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Posts from March 2016

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Bible Preaching

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BIBLE PREACHING John the Baptist’s message from the wilderness was not “Smile—God loves you.”  It was “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come.” Jeremiah was not put into a miry pit for preaching, “I’m OK; you’re OK.”  It was for crying against adultery, idolatry and other wickedness […]

How Do You Go?

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HOW DO YOU GO? There are three types of Christians who respond to the call to service. Rowboat Christians—have to be pushed. Sailboat Christians—always go with the wind. Steamboat Christians—make up their minds where they ought to go and go there regardless of wind and weather.

Attendance

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ATTENDANCE The reasons why I’m giving up sports; football in the fall, baseball in the summer, basketball in the winter.  I’ve had it all.  I quit attending sports once and for all, and here are my 11 excuses.   Every time I went, they asked for money.   The people I sat next to didn’t […]

The Power of the Gospel

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THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL Eugene Crawley There has been, I am convinced, too much emphasis put upon building up the church in numbers, to the oversight and exclusion of making sure people know, understand and obey from the heart the truth as revealed by Divine inspiration.  This has not been true everywhere nor with […]

“I Feel I Am Saved”

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“I Feel I Am Saved”    A gospel preacher was talking to a woman who said she knew she was saved.  The preacher said, “How do you know you are saved?”  She made the following reply, “I was attending a religious service one time and all of a sudden I felt light as a feather—I […]

Isn’t It Strange

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ISN’T IT STRANGE James P. Needham When one wants to know what the work of preachers, elders and teachers is, one can easily cite numerous passages which give the answer. (II Timothy 4:1-6, I Peter 5:2, Acts 20:28, Titus 2:1-8, etc.)  When one wants to know the function of youth directors, recreation directors, chairmen, superintendents, […]

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 that 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 […]

Signs That You Are Slipping

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Signs That You Are Slipping WHEN the way to the meeting house SEEMS TOO FAR, WHEN it seems TOO MUCH TROUBLE to get ready or to get out in the weather to go to the service, WHEN the singing comes HARD and SEEMS DREARY, WHEN the sermon seems much TOO LONG, WHEN you see much you […]

You Finish the Story

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You Finish the Story There was once a congregation in which every member was just like you. Each one cooperated and supported every phase of the work just like you. Everyone worked as hard and attended the same services and gospel meetings that you did. The elders, deacons and preacher were all as interested in […]

Opinion or Faith

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Opinion or Faith John L. Clark Too many people have reduced religion to merely a matter of  opinion. The true religion of Christ is a matter of revelation — the revelation of God’s Will in the Bible. We are to walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7), and faith comes from the Word of God (Rom. […]

A Voice from the Past

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A Voice from the Past “To actually and truly stand upon the Bible, then, is to believe and do the things that the Bible teaches and to leave undone everything that it does not teach.  No man can allow his preference or his opinion to prevent him from doing anything that the Scriptures require nor […]

Ain’t It Funny

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“Ain’t It Funny” * How we set our clocks to arise at 5:00 A.M. to be at the job by 7:30; yet, when Sunday comes we can’t get to the church building for the 9:00 A.M. Bible study to learn more about the one who gave us our jobs. * How we call God our […]

When You Are Not Here at Services . . .

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When you are not here at services. . …there is a hole in the wall. A hole where the devil can enter in and do harm. A hole that mars the rest of the wall. ..there is a missing link in the chain. A weak point where a break can take place. A weak point […]

“Did You Know?”

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“Did You Know?” Selected That many people who plan to be saved from their sins the eleventh hour die at 10:30! The apostle Paul wrote: “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard […]

You Can . . . But You Can’t

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You Can … But You Can’t You can ignore God’s warnings: you can refuse His blessing; you can reject all his wondrous love; but you can’t go to heaven doing so. You can believe any doctrine you choose; you can belong to the church of your choice; you can worship God as you please; but […]

Almost Is Not Enough

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“Almost” is Not Enough Barney L. Keith It is sometimes said of an individual who has not yet obeyed the gospel, “I believe he is almost ready to be baptized,” or that “she is close to becoming a Christian!” Friend, are you one of those people? Can we not somehow impress upon you: That “almost” […]

Seven Things That Will Help You Grow Spiritually

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Seven Things That Will Help You Grow Spiritually Grover Stevens 1. LIVE and WORK to reach others each day as if you knew the world was going to come to an end next Sunday night. Think of that feeling of urgency and priority! (Read 2 Peter 3:1-12) 2. BE AS ENTHUSIASTIC about the church and its […]

Something to Think About

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT  “One day when I was about eight, I was playing beside an open window while Mrs. Brown confided to my mother a serious problem concerning her son.  When Mrs. Brown had gone, my mother realizing I had heard everything, said, ‘If Mrs. Brown had left her purse here today, would we […]

What Kind of Drugstore Is This?

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“What Kind of Drugstore Is This?” Edward O. Bragwell, Jr. I saw a cartoon posted in a brother’s drug store with the caption saying in effect: “What do you mean you don’t have nuts and bolts?  What kind of drug store is this?”  Our society expects more from a drug store than just drugs.  The […]

You Can’t Please Everybody

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YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYBODY Jimmy Tuten I am reminded of an old Spanish parable about a man, a boy, and a donkey.  They were all three walking down a dusty road on a hot summer day.  Someone passed and they overheard him say, “Look at those foolish people walking when they could be riding the […]

Wisdom from A Young Heart

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WISDOM FROM A YOUNG HEART One day a small boy was seated around the dinner table and heard a larger boy complaining about having to eat cauliflower.  The big boy raved on and on about how awful it smelled and how it tasted.  Finally the little boy, not quite eight years old, looked at the […]

Teacher Read This

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TEACHER READ THIS A little boy sat in the Bible School one Lord’s day morning.  He listened as the teacher talked of the importance of the kingdom of God.  “It must come first,” the teacher said.  The lad was greatly impressed because the teacher seemed so sincere.  That night the little boy came back to […]

A Tree or a Post

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A Tree or a Post Frank Jamerson  “A tree and a post stood side by side. At first, the tree was small and slender, and could have been easily broken off. The post was large and solid and supported a fence. The forces of nature began their work and the post rotted and fell to the […]

“And I Thought I Was A Liar”

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“AND I THOUGHT I WAS A LIAR” “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.” (Eph. 4:25) A little boy visited his aunt, who reprimanded him for telling a lie. “Do you know,” she warned, “what happens to little boys who tell […]

Newton’s Model

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Newton’s Model The story is told that he had an atheistic friend who did not believe in God. Sir Isaac devised a plan to try to convince his friend that God did exist and had created the Universe. One day, he went to a carpentry shop and asked the owner to make a model of […]

A Bad Example

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A Bad Example Did you ever see a river that was as straight as an arrow?  Most likely not.  Streams generally wind back and forth from the time they gush out of a lake until they find repose in the bosom of the deep.  And why is it the river is never straight?  Let a […]

Gossip

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Gossip Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. Several members did not approve of her extracurricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused George a new member, of being an alcoholic after she […]

The Duck Church

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The Duck Church  One fine Sunday morning, the ducks gathered for duck church. They waddled into their duck pews, sang from their duck song books, and listened to their duck preacher. The duck preacher said, “Ducks, you don’t have to waddle. You have wings like eagles. You can fly! Fly, ducks, fly! The ducks all […]

True Riches

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True Riches author unknown  One day a father and his rich family took his son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how  poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family.  When they got back from their  trip […]

Death Notice

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“Death Notice” Bill Crews I can’t died last week.  He had long been a member of the church, but was never faithful. Brother Compromise was the only one available to direct the service. Services were held in the parlor of Maybe Tomorrow Funeral Home.  Attending as pallbearers were Neglect, Indifference, Never Try, and Get Somebody Else, all close relatives of the deceased. The body was buried in […]

Get the Man Together For A Better World

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“Get the Man Together For A Better World” Clarence DeLoach A small boy anxiously waited all day for his dad to get home. Finally his father arrived dragging his body into the house from an especially hard day’s work. The little boy had all kinds of playful ideas he wanted to share with his father. Over […]

It Must Be Applied

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It Must Be Applied A gospel preacher met an acquaintance, a soap manufacturer, on the street.  All about the two men were evidences of worldliness and sin, in the flashing signs advertising liquor, in the shadowy stairways leading to questionable places of amusement, and even in the language tossed into the air by a careless […]

Should You Go First

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SHOULD YOU GO FIRST Should you go first, and I remain To walk the road alone, I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear, With happy days we’ve known. In spring, I’ll wait for the roses red, In summer, lilacs blue; In autumn, when the brown leaves fall, I’ll catch a breath of you. Should you go […]

Two Wolves

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Two Wolves: An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching her grandchildren about life. She said to them, “A fight is going on inside me…it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The […]

Today . . .

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Today…   I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight.  I have responsibilities to fulfill today.  I am important.  My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have. Today I can complain because the weather is rainy, or I can be thankful […]

Hymns–The Way We’d Sing Them . . .

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HYMNS — THE WAY WE’D SING THEM IF WE WERE HONEST I Surrender, Some There Shall Be Sprinkles of Blessings Fill My Spoon, Lord Oh, How I Like Jesus He’s Quite a Bit to Me I Love to Talk About Telling the Story Take My Life and Let Me Be It Is My Secret What […]

Just For You

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Just For You Author Unknown       A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.  One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.  Then it seemed to stop making any progress.  It appeared as if it had gotten […]

Daddy’s Bible

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Daddy’s Bible Daddy has left us, his life’s work is done. Only one thing leaving, to me, his son. It is his old Bible, all tattered and torn. Each page is wrinkled, soiled or worn. Its condition, atrocious, but not from abuse. It happened through time, with frequent use. From cover to cover, each page […]

2016 (#1)

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Sentence Sermons Jesus is the only fountain who can satisfy the thirsty soul. Spoiled children are given what they want; wise parents give them what they need. God is never inconvenienced by our prayers. No one ever grows fat on excuses, but everybody gets fed up with them. If a sermon pricks the conscience, it […]

Two Frogs

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Two Frogs Two frogs were playing on the rafters of a dairy barn one night and fell into adjoining pails of cream.  Both frogs scrambled for survival, but one fought longer and harder, and stayed the course. When the farmer came in the next morning, he found one frog floating on the top of the cream, dead; and the […]