. A "good and honest heart" must come first.

2. You must have a wholesome, respectful attitude toward the truth. To search for truth will be a waste of your time if you do not plan to accept it—whatever it may be. Paul declared to the Thessalonian brethren that certain people perish "because they received not the love of the truth." (2 Thess. 2:10) He stated also that they all will be "judged who believed not the truth." (2 Thess. 2:12) Hence, one must love the truth and believe the truth to avoid God's condemnation.

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You Must Go to War to Find Peace
 

by Larry Rouse

   

The simplest description of a Christian is one who is an imitator of God. This transformation of the spirit of a Christian into “the image of His Son” is God’s eternal plan for every man that comes to Him (Rom 8:29-30). When we honestly look at the nature of man and then that of God, we must marvel at the great power that God has used to bring about that transformation. 

Just as a blacksmith hammers out the lump of metal into a useful instrument, our God uses the fires of conflict, guided by His written word and providential care to mold us into His image (James 1:2-4; Rom 5:3-5). Without this process there can be no change.

God Demands that We Know His Character

Jesus plainly showed His followers that all motives and actions on our part must be based on our understanding of how God Himself thinks and acts. How do we deal with an enemy, an angry, bitter man who has hurt us? “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mt 5:43-45).

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Thank God for Godly Women
 

by Bubba Garner

   

A few weeks ago our own brother George Bittner was talking with me and reflecting on the beginnings of this congregation. The main point that he stressed was the role that godly women had played in the early days of this church. He said that probably very few people in the congregation today realized what a vital role those women had played, godly women who stood firm and committed, often without their husbands, to allow this congregation to "get off the ground" and succeed. I would add to that not only in the beginning but throughout the history of this congregation even to its present, godly women have continued to play a significant role in seeing this congregation continue and experience success. Shamefully we fail to acknowledge this as often and rightfully as we should. Perhaps it is just such failure to rightfully acknowledge the church has perhaps become role of godly women that has helped fuel the fire of controversy over the role of women in the church. I realize that there are radical feminists who cry for change and want to break down all barriers of distinction between women in the church. men and women. But there may also be those women who perhaps have been swayed to listen to these cries at least in part by the unfulfilled expressions of appreciation for their contributions to the cause of Christ in the local congregation. Certainly, no Christian serves God rightfully if he does so to receive the praise of men (John 12:42-43; Matt. 6:1-8; Gal. 1:10; 2 Cor. 5:9).

But no one should be taken for granted. No one likes to have his efforts and labors ignored. The lack of recognition and honor that has been given to godly women in the church has perhaps become a fertile soil for the seeds of change being sown in an effort to alter the divinely authorized role of women in the church. The call for women to be held up in leader-ship positions within the church and to lead in public assemblies is no longer merely being heard in denominations, but is now being heard among many of those wearing the name church of Christ. While no abuse or failure in the past could ever be pointed to as cause for rejecting the divine pattern for the present, we need to recognize and acknowledge the rightful role that godly women have and do play in the Lord's church.

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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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Student Sunday Night Home Study and Singing

 

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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Hear Bob Buchanon in a Series of Bible Lectures at
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Jan 13-16, 2013

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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 3 - The Servant Songs (Isaiah 49)
Lesson 4 - The Servant Songs (Isaiah 50)
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
Wednesday Night Bible Class by Larry Rouse

 

A Study of Religious Beliefs

Wednesday Night College Bible Class

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Lesson 3 - An Overview of Islam
Lesson 4 - An Overview of Mormonism
Lesson 5 - An Overview of Pentecostalism
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