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The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today? This is a very good question and one that is important. Tithing involves giving one-tenth to God. Many speak of tithing today, but is it binding upon Christians? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are very strict regulations concerning tithing […]

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 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (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 very important information […]

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 […]

What? No Gym?

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What?  No Gym? Mike Johnson  A lot of 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 […]

Elders

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Elders Mike Johnson The Bible clearly teaches that a local congregation is to have certain men ruling over them who are called “elders.”  Acts 14:23 speaks of elders being ordained in every church.  It says, “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the […]

The Role of Women in the Church

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THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH Mike Johnson The role of women in society has changed greatly in recent years. It seems that many are even pushing for an almost “gender neutral” society. Some changes that have taken place have been good but many have not been. The changes in society tend to eventually […]

I’m All Shook Up

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“I’m All Shook Up…” Mike Johnson  These words perhaps echoed from the facilities of a local congregation in Huntsville, Alabama  as they presented “A Tribute to the King of Rock & Roll.”  Pictured in the newspaper advertisement for the show was an Elvis impersonator.  I don’t know if “Elvis” sang this song, “I’m All Shook […]

The Church & The Individual

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THE CHURCH & THE INDIVIDUAL Mike Johnson  Sadly, there has been much division in the Lord’s church over the course of the last 30 to 40 years.  This division has centered on such issues as church-sponsored recreation and church support of human institutions (orphan homes, colleges, rest homes, homes for unwed mothers, etc.).  One argument […]

Who Are These People?

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Who Are These People? Mike Johnson  Perhaps you are a member of the church of Christ, and you look at yourself as “mainstream” as it is sometimes worded.  You know that there are also people meeting in town who are supposed to be members of the Lord’s church, but you really don’t know much about […]

Was Peter the First Pope?

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WAS PETER THE FIRST POPE? Mike Johnson The above question is certainly a good question and needs to be considered.  There are many who think that Peter was the first pope.  However, the Bible does not even teach that there should be the position of a pope, much less that Peter was the first one.  […]

The Purpose of the Church?

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THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH Mike Johnson  The Bible clearly teaches that Christ came and built His church.  In Matthew 16:16-18 he said that he would build His church, and in Acts 2 we can read of its establishment. Does the church have a particular purpose for being in existence?  If no purpose for the […]

The Parable of the 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 put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of […]