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A Study of the Holy Spirit
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A Study of Evangelism
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Improving Our Marriages

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A Study of Angels and Demons
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Lesson1 - The Need and Scope of Our Study
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Dealing With Differences in a Way That Glorifies God

by Gary Henry


One of the marvels of God’s creation is the variety that exists among human beings. We’re all equally created by God in His image, and yet no two individuals are exactly alike. Each of us is a unique package of strengths, abilities, personalities, etc. — and each of us deals with life in a different way. Whenever two or more people have the opportunity to work together, it is possible to view their individual differences as a part of the group’s strength. Each person in the group brings something to the work that would be missing if that person were absent. A group can have more wisdom and power than an individual could ever have. Any yet, the challenge is for the members of a group to truly work together, making sure that their differences help the work rather than hinder it. The strongest groups are those powered by a common goal or shared vision that is so important to the group that they subordinate their differences to the pursuit of the collective mission. If people care enough about what they are doing together, they won’t be hindered by their differences. Their different perspectives will be a part of their strength.

When the work that people are doing is the Lord’s work, then the goal being pursued is nothing less than the glorification of God. Everything that happens is to be viewed within the context of this mission. Whatever difficulties and differences may threaten to disrupt the work are to be subordinated to the more important goal of bringing glory to God. Paul wrote, “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling . . . that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:11,12). Differences among Christians should be dealt with in a way that glorifies God. As the Lord’s people, we have a goal that is greater than our differences. What we’re doing is too important to let the devil separate us.

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Overcoming the Odds

by Matt Adams


Soon our son, Emerson, will be born into this world. Naturally, how we are to raise him is in our thoughts daily; as his father, being charged to raise him "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord", so many lessons I intend to teach him flood to my mind. One such lesson is how to deal with discouragements; how to counter the thoughts (within oneself, or implied/spoken by others) offered up to tell you that you cannot do something which God instructs you are to do. How he is to conduct himself when the odds seem to be against him or when the road looks dreary and the way tough. How to gather the strength, daily, to walk the difficult way (Matt.7:13-14).

As Christians we might be viewed by the world as the ultimate underdogs. It would seem that way to most, considering the choices we make and the stands we take. But isn't that one of the beauties of being a Christian? With God we can overcome such seemingly insurmountable odds!

We love underdogs, don't we?

Love the fight, the challenge, the prospect that one - whom others decide doesn't have a chance - may beat the giant, beat the champion, prove everybody wrong. We see this play itself out in sporting competitions all the time in our day. The prospect of winning the battle drives the one who seems to be at a disadvantage to strive ever more. However, most of the time, we find that with this supposed underdog the greatest battle they face is not their opponent, but rather themselves, their greatest challenge is from within.

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Alcohol and Wisdom

by Doy Moyer


Most Christians will recognize the difficulties in Scripture over the subject of drinking alcohol. On the one hand, there are passages that speak of "wine" in positive terms (Psalm 104:15Ecc 10:19). On the other hand, the warnings against strong drink, and especially drunkenness, are clear and unequivocal (Prov 20:121:1723:30-31). Drunkenness will keep one out of the kingdom of heaven (Gal 5:21). Drinking parties and the like are among the lusts of men from which Christians are to refrain (1 Pet 4:1-4). Peter speaks of Christians being different enough in this respect that the world thinks it strange that we don't do what they do.

There is much to say about all these, and other, passages. The debate today that rages is not whether people in biblical times drank something that could have, in excess, gotten them drunk. Rather, the question is over whether modern Christians have God's blessing to, or should, engage in "social drinking." I am not discussing medical usage. I am discussing actual drinking of alcohol for non-medical and recreational reasons. I don't expect this debate to go away any time soon, but my purpose here is to consider the issue from a wisdom perspective. What will godly wisdom teach us about choices we make in our modern world relative to drinking alcohol? One thing we can all agree on is this: drunkenness is sinful and will destroy a soul.

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Involvement and Relevancy

by Irvin Himmel


Modern churches participate in numerous practices which are completely foreign to true New Testament doctrine. Promoters of such practices find consolation in the idea that they are getting involved, making religion more relevant and meaningful to modern man.

"Involvement" and "relevancy" are two magic words in today's language. They somehow put the stamp of approval on a wide variety of performances. Never mind about the apostolic church, we must relate to our own times. And do not waste time quoting scripture; just get in and participate. Wherever the crowd is swimming, the water is fine, so come on in, and remember that we need a contemporary church. If we do not get involved we cannot relate, and if we fail to relate we are doomed to wither and die!

Before we plunge into some new and daring adventure that may drown us in destruction and perdition, let us examine involvement and relevancy. Let us scrutinize, analyze, study, and ponder the implications of the terminology expressive of a common concept.

One is "involved" when he is drawn in as a participant. Christians are by the nature of their calling an involved people. Christ's followers are taught to be occupied with prayer, Bible study, teaching, exhortation, joint participation in divine service, good works, support of the gospel, worship, and righteous living. It is regrettable that some who wear the holy name of Jesus are not actively engaged in these important pursuits. Their lack of involvement is a detriment to their spiritual growth and to the advancement of the church of which they are members.

God's word warns that there are some things in which the Christian must not become involved. Here are some examples:

1. Fleshly Lusts. We are to "abstain" from unholy desires which war against the soul. (I Peter 2:11). This includes lasciviousness, revelings, drunkenness, drinking parties, and idolatries. (I Peter 4:2,3). Paul refers to such practices as "works of the flesh," (Galatians 5:19-21) and declares that to be involved in these things is to miss the kingdom of God.

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The Lord Looks on the Heart

by Irven Lee


"For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). In speaking of Christ it was said, "He needeth not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man" (John 2:25). There are some soul searching questions one might consider because God is not mocked. He knows our thoughts and motives, and He judges according to what He sees inside.

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Two Unscriptural Concepts

by Frank Jamerson


The New Testament speaks of the church in both the universal and the local senses. In the universal sense, there is one body and it is composed of all the saved of all the world (Eph. 1:22,23; Acts 2:47). In the local sense, a church is composed of Christians who agree to worship and work together, and in this sense there are many churches (Rom. 16:16).

The two unscriptural concepts that we want to study involve how we become members of the universal and the local church. The "language of Ashdod" that is too prominent today indicates that many brethren do not have a clear understanding of the distinctions between these two uses of the word "church."

First, some talk about "joining the church" when they are speaking about their baptism into Christ. This indicates a lack of understanding about how we become a part of the body of Christ. We do not "join" the universal church. The Bible says, "And the Lord added to the church day by day those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47). The one who saves us, adds us! When does He add us? The context in Acts 2 shows that those who "repented and were baptized for the remission of their sins" were saved (Acts 2:38,41). Paul told the Corinthians, "For by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:13). The penitent believer is baptized "into one body," or "into Christ" (Gal. 3:27) in the sense that God forgives his sins and saves him because of his obedience to his commands. That does not make one a member of a local church, but of the universal church.

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Problems Surrounding Material Prosperity

by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.


The Scriptures teach us that the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). At the same time, we are taught that we must work in order to have money to buy the things we need and to have to give to those less fortunate that ourselves (Eph. 4:28; Acts 20:33-35; 2 Thess. 3:10). It is also clear from the Scriptures that there have been godly rich people. The rich among Christians are addressed and warned against the pitfalls of wealth with no indication that their prosperity was wrong of itself (1 Tim. 6:17-19). Instead they are told that God has richly given them their wealth to be enjoyed (v. 17). John wished for Gaius, "that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 Jn. 2). Local churches depend on the prosperity of their members' in order to do their work (1 Cor. 16:2). With all of this, why would Jesus say that it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God (Mt. 19:24)?

The reason it is difficult to the point of near impossible is that "... they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition" (1 Tim. 6:9). Very few can handle the pressure. The danger is not so much that they will become like the miser sitting in his vault room running his fingers through his piles of money. The danger is in the things that having money, or the perception of having it, can bring them, i.e., Pride, Popularity, Prestige, and Power.

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by Dee Bowman


It has been said that if all mediums of advertising were lumped together, it would be the largest industry in our country.  I don’t know if that is so, but I do know one thing: advertising has a profound influence on our lives. Certainly it is not my notion to condemn all advertising as wrong. That’s not so.  However, it is obvious to even a casual observer that advertising–and particularly certain types of advertising–has a profound effect on our lives. And it does it with such finesse that we do things, say things, and, yes–buy things–even dress a certain way, because of the subtle influences of advertising.  It has an effect on our lives. 

Advertising can be one of the pernicious influences of the devil.  He is wily, sagacious in his appeals. He slips up on us in cleverly devised manners, and he can have us in his grip without our hardly eve recognizing it.  He uses advertising to promote and recommend certain styles, language usages, social pressures, peer influence, and a variety of other subtitles to seduce us into his trenches.  We best be careful to plot our course in such a way as to preclude his being able to trap us–even with his subtle forms of publicizing.

Here are some “don’ts” for your consideration.

Don’t be unduly influenced by all current styles.  In the last few years particularly, some among us have decided that public opinion is the standard for judging modesty.  It is not so. No matter the accepted style, the godly woman (or man, either, for that matter) will adorn herself with shamefacedness and modesty ( Peter 3:1-5).  When Christians begin a flirtatious affair with the world there is trouble ahead.  And while we’re not to be conspicuously strange and out of vogue, we need to exercise caution lest we, through a lack of attention and concern, cause someone to stumble by our immodesty.  The Christian woman is a modest woman.  The Christian is always more interested in how he looks to God than how he looks to man.

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Fathers: Principle Trainers of Children

by Hiram Hutto


"Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Ps. 127:3) and as such should be considered gifts from God who have been placed in our hands to mold and fashion into worth-while citizens in his kingdom. Thus is laid on us the responsibility to "train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6). Note the word "train." Far too many times this is thought to be accomplished simply by telling how to act, etc. However, even a dictionary recognizes that such is not the case. It says, "to bring to a desired standard of efficiency or condition or behavior, etc. by instruction and practice" (Oxford American Dictionary).

Telling is definitely important. "These words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up" (Deut. 6:6-7). But practice and application are also required. This can be seen even in secular matters. One may attend school where he is told the information he needs, but then he needs on-the-job training, and some are hired as trainees. He needs the experience. Churches have training classes in which instruction is given, but training is gained by practice and experience.

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Reason and Revelation

by Jerry C. Ray


It is vitally important to understand the proper relationship between reason and revelation. The skeptics, in ridiculing Christianity as a religion of faith, define faith as "believing in some- thing you know is not so." But this is incorrect. The Bible is a book of evidence. It was written by men who knew Christ, who saw him work miracles, and who beheld him after his resurrection, and by contemporaries of these eyewitnesses.

The skeptic's mistake lies in his misunderstanding of the proper role of reason. Reason does not determine the plausibility or lack of plausibility of the evidence. Reason's function is to judge the merits of the evidence and determine their worth. The skeptic says, "I do not believe Jesus arose from the dead. It doesn't seem reasonable, because I've never seen or heard of any such thing happening in my lifetime." Thus reason is misused, and one's own personal experience becomes the standard. Let me illustrate this point:

1. Does it seem reasonable that the Egyptians three thousand years ago, without the benefits of modern science, research, and knowledge, could embalm bodies so that remains are extant now? Yet, such is the case.

2. Does it seem reasonable, or possible that man unaided by modern machinery and architectural knowledge, could have built the gigantic pyramids of Egypt?

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The Remission of Sins

by James W. Adams


The universality of sin is a fact which no man who admits the existence of evil would think of denying. Man's inability to liberate himself from its guilt, love, and dominion is a fact equally as well known and as universally acknowledged. Experience and observation unquestionably confirm the statements of inspiration: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23); and "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).

The recognition of evil logically demands a recognition of righteousness. To admit the existence of evil is to give tacit recognition to a standard by which thoughts, words, and deeds are determined to be good or evil. To recognize such a standard is to agree that it is the law of life. If men are to submit to such a law, it must possess authority. To possess authority, it must be infallible. Men are not likely to submit themselves to a law of life that can give no evidence of being infallibly correct. Imperfect beings cannot give to the world a perfect law of life. An infallible law could emanate only from a perfect being. This accounts for the moral decadence and corruption of heathen religions and the devotees of all ideologies that are fundamentally atheistic.

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Pearls in Proverbs: Glorying in Glory

by Irvin Himmel


It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory (Prov. 25:27).


A highly nutritious food, honey was often found in ancient times in trees, in holes in the ground, in crevices between rocks, and other places where wild bees might choose to build combs. Samson once slew a young lion, later to return and find bees and honey in the carcase. The honey in the carcase of the lion became the subject of a riddle: "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness" (Judg. 14:5-18).

Jonathan once found wild honey in a forest and his eyes brightened when he ate some of it (1 Sam. 14:25-30). Honey was among the food items brought to David and his men at Mahanaim in the days of Absalom's rebellion (2 Sam. 17:27-29). Wild honey was a basic part of the diet of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4).

But because honey is so rich and sweet, it cannot be eaten in large amounts. While it is recommended for food in Proverbs 24:13, there is a warning about eating too much of it in Proverbs 25:16. "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

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Are They Spiritually Minded?

by Irven Lee


It is amazing how many hours some parents of young children give to the world promoted by some denominational church that is tied in with the social gospel movement. There are the gatherings on Sunday and midweek, and in addition to them there is choir practice one night, all those arts and crafts for VBS, and then on Saturday night several dozen children of various ages will be by to eat one part of that continuing meal which will be supplemented at several other homes before it is over at bedtime, and those children who play in the church league must be coached, and who will take those classes to Opryland or Six Flags?

Parents may become so involved in such "church work" that they will not have time for Bible study at home or to bring their children up "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Children need their parents for more things than just to play with them. The family life building or the fellowship hall may interfere much with those duties the Lord assigned. Food, fun, and frolic may take the place of that which edifies.

Some of these denominations may have some zealous members who spend much time visiting in homes to recruit new members. They make special effort to get these people to say they believe in Jesus and then join the church and attend the class parties. These new converts are not taught much before or after they are baptized. Emotionalism, fun, and much socializing may cover the whole plan. All this actually gets people satisfied outside of Christ. It makes them happy with themselves without their obeying the gospel or learning the right way of the Lord.

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New Controversies Being Raised

by James P. Needham


The church has always had controversy. Controversy raged in the days of the apostles over the Gentiles' relationship to circumcision and other parts of the law, idolatry, fornication, etc. Paul says:

"For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you" (1 Cor. 11:19).

This indicates that controversies will always be common among God's people. While this is true, we do not think Paul is trying to encourage controversy AS SUCH. Controversy designed to "contend earnestly for the faith" (Jude 3) is controversy which is necessary and essential, but controversy stirred by individuals infected by "issue-itis" is not necessarily approved by God.

That all controversy is NOT approved by God is very evident to serious Bible students. Notice the following passages:

"Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations"
(Rom. 14:1).

"Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith; so do" (I Tim. 1:4).

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Jesus and Pilate's Wife

by Fanning Yater Tant


Pilate was in a dilemma. An innocent man stood before him for judgment; Pilate knew that for envy he had been delivered up, and there was no evidence of wrong doing which would justify a sentence against him. Yet the mob was howling for blood. It was a ticklish situation, a nasty mess. Pilate must have wished with all his heart that he could be relieved of the necessity of handling this case. Either way he went, he was certain to have regrets. His sense of Roman justice was outraged at the thought of condemning an innocent man; yet his political sagacity told him that he dare not antagonize the mob.

At this crucial juncture his wife sent an urgent message: "Have thou nothing to do with that righteous man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him." How pleasant that would be! What a relief just to wash his hands of the whole affair, bow gracefully out of the picture, and refuse to render a verdict. In a sense that was what Pilate tried to do. He even called for water and symbolically "washed his hands" of the matter, avowing his innocence. Yet Pilate found that it was impossible to side-step his moral responsibility. The verdict of history, repeated endlessly in that earliest of all creedal statements, is that Christ was "crucified under Pontius Pilate."

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Four Problems With Worry

by Warren E. Berkley


By "worry" I mean the debilitating, nagging sense of doom that (a) goes further than concern and sympathy, (b) does not involve any remedial activity to solve a real problem, and (c) is characterized by habitual, constant churning thoughts of despair. It is often unreasonable and a prelude to depression. Webster's Dictionary says: "to feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful ..."

1. Worry is often out of proportion with reality. It becomes an emotion that is difficult to contain in proper, reasonable bounds. Illustration: Your teenage son is ten minutes later than the usual arrival time from school. Your first thoughts may be well within the range of possibility: traffic, he had some necessary task at school or someone needed a ride home. But as the clock ticks your thoughts move away from the probable toward the tragic or bizarre. A traffic accident ... he wrecked the car and it was his fault ... there is serious injury ... several are dead ... And as the delay goes on for a few more minutes, our imagination develops other images, even darker. This seems to be the nature of worry; it is so difficult to contain these negative thoughts of dread. A man once said, "Don't tell me that worry doesn't do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don't ever happen!" Isn't it so. A Swedish proverb says, "Worry gives a small thing a big shadow."

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I Saw a Friend Die

by Dee Bowman


Death is indeed sad. To watch a death scene is an event not easily erased from one’s catalog of memories. I saw a friend die one time. It was a slow death–so slow in fact that he didn’t even know it was happening. I saw it coming. I warned him. Others did likewise. But it was all to no avail. He just finally died.  May I take a few moments of your time and tell you about it? It could save your life.

He first began to show signs of disease with a loss of appetite. He didn’t seemingly care to eat, and even when he ate, he paid not attention to what he ate. He simply was not bothered nor interested in diet. He remarked that other matters needed his attention. His work needed his attention. So did his yard.  So did several other things.  He had little time to eat.  oo many things were demanding of his time.

Now showing sings of a loss of strength, he became sluggish and obviously anemic. It became more and more apparent that he was ill. I talked with him about it.  He was evasive and showed no signs of wanting to talk about his condition. He made excuses about this loss of weight, and was not at all impressed with my suggestion that he see the doctor. “I will,” he said, “when I become convinced I need one.”

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Goats Among Sheep

by Al Diestelkamp


The judgment scene depicted by Jesus has Him separating sheep from goats and inviting the sheep into the eternal kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world (Matt. 25:31-34). Then He explains why the sheep in His flock were invited and the goats were not.

From this we should not be surprised when there are those who portray themselves as part of the flock of God while not fully submitting to the Good Shepherd.

In exhorting elders, Peter described local churches as “the flock of God which is among you” (1 Pet. 5:2). If there are “goats” among the Chief Shepherd’s flock, there no doubt will be “goats” in local churches.

I’m not an expert on farm animals, but some research has taught me that while there are some similarities between sheep and goats there are also some significant differences. To the casual observer, some goats look like sheep and are often in the same pasture, but they behave quite differently.

A shepherd will guide the sheep to “green pastures” and the goats will tag along, but they are willing to eat just about any trash they find along the way. Sheep have a reputation for being submissive and willing to be led, while goats are more independent and sometimes have to be driven. Goats tend to be more stubborn and occasionally combative. To the casual observer, goats may even seem more playful, making the sheep appear somewhat boring.

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Brotherly Love

by Doy Moyer


In our modern day, "love" has many faces. A man may see a woman for the first time and say, "I'm in love." What he means is, "I have a strong attraction." To some, "love" implies lust. Basically, "love" means anything we want it to mean in whatever given circumstance. Some parents think they "love" their children too much to discipline them. Some friends "love" each other too much to rebuke sin. Sadly, some of our twentieth century concepts of love have been projected back into Scripture, and we lose the Biblical application of true love.

Love is characterized much more by action than by feeling. When Jesus commanded His disciples to "love one another, even as I have loved you," (Jn 13:34), He was not just telling them to feel warmly about each other. He was commanding action, just as He had acted. It is thus by God's action that we know what real love is all about (Rom. 5:8; 1 Jn 3:16). Based upon this, we are told, "let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 Jn 3:18). This kind of love (agape) is to pervade all of our relationships: family, brethren, and even enemies (Mt 5:44). It is a love that seeks the best for all involved, and is demonstrated by taking whatever action is necessary to secure that best for the other person.

It may sound a bit trite, but we need more love - Biblical love. If the people of God are to survive well into the next century, then love will be one of the essential reasons for survival. Specifically, we want to consider the love that brethren should have for one another.

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Simple Honesty

by Dee Bowman


Honesty. A time-honored word. A concept of righteousness. A forgotten requirement among far too many people. It is replaced in our day by convenience, just enough truth to get by. My dad said, about one fellow in town, ``He'd lie for a check when he could get cash for telling the truth!'' How sad.

Dishonesty is far too widespread in our age. Cheating, they tell me, is an almost common occurrence in many of today's schools, both in the lower grades and at graduate levels. Lying is viewed among political aspirants as acceptable conduct, just as long as you get elected.  Many employers suffer substantial losses because of employees who steal from the company; rather than do much about it, they merely build it into the profit factor. How sad.

Dishonesty is used mostly because it is convenient. It is not always easy to tell the truth. In fact sometimes, it is downright hard.  But to do less is to incur the disfavor of God, to erode spiritual character, and to make life a little more difficult for whatever is involved in the lie, whether it’s telling or its reception.

Out-right lying is done only infrequently. It is usually used as a last resort. But the more subtle forms of untruth are used at random and constitute the large majority of this disrespect for integrity.  These forms include such things as misrepresentation, innuendo, half-truths, plagiarism, misquotation, exaggeration, flattery, and perhaps the most subtle of all untruths, excuses.

Half-truths are one of the most effective of the Devil's devices.  He has always used them with great effectiveness. It was a half-truth that got Eve into trouble. It seems to me that almost all sin is involved in some way or the other in half-truths. They offer the best of both worlds  --enough ``truth'' to salve the conscience, but mixed with an excuse so as to allow you to do what you want. Actually, half-truths are not truths at all--not even half. They are merely error dressed up like truth.

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Problems Concerning Material Prosperity

by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.


The Scriptures teach us that the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). At the same time, we are taught that we must work in order to have money to buy the things we need and to have to give to those less fortunate that ourselves (Eph. 4:28; Acts 20:33-35; 2 Thess. 3:10). It is also clear from the Scriptures that there have been godly rich people. The rich among Christians are addressed and warned against the pitfalls of wealth with no indication that their prosperity was wrong of itself (1 Tim. 6:17-19). Instead they are told that God has richly given them their wealth to be enjoyed (v. 17). John wished for Gaius, "that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 Jn. 2). Local churches depend on the prosperity of their members' in order to do their work (1 Cor. 16:2). With all of this, why would Jesus say that it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God (Mt. 19:24)?

The reason it is difficult to the point of near impossible is that "... they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition" (1 Tim. 6:9). Very few can handle the pressure. The danger is not so much that they will become like the miser sitting in his vault room running his fingers through his piles of money. The danger is in the things that having money, or the perception of having it, can bring them, i.e., Pride, Popularity, Prestige, and Power.

These tend to blend together in the minds many who desire wealth. While we cannot read the hearts and minds of such people, over time we can see enough to reasonably discern their motives by their demeanor. At any rate, God knows.

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The Convertibles - The Nonconvertibles

by Bill Hall


There are people in this world who are convertible to Christ; others who are nonconvertible. Jesus was not able to convert everyone, nor were the apostles, and, in fact, the Bible clearly teaches that while many will be saved (Heb. 2:10), the majority will be lost (Mt. 7:13, 14).

There are major differences between the convertibles of this world and the nonconvertibles. The nonconvertibles consider the message of the cross foolishness. They see no need for a Savior, a cross, blood, atonement, or a message of salvation. As one young man said after hearing the message of the cross, "I'm sorry; it makes no sense to me."

The nonconvertibles have hearts closed to the gospel. The convertibles have hearts open to the gospel. They are willing to listen, to consider the evidences, to reason.

The nonconvertibles glory in human wisdom. They are impressed with the intellectuals of the day who take on airs of superiority and infallibility.

The convertibles bow in humble submission to God's wisdom. They recognize that in Christ "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3). They withstand those who would rob them "through philosophy and empty deceit" (Col. 2:8). They believe anything God says and are willing to obey anything He tells them to do. They see the foolishness of injecting their own subjective thinking into anything clearly taught in God's word. For them, a "Thus says the Lord" is the end of all controversy. Just show them the scripture.

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