April 2015, Vol. 34, No. 4

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Are You at a Loss?

Are You at a Loss?

[559 words] Paul said, “We are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Cor. 4:8). The word perplexed means more than just being puzzled. It comes from aporeo which means “to be at loss with one’s self, be in doubt; not to know how to decide or what to do, to be perplexed” (Thayer, 66). We might say it means to be at your wit’s end.…
Rally to Us There

Rally to Us There

[273 words] “And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there…'” (Neh. 4:19-20). Nehemiah, seeing his hard-working constituents separated along the wall, instructed them to rally together when they heard the trumpet sound; that is, they were all to come together in one place.…
Planting Time

Planting Time

[246 words] It has been a difficult winter with much snow and sub-freezing temperatures, but the warm windy days of spring are just a short time away. It will be “planting time” for farmers and those who have gardens. Some have already planted peas and lettuce seed. Onions and other vegetables will soon be going into the ground.…
You’re Crazy

You’re Crazy

[130 words] This is the phrase that is directed toward someone that is acting (or speaking) in a way that does not make much sense. We have all been called (or called someone else) crazy at least once. As Christians, we are called to be just that. No, not “crazy” in the literal sense. Crazy in the sense that the things we do, do not make sense to the world.…
Your Obituary Has Not Been Written Yet

Your Obituary Has Not Been Written Yet

[382 words] Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper: “Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”…
All the Ways

All the Ways

[195 words] Some have referred to the “God of the Old Testament” as a God of anger and the “God of the New Testament” as a God of love, as if there are (or have been) two Gods. If we have read through the Old Testament without getting any glimpses of God’s great patience, love, and mercy, we need to take another look.…
To What Length Would You Go?

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 and within the cover of a joint-stool.…
What Would You Expect?

What Would You Expect?

[344 words] If you got in your car and drove in the direction given by a sign that said “Paducah, KY–20 miles,” what would you expect to find after driving twenty miles? If you passed a sign that said the are you were driving in an area patrolled by policemen with radar, and you drove twenty miles over the speed limit, past a police car in that area, what would you expect to happen?…
What Kind of Heart Do You Have?

What Kind of Heart Do You Have?

[217 words] We get shots (flu, encephalitis, etc), which sometimes makes us sick. We get a little bit of the flu so it can help us to not get the real thing. That’s good in the physical sense, but disastrous in the spiritual sense. Some people get a little bit of religion, just enough !o keep them from getting the real thing.…
What is the Bible?

What is the Bible?

[358 words] The Bible is first and foremost the inspired, inerrant word of God. It is the message delivered from Heaven through the spirit-breathed words of inspired men. It is historically, scientifically, and geographically as perfect as its original author. It contains no errors or contradictions as it has been protected by the very hand of God since its creation.…
Vessels of Honor

Vessels of Honor

[222 words] “I’ll never attend that church again,” some people say. “There are too many hypocrites in it.” If we think about this for a moment, we may come to understand that since the church is composed of human beings, there will always be imperfection. Should we, then, condemn the church and refuse to attend its services because it is filled with imperfect humans?…
God Supplies the Raw Materials!

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 us everything we need to live pleasingly before the Lord (2 Tim.…
I Am God’s Project

I Am God’s Project

[415 words] “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). There are benefits to an extended, do-it-yourself project, like painting a house, building a model or even assembling a 1,000 piece puzzle. For one thing, it teaches patience. Large projects are usually not done in a day.…
Appreciating Grace

Appreciating Grace

[237 words] “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4, NKJV). When we take an honest look at ourselves, it is not difficult to identify with the Psalmist’s question. Weakness is a discouraging reality of our human nature. We are all abundantly aware of our own shortcomings, but what is particularly frustrating, is that the stronger we become in faith, the more aware we become as well.…
If You Wake Up in the Morning

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 to leave. “Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think.” Is this an unfair sales technique?…
Bear With One Another

Bear With One Another

[449 words] In Scripture, the word “bear” means to tolerate one another, to bear with them, to patiently endure their personal tendencies/idiosyncrasies and weaknesses. That is a lot easier to talk about than to practice. I like the old saying that goes like this: “To live above, with saints we love, that will be glory. To live below, with the saints we know, that’s quite a different story!”…
Who Are These People?

Who Are These People?

[261 words] You hear about them on the news, you read about them in magazines. But who are the Kardashians? They must be someone important, perhaps like Lady Gaga. Really, who has a name Gaga? I must be out of touch, too old to be up with the newest fad. But should I really even care?…
‘A Man in Whom is the Spirit’

‘A Man in Whom is the Spirit’

[385 words] What will be said of us when we die? How will our eulogy go? If there ever was a funeral that I would have liked to be present for, it would have been Joshua’s. In Numbers 27:18, the description above is given to Joshua. We find much written about him in the Old Testament, and we would be hard pressed to find anything negative said of him.…
Got Faith?

Got Faith?

[192 words] “This righteousness from God comes through faith inJesus Christ to all who believe … ” Romans 3:22. Having already established that there is an obedience that comes faith, that faith is something we do, and that we must not rest in what we’ve done or who we think we are in God’s sight, the third chapter of Romans holds up God’s complete faithfulness and righteousness in contrast to our complete lack of these qualities.…
Every Spiritual Blessing

Every Spiritual Blessing

[155 words] It’s very common for people to ask this question: “Why do good people suffer?” Why do good people get sick, have money problems, and simply struggle with difficult times? The basic answer to these questions is that we live in a physical world and along with being physical beings we both enjoy physical blessings and suffer physical pain.…
Have a Plan

Have a Plan

[419 words] Sometimes it is fun to just “pick up and go.” It can be exciting to “play things by ear” and to “fly by the seat of our pants” when it comes to things like down- time and recreation. But overall you and I recognize the value and necessity of having a plan when it comes to the most important things in life.…
When ‘Magor-Missabib’s’ Disguise Themselves as ‘Pashur’s’

When ‘Magor-Missabib’s’ Disguise Themselves as ‘Pashur’s’

[172 words] In Jeremiah 19, God’s prophet was instructed to warn the people of Judah and Jerusalem that, because of their unrestrained sin and stubbornness, a harsh, but just, judgment was coming. Despite the clarity of the message which spelled doom for the unrepentant people there were leaders who promised peace, and who also treated Jeremiah horribly; of which included a governor and son of a priest whose name, Pashur, meant freedom.…
If You Had Died for the Sins of the World How would You Feel?

If You Had Died for the Sins of the World How would You Feel?

[152 words] When men took your name in vain? When men damaged their bodies dabbling in sin instead of glorifying you as their savior in their bodies? When men fussed and got angry among themselves in the church which you had established and thus brought reproach upon you? When men chose to go somewhere else on the day which you had set aside for men to worship you?…
I Need You and You Need Me

I Need You and You Need Me

[293 words] Have you ever felt alone? If so, you understand how this one emotion can create a roller coaster of negative thoughts and feelings in one’s life. We hate being alone. Sure, there are times we probably prefer to be alone; after all, sometimes you just need to get away. However, at its very core, no one desires to be alone.…
Classify Yourself

Classify Yourself

[202 words] Dead Members: Their activities for the Lord have ceased. They no longer attend services, do not worship the Lord together with the saints, do not partake of the Lord ‘s Supper. Stopped studying the word of God. Do not give to further the Lord’s cause. They are in danger of being overcome again in the world and being lost eternally (2 Pet.…
Which Came First?

Which Came First?

[192 words] A young skeptic said to an elderly lady, “I once believed in God, but since studying science I am convinced that God is but an empty word.” The lady replied, “Well, I have not studied science, but since you have, maybe you can tell me from whence came the egg.” “Why, of course, from the hen,” was the reply.…
In Giving, You Lose Nothing

In Giving, You Lose Nothing

[274 words] The Christian faith has always placed a great emphasis on giving. This is due in part because we serve a giving God. He is a God of abundance (John 10:10; James 1:5; Psalm 103:8; Isaiah 55:1-7; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Romans 5:20), and He loves to give. He sacrificed willingly on the cross and then invited us into fullness of life.…
Judgment Day Excuses That Won’t Work

Judgment Day Excuses That Won’t Work

[287 words] We can imagine that on “the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6), there will be many excuses. Let’s consider some. “But, Lord, what about all of the good that I have done?” This sounds like Matthew 7:22, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord Lord have we not…done many wonderful works?”…
Proclaiming His Death

Proclaiming His Death

[236 words] “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). The word “proclaim” means to preach. Let us preach the Lord’s death. The proclamation of the death of Jesus is one reason for taking the Lord’s Supper. Not only should I not forget, but nobody should forget Jesus’s death.…
Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises

[147 words] The world is full of promises, some broken, some kept. God keeps His. The greatest promise of the Bible is salvation. It’s the greatest promise because it can remove the greatest curse, sin. Jesus came to take away sin: “he was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). Through obedience to the gospel of Christ we can be saved from the power of sin (Hebrews 2:14); the pollution of sin (1 John 1:7); the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23) and the presence of sin (Revelation 21:1-27).…
Your Speech

Your Speech

[204 words] It was said of Peter, “Your speech betrays you.” James said, “No one can tame the tongue.” And Jesus said, “Out of the heart the mouth speaks.” We talk about the things that are dearest to us. A UK fan will not keep quiet! His speech will surely tell whose side he is on and if told to be quiet he will have yet more to say!…
Can’t Stop Now

Can’t Stop Now

[165 words] The famous engineer and inventor, Robert Fulton, returned to America from Paris in 1805 to test his invention of the steamship. In 1807, he was ready to take the steamship Claremont on a trial run up the Hudson River between New YorkCity and Albany. In the excited crowd watching the proceedings, there was a negative, pessimistic, doubtful old man.…
A Lesson on How to Treat People

A Lesson on How to Treat People

[142 words] During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times.…
5 Reasons You Must Preach the Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:1 – 4:4

5 Reasons You Must Preach the Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:1 – 4:4

[109 words] Because of Perilous Times (Periods) (3:1) ‘This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…” Because of Godly Christian Examples (3:14) “…continue in the things which you have learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them…” Because of the Power of the Scriptures (3:15) “…the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation…” Because of the Command of God (4:1-2) “I charge (command) thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ…preach the Word” Because Christians Have a Tendency to Drift (4:3-4) “For the time (period) will come when they will not… This content is for Premium and Extended Members only!…
In Christ

In Christ

[102 words] The “in Christ ” expression says it all. The truth is, all spiritual blessing are found “in Christ” (Eph. 1:3); every last one of them. These tremendous spiritual blessings are found no where else: Salvation (2 Tim. 2:10; Acts 4:12); no condemnation (Rom. 8:1); forgiveness (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14); becoming a new creature (2 Cor.…
Power Outage

Power Outage

[260 words] One of the worst things about winter weather is the power outages that come along with ice storms. Power outages put us in a difficult position these days because so much depends on that electricity. There are so many things we cannot accomplish without it. Although the plant that generates the electricity for us may be functioning, if any problems occur in the transmission lines, there’s no power for us!…
Somebody Else

Somebody Else

[112 words] There’s a clever young guy named Somebody Else, There’s nothing this guy can’t do. He is busy from morning till way late at night, Just substituting for you. You’re asked to do this or you’re asked to do that, And what is your ready reply? “Get Somebody Else to do that job, He’ll do it much better than I.”…
On the Lighter Side (April 2015)

On the Lighter Side (April 2015)

A minister selected a fifty-cent item in a discount store, but he suddenly realized he had no money with him. He said to the clerk, “I could invite you to come hear me preach, but I don’t have any fifty-cent sermons.” The clerk said, “Maybe I could come hear you twice.” — “Now how many of you would like to go to heaven?”…