Archive for February, 2012

Afraid of the Dark?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

By Jonathan Glaesemann

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18‑19).

This is an interesting statement, “men loved darkness rather than light” because when we think about darkness and light, it seems as though it should be the other way around. Physically, people in general are afraid of the dark or uncomfortable in it. There are many that are nervous about even sleeping in the complete darkness and prefer a nightlight. It makes sense that someone would prefer light… Continue reading

The Responsibility of Listening

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

by R. J. Evans

Some people will listen to the word of God up to a point. In Acts 22, Paul defended himself in Jerusalem. The Jews listened to Paul concerning his birth (v. 3), education (v. 3), zeal towards the law (vv. 3-5), they even listened to the facts concerning his conversion to Christ (vv. 6-16). But, when Paul mentioned the Gentiles, a group of people they hated—that did it! (Acts 22:21) Their prejudices were so blinding that they would hear Paul no more. What Paul said in verse 21 “turned them off” immediately. “And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, ‘Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!’” (Acts 22:22)

The Athenians… Continue reading

Mighty are the Meek

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

When we consider the mightiest leaders in history we think of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great of Greece, Caesar of Rome.

Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and prophesied about these world kingdoms. (Daniel 2:37-40)

In the 4th kingdom, he prophesied that there would be a kingdom God would set up which would never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44).

David was told that the Lord would establish His kingdom forever from one of his descendants (2 Samuel 7:12-13).

The Jews believed the Messiah would conquer the Roman kingdom and set up an earthly kingdom where He would be sitting on David’s earthly throne in Jerusalem forever.

When Jesus performs miracles and they think that He is the One, He says, “blessed are the meek” and they… Continue reading

Happy are the Sad

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

How can the sad be happy?

We would expect Jesus to say, “Happy are those who laugh and have a good time.”

But it is another paradox where Jesus contrasts what the world teaches with those who would be citizens of His heavenly kingdom.

As we studied last week, Jesus does not teach happy are the rich, but prosperous are the poor who realize they are spiritually bankrupt.

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Prosperous are the Poor

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Jesus astounded his Jewish audience who thought the Messiah’s kingdom would be like the rich kingdoms of David and Solomon.

The Greek word for blessed is ‘makarios’ – “supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off” (Strong’s Greek Dictionary).

The Greek word for poor is ‘ptochos’- ”a beggar…pauper…distressed” (ibid)

But how can Jesus possibly be teaching that the poor are well off or prosperous?

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Respect between Parents and Children

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair.

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Responsibilities of Parents

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

by Heath Rogers

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3‑5).

If God has given us children, then we must realize that He has given us a great blessing. In the above passage alone, we are told that children are a gift, a reward, and a source of strength and happiness.

Children are a great blessing, but with great blessings comes great responsibilities. It has been said that children are like lumps of clay to be molded. Taking that lump of… Continue reading

The Bible Is Relevant

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

By Heath Rogers

Relevancy is important. It has to do with making sure we are spending our time, attention and energy with something worthwhile. When discussing the relevancy of the Bible, it would question whether or not the Bible has any bearing upon our lives today. Some people would say that it does not. While acknowledging its historical and religious significance, the prominent opinion seems to be that the Bible is an outdated book. It may have served a purpose for previous generations, but times have changed. Some question how a book as old as the Bible can have any serious application to our lives today.

Is the Bible relevant? Does this ancient book have any practical application to our lives today? Does it satisfy our needs as… Continue reading

Give Me the Truth

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

By Bill Crews

If you are my friend, if you are concerned about my soul, give the Truth. Do not flatter me. Do not praise virtues while remaining silent about my vices. Do not fear the Truth will offend me. Do not treasure our friendship, our friendly relations, above my salvation. Do not think by ignoring my sins, you can help me. Do not think that being blind to my sins will make you charitable. However I may react to it, whatever may be my attitude toward after you have done it, GIVE ME THE TRUTH! For the Truth, and only the truth, can make me free from the shackles of sin, strengthen me in the pathway of righteousness and lead me into the joys of Heaven. If I am… Continue reading

How to be Longsuffering

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

This is a sermon preached by Steve Locklair.

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