December 2016, Vol. 35, No. 12

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Unique

Unique

Jesus is unique. In fact, the phrase “only begotten Son” in the NKJV’s translation of John 3:16 could arguably be rendered ”only Son” (ESV), meaning that Jesus was God’s unique Son. Yes, those who are Christians are sons and daughters of God, but Jesus is special. There’s no one else like Him. Jesus was both God and man.…
The Value of Being a Christian

The Value of Being a Christian

Since the founding of our nation, people from all over the world have looked longingly to America, the land of freedom and opportunity. They realize the value of being an American. While there are some who now dispute this, by and large, we are still overwhelmed with the numbers of immigrants who come to these shores annually.…
Be Careful What You Say

Be Careful What You Say

Whoever said, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” must have been deaf. Most of us know the lasting pain that comes from a cutting criticism or a personal attack. James 3:5 compares the hurt of the tongue to a fire that can destroy a forest. Certainly not all verbal hurt is intentional.…
The Missing Sponge

The Missing Sponge

A surgeon was very selective with the people he wanted to work with. It was the first day on the job for a young nurse and the surgeon decided to issue a test. As the young nurse assisted the surgeon during a procedure, she noticed a problem. “You’ve only removed eleven sponges, doctor,” she said to the surgeon.…
Not for Hire

Not for Hire

As I was traveling recently, I came to a stop at a traffic signal and a semi truck pulled along beside me. I do not remember the name on the logo, but I do remember seeing the following three words prominently displayed: NOT FOR HIRE. It seems that phrase means it was a private carrier, owned by a company to haul only its own goods.…
The Best He Could

The Best He Could

T. B. Larimore (1843-1922), is quoted as saying, “When my hand is still, my tongue silent and my eyes closed; when friends come to look on my pale face, l want them to be able to say, at least, ‘He did the best he could.”’ Jesus told a parable in which one man failed to do the best he could (Matthew 25:14-30).…
Doers of the Word

Doers of the Word

It isn‘t popular to quote the Bible. It is even less popular to believe the Bible is God’s Word. Many who proclaim to be “Christians“ do not believe the Bible! Does that remind you of the Jews in the first century? They ridiculed Jesus when He claimed to be the Son of God. They accused Him of doing miracles in the name of Beelzebub.…
Shall or May

Shall or May

Johnny Botts talks about his job as a police officer. In his line of duty “shall” and “may” are important words. Certain laws require an arrest or a ticket to be issued by the police. These laws use the word “shall” to indicate the requirement. Other laws use the word “may.” These laws allow discretion on the part of the officer.…
The Five-Second Rule

The Five-Second Rule

If you accidentally drop a chicken nugget onto the floor, do you eat it? “Five-second rule!” is the usual reply, meaning that if you pick it up within five seconds, it’s ok to eat it. Germs and bacteria will not have had time to latch onto that tasty nugget. Science has again spoiled our fun. Researchers at Rutgers University have shown “that bacteria can contaminate food that falls on the floor instantaneously.”…
Move On

Move On

Joseph was a good young man. He was seventeen when his own jealous brothers sold him to Ishmaelite traders. He was taken to Egypt —away from his family and his home. This was a traumatic experience. But Joseph did not use what happened to him as an excuse. He did not become bitter. He did not become a rebel or a lawbreaker.…
Impossible Things

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 put in your mailbox.…
Could This Be Us?

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 me.…
The Value of Being a Christian

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… This content is for Premium and Extended Members only! Please log in or register to use our free church bulletin resources, or go Premium and get access to thousands of articles, searchable by subject, length, and author, with the ability to mark your articles as “used” and maintain a “save for later” list.…
Somebody Ought To Do It!

Somebody Ought To Do It!

There is the legend of an ancient king who became weary of the complaints of his subjects. As always, there were many things to be done but each one seemed to feel that someone else should do them. Then, as now, they were always ready to say, “Let George do it!” To cure his people of this bad tendency, the king had a huge stone placed in the midst of a main thoroughfare leading into the city.…
Trust in the Lord

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 presence: “For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Psa.…
Don’t Stay Away from Worship!

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 invited you.…
Who Are You Worshiping?

Who Are You Worshiping?

Henry Ward Beecher, the famous pulpit orator, once had to be absent and his brother was invited to speak for him. The church house was crowded, but when it became evident that the eloquent Henry Beecher was not going to appear, many started to leave. Beecher’s brother was not disturbed. He stood up before the murmuring crowd, called for silence and said, “All who came this morning to worship Henry W.…
Words of Wisdom

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 is really human.…
Unique

When the Time Had Fully Come

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” Romans 4:7-8. As the expression goes, “Hind-sight is 20/20.” Obviously, God as the Master Strategist selected the moment He did to send His Son into the world to redeem us and make us His own for His own reasons.…
Giving Like God

Giving Like God

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16. There’s a lot of talk about giving this month. Even the retail stores, who have separated themselves from the reason for the season, have not moved away from this concept.…
Restoring New Testament Christianity

Restoring New Testament Christianity

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” Mark 16:15-16. Not too far up the road, a stone ruin stands with trees growing through it. A plaque proclaims that in 1823 President James Monroe stayed there.…
Proclaiming Truth

Proclaiming Truth

“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call” Acts 2:39. Just as Paul needed the courage to stand on the pagan Mars Hill and proclaim Christ, we need to stand as a rock in the sea of postmodernism, denominations, and paganism today and proclaim truth.…
Religious Myths

Religious Myths

There are many so-called “myths” out in the religious world. Many people believe things that have been created by man, but no evidence can be found of this “myth” within scripture. Millions of people are going to be disappointed when it comes to the day of judgment and they have placed so much faith in the words of man.…
Who Is This?

Who Is This?

When Herod the tetrarch heard about Jesus, and the apostles preaching throughout the villages of Israel, plus the healing they were carrying out, he was perplexed. Luke 9:1-7. Some said John had risen from the dead (though Herod had killed him). Others thought that Elijah had appeared, or one of the prophets had risen from the dead.…
Greatest Family on Earth

Greatest Family on Earth

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:22,23). Do we ever feel unfulfilled? Yes. Yet there is no need for this because Jesus can fill us with so much love and goodness that we overflow.…
Spiritual Security

Spiritual Security

Faith is the Christian’s foundation and hope is his anchor. Death is his harbor and Christ is his pilot. Heaven is his country and all the evils of poverty, or affronts of tribunals and evil judges, of fears and sad apprehensions are but like the loud winds blowing from the right point—they make a noise but only drive us faster to the harbor.…
Shining as a Light in a Dark World

Shining as a Light in a Dark World

The story is told of a circus owner walking into a restaurant and seeing everyone crowded around a table. On the table was an upside down pot that had a duck tap dancing on top of it. The circus owner was so impressed that he offered to buy the duck from its owner and after some negotiations he agreed to pay $10,000 for the duck and the pot.…
Longing for the Desert Lodging Place?

Longing for the Desert Lodging Place?

The beleaguered prophet, Jeremiah, had had it. He was, in the words of Andy to Barney, “beat to the socks”—and then some! He was surrounded by sin and disobedience. At every turn, he was being disappointed by people he expected so much more from. He was fed up, and he wanted to escape from it all.…
Purchased People Are Peculiar—Are You?

Purchased People Are Peculiar—Are You?

I remember when I was a child hearing Christians misuse the King James rendering of Peter’s words in 1 Peter 2:9. “You are a peculiar people.” Whenever there was a social misfit or a person “whose eyeballs don’t line up with the holes in his head,” someone would say, “Well the Bible says we are to be peculiar, and he is the “peculiarest” person I have ever known.”…
Dumb Idols and Foolish Men

Dumb Idols and Foolish Men

In Psalm 115 the psalmist is rightly critical of those who put their trust in man made idols. He says that men have created, by the works of their own hands, gods of silver and gold. They have mouths, but they do not speak. They have eyes, but they do not see. They have ears, but they do not hear.…
The Ironies of Calvary

The Ironies of Calvary

Man of sorrows, Prince of Peace, Son of Joy, Man of griefs, Wounded healer, Rejected King, Earth’s disdain, Salvation’s wing. Friend of sinners, Friendless One, Men charge sin to the Holy Son, Innocent, yet judged with guilt, Had no home, but mansions built. The irony Christ was and gave, Buried, yet o’ercame the grave, The irony Christ makes in you, Buried in Him, you’ll rise anew.…
Stay Hungry

Stay Hungry

Jesus once said, “Blessed are ye that hunger now…” (Luke 6:21). In America today, it seems strange to speak of hunger as a blessing. One of the goals of modern life is to insure against hunger. For us, security means food on the table and the knowledge that there is plenty more in the cupboard! But Jesus taught that appetite is destiny!…
Father Figure

Father Figure

  [248 words] Why is there so much violence, crime, hostility, anger, hatred, discrimination, disrespect, etc. in our world today? What’s wrong with America? I believe the answer can be summed up in two words: FATHER FIGURE. The ABSENCE of a father figure within the home is reaping havoc on our society. And when I say FATHER FIGURE, I have reference to both a biological father as well as the Heavenly Father.…
On the Lighter Side (December 2016)

On the Lighter Side (December 2016)

  [348 words] Very Punny Christmas One Christmas, Joe and Peter built a skating rink in the middle of a field. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side.…