Stand Out From the Crowd, Even at School

  [191 words] Christian parents do their best to keep their children on the Lord’s path. It’s a fairly challenging task when the kids are at home, but even more so when they are away at school, subjected daily to the influence of the world. We live in a society that claims to inspire individuality, but all the while actually encouraging them to “go with the crowd.” Jesus told us that those who are seeking the sinful path will be in the majority (Matt. 7:13-14). This crowd will, in fact, ridicule Christian youth for not following them in that lifestyle...

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The Loneliest Man in the World

  [292 words] He’s the last known survivor. It is believed that the rest of his Amazonian tribe was murdered two decades ago by land-hungry ranchers, and ever since, he has been living a solitary life in the remote state of Rondonia, Brazil. Authorities say he spends his days hunting pigs, monkeys, and birds with a bow and arrow. Those who have been observing the man from a distance believe him to be in his fifties (BBC News, July 20, 2018). The lonely man has no father, no brothers nor sisters, no human connections to the outside world, no fellowship...

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A Toothbrush and the Bible

  [302 words] What do a toothbrush, a scrub brush, and a toilet brush have in common? Each one of these items is a brushing tool that does a particular job. They are all used to clean. Even my two year old knows that a toothbrush is used to clean teeth, a scrub brush is used to clean dishes, and a toilet brush is used to clean the toilet. I would hope that you would not use a scrub brush or even a toilet brush to brush your teeth! These cleaning tools can remind us of what the apostle Paul...

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I Wish the Church…

  [273 words] I wish the church… • Was more evangelistic • Had dynamic worship • Ministered to every age group • Encouraged people to become leaders • Was more visible in the community • Invested in the home • Provided more fellowship opportunities • Had a thriving education program • Had a passion for world missions • Was attentive to visitors • Cared more about X, Y, or Z • Spent more on X, Y, or Z Through the years, these statements and similar ones have been made in some form or fashion. People want the church to do...

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Ten Things You Should Never Do With Your Nose (Metaphorically Speaking)

  [108 words] • Look down it at somebody (the sin of pride). • Stick it into someone else’s business (the sin of meddling). • Pick it (the sin of self-destructive behavior). • Get it out of joint (the sin of anger). • Cut it off to spite your face (the sin of bitterness). • Pay through it (the sin of materialism). • Not see beyond it (the sin of selfishness). • Be hard nosed (the sin of stubbornness). • Thumb it at someone (the sin of rudeness). • Turn it up at others (the sin of haughtiness). Rather, let’s keep our noses clean, keep our noses to the grindstone...

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I AM the Answer

  [201 words] Who is going to stand with me when my life falls apart? I AM. Who is going to make sure that one day good will prevail over evil? I AM. Who is going to help me when I need it? I AM. Who is smart enough to figure everything out in my life? I AM. Who is going to give me the assurance that everything always works out in the end? I AM. Who is going to be with me now that I am all alone? I AM. Who is going to help me out of my...

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Hear Him!

  [222 words] If the Lord Jesus is the only Savior and Judge of all mankind, we should listen to Him. I am amazed at how people claim to love Him but are unwilling to hear what He says about the most basic things of life. When the Lord Jesus, who bore the cross, speaks of how to be saved (and He is the Savior), then why would anyone want to edit or correct Him and propose an alternative? The sinner’s prayer is an alternative, and quite modern and without biblical foundation. Sprinkling for baptism is an alternative and does...

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The Answer is Blowing In The Wind

  [263 words] Any runner, cyclist, or truck driver will have experienced this phenomenon. When you are going into a headwind, you notice it. The wind buffets your efforts, you feel every moment of discomfort and pushback. However, when you go back in the other direction when the wind is at your back, you don’t much think about how it pushing you along if you are even are mindful of it. The headwind is constantly fought and on your mind; the tailwind isn’t as noticed and quickly forgotten. It’s not just a wind issue. The problems and difficulties of life...

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Four Commands We Must Live By

  [367 words] “Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:13-17). Peter tells us that...

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Reflections From Walking In A Cemetery

  [422 words] I’m not sure how you feel about cemeteries, but I actually do my best thinking and reflecting anytime I find myself in a cemetery. Why? My priorities are quickly put in order, I realize we all have a limited number of sunsets, and I see firsthand the hurt one feels when a loved one is lost. I recently had the opportunity to assist with a graveside service of someone who passed away untimely. Despite being strangers, those gathered in that small, quiet place not only had the love for the person who had passed in common, but...

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Hide and Seek With a Spider

  [368 words] As I made my coffee one morning, I noticed the movement of a brown object down on the floor. It was big enough to catch my eye and big enough to make me jump. It was a large (silver dollar-sized) spider that quickly ran and took refuge under a chair. While I told myself it was no big deal, I found myself looking under that chair every couple of minutes, and imagining that I saw movement. As I waited for the spider, in his quest for blood, to come and either end my life or make me...

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Psalm 119:97

  [83 words] There’s an old adage that says, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” That may hold true in some situations, but not when you’re discussing the law of God. Familiarity breeds love. It was because of the psalmist’s daily and day-long contemplation of God’s word that he could exclaim, “O how I love Your law!” And, in turn, his growing love for the law made it his “meditation all the day.” I don’t know about you, but that’s a repeating cycle I’d like to be in! Eddie Parrish Brown Trail church of Christ Bedford, TX...

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Psalm 119:97-99

  [141 words] “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.” When the law of God is loved, it will occupy one’s thoughts throughout the day. This is a big reason why memorizing Scripture is beneficial. With passages stored in your memory, you have something to think about when you can’t actually read the Bible. The psalmist claims to have out-distanced his own teachers in...

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Answer Their Call

  [313 words] Earlier this week, my wife received a call from an unfamiliar toll free number. I answered it for her and it happened to be a computerized message stating that an inmate from the Weld County jail in Colorado has called this number and asked if we would accept the charges for the call that could not last more than twelve minutes. Being confused and never ever receiving a call like this before, I immediately hung up not sure if this was a prank or real. Being from that area and still having phone numbers with that area...

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Joy in Salvation

  [204 words] Christians should be known as people of joy—filled with the type of joy that is derived from a certain eternal destiny, not from temporary circumstances (Phil. 4:4). The Ethiopian eunuch helps us to understand how and why this can be the case (Acts 8:39).  As a eunuch, he knew what it was to be different and to be an outcast. He know had a Savior who identified with what it was to be mistreated and harmed (Isa. 53:3-4). So do we (Heb. 4:15). He had determined that the idea of a family was not possible for him....

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It Makes the World Go ‘Round

  [301 words] We’re told that love is “what makes the world go ‘round.” An old song suggests, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” And the Bible has been promoting the same message for centuries now: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself . . . let us love one another.” (Leviticus 19:18; 1 John 4:7). But just what is love? How would you define it?  Much of modern music and media equates love with sexual gratification. Love is portrayed as primarily hormonal.  Many people think of love as an emotion, a feeling, over which they have...

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Meeting God on the Battlefield

  [247 words] In 2 Chronicles 20 we are given an interesting story about three nations on their way to destroy Israel and drive them out of the land. Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was scared for his people when he caught wind of this massive army coming after them. The way it reads, they were no match for them at all. Jehoshaphat turned to God in his distress and prayed a prayer for his people, calling on the faithfulness of God and his care for his people. God responds to Jehoshaphat’s prayer and this is part of that response. “You...

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The Inspiring Jesus

  [119 words] Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3-1/2 years. Yet the influence of Christ’s ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these great philosophers. Jesus painted no pictures; yet some of the finest of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On the Lighter Side (August 2018)

  [116 words] Teacher: I see you missed the first day of school. Pupil: Yes, but I didn’t miss it much. Kid: I think we need a new teacher. Mom: Why is that? Kid: Our teacher doesn’t know anything, she keeps asking us for the answers. Mom: What did you learn today? Kid: Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow. Teacher: You’ve got your shoes on the wrong feet. Pupil: But these are the only feet I’ve got! Joe: What’s the king of all school supplies? Moe: I don’t know. What? Joe: The ruler. Teacher: Class, we will have...

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Back to School Challenges

  [327 words] Most parents will agree that when it is back to school time, there are challenges to be faced. We will be concerned about making sure they have the right school supplies, maybe some new clothing. Perhaps we’ll be worried about our child’s new teacher, or a different mix of kids in the class. All of these are self-focused worries! I’d like to offer this thought as a new school year dawns: Our most important concern is how we—both students and parents—will impact the people around us. From the sermon on Mount to Great Commission, the followers of...

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