Archive for January, 2011

Let No One Deceive You

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Since the beginning of time, all people have become vulnerable to the deceptions of the devil. (2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:14) Even a way that seems right to us, can be deceptive and lead to death. (Pr. 14:12)

Thankfully, God teaches us the truth and warns us against every false way. (2 Tim. 3:16-17) We can resist the devil and not be cheated out of our heavenly reward through Christ. (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-11)

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Spiritual Sleep Walking

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

by Jerry Fite

Most of us have heard of, or some may even know a person who “sleep walks”. With eyes wide open, a person may engage in various activities, but be asleep. I know a person who went to their closet to buy two tickets for the next show. Some sitting up in bed may rise to rearrange furniture. A misconception is that if you wake up such a person from their “sleep walking”, it will be harmful. In fact, the person is oblivious to objects such as electrical cords in their way, and if not awakened, can trip over dangerous obstacles resulting in personal harm.

We can be actively engaged in life’s activities, but oblivious to the malady of spiritual sleep walking. We are busy, but asleep… Continue reading

Narrow Noah

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

by Ward Hogland

There are two standards before which all stand – God and man. Computed by the standard of man, Noah was a very narrow person. I am not sure but what he was also considered narrow by the standard of God almighty! The servants of the Lord throughout the annals of history have been branded as narrow by the philosophy and worldly wisdom of man. Perhaps some consolidation can be derived by analyzing the life of Noah, to determine why people would have called him narrow.

By human standards Noah was narrow because he taught and believed his ark was the only one to be saved. Noah preached for years that salvation could be found in his ark only! (Gen. 7:23; 1 Peter 3:20,21). Today, when one teaches… Continue reading

Scriptural Use of the Lord’s Money

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

A person argues, “since everything belongs to God, all the money belongs to Him, and so whatever we think that will do good, it is authorized to do.”

Another argues, “since the words ‘church treasury’ is not used in the Bible, you cannot attach your rules and regulations to it.”

What is the Scriptural use of the Lord’s money?

Let us examine what the Bible says. (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:21-22; Col. 3:17).

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The Wrath Of God

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

by Jerry Fite

Did you know the wrath of God has been revealed? Have you noticed the wrath of God abides? Were you aware the wrath of God is to come? Paul and John affirm yes to all three questions. We may gravitate to God’s love, mercy and grace, but spending a little time examining the reality of God’s wrath is beneficial to our eternal well- being.

Paul writes, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness. . .” (Romans 1:18). Man is put on notice from the highest authority of heaven that God’s wrath is directed toward suppressing the truth of God (ungodliness) and the consequent conduct (unrighteousness) of those who have not the… Continue reading

BEYOND VEXING

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

by Roelf L. Ruffner

“And delivered righteous Lot, sore distressed by the lascivious life of the wicked (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their lawless deeds)” (Jude 7-8, American Standard Version)

As I read this passage I often think of our beloved country. How far does it all go before America suffers the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah? Notice what has happened in the last few years regarding the acceptance of homosexuality in our land:

¬The homosexual lifestyle portrayed in the media and Hollywood as normal. Scripts approved/censored by homosexual activists. (When will someone make a film showing the truth about this filthy, demeaning, destructive, sad, perverted, sinful choice?)

¬A growing number of Americans accept this… Continue reading

Worship and Fellowship

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

God desires that man worship and serve Him only (Psalms 95:6-7; Matthew 4:10). His people must come together as a church to worship Him (1 Cor. 5:4; 11:18; Heb. 10:25). We must do it in spirit & truth (John 4:23-24). It’s more than just having the right attitude and doing it the right way (Joshua 24:14).

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In the Beginning

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

There are 5 phrases in Genesis 1 that God repeats several times which clearly refute the false theories and speculations of man. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

Paul warned Timothy, “Guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" — which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith.” (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

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Live for Heaven in 2011

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

by Joe R. Price

As 2010 draws to a close God’s people know “our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11). Both the brevity of life and the uncertainty of the future compel Christians to always live for heaven by doing the will of God (Jas. 4:13-17; Phil. 3:12-14). Let us live for heaven in 2011…

1) By following God’s pattern. In this “post-modern” world the idea of definite, absolute truth is rejected. Nevertheless, God’s word is the “pattern of sound words” we must hold fast; it is apostolic teaching (2 Tim. 1:13; Acts 2:42). The NT of Christ is as relevant today as when it was first revealed 2,000 years ago. God’s truth makes demands on us. God’s word of grace teaches us to… Continue reading

All Manner Of Holy Living

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

by Jerry Fite

A Christian is not merely a name, it is a life. The life is not divided up with liv-ing for Christ part-time, in the midst of living for self and others. The Christian lives as the name suggests: as one totally be-longing to Christ. This does not mean we do not consider our var-ious relationships, or think them to be unimportant. Living as a Christian permeates all corners of life. Peter implies this and offers us a solid foundation for living when he writes, “Seeing that these things are thus all to be dis-solved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness. . .” (2 Peter 3:11).

Peter tells us to be wise as we assess our earthly existence. The… Continue reading