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“Behold, I Will Do a New Thing”

“Behold, I Will Do a New Thing”

I started thinking the other day about how unique and special this new year really is. It is the start not only of a new day but a new month and a new year. There is something special about things that are new; they are fresher, cleaner, brighter and shinier. They are...

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

The week of Thanksgiving is a convenient time to ponder our blessings. We live in a wonderful country and we enjoy blessings because of our freedom that we all should appreciate. We are thankful for all the ones who went before us and sacrificed for us to have a...

Am I Going to Heaven?

Am I Going to Heaven?

Many like to ask the question, “Are members of the church of Christ the only ones going to heaven?" However, this is not a very good question. The better question to ask is, “Am I among the number of those who are going to heaven?” Jesus said in Luke 13:24, “Strive to...

“The Terror of the Lord”

“The Terror of the Lord”

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” The word “persuade” means “to prevail upon or win over, bringing about a change...

Baptism

Baptism

There are three different ways the word “baptism” is used in the New Testament. Two out of three of these are metaphorical. The first of these is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which took place on the day of Pentecost and again when Cornelius and his household...

“If We Confess Our Sins”

“If We Confess Our Sins”

Every so often, it is beneficial for us to look deeper into the text of the Bible. Although it is not necessary for one to be a student of the languages of the Bible in order to understand it, a cursory examination can instill within us a vividness and appreciation...

Compromises of the Plan of Salvation

Compromises of the Plan of Salvation

“But they have not all obeyed the gospel” (Romans 10:16). Why have some not obeyed the gospel? Well, some have not obeyed because they have not been exposed to the truth (Romans 10:13-15). Others have been prejudiced against the truth or have received not the love of...

Jesus and Authority

Jesus and Authority

When Christ finished preaching His sermon on the mount, the multitudes “were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29). Their reaction is important because it indicates to us that we should...

Four Steps to Avoid Sin

Four Steps to Avoid Sin

Part of the reorienting effect of being a new creature means that we now posses the divine nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4). God wants His people to hate every false way (Psalm 119:104, 128), which means that I have to hate every way that is sinful and...

Definitions of Commitment

Definitions of Commitment

It seems that half of any battle in a debate is making sure that the terminology is understood by all parties. The same is true when attempting to describe commitment. Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his...

What Makes Preaching “Negative”?

What Makes Preaching “Negative”?

Every preacher is concerned about maintaining a “balance” in their preaching. In particular, they are sensitive about the criticisms concerning too much “negative” preaching. With this in mind, we ask the question: What makes preaching “negative”? First, let us...

Why Did Uzzah Have to Die?

Why Did Uzzah Have to Die?

All the stories of the Bible have a purpose. Romans 15:4 says, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” One narrative that at first seems obscure but gives us...

The Thief on the Cross

The Thief on the Cross

Whenever a Christian talks to someone in a denomination about the topic of baptism, they are bound to hear a couple of arguments against the essentiality of baptism. The first argument one might hear is that baptism is a work. The denominationalist will quote...

“They Immediately Left Their Nets …”

“They Immediately Left Their Nets …”

Jesus saw Simon and Andrew fishing and said, "'Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.' They immediately left their nets and followed Him" (Mark 1:16-17). This account illustrates what the reaction of all men ought to be to the invitation of Christ....

What Does the Lord Require?

What Does the Lord Require?

The question was posed, "With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God?" (Mic. 6:6). The prophet's response was, "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk...

What Disciples Believe About Baptism

What Disciples Believe About Baptism

An ad for the First Christian Church has ran in The Lufkin Daily News titled, "What Disciples Believe." One point was "Baptism by Immersion." This is true because it is what the Bible teaches. Baptism is a burial that requires much water, with the people going down...

Managing Distractions During Worship

Managing Distractions During Worship

What are some of the strategies for overcoming distractions while we are worshiping God? Worship demands our involvement. Worship that pleases God is not only based on truth, but must engage the heart, mind, and spirit of the worshiper (John 4:23-34). Warren Wiersbe...

The Babylonian Exile #2

The Babylonian Exile #2

Assyria, like a great river, swept southward into Judah, having overwhelmed Syria and the ten northern tribes. Earlier, Hezekiah, Judah’s king, had revolted against Assyria’s rule and now the nation was feeling the fury of Assyria. Isaiah had prophesied of this...

Upside Down

Upside Down

In a condemning manner, Paul and those with him were accused of turning "the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). Indeed, the truth being taught by Paul and his fellow laborers were turning false religion on its head. It was turning people away from the power of Satan to...

Where Does Baptism Appear in God’s Plan?

Where Does Baptism Appear in God’s Plan?

There are those who say that baptism is not a part of the plan of salvation at all. There is no reason to be baptized, whether for forgiveness, to follow the Lord's example of an outward sign of an inward grace. However, the Bible clearly shows baptism is a part of...

Can Muslims Be Saved?

Can Muslims Be Saved?

Attention has been given to the religion of Islam, adherents of which are called Muslims. We have seen an attempt to put their faith in an even field with the religion of Christ. The Bible says it is not so! Jesus is emphatic about belief in Him as the Son of God. He...

Isn’t It About Time?

Isn’t It About Time?

Time is inherently finite. There are a beginning and an end. Time began with creation and will end with the return of Christ at the judgment (Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 15:23-24). Man's sojourn on earth has a beginning and an end as well. It starts at birth and ends...

Four Parts of Ephesians 2:16

Four Parts of Ephesians 2:16

Paul wrote, "… and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity" (Ephesians 2:16). There are four parts to this verse that answer four questions: Who, What, Where, How? The "who" is Jesus. The "what" is...

Blameless, Yet Not Righteous

Blameless, Yet Not Righteous

Paul's message to Jews as he preached among the Gentiles was, "And by him, every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39). He warned Gentiles who were being lured to seek justification...

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