Archive for April, 2011
by Joe Price
A number of years ago while I was taking care of some banking, one the tellers who knew me to be a preacher asked if I was “ready for the big day?” I paused a moment, trying to figure out what “big day” she meant. Then it hit me – she was talking about Easter. Like most people, she saw Easter Sunday as one of the “big” religious days of the year. When I told her that the church I work with did not do anything different on this “big day” I am sure she must have been surprised. She went on to observe that many people only “go to church” on Easter and Christmas. I certainly agreed with her on that one. I told her we… Continue reading
Last week we gave many warnings about the devices of the devil (doubting, blaming, deceiving, distracting, discouraging, and delaying man’s obedience)
But even though Satan is a very powerful adversary in the world, there are many things that he could not do to Jesus.
As a result of God’s promises to us in His word, there are many things that Satan cannot do to us also!
by Kyle Campbell
A long while ago, I had the pleasure of reading a book titled “Already Gone,” and it had some amazing insights that I wanted to share in this article. Older Christians who were never taught evolutionary doctrine in school may be asking, “What’s the point? We all believe that God created the world.” Not necessarily! Research done over the broad spectrum of religions in America will shock you because although we realize we have great doctrinal differences between us, the same trends affect us all (1 Timothy 6:20‑21).
Although we like to think that we live in a “Christian” nation, we have to reluctantly admit that we are living in a post‑Christian society. The basic foundation of the Judeo‑Christian heritage in this country no longer exists. It… Continue reading
This morning we gave warnings about the devices of the devil and how to overcome them.
Satan tries to discredit God’s word but the Scriptures are reliable and will lead you to heaven (Acts 20:32).
Satan wants you to curse God or blame Him for your trials but remember that it is through them that we learn to persevere in our faith (James 1:2-4, 12).
Satan tries to distort God’s word and appear righteous but remember that the truth will bring down every false argument so that we will be obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-6; 1 Peter 3:15).
We will study three more devices that the devil uses tonight.
The Bible says the devil is like a roaring lion (1 Pet. 5:8)
He is a murderer, a liar and the father of all lies having sinned from the beginning of time (John 8:44).
He is called the god and ruler of this world; the prince of the power of the air who works in those who are disobedient (2 Cor. 4:4; John 12:31; Eph. 2:2).
He has the power of death and hell is prepared for him and his angels (Heb. 2:14; Matt. 25:41).
He is a powerful adversary (1 Peter 5:8) but Jesus Christ overcame every device of the devil with Scripture (Matt. 4:3-4) and the apostle Paul said that we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11). Powerpoint (no audio)… Continue reading
by Kyle Campbell
If we were in charge of a effort to preach the gospel, we would probably assemble the most eloquent preacher with the nicest voice, the most ornate and beautiful building, the largest circulation of newspaper, radio and television coverage, and the brightest thinkers among Christians.
But this is not what it takes to do God’s will. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:26‑29 that God uses what is foolish to shame the wise and what is weak to shame the strong. There is no doubt that God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:7‑9), and it is interesting and encouraging to see how God can accomplish something great with something so seemingly insignificant and irrelevant.
In Exodus 4:1‑5, God used a simple staff to show His power… Continue reading
by Joe R. Price
What persuades a crowd (that only recently had been expectant, supportive and glad to hear and receive Jesus) to now cry out for his death and the release of a murderer in his place (Matt 27:15‑25)? What moves people to reject the truth of the gospel for the darkness of lies, sin and death? How can it be that even Christians can be persuaded to reject the “word of the truth of the gospel” and instead clamor and cry out for counterfeit gospels that give no hope and no eternal benefit (Col 1:5)?
No doubt, there are several scriptural answers to these questions, all important because they are from God’s word. Consider some of them with me, lest we find ourselves persuaded to cry out for… Continue reading
There is an insidious doctrine that is causing division among brethren today.
The gospel preacher is charged by God to “preach the word: be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with great patience and instruction” (2 Tim. 4:2)
We must study to show ourselves approved to God (2 Tim. 2:15), not to fit our preconceived ideas or fanciful theories.
The apostle Paul had to warn Timothy about gospel preachers and mentions them by name along with their false doctrine.
“Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some” (2 Timothy 2:17)
This same doctrine is destroying the faith of some brethren today.
Unless gospel preachers warn… Continue reading
By Jeff Smith
The statistics are overwhelming. Sexual addiction is such a subtle epidemic that some writers are comparing it to the more prominent and palatable obesity problem among Americans, just to attract some satisfactory level of attention.
Pornography, nothing new in itself, is fueling this randy epidemic, driving the “Triple‑A engine” on the Information Superhighway. Internet delivery of sexual titillation and amusement is affordable, anonymous and accessible at the speed of light. It is ubiquitous, gender‑neutral, age‑defying, and ugly. It is exploitative and lucrative for its purveyors, and it is only getting worse as technology continues to develop. “The Internet is an essentially gnostic, disembodied medium: You can dispense ideas through it, but not sacraments, community, or embodiment” (Byassee 2008, 15).
Cybersex, the consumption of pornography or… Continue reading