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Posts from May 2014

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Elders

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Elders Mike Johnson The Bible clearly teaches that a local congregation is to have certain men ruling over them who are called “elders.”  Acts 14:23 speaks of elders being ordained in every church.  It says, “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the […]

Where Did Can Get His Wife?

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WHERE DID CAIN GET HIS WIFE?  Mike Johnson The above question is a very old question.  Other questions are perhaps more important, but this question is frequently asked (sometimes by scoffers) and should be discussed. Genesis 4:16,17points out that Cain went to the land of Nod after he killed his brother.  Verse 27 says, “And Cain […]

Are We to Keep the Sabbath Today?

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ARE CHRISTIANS TO KEEP THE SABBATH TODAY? Mike Johnson Should Christians observe the Sabbath today?  Many people feel that those who worship on Sunday, instead of the Sabbath, are in violation of God’s Word. To them, assembling on the first day of the week instead of the seventh is a man-made practice. There are more […]

The Role of Women in the Church

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THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH Mike Johnson The role of women in society has changed greatly in recent years. It seems that many are even pushing for an almost “gender neutral” society. Some changes that have taken place have been good but many have not been. The changes in society tend to eventually […]

I’m All Shook Up

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“I’m All Shook Up…” Mike Johnson  These words perhaps echoed from the facilities of a local congregation in Huntsville, Alabama  as they presented “A Tribute to the King of Rock & Roll.”  Pictured in the newspaper advertisement for the show was an Elvis impersonator.  I don’t know if “Elvis” sang this song, “I’m All Shook […]

Is Conscience A Safe Guide?

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IS CONSCIENCE A SAFE GUIDE? Mike Johnson “Always let your conscience be your guide.”  “Just do what your conscience says.”  This is the attitude many people have when trying to determine what is right or wrong.  They think as long as the conscience is followed, on some doctrinal matter or even on a moral issue, […]

Confusion Abounds

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CONFUSION ABOUNDS! Mike Johnson FROM HUNTSVILLE: I agree with “West Coast.” Protestant worship services are mostly selling tickets to ball games, pictures, records and signing petitions on political issues. There is very little spirituality. And the music is a disgrace. No hymns anymore just modern junk. –Disgusted GREENWICH, CONN: That Protestant person is not alone […]

The Church & The Individual

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THE CHURCH & THE INDIVIDUAL Mike Johnson  Sadly, there has been much division in the Lord’s church over the course of the last 30 to 40 years.  This division has centered on such issues as church-sponsored recreation and church support of human institutions (orphan homes, colleges, rest homes, homes for unwed mothers, etc.).  One argument […]

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins Mike Johnson  The “Parable of the Ten Virgins” is recorded in Matthew 25:1-13.  The passage says that there were ten virgins who were waiting for the return of a bridegroom.  He was delayed in coming, and the result was that five of the virgins, who were referred to as […]

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree Mike Johnson  Fig trees are mentioned quite often in God’s Word .  For example, Matthew 21 speaks of a withered fig tree; John 1 mentions a person being found under a fig tree; James 3:12 asks a question about fig tree.  The fig tree is also mentioned in […]

Profane & Vulgar Speech

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PROFANE AND VULGAR SPEECH Mike Johnson The use of vulgar and profane language is at an all-time high in our society today.  Profanity is everywhere, and it is difficult to escape from it. Without a doubt, the media (specifically television and the movies) has had a major impact on the way people talk.  “Hollywood” has […]

Religious Titles

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Religious Titles Mike Johnson Most preachers use some type of religious title. Some call themselves “Reverend.” Priests in Catholicism are called “Father.” One religious organization (the Masons) refer to certain ones in their organization by such titles as “Worshipful Master” or “Most Worshipful Grand Master.” What does the Bible say about the use such religious […]

Who Are These People?

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Who Are These People? Mike Johnson  Perhaps you are a member of the church of Christ, and you look at yourself as “mainstream” as it is sometimes worded.  You know that there are also people meeting in town who are supposed to be members of the Lord’s church, but you really don’t know much about […]

A Lesson from a Squirrel

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A LESSON FROM A SQUIRREL Mike Johnson  A few years ago while walking; I saw a squirrel fall from a tree.  This is something that I never expected to see.  I have often watched squirrels perform all kinds of amazing acrobatic feats.  I have seen them do a tightrope walk across a telephone wire; I […]

The Enslaving Power of Sin

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The Enslaving Power of Sin Mike Johnson  Man today often pictures sin as a pleasant delight.  Sin, according to many, is not something to be “avoided” but is something to be “pursued.”  The moral teaching of God’s Word is often looked upon as “old-fashioned,” and those who try to adhere to the high standard of […]

Are We Complacent About Sin?

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ARE WE COMPLACENT ABOUT SIN? Mike Johnson Many years ago my wife and I moved into a house which was very close to a well-traveled train track. Trains traveled on the tracks throughout the night.  At first, the whistles from the trains woke us up.  Before long, however, our sleep was rarely disturbed by the […]

The Conversion of Saul

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The Conversion of Saul Mike Johnson  The conversion of Saul is recorded in three places in the Word of God.  It is recorded in Acts 9:1-18, Acts 22:1-16, and Acts 26:12-18.  We will focus on the accounts in Acts 9 and Acts 22 as we examine this conversion case. Background Information Saul was born in […]

Saints

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  SAINTS Mike Johnson  There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the term “saint.”  Some think of the term in connection with receiving a second blessing from God which makes a person “sanctified” and incapable of sinning.  Still others say that after a person has been dead for a number of years, he may […]

The Parable of the Pharisee & the Publican

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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican Mike Johnson  The  “Parable of the Pharisee and Publican” is only recorded in Luke18:9-14.   Jesus pointed out that a Pharisee and a publican both went into the temple to pray.  He then contrasted their prayers and attitudes. The parable is addressed to “certain which trusted themselves that they […]

The Parable of the Net

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The Parable of the Net Mike Johnson  In Matthew 13, there are several parables recorded.  In this article, the “Parable of the Net” will be examined.  It is recorded in verses 47-50.   Here is the parable. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of […]

The Parable of the Marriage Feast

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The Parable of the Marriage Feast Mike Johnson  In Matthew 21, Jesus presented “The Parable of the Two Sons,” and “The Parable of the Wicked Husbandman” after certain chief priests and elders had questioned His authority (21:23).  After hearing these parables, they perceived that Jesus was talking about them (21:45), and wanted to arrest Jesus […]

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

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The Parable of the Hidden Treasure Mike Johnson  Matthew 13:44 records the Parable of the Hidden Treasure.  It says, “Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that […]

Don’t Treat Prayer Like a Spare Tire

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DON’T TREAT PRAYER LIKE A SPARE TIRE Mike Johnson  Do you spend a lot of time thinking about the spare tire in your automobile?  Many people do not.  In fact, many do not even check to see if they have a spare tire in their trunk.  However, there is a time when all attention is focused […]

Was Peter the First Pope?

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WAS PETER THE FIRST POPE? Mike Johnson The above question is certainly a good question and needs to be considered.  There are many who think that Peter was the first pope.  However, the Bible does not even teach that there should be the position of a pope, much less that Peter was the first one.  […]

Peer Pressure

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PEER PRESSURE Mike Johnson  A woman who had reached the age of 102 was discussing her longevity.  She said, “Well, at least I don’t have to worry about peer pressure.”   Someone 102 probably does not have any peers left.  However, peer pressure influences most people, to one degree or another, and it is a great […]

Patience

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Patience Mike Johnson The term “patience” occurs frequently in the Bible.  Patience is a difficult lesson to learn in the age that we live in, yet, it is a trait that Christians must have.  The church at Ephesus, for example, was commended for their patience (Rev. 2:2-3).  Hebrews 12:1 says that Christians are to “run […]

Our Regard for Others

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OUR REGARD FOR OTHERS Philippians 2:3 Mike Johnson The book of Philippians emphasizes the importance of unity.  Paul, in Philippians 1:27, encouraged the Christians at Philippi to “ . . . stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel . . . .”  In Philippians 2:2, he […]

Going After the Noble Prize

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Going After the Noble Prize Mike Johnson Are you going after “The Noble Prize”? You might think, “How can I go after that prize? I don’t know anything about physics, chemistry, or physiology. I am not involved in the field of literature. I am not a well-known person who has done a lot for world […]

Missing Out on A Valuable Treasure

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Missing Out on A Valuable Treasure Mike Johnson  “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”  I am confident that almost everyone has heard this expression.  We know that something which may seem worthless to one person may be viewed as valuable by another.  The popularity of garage/yard sales in our country attests to this. An […]

The Book of Matthew

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The Book of Matthew Mike Johnson  The book of Matthew is probably the best known of all of the gospel accounts.  When people want to find the teaching of Jesus on any Bible subject, they will often start by turning to the book of Matthew.  This may be due to the fact that Matthew is […]

Church Growth 11 – Why Churches Die (4)

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CHURCH GROWTH (XI) Why Churches Die (4) Lukewarmness/Unfaithfulness Mike Johnson  There are a number of factors which may exist in a congregation which pertains to the spirituality of its members.  Over time, these factors will cause the congregation to die.  For example, a congregation may die because it does not receive sound preaching and teaching.  […]

Church Growth 10 – Why Churches Die (3)

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CHURCH GROWTH (X) Why Churches Die (3) A Failure to Evangelize Mike Johnson There are a number of external factors which can contribute to a congregation’s demise.  Such factors as the location of the building, the wicked times in which we are living, an inability to attract Christians who move into the area, and a […]

Church Growth 09 – Why Churches Die (2)

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CHURCH GROWTH (IX) Why Churches Die (2) Not Having Needed Leadership Mike Johnson There are a number of  external factors which can contribute to a congregation’s demise.  Such factors as the location of the building, the wicked times in which we are living, an inability to attract Christians who move into the area, and a […]

Church Growth 08 – Why Churches Die (1)

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CHURCH GROWTH (VIII) Why Churches Die (1) Lack of Proper Teaching Mike Johnson There are a number of external factors which can contribute to a congregation’s demise.  Such factors as the location of a building, the “wicked times in which we are living,” an inability to attract Christians who move into the area, and a […]

Church Growth 07 – Factors in Church Growth (4)

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CHURCH GROWTH (VII) Factors in Church Growth (4) Young People Mike Johnson There are many congregations today which have very few young people.  When a congregation starts to dwindle, often it is left with very few children.  Some young people grow up, get married, and move to another area.  Others remain in the area but […]

Church Growth 06 – Factors in Church Growth (3)

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CHURCH GROWTH (VI) Factors in Church Growth (3) Christians Who Move into the Area Mike Johnson A church may grow for various reasons.  Some churches grow because they are located in a city or in an area where many people are moving to.  Some of these people may be members of the Lord’s church, so […]

Church Growth 05 – Factors in Church Growth (2)

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CHURCH GROWTH (V) Factors in Church Growth (2) “The Times We Are Living In” Mike Johnson There are a number of factors which can affect church growth.  Sometimes, the lack of growth in a congregation is explained by the “times we are living in.”  The moral and religious climate of today can have a negative […]

Put Away Lying

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Put Away Lying (Ephesians 4:25) Mike Johnson “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” (Eph. 4:25) This verse tells us that Christians are to put away lying.  The context tells us that the old man is to be put off, and the new man […]

Lying

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Lying Mike Johnson  The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of lying.  Lying is clearly disapproved of by God and certainly should be avoided by Christians. The Old Testament frequently speaks of lying.  Proverbs 16:17 makes it clear that a “lying tongue” is one of the things that the Lord hates.  Further, […]

The Book of Luke

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The Book of Luke Mike Johnson  Luke wrote the book of Luke as well as the book of Acts.  These two books are very similar in style.  A man named Theophilus was addressed in each book.  Luke and Acts are sometimes called companion books.  Acts is actually a continuation of Luke.  It seems that Luke’s […]

Loyalty

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LOYALTY Mike Johnson Several years ago I saw a bumper sticker on an automobile which said: “101% Bama— I’ll Never Change.”   The sticker expressed the extreme loyalty that the owner of the car had for his favorite football team, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.  I take it that his loyalty would not be affected […]

Lie Not to One Another

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LIE NOT TO ONE ANOTHER Mike Johnson  The sin of lying is very common.  However, that does not make it right.  A famous preacher was once preaching to a very large audience, and he used in his text the story of Ananias and Sapphira who lied and were struck dead.  The old preacher proclaimed, “God […]

Lasciviousness

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Lasciviousness Mike Johnson  The sin of lasciviousness is mentioned several times in God’s Word.  It is important to discuss this sin, especially in the times that we live in. It seems that there are several definitions which can be given for lasciviousness.  The Greek word in the original is apparently a fairly broad word which […]

The Book of Job

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The Book of Job Mike Johnson The book of Job is a very important and useful book.  It is included in a category of books known as “poetry.”  The book deals with the problem of pain and suffering. The book of Job shows us some very important facts about God, Satan, and the problem of […]

Jesting

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JESTING Mike Johnson  Ephesians 5:3-5 has a list of sins that Christians are to avoid.  Such sins as fornication and covetousness are listed.  Verse four mentions the sin of jesting (KJV). It says, “neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient:  but rather giving of thanks.”  The NASB translates the expression “not […]

Hate Father & Mother

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Hate Father and Mother Mike Johnson  Luke 14:26 says, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and children, brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be may disciple.”  Why does Christ say that we must hate our fathers and mothers and other family […]

The Book of James

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The Book of James Mike Johnson The book of James is a very practical and helpful book of the Bible.  The purpose of this article will be to give a brief overview of this very important New Testament letter. Let us start by asking, “Who wrote the book of James?”  This is obvious— James wrote […]

Infant Baptism

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Infant Baptism Mike Johnson  There is a lot of disagreement on the subject of baptism.  People disagree on the purpose of baptism as well as how one should be baptized.  There is also controversy on who should be baptized.  Some say that infants are proper candidates for baptism while others say that a person must […]

Immortality

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IMMORTALITY Mike Johnson  “Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life.” A comma is used in a sentence to indicate a pause.  A period is end punctuation.  It is used to show the end of a sentence.  With this idea in mind, the above quotation says a great deal.  It […]

Ignorance

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Ignorance Mike Johnson The moon was a thin crescent in the Canadian skies on the night that the astronauts neared it for the first landing on the surface.  A farmer in Nova Scotia could not get over the unnecessary risks that the astronauts were running and said, “You’d think they’d at least wait until it […]

The Health Inspector & Authority

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The Health Inspector and Authority Mike Johnson  Many years ago I worked in a meatpacking plant.  One responsibility that I had was to roll a vat, which contained tubular molds of lunchmeat, up to an ice bin and then fill the vat with ice.  I was told to use a stainless steel shovel which was […]