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Posts from June 2014

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Pray Without Ceasing

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Pray Without Ceasing Mike Johnson I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”  This verse is found in the midst of a series of short admonitions given by Paul near the close of the book of I Thessalonians.  He had just said that Christians should “rejoice always.”  These two admonitions can be connected.  Prayer is often […]

Worms For Sale

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WORMS FOR SALE  It is an old story, but is still worth telling.  A lark, singing in the high branches of a tree, saw a traveler walking through the forest carrying a mysterious little black box. The lark flew down and perched on the traveler’s shoulder. “What do you have in the little black box?’ […]

Support the Weak

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SUPPORT THE WEAK Mike Johnson Paul closes out the book of I Thessalonians with some very important and practical exhortations.  In chapter 5, verse 14; he “exhorts” (NASB — “urge”) the brethren to, among other things, “support the weak.” Christians certainly have a responsibility to “support the weak.” The weak are those who are spiritually […]

The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today? This is a very good question and one that is important. Tithing involves giving one-tenth to God. Many speak of tithing today, but is it binding upon Christians? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are very strict regulations concerning tithing […]

These Names

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THESE NAMES Mike Johnson     A few years ago, while traveling, I took particular note of signs in front of church buildings.  After a period of time, I started making a list of the various names which groups called themselves.      At the end of the trip, my list was quite long and also interesting.  […]

The Kingdom & Colossians 1:13

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THE KINGDOM AND COLOSSIANS 1:13 Mike Johnson “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Col. 1:13) The above passage reveals what God did for the Colossian Christians as well as for those who are Christians today and contains some very important information […]

Priorites

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Priorities Mike Johnson  “We need to put first things first.”  “You need to get your priorities straightened out.”  These are common expressions in our society.  Certainly, priorities do need to be kept in mind.  There are some things that are more important than others. The Bible has a lot to say concerning priorities.  God expects […]

Does Moral Goodness Make One a Christian?

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DOES MORAL GOODNESS MAKE ONE A CHRISTIAN? Mike Johnson Many honest and sincere souls have been deceived into believing that if a person is morally good, then he is a Christian.  No one can be a true follower of Christ without being on a high moral plane.  However, Christianity is more than simply being good. Acts […]

Daughters of Men, Sons of God

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DAUGHTERS OF MEN, SONS OF GOD Mike Johnson  “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” (Gen. […]

Can We Trust Our Feelings About Salvation?

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CAN WE TRUST OUR FEELINGS ABOUT SALVATION? Mike Johnson Some people seem to rely solely on their feelings for assurance of personal salvation.  They may say, “I know that I am saved because I feel that I am.”  They will often ignore very plain passages in the Bible about salvation because of a “feeling” they […]

The Book of Philippians

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The Book of Philippians Mike Johnson The book of Philippians was written by Paul to the church at Philippi.  This book has been called the most personal and spontaneous of all of Paul’s letters.  The word “joy” or “rejoice” occurs at least 17 times in the book.  The church at Philippi was the first church […]

Are All Religious People Christians?

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ARE ALL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE CHRISTIANS? Mike Johnson   Many people today are religious.  They may belong to a denomination and attend services regularly.  Others, while not belonging to any particular denomination, may believe in God, read their Bible, and pray from time to time.  These are all “religious,” but does the fact that they are make […]

The Parable of the Rich Fool

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The Parable of the Rich Fool Mike Johnson   The parable of the Rich Fool is recorded in Luke 12:16-21.  Here, Jesus said:  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no […]

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

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The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant Mike Johnson The parable of the Unmerciful Servant is recorded in Matthew 18:23-35.  This parable was preceded by Peter asking the question, “. . . how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Till seven times?”  Peter probably felt the number which he mentioned was […]

Does Every Person Have a Right to His Own Belief?

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Does Every Person Have a Right to His Own Belief? Mike Johnson  The answer to the above question is in one sense YES but in another sense is NO. To begin with, consider the question from a “constitutional” or “legal” standpoint.  One does have a right to his own belief in matters of religion according to […]

The Authority of Elders

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THE AUTHORITY OF ELDERS Mike Johnson Elders have a very important function in the Lord’s church.  They are to oversee the flock; they are to feed or shepherd the local congregation of which they are a part of (Acts 20:17, 28; I Pet. 5:1-2).  Elders are to watch for grievous wolves (or false teachers) who […]

The Parable of the Tower

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THE PARABLE OF THE TOWER Mike Johnson   The parable of the Tower and the parable of the King are recorded in Luke 14:28-32.  Both of these parables show the importance of “counting the cost.” Verses 28-30 records the parable of the Tower which we will consider.  Here is the parable:  For which of you, intending […]

The Parable of the Two Sons

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THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS Mike Johnson This very interesting parable is recorded in Matthew 21:28-32. At this point, Jesus’ enemies were making an intense effort to discredit Him. After their attempt, He presented, “The Parable of the Two Sons.” Verses 23-27 reveal the circumstances surrounding this parable.   The chief priests and elders had […]

The Parable of the Chief Seats

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The Parable of the Chief Seats Mike Johnson “When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin […]

What? No Gym?

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What?  No Gym? Mike Johnson  A lot of people would be surprised if they visited a large church and found out that the church did not have a gymnasium or something called a “fellowship hall.”  People expect churches to be involved in social functions.  What does the Bible say about recreation as a function of […]