Archive for March, 2012

How to Avoid a Factious Spirit

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

by Jerry Fite

What does factiousness mean? Does is mean “strife”? Or, could it mean “divisions”? Factiousness must have a different connotation than these qualities, for it is listed separate from them. Among the works of the flesh, Paul lists “. . .strife, jealousies, wraths, faction, divisions and parties. . .” (Galatians 5:20). While contention or strife may accompany one who is factious, and result in divisions, the factious spirit must be differentiated.

The Greek word, ERITHIA comes from the word ERITHOS which denotes “a hireling”. Receiving pay for work accomplished is not wrong in itself. The attitude degenerates into a work of the flesh when the only reason one works is for the pay. Like all sin, selfishness lies at the root. Factiousness therefore denotes an ambitious, self… Continue reading

"We Already Know That"

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

by Joe R. Price

The Scriptures clearly warn Christians against the danger of pride’s overconfidence: "let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:12). Yet, the temptation to either "tell or to hear some new thing" infects the thinking of some brethren, persuading them to discount the need to hear and preach the "old paths" (Acts 17:21; Jer. 6:16). Preaching on Bible authority, true worship, the organization and work of the local church, the inspiration of the Scriptures, the plan of salvation (faith, grace and works) and the dangers of immorality (fornication, dancing, drinking, etc.) are deemed irrelevant by some, and too negative and harsh by others. Instead, the common urge is for a message that is more palatable to the tongue and more pleasing… Continue reading

Peacemakers

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair.

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Pure in Heart

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair.

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Changes in our Lives

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Darin Henry on March 18, 2012.

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Feeding the Beast

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Michael Wallace on March 11, 2012.

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1 Cor 11

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Michael Wallace on March 11, 2012.

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Satisfied are the Hungry

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Jesus uses another paradox to describe citizens of the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 5:6.

Prosperous are the poor (in spirit), happy are the sad (godly sorrow for sins), mighty are the meek (strength under control), and satisfied are the hungry (for righteousness).

God created man in His image giving him an appetite for food and drink in order to live.

What was the first sin that was committed?

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The Savior that didn’t save Himself

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Aha, You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!’” (Mark 15:29‑30).

Those who said this had no idea that the One they were mocking had the power to come down from the cross. Not only that, but Jesus could have called twelve legions of angels to destroy the world and render vengeance on those who crucified Him (Matthew 26:53). If He could have saved Himself, then why didn’t He? Jesus made it clear that He didn’t want to die when He said to the Father while He was in the Garden, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me… Continue reading

Jesus Made To Be Sin

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

by Jerry Fite

Paul writes, “Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, because he committed no sin as He lived under the Law of Moses. He knew no sin because he committed none. But the inspired apostle Paul says God “made Him to be sin.” In what sense should we understand this statement about Jesus?

Some believe God took our sins and imputed them to Jesus. They believe God made Him to be sin in this sense. Is this true? Some might think so because of the laying on of hands in connection with the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament which serve as a… Continue reading