Archive for September, 2011

Pride Goes Before Destruction

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Pride is used in our society as a good thing (country, job, family, charity, awards, etc.) but in the Scriptures it is always bad and leads to destruction (Pr. 16:18).

God hates the prideful and arrogant (Pr. 8:13)

But the danger is that it is hard to detect in ourselves and may seem minor to us compared to other sins (cf. Pr. 14:12).

Let us examine ourselves by the Bible and make application to our lives (1 Thess. 5:21-22).

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People of God’s Own Possession

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

This lesson is based on Deuteronomy 7.

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So Gay

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

by Jeff S. Smith

The word “gay” has been the unfortunate victim of etymological evolution.

Early in the twentieth century, to have “a gay time” was to experience joy and happiness, but by the latter few decades, gay had transformed into a synonym for homosexual. In reality, this shift had been going on subtly for centuries, as “gay” was used as far back as the 1600s to denote an desire for social pleasures and dissipations, or a loose and immoral life.

Gay lost its innocence completely as the homosexual pride agenda gained steam throughout the world, so that it is utterly rare today to hear the word gay used in its former context.

Strangely, however, the word’s transformation has taken another detour. In recent years, it has… Continue reading

In the News: Criticism, Facebook and the Children of Israel

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

by Stan Cox

The Facebook website is ubiquitous. It was recently reported that 750,000,000 people worldwide are active participants on the website. The number is mind boggling.

Late Tuesday evening a change was made to the format and functionality of the site. While there are some obvious improvements, change is always a bit disconcerting, and many have bitterly complained about the alterations. A few have maintained a good humor about it, though, and I came across this particular quote about the revisions:

I am appalled that the free service that I am in no way obligated to use keeps making changes that mildly inconvenience me.

The quote points out the absurdity of such murmuring and complaining, and immediately brought to my mind the similar complaints of Israel in the wilderness… Continue reading

How Does God Address the Subject of Dress?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

By Bryan Gibson

Let’s first identify some areas of concern: most, if not all swimwear; at least some of the uniforms worn by those who participate in sports; shorts that only go down to about mid-thigh, and get even shorter when one sits down; short skirts; low-cut tops, which seem to be very popular with women today; see through clothing; tight clothing; men who walk around without a shirt, or who wear a “muscle shirt”; and even the revealing wedding dresses that some brides wear. How does God address the subject of dress in general, and these areas of concern in particular?

God teaches us a number of qualities or virtues to “put on,” all of which have an effect on what we wear, or don’t wear. Here’s at least… Continue reading

In the News: Cheerleaders and Modesty

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

by Stan Cox

More and more often you hear of Christian young ladies participating in cheerleading activities. Is there anything objectionable about cheerleading? Well, yes and no. There is nothing objectionable in leading cheers at football games and other school events. However, too often cheerleading includes two things that a Christian girl should have no part in: 1) Immodest dress; and, 2) Lascivious choreography.

A recent article that appeared on the internet reported that Piedmont High School principal Traci Williams (San Jose, California) enforced a long standing ban on the wearing of miniskirts by requiring the school’s cheerleaders to wear sweatpants under their cheerleading uniforms.

The school dress code requires that skirts reach down to mid‑thigh. Other students who violate the code are required to go to a special building… Continue reading

When Controversy Comes

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

This is why the preacher must teach at all times w/o fear or favor of men (2 Tim. 4:2; Gal. 1:10).

Christians must know how to contend earnestly for the faith & not their opinion (Jude 1:3; Ro. 14:1).

We must remember to humbly speak the truth in love so that God might be glorified, not ourselves (1 Peter 4:11; Eph. 4:15).

By doing that, we will be able to cast down arguments that are raised up against God’s word so that we can be obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

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Let God Speak to Your Heart

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

How does God speak to us and how do we hear His voice?

Some tell us that ‘God laid this on my heart to speak’, ‘God speaks to me in that still small voice’, or ‘God told me that I was saved’.

Jesus said, “If any man has ears to ear let him hear” (Luke 8:8)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:11; 29; 3:6; 13, 22)

“If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11)

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Lessons Learned from 9/11

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Everyone who was alive 10 years ago likely remembers the details of the horror, shock, and awe of terrorists hijacking planes and flying them into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. (brave men likely averted it crashing into the White House)

It was the deadliest attack in US history as nearly 3,000 were killed as the Twin Towers collapsed as it was broadcast on live TV.

What lessons can we learn on this 10th anniversary of 9-11?

Let us examine ourselves by the Scriptures. (1 Thess. 5:21-22; 2 Tim. 2:15; Acts 17:11)

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“That’s Just the Way I Am”

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

by Jim Lee

“For you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” (1 Cor. 3:3).

When, as those who profess Christ, we continue to behave in spiritually immature ways, we should not make matters worse by making excuses. It does no good to minimize the seriousness of sinful decisions that we have made. I might like for my misdeeds to be seen as nothing more than personal quirks or foibles, but unworthy character and unacceptable conduct can’t be excused by saying, “Well, that’s just the way I am.”

It may be true that some of my personal characteristics nudge me in the direction of sinful conduct. I may, for example, be more prone to anger… Continue reading