Is It Wrong To Eat In The Building Where Christians Worship ?

May 5, 2017

  Is It Sinful To Eat In the Same Building That We Worship In?   The scriptures say, in  1 Cor 11:22,  “What!  Do you not have houses to eat and drink in?  Or do you despise the assembly of God, and shame those who have nothing?  What shall I say to you?  Shall I praise you?  In this I will not praise you.” That is the verse of scripture…

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New Testament Worship

April 24, 2017

      The Worship Service   Today’s worship services, are no doubt a little different from the worship services described in the bible.  We’ve tried to pattern ourselves as much as we can, after the examples given in the new testament, but there are some things that we just can’t duplicate. For instance;  The bible says in  1 Cor 14:26,  “What is the outcome then brethren?  When you assemble,…

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The Congregation And It’s Money – Part 3

April 23, 2017

    How Should We Use God’s Money?   The question that we’ve been examining is;  How is a congregation authorized to use it’s money?  We have clear examples in the new testament, of congregations sending money to other congregations who are in need, and also of congregations using their money to help members of their own congregation.  But the question remains;  Do we have the authority from the bible,…

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The Narrow Minded Christian

April 7, 2017

      The Narrow Way   Jesus said, in  Mathew 7:13-14,   “Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.  For the gate is small, and the way is narrow, that leads to life, and few there be who find it.”   The apostle John wrote in  2 John, verses 9-11,  “Anyone…

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The Congregation And It’s Money – Part 2

April 3, 2017

      The Collection For the Saints   In our previous lesson, we talked extensively about 1 Cor 16:1-2.  We saw how these verses dealt specifically with the collection of money to send to the needy saints in the Jerusalem congregation.  The key phrase being..  “..concerning the collection which is FOR the saints..”   And we noted that those verses do authorize two things.  First, it authorizes us to have…

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The Congregation And It’s Money

March 26, 2017

    The Weekly Collection   A question that has divided the church, is that of how we are authorized to use the money collected, through the weekly contribution.  The premier verse of scripture that we generally go to, for our authorization to have a weekly contribution, is  1 Cor 16:1-2.  Here’s the verse.. “Moreover, concerning the collection which is for the saints, as I have directed the congregations of Galatia, so…

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Our Willingness to Study the Word of God

March 23, 2017

            “Study to show thyself approved..”   2 Tim 2:15   How willing are you to study the bible?  Not just to read the bible, but to study it?  I know how encouraging it can be to just pick up the bible and to read God’s word.  But how willing are you to really sit down and study?   God wants us all to be willing to go beyond what …

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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

February 25, 2017

      “Perfect love casts out fear”, is only a portion of the verse of scripture found in  1 John 4:18.  Here’s the whole verse.. “There is no fear in love;  but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment, and the one who fears, is not perfected in love.”  The phrase, “perfect love casts out fear”, is misunderstood when taken out of context.  Even within the context…

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What Is Morality ?

February 19, 2017

    Ethics 101   Here’s a question that lies at the very core of both humanity, and religion.  What is morality?  This is a question that’s inseparable from the very life we live.  Our every action and decision is based upon our concept of morality.  Even for someone whose actions seem to you, or to me, to be based on a lack of morality, their very actions that we “question”…

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What Is The Oldest Religion ?

February 10, 2017

      Mono-theism is the belief in ONE god.  Poly-theism, is the belief in MANY gods.  Human-theism (Humanism) is the belief that man is his OWN god.    Here’s one definition of the word religion..  “a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance”.  So, for the philanthropist, his/her religion could be an attempt to relieve all pain and suffering from the world.  That would be a very noble pursuit of…

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In The Name Of The Lord

January 28, 2017

      Do All in the Name Of the Lord   You’ve no doubt heard the phrases, “in the name of the Lord”, and “in Jesus’ name”, and “in Christ’s name”, but what exactly do those words mean?  You’ve probably also heard of the practice of some people, to end all prayers with the words..  “In Jesus’ name, Amen”.  What does that mean?  Is that a required method of…

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The Power Of Prayer

January 21, 2017

      Is There Really any Power in Prayer ?   Our lesson today is on the power of prayer.  Is there power in prayer? We’re urged by God to pray.  As a matter of fact, we’re told in  1 Thessalonians 5:17,  “Pray without ceasing”.   So in other words, make prayer such an integral part of your life, that your practice of praying, never ceases.  It’s the same as saying..  Don’t “forsake”…

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Can A Person Be A Secular Christian ?

December 25, 2016

  A Secular Christian ?   Is there such a thing as a “secular Christian”?   That question was posed in an article that I just read concerning whether or not you can be a Christian, and at the same time have doubts about the virgin birth, or the resurrection.  Another question in the article was, “What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century?”  That question alone, let’s you…

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Am I Willfully Ignorant ?

December 21, 2016

    That’s not us, is it ?   Or is that you in the white shirt?  Or maybe that’s you in the high heels?  Are we sometimes guilty of being “Willfully Ignorant”?   Are we sometimes unaware of, or unwilling to believe, what the bible plainly states?  God says some people ARE willfully ignorant. Did you know that we are living in the “last days”?   The writer of the book of Hebrews said,…

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Balancing Repentance And Sin ?

November 5, 2016

      Is There a Balance Between Sin and Repentance ?   One of the questions that I received here on the website was, “How do we balance our repentance with the level of our sin?” I’m sure the thought behind that question is that if you have sinned a lot, you must repent a lot.  And vice-versa;  If we only sin a little, we only need to repent a…

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Burial and Cremation – Part 2

November 3, 2016

    What Does The Bible Say About The Burning of Bodies?    There’s a story in  1 Samuel chapter 31  about how King Saul, the first King of Israel, and his three sons were all killed in a battle with the Philistines.  And the Philistines, being a ruthless and godless people, found the body of Saul, and they beheaded it and fastened the body to a wall.  I suppose…

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Burial and Cremation – Part 1

November 2, 2016

    What Does the Bible Say About Burial and Cremation ?   Actually, the bible gives very few specifics about burial and it says nothing about what we know as cremation.  So to gain an understanding of how God feels about these subjects, we need to look at the few examples that we are given, and also look to what God tells us about the physical body and about death.  We also need to…

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Does Believing Imply Obeying ?

October 27, 2016

    He Who Believes Shall be Saved   The bible says in several places, that it’s the person who believes, that will be saved.  In the previous lesson titled  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE,  I gave several verses of scripture that say that very thing.  That lesson began with these six verses..  John 3:16, John 3:18, John 6:29, John 6;40, Acts 19:4, and 1 Cor 1:21.  And all those…

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Command, Example, Necessary Inference – Part 3

September 28, 2016

    Examples From God   This is our third lesson in the series called Command, Example, and Necessary Inference.  We’re examining the various ways in which God has left His instructions for us concerning how He wants us to live our lives.  The bible is indeed an “instruction manual” which reveals to us the nature and Spirit of God, ie.. “Love is from God, for God is love”..   1 John 4:8;   “Our God…

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Blessed Are They

September 26, 2016

        The Blessings of Jesus   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   Mat 5:3.   The poor in spirit are those who are humble and gentle in nature.  Not the proud, not the pushy, not those who demand their own way. Jesus said in  Mat 11:29,   “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me.  For I am humble and…

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