Archive for December, 2012

Endings and Beginnings

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

by Joe R. Price

The end of the calendar year is a good time for reflection and resolution; for remembering and pledging to do better and be better in the coming year.

It is right to evaluate where we are and where we are headed. The word of God says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Cor. 13:5).

Are you still living in sin? If so, now is the best time to put away your sin, obey Jesus in faith, and be saved from your sins. If you are not a Christian you are living in sin – you are walking in darkness (Jno. 8:12). It takes more that saying you are in fellowship with God; it takes practicing the truth that… Continue reading

In the News: Foolish Predictions

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

 

By Stan Cox

As everyone knows, the ancient Mayan calendar ended on December 21, 2012, and the world did not end. Now, the Mayans were not predicting the end of the world, but that didn’t preclude a lot of foolish people predicting its demise, based on the calendar.

In fact, such foolishness has a long history. I recently came across an internet article which recounted 11 different predictions of earthly destruction (at the least), none of which came true. Here is a concise listing, with a couple of points at the end:

Prophet Hen of Leeds, 1806. A chicken in Leeds, England was supposedly laying eggs which contained the inscription, “Christ is coming.” It was a hoax.

The Millerites, April 23, 1843. William Miller predicted the end of the… Continue reading

What is Tolerated Today Becomes Accepted Tomorrow

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

by Dick Millwee

Many years ago I read a quote that I found it to be true. This was the quote: "What is tolerated today becomes accepted tomorrow." Whoever said that said a mouthful and hit the nail on the head. Let me give a couple of examples.

In 1939 a movie was made that had one curse word in it. History tells all that moral leaders and church pulpits all over our country raised a sustained cry against it being released for public showing and almost succeeded in their efforts. However, Hollywood turned a deaf ear to the protests and patiently waited until the hubbub died down. After the protest became old news, Hollywood released the picture, Gone With The Wind. Forty years later, in 1979, Hollywood produced and… Continue reading

What Simeon Saw

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

In Luke 2:25-35, we have the account of Simeon when he witnessed the Lord as a child. He was a devout man, full of the Holy Spirit, which had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ (vs. 26). When he saw Christ, there were several points that he made about the Lord. We will now look at what Simeon saw in the infant Jesus.

First, he says in vs. 30, “For my eyes have seen Your salvation.” Jesus is prophesied as God’s salvation for mankind (Isaiah 49:6, 52:10; Psalm 98:3), and Simeon knew that those prophecies were being fulfilled in Jesus. He saw that Jesus was the avenue by which mankind would find redemption. Before Christ there had been… Continue reading

Partaking of the Lord’s Supper

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

This is a sermon by Steven L. Locklair from December 23, 2012 about the Lord’s Supper.

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God has always had memorials for His people.

Partaking of the unleavened bread would be a reminder of God bringing them out of Egyptian bondage and sparing their firstborn son.              (Exodus 12:17; 24-28)

The 12 stones from the Jordan River reminded Israel that God dried up the waters before they went into Canaan so that they would fear Him & all the earth would know His power (Joshua 4:1-8, 19-24).

In the NT, God’s people only have one memorial and it is not to remember the birth of Christ as many churches are doing today through Tuesday.… Continue reading

Our Heart’s Desires

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

by Bobby K. Thompson

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:1-3). Paul did not hesitate to speak of his heart’s desire and prayer for Israel. He desired that they might use their zeal in obeying the gospel of Christ, and not be guilty of having zeal without knowledge. He desired that they submit to the righteousness of God, and decline establishing their own righteousness. Desire is a very important principle in an individual’s life. Webster defines desire as… Continue reading

A Word about the Season

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

by Joe R. Price

Every year at this time the subject of whether we celebrate Christmas comes up. The answer depends on whether one is asking about the religious celebration of the birth of Christ or about the seasonal holiday of goodwill.

There is absolutely no Bible support for a religious observance of the birth of Jesus. Yes, the Bible records the event of His birth, and we thank God that our Savior came to earth. But the fact that the Bible records the historical account of His birth does not authorize us to have a religious holiday to observe it (the traditions of men, notwithstanding). There is no evidence of a “Feast of the Nativity” until the 4th century A. D. “Christmas” means the “mass of Christ” and refers… Continue reading

Why Is All This Evil Happening?

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This is the Sunday morning sermon by Steven L. Locklair about the evil happening in our world following the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Audio Powerpoint

A 20 year old man slaughtered 28 people including his mom, the principal, and 20 kids who were only 6 or 7 years old in Newtown, CT on Friday.

Last Tuesday, a 22 year old killed 2 people and himself in an Oregon shopping hall.

On July 20th, 2012, a 24 year old man killed 12 people and wounded 58 in a movie theatre in Denver, CO.

On August 13th, 2012, a 35 year old man killed 3 people near the campus… Continue reading

Watch your thoughts

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

by Jonathan Glaesemann

I saw this on Facebook the other day. “Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Of course, we need to watch all of these attributes of ourselves, but where does it all start. Where does sin start? It starts with our thoughts! James 1:13‑15 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin… Continue reading

“That is just your interpretation”

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

By Jerry Fite

When explaining the meaning of a passage, have you received the response: “That is just your interpretation.”? With such a response, the person is usually dismissing the teaching you are offering. So, does this mean the interpretation is dismissed because “your” interpretation is always wrong? The person dismissing you probably is not so unkind as to think of you as always being wrong. He or she really believes one can interpret a passage one way, while another person can see it mean something totally different, and both interpretations are acceptable. The one responding is a product of the times where truth is “relative and “subjectivism” rules the day.

When we study the Scriptures we should strive to ascertain the “correct” meaning of a passage, because there… Continue reading