Archive for August, 2012

Growing Up

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

By Kyle Campbell

I can still remember my wife and I taking our daughter and son to the doctor when they were babies to see where they ranked in size and weight and being so proud that they were above average in their development. We marveled over first teeth, baby steps, and the sounds of their first words. They have played baseball and softball in the past, and it is satisfying to see them growing stronger and more competitive. They have become successful in 4‑H and have excelled in school and in academic competitions. My children will soon both be in the second half of K‑12 education. My wife and I have often thought about what future course they will chart beyond high school, and I know that every caring… Continue reading

Neglect

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

We tend to put things off that aren’t problems now (house, health, finances, etc.)

We ignore the warning signs and eventually our neglect can lead to severe consequences.

Many students have had the summer off for vacation, to play, stay up late, and sleep in.

If they neglect to get their mind in gear to pay attention in class, study, and do their homework they will likely find themselves behind and unprepared for their tests.

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Use Your Imagination for Good

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

This morning we warned about men following the evil imaginations of their heart leading to rebellion against God and suffering the eternal consequences.

But we can use our imaginations for good if we allow God’s word to dwell in our hearts. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Eph. 3:17; Phil. 4:8)

The Bible is a book of pictures in which the Lord gives us metaphors to think about so that we will trust and obey Him.

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The Danger of Imagination

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

We all have been created in the image of God who has given us a mind to imagine, think, and reason with.

Little girls use their imagination to think about marrying Prince charming and boys about winning the Super Bowl or World Series.

But our mental image is only a fantasy or wish, not reality and it is not likely to happen.

In this lesson, we will study the negative uses of our imagination and the consequences of those choices.

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Pharisaism

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

By Stan Cox

During Jesus’ ministry, there were three main sects of the Jews that influenced Jewish politics and culture. The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.

Interestingly, the Essenes are not mentioned in the New Testament writings. Perhaps their tendencies toward asceticism and monasticism separated them from the common Jew, and limited their influence upon Jewish culture. (Note: It is believed that it was an Essene community, Qumran, that was responsible for the penning of the Dead Sea Scrolls).

The Sadducees were characteristically liberal and secular in their outlook. They were political animals, often affluent, and held the highest political offices among the Jews. “They were a political party, of priestly and aristocratic tendency, as against the more religious and democratic Pharisees” (ISBE, Vol. IV, pg. 2659).

The Pharisees were, as… Continue reading

Fighting with Horses

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Michael Wallace on August 12, 2012.

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Acts 19 Baptism

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

This is a lesson preached by Michael Wallace on August 12, 2012.

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"I am the Alpha and the Omega"

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13).

This verse is probably the greatest general description of God found in scripture. It shows us how God exists and why He is the Supreme Being that He is. Let us just for a moment look at God and His existence from beginning to end.

God is the Alpha or the beginning. This shows that God was the beginning of everything (Genesis 1:1); but not only this, it shows that God always has been. This of course is very hard for the human mind to grasp ‑‑ that someone could have always existed ‑‑ but nevertheless it is the case with God. One of the greatest arguments against evolution is… Continue reading

“The Bible Was Not Written To Us”

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

by Jerry Fite

True, Paul wrote to specific churches and definite individuals. When we open the Scriptures today we read Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth (I Corinthians 1:2) and his exhortation to Timothy (I Timothy 1:2). But does this mean we should ignore the command to “flee fornication” today because God guided Paul to write the command to Corinth in the first century (I Corinthians 6:18)? Should we not feel compelled to engage in spiritual battle because Paul wrote Timothy to “fight the good fight of the faith”, not us (I Timothy 6:12)?

Reflecting upon the total body of completed Scripture, we see from the beginning God’s intention of His word being applicable to future generations. For example, God tells the first man, “therefore shall a man… Continue reading

"The Voice" is Not a Translation

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

by Joe R. Price

Thomas Nelson has published “The Voice” as a new translation of the Bible. It is far, far from that. It offers us a Bible that is written like a screenplay and “reads like a novel”. Here is a sample: “Adam (pointing at the woman): It was she! The woman You gave me as a companion put the fruit in my hands, and I ate it. “God (to the woman): What have you done? “Eve: It was the serpent! He tricked me, and I ate.” Later, Eve bears her first son, Cain. “Eve (excited): Look, I have created a new human, a male child, with the help of the Eternal.” (“New Bible translation has screenplay format”, AP by Travis Loller, Yahoo!News)

The reporter goes on to say… Continue reading