Archive for December, 2011

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Sunday, December 25th, 2011

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair on December 25, 2011.

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Facts about the Birth of Christ

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Often, the world gets many things about Christ wrong- especially the events that surrounded his birth. This is very important, and determines if one is willing to follow God or man.

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Christmas: “Is it From Heaven or From Men?”

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Today, many people all over the world will be celebrating what is thought to be the birth of Christ and it will be emphasized in many “churches”. Have you ever stopped to wonder about the origin and history of Christmas with all its various activities and symbols? Probably not. Perhaps you would reply, "Yes, it originated when Christ was born. Jesus is the reason for the season." But are you sure? Could you prove it from the Bible? “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good, abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thess. 5:21). When Jesus was on earth, He was challenged about His authority and responded, “The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?” (Matt. 21:25). In religious matters, there are… Continue reading

Sins of Jeroboam

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

In this lesson, Steve Locklair discusses where Jeroboam went wrong and what we can learn from the Biblical account.

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Characteristics of a Backslider

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

We need to make sure we know how to overcome apathy. What does the Bible say about this topic?

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A Majority of One

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

by Shane Williams

When King Hezekiah saw that the king of Assyria intended to capture Jerusalem, he immediately went into action to defend the city. He blocked off all the springs of water outside the city, repaired broken sections of some walls and built towers on them. He also made a large number of weapons and shields. But when he had done all that was humanly possible, he realized it would not be enough. So he called the people together, and in the face of their desperate situation he reassured them, saying (II Chron. 32:7), "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.” … Continue reading

Lessons from the Whirlwind

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

by Frank Walton

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind¼” (Job 38:1).

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced there were 226 tornadoes on April 27, 2011 across the southeast United States, which were more tornadoes sited in a single day in America than any other day in weather history. Alabama suffered the deadliest attack of tornadoes in over 80 years, with 238 killed, of which 7 were a few miles from where I lived. {This article written before the most recent tragedy in Joplin, MO.}

I looked in my back yard at noon when the first of 3 three tornadoes hit, & I saw several large trees being whipped around like little blades of grass. Amazing power! A friend of mine, Tommy Peeler, said… Continue reading

War Officially Over

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

by Joe R. Price

The U.S. Pentagon officially announced the end of the Iraq War on Thursday after almost nine years of U.S. military presence in that country. As the last soldiers come home and are reassigned we are both thankful for their service and cautious of new enemies of freedom still on the horizon.

Christians must remember that our enemy Satan never rests. We must always be vigilant against his incursions into our lives (1 Pet. 5:8). Only with the “whole armor of God” will we stand in the day of peril (Eph. 6:13).

Christians fight this battle every day. Fighting the good fight of faith lasts a lifetime (1 Tim. 6:12). We have victory in Christ, yet we can never declare the end of these wars:

1. The… Continue reading

Bitterness

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

God brought bitter people face to face with bitter water which revealed their grumbling, evil heart.

After they complained, God still provided sweet water so they could drink but they were never satisfied and died in the wilderness. (Numbers 14:22ff)

God allows us to be tested to see if we are going to be bitter or better from the experience!

This is a two-part lesson.

Audio 1           Audio 2 Powerpoint

Mining the Scriptures: Revelation 2:1‑7

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

by Stan Cox

This letter the Lord wrote to the church at Ephesus was the first of seven written to churches in Asia. At the time of this writing, Ephesus was a large city — the most important seaport in Asia Minor.

Each of these letters follow the same pattern, and are found in chapters 2 and 3.

The Lord first commended the church at Ephesus for its work. The church was apparently diligent, steadfast, fruitful, and contended earnestly for the faith (Jude 3). They “hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans” as did the Lord.

However, something was missing. He admonished them for having “left your first love.” Though there was still the form of faithfulness in Ephesus, some zeal or vigor was missing. That lack of passion for Jesus… Continue reading