Archive for May, 2010
School is out and many are ready to go on vacation. After a short period of time, the children say “I’m bored” even though they have instant access to whatever game, music, movie or show they desire. How could this happen? But it is not just a problem with children, but also with many adults especially with many out of work. The problem of boredom can easily lead one to conform to this world rather than be transformed by God’s word (Rom. 12:2). This is a major spiritual problem in our society and each individual must deal with it. Do you have a problem with being bored? The Bible has the only answer to solve this problem. In this lesson, we will study the causes of boredom and how we… Continue reading
On Memorial Day we remember those who have sacrificed their lives for this country. As Christians we are thankful that in the USA we can still freely worship God. But of much greater importance the Lord has given us a memorial every 1st day of the week to remember Christ’s sacrifice. (Acts 20:7) God has given us all minds that we can recall words, events, or activities. This morning we will study Bible passages that hopefully will inspire us to use our memories in the greatest cause of serving our Lord!
by Dennis Scroggins
Searching through a box of old bottles in an antique shop one day, my wife and I came upon some bottles which not only looked old, but were cast in different shapes and sizes with embalmed messages and raised ribbing on the sides. Some of the bottles were hexagon; others were octagon, while others were flat or triangular.
The sales lady told us poison bottles by law were altered in appearance… Continue reading
Billions of people have been born into this world including all of us here. You cannot become a living breathing human being without being born. In the same way, you cannot have a new life in Christ and go to heaven without being born again because Jesus said, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.“ (John 3:3) But how is a person born again?
A Baptist preacher was arrested in England on April 20th for preaching against homosexuality. He was charged with using abusive language, contrary to England’s Public Order Act, introduced in 1986. The Public Order Act, which outlaws the unreasonable use of abusive language likely to cause distress, has been used to arrest religious people in a number of similar cases.
After the police took fingerprints, a palm print, a retina scan, and a DNA swab, he was interviewed, charged with violating the Public Order Act, and released on bail on the condition that he did not preach in public. He pled not guilty at a preliminary hearing last week and is now awaiting a trial date.
The outcome of this trial ought to concern Christians, even though we live… Continue reading
When you look into the mirror and your face appears dirty, it is your face, not the mirror, that needs attention. The Bible is the mirror of the soul. It reveals our imperfections and shows us how to make corrections. However, some try to rework the Bible instead of reshaping their lives. Don’t make that mistake. When you look into the “perfect law of liberty”, continue in it. Don’t be a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work (James 1:25). Don’t try to change the word; let the word change your life.
Lloyd Atherton, The Beacon – Electronic Edition
by Carroll Duckworth
More and more folks are using Facebook to communicate to others. It’s a powerful useful tool that allows mass communication. Usually it’s shared by friends and friends of friends near and far. The downside is that it is often used to communicate what we don’t want to read, see, or know about others Want to find out about a fellow brother or sister in Christ? Check out their Facebook page. One can learn all sorts of things. You can get some idea of who they are away from worship services. Regardless of how they dress, talk, and act at services, they may have a different life away from the individual you think you know. You may be surprised and shocked.
Some post photos of immodest… Continue reading
Everyone is motivated by a goal. A young child to get a sticker, the older student to graduate, the employer or employee to make more money, the athlete to win a championship or get into the Hall of Fame. But in the eternal scheme of things whatever you might gain in this world you will have to forfeit in the end. Everybody should have heaven as their goal but sadly only a few will find it. (Mt. 7:13-14)