Archive for July, 2012

Life is Like a Roller Coaster

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The National Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 270 million people visit American amusement parks each year and many go to ride the roller coaster http://www.rideaccidents.com/safety.html.

In many ways life is just like a roller coaster.

This morning we will discuss these ways along with Bible principles that we can apply to our lives.

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Gates of Decision

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

By Mark Mayberry

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13‑14).

Deciding Between Good and Evil

In the Old Testament, Israel was expected to make righteous judgments (Deut. 17:1‑7; 21:18‑21). In the New Testament, Christians must do the same (John 7:24; 1 Cor. 5:1‑13).

Deciding Between Wisdom and Folly

Wisdom cries out at the entrance of the gates of the city, calling men to sober and serious reflection (Prov. 1:20‑33; 8:1‑11, 32‑36). Those who follow such a course enjoy… Continue reading

The Fear of the Lord

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

We have all probably heard by now of the terrible movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. What a tragedy to happen to so many innocent people. We may be wondering right now why anyone would do what the shooter did. Was it because he was sick or mentally disturbed? I saw a post on Facebook the other day that helped me understand the situation better. The post pointed out that the man has no fear of God and no moral decency and therefore would have no problem doing what he did. In my opinion, this could not be more correct. While the man could be sick in some way, the fact that he has no fear for God allows him to do whatever he wants without… Continue reading

Satan and Evil are Real

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

by Joe R. Price

The murderous rampage at the Aurora CO theater last week is another stark and glaring reminder that evil is real. As in the days of Job, Satan continues to go “to and fro on the earth” deceiving and devouring men and women with the allurement of evil (Job 1:6‑7; 1 Pet. 5:8). Amazingly, a 2009 Barna Research survey showed 40% of professed Christians strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil. An additional two out of ten Christians (19%) said they ‘agree somewhat’ with that perspective” (“Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist”, barna.org). That means that a minority of Americans who claim to be Christians believe Satan is actually real and active.… Continue reading

Patience – Godly Quality or Euphemism?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

By Gilmore, Scott

Patience is defined as “enduring, able to bear up under.” The Greeks of old had a belief that the Earth was held up by a Greek god named Atlas. This was in contradiction to what the Bible said about the subject, “¼the earth hangeth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). However, we can understand how difficult it would be for a man to hold the earth on his shoulders. That is being “able to bear up under”. The actual meaning of patience is much more meaningful because it applies to spiritual things.

When almost everything was taken from Job, he was able to continue with his faith in God without cursing God and dying as his wife suggested. Patience – that godly quality of godly character that allows us… Continue reading

What is a "pastor"?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

by Kyle Campbell

One of the most misused terms in the denominational world today is “pastor.” The word “pastor” occurs one time in the New Testament in Ephesians 4:11. The Greek word poimen, from which “pastor” is derived, is translated elsewhere as “shepherd.” The word means, “one who tends herds or flocks.” The word is used metaphorically in the New Testament of one who would “tend” and “feed” a flock of God (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1‑2).

Those appointed to this task in the New Testament were referred to as elders, bishops, or overseers. God had very specific qualifications for these men (1 Timothy 3:1‑11; Titus 1:5‑9). And there were to be multiple elders or overseers in each church (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5).

Today, many churches have a single “pastor”… Continue reading

Judging the Words and Works of Jesus

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

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

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Humility

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

The world tells us to look out for number one while God demands humility from us (Micah 6:6-8; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Eph. 4:1-2; Col. 3:12).

Humility- “not rising far from the ground…of a low degree, lowly in spirit…”having a humble opinion of oneself, a deep sense of one’s (moral) littleness” (Thayer).

Let us learn to be humble like Christ. (Matthew 11:29; Philippians 2:3-8)

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Legends of the Church of Christ

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

by Jeff Smith

Even casual discussions with friends and loved ones who are outside of the churches of Christ can reveal a very strange mythology that has developed around them.

They are sometimes mischaracterized, maligned, and ostracized on the basis of misunderstood or poorly explained practices. Not all the criticisms, of course, are unfair or false, even if the scriptural basis for the differences among us goes unexplored. It is the mythology about churches of Christ that concerns us now, the kind of thing one hears about them from those operating according to ignorance or malice.

Some of these legends evolved from polemic straw men, a debater’s dishonest attempt to draw conclusions for his opponent, ascribing to him bizarre beliefs that, through repetition and print, were spread… Continue reading

Abel Being Dead still Speaks

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Steve Locklair on July 15, 2012.

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