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Applying God’s Word

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Applying God’s Word Mike Johnson People often hear the Word of God but are not willing to obey it.  Some may intend to obey, but they never seem to get around to it.  It is not enough to simply hear or even know God’s Word: we must be willing to obey it. Notice an interesting […]

More Valuable Than Gold

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More Valuable Than Gold 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 precious metal […]

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 […]

Is Conscience A Safe Guide?

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IS CONSCIENCE A SAFE GUIDE? Mike Johnson “Always let your conscience be your guide.”  “Just do what your conscience says.”  This is the attitude many people have when trying to determine what is right or wrong.  They think as long as the conscience is followed, on some doctrinal matter or even on a moral issue, […]

The Health Inspector & Authority

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The Health Inspector and Authority Mike Johnson  Many years ago I worked in a meatpacking plant.  One responsibility that I had was to roll a vat, which contained tubular molds of lunchmeat, up to an ice bin and then fill the vat with ice.  I was told to use a stainless steel shovel which was […]

The Importance of Truth

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The IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH Mike Johnson What is truth?  This is a very good question.  Pilate asked it in John 18:38.  He may, however, have asked the question with scorn rather than with a thirst for knowledge.  Nevertheless, it is still a significant question. Jesus said in John 17:17 in his prayer to God, “ […]

Can We Understand the Bible Alike?

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CAN WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE ALIKE? Mike Johnson If we understand the Bible at all, we can understand the Bible alike.  The Bible is truth and truth does not contradict itself.  There may be two people who disagree on a Bible passage.  These two cannot both understand the passage and still disagree.  The Bible does not […]

Words of the Apostles and Jesus

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WORDS OF THE APOSTLES AND JESUS  Mike Johnson  Are the words of the Apostles of equal authority with the words of Jesus?  Some people view the words of Jesus as being that which a person must accept while viewing the words of the Apostles, and other writers of the New Testament, as less important.  Some […]

By What Authority

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BY WHAT AUTHORITY? Mike Johnson  “By what authority doest thou these things“?  “Who gave thee this authority“?  These two questions, asked in Matthew 21:23, were asked of Jesus by certain chief priests and elders of his day who were trying to trap him.  Although their motives were  not good, their questions showed that they understood […]

Respect for God’s Word

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  Respect for God’s Word Mike Johnson  Revelation 22:18-19, a passage found near the end of the Bible, is a very significant passage.  It says:  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the […]

Is Ignorance An Excuse?

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IS IGNORANCE AN EXCUSE? Mike Johnson  Some people seem to think that if a person is ignorant about what the Bible teaches, God will not punish him.  However, a number of passages teach that ignorance is not an excuse (Hos. 4:6, Rom. 10:1-2).  In fact, the Bible even commands that we add “knowledge” (II Pet. […]

I’m Not as Bad as He Is

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“I’M NOT AS BAD AS HE IS” Mike Johnson  Consider a case where an officer might pull someone over for speeding.  The officer approaches the stopped car, and the driver responds by saying, “I know that I was going over the speed limit, but I have probably been passed by two hundred cars just in […]