Our adult study of Romans continues, every Sunday, at 9am. Join us!
With almost a million already in circulation, the Searching for Truth DVD does a thorough job of presenting the Bible's pattern for redemption, salvation, worship, and living. Included are six lessons:
1. About the Truth
2. About the Creator
3. About Authority in Religion
4. About the Church
5. About the House of God
6. About Baptism
The preview, below, is a 15-minute introduction/preview to the four-hour DVD. To claim a free copy of the entire program, contact the church office, or pick one up from the tract rack at the church building.
(David Deffenbaugh, former preacher for the 26th and Connecticut congregation,
is currently the preaching minister Paragould, Arkansas.
This short devotional is from his daily Bible reading website, i read the word)
(Article Used with Permission)
That person that cut you off in traffic; what do they deserve from you? Anger? Hateful words? Crude gestures?
The one who has spoken unkindly about you or to you; what do they deserve from you? Or what about the one who uses their authority to their advantage and at your expense? Or how about the spiteful one who just seems to take pleasure in your misery?
What do these people deserve from you? Not from God, or from some other authority, but from you?
That’s really not the right way to look at any of this is it?
David teaches us a great lesson in his response to King Saul. David had the opportunity to kill Saul, the man who relentlessly pursued David to kill him, when David had done no wrong.
David didn’t think in terms of what Saul deserved from him. Instead, he said, “Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight [David could have killed him but he didn't], so may my life be precious [now watch this] in the sight of the Lord, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation” (1 Sam. 26:24).
David knew what we are supposed to know as followers of Jesus, God treats us the way we treat others. So, God blesses the merciful with mercy and forgivers with forgiveness and the compassionate with compassion (Matt. 5:7; 6:14-15; 18:33-35).
It is not a question of what do these people deserve from me, but rather how do I want to be treated by God?
One of the required components of our sixth grade memory program is 2 Peter 1:5-8, the Christian Virtues:
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness; and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are starting to get excited about our upcoming lectureship focused on the theme of Bible Q & A. The lectureship kicks off on Sunday, April 28, with special messages in the adult Bible class and during worship services. More questions will be presented, along with Biblical answers, on the following Monday through Wednesday. Spread the Word.
(Wes McAdams is the preaching minister at the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, Texas.
His writing - located on his Radically Christian website - is often poignant and timely.)
(Article Used with Permission)
In a movie which is not even worth watching with ClearPlay, a character makes this statement, “I Like to Think of Jesus Wearing a Tuxedo T-Shirt. ’Cause it says like, I wanna be formal but I’m here to party too. I like to party, so I like my Jesus to party.” As the scene continues, everyone says how they picture Jesus. Although intended for “comedic value,” I think this scene is a fairly accurate glimpse of today’s theology concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The world likes to picture Jesus as the one who tolerates and condones whatever lifestyle they want to live. They ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” But, they answer it based on their picture of Jesus. Like the character in the movie, if they like to party they say, “Jesus wouldn’t have any problem havin’ a few beers with his buddies.” If they are homosexuals they say, “Jesus would accept everyone and wouldn’t judge them for their lifestyle.”
Jesus has become a chameleon in today’s culture. He has become whatever people want Him to be. He has become their trump card. If someone says, “I’m not sure that’s a good decision,” they quickly reply, “Well, this is what Jesus would be doing if He lived today.”
As Hosea recorded, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
It all boils down to the fact that people do not know Jesus. They do not know the Jesus of Scripture:
It bothers me to hear people use my Lord as a justification for sin!
Peter, one of Jesus’ apostles, one of the men who knew Him best, one of the men inspired to teach the world about Christ wrote,
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:13-16).
Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:1-14). He walked on this earth showing us how to be perfect. He showed us how to love and He showed us how to be obedient. Please take the time to get to know the real Jesus Christ!
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