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Church Buildings – Advantages and Limitations

The advantages of church buildings are rather obvious.  Church buildings provide advertisement.  They give us a sense of presence in the community.  Here is where the Lord’s church in this community meets for worship, fellowship and Bible study.  These buildings also provide important space.  Space for assemblies, Bible study, fellowship, good works and storage is…

Ice Skating – Personal

For most of us in the south, ice skating is not a regular activity.  So, when we do go, it is a little nerve-racking and it also reminds us of some interesting lessons. For me, ice skating is difficult, but I do find that I am more likely to fall if I am standing still.…

Redefining Love

We see it almost at every corner of life.  Love is defined as tolerating anything a person might do, stand for or say.   If one questions the rightness or wrongness of a practice, he is labeled as mean-spirited. Can those who respect scripture live with the above definition of love?  Of course not.  At…

Only Twenty Percent

Recently, the U.S. Senate voted to keep funding Planned Parenthood (538 million dollars a year).  In short, Planned Parenthood is an organization that facilitates women obtaining abortions.  There is also ample evidence that this organization sells baby body parts (barbaric as that sounds).  Congress had the opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood, but voted not to…

At Half Staff

The American Flag was at “half-staff” on Friday, in remembrance of 9/11.  September 11, 2001 was an historical day in the United States, as terrorists with Islamic backgrounds attacked our country, particularly in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.  We remember…we pray for the families directly impacted, and wonder about the direction of our beloved…

Do You Believe?

The importance of a deep, knowledgeable, obedient, and trusting faith in the Lord cannot be overstated.  It is the essence of spiritual life. Try remembering three phrases from the Bible. “Nothing doubting.”  When praying, we must not doubt God’s willingness to hear nor His ability to act (James 1:6).  And, we must not doubt His…

The Ever Never Club

Have you heard of this popular club?  You may be a member and not be aware of it.  To be faithful to God, we must never be a member of this club. In 2 Timothy 3:7, Paul says some are “ever learning and never coming to a knowledge of the truth.”  Many people know facts…

Ferguson and Truth

In the times in which we live, truth is not that which is revealed by the word of God and it is not that which is based on an honest evaluation of evidence. In our day, truth is what one feels or believes it to be. This is a very sad reality. Because truth is…

Value

Jesus shows the value of sacrificial giving to God, whether the amount is large or small.  When the poor widow cast into the treasury box the two mites, the amount seemed small in comparison to others, who were able to give much more.  But Jesus explains that her gift was greater because she gave her…

Lifting the Fog

We need a clear view of the path we are walking.  Many people wander aimlessly through life, as if in a fog.  But the New Testament provides the clarity we need to please God.  Note three ideas which help us keep our vision clear. We begin with CHRIST CRUCIFIED.   Paul says, “we preach Christ…