Archive for January, 2012

From the Preacher’s Pen: Persecution on the Horizon?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

By Stan Cox

Last week I engaged in an online discussion on a contentious topic that has polarized elements of our society. It is a political hot potato, but the discussion concerned the Christian’s response, based upon what the scriptures teach, so I took the time to respond.

My point here is not to argue the topic, but to note the response in the forum. My posts, though polite, were not well received. I argued from scripture. In response I was called ignorant, bigoted, prejudiced, and a few other adjectives that are not appropriate to repeat in this space.

Participants had an opportunity to “vote” on whether they found any particular post to be helpful to the discussion. The aspersions on my character and intelligence were roundly applauded, and few… Continue reading

Aliens on planet Earth

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

by Jonathan Glaeseman

As mankind has looked about our galaxy and even the universe, with telescopes and other aids such as space ships, one question has always remained and is still unanswered today: “Are there aliens or other kinds of beings on other planets?” If there are, the Bible doesn’t have anything to say about life existence on other planets or other worlds like our own. However, the Bible does from time to time use the word aliens, not to describe other life forms on other planets, but to describe certain types of people on this earth.

The word “alien”, used in the Bible, is not what we would think of at all about the word, but rather is used to describe someone belonging to another race or kind: being… Continue reading

Unmarried but Bound

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

by Jerry Fite

Paul exhorts married couples in Corinth to not leave or divorce their mate. The husband is not to leave his wife, and the wife is not to depart from her husband. Boxed between these mutual responsibilities lies the following statement: “. . . but should she depart, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband” (I Corinthians 7:11).

This departure was not speaking about a wife going to the market place or of an out of town visit to her mother’s house, but such action that leaves one in an “unmarried” state. The wife is not to “chorizo”, or “leave” her husband. It is referring to a separation or divorce while complying with Jesus’ command: “What therefore God hath joined togeth-er, let not… Continue reading

Failures can be Winners

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair on January 29, 2012.

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Hannah’s Prayer

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

During the time Hannah lived, the people were morally bankrupt, the priests were corrupt, people hated to go to worship, and the word of the Lord was rarely heard.

Hannah’s prayer to God and God’s answer to her prayer helped to change the course of history of God’s people in her generation.

Samuel was the answer to Hannah’s prayer and he became a great prophet, priest, and judge in Israel (Acts 13:20; Heb. 11:32).

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The religion of no religion

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

As we look around about us in today’s world and consider all the evil in this world today, we may ask ourselves why everything is the way it is. I think if you summed it all up into one reason things are the way they are, that reason would be what is sometimes called the religion of no religion: atheism.

We live in a world where, since people do not believe in God, they have no rules except for the ones they make up. Since they do not believe in God, they think, “Well, there’s no reason why I can’t cheat on my wife or husband, or even have to spend the rest of my life with them for that matter; there is no reason for me… Continue reading

Jesus Christ And Football

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

by Kent Heaton

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind about whether Tim Tebow believes in Jesus Christ or not (although he is not a New Testament Christian- SL). The evidence has been clear since his first introduction at the University of Florida and the national stage of football highlight films. His faith continues to manifest itself in the NFL and has become the lightning rod of admiration and ridicule on and off the field. Many admire and praise him for the clear demonstration of his faith. Others detract about his example with words of ridicule and sneering remarks. "Tebowing" has become a part of our culture ‑ good or bad.

The interest in Tim Tebow’s faith and his expressions of faith cloud a deeper issue that lay at the… Continue reading

Control your Spirit

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair on January 22, 2012.

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Complaining

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Of all the sins that are committed with the tongue (profanity, lying, gossip, slander, etc.) we rarely consider complaining to be a sin.

Americans habitually complain about our government, politicians, officials, coaches, players, teachers, teenagers, etc.

The Scriptures warn us not to imitate the complaining Israelites which led to their destruction in the wilderness (1 Cor. 10:6-11).

Let us examine ourselves by God’s word.

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The Debt of Sin

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

by Joe R. Price

President Obama formally notified Congress on Thursday that the U.S. government needs another $1.2 trillion in borrowing authority. "The written certification to raise the debt ceiling to $16.394 trillion starts a 15‑day clock for Congress to consider and vote on a joint resolution disapproving of the increase" ("Obama Sends Congress Notice to Raise Federal Debt Ceiling", BusinessWeek.com).

Our debt of sin is even greater than the U.S. national debt. We have no ability, no strength, to pay the debt of sin we owe (cf. Matt. 18:23‑27). But thanks be to God, "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Rom. 5:6).

In spite of our sin (indeed, because of it), God’s love offers us escape from sin’s crushing debt… Continue reading