Archive for January, 2013

Mining the Scriptures: 1 John 2:3‑6

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

by Stan Cox

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.”

To know God is the ultimate attainment of man. The “know”‑ing of our text carries with it much more than a casual acquaintance with Him. As Barnes’… Continue reading

Planned Parenthood in 2011

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

by Kyle Campbell

Every Christian who is concerned about the ungodliness of abortion was dismayed by a report released last Tuesday. Planned Parenthood Federation of America reported that they performed 333,964 abortions in 2011. Simple math reveals that the number of abortions performed equates to one abortion every 94 seconds.

The Bible does not make a distinction in prenatal and postnatal life as does man. In Jeremiah 1:5, God relates the fact that Jeremiah was chosen for his great prophetic work before he was ever born. In Isaiah 49:1, 5, Isaiah is speaking of the Messiah. He was called by name before He was formed in the womb. David was regarded by God as a human being even as he was being “curiously wrought” in the womb (Psalm… Continue reading

Forty Years Later

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

by Joe R. Price

Abortion is the deliberate ending of innocent life; abortion is murder. Sanctioned by federal law for the past forty years, there have been approximately 55 million abortions performed in America since Roe v. Wade legalized it in January, 1973. That is 55 million babies murdered in the last forty years. 55 million lives ended, 55 million first breaths never drawn, 55 million individuals never to laugh, to dream, to live – 55 million unique, new lives prevented from growing inside and outside of their mothers’ bodies.

According to a poll published this week, 54% of Americans say abortion should be legal always or most of the time. 35% say it should be illegal, with exceptions, and 9% say abortion should always be illegal, without exception. Count… Continue reading

Similarities of Joseph & Jesus, Part 1

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

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Last week we studied how there was deception in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

But Joseph lived a life of honesty, faithfulness, and God was always with him as he endured through many trials.

God has always promised to be with His disciples in their trials (Mt. 28:20; He. 13:5).

There are many similarities between Joseph and Jesus’ life which we will examine today and make applications to us (1 Th. 5:21-22)… Continue reading

The Book of Jude

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Jude, the brother of James, the brother of Jesus,
Wrote a letter to some Christians that he know.
He wanted to talk to them of their common salvation,
But false teachers were telling them things that were not true.

These teachers among them had crept in unnoticed.
They were saying God’s grace means we can live in sin.
He told of the sins of Sodom, Cain, Balaam and Korah.
Causing division, these teachers had gone the way of them!

Jude wrote the letter to remind them
To remember the words apostles spoke beforehand
Of the faith that was once for all time delivered,
he asked for them to earnestly contend.

Copyright 2013  Bettye Locklair

The Book of Jude

Singing Through the New Testament

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Bettye and Faith Locklair are working on some new songs to go along with a study they are doing about what is in each book of the NewTestament.  Here is a sampling.

The Book of Romans Song

The Book of Hebrews Song

The Book of Titus Song

The Book of Galatians Song

The Book of Jude Song

Fan or Fake?

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

By Joe R. Price

College football has now ended and the basketball season is in full gear. The NFL playoffs are closing in on the next Super Bowl. Spring training and another baseball season will soon begin. Then there is hockey, golf, soccer, cricket and all the other sports you can imagine.

Years ago CBS radio advertised their NFL broadcasts with the announcer defining the sports fan’s attitude towards sports (and especially towards football). Greg Gumble made two important points about a fan: First, the true fan never complains about the amount of football games there are to watch. He is always anxious and ready to be a part of them. Second, the true fan never gets enough – he always wants more. Gumble reminded us that “fan” is… Continue reading

Why Be Deceived or Deceive Others

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

This is the Sunday morning sermon by Steven L. Locklair.

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Since Adam and Eve lived, Satan has been beguiling mankind to sin and he uses deceitful men to deceive others. (John 8:44; Rev. 12:9; 2 Cor. 11:3, 13-14)

The Bible reveals the truth about the devil’s schemes so that we can resist and flee from him (2 Cor. 2:11; Eph. 6:11; Js. 4:7).

We will examine why some of the patriarchs were deceived or deceived others and make application to our lives (Ro. 15:4).… Continue reading

A New Phobia

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr.

A new phobia has developed among Christians in recent years. It has become rather pronounced among several younger Christians, egged on by a few older ones. It is the fear of being considered a “traditionalist” or a “lockstep” follower of generally accepted views among their brethren.

No Christian should BLINDLY accept any doctrine or practice, no matter how old or how new it may be to him. He should examine and even reexamine every position that comes across his path by the scriptures to see if it is so (Acts 17:11). All need to learn to study for themselves.

However, one can foster such a phobic (excessive) fear of tradition and conformity to positions brethren may have held, with good reason, for years. In… Continue reading

The Necessity of Water Baptism

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

by Joe Price

That which is necessary is not optional. Breathing, for example, is not optional. We cannot “take it or leave it”; without breathing we will die.

The same principle is true concerning our salvation from sin. There are certain necessary or essential things God has done, without which we cannot be saved. Christ’s death on the cross is God’s supreme expression of love, mercy and grace (John 3:16; Rom. 5:6-10; Eph. 2:4-7). Without the benefit of His death in our life, we remain forever lost.

Likewise, the gospel of Christ commands certain necessary things of sinners in order to be saved by faith (Rom. 1:16; Eph. 2:8-9). Faith that saves is faith that obeys the gospel of Christ (Jas. 2:17, 24; Matt. 17:5; Heb. 5:8-9). One of the… Continue reading