Archive for November, 2010

Should Christians Be “Sound” Or “Conservative?”

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

By Marc Smith

Do we realize there is a problem in asking if a church is “conservative” or “liberal” when the real question should be to determine if a church is “sound?” The word “sound” is actually used in scripture when the word “conservative” is not, though there is a sense that conservative is correct.

It seems to me that clarification is needed here in that we have become accustomed to referring to churches of Christ as “conservative” or “liberal.” Often this is an example of “painting with too broad a stroke.” We all realize it is done mainly to quickly speak of the difference between churches of Christ that financially support human institutions from those who do not. Those who do not are considered “conservative.” This was originally meant… Continue reading

Weekly Bible Reading: Week Forty-Eight

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Week Forty-Eight

  1. Job 19-22; 1 John 5
  2. Job 23-24; 2 John; Ps. 121
  3. Job 25-28; 3 John
  4. Job 29-30; Ps. 120
  5. Job 31-34

Weekly Bible Reading: Week Forty-Seven

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Week Forty-Seven

  1. Job 3-5; John 21; Ps. 108
  2. Job 6-8; 1 John 1
  3. Job 9-12; 1 John 2
  4. Job 13-15; 1 John 3
  5. Job 16-18; 1 John 4; Ps. 114

Why We Can’t have Fellowship with Denominations

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

This is a lesson presented by Steven Locklair on “Why We Can’t have Fellowship with Denominations” on November 21, 2010.

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How to Become Fishers of Men

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

This is a lesson presented by Steven Locklair on November 21, 2010 on “How to Become Fishers of Men”.

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Apocalypse postponed?

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

By Kyle Campbell
For a few years, all of us have been hearing about how the Mayan calendar predicts (by virtue of the fact that it ends) the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World” (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events.

Sadly, too many people have been deceived and have spent way too much time worrying about the end of… Continue reading

In the News: Death Sentence for Blasphemy

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

By Stan Cox

Consider the unfairness of the following scenario. You are a single member of a minority religious group, working at your job as a farmhand in a field. You are asked by your supervisor to go and fetch water for the other workers. You do as asked, but when you bring the water, your fellow workers refuse to drink it, calling the water unclean because you are the one who fetched it. A few days later you are set upon by a mob, still angry over the initial incident. The authorities are called, and they take you away for your own protection. Later, some in the mob claim that you are guilty of blasphemy against their religion. So, the authorities arrest you, and imprison you on that… Continue reading

Trying to Cover Up Sin

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

by Joe R. Price

You would think by now that we would learn we cannot cover up our sins. Someone always knows the shameful thing we did “in secret” (God and you, for starters). If not, how could others speak of these private sins in Ephesians 5:12? Private sin usually does not stay private for long!

The truth is, our sin “will find us out”. Moses warned the Transjordanic tribes it would be so if they did not keep their word and help their brethren take Canaan (Num 32:23).

For our sin to “find us out” means more than making public those sins done in secret. It means we will be held accountable and punished for our sins – even those we think we get away with. Nothing escapes “the… Continue reading

Weekly Bible Reading: Week Forty-Six

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Week Forty-Six

  1. Neh. 4-6; John 16; Ps. 146
  2. Neh. 7-9; John 17
  3. Neh. 10-12; John 18; Ps. 1
  4. Neh. 13; Malachi 1-2; John 19
  5. Malachi 3-4; Job 1-2; John 20; Ps. 148

The Seriousness of One Sin

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

by Jerry Fite

The infallibly inspired Peter said the following concerning Simon’s spiritual condition: “. . .for I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity” (Acts 8:23). Simon desired the miraculous power of the apostles to confer to others miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit. He had become a believer through the preaching of Philip. He no doubt saw the difference between the magical tricks of his sorcery and the true miracles worked by God. After his baptism, “he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles wrought, he was amazed” (Acts 8:13). But now he was amazed and coveted the power given to the apostles of the Lord. His request of Peter was, “Give me also this power, that… Continue reading