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Is the Bible Relevant? #2

Is the Bible Relevant? #2

Is the Bible relevant to you? Although there are a lot of times when we reject the relevance of the Bible, the truth is we need it. First, we need the Bible when we are riddled with guilt. Joseph’s brothers were riddled with guilt when they thought they had killed him...

Is the Bible Relevant? #1

Is the Bible Relevant? #1

I have always found it interesting that over 80% want to go to heaven but only about 60% or less believe the Bible is relevant. Even fewer people read the Bible once a year or less. Yet the Bible is the pathway to heaven (Psalm 119:105), but people believe it is...

Give Me the Truth!

Give Me the Truth!

If you are my friend, if you are concerned about my soul, give me the truth. Do not flatter me. Do not praise my virtues while remaining silent about my vices. Do not fear the truth will offend me. Do not treasure our friendship, our friendly relations, above my...

John 3:16

John 3:16

A sign on one of the churches close to my home says, “John 3:16: Read it, believe it. Enough said!” If that is really enough, then why does the Bible mention so many other requirements to obeying the gospel. If it is “Enough said,” then why did God say to repent of...

Operation Entebbe

Operation Entebbe

In July 1976, Israeli commandos made a daring raid at an airport in Entebbe, Uganda, in which 103 Jewish hostages were freed. In less than 15 minutes, the soldiers had killed all seven of the kidnappers and set the captives free. As successful as the rescue was,...

A Church That Is Just a Church

A Church That Is Just a Church

Maybe you’ve noticed that a lot of churches today are involved in all kinds of business and social ventures, and very little in teaching the word of God. Some are quite proud of the fact that they place little emphasis on doctrinal matters. Our emphasis is spiritual —...

Political Anger

Political Anger

On January 20, 2021, America will begin what I believe will be a peaceful transition in power from one political party to another. This transition has occurred dozens of times in America’s history, and will undoubtedly occur dozens of more times. The last several...

The Church: Elders, Overseers, and Shepherds

The Church: Elders, Overseers, and Shepherds

It has been shown that in the first century a local church, made up sometimes of hundreds of members, functioned as a single unit ruled over by a group of men called “elders.” It was affirmed that the church in that local capacity, under the rule of its elders, was...

“Blessed Is He …”

“Blessed Is He …”

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalms 32:1–2). Freedom is such a beautiful word. The appeal of the word lies in the fact that we...

“Woman, Why Weepest Thou?”

“Woman, Why Weepest Thou?”

There will be times of tears in our lives. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (cp. Psalm 30:5). After Jesus had been crucified there were many tears shed. Mary Magdalene was in tears, not only because of...

What Those “Steps” Mean

What Those “Steps” Mean

It was less than 150 years ago that Walter Scott devised a simple way to impress his hearers with the relation of obedient faith to blessings in Christ. He taught children to count on their fingers: Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, and Be baptized. Then, and now, it is...

Where Do New Converts Come From?

Where Do New Converts Come From?

A recent survey of several churches of Christ turned up some interesting statistics about the people who are being converted to Christ. This information is extremely important for our analysis because it gives us direction in our effort to spread the gospel. Some...

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Once when Alexander the Great laid siege to a city, he had a great lamp set up, and he kept it burning night and day as a signal to the besieged. He sent word to the people in the city that while the lamp was burning, they had time to save themselves by surrender. But...

“Infallible Proofs”

“Infallible Proofs”

We are told in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 that Paul received the inspired word that Christ died for our sins, and then was buried, and that He rose again on the third day. This was just one of the many times that Paul had to make this argument that Christ was and is still...

Are You a Christian?

Are You a Christian?

“Christian.” It is a name or title that so many people want to wear in our modern-day world. Saying that you are a Christian according to the world today though carries with it so few obligations. If you believe in God, you’re a Christian. If you attend a “church”...

The Window

The Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour a day to drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men...

The Church: The Autonomy of the Church

The Church: The Autonomy of the Church

The word “autonomy” is not found in the New Testament, yet the word frequently is heard in pulpits, classrooms, and religious publications. Just what is meant by “autonomy” and is there scriptural justification to speak or write of “the autonomy of the church”? The...

“Change We Can Believe In”

“Change We Can Believe In”

This was a popular political mantra in 2008, but it can also direct our thoughts to a much higher spiritual principle. Our world constantly changes, and this is no more apparent than in technological changes over the past 50 years. Our grandparents rode in horse-drawn...

Saved “in the Twinkling of an Eye”?

Saved “in the Twinkling of an Eye”?

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh, and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherits incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last...

“One Thing Thou Lackest”

“One Thing Thou Lackest”

I don’t think anyone likes to think that they are lacking in anything. Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and...

A Way That Seems Right

A Way That Seems Right

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). Things are not always what they seem. Proverbs warn that we can be deceived into believing we are going down the right path and yet be heading toward death, the...

What Does Heritage Mean to You?

What Does Heritage Mean to You?

For most people, their family ties are important. They spend a lot of time and money carefully tracing their genealogy and are proud of the results! Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with this (I have been very interested in my own ancestry), but we must...

Is Your Baptism Valid?

Is Your Baptism Valid?

Christians are often placed in situations where they must define the role of baptism. This has caused many to accuse us of believing in “water salvation.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Baptism that is administered as God prescribes in His word must meet...

Is Baptism “Spiritual Regeneration”?

Is Baptism “Spiritual Regeneration”?

Denominational writers are more and more interpreting passages such as 1 Peter 3:21 as “spiritual regeneration.” This is a relatively new position in that almost all of the older denominational commentators acknowledged that baptism used the element of water. For...

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