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Posts from April 2016

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Facing the Facts of the Bible

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Facing the Facts of the Bible Adam and Eve, for one bite of fruit when they were not even hungry, brought sin, suffering, shame and death upon themselves and the human race (Gen. 3). Lot’s wife revealing her longing for the things that pertain to earth, took one look back and became a pillar of […]

The Young People

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The Young People Greg Gwin More and more we hear folks deciding to attend a certain ‘church’ because “there are lots of good activities for the young people”. Often it is the sole basis for making this important determination. ‘Programs’, ‘activities’, and ‘groups’ for the young people – that’s the drawing card. And, what activities […]

Speaking As the Oracles of God

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Speaking As The Oracles Of God Irvin Lee “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. […]

The Use of the Bible

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The Use of the Bible The Bible:                                      is not a “grocery shelf” to pick from as you like. (Many use it that way.) The Bible is from the all-wise God and is exactly what we need and must have to follow in order to be saved (see Acts 20:32, James 1:21, II Timothy 2:15-17). is […]

Automated Religion

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Automated Religion A man walked up to  a vending machine, put in a coin, pressed a button labeled “Coffee – Double Cream – Sugar.”  No cup appeared but the nozzles went into action, sending forth coffee, cream and sugar.  After the proper amounts had gone down the drain, the machine turned off.  “Now, that is […]

Rules for Bible Study

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Rules for Bible Study We should study to know what the purpose of the writer is, and to whom each book of the Bible is addressed. We should believe all of the Bible, not merely the portions that seem reasonable and that we fully understand. We gain an understanding of some difficult passages by repeatedly […]

Faithfulness

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FAITHFULNESS A preacher was asked to define “faithful attendance at worship.” He replied that the best way to understand it was to apply the same standards of faithfulness that we do in other areas of our life. Consider the examples he gave: If your car started one out of three times, would you consider it […]

Lies About Sin

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 LIES ABOUT SIN Becoming like Christ is a never ending process. A Christian will not come to a point when he can say there are no struggles with sin in his life. Only in heaven will we be without sin. I believe that ‘s why John warned us to look out for three lies about […]

Wrong Is Always Wrong

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Wrong is Always Wrong  WRONG IS WRONG — Even if you don’t get caught. The eyes of  the Lord are in every place. WRONG IS WRONG — Even if you do it for a good cause. The end never justifies the means. The honorable purpose does not  justify a dishonorable deed or action. WRONG IS […]

Some People Are Like Eggs

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SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE EGGS William M. Fletcher Someone once said that people are a lot like eggs, “They may look tough on the outside, but they’re pretty easily cracked.” God is fully aware of our humanness. He knows how weak we truly are. That’s why He’s concerned about our every need. He stoops with […]

Use of the Bible

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USE OF THE BIBLE Mike Johnson People use the Bible in many different ways.  Sadly, some only use the Bible as a place to record marriages, births, deaths, etc. Some people use it to swear on, sometimes calling for an entire stack.  Others use it just as an ornament for a living room table, thinking […]

Kill the Spider

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Kill the Spider One of the deacons was frequently called upon to pray at the mid-week service, and he always concluded his prayer the same way: “….and now Lord, clean out all the cobwebs in our lives.” I think you know what he was talking about – those little unsightly words, deeds and thoughts that […]

Modern Preachers

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Modern Preachers “The modern preacher takes a few tablets of the doctrine  of  Christ, dissolves them in a gallon or two of sentimental rose water, puts a little of the solution in an atomizer and sprays the congregation to the tune of “sweet spirited” Christianity and the fragrance of a gentle life. If, by evaporation, […]

“Break It to Me Gently”

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“Break It To Me Gently” There were two brothers, John and Richard, who lived in the same town. John lived with his twelve-year-old cat. Richard lived with their eighty-eight year old mother. John’s whole life was his cat. He never went anywhere without her. One day he was faced with a terrible decision. He had […]

What Is a Sermon for?

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WHAT IS A SERMON FOR? People often say after a service, “How did you like the sermon?” This is not the most important question to ask. The crucial question is not “Did you like it?” but “Did it HELP you?” Sermons are not preached TO BE LIKED but TO BE LIVED! Did the sermon bring […]

The Gospel- The Power of God

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The Gospel- The Power of God 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 […]

Kissing the Bathroom Mirror

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Kissing The Bathroom Mirror! By Glen Young The story is told of a principal of a small middle school who had a problem with a few of the older girls starting to use lipstick. When applying it in the bathroom, they would then press their lips to the mirror and leave lip prints. Before it […]

Teach Children True Values

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Teach Children True Values Lynn Headrick Children do not know true values.  A very small child will prefer a shiny copper coin to  a crumpled ten dollar bill.  Older children would eat all desert and no meat if parents allowed it.  Children will not look beyond this life unless they are taught about heaven and […]

Don’t Be Defeated by Criticism

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Don’t Be Defeated by Criticism  Constructive criticism should never be resented; it is to be our best friend. But there is another kind of criticism to which every truly successful person on earth is subjected.  This kind is unjust and often springs from a heart of envy, and only the strong and steadfast can endure […]

One “Round Tuit” for Everyone

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One “Round Tuit” for Everyone At long last we have a sufficient supply so that we can include one tuit in each copy of the bulletin.  Please cut out and save.  Guard it!  Don’t lose it!  Don’t lend it!  These tuits have been hard to come by, especially the round ones.  But now, by special […]

What Are You Giving?

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WHAT ARE YOU GIVING? Jesus gave His head for a crown of thorns.  He gave His back to the cruel lash.  He gave Hid face to rude human spittle.  He gave His shoulders to carry the cross.  He gave His hands for you and me.  He gave His blood for the remission of sins.  His […]

Positively No Visiting!

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Positively No Visiting! Recently, while visiting patients in a hospital, we observed several signs saying, “No Visiting.”  Then we came to a sign that said, “Positively No Visiting.”  I suppose some day we will find one that will read, “Absolutely Positively No Visiting.”  If only we could learn to respect authority so that “No Visiting” […]

Five Tragedies of Life

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Five Tragedies of Life A man struck a match to see if the gasoline take on his car was empty. It wasn’t! A man patted a strange bulldog on the head to see if the critter was friendly. It wasn’t! A man speeded up to see if he could beat the train to the crossing. […]

Can We Have Too Much Positive Preaching?

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Can We Have Too Much Positive Preaching? Greg Gwin We readily acknowledge the importance of positive preaching.  Brethren need the “comfort of the Scriptures” (Romans15:4).  Paul sent Tychicus to the Ephesians so that he could “comfort your hearts.”  Timothy was dispatched to Philippi (Philippians 2:9) and Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 3:2) in order to comfort the […]

Snap Judgments

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Snap Judgments While on a walk one day, I was surprised to see a man hoeing the garden while sitting in a chair. “What laziness,” I thought, but suddenly I saw leaning against his chair a pair of crutches. The man was at work despite his handicap. The lesson I learned about snap judgments has […]

It Cannot Be Denied

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It Cannot Be Denied IT CANNOT BE DENIED that those who attend Bible Study regularly have a greater knowledge of the Bible than those who do not attend. IT CANNOT BE DENIED that most of those who do not attend Bible study do not attend the other services of the church regularly either. IT CANNOT […]

Who, or What is Right?

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 Who, or What is Right? Very few preachers I have known or heard have mounted a rostrum to declare to an audience, “I am right in all that I believe, teach and practice and anyone who will not accept this cannot be right with God.” What I have heard, and through the years tried to […]

Someone Else

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Someone Else We are all saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our congregation’s most valuable members, Someone Else. Someone’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a […]

The Garden of Life

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THE GARDEN OF LIFE: Plant three rows of peas:   Peace of mind   Peace of heart   Peace of soul. Plant four rows of squash:   Squash gossip   Squash indifference   Squash grumbling   Squash selfishness. Plant four rows of lettuce:   Lettuce be faithful   Lettuce be kind   Lettuce be obedient […]

What Will He See?

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WHAT WILL HE SEE? When Jesus looks upon my life, what picture does He see? Does He see His own reflection, or does He just see me? Does He see His likeness, the product of His hand, Or just another Christian, who never took a stand? Does He see a child of God, a child […]

The Only Bible

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THE ONLY BIBLE Ellen Kyle  If your life was the only Bible others were able to read, How would you tell God’s story to a world in desperate need? Could those who never opened God’s book still learn of God’s love and care? Would they see a Christ-like example, the one God tells us to […]

Excuses

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EXCUSES!  Excuses, excuses… you hear them everyday. Now, the devil, he’ll supply them if, from church, you’ll stay away. When people come to worship God, the devil always loses; So, to keep those folks away from church, he offers them excuses:   In the summer, it’s too hot. In the winter, it’s too cold. In […]

You Are Preaching

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YOU ARE PREACHING  There isn’t a word that a preacher can say, No matter how lovely or true, Nor is there a prayer that his eager lips pray, That can preach such a sermon as you. You vowed to serve Christ and men know that you did, They’re watching the things that you do; There […]

Tips to Get Rid of Gossip . . .

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Tips to Get Rid of Gossip: the Three Filter Test In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?” “Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to […]

Sometime We’ll Understand

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Sometime We’ll Understand Not now, but in the coming years, It may be in the Better Land, We’ll read the meaning of our tears, And there, sometime, we’ll understand. We’ll catch the broken threads again, And finish what we here began; Heav’n will the mysteries explain, And then, ah then, we’ll understand. We’ll know why […]

The Horrors of Hell

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The Horrors of Hell Hell! the prison house of despair; Here are some of the things that won’t be found there: No flowers will bloom on the banks of hell; No beauties of nature that we love so well, No comforts of home, music and song; No friendship or joy will be in that throng, […]

If Jesus Came to Your House

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If Jesus Came to Your House If Jesus came to your house To spend some time with you, If He came unexpected, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room To such an honored guest And all the food you’d give to Him Would be the very best. And you […]

Sunday Night

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  Sunday Night I love the church that Jesus built, and I know that it is right, I go there on Sunday morning, but not on Sunday night. I love to sing the songs to God, such worship must be right, This I do on Sunday morning, but not on Sunday night. God bless our […]

The Empty Pew

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“THE EMPTY PEW” Ellen Kyle If I run out of water I can refill my glass, If the tank is on empty I can fill it with gas. I can fill my plate and other things too, But the thing I can’t fill is your empty pew. If your place is empty because you are […]

An Atheist’s View of Life

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An Atheist’s View On Life I will live my life according to these beliefs God does not exist. It is just foolish to think  That there is a God with a cosmic plan  That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world  Is a comforting thought,  However It […]

Are You Complacent About Sin?

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Are You 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 […]

As the Twig Is Bent

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AS THE TWIG IS BENT A little girl with shining eyes, Her little face aglow: Said, “Daddy, it is almost time For Bible school, let’s go; They teach us there of Jesus’  love, Of how He died for all Upon the cruel cross to save Those who on Him call.” “Oh, no,” said Daddy, “Not […]

Think About This

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Think About This As you got up this morning, I watched you, and hoped you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday. But I noticed you were too busy, trying to find the right outfit […]

The Tragedy of Gossip

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The Tragedy of Gossip Author Unknown The story is told of the woman who became conscious stricken because of her gossiping ways. She went to the preacher, confessed her sin of spreading malicious rumors about her neighbors; and after the preacher prayed with her for God’s forgiveness, she asked what could she do to repair […]

“Daddy, Who Left the Lights On?”

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“Daddy, Who Left The Lights On?” Passing the church building one Sunday evening where they attended morning worship, two “Christian” parents’ little girl exclaims, “daddy, somebody left the lights on.  We should stop and turn them off.” The parents drove on in silence.  Later at home, they decided they had better start attending evening worship.  […]

Waiting Too Long

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Waiting Too Long Once a man standing by Niagara saw an eagle sitting on a lamb frozen in a piece of ice.  The eagle was feasting upon the carcass as it drifted towards the rapids.  Now and then the eagle proudly lifted his head to look around, as if to say, “I’m drifting toward danger, […]

Impatience

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Impatience A young man visited an aged saint and asked him to pray that he might become more patient.  The older man agreed to pray  The two knelt together and the man of God began to pray: “Lord, send this young man tribulation in the morning, and send him tribulation in the afternoon….”  The young […]

Daddy, What Is a Christian?

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Daddy, What Is A Christian? A little boy once asked his father, “Daddy, what is a Christian?” The father thought for a minute, then replied, “Son, a Christian believes in God and in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He has heard the gospel of Christ and in faith obeyed it.  This means that he […]

Strong & Weak Tea . . .

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Strong and Weak Tea; Strong  and Weak Christians (From Biblical Preaching) Consider the difference between a strong and weak cup of tea. The same ingredients, water and tea, are used for both. The difference? The strong tea results from the tea-leaf’s immersion in the water longer, allowing the water to get into the tea-leaves and […]

Let Your Light Shine

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Let Your Light Shine I read the following story a few years ago and copied it. I hope you will give it some very thoughtful consideration A traveler came to a small village. Night was coming and people were hurrying through the streets carrying bronze lamps. When he asked about this, the reply was that […]

Spiritually Blind

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Spiritually Blind Many years ago a preacher who faithfully proclaimed the gospel was challenged by an unbeliever who stepped from the crowd and said “I don’t believe in heaven or hell. I don’t believe in God or Christ. I haven’t seen them.” Then a man wearing dark glasses came forward and said, “You say there […]

Don’t Be Like the Flea

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DON’T BE LIKE THE FLEA ‘Tis said that a flea rode across a bridge one day in the ear of an elephant. After they were on the other side, the flea said to the elephant, “Boy, we sure shook that bridge.” Too many church members ride on the efforts of others but are ready to […]

Exaggeration

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EXAGGERATION  I heard a story recently of a woman who was talking to her  preacher.  She said, “I have a habit that I know is hurting my example — the habit of exaggeration.  I start to tell something and I go on and on enlarging the story.  People suspect that it’s not true. I’m trying […]

Robbing God

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ROBBING GOD A Chinese preacher, speaking of robbing God, used this illustration: “It came to pass that a man went to market with a string of seven coins, and after seeing a beggar in great need who asked for alms, gave him six of the seven, keeping only one for himself. Instead of being grateful, […]

Diary of the Bible

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DIARY OF THE BIBLE January: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks. I’m now forgotten. February: My owner used me for a few minutes last week. He had an argument and was checking references. March: Grandpa visited […]

Put My Memory in Your Pocket

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Put My Memory in Your Pocket All the warm and tender feelings That were born the day we met Still live on, and grow within me, Much too precious to forget. # Chorus Put my memory in your pocket! Take it with you through the day! Tuck it underneath your pillow, When the sun has gone […]

Don’t Grieve For Me

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Don’t Grieve For Me When I’ve been to my last service, And fades softly on the air, The notes of the last song for me, And then the final prayer; When Friends arise and slowly walk Down the long church aisle, For that last look at my cold corpse, As they pass by single file. […]

A Note for the Preacher

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A NOTE FOR THE PREACHER Bob Pulliam I found your note on the door the other day. I just imagine that you came by to see why we were not at the services last Sunday. Well, I feel that I should explain so there will be no misunderstanding. You know that one thing we will […]

The Bible

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  THE BIBLE Richie Thetford A mother once gave her son a Bible and wrote these words inside the flyleaf: “This Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Bible.” How true those words are. When we take the time to study our Bible then we become more focused on […]

Why Some Are Not Asked

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Why Some Are Not Asked R.L. Whiteside Happy is the person whose conduct does not raise a question in the minds of others as to where he stands. Some people never have to answer the question, “Will you have a drink with me?” There is a reason. Some young people are never subjected to certain […]

How Is Baptism Administered?

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How Is Baptism Administered? WATER: “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,…” (Acts 10:47) MUCH WATER: “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there:…” (John 3:23) GOING INTO WATER: “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into […]

How Are You Using Your Time?

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How Are You Using Your Time? Greg Gwin Have you wondered why there never seems to be enough time to get everything done? Well, we may now have the answer. According to an article in U.S.News, an average American, in his lifetime, will spend: – 6 months at stoplights – 8 months opening junk mail […]

Some Thoughts About Public Prayer

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Some Thoughts About Public Prayer Greg Gwin We commend our men who are willing to help during the assemblies by leading the congregation in prayer. You are doing a good work! Please allow us to make a few suggestions that can improve our efforts in public prayers: 1) Speak UP! If you cannot be heard, […]

Are You A Rusty Nail?

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“Are You A Rusty Nail?” A strong magnet may be held over an old rust-eaten shapeless nail without meeting any response. A bright, shining nail will leap to the magnet, attract another and through it draw yet another until several are attached. That is how Christians are. A really genuine, active, shining Christian has a […]

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody & Nobody

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EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY & NOBODY Submitted by Somebody There was an important job to be done and everybody was asked to see if they could do it. Everybody was sure somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but nobody did. Somebody got real angry about that because it was everybody’s job. Everybody thought anybody […]

A Mother’s Beatitudes

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A Mother’s Beatitudes Blessed is the mother who understands her child, for she shall inherit a kingdom of memories. Blessed is the mother who knows how to comfort, for she shall possess a child of devotion. Blessed is the mother who is never shocked, for she shall receive confidences. Blessed is the mother who teaches […]

Finger On A Verse

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Finger On A Verse The story is told of a lady who had an unusual mode of Bible study which she later had to abandon. She in early mornings after quickly flipping through pages of the Bible, with her eyes closed, would bring her finger down on a verse. She would then open her eyes, […]

Now Is the Time to Obey the Gospel

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NOW IS THE TIME TO OBEY THE GOSPEL “Not yet,” said the youth. “I don’t want anything to interfere with my pleasure. When I grow older I’ll think about my soul.” “Not yet,” said the young married man. “I am just beginning to do well in life. When I see my business prospering, then I […]

How Do I Do That?

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HOW DO I DO THAT? Wendell Ward Once upon a time there was a centipede with a serious problem. He had arthritis! A centipede couldn’t have anything much worse than arthritis. He decided to go to the wise old owl for a solution. The wise old owl listened to his plight and advised him to […]

On God’s Side

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ON GOD’S SIDE In life, it is rather normal for people to be on a side. When people go to a tournament, even though the teams playing are not related to some of the spectators, the spectators cannot long remain neutral — they begin pulling for one side or the other. People who do not […]

Daddy Had A Little Boy

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DADDY HAD A LITTLE BOY Daddy had a little boy- His soul was white as snow; He never went to Bible class ‘Cause Daddy wouldn’t go. He never heard the Word of God That thrills the childish mind- While other children went to class, This child was left behind. As he grew from babe to […]

Forget It!

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FORGET IT! If you’ve not been treated right, Just forget it; Don’t make ready for a fight But forget it. ‘Twill your happiness besmudge, Anyway you’re not the judge Just forget it. If you’ve been misunderstood, Just forget it; Say, “I’ve done the best I could” And forget it. If you can’t have things your […]

A Father’s Prayer

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A FATHER’S PRAYER Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; ONE WHO WILL BE PROUD AND UNBENDING IN honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his […]

The Carpenter!

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THE CARPENTER! Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew […]

A Love Story

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A Love Story There was once a little boy whose sister who needed a blood transfusion. The doctor explained that she had the same disease her brother had recovered from two years earlier. Her only chance for recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease. Since the two children shared the same rare […]

A Familiar Face Is Missing

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“A Familiar Face Is Missing” Brian V. Sullivan We grow accustomed to familiar ways, As we each journey through life’s uncertain days. A friendly smile, perhaps a kind greeting. Make it worth our while to come to meeting. There are some folks you know will always be there With a warm smile and a genuine […]

Reason for Our Hope

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Reason For Our Hope Pearl Pierson Those loving eyes are closed in sleep; Yet we have hope and do not weep For him (her) who goes to dwell above Where all is joy and peace and love. That tongue, whose gentle kindly word The eager little children heard, Is quiet now, yet we rejoice In […]

A Preacher’s Wildest Dreams Realized!

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A Preacher’s Wildest Dream Realized! We love to hear you extrapolate About the meaning of Christ’s word; We simply cannot get enough; Expounding on things of the Lord! We hate to see you close the book When “now in conclusion” you say We wish your sermon would continue on Such short sermons are our dismay! […]

Betrayed

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BETRAYED Friend, I stand in judgment now And feel that you’re to blame somehow, On earth, I walked with you day by day, And never did you point the way. You knew the Lord in truth and glory But never did you tell His story, My knowledge then was very dim, You could have led […]

Unless You Let It In

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Unless You Let It In All the water in the world However hard it tried, Could never, never sink a ship Unless it got inside. All the evil in the world, the wickedness and sin, can never sink your soul’s fair craft unless you let it in. All the hardships of this world, Might wear […]

A Forgiving Heart

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A Forgiving Heart Greg Gwin Can you forgive your brother one time?  Maybe twice?  Three strikes and you’re out!  NO!  “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day […]

You, Me, & The Bible

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You, Me, and The Bible You may understand the Bible and I may misunderstand it. I may understand it and you may misunderstand it. We may both misunderstand it – but differently. We may misunderstand it alike. However, we cannot both understand it – but differently. What kind of book would the Bible be if […]

Gopher Wood or Gopher Forest?

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Gopher Wood or Gopher Forest? In seeking to impress upon the minds of individuals the importance of respecting the authority of God’s word we use the example of God commanding Noah to build the ark of gopher wood. When God commanded Noah to build the ark of gopher wood we note (and correctly so) that […]

You’re Satisfied?

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You’re Satisfied? Jere E. Frost So what? The rich man was satisfied, but God called him a fool and took his life and condemned his soul. (Luke 12:20) The whole church at Laodicea was satisfied, but Jesus said they did not know that they were actually wretched, and miserable and poor and blind and naked […]

Pretend

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PRETEND Did we worship God this morning when we gathered with our friends? Did we really worship God? Or did we just PRETEND? Did we worship as we should? Did we worship as a trend? Did we do the best we could? Or did we just PRETEND? Did we “come to church” this morning that […]

It Seems to be a Poor Joke . . .

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It seems to be a poor joke . . . When some woman blushes with embarrassment . . . When some heart carries away an ache . . . When something sacred is made to appear common . . . When a man’s weakness provides the cause of laughter . . . When a little […]

No Problem

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No Problem! When a person is eager to learn the way of salvation and is willing to accept the word of God as the final authority, there is no problem in teaching him what to do to be saved. When differences arise among brethren and all have a humble attitude, and there is a sincere […]

They Were All Wrong

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 They Were All Wrong A good many years ago, a preacher went into a town where there was no New Testament church. He preached in a house of worship and then in the market place of the city. Soon the religious leaders of the city heard him and invited him to address them. They thought […]

Counting God’s Promises

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Counting God’s Promises Two little girls were counting their pennies. One said, “I have ten pennies.” “No,” said the first little girl, “You have just five pennies, the same as I. “But,” the second child quickly responded, “My father said that when he got home tonight he would give me five pennies; so I have […]

The Longer I Live . . .

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The Longer I Live …  The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It’s more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important […]

Willing to Die

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Willing to Die Alan Smith How many people would you be willing to die for? Be honest now! Maybe your husband or wife, one of your children, but the list starts to get pretty short after that, doesn’t it? Can you imagine dying in the place of a convicted criminal? Someone is scheduled to die […]

Churches & Recreation

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Churches & Recreation Larry Hafley By teaching the word of God and caring for its needy, each church of Christ fulfills its divinely appointed duties of evangelism, edification, and benevolence.  All who would engage the church in other activities have no authority for their practices. Money is obtained by the church to meet its responsibilities […]

The Strength of a Church

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The Strength of a Church It is well to look at the strength of a congregation and then learn how to increase it. A Church’s strength does not necessarily depend on the number of its members. Many times we misjudge strength because we estimate strength by the number of members. We “count noses” rather than […]

If All Were Like You!

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If All Were Like You! If all the others CAME like you, Would there seldom be a vacant pew? Or would the opposite be true, If all the others came like you? If all the others GAVE like you, Then how much giving would the church do? Would all bills be paid as they fell […]

A Preacher Who Wouldn’t Do

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A Preacher Who Wouldn’t Do      A church was in need of a preacher.  One of the elders was interested in finding out just what kind of a preacher the church wanted.  In order to do this he composed a letter as though it had been received from a preacher and read it to the […]

Hypocrites in the Church

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HYPOCRITES IN THE CHURCH The man who says he is kept from church by the hypocrites is not influenced by them anywhere else. Business if full of them, but if he by chance sees where he can make money, he does not hesitate because there are hypocrites making money. Society is crowded with them, and […]

Some Sad Situations

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Some Sad Situations People that worry more about the economy than the morality of our nation. Full jails and empty Bible school rooms. A society that is more concerned with material accumulation than spiritual growth. THINGS are more important that SOULS. People with fine clothes and filthy minds. So called Christians that must be invited […]

Do You Love the Truth?

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Do You Love the Truth? Jere Frost The lost are those who have been deceived by unrighteousness, and the reason they are deceived is because they do not have a love for the truth (2 Thess. 2:10). Love of the truth is therefore critical. There is a significant and discernible difference in claiming to love […]

Teach Children Values

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Teach Children Values Lynn Headrick Children do not know true values.  A very small child will prefer a shiny copper coin to a crumpled ten dollar bill.  Older Children would eat all desert and no meat if parents allowed it.  Children will not look beyond this life unless they are taught about heaven and hell. […]

Flying Off the Handle

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Flying Off the Handle “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” (Prov. 16:32) The expression, “Fly off the handle,” is used when one quickly loses his temper. The original expression comes to us from the use of tools. After tools […]

Life Without Lumps

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LIFE WITHOUT LUMPS A carpet-layer had worked an hour past the time he was supposed to be home.  As he was picking up his tools, he noticed a lump underneath the carpet.  He felt his shirt pocket for his cigarettes (which he shouldn’t have had anyway), and sure enough, they were gone. Unwilling to spend […]

“Lord, Hit Him Again”

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“LORD, HIT HIM AGAIN” L.L. Brigance once told his class about a congregation trying to finance a new roof for a meeting house.  The men were meeting to see if the amount could be raised.  One man said, “I’ll give two dollars.”  Another, “I’ll give three.”  Then all eyes turned to Brother T. Wad, who […]

Saved by Saving

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Saved by Saving A man was walking over the mountains through a terrible snowstorm.  He gradually grew colder and colder until at last, he stumbled and fell.  He said to himself, “I shall never be found.  This is the end.” He thought he was too weak to rise, but as he fell, his hand fell […]

The Intoxicated Cat

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THE INTOXICATED CAT John Clark A letter in the newspaper was written by an unhappy woman who complained that her husband thought it funny to make her pet cat drunk by pouring gin in its milk.  The distressed woman complained that the cat would dance like mad, stagger around in circles, and finally fall in […]

We Don’t Have the Same Baptism

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  WE DON’T HAVE THE SAME BAPTISM Bryan Matthew Dockens Because there is only “one baptism” that God approves (Ephesians 4:4-6), any baptism that does not fit the description provided in Scripture must be rejected. I believe my sins were remitted when I was baptized (Acts 2:38).  If you believe the Lord took away your […]

“Christian Football”

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“Christian Football” Quarterback Sneak – Church members quietly leaving during the invitation. Draw Play – What many children do with the bulletin during worship. Halftime – The period between Sunday School and worship when many choose to leave. Bench-warmer – Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit. Backfield-in-Motion – […]

The Tender Years

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The Tender Years H. Porter How wonderful it is today to see a young person obey the Lord and give his life to God. Yet, oft times those older in Christ forget that he will need encouragement and teaching. The young person faces temptations that are hard for him to resist. His schoolmates may be […]

Proper Dress for Battle

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PROPER DRESS FOR THE BATTLE David Sandlin Few men would dare go bear hunting with a buggy whip. You would not try to handle a burglar or robber with kid gloves. If a man is entering a ring for a 15 round fight, he would not appear in a swallowtail coat. So in going to […]