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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 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, as prayer often removes obstacles […]

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?’ […]

Uphold the Weak (I Thess. 5:14)

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Uphold the Weak (I Thess. 5:14) Mike Johnson Paul closes the book of I Thessalonians with some very important and practical exhortations. In chapter 5:14, he “exhorts” (NASB — “urge”) the brethren to, among other things, “uphold the weak.” Christians have a responsibility to “uphold the weak.” The weak are those who are spiritually weak. […]

The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today?  This question is important.  Many people today speak about tithing, which involves giving one-tenth to God. However, is this practice binding on Christians today? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are stringent regulations concerning it found in such passages as […]

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   “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love….” (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 essential […]

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.  We should keep priorities in mind.  Some things are more important than others are. The Bible has a lot to say concerning priorities.  God expects people to put “first things […]

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 mistakenly believe that if a person is morally good, then he is a Christian.  No one can be a faithful follower of Christ without being on a high moral plane.  However, Christianity is more than merely being moral. Acts 10 tells about […]

Daughters of Men, Sons of God (Gen. 6:1-2)

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DAUGHTERS OF MEN, SONS OF GOD Mike Johnson “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.” […]

Can We Trust Our Feelings About Salvation?

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

The Book of Philippians

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The Book of Philippians Mike Johnson Paul wrote the book of Philippians 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 started by […]

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.  People do have a right to their own belief in matters of religion according to […]

Following Elders into Error

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FOLLOWING ELDERS INTO ERROR Mike Johnson Elders have a vital 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 threaten […]

Where is the Gym?

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Where is the Gym? Mike Johnson Many 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 the […]