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Posts from March 2020

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The Land of Pretty Soon

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THE LAND OF PRETTY SOON Selected “I know a land where the streets are paved With things we meant to achieve; Walled with money we meant to have saved And the pleasures for which we grieve, Kind words unspoken, promises broken, And many a coveted boon Are gathered there in that land somewhere, The Land […]

Commit Your Way to the Lord (Ps. 37:5)

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COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD    (Psalm 37:5) Mike Johnson Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37 is an admonition to followers of God to retain their confidence in Him and not be discouraged when facing the hardships in […]

Praising God’s Works (Ps. 111)

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PRAISING GOD’S WORKS (Psalm 111) Mike Johnson Psalm 111 starts with the exclamation, “Praise the Lord!”  This psalm fits into a category of psalms known as “Hallelujah Psalms.”  These psalms start and end, or start or end, with “hallelujah” or “praise the Lord.”  Psalm 111 is the first in a trilogy of Hallelujah Psalms. This Psalm fits into another […]

It Just Slipped Out . . . Of What?

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It Just Slipped Out … Of What? Bryan Matthew Dockens When excusing themselves for uttering profanities or curses, the kind of words which should never escape our mouths (Ephesians 4:29), many will say, “I’m sorry; it just slipped out”. But what did those corrupt words slip out of, exactly? Jesus explained, “For out of the […]

The Drive Through

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The Drive Through Sheldon Smith This morning on the way to work, I decided to stop by McDonald’s. It was one of those newly designed restaurants with the double drive-through. There were several cars in each line. The normal process is for cars to form a single line after putting in their order. It’s kind […]

Acceptance by Our Rock and Redeemer (Psalm 19:14)

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Acceptance by Our Rock and Redeemer (Psalm 19:14) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” This verse is at the end of a magnificent Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke about the […]

More Valuable Than Gold (Psalm 19:10)

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More Valuable Than Gold (Psalm 19:10) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:10 (thought to be written by David) says the Word of God is “… more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” (NASB) Wealth, whether in the form of gold or some other type of […]

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Psalm 19)

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“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” (Psalm 19) Mike Johnson Psalm 19 is beautifully written and has been revered by many people over the years.  From it, many conclude that there is a God who created the universe, and He has revealed Himself to mankind through the Scriptures.  From verses 12-14, the awesomeness of […]

Shady Lane, the Preacher & the Boy

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Shady Lane, the Preacher & the Boy Ken McDaniel During a recent gospel meeting that I preached, the local evangelist and I went calling on a few individuals in hopes of motivating some to faithfulness and setting up Bible studies with others who have not yet been saved. As is often the case, we struck […]

A Faithful Man Who Feared God . . .

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A FAITHFUL MAN WHO FEARED GOD MORE THAN MANY  Mike Johnson The book of Nehemiah tells about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem done by the Jews who returned from the Babylonian captivity.  After the completion of the walls, Nehemiah appointed Hanani, his brother, and Hananiah as rulers of Jerusalem. It is interesting to […]

Introduction

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Introduction to the Parables Mike Johnson “All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them.”  (Mt. 13:34) This passage speaks of the beginning of Christ’s teaching by parables.  It also indicates that one of the primary methods employed by Him in his instruction was […]

Best Seats

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The Parable of the Best Seats Mike Johnson  “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then […]

Dragnet

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The Parable of the Dragnet Mike Johnson In Matthew 13, there are several parables recorded.  In this article, we will examine the “Parable of the Net,” recorded in verses 47-50.   Here is the parable. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, […]

Barren Fig Tree

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The Parable of the Fig Tree Mike Johnson The Bible mentions fig trees several times.  For example, Matthew 21:19 speaks of a withered fig tree; John 1:48 speaks of a person under a fig tree; James 3:12 asks a question about a fig tree.  Luke 13:6-9 records the “Parable of the Barren Fig Tree,” which we will […]

Good Samaritan

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan Mike Johnson In Luke 10:25, we read of a particular lawyer who tested Jesus with a question. The question was, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responded by asking the lawyer to tell Him the teaching of the law. This question should have been easy to […]

Great Supper

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THE PARABLE OF THE GREAT SUPPER Mike Johnson The “Parable of the Great Supper” is in Luke 14:16-24. Jesus taught this parable in the house of one of the chief Pharisees.  Verse 1 indicates that Jesus had gone there on the Sabbath day to eat bread.  While there, Jesus healed a man and taught about […]

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 treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” This […]

Lost Sheep

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep Mike Johnson In Luke 15, three parables teach the same general lesson.  They are the parables of the “Lost Sheep,” the “Lost Coin,” and the “Prodigal Son.”  In this article, we will discuss the “Parable of the Lost Sheep” is in verses 4-7. What man of you, having a […]

Lost Son

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The Parable of the Lost Son Mike Johnson There are three very well know parables recorded in Luke 15.  They are the parables of the “Lost Sheep,” the “Lost Coin,” and the “Lost Son.”  The setting in which Jesus presented these parables in verses 1-2.  The publicans and sinners had drawn near to Christ, which prompted the Pharisees and […]

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 questioned His authority (21:23).  After hearing these parables, they perceived that Jesus was talking about them (21:45) and wanted to arrest Him, but […]

Mustard Seed

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed Mike Johnson Matthew 13:31-32 is one of the accounts where “The Parable of the Mustard Seed” is found, and it tells us about the growth of the kingdom. The passage says: Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which […]

Rich Fool

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The Parable of the Rich Fool Mike Johnson The Parable of the Rich Fool is in Luke 12:16-21.  Here, Jesus said: Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store […]

Pharisee & the Tax Collector

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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector Mike Johnson The “Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector” is only in Luke 18:9-14.  Jesus pointed out that a Pharisee and a tax collector both went into the temple to pray.  He then contrasted their prayers and attitudes. The parable is addressed to “to some […]

Servant

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The Parable of the Servant Mike Johnson The Parable of the Servant is found in Luke 17:7-10. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to […]

Sower

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The Parable of the Sower Mike Johnson One of the most familiar parables taught by Christ is the “Parable of the Sower.” We know that a teacher has an important responsibility. This parable, however, makes the essential point that hearers have a critical obligation also. The Parable of the Sower is in three 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 ten virgins were waiting for the return of a bridegroom who did not arrive on time. Consequently, five of the virgins (referred to as foolish) ran out of oil for their lamps and […]

Tower

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THE PARABLE OF THE TOWER Mike Johnson  The “Parable of the Tower” is in Luke 14:28-30. A similar parable, The “Parable of the King,” is recorded in verses 31-32. Both of these parables show the importance of “counting the cost.” The focus of this article will be the first parable. It reads:  For which of […]

Two Builders

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The Parable of the Two Builders (Mt. 7:24-27, Lk. 6:47-49) Mike Johnson From time to time, a great deal of damage occurs throughout our country and the world as a result of extensive rainfall. Floodwaters, as well as mudslides, can cause death and destruction. A house can topple down a hillside. Such events, although tragic, brings […]

Two Sons

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THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS Mike Johnson This intriguing 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 asked Jesus, […]

Unmerciful Servant

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The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) Mike Johnson On one occasion, during the ministry of Jesus, Peter asked Him this question, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Peter probably felt the number which he mentioned was very generous.  Seven times would have […]

Wicked Vinedressers

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The Wicked Vinedressers  (Mt. 21:33-44, Mk. 12:1-11, Lk. 20:9-18) Mike Johnson TThe Bible indicates that Jesus taughike Johnsont a great deal by parables. He would take something the people were familiar with and compare it to a spiritual truth to educate them. In His parables, Jesus discussed such things as planting seeds, baking bread, finding […]

Number 2 (May 2020)

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SEEKING THINGS ABOVE “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. “(Col. 3:1) Volume I Number 2 May 2020  ================================================== Table of Contents  Failure to Get Back to Basics ————— Connie W. Adams Now Is the Time to Obey God—————- Author […]