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SOPHISTICATED!

GPS!  We recently took a mission trip to Minnesota and I learned from my brothers and sisters in Christ just how valuable these little devices are.  More than charting out the best path for your journey, the GPS device provides several advantages, e.g., telling you what lane you need to be in, which way to…

Why The Difference?

WHY THE DIFFERENCE? An important and oft-asked question is – what’s the difference between the majority of churches and the Lord’s church?  Mentioning differences in worship, teaching and practices (though an important part of the discussion), does not get to the root of the difference. Last Sunday morning, we discussed seven principles which help us…

Poor Vision

POOR VISION Helen Keller said,  “The one thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”  Lifting up our eyes and seeing as God sees is one of our greatest challenges (John 4:35; I Sam.16:7; 2 Cor.4:16-18).  Let’s notice a few things which obscure our spiritual vision. One of the greatest obstacles to…

Inspired by Others

Basic motivations for doing right include the goodness and severity of God (Romans 2:4; 11:22).  For his followers, Jesus promises “a great reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:12).  To those who refuse him, the Lord will say “depart from me” (Matthew 7:21-23). Scripture also suggests that the deeds and examples of other Christians can be an…

Together, with God, We Will…

We must recognize the necessity of unity in the congregation.  Philippians 1:27 teaches to “stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel.’  A church must be in the habit of “working together with the Lord” (2 Cor.6:1). The Peanuts comic strip has a scene in which Lucy comes…

Opinions and Facts

It has been said:  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.”  Let’s see how this is a valuable statement. By virtue of the Divine creation (Gen.1:26,27), we have the ability to think, learn, reason and feel.  Because of these gifts, mankind has been able to collect knowledge and improve living…

THE SWORD OF THE LORD

Here is an interesting commandment:  “and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph.6:17).  From this statement, we draw several lessons. (1) The sword of the Lord or word of God is part of the overall armor for Christians (Eph.6:10-20).  The Christian life is a battle for the hearts and…

ORGANIC

Food, without artificial additives or preservatives, is hard to find these days.  Some health care professionals advise us to look for the label “organic.” What about spiritual health?  Does the idea of “organic” relate?  If by “organic” we mean “the word of Christ” (Rom.10:17), with nothing added to or taken away (Deut.4:1-2; Rev.22:18,19), then organic…

Building A Marriage

In marriage, “two become one” (Matt.19:3-6).  “Becoming one” does not happen automatically.  It is built one brick at a time.  The bricks we mention here come from a commitment to the Lord.  Remember, “except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain” (Psa.127). Brick # 1 is godly respect for your mate.  Each person…