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A Study of the Holy Spirit
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A Study of Evangelism
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The Character and Attributes of God

Wednesday Night College Bible Class by Larry Rouse
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Lesson 1 - Diligently Seeking God
Lesson 2 - A Holy God
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Lesson 4- The Wrath and Longsuffering of God
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A People of Principle

by Tim Nichols


Christians, above all others, are to be a people governed by principles. The world may not yield to an obvious code of conduct, but God's children recognize that the distinct teachings of God's Word give us higher and better rules than our own to guide us through life. Just as Luke wrote of "those things which are most surely believed among us" (Luke 1:1), we can speak of our common commitment to settled principles that have been revealed from Heaven. Those precepts are the standards held high by the pillar and ground of the Truth (1 Tim. 3:15). They are honorable, virtuous, and noble (Phi. 4:8-9). Only to the degree that our scruples are shaped by untainted Truth can we live uprightly.

Divine precepts are to be kept diligently (Psa. 119:4). We are to long for, love, and meditate upon them (vv. 15, 40, 159). We can understand them and talk of them (v. 27). They give us comfort and hope when men hold us in derision (vv. 49-56).

Divine principles come as a package (Psa.119:128, 168). We either trust God and obey Him concerning all of our ways, or we do not trust Him at all. He Who inspired the living, powerful Scriptures that are able to discern the thoughts and intents of our hearts knows everything about us and everything about every situation that we will encounter (Heb. 4:12-13).

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Pearls From Proverbs: A Seemingly Right Course

by Irvin Himmel


There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov. 14:12).

So important is the thought of this verse that it is repeated in Proverbs 16:25.

Things are not Always What They Seem

To an infant, a pair of scissors may seem desirable, for the child does not realize the danger in playing with a sharp cutting instrument.

It seemed proper to Saul of Tarsus in his earlier years to persecute the disciples of Jesus. Looking back on that part of his life, he acknowledged, "I verily thought with myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities" (Acts 26:9-11). It seemed to Saul at the time that he was rendering God a service by persecuting the followers of Jesus, but he was actually fighting against God.

When Paul clashed with the Greek philosophers at Athens, some of them said, "He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods" (Acts 17:18). They made this judgment because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection. But in this case, as in many others, things were not what they seemed.

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Intentions Won't Get It!

by Dee Bowman


Some of the proverbial expressions not found in the Bible are nonetheless true. Truth will always plumb with all other truth; it cannot contradict itself. Take the expression “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s not found in the Scriptures, but it’s nonetheless true. Nobody really wants to go to hell; and everybody I know of intends to do something to preclude making that trip. But when? Ah, that’s the question.

Intention without follow-through is profitless. No matter how firm they are, they are still just intentions and serve no useful purpose until they are actuated.

Intentions won’t get it.

I intend to be more diligent.” When? Right away?

Diligence is necessary to progress in spiritual living. You can’t sit around and become spiritual. Furthermore, diligence doesn’t come by some process of osmosis–just because you are in close proximity to a Bible or to those who believe it and are involved in it. Diligence is personal–a personal, willful action. You decide to be diligent.

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2 John 9 - An Abused Passage

by Wayne Jackson


Towards the conclusion of his second epistle, the apostle John wrote: "Whoever goes onward, and abides not in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. . . " (v. 9).

In recent years, this passage has become the focus of stormy controversy. The significance of the passage has been distorted seriously — both by those on the liberal “left,” and others on the radical “right.”

A small minority has contended that virtually every disagreement over the meaning of scripture falls within the scope of 2 John 9 (e.g., the Bible version one uses, or whether or not a congregation may have a refrigerator in the church building). A growing, “progressive” segment alleges that the passage is directed to a first-century heresy that opposed the teaching that Jesus came to earth “in the flesh.”

Typical of this latter viewpoint is an essay titled, “2 John 9 And Christian Fellowship,” that appears in the book, The Peaceable Kingdom (Abilene, TX: Restoration Perspectives, 1993, pp. 71-92). This volume was authored by Carroll D. Osburn, a Bible professor at Abilene Christian University.

Osburn charges that the traditional manner in which some have appealed to this passage “to eliminate from fellowship anyone with whom one disagrees” has become a “hermeneutical nightmare.” One might be inclined to agree — if the “anyone-with-whom-one-disagrees” charge represented a significant reality. The problem is that Osburn, and those of his “hermeneutic” mentality, disavow that this passage has any applicability to their ambitious agenda of extending full fellowship to various sectarian bodies of “Christendom.”

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The Lifecycle of a Church

by W. Frank Walton


"So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase" (Acts 9:31). Luke describes the church in Palestine (brethren in the aggregate) as experiencing dynamic growth. In general, they had their spiritual priorities in place, with a reverent attitude toward the Lord and reliance on the promises and guidance given by the Holy Spirit. God's people doing God's work in God's way will reap God's blessing. How many of us are bearing "much fruit" (John 15:5) to the Lord's honor and glory?

In a local church, as in our individual lives, we often pass through different stages in our spiritual development. The church at Thyatira was improving, though plagued with false teaching
(Revelation 2:19). The church at Sardis was past its prime (Rev. 3:1-3). The church at Corinth has some good points and spiritual talent (1 Cor. 1:4-7, 11:2; 2 Cor. 8:7), yet they were plagued church problems due to carnality (1 Cor. 3:1-3) and a failure to follow through on their promises (2 Cor. 8:7,10-11; 9:2-5).

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What Can We Know About Heaven?

by Robert F. Turner


"Now my idea about heaven is. . ." and then the writer or speaker reveals himself far more than he tells us about heaven. The materialist, sensual, mystical, aesthetic, and surrealist all have a field day with heaven. It is "pie in the sky" to those who ridicule its reality; and an extremely plush "paid vacation" for those who equate "real" with earthly literalism.

"Heaven" is a divinely revealed place, state, or condition; and we can know only that which is revealed about it in God's word. We say "place" with some hesitation, using accommodative language; for "location" is space related, and may lose its literal significance when applied to eternity. But God's word is directed to time and space related beings, and information about deity and eternity are necessarily couched in terms that translate into mental images. We can not truly imagine "eternity" or things eternal in nature, so we must expect the Bible to use anthropormorphisms: whereby things of God, totally incomprehensible to mortal man, are described in the time and space terms of man.

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Divine Authority and the Apostles

by Connie Adams


Jesus did not come into the world to stay physically. When he offered his blood as a sacrifice for sins, once and for all, his divine mission in the world was finished. In the shadow of the cross, Jesus said in prayer to the Father, "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do" (John 17:4). Then he added in verse 11, "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee." Notice that statement "but these are in the world." Jesus had chosen twelve ordinary men to train to do his work when he would no longer be in the world. He had chosen Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas. Judas later betrayed him and in a moment of remorse, committed suicide. Matthias was chosen to replace him. A few years later, Paul was chosen, out of due season, to serve as an apostle to the Gentiles.

Jesus sent them on a limited commission "to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matt 10:6). This anticipated a much larger task to which they were sent later. In the prayer of Jesus in John 17, our Lord said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world" (John 17:17-18). After his resurrection Jesus said to them, "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" (John 20:21). That brings us to the very meaning of the word "apostle." An apostle is one sent. He is one who goes on the business of the one who sends him. The relation of the apostles to divine authority is seen from several vantage points.

Binding and Loosing

Jesus said to all of the apostles, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt 18:18). The New American Standard Version translates the tense of the verbs with great accuracy as follows: "shall have been bound in heaven" and "shall have been loosed in heaven." This conforms to Psalms 119:89: "Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." We cannot escape the force of this. The apostles would be involved in the work of making known the settled will of God in heaven. Their work was of the greatest importance and their word to be respected.

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Does God Care About What I Wear?

by Larry Rouse


It is an exciting time in this part of the country as football season begins. The large crowds gathered for a game reminds us of the unique culture in this part of the country. I still have memories of my father taking me to games and explaining what was taking place on the field. These family memories and school ties run deep with many and can be a source of clean entertainment.

As with any large gathering in our culture, the values of that culture will be displayed. On a warm day the world has no standards concerning clothing, alcohol and the use of their tongues. How should a Christian react to the standards of the world when the world scoffs at those who dare try to live a standard that differs from theirs? “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles -- when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.” (1 Peter 4:3-4)

Christians and the Dress of our Culture

Many young are naive concerning the message that their attire communicates in this culture. There are some truths that transcend culture. One such universal truth is that God made woman’s body to be sexually attractive to men. God has also ordained that the fulfillment of that attraction be only fulfilled in marriage. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4)  

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Practical Ways Fathers Can Connect With Their Children

by Frank Walton


"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it"
(Prov. 22:6).

Taking home leadership seriously according to the teaching of the scripture will "turn the hearts of the fathers to the children" (Luke 1:17). Busy dads, who want to be the spiritual leader with their children, as God requires, (Eph. 6:4), are always looking for ways to grow closer to their families. "Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways" (Prov. 23:26). We want to lovingly connect to their heart, so we can leave a legacy to positively influence their lives, even when we are gone.

John Trent observed, "Sometimes we think we need tons of time to make this connection — like regular nights out with each child or weekend camping trips with just Dad and the kids. Dates and camping trips are nice, but it's actually the little things — done over time and with a loving heart — that lovingly connect with kids."

Let us note five ways that fathers can "connect" with their kids:

1. Daily Life Conversation: In Deuteronomy 6, Moses commanded fathers to lay God's Word on their heart and talk with their children "when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way" (vs. 7). When you spend time with your kids, whether it is driving to church, at the dinner table, playing catch or shooting hoops, along the way ask questions like: "What's going on in your Bible class?" "What's the best thing (and worst thing) about school these days?" "What would your dream vacation with the family be like?" Time together offers just enough distraction for kids to open up about issues on their mind.

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A Tale of a Sheep

by Fanning Yater Tant


It happened in Parrish, Alabama, about fifty years ago. J. D. Tant, Christian, was in the midst of a debate with with Claude Casey, Primitive Baptist. Tant was pleading with Casey, with whom he had a number of debates during his lifetime, to give up his Primitive Baptist doctrine, and accept the simple gospel of Christ. Tant was convinced that Casey knew the truth, but was being held back from obedience by the influence of his brethren, and by the fear that he would be isolated from his long-time associates if he obeyed the truth.

"Claude," said Tant, "why don't you come out from this foolishness you have been preaching, and obey the gospel of Christ? You know the truth, and you ought to obey it. Now, you need not fear that your brethren will turn against you. They won't. They will follow fully in your steps; they have followed you blindly into error, and they will follow you without question if you will become a Christian. They remind me very much of the old fanner who had a ram in his flock that was terrible to butt. He would just go around butting things all the time. Every time the farmer got into the pen with his sheep, this old ram would lower his head, make a run for him, and butt him over.

Finally, the farmer got tired of this antic of the old ram, and decided to put a stop to it. So one day he maneuvered the ram out to the edge of a high cliff, and got himself in the position he was usually in when the ram got one of his butting urges on. Sure enough, the ram lowered his head and made a wild charge. Just in time the farmer jumped aside, and the butting ram went hurtling over the cliff. And immediately every sheep in the farmer's herd made a wild dash for the cliff and followed right behind the ram. The farmer tried frantically to stop them, grabbing for them in desperation as they rushed past him headed for the cliff. Finally, the last sheep had disappeared over the edge — and all the farmer had was a fistful of wool in one hand and a sheep's tail in the other!

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A Plea for Forbearance and a Willingness to Study

by A. Hugh Clark


The church of our Lord has met and solved many serious problems since it was established in the city of Jerusalem on that memorable Pentecost so long ago. The New Testament itself is replete with the record of these struggles within and persecutions from without which occurred during the first century. Moreover, it is a matter of revelation that such would be the case with the church to the end of time.

No one therefore, conversant with the sacred writings, can be surprised at the difficulties and problems that have confronted the church through the centuries this side of the apostolic era, including the span covered by our own lives, though he may, at times, be greatly dismayed.

This writer, as many of you who read these lines will know, has been actively engaged for more than forty years in the preaching of the gospel of Christ. He has for thirty and six years without a break in tenure continuously engaged in regular work with local churches of Christ, while at the same time conducting six or eight gospel meetings each year well scattered over the entire nation. This need be recounted here only because it is felt that surely since what, in the very nature of the case, must be the greater part of the active years of his life has been spent in this sacred cause, right has been earned to be heard in an earnest plea on behalf of that cause.

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Rearing Unselfish Children

by Sewell Hall


In the teacher’s manual which accompanies her excellent course of study, Born of a Woman, Dene Ward has the following observation: “We have raised too many spoiled, self-centered young people who think that they are the only ones who matter in any family decision and who expect their parents to willingly give up everything for them with no thought of themselves, much less of the Lord and His people.… We have let our permissive, rights-oriented society determine our philosophy.”

Recently, a ladies’ Bible class, studying this material, addressed the question: “How can we rear children that are not selfish and self-centered?” The following thoughts were suggested:

First, example. Selfish parents cannot hope to rear unselfish children. However, parents whose idea of providing a good example is to give in constantly to their children’s wishes or preferences will produce the very selfishness they want to avoid. Better to let children see parents being unselfish with one another and planning unselfishly to serve those in need outside the family. And the effect of such an example will be greatly increased when the unselfishness is practiced cheerfully and when it is seen to bring genuine happiness.

Unselfish people outside the family can also be useful examples. Point out such people to children and commend them. Children are imitators and they will imitate those they are led to admire.

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The Tongue is Powerful

by Robert Buchanon


According to legend many years ago, there were an eagle and a turtle who became very good friends. They always traveled together on long trips. However, one day the turtle became very tired and informed the eagle that he could not make the return trip. They sat and tried to think of some way for the Robert Buchanon turtle to make the return journey.

Finally, the turtle had a bright idea. He said to the eagle, "You can fly and carry a stick in your claws and let me hold to the stick with my mouth." They tried it and it worked fine.

As they flew over a farm, two of the farmhands looked up and saw the unusual sight. One of the men said to the other, "That's a clever idea. I wonder if the eagle or the turtle thought of it?" The turtle, desiring to receive the praise, opened his mouth to say, "I did." You can figure out the rest of the story. Unable to bridle his tongue, the turtle met his death.

The Tongue's Power

The tongue is the cause of the spiritual death of many Christians. Have you ever really considered the power that the tongue possesses? Freedom of speech is a blessing. The gift of speech is a gift of God, but it is the will of God that a Christian bridle his tongue. James said, "If any man thinketh himseft to be religious, while he bridleth not'his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man's religion is vain" (Jas. 1:26). Jesus tells us if we use the tongue in an unsuitable fashion it can destroy us: "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment" (Matt. 12:36).

David wrote, "I said, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue" (Psa. 39:1). There are many ways in which Christians can sin with the tongue.

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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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