Some Church ‘Involvement’ Issues

[86 words] • People who’d like to get involved, but aren’t sure how. • People who are involved, but aren’t sure how to involve others, or are reluctant to do so. • People who are responsible for involving others, but have little success finding dependable people. These issues are like the proverbial “elephant in the...

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Ten Things to Avoid

[42 words] 1. Remorse over yesterday’s failure. 2. Anxiety over today’s problems. 3. Worry over tomorrow’s uncertainty. 4. Procrastination with one’s duty. 5. Resentment of someone’s success. 6. Criticism of a neighbor’s imperfections. 7. Hatred of another’s differences. 8. Impatience with youth’s inexperience. 9. Skepticism of our nation’s future. 10. Unbelief in God’s providence. via...

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10 Reasons to Take Our Salvation Seriously

[46 words] Ten virgins (Matthew 25:1). Nine lepers (Luke 17:17). Eight survivors (2 Peter 2:5). Seven wicked spirits (Luke 11:26). Sixth seal (Revelation 6:12). Five yoke of oxen (Luke 14:19). Four winds (Matthew 24:1). Three barren years (Luke 13:7). Two masters (Matthew 6:24). One talent man (Matthew 25:28-30). May the Lord help us to count...

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To What Length Would You Go?

[130 words] “This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the resign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery. They had got an English Bible, and to conceal and secure it, it was fastened open with tapes under...

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God Supplies the Raw Materials!

[81 words] A woman went into the grocery store to complain to the manager. “Something’s wrong with this flour you sold me,” she said. “It’s too tough. This morning I made biscuits with it and my husband could hardly eat them!” Sometimes folks get into this sort of position with God’s word. He has provided...

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If You Wake Up in the Morning

[112 words] A life insurance salesman was unable to persuade a couple to purchase a policy. “I certainly don’t want to frighten you into a decision,” he said as he got up !o leave. “Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think.” Is this an...

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What the World Needs

[73 words] A little more kindness and a little less greed; A little more giving and a little less need; A little more smile and a little less frown; A little less kicking a man when he’s down; A little more “we” and a little less “I”; A little more laughs and a little less...

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Where Did God Go?

[122 words] Take a look around where you’re sitting and find five things that have blue in them. (Go ahead and do it). With a “blue” mindset, you’ll find that blue jumps out at you: a blue book on the table, a blue pillow on the couch, blue in the painting on the wall, and...

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Ten Thoughts to Start the Day from Psalms 116 and 118

[158 words] 1. This is the day the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it. 2. I will praise thee; for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 3. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; what can man do unto me? 4. The Lord is...

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How Do We Answer?

[49 words] God said in Isaiah 65: 1- “Here I am. Here I am.” Moses made excuses (Exodus 3 and 4). Gideon said, “Prove it” (Judges 6). Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:10). Many Jewish rulers believed but loved human praise more (John 12:42-43). Which brings up the question we began...

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Brief Rules for Bible Study

1. Read it through (get something definite). 2. Write it down (mark your Bible). 3. Work it out (in daily life). 4. Pass it on (tell others). via Findlay church of Christ Sparta, TN UNUSED 0...

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Country Music Theology

[122 words] Many people, it seems, follow a “Country Music” Theology, rather than the Bible. “The Red Dirt Road,” for example, said, “I learned the path to Heaven is full of sinners and believers.” Really? Psalm 1:5 says “sinners” are not “in the congregation of the righteous;” Jesus said He “did not come to call...

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

[108 words] A family is riding in the family car and an ad for a current movie comes on the radio. At the end of the advertisement comes the disclaimer, “Opens Friday in a theater near you! This film contains intense thematic material, graphic violence, nudity, strong sexual situations, drug content and coarse language. May...

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Washed or Wet?

[73 words] Intentions make a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Matthew 3:7-9). Purpose makes a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Acts 19:1-5). The origin of the act makes a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Matthew 28:18-19). The result makes a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Acts 2:38)....

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Anything for a Buck

[82 words] A bald man told a hair stylist that he had gone for a transplant, but he couldn’t stand the pain. He said, “I’ll give you $5,000 to make my hair look like yours.” The stylist said, ”No problem,” and she quickly shaved her head! We have to be careful that we don’t have...

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Be Zealous for Good Works

[104 words] After bringing home their first baby from the hospital, a new mother thought her husband should try his hand at changing diapers. “I’m busy, I’ll do the next one,” he said, never looking up from the TV. The next time the baby was wet, the mother said, “Are you ready to change a...

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What About the Unfit?

[114 words] The theory of evolution declares mankind is the result of the survival of the fittest. If this is so, then getting rid of the unfit is desirable. To conquer and exploit weaker people, businesses, or countries is simply the law of the jungle from which we evolved. Mercy killings, forced sterilization, and selective...

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Who Will You Worship Sunday?

[89 words] The god of Ease? “Had a hard week, gotta rest some.” The god of Mammon? “Gotta get another dollar.” The god of Popularity? “Folks came, gotta stay with them.” The god of Pleasure? “Only day I have to hunt, fish or play.” The god of Self-Pride? “They do not do me right.” The...

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How To Observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessings instead of your crosses. Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes. Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears. Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean. Count your kind deeds instead...

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Words of Wisdom

A man is only as good as what he loves. All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations. To err is human; to blame it on someone else...

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Different Attitudes Toward Faith

Some Welcome It (Acts 8:31-32; 10:33). Some Receive It (John 12:48). Some Obey It (1 Peter 1:22; Acts 17:10-12). Some Do Not Love It (2 Thess. 2:10-12). Some Resist It (2 Timothy 3:6). Some Turn Away From It (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Some Speak Evil of It (2 Peter 2:1-3). via San Augustine church of Christ...

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A Direct Influence

If from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and one can be known by the quality of the fruit produced, then it is reasonable to conclude that both the words spoken and the deeds done are indicative of the person’s heart. People are able to see this and judge. People of maturity can...

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Five Links of Fellowship

1. Gathered TOGETHER (Matt. 18:20). 2. Knit TOGETHER (Col. 2:2). 3. Perfectly Joined TOGETHER (1 Cor. 1:10). 4. Striving TOGETHER (Phil. 1:27). 5. Caught Up TOGETHER (1 Thess. 4:17). UNUSED 0...

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Peace to the World

The Charter of the United Nations was signed in June 1945. The stated purpose for its existence was to maintain peace and security, to solve problems, and to promote harmony among nations. However, since it was signed, there have only been twenty-six days without armed conflict somewhere in the world. For sure, nations and individuals...

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Dare to be Different

I remember a book we used in 4-H some years ago titled, “Dare to be Different.” What a challenge this is to Christians today. Dare to speak out for the Lord; dare to do what is right when society says sin is okay; dare to grow in knowledge of God’s Word – and live by...

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Ten Things to Avoid

[52 words] 1. Remorse over yesterday’s failure. 2. Anxiety over today’s problems. 3. Worry over tomorrow’s uncertainty. 4. Procrastination with one’s duty. 5. Resentment of someone’s success. 6. Criticism of a neighbor’s imperfections. 7. Hatred of another’s differences. 8. Impatience with youth’s inexperience. 9. Skepticism of the church’s future. 10. Unbelief in God’s providence. UNUSED...

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Impossible Things

It is impossible to fold a fitted sheet. It is impossible to keep all the weeds out of your yard. It is impossible to kill all the fire ants you have at your home. It is impossible to get a real person when you call AT&T. It is impossible to stop junk mail from being...

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Could This Be Us?

My idea of visitation: Everyone coming to see me. My idea of sympathy: Everybody suffers with me. My idea of meekness: Everybody yielding to me. My idea of unity: Everybody agreeing with my opinion. My idea of cooperation: Everybody working in my place. My idea of a good sermon: One that applies to everybody but...

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Jesus Christ

Just (Revelation 15:3) Elect (1 Peter 2:6) Sinless (1 Peter 2:22) Understanding (Hebrews 4:15) Shepherd (John 10:14) Compassionate (Matthew 9:36) Helping (Hebrews 13:6) Righteous (1 John 3:7) Immortal (Hebrews 13:8) Savior (2 Peter 1:11) Teacher (Matthew 11:29) via Fifth & Pine church of Christ Rector, AR UNUSED 0...

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in yourself, and you will always be disappointed at your level of achievement. Trust in friends, and they may let you down in your hour of greatest need. Trust in money, and you will spend your days trying to protect your investments. But trust in God, and you can rest assured of his eternal...

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Don’t Stay Away from Worship!

Because you are poor. There is no admission charge. Because you are rich. Money is not everything. Because it rains. You go to work, school and shopping in the rain. Because it is cold. It is warm and friendly inside. Because it is hot. So are fishing and attending ballgames and golfing. Because no one...

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Words of Wisdom

A man is only as good as what he loves. All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations. To err is human; to blame it on someone else...

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The Heavens Declare

“The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). Our DNA contains instructions for building proteins out of sequences of amino acids. There are 500 or so known amino acids, but life uses only 23. The average protein in a cell is about 450 amino acids long so there...

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Stop and Drop!

[76 words] Christianity is much like an airplane: When you stop — you drop! When you stop praying, you go down. When you stop studying your Bible, you go down. When you stop attending, you go down. When you stop being involved, you go down. No wonder Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast,...

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What About Today?

[100 words] You can say a kind word. You can speak about 4800 words per day, why not devote some of them to kindness? You can encourage someone to try again. Expressing confidence in them will provide the emotional support they need to succeed. You can allow God to speak to you. Instead of having...

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Steadfastness! 

[89 words] A Scottish shepherd dog was left to guard his master’s coat. While the master was gone he fell to his death. The dog was urged to go home yet would not leave his master’s coat for anyone, even those who tried to goad him with food. He died obey-ing his master’s command. Father...

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Year ‘Round Gifts!

[159 words] THE GIFT OF PRAISE — Appropriate mention right in front of the other fellow, of superior qualities or of jobs and deeds well done. THE GIFT OF CONSIDERATION — Putting yourself in the other’s shoes, providing genuine understanding of his side of the case. THE GIFT OF CONCESSION — Humbly saying at just the...

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Somewhere…

[163 words] …A mother is trying to make up her mind whether to let a surgeon do an operation on her only child that may take her life. …A man whose son didn’t come home last night is walking through a door marked “City Morgue.” …A man is sitting on his bed toying with a...

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