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Posts from March 2014

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The Book of I Peter

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The Book of I Peter Mike Johnson  The book of I Peter, as the title implies, was written by Peter.  Peter, along with his brother Andrew, was one of the 12 apostles.  Peter and Andrew were fishermen as were James and John.  Peter, James, and John seem to have made up an inner circle around […]

The Parable of the Servant

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The Parable of the Servant Mike Johnson The Parable of the Servant is found in Luke 17:7-10. “But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, […]

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep Mike Johnson In Luke 15, there are three parables which teach the same general lesson.  They are “The Parable of the Lost Sheep,” “The Parable of the Lost Coin,” and “The Parable of the Prodical Son.”  In this article, we will discuss “The Parable of the Lost Sheep” which […]

The Parable of the Two Builders

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The Parable of the Two Builders Mike Johnson  From time to time a great deal of damage is done throughout our country and throughout the world as a result of extensive rainfall.  Flood waters, as well as mudslides, can cause death and destruction.  A house can actually topple down a hillside.  Such events, although tragic, […]

The Conversion of the Ethiopian

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The Conversion of the Ethiopian Mike Johnson  The conversion case of the eunuch from Ethiopia is one of the more familiar conversion cases in the Bible.  We know that the facts are accurate because they come from the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17). The conversion is recorded in Acts 8.  The account takes […]

The Parable of the Sower

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The Parable of the Sower Mike Johnson One of the most familiar parables taught by Christ is the Parable of the Sower.  Most realize that a teacher has a great responsibility, but this parable emphasizes that hearing is very serious as well. The person who hears bears much responsibility.  The Parable of the Sower is […]

Church Growth 01 -Introduction-

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CHURCH GROWTH (I) Introduction to Church Growth Mike Johnson What can we do to make our congregation grow?  Brethren often ask this question. It is very important for a church to grow.  First, to even continue to exist, a church must grow.  A church not growing over a period of time is a dying church.  […]

Slow Paced Favors

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SLOW PACED FAVORS Mike Johnson  Proverbs 3:27-28 says, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.” The verses make it clear […]

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandman

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The Wicked Husbandmen Mike Johnson  The Bible indicates that Jesus taught a great deal by parables.  He would take something that the people were familiar with and compare it to a spiritual truth in order to educate them.  In His parables, Jesus discussed such things as planting seeds, baking bread, finding a hidden treasure, going […]

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan Mike Johnson  In Luke 10:25, we read of a certain lawyer who tempted, or tested, Jesus with a question.  The question was, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus responded by asking the lawyer to tell Him what was written in the law.  This question should have […]

The Parable of the Lost Son

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The Parable of the Lost Son Mike Johnson  There are three very well know parables recorded in Luke 15.  They are: the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Lost Coin, and the Parable of the Lost Son.  The setting in which Jesus presented these parables is recorded in verses 1-2.  The publicans […]

The Parables /Introduction

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The Parables (Introduction) Mike Johnson  “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them.”  (Mt. 13:34)  This passage tells us of the beginning of Christ’s teaching by parables.  It also indicates that one of the chief methods employed by Jesus in his instruction was the […]

My Departure is at Hand

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“My Departure Is at Hand” Mike Johnson  In II Timothy 4:6, while in a Roman prison near the end of his life, Paul wrote, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” The Greek word (analusis) which is translated “departure” is found only here in the […]

Conviction

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CONVICTION Mike Johnson  Are you a person who has strong convictions?  Once you learn what the Bible teaches, are you willing to believe and practice it no matter what?  In the Bible, we can read of a number of people who had strong convictions.  At all costs, they were determined to follow God.  For example, […]

Lessons from the Tempting of Jesus

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Lessons from the Tempting of Jesus Mike Johnson There are three accounts in the Bible of the temptation of Jesus.  These are found in Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13.  Matthew and Luke give the more detailed account. The accounts tell us that Jesus was tempted by Satan after he had fasted in the wilderness […]

The Wrath of God

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The Wrath of God  Mike Johnson God loves us!  This fact should cause us to be greatly encouraged.  Many people do understand that God loves them but have misconceptions about His love.  One of the misconceptions of God’s love is reflected when people say, “God is a God of love; He will not punish me […]

What is Repentance?

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WHAT IS REPENTANCE? Mike Johnson  What is Repentance?  This is a very important question.  It is important to understand the meaning of repentance because repentance is essential to salvation.  In Acts 2:38 the people were told that they needed to repent (in addition to being baptized) for the remission of sins.  Thus repentance is certainly […]

To Live is Christ / To Die is Gain

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TO LIVE IS CHRIST/TO DIE IS GAIN Mike Johnson Paul wrote the book of Philippians, as well as some other books, while in a Roman prison.  He was in prison awaiting a decision about his fate.  He might be released and would then be able to continue preaching.   However, the decision could go against him, […]

Blaming Others for our Sins

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BLAMING OTHERS FOR OUR SINS Mike Johnson  It is very common for people to try to blame their mistakes on others. People have a tendency to want to shift responsibility, to pass guilt on to someone else. There is also a tendency to blame SIN on other people. This was done in biblical times by such […]

Cheetahs and Christians

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Cheetahs and Christians Mike Johnson  The fastest land animal is a large cat called the cheetah.  It can run like a car driving down the interstate—almost 70 miles per hour.  The cheetah is built for running.  It has long legs, a very strong flexible spine which works like a spring, bending up and down allowing […]

Rejoice Always

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Rejoice Always Mike Johnson  I Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Rejoice always.”  This verse is said to be the shortest verse in the Bible in the Greek.  Ironically, the shortest verse in the English deals with the opposite emotion which is sorrow.  This verse is John 11:35 which says, “Jesus wept.” It is amazing how many times […]

Thinking About the Hereafter

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Thinking About the Hereafter  Mike Johnson  A man once asked, “Do you ever think about the hereafter?”  He thought a few seconds and said, “I go in a room in order to get something, but once I get there I can’t remember what I went to get.  So I think, ‘what am I here after?’” […]

A Useless Religion?

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A USELESS RELIGION?  Mike Johnson  James 1:26 says, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.” (NKJV) Do you know that it is possible for our religion to become vain? First, Jesus pointed out that it is possible for […]

Authority 12 (False Standards)

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  FALSE STANDARDS Mike Johnson  Why is there so much division and confusion today in the religious world — so many different doctrines and so many religious groups?   One reason is that so many have never been taught, or at least have never learned, the importance of Bible authority.  Some may acknowledge that we are […]

Authority 11 (Generic and Specific Authority)

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GENERIC AND SPECIFIC AUTHORITY  Mike Johnson There are many who have failed to understand the concept of generic and specific authority. They may understand that we are governed by direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference.  However, if they do not understand the concept of generic and specific authority, along with the concept […]

Authority 10 (Necessary Inference)

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NECESSARY INFERENCE  Mike Johnson We are governed today by three forms of Bible authority.  These are direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference or conclusion.  Most are willing to accept direct commands or statements as forms of Bible authority.  Some may question the concept of approved example, but there is a growing number […]

Authority 09 – (Approved Example)

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APPROVED EXAMPLE Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude toward the concept of “example” as an acceptable form of Bible authority?  There are three possible attitudes one might have.   First, one might say that all examples are binding.  This attitude is unlikely, however, and, as we will see later, this would actually be a ridicules […]

Authority 08 (Direct Statement)

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DIRECT STATEMENT Mike Johnson  The Bible teaches that we are governed by direct commands (along with approved example and necessary inference), but, in addition, there are other kinds of statements which do not actually occur in the command form, but they still serve as our guide. These statements actually have the same force of authority […]

Authority 07 (Direct Command)

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DIRECT COMMAND Mike Johnson  How is Bible authority established? It seems clear from the Scriptures that God intends for us to derive our authority for our actions and beliefs in four ways. These are direct command, direct statement, approved apostolic example, and necessary inference. (Sometimes direct command and direct statement are combined.) The forms of […]

Authority 06 (The Silence of the Scriptures)

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THE SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude regarding the silence of the Scriptures?  What should be done regarding those situations about which the Lord says nothing?  These questions pertaining to the silence of the Scriptures are very important.  Disagreement on how to regard the silence of the Scriptures has caused much […]

Authority 05 (Adherence to the New Testament)

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ADHERENCE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT Mike Johnson  It is clear in the Old Testament that God’s Word was intended to be adhered to and not deviated from it in any way (Deut. 4:1-4, 5:32-33; Josh 1:7; Num. 22:18, 24:13; Pb. 4:26-27, 30:5-6; Lev. 18:4-5).  Consider now the same concept from the New Testament. Jude (v. […]

Authority 04 (Authority & the Old Testament)

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AUTHORITY AND THE OLD TESTAMENT Mike Johnson  One of the most vital questions involved in the study of Christianity is the question of supreme authority.   During the life of Christ, this question was discussed as the chief priests and elders asked, “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” (Mt. 21:23)  […]

Authority 03 (The Authority of the Bible)

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THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE Mike Johnson  The authority of God, Christ, and the apostles is very clearly taught in the Scriptures  (Ps. 50:10-12; Heb. 1:1-2; Mt. 16:19, 17:5, 18:18; II Cor. 5:20; Phil. 4:9).   Also, the Holy Spirit played a role as he guided the apostles “unto all truth.”  Consider now the authority of God’s […]