Archive for April, 2012
by Joe R. Price
Encouragement is an important part of the Christian’s life. We need it. It is a call to bravery and valor to do the right thing – to say and do that which honors God and benefits man. We need the blessings encouragement gives; strength, renewal and reassurance.
God has given us the tools we need to effectively encourage each other and to "stir up love and good works" (Heb. 10:24). He has given us His word of truth that builds us up (Acts 20:32). Our primary tool to use in giving encouragement to another person must be the truth of God, “the word of His grace”. Barnabas’ work of exhortation in Antioch among the new converts (as well as the lost) was fundamentally that of teaching… Continue reading
by Dennis L. Scroggins
God gets His wishes. If that were not true, then the world would be a very sad place indeed. Turn in your Bibles to 1 Timothy 2:3‑4, and notice the following principle which is plainly set forth by the Apostle Paul to the young evangelist Timothy:
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
God wishes for all men to be saved, so why are so many lost? If you will turn in your Bible to 2 Peter 3:9, you will hear the Apostle Peter write the answer to this question:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness, but is… Continue reading
by Jonathan Glaesemann
A recent news story has just been posted about possible human remains from the sunken Titanic, found on the ocean floor. Pictures taken from recent NOAA expeditions two and a half miles below the surface are starting to show signs of proof that a human body had rested on the ocean floor 100 years ago. Although there is no positive proof because the actual body has been completely decomposed, pictures of a pair of boots and other items seem to indicate that there had been a body there at one time.
This is one example of many to show us just how frail our physical bodies are. After 100 years, a pair of boots and other items still exist. Yet, the human body has done exactly what… Continue reading
by Jerry Fite
The title will remind many of a familiar hymn. But when was the last time you sang it in a worship service? Going off to war has been the experience of Americans for a decade now. So, why has not this song been selected more, easily tying the secular experience with the Scriptural Truth of spiritual warfare?
One reason could be that we grow tired of war. Constant battle wears us down. We turn to emphasizing peace, leading us to find ways to avoid conflict. The danger in any prolonged war is the sacrifice of principle. Peace at any price becomes tempting to a society tired of continual fighting. Let us find a way out. While looking, can we sing of peace instead of “Onward Christian… Continue reading