Worried You Won’t Get a Valentine?

[263 words] Holidays are times that usually fill people with joy and offer an opportunity to create memories with family, friends, and loved ones. Sometimes, however, holidays can be difficult. For instance, Valentine’s Day. The number one reason some people dislike Valentine’s Day is because of the emotional torture they experience if they are not in a “relationship.” They feel like they are the only ones in the world not getting flowers, candy, or a card on February 14th, and they feel overwhelmed by waves of loneliness. It is hard to console a person who feels this way with trite...

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Good Days

[224 words] Would you rather have good days or bad days? I know the answer to that question, but here is another question for you: do you know how to have good days? Many people pursue good days and never find them because they run in the wrong direction. God’s Word holds the secret to good days. Peter tells us in first Peter 3:10-12, “He who would love the life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit…” good days begin with our speech and how we talk to those around...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

[261 words] “That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done. And there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9).  Looking back at the history of the church in the first century, the Bible Records many warnings against those who teach false doctrines (Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Tim. 4:1-4; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1; Jude 4; and many others). It should not surprise us that there is still much false teaching that occurs today. Yet Paul wrote the Galatians that if anyone preached a different gospel from what he had been...

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Observations From Perhaps The Most Difficult Passage In The New Testament

[348 words] What is perhaps the most difficult statement in the Bible is not grammatically complex or difficult to comprehend from an intellectual standpoint. But what elder, preacher, or other member has not agonized over it many times. Asked point blank for His teaching on the subject of marriage, divorce, and remarriage, Jesus says, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Mat. 19:8-9). There are quite a...

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Never Lose the Wonder

[188 words] England’s premiere theologian, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, said, “Everything God does is wonderful until we get used to it.” I heard evangelist George W. Bailey, say, “If just once in a lifetime the clouds were rolled back and we could see the heavenly host, that would impress us. But we see that all the time and somehow it loses its wonder to us.”  I remember walking along a path with my children when they were young and how impressed they were with everything they saw. It might have been a peculiarly shaped leaf, a smoothly shaped rock, or a...

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You Could Care Less If Dad Is Gone

[261 words] Empathy is the ability to feel for others. It’s what makes us care about each other as people and forms the roots of compassion and love. In a world that struggles with bullying, anger, and coldness, you could imagine why people want to know how to build it. Richard Koestner, a psychologist at McGill University was attempting to do just that. He looked and found a study that had been conducted at Yale University back in the 1950s. It involved 75 men and women who had been part of a study when they were children. When Koestner and...

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Selfishness

[113 words] Selfishness is the root sin for so many other wrongs. If our goal is to please self instead of blessing others, we will be miserable and we will make others miserable too. “He’s so full of himself,” or “He’s so self-righteous,” are descriptions people use for the selfish. God says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3) Selfish ambitions lead to disorder and every evil practice. Love is the opposite. It is not self-seeking. We should not seek our own good, but...

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Read Kant

[310 words] My graduate philosophy instructor was a newly minted PhD, and he was an expert in Immanuel Kant. A well-informed, thoroughly devoted expert. His seminar on the German philosopher was, of course, excellent. His cardinal rule for our class was simple: Read Kant. Too many instructors present philosophy and philosophers through the writings of other interpreters. They rely on broad historical overviews and topical anthologies — academic texts that cover hundreds of philosophical concepts — to expose students to a wide range of ideas. As valuable as such resources may be, nothing takes the place of reading what the...

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I Have No Voice

[132 words] To live or die,some say is a choice.But as for me, I have no voice. In my mother’s womb,I slowly am formed.With arms and legs,I soon am adorned. All that I need,My mother supplies.Nourishment and oxygen,Even the color of my eyes. And, although on her,For life I depend.I am an individual,On this we must contend. By the words of the PsalmistIn the Bible we are told,That from the time of conception,My life God does behold. By God I am formed,In the womb of my mother.Given an identity of my own,And not that of another. The choice to live...

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Abortion in a ‘Christian’ Nation

[181 words] Nazi Germany killed over 6 million Jews, and millions more from other ethnic groups and those they deemed were not fit for society. We justly condemn the barbarism. The Soviet Union wiped out–by conservative estimates–12-15 million of its own citizens, in the gulag (though the total may be as many as 20-25 million). Millions more, from other countries, were slaughtered in its drive for power. We rightly denounce the cruelty. Mao Tse Tung butchered millions of Chinese in his drive for total control of China as a Communist country. We correctly condemn the butchery. Pol Pot wiped out...

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Great Chapters from the Greatest Book: Exodus 32

[186 words] Sin has severe consequences: Upon God’s threat to destroy the nation, Moses prayed and asked God to destroy him also (Exodus 32:32). God told Moses, “Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book” (Exodus 32:33). We will face severe consequences because of our sins, unless those sins are forgiven by the precious and powerful blood of Jesus. “The LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made” (Exodus 32:35). There are no words to describe the horrible consequences that result from sin in our life! God cares about you just...

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First Man in Space

[128 words] As a teenager, I remember a young Russian Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man to enter space. This happened on April 12, 1961. I am sure he said many things while in space. But, the one thing I remember that he said on his fist trip around the earth is, “I can see no God.” I wish that not only could he know the Creator, but I wish that all who live could see God as Maker and Sustainer. “But there is a God in heaven” (Daniel 2:28). Mr. Gagarin died in a plane crash as a...

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Wanted: A Pair of Shoes

[95 words] Please check your closet for a pair of shoes that a person I know needs. They are not that picky, so any old pair will do. This person has a heart for the Lord and wants to use these shoes to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. What a wonderful thing to want to do, and we should want to help if we can. So please take a look as soon as you can and find a pair of shoes that you know will fit the bill. Then put them on and get going! Edd SterchiBroadway church...

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Encouragers in the New Testament

[59 words] Barnabas – “he was glad and encouraged them all” (Acts 11:23) Silas – “encouraged and strengthened the brothers” (Acts 15:32) Paul – “encouraged them with many words” (Acts 20:2) Tychicus – “that he may encourage your hearts” (Col. 4:8) Timothy – “to…encourage you concerning your faith” (1 Thess. 3:2) Us – “Therefore, encourage one another” (1 Thess. 5:11) Edd SterchiBroadway church of ChristCampbellsville, KY...

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Benevolence: A Great Responsibility of the Church

[370 words] We are commanded as a group and individually to help others. There are people who are truly in need and we are to be God’s “hands” in these situations.“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). If we see someone in need, we are warned about not doing anything.“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and...

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After the Rain

[55 words] The withering grass knows not its needs;The falling rain knows not its worth;But God the silent suffering heeds;And bids His showers refresh the earth. My drooping heart oft may not knowWhat things to pray for as I ought;But God will needed good bestow,Beyond what I have asked or thought. Edward A. Collier...

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Treating Symptoms and Ignoring Causes

[207 words] I recently read this insightful sentence by Scott Smith and began thinking about all the times people saw the symptom and result but not the real problem: “Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to cover their nakedness with leaves to hide what they thought was the problem—after all, it is what “appeared” obvious (Gen. 3:6).” Sin has consequences, and it is easy to look at the symptoms of a sin and miss the real cause. Adam and Eve chose to listen to someone other than God and did what they desired, thinking their actions would bring...

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A Person? Or Just a Part?

[337 words] The abortion issue seems to center upon whether the fetus is a living person or just a part of the mother. If it is a person, aborting the fetus is murder. If it is just a part of the mother, aborting the fetus is just a procedure. There is a broad gap between the two ideas. Questions: Does a body part resemble an entire human being? Does a body part have a heart? Does a body part have a brain? Does a body part have a tiny little face? Does a body part cry out when it is...

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Feeling North

[303 words] Liviu Babitz can actually feel north. Implanted in his chest is a small device, called North Sense, which vibrates when the wearer faces north, and Babitz is one of the first recipients of the technology (Smithsonian Magazine, January 18, 2017). God gave humans five general senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. The device mentioned above supposedly provides the wearer with the “extra sense” of direction. While having an implant which guides someone in a physical direction might appeal to some, isn’t vital in saving a human’s life. It’s optional. Spiritually speaking, having an implant which saves a...

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The Clock of Life

[78 words] The clock of life is wound but once,And no man has the powerTo tell just when the hands will stopAt late or early hour. To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,To lose one’s health is more,To lose one’s soul is such a lossThat no man can restore. The present only is our own,So live, love, toil with a will,Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”For the Clock may then be still. Robert H. Smith...

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Toxic Masculinity

[357 words] “Toxic masculinity” is a term that is thrown out by the media a lot these days. The term means that masculinity is filled with poison. In other words, to be a man is evil. In our society, men are under attack. • Men should play with dolls, not soldier or action figures. • Men should play dress up, not cowboys and Indians. • Men should drive a Prius, not a 4-wheel drive pick up. • Men should ignore women, not speak to them. • Men should go to plays, not to see WWF. • Men should like make-up,...

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Masculinity: Toxic, or Beneficial?

[317 words] There is a tendency in our current society to throw the baby out with the bathwater. In an effort to fight against immoral acts such as sexual harassment, physical abuse, and bullying perpetrated by a small minority of bad apples, mainstream media and social justice warriors have decided to coin the phrase “toxic masculinity” and toss anyone who exhibits manly qualities into that bucket. It is not surprising that a society that seeks to justify and promote homosexuality, cross dressing, and gender ambiguity would also look to vilify the innate characteristics of organic males. After all, if women...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On The Lighter Side (February 2019)

[281 words] My Punny Valentine 1. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you and I don’t care who knows it! 2. What did one boat say to the other? Are you up for a little row-mance? 3. How can you tell if a calendar is popular? It has a lot of dates! 4. What did the calculator say to the pencil? You can count on me! 5. What do you call a very small valentine? A valen-tiny! 6. What did the pencil say to the paper? I dot my i’s on you! 7. Why did the banana go...

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