Archive for September, 2010

A New Creature

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

A great change takes place in the life of one who becomes a Christian. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

But what does this change mean? What position does this “new creature” hold? How does this change affect his relationship with the past life?

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Megachurch Survey Confirms Failure to Do God’s Will

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Bill Hybels began preaching for this church in a NW suburb of Chicago, Illinois in 1975. They started a survey in the community on why people stayed away from church. In response it grew from 125 to 2,000 in 1977 & then to about 15,000 weekly members in 1995.

They were in the process of building a 7,200 seat auditorium and decided to do a self critique of the church of how the members were growing spiritually and were shocked by the results. They found out in this 2004 survey that “church activity is not a blueprint for spiritual growth”. (http://revealnow.com/)

Even though the church had good intentions in trying to help people grow spiritually they failed to grasp the concept that Jesus Christ has all authority… Continue reading

Weekly Bible Reading: Week Thirty-nine

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Week Thirty-Nine

  1. Ezekiel 3-6; Hebrews 7
  2. Ezekiel 7-9; Hebrews 8
  3. Ezekiel 10-13; Hebrews 9
  4. Ezekiel 14-16; Hebrews 10; Ps. 70
  5. Ezekiel 17-20; Hebrews 11

Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

by Heath Rogers

“But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23). This was the warning that Moses had given to the men of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh. They had chosen for themselves the land on the eastern side of the Jordan River, but they needed continue to help their brethren secure the land on the west side of the Jordan. Moses told them that they could have the land as long as they promised to cross the river and help their brethren. They said they would do so, but Moses warned them against going back on their word. If they did not do as… Continue reading

"I’m Too Busy for Church"

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

by Jonathan Perz

It is Sunday morning—time to assemble with the saints of our Lord. Believe it or not, for many, this is a moment of decision. There are so many things around the house calling your name—lawn mowing, repairing the thing‑a‑ma‑jig, washing the car, etc. As all of these things flash through your mind, the Lord calls. You may actually find yourself asking, “Whose call do I heed?”

Do you decide on Sunday morning, or evening, or Wednesday evening, whether or not you are “going to church?” Do you find that chores around the house, fishing, hunting, watching sports, working, or other things, win out over the Lord? What a shameful predicament many place themselves in!

It is shameful because, some day, when the Lord returns again, you will… Continue reading

Weekly Bible Reading: Week Thirty-eight

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Week Thirty-Eight

  1. Jer. 28-31; Hebrews 2
  2. Jer. 32-34; Hebrews 3; Ps. 74
  3. Jer. 37-39; Hebrews 4; Ps. 79
  4. Jer. 50-52; Hebrews 5
  5. Ezekiel 1-2; Hebrews 6; Ps. 143, 144

Why No One Should Burn the Quran

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

by Dennis Scroggins

It is being reported in the news that a church in Florida intends to burn a large number of Qurans, Islam’s most Holy Book, Saturday September 11, 2010, in memory of the citizens that were lost in the 9-11 attacks of 2001.

The world is watching, and not really understanding what is taking place in regard to religious icons, people’s faith systems, and what is the truth! Truth works to destroy what is false by attacking the error in the hearts of people, not by simply attacking the icons of that error. You might physically destroy an idol, but the teachings and faith system attached to the idol will not be destroyed in the minds of those that serve that idol. It takes the gospel in the heart of an individual to help them recognize the difference between what is genuine and what is counterfeit. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)… Continue reading

Preventive Maintenance for the Soul (Part 2)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

This morning we discussed how preventive maintenance (PM) is very important for the safety & protection of our physical lives concerning our vehicle, health, and school. In comparison it is much more important that we have a PM plan for our souls so that we can avoid the pitfalls that lead to torment and go home to glory one day.

Our PM plan must begin by fleeing from temptation by guarding our heart with all diligence with the word of God (Ps. 119:9-11) We must heed the warnings of the Lord not to lust in our heart for immodestly dressed women because it can lead down the path to destruction of our bodies and souls. We must also control our desires to be greedy which leads to a pursuit… Continue reading

Preventive Maintenance for the Soul (Part 1)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Preventive maintenance (PM) is very important for the safety & protection of our physical lives.

Car- we should follow the PM schedule in the owner’s manual (oil change, brakes, batteries, belts, hoses, tires, steering, etc.). Drive safely. Health- eat fruits & vegetables, exercise regularly, don’t smoke or drink alcohol which can help prevent future health problems (diebetes, heart disease, some cancers, cirrhosis, asthma, insomnia, depression, etc.) School- listen & obey your teacher, do your own homework, study hard, and be diligent.

Since PM is important so that we might enjoy a healthy, happy, and successful life, how much more so do we need to have PM for the soul? Just as our car, health, or knowledge doesn’t deteriorate overnight, our soul doesn’t either. A person doesn’t become a… Continue reading

Weekly Bible Reading: Week Thirty-seven

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Week Thirty-Seven

  1. Jer. 21-22; 2 Kings 24; Titus 2; Ps. 112
  2. Jer. 23, 25, 26; Titus 3
  3. Jer. 35, 36, 45, 46; Jude
  4. Jer. 47, 48, 49; Philemon; Ps. 105
  5. Jer. 21, 24, 27; Hebrews 1; Ps. 67, 118