Archive for June, 2012

Compromise: Pharaoh vs. Moses

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

Before the children of Israel left Egypt, God dealt harshly with Pharaoh and Egypt. He sent ten plagues on Egypt before Pharaoh finally gave in. During those ten plagues, Pharaoh tried to get Moses to compromise with him three times. The first time was in Exodus 8:25, where he told Moses they could go, but not far. The second time was in Exodus 10:11, where He said only the men could go. Then in 10:24, he said everyone could go but leave the cattle behind. After the third time, Moses said in Exodus 10:25‑26, “You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For… Continue reading

Have You Not Read?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

By Joe R. Price

In this tech‑savvy world of laptops, iPads, Kindles and smartphones, reading a book (you know, that thing with a cover and actual pages that turn by hand) seems rather passé. We have nothing against new technology (the printed page was a marked advancement over hand‑written scrolls!). These tools of our age are being used for both good and bad purposes, just like the printed page before them.

The written word is a vital tool of communication. But written words are meaningless without the ability and the willingness to read them. Fortunately, most all of us can read. The question is whether or not we are willing to read. Will we spend the time and put out the effort required to read effectively? Many don’t want to… Continue reading

Focus on Prayer

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair.

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Charge the Rich

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Last week we warned about the danger of loving money & how you can’t serve God & wealth.

It is hard but not impossible for the rich to go to heaven (godly men & women in the Bible).

Rich Christians who work hard shouldn’t feel guilty because of their wealth but they have a great responsibility (Luke 12:48).

The apostle Paul by inspiration charges the rich with several admonitions which we will study today (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

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"Stuyvesant HS students hold ‘Slutty Wednesday’ to protest school’s strict dress code policy"

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

by Steve Wallace

Let it be known right away that the heading on this article is not this writer’s idea. It appeared as the title of a story on the web site of The New York Post. Here are its first two paragraphs.

Nearly 100 smarties at the city’s top‑performing high school bared their bodies in “risque” outfits yesterday to denounce their school’s conservative dress code — which bans the exposure of shoulders, midriffs, lower backs, bras and undies.

Stuyvesant HS students held the so‑called “Slutty Wednesday” protest after girls got fed up with being told throughout the year that their short skirts and sleeveless tops made them more fit for a club dance floor than for a seat at the best public school in town… Continue reading

Real Men

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair.

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The Love of Money

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Who will be your Master? Money or God.

Jesus said, “You cannot serve two masters. For either you will hate the one and love the other or you will hold on to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24).

Many want to be rich and think money will make them happy and give them security, peace, and comfort while still serving God.

But Jesus said you can’t serve two masters!

Jesus pronounced a woe upon the rich saying it is hard (but not impossible) for a rich man to enter heaven (Luke 6:24; Mt. 19:23f).

The Bible mentions several rich servants of God (Abraham, Job, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, Barnabas, Philemon, Lydia, etc.)

Rich Christians who work hard, are thrifty, generous… Continue reading

The Christian and Government

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

by Ethan R. Longhenry

Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And wouldest thou have no fear of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same: for he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him that… Continue reading

From the Preacher’s Pen: How Important is a Love for Truth?

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

By Stan Cox

How important is a love for truth? This is a legitimate question as we live in a culture that champions the concept of relativism. In the view of many, ultimate or actual truth is not attainable, at least not in spiritual matters. So, personal and subjective feelings (sincerity) have replaced the search for objective truth, as the standard of acceptability to God.

However, though men do not believe an adherence to truth to be of any great importance, a simple consideration of scripture shows that God does. Consider the following:

Love for God is paramount. Consider Jesus’ words, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37‑38).… Continue reading

Making the Application

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

by Joe R. Price

Many people, including members of churches of Christ, are uncomfortable with Bible preaching that makes specific applications to people and their lives. Speak on the principles of truth all day long and they are ardent supporters. But start applying the principles of truth to real life situations and real life people and they become squeamish (if not your adversary). These people have missed a fundamental point: we must apply God’s truth to our lives for it to save us. A good grammar instructor teaches the principles of grammar and shows how those principles apply to sentence structure, etc. Likewise, a faithful Bible teacher shows how a scriptural principle applies to our lives. He makes the application.

Some have little problem with the preacher making applications –… Continue reading